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

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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new birth center in st. paul :: twin cities newborn portraits

About two weeks ago, I read an article that was posted by a facebook friend of mine about a new birth center that is opening up in St. Paul. (Yes, all the best news I find on facebook!) My thoughts? IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! I'm SO excited that the Twin Cities is finally going to have a good option for families who don't wish to labor in the hospital, but are not prepared for a homebirth. Last week I met with the birth center's owner, Amy Johnson-Grass, and took a tour of the location. It's called Health Foundations Family Health & Birth Center, and it's absolutely beautiful inside. Gorgeous. They took an older home on Grand Avenue and completely renovated it to accommodate the birth center, a yoga studio, and a family and women's wellness center. The rooms are cozy, comfortable, and filled with beautiful natural light. Their website sums it up well: "Providing individualized natural family medicine from pregnancy & birth to everyday wellness." This is going to be an incredible resource for the Twin Cities. Please visit their website for more information.

And I am incredibly grateful to be able to display some of my work on their walls!

They will be having an open house this Saturday from 1-5pm (visit this link for more info) and one of the door prizes is a free newborn, child or family session from Gwendolyn Waite Photography! I will be there for a little while, so please stop by and say hello. You can get a chance to look at some of my work, answer any questions you might have, and enter your name in the drawing.

And if you don't win the free session, there's still something in it for you - if you book a new session at the open house on Saturday, you will receive a $100 print credit. Your session can take place anytime before December 31st, 2010.

And rumor has is that Peapods will be giving away a baby gift basket as a door prize as well!

And of course I can't post without a photo, here's a newborn I recently photographed...

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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!