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seriously, where did the little ones go? | minnesota family photographer

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I have photographed this family many times over the years.  I even remember having to tie the youngest to a chair when she was just an itty bitty (so she wouldn’t fall off, of course).

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Then there was the year the family dog joined us for an adventurous session, yummy fries and shakes in Stillwater a couple of years back, and a hayride at the apple orchard when the kids were much younger.  Despite the changes that take place from session-to-session and through the years, I can always count on a few things remaining the same.  This pose being one of them:

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ALWAYS.  And the respectful, fun, and loving way they engage life and each other.

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Every single time.

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It is an absolute joy to hang out with them.

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To see the kids GROWING UP.  To spend time around Grant and Carley.  To hear stories.  And to learn a teeny tiny bit more about them each year.

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Thanks again, Grant and Carley, for another memorable session!

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we go waaaaay back | minnesota family photographer

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I have known this family since the beginning.  BEFORE the beginning even.  Ken and my husband were friends before I was even in the picture!

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I remember Ken and Jill’s wedding like it was yesterday.  There were married at the edge of Lake Superior like something out of a fairy tale.

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It had been F O R E V E R since our last connection and I was so looking forward to getting to know their boys.  We spent a couple of hours at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum a few weeks ago, checking out the colors.  And water features. And scarecrows.

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Capturing moments along the way.  Here are several of my favorites from the day:

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Thanks again, Ken and Jill!  I had a blast working with all of you. :D

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caleb | minnesota high school senior photographer

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I had the opportunity to photograph Caleb’s older brother a few years ago and was delighted to hear from his mom again.  (It’s always fun receiving little updates about former high school senior clients!)

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Caleb and I met at a park in Savage a few weeks ago.  It was cool and wet, the rain pausing just long enough to snap a few shots of this Prior Lake High School senior.

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Caleb plays football which makes photographing him this time of year seem especially appropriate. :)

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Here are several more of my favorites from our time together:

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Enjoy the rest of your senior year, Caleb!

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instagram seems to hold a bit more of the everyday

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I have been slacking on my blog in the last year and have the feeling Instagram is partly why.  First off, it allows for instant sharing making it super easy to post in the moment.

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Secondly, I have the option of keeping private things somewhat private there.  After several virtual run-ins with unfriendly social media “followers” I decided to make my IG feed private, allowing me to choose who sees what when it comes to everyday life.

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But I miss blogging and the connections that come from it.  This blog is also my virtual diary – a place for me to keep track of life happenings.  For those of you stopping by now and again, know that I am working to achieve a proper balance of the two.

More blogging… less Instagram[ing].

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long shadows

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The light is changing. I notice this especially in the morning and late-afternoon at my typical session start times. Shadows are long and hues are moving from blue/green to yellow/orange. This can be challenging from a photography perspective because I have come to rely on certain things after a summer of abundant light.

All I want to do is hunker down with a good book, warm beverage, and my critter slippers. But alas, my favorite time of year happens to coincide with the busiest.

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So I must savor the moments.

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