garden party :: minneapolis kids photographer

After all of the rain we have been getting, flowers are out in full bloom and gardens are lush. We had a gorgeous evening for this session, and the girls were so much fun! I've known Andy (dad) for years - he and my brother have been best friends since high school. Andy and his wife Natalie are dentists, and have a wonderful office up in Lino Lakes. It's very kid-friendly and both Andy and Natalie are fabulous dentists! I would highly recommend them if you're looking for a dentist in the north Metro area. Check out their website at www.droelfamilydentistry.com. (soon to have some updated photos of them and their girls!) I've been making the trek up there for years, for both me and my kids. Which reminds me - I'm overdue for a visit, oops! I'll get right on that! Good to see all of you, and thanks for the fun session!

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summer fun at the creek :: minneapolis outdoor portraits

We scheduled their session early in the morning, mostly because it was the time of day that worked for the kids, before they got too hungry and tired for a photo session. But we also got out before it got too unbearably hot. This summer has been unseasonably warm in Minneapolis, with temps in the 90s and heat indexes up over a hundred. So we were all happy to get out into the park before it heated up too much. These two little ones were so sweet together, always wanting to see what the other was getting into, tickling each other and telling secrets. And never wanted to be more than a few feet apart. I loved that they both brought their blankies to the session. I think this is such a precious thing to capture, those special things that make each child feel secure and loved and safe.

It was so wonderful to spend time with this family together - both parents work very long hours and family time is scarce. I feel so honored to be able to help families remember those mornings they spend at a park together... the love they share, and the happiness they create together. Being tossed high in the air by dad, watching goldfish crackers float down the creek, feeling the water tickle your toes, and exploring craggy holes in tree trunks. This is the stuff that summer memories are made of.

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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.