family camping :: minneapolis family lifestyle photographer

I spent last Saturday afternoon with my brother and his family, and their beautiful "new" Shasta vintage camper trailer. I had a whole concept session in my mind, where we would take out the camper to a state park, make a bonfire, roast s'mores, hang out together, and I would document the experience. But as the day approached, we decided none of us had either the time or energy to drive to a state park. So in the all too brief time between naps and dinner, we set up the camper in a local park and had fun together playing dominoes, climbing trees, and snacking. These three kids mean the world to me. Now that I live just a stone's throw from them, the cousins are able to play together all the time. Spontaneous playdates and family dinners... sleepovers... trips to the kids absolutely adore their cousins.

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful, wonderful family.

I still would really LOVE to do a camping photo session, so if your family is planning a late summer camping trip, consider having me tag along for a couple hours to document your time together. This is the kind of session I love the most - capturing your family together, doing the things you love most.

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something for japan, something for you

for japanWhen something catastrophic happens across the world, or even across the continent, it's so easy to feel helpless. One very small thing we can each do is donate to the Red Cross or other reputable organization to assist in the recovery efforts in Japan.

From now through the end of March, I will donate $25 to Red Cross for each new portrait session booked. This may be a maternity, newborn, child or family session (mini-sessions excluded). Your session may be scheduled for anytime during the year, but you must book it and pay in full before April 1st. for you Plus, something lovely for you... a 6x6 portrait from your session, mounted on bamboo. I'm personally in love with this new eco-friendly mounting option, and I can't wait for you to hang it in your home.

Not looking for portraits? Please pass this on to anyone you think who might be interested.

after the storm

Talk about luck. After scattered thunderstorms all day long, the clouds parted about 15 minutes before our session, and we had the most beautiful light for the rest of the evening. And it's a good thing too, since this family lives in Colorado, and was only in the area for a short time. It was now or never! I had a blast running around with these kids - catching frogs, finding feathers, watching dragonflies, playing tag...perfect activities for the summer solstice!

Thanks to all of you for a fun family portrait playdate!