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rainy day experiment | everyday family session

This session took place late last month, during the kind of thunderstorm that transforms day into night. It was an experimental session to begin with; I had a few things in mind that I wanted to work on and thought April’s family would be perfect for it.

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And perfect they were. Never had I worked in such extreme conditions – keep in mind it was as dark as night for most of the session and I was without a flash or reflector.

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Working with young, moving children in even the best lighting conditions can be quite the challenge.

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April’s oldest son was THE MOST adorable thing ever – playful, energetic, and silly.

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My favorite age to photograph. :)

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It’s hard to believe that his little brother will be playing with him in no time.

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No time at all.

Thank you again, April, for allowing me to capture your precious family!

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It was exactly what I needed.

Crystal Satnik - June 12, 2012 - 11:10 am

Way to go Tina! I hate using a flash and usually run into the problems you stated in your post. Maybe if you do that photography workshop you can teach us your tricks! :) BTW, I was at a grad party last weekend for a cousin who lives a few blocks from you. On the way out we saw your new deck. It looks awesome! I hope you guys are spending lots of time relaxing out there this summer!

Tina - June 12, 2012 - 12:56 pm

I would certainly be teaching my non-flash tricks because it’s the only way I roll. (Well, aside from shooting indoors at night… and even then, there are still a few tricks.)

Can’t believe you were SO CLOSE. The wind has been wreaking havoc on the deck, even tipping over our gas grill last weekend. I think we need to plant a hedge of huge trees!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far, Crystal!

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saying goodbye is never easy | minnesota event photographer

I was attending a leader meeting for our Wednesday morning bible study a few weeks ago when a dear friend asked us to pray for her mom’s transition into retirement. Upon hearing the news, I realized my friend’s mom owned the very salon my husband and boys had been going to for haircuts over the years. It’s location is nowhere near our home so I was rather suprised to hear about the connection. As you know, I do not subscribe to the idea of “coincidence”; when things like that happen, they catch my attention because I know God is at work – the first thing I do, is pray.

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Just a day or two later, I received an email from my friend. Her mom had mentioned wanting to hang onto every moment of her last day at the salon and my friend was hoping I would be available to capture it – as a surprise, of course.:)

When I first arrived, I tried my best to sit unnoticed in the waiting area until my friend made it there to unveil the “surprise” with her sisters. Unfortunately, my husband’s stylist recognized me and couldn’t help but wonder why in the world I was there – it sparked a bit of hushed conversation as I let them in on the secret.

It was a huge privilege being part of such a special day.

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It was clear this was much more than a career for Barb. Not only has she created a legacy for her daughters and grandchildren, she has touched the lives of a countless number of women. First and foremost, the lovely ladies who worked with and for her.

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Life was shared within these walls.  Many memories and friends were made.

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So much history.

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Here are several more favorites from the day:

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Things that grabbed me:

      • one of Barb’s grandsons, hugging her as he said goodbye… “I am SOOOOO happy you’re done working, SOOOOO happy!”
      • the ladies writing notes on their workstations, marking their spot in time
      • one employee stopping by with her husband and newborn son right after being released from the hospital
      • hearing the stories – how it began, how long some of them have been together, routines and rituals
      • the hugs and tears… ripped my heart out every time!
      • Barb’s smile
      • Barb’s daughters – watching them watch their mom, the tears, the laughter

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May your days be richly blessed in retirement, Barb!
Barb - June 9, 2012 - 9:37 am

OMG TINA!!! I am still in tears.
Thank you thank you thank you. You did an amazing job of capturing this moment for me. How can I ever thank you.

Tina - June 9, 2012 - 5:13 pm

You just did!! I *love* hearing how the images touched you… totally makes my day. :)

Kati - June 9, 2012 - 8:37 pm

WOW Tina- God gave you an amazing talent!!!! Thank you for capturing the true RAW emotions!!!!

Timi - June 9, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Tina,
I am so glad that you were able to record Barbs special day! It was very difficult not being able to be there for the entire event but, as you know I was experiencing my own life changing event! However; with these photographs I am able to “be there” where the action is.
Thank you,
Timi

Tina - June 9, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Thank you, Kati!!

Tina - June 9, 2012 - 11:23 pm

I loved how you guys made a special appearance with your son, Timi, it was so sweet watching everyone meet him for the first time. I’m so glad these images round out your memories of the day as well!

Sue Stark - June 9, 2012 - 11:29 pm

As Barbs younger sister, i also grew up in her salon. I have many, wonderful memories there. So happy for you sis.

Bonnie Featherstone - June 14, 2012 - 9:52 am

I really miss having that little haven of friendliness in my neighborhood. The pictures made me cry.

Lori Hawthorne - June 26, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Awww that was soo sweet!

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photography workshop interest survey

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I am thinking about hosting a photography workshop in the near future and would love to have feedback from you. :)  Your thoughts are important to me so I’ve left lots of space to embellish answers (you will remain completely anonymous).  To take the 10-question survey, click HERE.

Thank you so much for your help!!!

jo Anderson - June 6, 2012 - 2:37 pm

I took your survey and am interested in your workshop.

Tina - June 8, 2012 - 8:59 am

Thanks for your input, Jo. :)

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cherry-berry poppy seed shortcakes

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Another great summer dessert recipe.

It is literally stuffed with berries so you could almost even call it breakfast! It’s fairly easy to make and a batch makes six very large shortcakes.

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The shortcakes themselves are only mildly sweet.  The cream cheese infused whipped cream stirs up fond memories of McHatties’ Devonshire Cream.

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They make a lovely presentation as well!  The recipe is below.

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Cherry-Berry Poppy Seed Shortcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups packaged biscuit mix
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut up
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 3-oz. package cream cheese, softened and cut up
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Thaw fruit, if frozen. (I used all fresh berries in my batch with the exception of the cherries.) In a large bowl, stir together blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together biscuit mix, poppy seeds, and 1 teaspoon of the lemon peel. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in center of mixture. Add half-and-half all at once to flour mixture. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.
  3. Drop dough into six mounds on an ungreased baking sheet; flatten each mound with the back of a spoon until about 3/4-inch thick. Lightly sprinkle each mound with some of the 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Cool shortcakes on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a chilled medium mixing bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks just begin to form. Add cream cheese, powdered sugar, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel. Beat until fluffy.
  5. To serve, split warm shortcakes in half horizontally. Lift off shortcake tops. Place bottoms on a serving platter or in a six shallow dessert dishes. Spoon whipped cream mixture over bottoms. Spoon fruit over whipped cream. Replace tops. Serve immediately.
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