December Reflections Day 3: Best Day of 2015

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Dec Reflections Day 3: Best Day of 2015

This is a hard one my friends. I always have a tough time with picking "my favorite" or the "best" because I find joy in a lot of things. And the pressure to name one thing always is difficult for me no matter the topic. (I'm pretty sure this stems from my recovering perfectionism).

I scrolled through my many pics on my phone. Is that weird that my preferred method of capturing life's daily events and details is my phone when I'm a photographer? I know. But the best camera is the one with you! I could write a whole article about that and why I don't use my professional camera more often for personal use. Mostly it's that I feel compelled to "create" when I use my big camera. Which means start to finish I'm envisioning the end product in my mind. The process includes taking lots of angles, culling down to the right ones, and editing in Photoshop. Which is time consuming. When I use my phone, I let go of that and know it's good enough as is. It's sort of like baking a cake from scratch vs buying one at the store. Both equally satisfying in different ways.

But I digress... Best Day of 2015... so hard to pick! So I'll just give you ONE of the best days of this year. This is the day my boys and I all left for Boy Scout camp. The older two spent a week at the campground for Boy Scouts and my youngest and I did a shorter stint at the same camp but different area for the Webelos. We also were able to spend one night all together after the Webelos camp was done. Pretty eventful night too as there was a peanut butter loving bear that wandered into camp that night and sniffed our tent!! Funny thing was, both my son and I slept right through it! We found out the next day the Scoutmaster chased him off. Only harm done was a broken mess kit and a few tense moments. What a story to tell though!

Why was this one of my favorite days? I love doing stuff with my boys, particularly outdoors (I actually enjoy camping!). First of all, they make me laugh! And I love seeing them try new things and see them grown into their own. I'm so proud of all of them that week. Getting out of their comfort zone, surviving difficult situations and learning to lead. This photo is right before we got into our car that was chock full of gear. And full of anticipation. 

When I scrolled through all my photos, I noticed my favorite moments were all ones of experiences with my favorite people. I'm going to remember that for 2016 and make sure I have more of those!

Bubbles | Burnsville Child Photographer

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Bubbles! Hard to resist and so much fun in a session. I often will break out a bottle at the end of a session (so as not to get sticky for the rest of the photos!) and let kids give it a go. Quintessential childhood pastime frozen in time. I love bubbles. Something sort of Zen about them. Still time to book a summer session before school starts!   IMG_8758 5x7IMG_8762 5x7IMG_8774 5x7 smile bwIMG_8820 5x7 smile bwIMG_8827 5x7IMG_8834 5x7

Play, play, play | Lakeville Tween Photographer

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It's SUMMER! Time to play. And that's what this post is all about. Time to play and have fun and do what you love in the brilliant summer sun! Bringing a favorite activity or toy and letting your child dress in comfy play clothes makes a very active fun energetic session. Try it! Kids love it especially the pre-teen crowd! Two options for booking your own playtime session -- Choose a SNACK PACK session (all digital, easy, quick, fun and affordable) for a single tween or a BETWEEN FRIENDS session for your tween and her group of friends. Let them play together and split the very affordable package fee amongst the parents - priceless experience! Enjoy this playful session...   IMG_9173 5x7IMG_9201 5x7 smile bwIMG_9219 5x7IMG_9270 5x7IMG_9276 5x7IMG_9277 5x7IMG_9279 5x7IMG_9283 5x5 bw WEBIMG_9320 5x7IMG_9325 5x7IMG_9337 5x7IMG_9340 5x7

Between Friends | Ellah & the team

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I love that these girls play volleyball together (ok, ok, full disclosure:  volleyball was MY sport too when I was young. When I was young-ER). What I love about this session is that likely they spend most of their time together in uniforms or sweaty workout gear and on the court. This was a time to get dolled up with fun summer dresses and primp and prep and laugh and enjoy being girly girls. Their banter and camaraderie was infectious. Enjoy their fun video! 063 IMG_9775 5x7 WEB069 IMG_9830 8x10 WEB072 IMG_9842 8x10 WEB073 IMG_9845 8x10 WEB076 IMG_9858 8x10 WEB079 IMG_9869 8x10 WEB084 IMG_9897 8x10 WEB087 IMG_9918 8x10 WEB089 IMG_9948 8x10 WEB Such a beautiful night, beautiful location, beautiful girls inside and out! Between Friends sessions are a great way to take the team outside their element and capture their special bond. Book your session today before school starts and life gets busy!     bookmark back   bookmark Front   [contact-form subject='Between Friends Session'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Between Friends | Claire & Halle

