Posting this session is long overdue but I couldn’t NOT share it! This squeezy-cheeked, smiley boy is Lennon, and he is the perfect example of what makes women want a second baby. For real. His big sis Langston was too busy napping to join us, but she and Ella had some quality playtime so all is happy anyway. Without further ado – more smiley blue-eyed baby pictures. Hi buddy!
Oh, that gorgeous fall light. The sun is still warm on your back, but the crisp air is setting in, too.
This gorgeous family met me at Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove for some family shots, and I am SO thrilled with how their images turned out. (!!!!) Carter is such a beautiful, and HAPPY baby boy. He really is. Of course his parents Lindsay & Dustin are incredibly sweet and easygoing too. Sessions aren’t always perfect – we go with the flow and make it work – but this one was so, so great! I am so excited to share these!
Thanks for letting me take these photos, Lindsay & Dustin!
This sweet family braved the beautiful fall weather for a session at their gorgeous house in Linden Hills and at a park nearby. Harper is such a sweetie! He was very busy with his cars and his books and his shows but he let me take a few shots inbetween.
Harper was born just as I was starting at Aveda, where I became fast friends with his mama Kalisa. She is an uber-talented visual merchanding designer, and one of the sweetest gals ever. I mean, like, ever. She makes the sweetest flags for coworkers birthdays, always has a shareable bowl of candy at her desk, and always has a smile for you, even on crazy event days at work. She is bomb. And her family is awesome too!
Remember those crisp autumn days? Orange leaves? Green grass? It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve seen it but really it’s probably only been a couple weeks. I LOVE fall. Especially because of shoots like this.
The Burleys are such a cool family. Nancy and I worked together at Aveda, and she is such a genuinely awesome lady. She manages her family (and all of their hockey tournaments) and her career so, so well (and with such grace). And the day after this shoot, they took a week off and went to Florida! Thankfully the boys agreed to spending a little time fishing with me first. Oh, and we snuck a few in of just mom & dad, too.
These two sweet babes are just the best. They remind me of my big brother and I when we were little – he’d always pick on me, but we were totally best friends. Oscar, Lou, Derek, Rachel, and I made a trip to a nearby park in the late September sun for a sweet little photo session. We were lucky to have such a crisp, beautiful fall day! Bonus: hangout time with their mama (who I love).
Remember how I mentioned Alison had her baby boy? Well when he was just ten days old, I made another trip back to the Swans’ gorgeous house on Lake Minnetonka for a little photo session with their newest family member, the handsome Bode James.
I absolutely love shooting newborn photo sessions this way – you get to relax in your own home, with everything you need for your new babe, and take it easy instead of rushing around a studio trying to get the “perfect shot.” Life with a newborn is not stale white backgrounds and fluffy hats and awkward newborn poses. It is cuddling in bed, taking lots of nursing breaks on the couch, and soaking in every minute of this moment in life that passes too quickly.
The very biggest congratulations to Alison and Jordan on their new little guy! Welcome to the world, Bode!
And one more just for fun…
Another sweet mama-to-be shoot! These are quickly becoming my favorite. Alison is such a beauty – always so photogenic, but especially with that gorgeous glow. We squeezed in a shoot (and got a few shots with dad Jordan, too) just a week or so before her little Bode James came along. I’m happy to report he is healthy and perfect (and his newborn session will be up soon)!
Jill and I go way back. Okay, not that far, but we used to work together and we became fast friends. She is an incredibly talented designer, and one of the most kind-hearted people I know. She and her husband are about to become parents, and I honestly couldn’t be happier for them. That is one lucky baby girl (and I can’t wait to meet her VERY soon!).
Maternity photography is something I’ve always wanted to try, and I think it’s my new favorite thing EVER. The last few months of pregnancy are full of daydreams of what’s to come—your sweet baby’s face, what birth will be like, how life is about to change—and capturing some of those emotions with my camera fills my heart and makes me want to shoot more, more, more. Love you, Jill, and best of luck.
