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Monday, June 28, 2010

Mommy Sessions | July 17, 2010 | Sign up now!

The official date has been announced! It was great to hear from everyone signing up that Saturday, July 17th works for everyone.

Here are the official details:

When: Saturday, July 17th
Where: My studio | Lonsdale, MN
When: Sessions begin at 10 am | 10-15 minutes per session
Cost: $65 which includes 3 digital files | additional files will be available for purchase

This event will be pre-pay. Full payment will be due by July 10th to secure your spot. I did have lots of last minute cancellations last time and it is only fair that I have enough time to re-book your time slot if necessary. If you are unable to attend at the last minute, you will receive a partial refund of $35. The remaining amount will be retained.

In the event that you are booking a slot past July 10th, it's not too late! You can still sign up and will be booked later in the afternoon. I will be contacting each of you that have already wanted to book with an approximate time slot.

Thanks so much and spread the word! Every mom should have some quality photos with her children!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Adrian | 6 months

I am so in love with this session. Adrian's mom has been a regular of mine since I had my very first studio. The first session we ever shot was when she was pregnant with her daughter. She was one of my fur coat clients, remember those shots? If you've been a long time follower of my work then you know what I'm talking about. Now that you're caught up with the back story, what is so great about being able to work a regular client is they generally just sit back and allow me to do my thing. We're comfortable around each other so there is no anxiety about what to expect and they are not stressed around their kids which allows them to be comfortable and we end up with great shots! Thanks Yauheniya for coming back again and again, it is a pleasure to work with you! And yes, I hope to still be around to shoot Alexandra's senior photos!

First shot out of the camera... love it!

Adrian was so interested in my white rug... he barely looked up, but even looking down he is a cutie pie!
I am not wishing Oliver's life away, but I am SO excited for when he can sit up! 6 month photos are my favorite and I will probably be doing daily sessions with Oliver before he starts crawling away.
Big sister Alexandra:
The suitcase... by request!
I love this!
Just like wedding receptions, kids have details too.

This shot is very dear to me because Aidan is constantly smelling Oliver. I guess kids love that "new baby smell" just as much as adults do!
This of course melts me heart because mother and child shots are so precious to me. I just envision Adrian as a grown man someday looking back at this photo of him and his mom and knowing how special it will be to him. This is truly the way I feel and not just a shameless plug for my Mommy Sessions coming up next month. Sign up NOW!
I am in love with this too. They are not both looking and smiling at the camera but to me, I would take this candid shot of my kids vs. a posed shot any day of the week!
I'd just like to take this moment to use this session as an example to anyone that has a future session booked with me. I wrote briefly about why this went so well and yes, because Yauheniya is a regular she knows what to expect, but even if you have never worked with me before there are some pointers that you can follow to maximize your session:

1. Relax. I can't stress this enough. I know photos are a stressful thing. You're paying a lot of money and you have high expectations. Stressing during the session does absolutely nothing for your photos. Your kids will pick up on it and suddenly they just won't act like themselves which will cause more stress and suddenly your session is a flop. Be prepared to show up, relax, and enjoy yourself and your children. The camera won't lie, if you're relaxed it will show!

2. Have a goal. The goal with Adrian's session was just his 6 month shots. Yes, we got others but they happened naturally which works out best. If your priority is family shots, let's focus on just those and not family, children together, children separate, 2 outfit changes, etc. Yes we could probably cram all of that in, but it will be stressful which leads back to #1.

3. Trust me. I go into each session shooting for you as if I was shooting for myself. You've seen my work and you like it enough to book me, so trust that I will capture your photos as if they were what I would want. That is where my passion lies and why you hired me in the first place... to see you through my eyes. We are on a time clock during the session but trust that I won't wrap the session until I am satisfied that we got some good shots. Remember, this is a business to me and I want you to be happy with your photos so that you'll buy them!

