Demos Family Photos

One of my favorite spots in the metro area to take photos is at Burwell Park in Minnetonka. It’s been one of my go-to’s for years now, and I thought it would be the perfect place to meet the Demos family for the first time.

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The weather was beautiful but BRISK and Miss Addie Mae was not keen on having her photos taken that day. But, as you’ll see, it didn’t take long for her to warm up to the idea of me and my camera. Before I knew it, the session became more of a model shoot for Addie Mae!

It was actually Dominic’s 1st birthday that prompted the family photos, but he didn’t seem to mind at all that his big sister was stealing the spotlight.

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The golden hues of this season are one of many reasons fall is my favorite time of year.

Watching the kids make the most of the fallen leaves and hearing the giggles as they ran and played - it all makes my “job” so much more than a job!

As we transition into November, it’s sessions like these that remind me how incredibly grateful I am for my clients and the opportunity I get to provide these photos for them.

Cheers to many more to come (and hopefully more with this sweet family!)

Vetruba Family Photos

One of my very first family photos shoots ever was with the Vetruba clan YEARS ago at their home in Howard Lake, MN. Since then, I’ve been able to watch the family grow, move to Wichita, and back to Minnesota again. Along the way the family adopted sweet, silly Scout, their sweet fox terrier.

We decided that their family photos this year should be taken at Lake Rebecca Park near their current home in Delano. It snowed that morning, but the snow let up and the leaves were on point for fall colors by the time we all met up! Look at those bright yellows!

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Scout is a reliable source of comedic relief - he’s a dork and he didn’t really get the whole concept of family photos. Also, being around water made him REALLY nervous. Good thing he’s so cute it doesn’t really matter if his eyes are open or if he’s looking at the camera.

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I adore the closeness that Hailey and Jadin have as siblings. Don’t get me wrong, they fight as brothers and sisters should - but at the end of the day they ALWAYS have each other’s back. Most siblings this age would roll their eyes at me if I asked them to do a piggy-back ride shot - not these two!! I mean, how cute are they!?!

As always, the Vetruba family photos were a great success and great fun too! I love this family dearly and am so lucky that they are not only my clients but my friends.

Thering Family Photos

If you were in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago, you may remember a Sunday when the we got our first snow that accumulated on the ground. It was this day that I ventured up to St. Michael to meet the Thering family for photos in their picturesque back yard.

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The snow stopped just as I arrived so we all bundled up to head to the backyard for photos next to the bubbling creek that runs the property line.

This crew was great and such troopers to endure the chilly air so we could make the most of the fall colors. It helped make the cold bearable knowing that afterward everyone could go warm up next to the fire!

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Penelope | 2018 Super Real Estate Agent

If you’ve met me you probably already know that I am an entrepreneurial spirit, starting and growing my photography business from scratch the past 6+ years. However, not many people know that I am also an aspiring real estate investor and recently started my second business, LC Property Management. I’m set to close on my next investment property in just about two weeks and I would have never been able to pull off getting this far in this journey if it weren’t for the help and guidance of Penelope Austin.

Not only do I consider Penelope a dear and cherished friend, she is also my partner in making my real estate dreams a reality. She’s been there to help me search for the perfect properties around Minneapolis and find quality tenants to occupy them. This could easily be a very daunting undertaking, but with Penelope’s help and expertise, it’s just been fun and exciting!

With all that being said, it really comes as no surprise that Penelope has been nominated as a 2018 Super Real Estate Agent. So obviously, to celebrate she needed a new set of head shots and I was honored to take them for her!

Not only is Penelope great at her job, a fantastic friend, but she’s also a great and active contributor to her community and also a lover of ALL dogs.

If any of you wonderful readers out there are in the market to buy, sell, or rent a new home, I would highly recommend this wonderful lady! You can find her contact info on her page here:

https://www.facebook.com/penelopetherealtor/

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Helgeson Family Photos

You might remember these two sweet girls from a post earlier this year? It’s not often that I get to see this dynamic duo TWICE in one year, but this year brought something very special to the Helgeson family.

The last time I saw the Helgeson family, it was the day of the royal wedding and Natalie and Charlotte dressed in their absolute best for our photo session at the Como Zoo Conservatory. At that time, this darling little family was anxiously awaiting the arrival of their newest sibling. Both Natalie and Charlotte were REALLY hoping for a baby brother, and guess what?!?…

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…they got the baby brother they were hoping for!!!! Enter Mr. Owen…

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Owen is the CHILLEST babe I’ve had in a photo session. This little dude was just happy to hang out and he’s very patient with his two older sisters. The whole family is thrilled to have Owen as part of the gang, but I don’t think anyone is more excited to have another guy in the family than dad, Nate.