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Besties are the best! These two were so cute together. Part of the whole fun of their portrait experience was getting ready before the session! Picking outfits, wearing matching shoes and jewelry. Models for a day! This age is such a tender time too - often self-esteem issues can crop up. Which is why I love doing portrait sessions at this age. I encourage them to wear what they want, be who they are and shine! To celebrate their uniqueness and feel great about themselves. There is nothing like a professionally shot photo to make you feel great about yourself no matter what age you are! These girls rocked their session. With striking blue eyes and an amazing serious look - they killed it! 051 IMG_0046 8x10 bw WEB054 IMG_0071 8x10 WEB059 IMG_0084 8x10 WEB060 IMG_0054 8x10 WEB   It's a great time to book your session with these beautiful summer days in full swing. And before school starts!  Between Friends sessions are for up to 6 friends (you can add on more!) and include a dozen digital images. Split the fee with your friends and make it a very affordable portrait experience! bookmark backbookmark Front     [contact-form subject='Between Friends Session'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Between Friends | Vinny, Jordan & Keaton

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So these Between Friends sessions are not just for the ladies! I loved hanging with these guys (maybe having 3 boys of my own had something to do with that!) - they were goofing around, cracking each other up and just being cool. And notice they all have BRACES! Isn't that a quintessential right of passage for this age. And I think it's important to show them off!! There are only on for a short time in the grand scheme of things so may as well smile loud and proud.   Enjoy this All American Boy slideshow... 002 IMG_9438 8x10 WEB004 IMG_9450 8x10 WEB015 IMG_9563 8x10 WEB017 IMG_9583 5x7 WEB   Booking Between Friends Sessions now - summer is a great time to capture those friendships! bookmark backbookmark Front     [contact-form subject='Between Friends Session'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]  

Between Friends | Haley & Emma

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These girls are dancer friends - which as I'm sure you know if you are in the dance world is a type of sisterhood. They were so fun - especially when I handed them one of my cameras and said have fun with each other! Capturing this special time in your teen's life is so important. They change so quickly and their friends are so important. This is a fun way to document that. And your teen will love the experience!   027 IMG_9640 8x10 dream10 WEB028 IMG_9646 8x10 WEB034 IMG_9663 8x10 WEB044 IMG_9745 8x10 WEB bookmark backbookmark Front   [contact-form subject='Between Friends Session'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Announcing Between Friends! A Teen Portrait Experience

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Last night was the Reveal Party for my Between Friends at the studio and everyone seemed to love their images. And now I'm excited to show them to you! The thing I love about these sessions is the focus on the friendships. The dynamic when photographing kids around their friends (vs a traditional family session) is so different and fun! The kids LOVE it.  I think this is an often overlooked age when it comes to photography.  But I know firsthand how incredibly fast they change in a very short time. My oldest son grew 18" during middle school! It's an important time in their lives to document and celebrate. I think the slideshow really shows how much fun these kids had hanging out and letting me capture their friendship. Schedule your own child's Between Friends session below!   I'm booking sessions now - good to get them in before school starts again and we can enjoy these easy summer (and beautiful summer sun) days! Great for a birthday party experience or get a group together and split the cost.   Between Friends BACKBetween Friends Price Card   [contact-form subject='Between Friends Session'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]    

What are you doing July 11? REVEAL Party!

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With a quiet house (my kids are on vacation), I've been madly working on the launch of a new product. I'm having so much fun working on this photos and materials! What exactly am I working on you ask? Let me tell you... BeTween Friends - a portrait experience just for teens (and tweens)!  And I'd love it if you'd come to my open house on Friday, July 11. I'm having a Reveal Party for all the kids who were my recent models. They haven't seen their images yet and I'll be showcasing the promotional video slideshow that night. Show up, hang out and see what it's all about! There will be cupcakes and door prizes and savings on sessions that night only. I'd love to chat with you. Open House style from 6-8 p.m.  190 River Ridge Circle Ste 306 | Burnsville, MN   Open House invite Take a look at some of the behind the scenes shot by my own son and assistant for the night. He even grabbed a selfie (ok more than one selfie! but I deleted most of them!). If you can't make it on July 11, watch for more details or message me and I'll make sure you get the scoop on this fun new experience. Your kids will love it! [contact-form subject='Between Friends Info Please!'][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

Behind the Scenes | Tween Photo Shoot

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I had so much fun at last Friday's photo shoot. It was a model session for a new age group that I want to do more of. Those middle school years -- the years in beTWEEN childhood and the young adult. Some might say awkward and goofy but I say they are a time for amazing transformation. A time worthy to document and I don't think they are photographed enough! So I enlisted some awesome models and had them trek out to meet me in the middle of corn field country. We braved the pesky gnats and had a blast. My own soon-to-be-middleschooler son was my assistant and in charge of some behind the scenes video. And to my surprise he was even skilled enough to switch back and forth and take some still photos too. I had him shooting in black and white even. Turned out really fun! I can't share the real images with you -- that's for a special REVEAL PARTY on July 11 at my studio. But here's a few sneak peek behind the scenes including  a selfie of the cameraman. :)  Enjoy! DSCF2319 WEBDSCF2321 WEBDSCF2323 WEBDSCF2334 WEBDSCF2337 WEBDSCF2339 WEBDSCF2346 WEBDSCF2350 WEB