Little One is back! — Family Session | Minot, ND Photographer

I am so happy to have had the chance to meet this family and work with this little girl. From our first meeting for her Fresh 48 (Fresh48 – Hey There Little One) we hit it off. I had such a lovely time working with this family because they were so friendly, so kind, so excited to have this little on in their life that I just fed off their positive energy. I loved working with them for the Fresh 48 (which was featured on Snap Love Grow! Featured: Snap Love Grow {New Life}) and their lifestyle newborn session (Lifestyle – Littlest Girl at Home). I am so excited to watch this family grow and change. I am so sad to have had to say goodbye but so lucky to have known them!

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Maternity at the Abbey | Minot, ND Photographer

For my last session at the Abbey, I explored the grounds one more time for a maternity session that mom and dad wanted casual and intimate. I think we succeeded in capturing the love between these two and the laughter they both shared. I was so happy to have been able to work with them before we moved as I am a sucker for new mamas! I’m so sad to be missing out on the chance to work with their gorgeous little girl but I was happy to be a small part of their journey! They’re already an amazing set of parents! Congratulations and good luck!

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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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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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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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The Cutest Pineapple

I haven’t been doing much studio work lately but I had the little Wren over to play and so I put her in the studio and let her play. This baby has the best style and I love, love working with her because I love her and her family so much that it brings me such joy to share my art with them!

She and my mess maker had a tumultuous time in the studio but we definitely got some cute images! With warm weather here, my studio work has taken a back seat but I loved the chance to get back to it!

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