He’s still outnumbered by the ladies in the family, but now he has Owen to commiserate with. ;)

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I’ve watched the Helgeson family grow since Natalie was just 6 months old and I am so honored I was able to meet the newest addition. They are making another big move and building their own house, expected to finish this fall. I can’t wait to see what goodness the future continues to bring to this sweet family.

Maria | Senior Photos

Maria traveled all the way from a small town in Norway to Minnesota for the year to participate in a foreign exchange program. Her host mom happens to be a good friend of mine and connected Maria with me so she could experience the American tradition of Senior Portraits.

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Based on the portraits you’d never be able to tell, but Maria has never had her portrait taken by anyone other than her father! She was a natural in front of the camera and such a blast to hang out with.

For her portraits, she visited my home location in Downtown Minneapolis where I introduced her to the Stone Arch Bridge, the Guthrie, and my rooftop with a great view of the Minneapolis skyline.

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I couldn’t help but gush over how absolutely beautiful she is - I mean, those eyes, right? They LITERALLY twinkle!

When we made our way to the Stone Arch Bridge, she changed into a sweater her grandmother hand knit for her and told me stories of her hometown and her adjustment to the American lifestyle.

Her host family has become an extension of her family back home. She’s bonded especially closely with her host sister and brother, one of which was able to tag along for the session (pictured below)!

Later that night we went back to her host home so we could have dinner and get some photos with her two new favorite dogs, Marley and Charlie. This is especially fitting as Maria thinks she wants to continue her education in veterinary medicine.

It was such an honor to meet this sweet girl and take her portraits for her senior year of high school. Welcome to America lovely Maria, best of luck to you in your studies and time here!

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Seagren Family Photos

I took a stroll through Theodore Wirth park in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago with the lovely Seagren family.

When I first met the Seagrens, Maeve wasn’t even able to walk yet and we toted her around in her little red wagon. Then, just a few short years later, Sylvie arrived and taught Maeve all about being a big sister. Now they are both growing so fast and developing very distinct and fun personalities.

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Maeve is the quintessential big sister. She’s patient, kind, so sensitive, and loves telling embarrassing stories of her younger sister. She shared stories about her school too and all her friends there!

She was proud to show off the teeth that she had recently lost and tell me all about the tooth fairy’s visits. Oh, how I love when kiddos have those gappy smiles.

Sylvie the bold, the brave, and the silly. This little nugget has more personality in her little body than five average adults combined! In stark contrast to Maeve, she can tumble and fall and just gets right back up and continues on her way without a blink of an eye.

She definitely thinks she is the boss of the family, especially her older sister. However, when she thinks no one is looking, you can see her paying close attention to Maeve to make sure she’s just like her.

These two sisters are so different from one another but love each other so much, can’t you just tell from the pictures they take together? They make quite the dynamic duo to round out the whole Seagren family.

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It’s always a pleasure to take a walk with these four. I love listening to the girls running, giggling, and bantering back and forth with each other.

Needless to say, Mom and Dad have done such a fantastic job creating a family filled to the brim with love and happiness.

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Cecelia is ONE!

This girl is one whopping year old - I can’t believe it! She’s got a lot to show for her first year here too - she’s become very adept at nonsensical chatting, she’s worked hard at growing her pearly whites, and she is even on the brink of walking all on her own!

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She’s all about exploring the world around her with her hands… and mouth. To be honest, haven’t you always wondered what a flower tastes like? Well, Cece can tell you - not very good.

Her favorite people are her mom and dad (duh!), but she loves just about everyone - she even let me hold her and snuggle with her a little while!

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This little bundle of pure, unfiltered joy was exactly the reminder I needed to be excited, grateful, and curious to explore the world we live in. Time slips through our hands so quickly and before you know it, another year has passed!

Ms. Cecelia has many accomplishments to show for her last year, how about you?

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Sarah & John | Engaged!

It’s hard to believe it was just a couple short weeks ago the temps in Minneapolis were above 90 degrees and it was as HUMID as a tropical forest. It was on one of these stifling hot days that I met Sarah and John and their two pups, Lucy & Bella, for their engagement session. We met downtown in the Mill District to get some Minneapolis shots.

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Lucy and Bella had a little trouble with the concept of a family photo shoot (Above: Bella (Left) Lucy (Right)), but I think we managed to get some good shots of all the love here. Bella especially soaks up all the hugs and cuddles she can, and they both get VERY nervous when mom and dad are out of sight.

