5 Reasons to do a Between Friends Session

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If you've been following my page all week, you'll have noticed all the fun slideshows featuring teens and their friends. I appreciate all the amazing comments and feedback. This has obviously struck a chord for a lot of you. But if you are on the fence about actually booking a session, let me tell you why I think a Between Friends session is really important. 1. Transforming before your eyes. The middle school ages (10-15) are such a HUGE time of transformation. Other than when your child was a baby will they change so dramatically and quickly.  You'll be amazed at the growth spurts and the expanding grocery bill. And when you child starts to look more adult than child it will startle you!  You'll be so grateful that you document this time in their lives. It's that "coming of age" transformation and it's a beautiful thing. 2. Activities rule their lives. Likely your son or daughter has started to really get into a particular sport or activity. Their interests really start to shine as they spread their wings and test out their identities. These things are so very important to your child! I can incorporate this personality into their session or maybe the group they want to do their session with is related to their favorite activity. 3. Friends rock. Friends become increasingly important to your child during this time. It's how they figure out who they are and where they fit and who they identify with. These friends might be fleeting or life long. Either way, what a treasure to look back on photos together when they are grown. 4. Friends ROCK! Since those friendships are so important to your child, it makes a huge difference when they are photographed together. Your child will relax and have fun and I'm able to really capture their true personalities when they are hamming it up with their friends. You know that forced smile that looks like they are having a root canal they have in all your family pictures? Yeah, that doesn't happen when they are with their friends. So family photos are important but your teen will enjoy a Between Friends session so much more! 5. Self-esteem boost. You might not of thought of this one. But it happens no matter who I photograph. You get yourself looking your best and have a portrait created and you're going to feel like a million bucks. So let your child pick what they want to wear, primp and prep, hang with their friends and let a pro photograph them. They will LOVE the experience and they will walk away feeling like they are on top of the world. Which at this tender age can be an important thing. 6. Affordable. Ok, this is a bonus reason. But because this is a session for friends, you can split the cost with everyone being photographed. It's only $495 total for up to 6 friends and includes a dozen digital images for each person (same images).  With 6 friends it's less than $85 per person! For professional portraits?! That's a deal!!(hmmm...maybe I need to rethink this...quick before I change my mind!) Summer is a perfect time to schedule a session. No school hours to work around and activities are little more laid back. So let's do it before the hectic schedule of fall starts up again. [contact-form subject='Between Friends!'][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] bookmark backbookmark Front017 IMG_9583 5x7 WEB034 IMG_9663 8x10 WEB060 IMG_0054 8x10 WEB069 IMG_9830 8x10 WEB    

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