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colin | minnesota high school senior photographer

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I met Colin for his high school senior session a few weeks ago in Minneapolis.  His momma and I have had loose connections over the years but most memorable is her stepbrother’s wedding back in 2008; we sat at the same table together for dinner and Leslie made this introvert feel right at home.

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Needless to say, it was great connecting with her in person again after all these years.  And getting to know her son as well.:D

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Colin is into robotics.  And gaming.  And is clearly a fun, laid back sort of guy – willing to strike all sort of poses for the camera.

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Here’s a peek at a few more of my favorites from our time together in the Mill City Ruins area:

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I hope you have a terrific senior year, Colin!

Leslie - September 6, 2017 - 5:35 am

Wow, these are amazing! Colin didn’t think senior pictures were necessary, but I insisted and I’m glad I did. He will be too – if not now, some day :) I love that you captured nearly every facet of his personality. It was wonderful to connect with you again. Thank you!!!

Tina - September 7, 2017 - 9:17 am

Love hearing this, Leslie. :)

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we celebrated 22 years in colorado

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My cousin’s wedding was the true motivation for our trip.  A wedding at a mansion, twenty-two years to the day after our wedding at a mansion.

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Tony and I spent the weekend reconnecting with some of my favorite people.  After flying in on Friday, we rented a van (“the bus” as I called it) so we could drive some of the older-than-us folk around town.  Our hotel – Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows – was the perfect landing spot, close to everything.  [If you ever find yourself staying here in the future, be sure to make your way down to the front desk around 4:30/5 pm.  Better yet, just hang out in the lobby.  You will be rewarded with freshly baked cookies stuffed with macadamia nuts, milk chocolate, and toffee.  The key is getting there early because these cookies go fast.]

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There was a rehearsal dinner at Seasons 52 Friday night.

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Saturday morning breakfast at Toast in Littleton, a favorite from our last visit to the area.

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And lots of time to relax before the evening wedding at Highlands Ranch Mansion which was breathtakingly beautiful. The outdoor ceremony was unplugged (no photos or video by guests) and included a lovely blending of both Christian and Jewish traditions. The reception – very much the same (minus the unplugged part). I was in awe of the speeches, made-from-scratch challah at each table (thanks to the family of the bride), the most incredible wedding cake ever… also made-from-scratch by the mother of the bride.

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On Sunday morning, we met for a hosted brunch at the hotel before taking in a few sights in the area.

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Our weekend ended with a truly lovely dinner hosted by my aunt and uncle, the groom’s parents.  I’ve written about my Aunt Deb before, it’s things like this that make her so special to me:

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Seriously.  We shared a meal that began with a prayer and a toast – you can’t get any closer to IF:Table than that.

[As a side note, I rented a lighter wide-angle lens for this trip.  And left my flash at home.  NEVER AGAIN.  The lens caused a great deal of distortion at the edges and processed differently than my usual lenses.  That’s why I always say rent before you ever buy!]

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need a little slo-mo about now

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And daily pauses.
And time with God.
And quiet.
And mornings in my journal.
And date nights.
And a couple of hours making something fun in the kitchen.
And exercise.
And to get back into church.
And more sleep.
And the list goes on.

The focus lately seems to be on what I lack. Could be stress. Could be hormones. Whatever the cause, I have been doing my best to ride out this storm of the soul in a passive-wishing sort of way.

Guess it’s time for an intentional-doing sort of way.

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sophia | minnesota high school senior photographer

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I have known Sophia since she was an itty bitty baby.

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Her dad and my husband Tony have been friends since high school then were in a band together for years after.  This is another one of those sessions that ages me, seeing all of the littles in my life…

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Not quite so little anymore.

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Sophia loves being outdoors so we explored a favorite location as part of her senior photo session.

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Adventurous, bold, lover of animals.  And while NOT a fan of dresses, she wears them oh so well.

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Someone even stopped to ask if she was a model.:)

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Here are a few more of my favorites:

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I hope you have a wonderful senior year, Sophia!

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