I’m a little behind, but here are the shots from Ella’s six month shoot back in February. Better late than never, right? Luckily she was in a good mood!
Six-month-old Ella is rolling from side to side, laughing like CRAZY, and aaalmost sitting up on her own. She loves “flying”, popping her lips, and trying new foods. We made a little trip to the aquarium this month, and she was the happiest baby I’ve ever seen. She loved it. The way she smiled at the fish and bright blue water was so heart-warming. Maybe she’ll be a water-baby like her mama was growing up!
My portfolio desperately needs to be updated, but in the meantime, I’ll post some recent work here. Aveda Congress took place in Minneapolis in October, and I designed the logo, poster, and aroma packaging for the event. The theme was “Nomad” – bohemian, gypsy, wanderer-esque with a circus-themed evening performance. The packaging is a simple canvas pouch with a twine pull-string and a raw brown tag with a unique diecut.
Soooo…I love this room. Too much. I’m so happy with how everything turned out, and I can’t wait to bring my little girl home and let her enjoy it too (currently the kitties think I did this for them). I posted my inspiration a couple of months ago so I thought I’d post a follow up. I ended up painting all the peonies by hand, and they were a serious labor of love, but they’re exactly what I wanted. I hope you love it too.
We’re expecting a little girl in August! We’ve been working on our little bundle of joy’s nursery for the last couple of months and things are finally coming together. I’ve always loved this nursery, and wanted to incorporate bright coral walls with neutral furniture and decor. We’re trying to purchase mostly gender-neutral items, so the walls will really be the sweet “girly” piece. Otherwise, soft neutral grays, tans, and white will keep the room light and airy (since there’s only one window). The bunny thing just kind of happened. I’ve always loved them, and I couldn’t stop finding sweet bun-buns to snatch up for the room.
I painted three of the walls Peony by Martha Stewart (first swatch on the board), and the peony mural is on the fourth wall behind the crib. I’ve already started, and I’m thinking it’s going to be more work than I expected…duh. I’m hoping to be done by the end of June, so wish me luck! Before and after shots to come.
Sources: 1-lamp, 2-wall, 3-dresser (family hand-me-down), 4-bunny lamp, 5-branch hooks, 6-bunny mobile, 7-floral heart print, 8-baskets (similar here), 9-rug, 10-crib (ours is this one), 11-bunny print, 12-pom-pom garland, 13-faux-sheepskin rug, 14-chair, 15-pouf, paint: Martha Stewart Peony and Pink Sea Salt (Home Depot).
Photographing these two beauties was such an honor. Anna and I became good friends over the last couple years while working together at Aveda, and I was heartbroken (but fully understanding) when she left me for Denver last fall. She asked me to be a part of her wedding party this summer, and of course I couldn’t be more excited! She and Travis are the sweetest couple ever, and I’m so grateful they let Mike and I visit in April and photograph them on top of Mt Falcon. I can’t wait till their wedding day – everything is going to be so gorgeous, the two of them moreso than anything. I’ll be the giant 8-months-pregnant bridesmaid if you’re looking for me.
This little peanut has stolen my heart. Little miss Langston is my goddaughter – you might remember her newborn photos from earlier. Watching her grow is so fun. This time, she was so curious about everything going on around her – reaching for her puppy, watching the Christmas lights twinkle, listening to her mom sing. We had a beautiful session, and she didn’t even need a nap!
I am truly enjoying photography as a side project. It is so challenging and so rewarding – and gives me complete creative freedom, which I crave. There are so many opportunities and so much to learn. Feeling grateful and eager to see what’s next.
Jill and AJ are two of the sweetest, most generous people I know. They’ve been together a long time, and you can tell they’re truly best friends. The funniest part of the shoot was when Jill said, “okay, serious faces”…and their “serious faces” were both smiles!
We wandered through Silverwood Park in NE Minneapolis and ended up back at their house playing in the leaves with their sweet Goldendoodle, Teli. Their wedding next June is going to be full of handmade gorgeousness and lots of love, and I can’t wait!