spring mini sessions :: minneapolis children's photographer

Announcing spring mini sessions!  These 15-20 minute sessions are perfect to get some fun, updated photos of your kids.They will take place at Health Foundations, the beautiful new family health and birth center in St. Paul.

Sunday April 18, 2010 (yes, that's next weekend!) limited afternoon sessions available

includes:

15-20 minute session for 1-3 children 10-15 images presented in an online slideshow gallery ordering session one 8x10 or 8x12 print 3 lo-res watermarked images for sharing via email, facebook, etc. access to all my a la carte products, including prints, canvases, albums and image boxes

session fee: $150

Please contact me right away if you would like to book a session! 612.747.0372 gwen@gwendolynwaite.com

happy easter :: project 52

Happy Easter! We had a lovely day painting eggs, hunting eggs, eating eggs, hanging with the cousins and generally lazing about, enjoying good food and good company. Since I am so ridiculously behind with my Project 52, I am going to declare bankruptcy with the project, and start over here with week thirteen. No trying to catch up or feeling guilty about not posting, just going to start again here and try to get back to posting more of my personal photos. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you had a lovely weekend! White Bear Lake children's portrait photographer Minnetonka portraits

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elijah :: minneapolis children's photographer

This family was so much fun to hang out with and photograph at the Sculpture Gardens in Minneapolis. Elijah was just the sweetest little 3 year old - so excited to be exploring outdoors after the long winter. Such a happy little guy, he made my job so easy! Thanks for a fun afternoon! Minneapolis lifestyle images

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sculpture & ice cream :: minneapolis children's photographer

After a week of dreary, rainy, dark weather, the clouds broke on Sunday and we had the most gorgeous afternoon we have had in months. Cloudless skies, warm temps, and nice strong sun. I spent this beautiful afternoon with these good friends, who had asked me to photograph their family. We had a total blast.

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amazing family :: twin cities children's photographer

I met up with this amazing family last weekend at their home to capture some family portraits. They are the recipients of my Giving Is Awesome giveaway this year. As a part of their package, they have received a complementary session, as well as a $1500 print credit to use however they wish. Their little boy, Ben, was diagnosed over a year ago with a genetic eye disorder. In September of last year, they received even worse news - he has a very rare immune disorder which will require him to get a bone marrow transplant. He will be admitted to the hospital sometime within the next couple months, and will need to undergo a full 7-10 days of chemo prior to the transplant, and then 4-6 weeks to recover. You can read more about them on my post here.

Ben is a spunky little boy - full of energy and determination. He had me racing around the house chasing him, and collapsing in fits of giggles. Then took turns snuggling in with mom and dad for some reading time, but only after sneaking a brownie from the kitchen!

And his big sister Lydia? Such a flair for the theater, this one! Loved romping in their snowy backyard and showing me her costumes when we got inside. Long live Queen Lydia! Full of stories and infectious smiles.

I felt so lucky to spend the afternoon with this family - when I left, I was greeted by a tumble-down-hug from Lydia, and its gentler counterpart by Ben (more of a lean, than a hug, and infinitely sweet). Their family has such a wonderful connection, and it's so apparent how they appreciate every minute they have together. One of the very best parts about being a family and children's photographer is getting the opportunity to meet such amazing families in the Twin Cities. I could not possibly ask for a better job.

Keep this family in your thoughts and prayers these next few months. And also please visit the National Marrow Donor Program website to find more information about donating bone marrow. You can give the gift of life to someone like Ben.

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This is my absolute favorite type of family photo - one with a whole body belly laugh! Bring on the tickles!