Themed Session – Princess | Minot, ND Photographer

“When we asked for a daughter we were sent a princess.” – Sally Huss

One of my last sessions in Belgium was a princess session and when this family showed up–they brought not one or two dresses but more than I could even count! They were tumbling out of every door of the car and the shoes were in the back! These little girls had such a blast playing in the park and having tea together and I had a blast capturing their beauty, grace, and spunky personalities. It’s so great to have the chance to work with clients again because it’s like seeing old friends and having a chance to play together again!

See my other princess sessions here: Adventures with Little Beauty! and Little Princesses and Painting with Vision.

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Scrubbing Up – Lifestyle Photography | Minot, ND Photographer

My last few weeks in Belgium were spent focusing on capturing every possible memory of J’s very first home and one of those big memories was the bath. I don’t know what it is about the bathtub, but it’s one of my favorite places to photograph my son. I’m worried our next home won’t have such beautiful natural light in every room that I’ll be struggling to get images like these. I’m so thankful for our time in Europe and my ability to capture our beautiful memories.

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See more of my work with my son here: Lifestyle – The SandboxLifestyle – Playtime with Granny, and Lifestyle – Pizza Party in Greece

Lifestyle Newborn – Loved Little Girl

True story, I approached this family in the grocery store. To add to that story, we really hit it off and talked for like 45 minutes near the tomatoes.

So, this session took place on the tail end of a heatwave with storm clouds covering all of our light. It was a tough session for all of us but we got some really cute, intimate, loving shots of this family and making art for my clients is such a huge plus but it is such a rewarding experience to walk into someone’s home and be not only welcomed but able witness to the true, honest love of parenthood and marriage. This little girl is in for an amazing lifetime with these two and they’re an amazing team together. It was such a joy to spend time with them for their session.

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First48 – Teeny Man

Hopefully you recognize some faces in this little session–mum and dad got with me for maternity portraits a few weeks ago–Lifestyle Maternity – Calm Magic! Even more exciting is that we’ll get to see this family one more time soon!

I so, so love capturing the precious moments at the hospital before a newly changed family leaves the sanctuary of the hospital. For me, it’s like a spell is broken and life starts passing in a different way. The moment is so fleeting too that it’s hard to remember even (for me) 19 months later. For me, these are some of the most important newborn portraits to get because of that.

This little man was definitely the smallest baby, weighing in at about 5.5 lbs (if I’m remembering correctly). He was almost 1/2 the size of my mess maker! Big or little–he’s still full of so much adorable personality that I’m excited to work with him again and to see him grow even though I’m moving away.

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Laughter in the Abbey

“If love is the treasure, laughter is the key.” – Yakov Smirnoff

I had the chance to work with a very giggly couple and I had such a great time finding ways to get them to crack up but also loosen up to share their love with the world. We walked around Villers Abbey again searching for little ways to make it our own and to make it romantic. I think we succeeded in getting some great (and steamy) moments.

I never thought I’d love doing couples photos so much because I started out taking photos of my son but every session reminds me of myself and as I work with every client, I always imagine what I would want and I have a fun time trying to deliver that art for someone else.

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Lifestyle – Research with Pappy

“Play is the highest form of research.”
― Albert Einstein

My parents visited us in Belgium to help us prepare for our big move to Minot, ND and this little boy of mine has been obsessed with his pappy since Day 1. He is so loving and so into all of our family and close friends but these two have just the strongest connection and they compliment each other so well that it isn’t hard to capture sweet pictures of them together.

This is a set I did trying to document their play. They let me be a fly on the wall (usually my Mess Maker wants to hold the camera for a few shots so it’s a battle to document him) but he was so into Pappy he just didn’t care.

I really enjoyed the chance to capture their connection, their play, and the details.

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See more of this little boy and my journey into documenting his youth here: Lifestyle ApplesauceLifestyle – The SandboxLifestyle – Playtime with Granny

Wild Child, Dinosaur Wrangler

Our favorite Wild Child is THREE!

We had grand plans and dreams for this little man’s third birthday shoot but in the end we settled on taking him to the woods with all of his dinosaurs and letting him play. In the end, it was everything everyone wanted! He had a blast (he definitely didn’t want to leave) and so did we while we watched him play. I absolutely adore how these photos came out and I am going to miss this crazy kid when we move!

See more of this wild child here: The Wild Family at Château de Beloeil & Wild Child M does Easter

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More of Château de Beloeil

I worked with this Ukrainian family a few months ago and they had such an amazing energy and I so loved playing with them, for that’s what our session was, play! When mama spoke with me last, she suggested we come out to Château de Beloeil for her next session because it was so gorgeous. So here we are a few weeks before my move at a château for more gorgeous family pictures of this amazing family!

I was thrilled when I watched them walk up because I suspected they were wearing some traditional clothes from the Ukraine and I love how unique and personal their choice was.

We explored the grounds and had as much fun as we could and I think it shows through as much as this family’s love for each other.

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The Wild Family at Château de Beloeil

This Wild Child is turning THREE so that meant family pictures and as you’ll see next week a special session just for him!

We headed out to the local Château de Beloeil for these pictures and I selected a series of my favorite of little M playing with mom and dad because it so captured the beauty that is his energy and enthusiasm. He’s such a sweet little boy with more energy than anyone I ever met and he’s finally warmed up to me, he kept taking my hand to walk as we explored the grounds.

Working with wild families like this brings me so much joy. One of the things, I think, that sets me apart as photographer is that I come to the session with a lot of patience and care. When M runs away from me, I run after him! When he runs towards me, I get ready to snap one with his hair flying back and a huge grin on his face. That patience helps everyone stay calm and happy and shows in the portraits we end up with. It’s so important for everyone to find a photographer that’s willing to work with them and take the time to get to know your family and work with them. This is an intimate art, making memories, and you need the right person for your family to do it.

See more of this gorgeous family when they stopped by for Easter! Wild Child M does Easter

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