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April 23, 2012 in babies, families

Maybe you’ve heard (you know on the blog, on my personal Facebook, on my business Facebook, on Twitter) that there is a new man in my life. He is sweet and gorgeous and most impressively, did not pee or poop on any of my blankets. After photographing Joseph’s entrance into the world (have I mentioned it was amazing?), I got the pleasure of seeing him again a week-ish later to get my snuggle on take his newborn photos. It was an adventure! I didn’t mention it in his birth story but this little pea does NOT like to be on his back…or his stomach. At the hospital, the director of nursing was taking his vitals and he just kept rolling from one side to another. When Dad asked if it was normal, she said she had never seen it before.  At his newborn session it was quite apparent that he still preferred his side to any other position and let me know he was not happy as soon as I tried any way else.  Lucky for him (and mom and dad! ) I used some of my tricks and managed to get him comfy for enough time to snap a few shots of him on his back and tummy. Newborn sessions can last 3 (or more hours) and I always take the lead from the baby. If babe needs to be fed, babe gets fed. If babe is tired of being swaddled, we unswaddle. Alternately, if babe is sick of being in the buff, we cover and swaddle. Babe’s needs comes first.

Now, enjoy some baby goodness! And, why yes, that is a rooster on the deck checking in on baby..

I got to document a birth. Truth? I loved every moment of it. I’m not sure if it was because it was my sweet nephew being born or if it was just the whole experience but I am in love. It was amazing. My sister called at 3:45am to tell me she was admitted earlier in the night and that she was dilated to 5cm. I drove the hour and a half to get to Albert Lea after throwing on some clothes and grabbing my already-packed bag. When I got there she was at 8cm and moving quickly! Baby came in a few pushes and Joseph Carl was born at 7:57am on April 6. Momma was amazing through the whole thing and Dad was so sweet. It was awe-some. I feel so blessed to have been allowed to witness such a very personal experience. I’m not going to lie, when I talked with Becky about it a few months back, Ben was not so sure of the process. He took a little convincing but after I sent him some other birth photography to look at he realized what I was (and more importantly WASN’T) going to be taking pictures of and he agreed. I’m happy to report they both adored the photos and there were tears all around. Ben and Becky, I know you are going to be amazing parents and I can’t WAIT to watch Joseph grow up!

While this experience was amazing, I would like to document a few more births before deciding if it’s something I want to pursue on a more regular basis. Since I’m just testing the water in this area of photography, promotional pricing will apply. If you are considering having a birth photographer document your birth and would like to talk about details, shoot me an e-mail. I’d love to hear from you.

And, the best part of this post….welcome to the world Joseph!

December 15, 2010 in babies

I love photographing newborns. This one is super special because Kyler is my very first nephew. We did a mini-session with Kyler. A mini-session is about half the time and half the photos of a regular session. It worked well for all involved because we only had about an hour and a half smashed between two family Christmas celebrations. I prefer to photograph newborns before 10 days old when they are still all curly and sleepy. Kyler was 20 days old so we got some great awake shots, and a couple sleepy photos. He wasn’t nearly as excited to be all curled up as he would have been a week before but he was so patient and so alert. Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

natural light newborn photography

hennepin county newborn

minneapolis newborn

November 7, 2010 in babies, families, kids

I had never been to Bandana Square before but this family heads there often. Their boys love the train museum. It was an awesome location with loads of character. We ended up getting shots in and around the outside of the building. Grayson wasn’t so sure of me at first, but my super duper preschool teacher powers won him over and he told me all about his ball themed birthday party. Xander was down for anything and pretty much stayed put wherever we decided to put him. Thanks for a fun morning D Family! It was great to work with you.

St Paul baby photographer

Bandana square

urban st paul photograher

October 24, 2010 in babies, couples, families, kids

I love this family. The girls and I are intertwined through the friendship that our parents share. I started off with the plan of just doing one of the family’s photos and then I got an e-mail that they wanted pictures of all the kids and grandkids. I was so excited to be able to get images of ALL of them! A family tree session typically consists of mini sessions (10-15 photos instead of the usual 20-30) for all the families plus a mini session for the large group shots. In the middle of the shoot John and Julie let me know that we were at the same location that they got married! They then went on to say that their photographer didn’t get any photos of just the two of them on that day. I felt honored to go back to the spot where the wedding family photos were taken and to give them some photos of just the two of them. I found out later they both cried as they looked through the slideshow. I know it is not always fun to get photos taken but what an amazing gift to give your family! It was an awesome experience and it was a beautiful day so the kids had a blast. Thanks for letting me capture your connections R family!

algona family tree

October 22, 2010 in babies, families, kids

I had the pleasure of photographing 3 sweet girls and their parents this past weekend. I traveled to my hometown of Algona, IA to do this shoot as well as a large “family tree” type session (stay tuned for that blog!). These girls were fantastic. They were totally diva-licious. Not in an I-only-want-red-m&m’s-in-my-dressing-room way but in an I’m-gonna-rock-this-shoot sorta way! I had to QUICK take shots of anything that could even be considered a posed shot because one or two shots in the arms would start flaring out and the hands went on the hips and these girls totally rocked the camera. It made for a fabulously fun session. I LOVE the first photo below, B was snuggling her sisters. ADORABLE! Even though Baby P wasn’t so thrilled about her sisters holding her today (diva in-training?), she held her own when she saw the camera coming. Thanks R Family for letting me photograph your beautiful and vivacious family!

Eden Prairie family photographer

Chanhassen family photographer

July 28, 2010 in babies

My first newborn shoot! Meet Gabriella. 1 week old. I went to college with her mom and dad and they are some of my closest friends. I was so excited to photograph them and their expanding family. Big brother Evan was very anti-photos for a while, but I convinced him they would be “surprise” photos for Mommy since she was out of the room at the time. Worked like a charm. I guess having a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teaching background comes in handy in the world of photography after all! Gabby was perfect and slept most of the time. She was so fun to photograph and I can’t wait to watch her grow! It was hard to choose just a couple of photos but here are some I love.

I  have been playing around with photography my whole life. Like many photographers, when my children were born, I realized how precious every moment had become and wanted to capture every little thing. For the past year, I have been experimenting on friends, family, and strangers at public events. I enjoy capturing moments and emotions. After all, when I look at photos of myself and my family, I want them to tell a story and show the connections between people and the world around them. I want to remember my husband’s horrible college haircut, the craziness of our engagement, the way I dropped the dove at our wedding, and my children’s sleepy newborn smiles and toddler antics.

I was so lucky to attend Cheryl Muhr’s The Secret Workshop when she came to Minneapolis in May.  Photos from the workshop are  shown below. It was the push I needed to start sharing my gift of capturing moments with others. When I show up, camera in tow, and ready to start snapping, I want you to answer me this question: What do you want to remember about these moments?