4. Simple, but cute. The biggest stress factor for most clients is clothing. In the past, I have always been an advocate for lots of outfits and lots of accessories. Cute clothing can make a photo but it can also hinder it. This guideline goes hand in hand with #1. If the outfit you put your child in causes you to stress, no matter how cute it is it's not worth it. If the barrette constantly has to be adjusted or something just doesn't fit right, forget it. Go with something cute, colorful, and simple.

5. Be realistic. As a photographer, I have some level of talent but I am not a magician. If your goal is to have a family shot with your active 18 month old twins where everyone is smiling and looking at the camera, chances are it's not going to happen. This definitely leads back to #1 (high stress!) and honestly just isn't my style. I don't consider myself in the same category as a mall portrait studio featuring 15 minute sessions a squeaky toy to get little kids to look and smile. Chances are, you're not a fan of them anyway if you're hiring me, so please just allow me to capture your family naturally. Knowing that your 18 month old who never sits still for you more than likely won't sit still for me either. It's just the age and we'll have to capture them differently. A photo of a happy child doesn't mean they have to be posed and looking at the camera.

Well, now that I've rambled on and on, I hope this helped as a guide to a successful photo shoot. Remember, this is natural photography and my goal is to have you looking your best and hoping you fall in love with your photos! I look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oliver | 2 baths in 24 hours

After peeing on himself and experimenting with rice cereal, this boy is no stranger to bath time today. This little photo made my heart melt today.

I can't believe I get to be his momma! :)

Mommy Sessions | Part Deux

Time to plan more Mommy sessions! The two dates I am looking at are:

July 17th or July 31st

If you plan on signing up, please let me know which date works better by titling your email "Mommy Sessions." I hope to have a half day turnout so please pass it on to a friend, relative, or co-worker that needs some Mommy photos for herself. I will wait to see which date works better for the majority of moms.

Cost again will be $65 for a 10-15 minute session and will include 3 images. Additional images will be available for purchase.

Location will be at my studio in Lonsdale but photos will be taken outdoors (weather permitting). I would love to do some cool outdoor location in the cities somewhere but let's face it, weather is unpredictable and since this is an all day event I need to have access to certain amenities.

Hope to hear from lots of you! Click here to view Mommy Sessions from earlier this month. These are open to all moms, not just mother & daughter!

Toy Story 3

I came. I saw. I cried.

Oliver | 4 months

Oliver gave me 5 minutes from his craziness to snap these this morning. This boy is BUSY. He is a mover and a shaker and man does he love attention. He's babbling away and we're enjoying every minute of it!

I know someone will ask about the hat, it is vintage Gymboree, circa 2004. :)
Doesn't the hat just make the photo?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Noah | 3 months

We are busy mothers of 3 who run our own businesses. Most of the time, our lives are a blur. I cherish any time that we get to see each other, even if those times are hectic and short. Someday my friend, we will get to spend some quality time together and have an uninterrupted conversation.

Miss you.

Amy and Seth | LeSueur Wedding Photographer

The best compliment I have ever received was from Amy. She told me, "You're the one thing I know I wanted, even before I was engaged." Although we had a rainy day, we made the best of it and Amy was a rock star and didn't let the rain deter her from outdoor photos!

Amy's dad has passed away so we planned a trip to visit him.

Who knew LeSueur had a museum?
These were just a few of my favorites, congratulations A&S!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Megan & Paul | Engaged!

We had a fun session at Lake Nokomis on a beautiful MN evening. Hanging out at the beach is not a bad way to be at work!

Thanks M&P, I look forward to your wedding this fall!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anne and Ryan | Stillwater Wedding

I got to photograph at Trellis in Stillwater again on another gorgeous MN day. It was a Friday evening wedding so the schedule of events was short but full. I only wish I had another hour with Anne and Ryan to do more bride/groom photos! Everything was so beautiful!
These flowers were so stunning. I had to touch them to make sure they were real, they were just way too perfect. Kudos to Amy and Amy of Mimi Design on their beautiful work!

The flower girl Amelia is an aspiring photographer!

The wedding party was Anne and Ryan's good friends who are also married to each other with children and responsible for introducing them to each other. I love how it was such an intimate affair.

The moment they had been waiting for...

Congratulations A&R!