It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve met Sarah at my first real professional job. It was also at her work, quite a few years later, that she met John - connecting at a cross-department happy hour- and the rest is history!

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Now it will be just over a month until they tie the knot at their beautiful fall wedding. You’ll be seeing much more of these two in November….

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TeVogt Family Photos

I’ve had the honor of taking the TeVogt family photos for the entirety of my photography career, over 5 years! I’ve been able to watch the kids grow up, get married, and this year - a new grandbaby! (See Easton’s Newborn Session earlier this year)!!

This gang is always a blast to hang out with, and this year’s session was no exception. We checked out the Noerenberg Memorial Gardens in Orono, MN. If you live in the Twin Cities and haven’t been here yet, check it out!! It’s a beautiful collection of gardens and rolling lawns that lead down to Lake Minnetonka.

We had a perfectly warm breezy September day to grab updated shots of all the family. I got to hear updates on all of the family’s activities, from jobs to cheerleading competitions, and even training for Hockey - all the kiddos are growing up so fast. This is one family that truly, honestly enjoys their time together and it always warms my heart to witness the love they have for one another. I hope you enjoy the highlights from the TeVogt family session!

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Madeleine Adele | Newborn

After making her mom and dad wait 2 extra weeks for her arrival, Ms. Madeleine Adele graced the world with her presence on August 24th. Not long after, I got to spend a calm evening with the new family taking Maddie's first set of portraits. 

This sweet, calm little snuggle bug already has her daddy's good taste in music (we were spinning Norah Jones records) and has her mom's angelic good looks! She is patient with her older sibling Coconut when he barks and loves being held by all her mom and dad's friends. 

Welcome to the world Madeleine Adele, the world already loves you so much! XOXO

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Tapia Family Photos

I topped off a busy and stressful week of work with an amazing, short, and sweet session with the Tapia family. Denise had won a session with me in a local fundraiser and boy am I glad she did! This family was so fun and so natural in front of the camera (even those that didn't want to be *cough, Ian*)!!

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Oh and I didn't forget the best part! - What is one of the best reasons for a photo shoot? The family's Abuela lives out of the country and was in town to visit! 

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I'm so thankful I got the opportunity to spend my Friday evening with this beautiful family. Until next time Tapia family, hopefully not the Tapia standard of 2 years ;) !

Jamie & Musaaleh | Married!

On a warm Thursday evening, Jamie and Musaaleh, their family and closest friends gathered for an intimate wedding ceremony at the Semple Mansion in downtown Minneapolis. 

The romantic venue set the tone of their wedding, it felt like stepping back in time! I was thrilled to spend a few minutes before the ceremony with both the bride and the groom separately (they are traditional and skipped a first look) to take a few formal portraits in the mansion.

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The decor for the wedding was simple and elegant and let the beauty of the mansion shine through for the guests in attendance. Jamie and Musaaleh had a small thank you for each guest waiting on the golden chairs in the ceremony hall. 

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Jamie's procession was down the great staircase in the center of the mansion. The ceremony that followed was short, sweet, and filled with laughter and love.

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Immediately following the ceremony, everyone in attendance gathered on the steps of the mansion for photos, hugs, and sharing stories. 

The blended family that Jamie and Musaaleh have created from their love for each other was truly a heartwarming thing to witness. You can tell there are many days filled with love, laughter, and happiness ahead of this sweet family. Congratulations to you all!

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Natalie & Charlotte (Natters & Charlie) | Sisterly Love

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than wandering around the Como Zoo Conservatory with these two beauties?

When I first met the Helgeson family they were just a family of three and Miss Natalie was only 6 months old. Natalie was definitely not a fan of me at first, but over the years she has slowly become the best little model a photographer could ask for! Oh have things have changed in the years to follow- Natalie got a new little sister (and best friend) Charlie, and they've grown into a dynamic duo of smiles, tickles, and giggles.

 

In the spirit of the Royal wedding, Natters and Charlie were dressed to impress for their photo shoot. The two princesses loved wandering the gardens and exploring all the different flowers with their cute noses. I even convinced them to do an eskimo kiss!

In addition to cherishing these two beautiful girls, the Helgeson family has big news! They are expecting a new addition to the family this summer! 

Of course, the girls are very excited about having a new baby brother or sister, but Natalie made it clear she's got her fingers crossed for a new baby brother more than anything because well, she already has the best little sister! 

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what's in store for this sweet family. Until next time...

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Cora is 1 Year Old!

