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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! From, The Wagners

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The loves of my life.

I finally got a chance to snap a few photos of my boys when the had the day off from school earlier this month. I had to share these! They are the loves of my life and I cannot imagine life without them.

Clothes are a mix of miniBoden, Zara, and J.Crew. Outfitting my kids is my favorite. I think everyone's got their "thing" that they love to spend money on whether it's designer purses, going out to eat, etc. Mine is buying my kids clothes! It brings me so much joy to see them dressed so cutely. That's my thing!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Mini-Accordion Albums!

I love mini- accordions. I always design one for myself after I shoot photos of my kids. It's the perfect way to gift multiple photos and in multiples of three, you can keep one for yourself! This holiday design is so cute and will be a big hit with grandparents and other family members! Contact me to order!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Kayd | Minnesota Nice meets Indian Spice

The beautiful Kayd. I photographed my first Indian wedding recently, it was so amazing!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Recent sneak peeks

Bill and Corinne | Red Wing wedding... more to come!

Alissa and Adam | Jordan wedding... more to come!

Eva and Jeremiah | Prior Lake wedding... more to come!

Alex | New Prague high school senior... more to come!

If you're not yet doing so, follow me on facebook for the latest sneak peeks and updates! I don't always have the time to update here...

The boys | Urban Session

I have been meaning to get my boys out for a session for quite some time now. All of my clients have had such awesome weather for their sessions lately and I knew if I didn't get out soon I would miss out and end up with snow!

Coordinating a session with three kids is a lot of work! Maybe you think since I am a photographer I am constantly snapping photos of my kids but that is SO not the case. I need to schedule it just like a client session! I am always inspired by clothing so here is what I am calling Part I of their fall photos. I have more outfits I want to play with so it definitely calls for another session.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nacoal and Mike | Boat engagement session

This weather has been to die for! I had a really fun engagement session that I wanted to share. This is a sneak peek for Nacoal and Mike, whose wedding is next June. Nacoal had the fun idea of shooting out on the lake, the couple's favorite place to be! I always ask my couples to choose a location or activity that is meaningful to them for their engagement photos. I am so glad Nacoal took this to heart and made the most of their session. We had such a great time shooting this, and what a gorgeous place to be on a warm October evening.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Kara | Sneak peek

More of Kara soon... isn't she gorgeous? Busy, busy, busy! Weddings every Saturday, family/senior/engagement every Sunday and scattered into the week. Three more weeks until the craziness settles down. The weather has been perfect so it makes my job pretty amazing right now.

I hope to blog more soon.. wait, blog "more?" I should say, I hope to BLOG soon... :)

Follow me on facebook if you don't already. It's easier for me to put up one photo there vs. writing up a blog post.

No more studio for me! I moved out on Friday... oh yeah, add moving out of a studio into my crazy mix of shooting and editing. I have access to a studio if need be, but otherwise I will be shooting on location for the time being. I'm excited! It's a new chapter and hopefully some new challenges and new locations.

Like the carpenter with no woodwork in his own home, I have yet to take my kids out and update photos of them. I picked out and bought their outfits weeks ago, but no time to actually take them. I hope Oliver's still fits, he's growing like a weed! Hope you're enjoying the beautiful fall!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sasha | Hill Murray High School Senior | Maplewood senior photographer

I had the best time with Sasha! She had so many fun ideas for her session! We ended up shooting on Grand Ave. in St. Paul, Sasha's favorite hangout. I can't tell you how much attention we got with her awesome bike. Everyone had to stop, comment, watch, and ask her questions about it. She was so great to work with!

Get to know Sasha!

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

What is the very first thing you'd buy if you won the lottery?
0A 1969 GTO Judge. Hands down.0

Mac or PC?    

What song gets the most plays on your iPod?    
No Quarter (Live in Madison Square Garden 1973) - Led Zeppelin

Favorite store to go on a shopping spree:    
Free People

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?    
If all survival items were already taken care of?
My beloved pillow.
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk.
Notebook and pen.

Which movie can you recite every line from?    
Pulp Fiction

Celebrity crush?    
Michael Fassbender

What is your favorite place on Earth?    
Napa Valley, Wine Country.

I've always wanted to try _________________. (fill in the blank)    
treking the path to mordor and climbing Mtn. Doom.

You couldn't pay me to __________________. (fill in the blank)    
Live in Florida.

Thanks Sasha! So. Much. Fun.

Simplicity workshop images

I had the most amazing time in Salt Lake City! I have always admired Angie's style so it was amazing to be able to learn from her and soak up everything she knows. We got to shoot three sessions and style our models so it was so fun to be a part of the whole process. My favorite was when we got to work with the models one on one and get the images we wanted. The landscape out there is amazing with mountains and the awesome orchard we got to shoot in. We stayed an extra day in Park City and I fell in love. It's such an awesome resort town! So, I'm back, refreshed, inspired, and ready to take my business to the next level! I just enrolled Oliver in part-time daycare so I am excited to be able to stay on top of my work and have some work/life balance restored. Hopefully, no more 3 am work nights. Lots of changes here, but exciting ones! Here are a few of my images from the workshop:
Angie's daughter Chloe modeled for us. It was a little surreal seeing her in person after seeing her on Angie's blog for so many years... it was like photographing a celebrity child!
These three were my favorite models. They LOVED it and would have sat there and modeled for us all day long!

