Couples

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couples

Seniors

Seniors
seniors

Headshots

Headshots
headshots

Shaianne | Burnsville Senior Portraits

Minneapolis Senior Portraits

4 on 4 | Light Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 

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Mercedes & Yorki | Minneapolis Photographer

Minneapolis Engagement Photographer

The sun shone beautifully the afternoon Mercedes, Yorki, and I met for their photo session in Lakeville.  Unfortunately it was also 30 degrees and windy beyond belief!

Jessica & Eddie | Twin Cities Photographer

minneapolis engagement photographer

4 on 4 | January Is Cold Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 
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February already.  I can't believe it.  

Photographers in Apple Valley MN

Weekly Favorites | Twin Cities Family Photographer

How to create sunlight with you speedlight

Rogue Flashbender 2 Review

Flashbender Review


4 on 4 | Outdoor Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 
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December was full of preparation, travel, celebration, and family.  There's no way I could select just four images of the people involved in these events so for this month's entry I'm going to focus on the settings.

Twin Cities Photographer

Weekly Favorites | Whirlwind Edition II

How on Earth do you pick a couple of favorites out of the hundreds that you took over holiday vacation?  We drove to my mother-in-law's house in Michigan for Hanukkah, spent Christmas with my brother-in-law, and celebrated the solstice as a family of four before the chaos ensued.  Rather than post an entire book, I've selected a few of my favorite moments.

Minneapolis Documentary Photographer


My Favorite Photography Resources

Resources for Photographers

New Years bring New Year's Resolutions!  I have a brand spankin' new list of 2017 photography resolutions set up in my planner.  I can't be the only one, right?

Here is a list of resources for photographers that I've found on the web.

5 Tips For Photographing a Vacation

Twin Cities Family Photography

Vacations are made to destress, reconnect with loved ones, and let go of the pressures of everyday life.  They are also prime opportunities for stretching yourself creatively!  Shooting in a new environment, especially one that you have not had a chance to scout first, encourages you to think on the fly and keeps you on your creative toes!  Here are 5 tips for photographing your vacation.

Road Tripping With My Photography Gear

Let's be honest.  As photographers our equipment is not only expensive but also an extension of who we are.  As such when the option for travel comes along the first question is: "Can I bring my camera?  Cause if I can't bring my camera I'm not going.".  

Traveling with your photo gear

Weekly Favorites | Indoor Light Edition

We got our first real snow this week!  7-ish inches piled on the ground.  And the car...and the fence...  So this week there has been a lot of indoor shooting.  I've dusted off my soft boxes and my flash bender and gone to town with some holiday style pictures.

Holiday portraits

Weekly Favorites | Nature Reserve Edition



4 on 4 | Corruption Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 
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Let me be the voice of reason, people.  "It will never happen to me" is a surefire way to make sure it happens to you.  You sit down at your computer, ready to work with your pictures - maybe you're working on some advertising, designing a photo wall, or (god forbid) getting ready to email a gallery to a client.  And you see this:

Image File Corruption

Lensbaby Spark Review

Review of the Lensbaby Spark

One of the least expensive options for delving into the world of Lensbaby lenses, the Spark for Canon and Nikon mounts delivers a surprising result for what you shell out for it.

Weekly Favorites | Transition Edition


Every single day when I wake up and look out my window I have to remind myself that it's not January.  The 40 degree temperatures, the overcast days...these all remind me of the middle of winter in Phoenix.

Mazers Make a Snowman

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, good food, and fun.  This was our first year away from both sides of our families so it was just the four of us.  

Weekly Favorites | Gettin' Chilly Edition

Apple Valley MN

When we moved to Minnesota earlier this year it was to a chorus of "Ohhh, just you wait until the end of October!"  Then it became "Ohh just a couple more weeks and it's ON!"  Now it's "This is unseasonably warm.  You brought this weirdness from Arizona, didn't you?"

Tessa | Apple Valley Senior Portraits


Deonna | Prior Lake Senior Photographer


Weekly Favorites | Pleasant Days Edition


Twin Cities Photographer

This week I've made it a point to get out with my kids and let them enjoy the beautiful weather.  I cleaned out our entry closet and found their scooters that they got last year when we still lived in Phoenix.  I strapped on my camera and we set out "scoochin'".

Daring to be Different | A Clickin Moms Breakout Review

This week I want to introduce you to a breakout that I participated in a couple of months back that not only taught me a bunch during its run but also continues to teach me new concepts and ideas every time I go back and review the course materials.  Daring to be Different - Creating Images With an Edge by Laura Froese of Paraphrase Productions.

Laura Froese

4 on 4 | Get In the Frame Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 


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So a common theme running through a lot of online photographer forums this month is "Get in the frame"!  Most photographers (especially mom photographers) have eleventy-billion photos of their kids, their partner, their friends, etc but very, very few of themselves.  So this month I've made it a point to get myself in the frame with my family.


Weekly Favorites | Whirlwind Edition

Oh my goodness what can I say about this week in photography?  It hit the ground running with a trip to Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville to take some promotional shots for November.

