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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project 52 :: week 5

This week's theme for our Project 52 was food. I had this vision in my head all week of photographing the cocktail I've been indulging in this week - fresh grapefruit juice and vodka. Guess it's called a Greyhound - it was what we had on hand a couple weeks ago, so my husband fashioned it into a cocktail and I was hooked. I wanted to capture the fresh grapefruit, our cute martini set, and the beautiful pink cocktail, but since I never drink it during daylight hours (it's my treat after the kids go to bed - a bit of a reward for having survived the day), I never got to it. My next idea was to capture our Sunday morning pancake breakfast. I had visions of highly staged, beautiful photos of our weekly ritual. An untouched pile of pancakes. The steaming bowl of berry sauce. Our funky green butter dish. Michael made the pancakes, set them out, and I came in with my camera and started moving the dishes around to achieve the optimal lighting conditions.

Then, the children descended.

And there went my vision.

So I moved on to capturing my kids with berry-stained faces, half-devoured plates of pancakes, our messy table, and clutter in the background. None of these photographs were staged in any way, other than occasionally removing an intruding napkin or elbow.

I captured our life. Not the polished, perfect version of blueberry pancakes, but our Sunday morning as it really is. Perfectly imperfect.

If you want to know the settings for any of these photos, just ask. They ranged in ISO from 400 - 2000, depending on where in the room I was shooting.

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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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