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we squeezed in a bit of holiday fun | minnesota family photographer

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I met up with this darling family shortly after Thanksgiving for a quick session in and around their home.

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It was a gorgeous weekend in Minnesota, perfect sweater weather.

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Not to mention, great timing with the start of the holiday season.

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It was a pleasure working with all of you.:)  Merry Christmas!!!

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winter weekend retreat 2017 | let your heart be light

Winter Weekend Retreat 2017

Our annual crafting and relaxing retreat took place last weekend and a whole lotta both happened. It was the perfect way to usher in the holiday season complete with Christmas music, hot buttered cider, cranberry orange scones, egg nog chai lattes and more! The only thing missing?  SNOW. It looked more like autumn than winter.

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Not that I’m complaining.:)  A handful of ladies even picked up a some new skills over the weekend – Glass Etching and String Art.

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And to top it all off, I introduced them to something near and dear to my heart:

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We gathered for our very own retreat IF:Table!!! It was truly special.

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While my planned theme for the weekend was “Let Your Heart Be Light” an underlying unintentional theme emerged:

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Multiple deer sightings in multiple forms.  As I made my way into town to pick up our pizza order, I very much had “deer” on the brain.

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Which helped me spot a cluster of them gathered by the roadside. I was able to slow down quite a bit before impact. Despite the mishap, this retreat weekend was one of my favorites. Here’s a peek at the rest of our time together:

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Thanks again ladies for taking part!

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everyday life by way of instagram

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My promise of “more blogging and less Instagram[ing]” hasn’t yet happened so here’s a peek at everyday life since my last personal post. Everyday life is winding down from the autumn session frenzy… in fact, my final edits should be completed TODAY! Time in the kitchen keeps me grounded and I have been intentional about creating a sense of warmth and coziness inside as the temps continue to drop outside. Cinnamon, apples, roasted turkey breast, and egg not chai lattes are in rotation. Seasonal flavors keep me in the here-and-now. Our college boy is enjoying life and even though he is much closer than last year we see him less. Our youngest will be boarding a flight to NEW YORK tomorrow, marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday (making his appearance around 10:35 am)! The 2017 Winter Weekend Crafting & Relaxing Retreat is around the corner (THERE IS STILL AN OPEN SPOT FYI!) and I have been making preparations for it as well, accumulating gifts and crafting supplies. I turned the family advent calendar into a personal BE LOVE quest and can’t wait for December to roll around. Speaking of December, every four years or so I create a December Daily album – documenting seasonal traditions and daily moments. I’m doing things differently this time, documenting everything in Ali Edwards’ December Daily Journal before diving into the project. Annnnnnnd to top it all off, I am feeling so much better these days – surely signs that my copper and iron levels have moved back into the normal range (earlier this year I struggled with persistent anemia, further testing revealed leukopenia & a copper deficiency).

Grateful for so much this season: cozy pink sweatshirts, big sweaters, IF:Table, being paid to eat good food in a recent marketing study, date nights with Tony, boomerang blessings, sunshine, apple cake w/maple caramel ice cream, sour cream raisin pie, fun mail, a night on the couch with my entire family, dinner/drinks with friends in town, Sunday morning worship, Spotify playlists, stolen hugs, and celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with family last night.

All good. So very good.

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red for scarlet | minnesota family photographer

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Here’s a quick peek at a recent session with a family close to my heart.

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At a location very dear to them.

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Jenny wanted to make sure Scarlet was included.

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So we weaved in all sorts of meaningful reminders throughout.

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Here are a few more of my favorites:

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Thanks again for the special afternoon, Jenny!

Jenny Wagner - November 19, 2017 - 9:56 am

Thank you so much Tina! ??

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st. anthony main family session | minnesota lifestyle photographer

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I met my cousin Jennifer and her darling little family for a session in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.

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The girls braved the cold with the help of their momma’s knitting skills (LOVE THE HATS!) and the promise of hot chocolate.

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Here’s a peek at a few more from our time together:

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Thanks again for the fun, fun afternoon!

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