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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

Tash | Hill-Murray Senior Photographer | MN Equine Senior Photographer

I shot Tash's sister Grace's senior photos last year and was honored to be asked to photograph Tash this year! The family owns two horses, last year we shot with Blue and this year we worked with Dune. Dune is pregnant, due in the Spring, so she has been acting odd such as rearing up like a stallion! Much like working with small children, animals are unpredictable but I LOVE getting asked to work with horses.

Tash was a blast to photograph and aspires to not only be an interior designer, but possibly do some modeling on the side. She will be great at both!

Look at this girl! This was Grace's idea to put her in the street, then we got yelled at by an old lady driving by. "Get out of the road!" she said.

About Tash:

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Interior Designer

What is the very first thing you'd buy if you won the lottery?
A condo on the beach in Miami or San Diego

Mac or PC?

What song gets the most plays on your iPod?
Just a Kiss, Amen, Are you gonna kiss me or not

Favorite store to go on a shopping spree:
Forever 21

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
My phone, my drawing stuff, and a swimsuit

Which movie can you recite every line from?
John Tucker Must Die

Celebrity crush?
Christiano Ronaldo

What is your favorite place on Earth?
Under the waterfall at Willow Falls

I've always wanted to try _________________. (fill in the blank)
Cliff Diving

You couldn't pay me to __________________. (fill in the blank)
Swim with whales or sharks

Thanks Tash! So great to work with you and your family once again!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fall Mini-Sessions! | BOOKED!

It is crazy to think about August being just around the corner, school starting soon, and the thought of fall family photos but my dates are beginning to book up fast and I wanted to get these announced so you "planners" out there can get rolling! I chose afternoon sessions for the best lighting and for the fact that morning sessions can be iffy as far as colder temps and wet dewy grass. I am very excited about the locations this year, both are gorgeous and we should get some amazing fall color!

If you'd like to book a session, please click here and complete this form for a session request. I will confirm your session time and once your deposit is received you will be all set!

*I will keep this posted listed at the top for awhile so scroll down for new posts!*

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Fall mini-session availability | New opening!

Fall mini-sessions are booked! Please contact me if you want to be put on the waiting list. It is a possibility that someone will not be able to make it and an opening may occur. If I get enough interest, I may open a couple of earlier time slots. Thanks!

October 15th:
3:00- booked
3:30- booked
4:00- booked
4:30- booked
5:00- booked
5:30- booked

October 22nd:
3:00- booked
4:00- booked
4:30- booked
5:00- booked
5:30- booked

I will be out of the office beginning Wednesday, August 3rd and returning Monday, August 8th. I am celebrating my birthday in a big way with a family road trip and our ultra top secret family photo shoot! I cannot wait to finally share!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Addison, Lincoln, & Jameson | Lonsdale Family Photographer

We have this thing where every time this family and I have a session scheduled it seems to rain and this day was no different! Although we were limited to the studio most of the session, we managed to sneak outside at the very end once the rain passed through. Addison and Lincoln recently welcomed their new baby sister Jameson to the family! I am so in love with Jameson's curly dark and light hair. It was so unique, it was dark when she was born but is now growing in lighter so she has these really awesome natural highlights!

So good to see you all again and congratulations on little J! She's precious!