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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mini-accordions | Session albums

I am so in love with these! I ordered a bunch for grandparents and great-grandparents as Christmas gifts and they were such a big hit. They're the perfect little size to give away or keep in your purse to show your co-workers. They feature all of your favorite photos from your session. These would also be great for senior sessions or a cute little wedding book. If you have photos done on a regular basis- for example a new baby, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc. it would be cute to order one of these from each session and then you'd end up with an entire volume of books to put on a shelf. My son figured out that they stick to the refrigerator since they are magnetic so that is where I keep mine.

I have the cutest little template designs like the album featured in the photos, or if you wanted each photo to fill the page order the "just photos" album. One photo can also be spread across two pages if you have a horizontal photo that you love but don't want to crop it.

Contact me if you have any other questions! These are just one of the great new products I will be offering when I restructure my pricing in May. More on that later... exciting new changes will be coming!

Lindsey and Reed | St. Paul Wedding Photographer

Lindsey and Reed were married in November during the weekend of our first snow storm. It's hard to imagine back to the first storm because there's been so many since then! Lindsey wasn't phased by the snow (aside from the fact that some guests couldn't make it) and it ended up being a beautiful winter wonderland! It was a shame that the slushy streets of downtown St. Paul didn't mesh well with a wedding gown train and heels otherwise Lindsey would have been up for anything! Here are a few of my favorites:

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Brian & Family | Winter fun!

I received the nicest email last week. Brian is a photographer from CO and is in town visiting relatives in MN. He told me that I had shot his sister-in-law's photos a few years ago and they all loved the photos so much that it inspired him to pick up a DSLR and get into photography! He now has a business back home in CO but booked a last-minute session with me while they are in town.

We had so much fun playing in the snow. Apparently, they left snowless Colorado and arrived to our winter wonderland! They have such a great family and this shoot really was just fun and games! Here are some of my favorites from the session:

Poor Brian... he got the brunt of the snow that day! I loved how they just let loose and didn't care about being wet or cold.

So nice to meet you Brian! I was happy to be able to capture you on the other side of the camera.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Baking Contest Photos!

Rochelle and Adriana were the winners in my holiday baking contest giveaway. I spent the afternoon at their home while they baked batches of Christmas cookies. We had so much fun and I got some great "real moment" captures. I would love to have these with my own children!

If you would like to book a session like this please contact me for details. Baking is not necessary, it can be ANY fun activity that you love to do with your children! Posed photos can be great, but these photos are priceless images that can be handed down to your great-grandchildren. These types of photos are truly an investment in the preservation of your family.

What Rochelle had to say:

My family truly enjoyed sharing our home with you. The images you captured are treasures that will be enjoyed forever. I have been telling people that part of the magic of these pictures is that we were not stressed trying to get the "perfect" shot. We were just ourselves, in our home, doing things we do all the time. Cooking in the kitchen, Adriana playing with toys, and laughing. You just happened to be there to capture the moment, which is exactly what I had hoped for. My favorite is the black & white of Adriana with her chin on the counter. Like you said it wont be long before I wont have to lift her to reach the sink, or that she will be taller than the counter. Now I have these photos to remember those little details that are currently part of daily life.

I would encourage any family to consider this kind of photo shoot. It conveys who you are so much better than sitting in a photo studio and saying "cheese." I'm amazed how much more heartfelt a smile can be when it's genuine. I have hundreds of pictures of Adriana smiling, but knowing that Adriana was smiling because she got caught licking her fingers after dipping in the sugar makes the memory so much better. I'm looking forward to our next session!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Oliver 10 months | Real moments

I swear the next photos I post won't be of Oliver, but these were too cute not to share! Oliver turned 10 months this week and since I haven't had time to plan an elaborate photo shoot, I focused on getting some "real moment" images during lunch today since mealtime can be so much fun! I served his lunch on a plate vs. the high chair tray and these were the results:

Please note the food particles mashed into his hair.
Although it may seem like it, it's not always smiles from him.
He thought it was pretty funny when I put the plate on my head.

Sticky food makes for a useful hair gel.
Happy 10 months baby boy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday ordering deadline

Any CD orders intended to be received by Christmas Eve must be received by Friday, December 17th. Rush ordering is available for $35. Please inquire for details.

I do intend to take some time off over the holidays between Christmas and New Year's Day so please try to wrap up your requests quickly. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Oliver | eyelashes

What is happening to my baby? He's growing by leaps and bounds. I have always wanted to shoot those eyelashes of his and I finally did it. There are so many signs that he is becoming a little boy... look at those teeth! His hair is really filling in and growing out past his ears.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Happy Holidays | from the Wagner Family

I have been so excited to post our holiday card! I mailed them out last week and by now everyone out of state has had a chance to see them. I will be posting more photos from our session soon. My friend Tasha did such a great job!