A recap of 2017

2017 was very busy for me and I didn't blog nearly as much as I would have liked to!  To make up for that, I decided to do a quick recap of some of my favorite images from 2017.  There's a little bit of everything in this post and I also want to take a moment to thank all of the amazing people who invited me to capture little glimpses of their lives this year. 

First up are my friends, Ryan + Jenelle.  I had been daydreaming about doing a greenhouse shoot, so when they asked me about getting some fresh new photos, this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  Jenelle also does some amazing portrait work and you can catch up with her on her site here

I visited Minneapolis for the first time to photograph a beautiful rainy backyard ceremony for Justin + Rachel.  Justin and my husband have been friends since their teenage years, so it was really fun for all of us to be able to catch up and to have an excuse to skip town for a weekend.  I love how intimate this wedding was and how Justin + Rachel took time to hug their family and wedding party as they made their way up to the alter.  They also had perfect quirky moments sprinkled throughout their day like playing rock paper scissors to decide whose vows would be first, having their dog be their ring bearer, and riding away from the reception on a tandem bicycle. 

I had a very sweet family approach me about doing a large shoot this summer while distant members of the family were in from out of town and they also wanted a short casual session of just their boys playing at a lake to get them acquainted with the idea first.  I always love getting candid photos of kids and giving them the opportunity to really be in their element and forget about the camera.  We sat them down for just a minute to grab a few photos of them looking at the camera and then let them play the rest of the time.  These photos ended up being a perfect portrait of boyhood and I just loved it. 

Another great opportunity I had was to photograph two births this year!  Births are always one of my favorite subjects to shoot and both of these moms were so gracious to let me share a handful of these photos here with you. 

Another new favorite kind of session for me to photograph has been children meeting their younger siblings for the first time!  It's so so sweet!

And while we're on the subject of babies, my sister-in-law had a beautiful baby boy this summer!  This was a huge highlight of the year for our family.  Here's some of my favorite images from her maternity session and their newborn session at their home. 

Another super fun bit of work I hadn't done in a while but got to do again this year [and which I always really enjoy!] was blog photography. I took some photos of Kate for The Chic Series; she's incredibly photogenic and I love seeing what kind of outfits she puts together. 
(Also, I loved it so much I totally bought the Madewell shirt in this first photo within two weeks of our shoot!)

My friend Shirah also launched a blog this year, and I was more than happy to do some lifestyle photography for her as well.  Getting to collaborate as friends was a highlight of my year! 

I took some very fresh newborn photos in the hospital for Becky + Dave when they had their first baby girl, Stella, in 2016.  I was thrilled to find out they were expecting again and I got to take some very similar hospital newborn photos of their brand new baby girl, Audrey. 

I also got to take photos of two of my favorite girls, Margot + Goldie!  I took photos of Margot meeting Goldie in the hospital, and then we did a sweet little at-home newborn session a couple weeks later.  The photo of the two of them in the crib is one of my all-time favorites!  I work with their mom, Heather, and have a running joke that Goldie is my new little intern at the office.  

And I capped my year off right by doing a fun engagement shoot for my friend Katelyn and her fiancé, TJ, at a beautiful Christmas tree farm!  

If you're reading this and you need some fresh photos in 2018, shoot me a message + let's make it happen!

Introducing Mama Sessions

I dug some of my favorite family photos out of the archives (from three years ago this month, actually!) to share with you because Mother's Day is just a few weeks away and this year I am offering Mama Sessions for the first time! 

What are Mama Sessions, you ask? These are special, hour long, at home, lifestyle sessions that I am offering during the month of May to give moms an opportunity to get fresh new photos of their sweet families.  (These sessions also make great Mother's Day gifts...hint, hint!)

As a mom, I find that I'm usually the one behind the camera taking photos my family. After noticing this, I've been trying to make a point to be in more photos with my daughter, and the photos I've gotten so far (like this one!), I have really treasured.  I know a lot of other moms find themselves in that same boat and it can be hard to find time to get family photos done.  

Something I love about lifestyle sessions, especially for families, is that lifestyle sessions are casual + easy!  No more racing to get everyone dressed in time to leave for family photos and hoping that everyone is looking at the camera with perfect smiles.  Lifestyle sessions are all about capturing beautiful candid moments of your family, about capturing a tiny glimpse into the way your life is right now.  Lifestyle sessions are also laid back for kids because they can be in their normal environment, play, move around, and have fun - in fact, the more fun, the better the photos!

I'll be booking Mama Sessions during the month of May and have a limited number of slots available.  Sessions will cost $300 and you can book yours by sending me a message through the contact tab.  I can't wait to capture all of these tiny extraordinary moments for you + your family!  

The Morrows

I'm so excited to share this set of photos of one of my favorite families!  I have had the privilege to spend a lot of time (and holidays!) with the Morrows over the years, so taking their family photos was a lot of fun for me.  Craig and Elizabeth take their daughters to this sunflower field each year when the sunflowers bloom.  When they told me that they wanted to use this location for their family photos, I was thrilled - especially because I feel like I've been rotating through the same set of locations and wanted to try a new place!  The sunflowers and the light were stunning.  We kept the majority of these photos very candid and natural, which is my favorite way to photograph families.