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Friday, January 28, 2011

Alex is 1!

I have been photographing this family since their first born was little and now their third son is ONE! How does that happen?!

Wagner Boys | Walker Art Center

With Oliver newly walking, I figured what better place for a photo shoot than the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis! I thought it would be cool for him to have photos here to look back on. I had this shoot in my head for weeks and I had to patiently wait for the boys to have a day off from school. These were not the images I had in my head and it just goes to show that you just can't plan everything in life! I had all three boys with me by myself, a stroller, my camera backpack, diaper bag, and a duffel bag filled with outfit changes, and all of our winter coats piled on top of the stroller. I couldn't pack lightly and needless to say I was sweaty and exhausted after this!

The older boys did have fun at the museum despite the bored look on their faces. :) I think they just got "pictured out" after awhile and Oliver was ALL OVER THE PLACE! I think I was just 3 weeks too late because he wasn't walking very much just that short time ago.

It was impossible to get the three of them together looking happy. I understand what my clients want but sometimes it just doesn't happen! That is the craziness of an 8 year old, a 6 year old, and an 11 month old.

This was a cute 35mm juice box camera I found on Photojojo. I can't wait to see THEIR captures!

We still had some more outfits to shoot but I think they had enough! Another day...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

This is everything.

Every once and awhile Oliver will come up to Owen and hug him. I MELT and I never have my camera handy so I hold that in my heart and file it away in my memory bank. I finally captured it and it means the whole world to me.
They are 8 years apart...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snowmen | and a new year!

I came home from a shoot one day to find these three snow boys greeting me. It was the cutest thing!
I really wanted to do an awesome 2010 year in photos post, but then I realized how much work that would be so I decided to just write a bit instead. :)

2010 came and went in a flash! Seriously... a year ago today, this was my view:Now that little guy is walking around and getting into trouble left and right! Last year was definitely a year that was focused on my growing family and new baby. Although my family always comes first, I am excited to start the new year off with a clean slate. This year, I want to invest back into my business and am taking steps to make some great new changes for my company.

Some things I'd love to shoot this year:

- a live birth (I have photographed two before and they are amazing!)
- an engagement... not the usual engagement session but the actual proposal!
- more photojournalism in general... posed portraits are nice, but it is such a thrill to capture real moments!

If you know of these or any other opportunities that you think I'd like please contact me! I will continue to add to my list but it is late and my brain is only half-functioning at the moment. :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

St. Benedict's | Documenting history...

*edited to add...

Unfortunately... as excited as I was to be able to cover the closing ceremony of this church, my family and I came down with the stomach flu late Saturday night so I wasn't able to attend that early Sunday Mass. I was thankful that I did get to shoot some church details on Saturday morning. Here are just a few, I plan on putting together a slide show and making these available to any parishioners that may want some photos of the church. I will keep you posted!


I've photographed lots of events in the past 5 years, but nothing like this. I will be photographing something really special early Sunday morning. St. Benedict's, a small Catholic church just outside of New Prague will be closing its doors forever. Although I am not a parishioner there, I was asked to capture the last Mass and closing ceremony by my father-in-law, Deacon Bob Wagner who will be presiding.

For many, this church is such a part of their lives and has been there for generation after generation. They as children were baptized there and are now attending the baptisms of their grandchildren. It was built in 1851 and is the oldest church in the area. Imagine the history over the past 160 years.

I feel honored to provide these families with some imagery that will truly go down in the history books. Soon there will be nothing left in its place and only the memories that these parishioners will hold in their hearts.

To read more, there is an article I found here. I will be sure to have lots of Kleenex in my pocket that day. It will be an emotional one.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


This shoot was a collaboration between Kyle and I. He is home from college where he is studying musical theater and wanted some fun, updated photos. He was hoping for some dramatic, iconic photographs so this is what I came up with:

College-age is a great time to be photographed! I think that at this age you are truly in your prime and looking and feeling your best.

Snow lovin' Linnea

Linnea is home from college in southern CA and as crazy as it sounds, she prefers snow to sand! She is my favorite to photograph so we did some fun snow photos today. It was freeeeezing, but she rocked it out of course!

Miss you L!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


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Monday, January 10, 2011


I feel some mini-sessions coming on... for those of you that would book a mini-session in the next couple of months, would you prefer something indoors in time for Valentine's Day or some fun in the snow outdoors? If you have another idea, feel free to enter it in the poll below.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Oliver | 11 months... almost!

Meal time is always fun with Oliver and I make sure to have my camera handy. These were just a few expressions I got within a matter of 5 minutes... my sweet baby boy is almost a toddler!
Seriously, when he puts his head to the side I can literally feel my heart melting.

love. that. boy.

For those of you that remember that I do have two other boys... I haven't featured them because I haven't taken any photos of them lately. :( It's hard because they are in school all day every day and we are usually busy on the weekends. I do have a fabulous shoot planned for them next week so check back!

Sonya & Dan | St. Paul Wedding Photographer

I first met Sonya when she booked me for head shots almost 2 years ago. We had some great conversation and I found out that Sonya is a true romantic at heart and she mentioned that if she were to ever get married that I would be her wedding photographer.

Fast forward a year later when she contacted me for wedding photos! I was so happy for her and was looking forward to the event all year. We shot in late November on a frigid MN day. We managed to sneak outside and do some walking downtown and ended up at the Science Museum. Here are a few of my favorites:

Thanks Sonya & Dan! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!