Twin Cities Family Photographer

Carlyn | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

Senior season continues here in Minnesota with Carlyn, a stunning class of 2017 gal with a beautiful smile and talent to match!!

Senior Photos Twin Cities

Weekly Favorites | Streets of Minneapolis Edition

Headshots in Apple Valley MN

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Jen and her fiancĂ© Matt during a Clickin Moms shootout in downtown Minneapolis.  I just love it when I meet someone and we just get along.  Jen is awesome!

What's In My Bag? | Twin Cities Photographer

Twin Cities Photographer

Weekly Favorites | Autumn Edition




I simply can't get over how gorgeous the colors are here.  When we moved to Minnesota this Spring I was amazed at all of the green.  But the oranges, reds, browns, and yellows?  My goodness...

Weekly Favorites | Cathedral Edition

One aspect of my photography service that I extend to every client is the option to keep your session photos private.  I completely understand that not everyone wants pictures of themselves or of their children on the internet and I support that choice 100% and make sure that their anonymity is preserved.  

In the past couple of weeks I've had the majority of my clients elect to have their images private.  So what's a girl to do when there's a blog to maintain?  

Get out and shoot, of course!

St Paul Photographer

4 on 4 | Plague Edition

 Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 

So this month we were introduced to our first Minnesota plague.  You guys...this was no joke. I'm in week 3 and still coughing every time I laugh.  Both boys are on antibiotics - one with eye drops for you don't want to KNOW what coming out of his eyes and the other with a steroid to help his lungs heal.  

Photographers in Minnesota
Poor baby down for the count

Two Years and Counting

Two years.  Twenty-four months.  And each and every day a photo taken.  That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I accomplished something way beyond what I set out to do on October 1st, 2014.  Initially I thought "Every day for a year...hope I can do it!".  And now?  I've just completed two consecutive years without a day's break in between.

Photographers in Twin Cities

Weekly Favorites | School Pictures Edition

Now normally I'm a lot more on-the-ball when it comes to taking my little man's school photos.  But the pneumonia that swept through our house coupled with the week's vacation earlier this month has rendered me pretty useless.  Yesterday though I finally had the strength (if not the lung capacity) to set up my gear and get it done.

Fine Art Chid Portraits

Elissa | Wayzata Senior Portraits


Weekly Favorites | Plague Edition

This week has been very quiet on the social media front for me and very loud with wracking, heaving coughs in person.  Minnesota bronchitis takes no prisoners, you guys.

Twin Cities Family Photographer

Sarah | Prior Lake Senior Photographer

Have I mentioned yet how much I love all of the 2017 seniors that I've had the pleasure to work with?  Because Sarah is no exception.  In fact - Sarah is simply a born model!  We started right on time and kept shooting after the sun went down!


Weekly Favorites | Busy Bee Edition

The pickings for this week's favorites were pretty slim since I spent the majority of the week working on a commercial shoot in Apple Valley.  But I of course picked up my camera every day!

Photographers in Apple Valley
Breakfast in underwear?  Check.

Around Town | Twin Cities Family Photographer

Labor Day weekend marked our annual vacation with my in-laws.  Usually we go in late October but being that we don't live in the desert anymore it was decided that we would move it ahead by a month  and a half to enjoy the gorgeous late summer weather.

Photographers in Minneapolis
Our hotel must have known I was coming...

Weekly Favorites | Vacation Edition

This week has been the first weekend since the beginning of July that I've had a weekend off.  And let me tell you, vacationing with two kids under 6 is rarely relaxing!  haha  My in-laws flew into Minneapolis from Michigan on Saturday morning and we hit the ground running.  


4 on 4 | Copper Tube Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle! 

So this month the common theme in many of my photography groups has been experimenting with light and shooting through different objects to achieve new and exciting results.  Enter the copper tube couplings:

photography ring of fire

Allyssa & Aaron | Minneapolis Couples Photographer

It's always interesting to me to get to study relationships as part of my job as a photographer.  How do they look at each other?  How to they speak to each other?  Do they touch unconsciously or are they very hands-off in mixed company?


Weekly Favorites | Apple Valley Photographer

This was my first weekend off since the beginning of June.  Senior season really knocked me on my butt!  Then my husband was out of town most of last week and there was school prep.  Whew!

On Saturday afternoon Elena and I met at the Minnesota State Fair to take in the sights and take some photographs.  And apparently it was urgent that I discover cheese curds.  They were super rich and tasted like mozzarella cheese sticks.

State Fairgrounds Minnesota

Tessa | Apple Valley Senior Photographer

I met 2017 Senior Tessa in a fairly unconventional way.  I was out exploring with my boys one morning not long after we moved to Minnesota and we came across her at the small gazebo one street over.  We got to talking and she informed me that there is a large park less than a block away with a splash pad!  She even walked us over.  At the end of our impromptu outing I gave her my card and told her to call me if she didn't already have a senior photographer.

Apple Valley MN Senior Photographers

Boy am I glad she called.  Can you say gorgeous??  She was one of the most prepared of any senior