This family is so special. I had the honor of photographing big sister when she was just a few weeks old, and now I got to spend the morning with her sweet baby brother. It was a cold, cold winter day, but we were snug and cozy inside for this newborn session. I love going to families’ houses to photograph newborns because it feels so natural, and it’s especially fun when older siblings get excited to show me all their fun things. It was such a joy to spend the morning with this wonderful family.
Ahhhh, back before the snow. So much snow. As it starts to melt a bit here, I’m remembering back to beautiful fall days and a bunch of wonderful families I got to photograph. If you’re interested in something a little shorter for your busy life and energetic kiddos, ask me about my mini sessions!
It was perfect that I got to photograph my sweet nephews during National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month. My youngest nephew made his debut four months ago, and not only was it my first time meeting him, but I also got to be a sponsor for his baptism. He was born with a cleft lip and palate and also has the sweetest personality. Watching my sister-in-law and brother care for him is so special, and each day it is apparent how much they love their three boys. It's always a treat to go back home to see them.
We got a break from the rain a couple weeks ago, so I got to spend a sunny autumn morning with this sweet family. Spending time with them and their little ones reminds me why I love what I get to do! It was so much fun seeing the kiddos' sweet personalities, and that is one of the reasons photographing little ones is my favorite. It is always an fun adventure!
It was a perfect afternoon for some fall photos! I met this family at Crosby Farm and I got to explore the area with three adventurous boys. This family has so much fun together, and it came out so well in the photos. It was a dream session, and I'm so thankful to have met them!
It's been a busy autumn, and I love it! I got to do a couple mini sessions a few weeks ago with some families I've photographed for a couple years now. I love, love seeing the kiddos and how much they've grown during the year. What an joy it was to spend time with both of these families!
July in Nebraska means hot and humid, but more importantly, it meant I got to celebrate Jess & Jake's wedding! Jess is a good friend from college, and she's someone who I love spending time with when I get the chance. (Take me back to those basketball days when we were carefree, eating an obscene amount of Oreos in the dorm lobby & watching tv.)
There are many things I love about photographing friends, and one thing is getting to know all the people who have shaped them and had a big impact on their lives. It brings everything together and makes it a happy occasion. I love weddings, and when else do you get to throw a big party with all of your friends and family?
Congrats to Jake & Jess!
My heart swells when I get to spend time with such sweet, beautiful, plump-cheeked newborns, and little Paige was a delight. I plan for breaks during newborn sessions for feedings, comforting, really anything that can come up with such little ones, but Paige was a champ. She was so content, happy and sleepy during our time together, relishing in the comfort and love that comes from her parents.
I got to meet this sweet family from a referral from another friend, and I'm so thankful for it! The Mill City Museum is a special place to Trisha and Levi as they also took their engagement photos here. I'm sure during that time they had no idea they would be taking photos there again with their sweet boys! Twins hold a special place in my heart, and these two cuties are absolutely perfect. With their chubby cheeks and happy personalities, this was the perfect way to kick off a new year of family portraits.
Another buggy evening, but also another wonderful session. This family is great and so easy-going, which makes our time together so much fun. Their little girls have personality for days, and I loved capturing the joy and funny faces. Can't wait for the new little one to join them soon!
Henry recently turned one, and boy was he happy about it! This sweet boy had so many smiles for his mom and dad, and even though it was a buggy evening, they couldn't slow him down. Happy first year of life, H!
On this cold, cold February morning we made our way to the Landmark Center in St. Paul for August's one-year photos. Rice Park is a special place for this family, but because of the biting temps and chattering teeth, we explored the beautiful historic building in downtown St. Paul. What a wonderful place for family photos! We found some bright spots by the windows, and we even stumbled upon an old courtroom that was the perfect place for a toddler to explore.
I love the stage August is in. Balls and peek-a-boo were the ways into his heart, and we had such a fun time together.
I don't usually photograph weddings, but when one of my best friend's sister asked me to be her photographer, I was so excited to be a part of the day. Scott and Alicia are one of the best couples I have ever worked with by being so relaxed and fun. This was also my first Minnesota winter wedding, and I must say, I absolutely love how the images feel. Winter in Minnesota may be very cold, but the beauty of the season perfectly compliments a wedding.
Congrats, Scott & Alicia! And thanks so much for letting me be a part of your day.
We have been blessed with a beautiful fall so far. I met this family at a park in St. Paul, and the leaves, trees, and clouds were just gorgeous. Unfortunately many of the leaves had already fallen off the trees, but it still made for some beautiful fall foliage.
It was my first time meeting this wonderful family, and I had so much fun during our time together. It was so great to see their boys jump to different spots throughout our walk to the river and say, "Take a picture of me over here!" It showed me that they were excited about what we were doing, and I loved, loved, loved that. Their sweet little girl was a little tired during part of the session, but we still captured some adorable moments, and, wow, she is a cutie pie!
I caught myself smiling a lot while editing these photos. There is just lots of love and joy in their family, and it definitely shows. :)
I've recently been taking the time in my sessions to find the details. I love the feel those images give. As I've watched my kiddos go through two years of life with me, I start to think back to all the times I've kissed those chubby little fingers and toes, tickled those plump bellies, and--I hope this doesn't sound weird--nuzzled my face into the softest heads of hair. I mean, my son had silk for hair for a good year, and I just remember every night as I cuddled him and his sister, I would touch my cheek to his head.
These are the things I want to know about the families I meet. What are those details--those things about your little ones--that you just love? I want to capture that, to freeze it in a photograph, so that memory stays with you.
My hope is to capture bits of these little details in all my sessions, and I love it when families share which ones are most meaningful to them before the first picture is taken.
It was one of those beautiful fall mornings: crisp air, dew on the ground, and this wonderful family. I love that as a photographer I get to meet new people. This family lives next door to my good friends I photographed earlier this year. What a joy it is when these connections happen.
We spent the first part of our morning under the big beautiful trees at one of my favorite parks, then we went on a little walk to the playground where the girls got to explore some more. I had so much fun capturing these little girls' joy and curiosity.
My twinsies turned two a few weeks ago, so I just had to take photos to commemorate this special event...mostly the fact that I've survived two years as a mother of twins. These two have been an incredible blessing to my life. They've helped me get back into that delightful state of wonder and playfulness I would like to live in more often. They've helped me remember that watching a colony of ants on the sidewalk can be so fascinating. Or they've sat me in the grass to watch the rabbit (who I'm sure was plotting how to get to my garden) move about our yard.
I love these two to pieces. Happy two years of life, sweet peas.
Photos with this family are always a favorite for me. We just have fun together, and we have some good conversations along the way. Their little girls are absolutely adorable, and love playing, and the play and joyfulness is what I like to capture.
This was one of the sweetest newborn sessions I've had the privilege of photographing. It was just smooth, and these kiddos were so wonderful. This family's love for one another was so evident throughout the session that it was such a fun shoot to be a part of.
About a week ago I got to be a part of something really special. My very dear friend (and hairstylist!) Jenna was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Through the emotional roller coaster of chemo, what do you do when your hair starts to fall out? You have a haircutting party with your friends, of course! One of her best friends also shaved her head that night in support of Jenna. Complete with string lights, lots of wine and pizza, a salon chair, and so many good friends, the backyard at Brent & Jenna's house was buzzing.
I was so thankful to be a part of this night. It is what I love to do: capture these important moments during this life. Cancer is not a beautiful thing, but our love for one another and the deep intimacy a painful diagnosis brings out in our relationships are so beautiful.
If you're interested in more of Jenna's story, check out her blog at jennaslemons.com. It's totally worth the read.