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family camping :: minneapolis family lifestyle photographer

I spent last Saturday afternoon with my brother and his family, and their beautiful “new” Shasta vintage camper trailer. I had a whole concept session in my mind, where we would take out the camper to a state park, make a bonfire, roast s’mores, hang out together, and I would document the experience. But as the day approached, we decided none of us had either the time or energy to drive to a state park. So in the all too brief time between naps and dinner, we set up the camper in a local park and had fun together playing dominoes, climbing trees, and snacking.

These three kids mean the world to me. Now that I live just a stone’s throw from them, the cousins are able to play together all the time. Spontaneous playdates and family dinners… sleepovers… trips to the playground…my kids absolutely adore their cousins.

I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful, wonderful family.

I still would really LOVE to do a camping photo session, so if your family is planning a late summer camping trip, consider having me tag along for a couple hours to document your time together. This is the kind of session I love the most – capturing your family together, doing the things you love most.

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August 27, 2012 - 9:18 pm

Brother Ken - This shoot alone justifies buying the camper. =) Somehow the chaos of the day translates into perfect-looking family photos!

August 24, 2012 - 7:32 pm

D - Looks like a family I’d be proud to have for my own!
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August 24, 2012 - 2:30 pm

isabel - oh i LOVE these. and can i get an amen on that camper shoot! me too please!

grandma love :: minnesota natural light studio photographer

I loved working with these three families to photograph some time with grandma and her grandkids. Grandma had such a warm, calm, loving presence, it was such a joy to capture them all playing together. Thanks to all of you for making the trek to my studio in downtown Minneapolis for a fun session!


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baby abel :: minneapolis newborn photographer

A few sweet portraits of brand new baby Abel, who was born at home just a few short days ago… such a soft and beautiful little one. And his adorable big brother Emmett – we had such fun playing peek-a-boo under the covers! Congratulations to this beautiful family on their new baby Abel!

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November 14, 2011 - 10:45 am

Amy Johnson-Grass - What beautiful pictures! I love all the expressions! Especially love the family photo:)

cj & justine :: saint paul family photographer

This session was filled with firsts for me. I am usually contacted by moms, wanting to schedule photos of their kids because they have hit some sort of milestone (a birthday, new sibling, or holiday photos, most often). Every once in a while, Dad will be the one to contact me, but for the most part, Moms assume the task of hiring a photographer.

In this case, it was the son. CJ contacted me way back in December about wanting to get some portraits done of him and his sister Justine, as a gift for his mom. He had found my site through a google search, and was looking for some portraits that were less traditional, less posed, and more about capturing them having fun together as siblings before they grew into adults. CJ told me that Justine is 23 years old, and in a wheelchair, another first for me to photograph. They were looking for some outdoor photos, so we scheduled our session for June. If you live here in Minnesota, you know what incredibly insane weather we’ve been having recently. Our initial session date was fraught with thunderstorms, so we rescheduled. So was the second. And the third. (I’m used to a little bit of rescheduling with inclement weather, but four times??? That was a first.) But on the fourth date we scheduled for their session, it was gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful summer weather.

We met in the park, they came with balloons and bubbles, both activities that Justine enjoys. Justine is an incredibly happy, positive young woman, quick to make friends, and she filled the park with her joy and laughter. She lights up when CJ is near, it’s clear how much she adores him.

Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family. It’s truly an honor.

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September 23, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Melissa - Just heart warming!!!

September 5, 2011 - 11:54 pm

Wiff - I’m just so touched I don’t know what to say! This is such a great reflection on their relationship and what an awesome family they must be. I know their mom is ultra proud. You did an outstanding job at documenting their family. Job well done.

September 5, 2011 - 10:27 am

Lauri - Amazing, just amazing photos Gwen. I wish more siblings had their photos taken together!

September 4, 2011 - 7:50 pm

piper kinney - you captured true emotion here! you can see the love between these siblings, beautiful images Gwen!

September 4, 2011 - 12:47 pm

carolyn bowles - I don’t think I have ever looked at a family session with such emotion. You documented and shared this story in such a beautiful way Gwen. I love that CJ wanted to do this for his mom and how amazing these siblings were on camera together. The one with them laughing in black and white made my eyes glisten with tears of warmth and joy. What a blessing this will be to the mom.

August 25, 2011 - 10:59 pm

lyndsay stradtner - Wow, these are just so beautiful on so many levels. What a wonderful thing to do for their mother and their relationship, connection and love shine through. Tears!

August 14, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Robyn - This is my first time visiting your blog & I have tears in my eyes!! This post is BREATHTAKING! So incredibly moving & absolutely beautiful moments you captured! You did a wonderful job & their Mom must be so insanely touched by her sons thoughtfulness! The look of love these siblings have is just awesome! :)

July 28, 2011 - 11:10 pm

Ken Williams - Also, this is pretty different from the siblings-back-to-back church photo we gave our parents, huh. =)

July 28, 2011 - 11:08 pm

Ken Williams - I agree, this shoot has got to be right at the top of your list – it really captures a lot of emotion between these two. Their mom is really going to love it.

July 28, 2011 - 3:27 pm

eydie - i am sure this is my most favorite shoot you have ever done. simply beautiful. you can feel the love while looking at these photographs. their mom’s heart is going to melt into a million pieces. so so special.

July 28, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Reagan - Gwen these are amazing!!! Can’t believe someone had to reschedule more than us : )

July 28, 2011 - 9:16 am

jess - gwen these are so, so beautiful! her smile is contagious.

July 28, 2011 - 7:42 am

Jana Kunz - OMG, he has got to be the sweetest brother EVER! (and pretty hot too :)

July 28, 2011 - 1:26 am

maggie - i love everything about this lovely session. You captured SO much emotion and love. I’m sure mom will be absolutely thrilled…and HATS OFF to the son for contacting you!!! :)

July 27, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Nancy Zugschwert - I hope they give these to their mom with a box of kleenex. I cannot imagine any response but tears of joy for a mother to see the love of her children for one another captured so beautifully. You continue to amaze me, Gwen!

little one :: saint paul baby photographer

A few to share from this sweet little one… he’s six months old now, and what a beautiful family. I’m so so happy to have them as neighbors.


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