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everyday family session | apple valley, minnesota

I know I’ve said it before but I love repeat sessions.  Watching family members grow and change from year-to-year.  It’s a teeny bit sad for me as well – when little ones are now talking and older ones are doing Big Kid things like getting dressed ALL BY THEMSELVES.

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This sweet family has a tender spot in my heart.  Kristen and I are scrapbooking friends (though it’s been ages since we’ve had one of our crop nights :(). Her boys remind me so much of my own at that age; I get a huge kick being around them. But this session was different from others we’ve had; the boys were both noticeably different.

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Acting older.  Both growing up SO FAST… and that makes me a little bit sad.


I’m reminded once again that time is passing by much faster than I’d like.

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Which is exactly why these types of sessions mean so much to me.

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I loved how the little guy followed his big brother everywhere, copying pretty much everything he did.  I loved our time at the playground, doing my very best to chase the older one down:

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And simply watching them interact as a family.

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Playing.  Wrestling.  Kisses and hugs.

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Lots of kisses and hugs.

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The perfect summer morning.

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Thank you SO MUCH, John and Kristen, for letting me be part of it!

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cutest save-the-date card EVER

The moment this bride shared her engagement session idea with me, I knew I was going to like her.  🙂  Last Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to see Kelsey’s save-the-date card in person; here is her vision on paper created by the very talented designer Caitlin Pisha (click HERE to view more of Caitlin’s work):


The front side of the card (above) and the back side of the card (below):


Seriously, is that not the cutest save-the-date card ever?!!

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my vision

I photographed the most lovely wedding ever on Saturday, one I’d been anticipating for over a year. I can’t wait to share it with all of you. [And will soon!]  Just wanted to share a couple of quick shots today. Because this ring shot has been “in my head” for some time and it turned out EXACTLY as I’d envisioned.

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Perfect “setting” for the rings. Perfectly depicting the setting of this very special day.  Thank you for trusting my weirdness, Kelsey and Garrett!

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the perfect summer salsa

Though not your typical salsa. The main ingredient: strawberries.

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Best served with lime-flavored tortilla chips. The recipe is below.

Strawberry Avocado Salsa


  • 2 cups finely chopped strawberries (approx. 1 pint)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped, peeled avocado (approx. 1/2 of avocado)
  • 4 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 lime is sufficient for both the juice & zest)
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped, seeded jalapeno (leave the seeds in for more heat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar or Stevia equivilant


  1. Chop and mix all ingredients. Serve immediately with lime tortilla chips.

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welcome home | minnesota newborn session

Just weeks after photographing THIS maternity session, I was invited back to Jeri and Justin’s home to photograph their new addition.

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The transformation from “expecting” to “new parents” is one of my FAVORITE life stages to document.

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When the cozy unit of two becomes a family of three.

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There’s just nothing quite like it.

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Sweet and precious, every detail to be savored.

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Even this kind… because it passes in the blink of an eye.


Loved how the word “shhhhh” calmed him down.

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And how his momma and daddy already knew him so very well.

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A precious thing to witness.

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Thank you, thank you for sharing your home, time, and beautiful son!

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