Phalen Park – St Paul MN | Wedding | Stephanie and Michael

It was a brisk Saturday afternoon, cool and windy was what the forecast read that morning. When I arrived at Phalen Park, the sun was nicely shining as the willow branches gently swayed in the breeze. The water was textured with ripples and the geese were lounging in the sunlight as the otters and turtles were casually swimming by. There were bridges and trees, animals and people surrounding the park. This, was a dream location. Continue reading

Hastings, MN | Police Reserves | Portraits

I was excited to get out and take some portraits of the local volunteer police reserves out of Hastings Minnesota.  My dad and brother in law are both active on the force so I a very familiar with what they do.   In fact, my father has been a police reserve since I was a small child.    I was thrilled to be asked to take their portraits.

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The police reserve force functions as assistants to the police force while out on patrol.  They provide security detail for local events like parades and festivals.  They head out to assist neighboring towns with their festivals and events.   The reserve force is made up of volunteers, people willing to donate their time and effort into helping keep our communities safe.    All of the reserve units I’ve met in my life are proud of the work they do and they are happy to work with the police officers in our communities.

I was nervous going in to this session. The forecast didn’t look promising as rain was looming overhead.  It wasn’t too cold though which was nice, but what would I do with rain?  I was able to use the reserve squad car outdoors which was ideal, except that meant being out in the rain!

Lucky for me, most of the reserves were willing to brave the light drizzle for a few quick moments to get some photos near the vehicle that makes them all feel proud.

Here’s a few of my favorites from the session!!!

Hastings, MN | Child Photo Session | Jocelyn

Jocelyn is a repeat model for me.  In fact, I think I’ve photographed her more times than I’ve photographed my own children!!!  But I love her because she’s the daughter of some very dear friends of mine.   It’s hard … Continue reading

Vermillion Falls | Family session | Heather

Heather was a referral from a friend of mine.  I love working with referred clients because they already have a realistic expectation.  Usually there’s been a conversation with whomever is referring them, it makes my job so much easier! Heather … Continue reading

Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis | Child Photo Session | Kai

Kai’s mom was a referral, although I don’t know who from!!  She posted in a Facebook group about wanting photos done, someone commented my name and she went for it.    So although I’ll never know who you are, thank … Continue reading

Cottage Grove, MN | Headshots | Linda

I got contacted by Linda, she just needed a few headshots that she could display at the university she would be presenting at.  She confirmed what I already knew and it still amazes me.  She said that there are basically … Continue reading

Hastings, MN | Child Photo Session | Jocelyn Easter

Jocelyn is ready to celebrate her first Easter!!!   She’s getting so big and is such a doll!   Here’s a few of my favorites from her Easter inspired session!

Spring Lake Park Reserve | Pregnancy Announcement Session | Adam and Katie

My friend Adam and his girlfriend Katie let me in on a little secret!!!   They are expecting their first little one!!!   I’m over the moon excited for them and can’t wait to meet this little peanut! As soon … Continue reading

Woodbury Lutheran Church | Wedding | Miranda and Aaron

This session marks my first formal wedding so far!  I was so excited going into this wedding I’m sure the family thought I was crazy!  The wedding was at Woodbury Lutheran Church in Woodbury, MN.  What a beautiful church for … Continue reading