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nick | minnesota high school senior photographer

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I this Prior Lake senior for a photo session last weekend.  A gorgeous morning at a gorgeous park in Lakeville.

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Nick was truly a natural, I didn’t even have to run through my typical list of “man poses” because he was that comfortable in front of the camera.

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He made my job SO.VERY.EASY. :D

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Here are several more of my favorites from our time together:

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Thanks again, Nick; enjoy the rest of your senior year!

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welcome home | minnesota newborn session

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I love photographing newborns.

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Especially when I have ties to the momma. :D

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I met this sweet little guy (along with the rest of his family) last week.  His big sister even volunteered to help with this session.

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I absolutely loved her little personality.  She talked about ice skating and shared her fairy artwork.

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Cutest thing ever.  As was her older brother.

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I even managed to capture a couple of shots with grandma.

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Here are several more of my favorites from the day:

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Thanks again, Jenny, for inviting me into your space; your family is precious!

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photography workshops for 2015

The Everyday Photographer Workshop

I began offering the Everyday Photographer Workshop early last year to help beginner and amateur photographers understand how to use their cameras.  Not only do attendees receive personalized instruction for shooting in manual mode, they learn how to create powerful images and meaningful artwork for their home and loved ones.  The workshop covers all of the basics – lighting, aperture, composition, depth of field, ISO, lenses and other equipment, post-processing, and the concept of storytelling photography.

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It also includes breakfast treats, lunch, and some sort of dessert-in-jar.

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There’s also a workbook and other goodies to take home.:D

If you are interested in signing up for one of the 2015 workshops, a deposit of $50 will hold a spot with the remaining balance of due the week before.  You will find workshop dates and other details by clicking HERE.  If you have any questions, let me know!

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oatmeal triple chip cookies

It’s been all sunshine and rainbows over here these last few weeks.

NOT.

Between griping about my health issues (you can add ‘popcorn hull stuck to the back of my throat for more than a week’ to the list) and the start of school, everyday life has been sort of meh.  Then we received the sad news that one of my son’s friends had suffered an unexpected loss and my perspective changed.  Even while going through ick, we can be a blessing to others going through ick of their own.

A fact I am no stranger to [click HERE for details].

So we made cookies and a few other things to share.  To be a blessing.

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Exactly what was needed.  If you would like to whip up some of your own, it makes a rather large batch.  The recipe calls not only for dark chocolate, butterscotch & white chocolate chips but maple extract and pumpkin pie spice as well.  I wouldn’t make any substitutions.  They are the perfect fall cookie.  The printable recipe is below.

Oatmeal Triple Chip Cookies

Yield: 48-60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup each butterscotch, white & dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In mixer, combine butter and shortening (beat for 30 seconds on high).
  2. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Beat until combined.
  3. Beat in flour.
  4. Stir in oats and baking chips until combined.
  5. Refrigerate dough overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Drop dough (and slightly flatten) by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 8-9 minutes or until light brown.
  9. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 2 minutes before transfering to wire racks to cool completely.
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