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and then there were four | minnesota newborn photographer

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These days time feels especially precious.  It seems like only yesterday I photographed this family’s firstborn.  This sweet little thing is now TWO and a little girl in every sense of the word.

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With the title of “Big Sister” to boot!

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Because this sweet family just welcomed another little person into the world.

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darling baby boy.  Here are several more from our morning together:

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Thanks again for allowing me to capture such a special time. :)

Leslie Schiltgen - June 26, 2016 - 10:47 am

You take such great pictures

Tina - June 30, 2016 - 11:53 am

Awwwww, thank you Leslie!

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where life happens | minnesota family photographer

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I first met this adorable family years ago at a photo session in their old home.  I have so enjoyed watching them grow and change over time.

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Capturing life where it happens every single day.  Comfortable and familiar yet something new with each visit.

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The baby is now a year old and a fearless explorer.

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The oldest, silly and expressive with a knack for building.

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The middle child and sister to both, charmingly sweet.  All girl.

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After capturing a few shots on the front porch, the kids reintroduced me to their home.  We played a bit inside before moving out back.

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A beautiful afternoon in more ways than one.

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Thanks again, Sarah, for the wonderful time with your family!

Sarah - June 21, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Pretty certain every single picture brought tears to my eyes! Thank you, Tina!

Tina - June 21, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Awwwwwwww, love hearing that Sarah.

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recovering from an emotionally charged month

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My 92-year old grandpa passed away three weeks ago today and was buried the day before our son’s high school graduation. In the middle of it all my grandparents’ house was sold, we had to make a trip to Madison (for Emilio’s WI Singers audition), my brother-in-law’s mother passed away, and we were knee deep in preparations for our son’s open house.

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The grad party took place last Saturday (our air conditioner stopped working the very same day!), Sunday evening through Monday I was knocked out by some horrific stomach bug, and today I am back.

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Drained, but back. I missed last week’s intentional living post and will likely do so again this week as I work to get caught up on session edits that I cannot wait to share! Hope you are enjoying the first days of summer. :D

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living with intention – ask tough questions

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God isn’t anxious about our questions, struggles, or doubt. He is who He is, regardless of what we think. I am curious by nature, my personality type described in-depth HERE. It is no wonder then that my faith journey began with the relentless pursuit of knowledge.  A thirst for answers.

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It is not only okay to ask tough questions, it is essential for growth and strong faith. Contrary to popular belief, the bible does not teach or encourage mankind to toss evidence and reason out the window. In fact, it actually instructs us to test and prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21).  The bible encourages believers to seek knowledge (Hosea 4:6) and sound doctrine.  It tells us to get wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 4:7).  This week we are going to take a look at the thoughts and ideas that shape us.  Instead of assuming we have all of the answers, we are going to open the door to asking questions:

Have you ever taken the time to explore matters of faith?

Have you ever put your thoughts/ideas to the test?

Have you ever taken time to compare and contrast different religions, to learn a bit about the history of each?

Have you ever taken the time to examine your own worldview? [Click HERE for a great resource that includes relevant questionnaires.]

Living with intention means living on purpose. Doing the things that matter most.  It means prioritizing “what is best” over “what is good.” It means know enough about myself and the life I am cultivating to make informed decisions.  It means opening myself up to not only living on purpose but living with purpose.

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As I mentioned from the start, the content for Intentional Gatherings is modeled after my journey.  The weekly and monthly lessons are places I have walked, things I have learned about myself and the world, the driving force that fuels my desire to make the most of each moment.  My hope is that the Intentional Gatherings series will help others navigate through uncertainty or darkness.  And that they in turn would do the same for the women in their lives

If you are interested in learning more about living with intention, work through the weekly assignments and check out our monthly dinners for further inspiration.]

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favorite things

favorite things {may 2016}

1. Creatively Connected Picnic Blanket.  I love the earthy tones of this picnic blanket and think it would be perfect for the beach or park!

2. Prima Donna Cold Shoulder Top.  The layers make this look.

3. Mini 7s/8 Colored Lens Filters.  There are SO MANY fun accessories out there now for Instax cameras.  These colorful filters would be great fun to play with over the summer months!

4. Blow Your Mind Indigo Jeans.  I have a total weakness for ruffles.

5. Mudder Close-up Lens with Self-Portrait Mirror.  It hate shooting blind when trying to capture selfies with my Instax camera.  Film is so expensive, I had to waste even one shot!  This inexpensive attachment is a MUST.

6. Woods of Wisdom Lunch Box.  You could also use this sweet bag as a mini cooler for days at the beach or pool.  Super cute!

Happy Friday!

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