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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project 52 :: week 3

Week three of our Project 52 is our first themed week, so we had a specific challenge. This week's challenge is to shoot without looking through the camera, or "shoot from the hip". While I can see how this will be useful with many kids, and can give some very unexpected, exciting shots, it's something I would definitely want more practice with! Lots of blurry frames, subjectless shots, and very unpredictable results. I tried outside one day last week when Oliver was outside sledding with his friends, but really wasn’t happy with the shots. Very out of focus, lots of empty frames. I tried again this morning and got some cute captures of Elliott in the kitchen. He was helping Michael make pancakes, or “pink-pinks” as Elliott says, and drinking frothy warm milk out of my favorite childhood gnome cup. I'm posting two photos - love these two together as a series.

Bedhead. Blueberry-stained cheeks. Milk moustache. Footie pjs. That's my little man.

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project 52 :: week 2

So today is another dreary, messy winter day in Minnesota. I missed getting outside to shoot the early morning frost on all the trees - we had a couple of really gorgeous mornings this week. Our crabapple tree looked so beautiful, the frost coating all the remaining red apples. But I missed my chances, so I'm left with an overcast day, inside while Elliott naps. I shot this in our newly painted hallway. It gets very little light, so I wanted to go bright with the color. I love how it turned out - a fun apple green. I installed some white coatracks, down low for the kids, and up high for the big folks. This has been one of our favorite robots through the years, and here he stands on the kids coatrack.

I really upped the ISO since it was so dark, so it's a bit grainy. I used my 100mm macro again, and opened it as wide as it would go. No overhead lights, no flash, just shot it using the window light that came in through the bathroom.

Happy Friday!

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spunk :: st. paul children's photographer

I got an email from this mom saying that her daughter came to her with her school photos, and asked that they not be shown to anybody because they were ugly. This makes me sad, so I can only imagine how heartbroken her mom felt when her beautiful daughter thought she was otherwise because of a bad school photo. This young woman is filled with so much spunk, unique style, confidence, and beauty. That's right, T - you are absolutely beautiful. And I hope these photos will help you to feel more so. Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous fall afternoon with me.