Thursday, February 4, 2016

My Minnesota {January 2016}

After a little break, the My Minnesota blog circle is back up and running.  HOORAY!  I've missed linking up with this fabulous crew.  Here are a few pictures from our recent visit to the Ice Castle in Eden Praire, MN.  It was a magical winter wonderland!! Before you go,  be sure to hop on over and click on the extremely talented Erica Hacker's January to see what she was up to!  

Thanks so much for looking!!!  Remember to hop on over to Erica's blog next. You won't be disappointed!!! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Rachel Farganis Photography

I've admired Rachel's work for quite awhile so you can only imagine how excited I was that she reached out to me and asked if I would shoot a behind the scenes look at one of her newborn sessions. While Rachel and I are both photographers, she specializes in those absolutely gorgeous posed newborn shots that I know nothing about.  It takes a lot of education, practice and patience to pull off those beautiful images safely.  This lady knows what she's doing.   A good majority of the time is spent soothing and posing the baby.  Once she has her pose down, this lady doesn't mess around.  She shoots quickly and efficiently so she can move on to the next pose.  It was really an amazing process to watch.  I encourage you to do your research when hiring a photographer any time, but especially for posed newborn shots.  Posing the baby safely and using composites is what makes her images stand out without putting the baby at risk.  If you are in the market, please check out her website right HERE.  You can also see her most current stuff (including this absolutely adorable little guy down below)  on facebook if you click  HERE.
Absolutely wonderful to meet and work with you, Rachel! <3

And because I wasn't about to leave without doing one portrait for myself... here's the talented photographer.  She obviously doubles as a supermodel. :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

The S Family

I loved this session and this couple.  So fun to spend time with them in their home learning about their lives.  I honestly had to remind myself to keep taking pictures because I was too busy listening. They beamed when they spoke of their families and I saw pictures of every last one of them.  I saw their collections and what they did for their hobbies.  I heard about some of their travels and about the business they used to run.  While I did take SOME pictures, it really felt more like an afternoon visit.    

So thankful to my friend Melissa who helped me set this up.  
I sought them out to do this session because I think it is important to capture families at all stages.  Not just when you get engaged or married.  Not just when the kids are little.  Not just during a holiday or celebration.  Just you on a regular day.  
I see so much beauty in that and I hope you do, too.