It boggles my mind how quickly a year can pass by. Just under a year ago, I was meeting sweet baby Cora for the first time in her nursery with her best bunny friend...

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Then before we knew it, Cora's parents and I were celebrating Cora turning 6 months with an in-studio Christmas Session! One of my favorite parts of providing newborn packages is the opportunity to watch these precious little babes grow so much and so quickly!

(Those eyes though, right?!)

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And now this sweet darling is a big ONE YEAR old! To celebrate, the Schipper family and I took a stroll around Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis on Mother's Day. We lucked out and got some of the best spring weather Minnesota has to offer. 

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This little darling girl gets LOTS of kisses and I'm sure you can see why. To top off her birthday photo-celebration, sweet Cora got to dig into her very own homemade birthday cake (props to mom!).

She was a little shy at first, but as you'll see she eventually did what we all like to do and dug right in! 

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Wishing you the happiest of birthdays beautiful Cora!! I am so excited to see what the future has in store for you!

Cecelia, you're melting my heart! | 6 Months

Miss Cece is growing WAY too fast. Her overwhelmingly cute, kissable cheeks and that little half smirk totally melted my heart during her 6 month session.

One of my favorite parts of this work is watching these kiddos grow and little miss Cecelia is no exception. I've known her parents since before they got married just over 3 years ago and now I get to see their family take on life's new adventures!

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This sweet little family is continuing to grow and is saying goodbye to their first home this spring! To mark the importance of this big transition we held Cecelia's 6 month session in their cozy living room.

To add to the nostalgia, Kristi's mom dropped by with a dress Kristi wore in her 6 month photos so we could recreate some of those classic 80's JC Penny gems.  

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Oh and grandma got in some of the shots too! How cute is this generation shot of the girls? 

All of the pictures from this session make me so happy. Happy 1/2 Birthday sweet girl, I can't wait to see what the next 6 months brings for you!

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Afton & Aileen | Portraits

Afton & Aileen have been inseparable friends since college and they haven't let life's big transitions or even the 1000+ miles between New Jersey and Minnesota change that.

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Afton needed some fresh head shots for a new community engagement and diversity blog she'll be launching soon, while Aileen flew into Minneapolis to celebrate her birthday and being freshly back on the dating scene. 

With a bottle of bubbles popped and the rap tunes blaring (Birthday B*tch!!), we had a blast in downtown Minneapolis laughing and exchanging stories of their college shenanigans while grabbing some beautiful shots of these two babes. The celebration continued into the night with a birthday dinner and comedy show.

I can't imagine any better way to ring in a fresh new year and a fresh start than with a salon blowout, bubbles, and a beloved friend. Happy Birthday Aileen, CHEERS!

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Henrik | 1 Year!

This was my face too when Henrik's mom reached out to me to schedule his 1 year photos! How is this adorable little man already 1!?

Henrik was more than willing to share his charming smile with me throughout our session and even let mom and dad get in some of his pictures too! 

 But don't let that angelic face fool you, this little dude had me out of breath running after him trying to get the perfect shots. He is incredibly curious about the world around him and his favorite thing to talk about is his..... "BALL!"

We may have a future World Cup Champion on our hands you guys.

So thankful that the lovely Hogan family incorporates me into their visits to the cities from Moorhead, it's always a blast to see them and how much this handsome fella has grown. 

EASTON | NEWBORN

This sweet babe couldn't wait to get into the world... so he decided to show up 8 weeks early!

Easton's parents have been my clients since the start of my photography career. After years of taking family pictures for Amber's family, I've come to know them like my own family. I was blessed to capture Amber and Adam's engagement and wedding, and now I get to watch their beautiful family grow!

Easton was one of the calmest babes I've ever had a newborn session with. He was all about cuddling and dozing in his blankets. I can't get enough of his tiny little feet!

There was a big debate between mom and dad during our session about whether Easton's hair is red or not. I'll leave it up to you to decide...

I'm so looking forward to watching this darling little man grow. Congratulations Amber and Adam!

Olivia & Daniel | Engaged!

These two transplants from Kansas are the epitome of young love and are set to get married in Olivia's hometown this fall. They met on the dance floor while attending K-State and two-stepped their way into a happily ever after here in Minnesota. Their goofy personalities provided lots of laughs during the session while they braved cold Minnesota spring temps to get the perfect shots in downtown Minneapolis. 

While I selfishly wish they were getting married here in MN, I can't wait to see pictures of their Kansas wedding that I'm positive will be just as beautiful as they are.

Congrats Daniel & Olivia!