Minneapolis St. Paul child baby & newborn photographer » Gwendolyn Waite Photography - fun, fresh, modern lifestyle photographer for newborns, babies, kids, moms-to-be and families in the Twin Cities.

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    I'm so glad you're here!

    My name is Gwen, and I am a Twin Cities portrait photographer specializing in newborns, children and teens. I create photo sessions that are fun and individualized experiences designed to produce custom family photos that capture the charm and personality of your loved ones. I help to make your custom portrait experience easy, stress-free, and absolutely fabulous!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

sweet baby charlotte :: minneapolis newborn photographer


Sweet baby Charlotte. So teeny. So smiley! Welcome to the world, and thank you for sharing your afternoon with me.

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spring mommy & me mini-sessions

If you follow my facebook page, you might remember a post I shared recently, about a mom who wrote a letter to a fellow photographer. This mom wrote to express her deep regret at not booking a portrait session with her kids before she was diagnosed with end-stage cancer and not given much time to live. She detailed all of the unnecessary things she spent her money on that week that she decided she couldn’t afford a portrait session. A manicure, a haircut and color, dinner at a nice restaurant… “This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for unnecessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice.” Please take a minute to read her full letter here – it’s incredibly moving.

This is why I do what I do. Photographs are powerful. They bring meaning and memory to our lives.

Moms come up with a thousand excuses why they can’t be photographed. I know I certainly do.

Reasons like…
I need to get my hair cut
I’ll do it when I lose these last 10 baby pounds
I don’t know what to wear
I just don’t look good in front of the camera

To your babies, you are the most beautiful person in the world. They don’t care about your pudgy tummy, or your hair or nails being perfect. They love you for who you are, and you are the most wonderful person in the whole world to them.

Your kids need photos of you together. They need to know what you look like now, when they’re little. They need to have these photos of you together, so they can show their own kids when they grow up.

Mommy & Me mini-sessions are the perfect way to get a few photos of you together with your kids. We’ll make it easy for you with complementary hair & makeup touchups before your session, and we’ll even play with your kiddos while you get ready so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Please contact me to find out more details and reserve your session!


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Included with each session:

- 20 minute mini-session
- a 20 minute hair and makeup touchup by the fabulous Teea Martin
- childcare during your touchup so you can relax and enjoy yourself!
- 10 images presented in an online ordering gallery
- 3 of your favorite images as web-sized facebook photos, ready to share online

Session fee includes shooting time and gallery, prints and digital files may be purchased separately. Session fee is due at time of booking.

There is a very limited number of sessions available, so email gwen@gwendolynwaite.com to book now!

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india :: day 9, weekend sightseeing

These were taken in and around Mamallapuram on one of our weekend explorations…



Upon a craggy hilltop, we encountered a group of monkeys. They let us get nice and close, but were progressively grumpy about it, as you can see from the last couple photos. Be sure to look at the last one, it’s priceless!



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March 7, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Wiff - Love it!!!

March 7, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Tami Tripp - LOVE it! Sign Language is universal.

krista & colin :: minneapolis maternity photographer

I had such fun with this lovely couple in the studio. And seriously, how gorgeous does Krista look?!
I can’t wait to meet their new baby in a few weeks!

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india :: day 8, weekend sightseeing

On our second weekend in India, we spent some time traveling and playing tourist. While it was a frantic, whirlwind weekend trying to fit everything in, we saw some remarkable sights. First we visited some of the temples in the town of Kanchipuram, which is considered to be one of the seven holiest cities to the Hindus. I loved the colorful shops outside the temples…

And inside the temple.

Blessed by an elephant!

Young couples wanting a family tie these little wooden cribs to the sacred tree in the temple, hoping they will be blessed with a baby.

Kailasanatha Temple…

After the temples, we drove on to Pondicherry, a former French colony.

We visited a silk shop on the way from Pondicherry to Mamallapuram. So beautiful watching them work the looms…

This was all in one day. Exhausting. Day two to come…

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March 6, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Tami - Love the pictures….you are so good at telling a story through your images.

February 29, 2012 - 2:12 pm

carolyn bowles - Wow, you’re busy with all the photos. All amazing and so colorful! I especially love the one of you with the elephant.