Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Below are a few images from a maternity session that almost wasn’t! Cassie contacted me several weeks ago explaining that she and her husband would be moving back to the United States from Canada and were hoping to squeeze in a maternity session before her baby arrived. We scheduled her session to take place as soon as they arrived with just three weeks to spare before her due date. I was nervous that the baby might decide to make an early appearance and my fears were validated when I received a text from Cassie at midnight on the day of our session to tell me that she was in the hospital after having repeated contractions for several hours. My heart sank knowing just how much she was hoping for maternity photos. I eagerly checked my messages in the morning to find that Cassie had been monitored but sent home and she wanted to move forward with the session. Throughout the shoot I found myself a little on guard…anticipating her going into labor right before my eyes. Luckily, baby stayed put and we were able to get through the session just fine! Cal and Cassie- Best wishes to you in the final weeks of your pregnancy (if you last that long). You are both going to be wonderful parents!!
Of all the years I’ve been in business I’ve never had a season filled with as many sessions as this one. I’m having a blast and love working with all of my clients, but I’m finding it very hard to keep up with my blog posts. Rather than trying to blog individual sessions I thought I’d try combining them to give you a peek at what I’ve been working on. It’s definitely high school senior season this time of year but as you can see I’ve had some families and newborns in the mix as well. A huge thank you to each and every one of my clients who have made this season one to remember!
In the midst of all the high school senior sessions I’ve had a few family shoots tucked in every now and again. This family is one I’ve been photographing for the past 5 years and I must say that it’s been such a joy to watch their family grow and to get to know their kids as much as I have. The little girl and I have become fast friends and I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been known to treat her to an ice cream cone after her sessions. HA! Their mom had a great idea to create a large canvas collage using images from this year’s session. I loved the idea and I can’t wait to see how the final product turns out!
Often times I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have a job doing something I love in the company of amazing people. This year’s senior class is proving to be a great group made up of motivated, hard-working, kind and generous kids. I’ve been leaving each and every session feeling so encouraged and inspired by my subjects. Anna, a senior at Mahtomedi High School, is one of this year’s graduates. She has an incredibly sweet disposition and has one of those smiles that lights up a room. It’s clients like this that make it so fun for me to get up and go to work every day!
When this client approached me about capturing everyday moments with her family I couldn’t have been more excited for the project. Her boys are at such fun ages and I can’t blame her one little bit for wanting to document this time in their lives. My goal was to walk into their home and let moments unfold naturally and to capture the boys doing what they do on a daily basis. That’s exactly what happened and below you’ll see how the day’s events unfolded.
I arrived and found Henry playing with his blocks:
When he realized he had an audience he excitedly starting stacking another set of blocks:
And, what goes up….must come down!
When I asked him what happened to his clothes, he climbed on the table and told me he was a big boy now (a.k.a. potty trained):
I was in the process of snapping a few portraits…
when suddenly he gave me “the look”. As a mother of two boys, I know this look well. So off we ran down the hall:
We made it just in time…WHEW! He washed his hands (with soap) without an ounce of prompting from me!
Little brother was ready to get in on the action when his mom mentioned it was time for morning smoothies!
He was so excited about drinking out of a “big boy” glass!
His mom threw a little spinach in his smoothie and we waited patiently to see his response.
I think he liked it, but I’ll let you decide!
After snack time the boys looked through books…something they both love to do!
A little brother snuggle time:
When it was time for me to leave I asked Henry to help me find my shoes…he found them all right!
Based on the title of this blog post I bet you’re expecting to see photos of a high school senior, but no…let me introduce you to the ever-adorable Addison. She just turned one year old and she is on her way to Harvard! Yes, you read that right…Harvard! O.k., O.k…she isn’t actually heading to Harvard but her Daddy is. This beautiful family recently received the news that Dad was accepted into Harvard’s graduate school program and in a few short months they’ll be packing up and heading east. Luckily they have friends and family are here so I have no doubt I’ll have many more opportunities to photograph this beautiful little girl over the years. I’m very much looking forward to hearing about their ventures!
The series of photos below made me giggle! I’m sure a lot of parents have experienced this exact scenario!
I’ve been away all week attending a photographer’s convention in Las Vegas. I loved meeting so many wonderful people in the industry and it was great reconnecting with some of my friends. While I was gone we had quite a few client orders come in, so today I’ve been busy packing them up and getting them ready for delivery. This is truly one of the most rewarding parts of my job…seeing finished work leave the studio on the way to clients who I know will treasure the images for a lifetime.
It’s hard to believe this little guy will be off to Kindergarten next year! It has been such a treat for me to watch him grow over the years and see his personality take shape. He has character galore and his enthusiasm about going to school is absolutely adorable. He told me just how excited he is to learn math, science, but most of all he is excited about reading…a kid after my own heart! Considering my youngest son started Kindergarten this fall, I know all too well how hard it will be for his parents to watch him get on the bus for the very first time next year. Something tells me there may be a few tears shed!
If any of you follow my This Lunch Rox blog you’ve probably heard me mention someone named Maria quite a bit…if not, here’s a little backstory:
Maria Emmerich is the person responsible for my family’s transition to a healthier lifestyle. You can go back and read about it HERE, but to summarize…I had been working out for a little over a year and was so frustrated that I wasn’t achieving my weight loss goals. A friend of mine from the gym introduced me to Maria one day while we were working out and I learned that Maria had a book called “Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism”. I purchased the book that day and the rest is history. Everything she wrote in her book made perfect sense to me and since then my family and I have taken baby steps toward a healthier lifestyle and the results in how we all feel is nothing short of amazing.
Maria and I talked often at the gym and over the years have become quite good friends. She encouraged me time and time again and helped me achieve not just my weight loss goals, but also helped my family learn healthier eating habits. Words really can’t express all that she has done for me. The fact that I am no longer plagued by sugar cravings, tired for most of the day, forgetful (the list goes on and on)…it truly feels as though Maria has given me the best gift a friend could ever give. With her help I’m so much more awake, alive and energized and my day isn’t consumed (pardon the pun) with thoughts of food than I’ve ever been before. I can safely say that my life has changed for the better because of the hard work and dedication Maria has put into her research about food and how it affects our bodies.
Not long after I purchased Maria’s book I learned that she wrote the book as a way to fund the adoption of two precious boys in Africa. For two years I’ve agonized with her as they were met with one delay after another. They were matched with their sons over one year ago and expected them to be home shortly thereafter, but yet again there were delays. It has been heart-wrenching to know how eager Maria and her husband, Craig, were to get those boys home yet have absolutely no control over it. Imagine the joy we all felt when we received word that they got the go-ahead to head to Africa to retrieve their boys. They kept me updated on their travels back to the states via texts and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when they finally touched ground in the United States.
Maria and Craig were so eager to have photos taken of their family that they invited me into their home just days after they arrived. I didn’t want to interfere at all with their bonding time so I quietly observed and captured moments as they unfolded. It took every ounce of energy not to pick these little guys up and snuggle them to pieces during the session. Luckily, since then I’ve had plenty of opportunities to spend time with them and they have given me the unofficial title of “Auntie Jamie” which absolutely makes me heart sing. The little boys will always hold a very special place in my heart to say the very least.