Stay tuned for more excitement, I'll be doing a model call soon so I can create more of these images for myself.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Out of the office...

My goodness. My life could not get ANY busier, and if it did, that would mean I am getting less sleep than the few hours I am getting a night right now! My poor blog has been neglected, along with so many other things in my life (my messy office). My schedule has been insane and my husband has been working 12-14 hour days so I am currently a single mom to three kids with work piled up and not much time for anything else.

For the exciting news... I will be headed to Salt Lake City this week for some mentoring with Angie Monson... the Angie Monson, I'm so excited to get my learn on! It is so important to continue your education as a photographer and always be trying to perfect your craft. I love being able to invest back into my business! I will come back inspired, refreshed, and ready to rock it out!

For the official announcement- I will be out of the office beginning Wednesday, September 14th through Saturday, September 17th. With so much work to do, I will be answering emails when I get back but will try to squeeze in some editing on the plane. Follow me on facebook to see what I am up to in UTAH!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Milk... eggs... a bride and groom?

Thanks to Matt at the New Brighton Cub Foods for letting us have fun in the store! Congratulations Rachel and Mark! Rachel had so many fun photo requests... more photos from this wedding to come...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Now available!

I had a cancellation and the 3:30 pm time slot on Saturday, October 22nd at Cleary Lake is now available. Email me if you want to snatch it up!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Whoa. It's been a crazy, fun summer! I can't believe school is right around the corner. I wanted to give a quick personal update since it's been awhile! First of all, I apologize for being behind with editing at the moment. If you are waiting, it won't be much longer! I have been pulling some near all-nighters almost every single day just to get caught up. I have been shooting weddings every weekend and haven't even had a chance to blog, it's killing me not to be able to share!

If you are friends with me on facebook, you have probably seen my super top secret family shoot posted. Exciting! I will be posting my own personal story and images here soon, as soon as I get a chance to look through them all. I loved my sneak peek, Tasha did an amazing job! In other exciting news, I will be attending some personal mentoring with Simplicity Photography in just two weeks! Angie Monson is one of my photography idols based out in Salt Lake City. That's right, I will be flying out on a jet plane and can't wait to learn everything that I can! Not to mention, doing some personal shooting in a beautiful city!

More big news: I have decided to end my lease on my studio space in Lonsdale. I have been there for 2 1/2 years and have shot there possibly a handful of times this past year so it makes obvious sense that I let it go instead of paying for nothing, essentially. I will still have access to studio shooting when I need it, so clients have no fear! This means nothing besides a little more financial freedom. Yay! I am actually excited about the decision, but will have to do some downsizing with my furniture and props so stayed tuned for a big studio sale sometime in September.

That's about it for now. Now I need some serious sleep. These 3 and 4 am work nights are killing me! As soon as I can, I will post some of the many recent images I've been shooting. Fun, exciting stuff!

p.s. There are still some afternoon spaces left in my Back to School minis! Since my fall sessions booked up, these are the last available minis of the season until... dare I say it... WINTER!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back to School Sessions!

This is a fun collaboration between Kayla and I. We live in the same city, have become great friends, and discovered how much fun it is to work with each other!

This is a great day of sessions because it offers such a range of choices to suit everyone's needs. The location is in one place but we will have lots of options to choose from as far as which type of theme you want for your child or family. My family mini-sessions booked up fast so if you missed out here is another opportunity! Two experienced photographers, a great location, lots of options, it's a win-win-win!

Session times are:

9:00 | booked
9:30 | booked
10:00 | booked
10:30 | booked
11:00 | booked
11:30 |
1:00 | booked
1:30 | booked
2:00 |
2:30 |
3:00 |
3:30 |
4:00 | booked
4:30 | booked

Sessions are 15 minutes for a child session (20 minutes for two children) or 20 minutes for family sessions.

If you would like to book a session, click the Buy Now button and follow the instructions.

Reserve your session TODAY!

Here are some examples of the props and backgrounds we have. Background scenery may vary as we will be moving around a bit as the light changes throughout the day.

Antique desk:

Lace canopy:
Blue sofa:
Tea party:
There are also barns and fields nearby- lots to choose from!

Oliver | 18 months

This kid is growing like a weed! I have been a bad momma as far as picture taking goes. One evening I decided I just need to DO IT so I snapped these quickly. 18 months just may be the toughest age to photograph!
Oliver is a bit obsessed with his belly...

I get asked a lot for styling advice for kids sessions... I am thinking about offering some sort of service. I haven't put a ton of thought into it as far as how to charge, etc. but I LOVE doing it so for now just inquire and we'll see what I can do!
Often times, he will go looking for other people's bellies too!

This just makes my heart smile.
Stop growing so fast baby! Love you. -Mom