Carter | Totino-Grace High School | Senior Boy

There is no denying high school seniors are my favorite to photograph. It’s an important milestone for them and an honor for me to document it. Once the session is done, the images have been edited, I bring the senior and their parents back to the studio to view a slideshow of their gallery.

Watching the seniors face light up when they see themselves on screen gives me all sorts of feel goods inside. Sometimes it boosts their confidence. Sometimes it gives them a confidence that has been missing. Watching mom’s eyes swell with tears, pride; it makes my heart so full.

Sure, I could post their images on a website and have them pick out their favorite 8×10’s and 5×7’s, but then I would miss the experience of the excitement and emotion. This is the reason I love high school seniors so much. This is my reason, my purpose.

This is Carter. Carter is a Senior at Totino-Grace High School. He is super funny and witty. He is also the son of my uncle; so I guess we’re cousins. My uncle being similar in age to me, is more of a brother, and Carter more like a nephew. Anyway, enough of the family dynamics. My point is, I felt a little added pressure to deliver a gallery I hoped they would love.

Another reason: I know right away if they love them or not. Their faces tell me everything I need to know and I’m not left keeping myself up at night wondering if they love them or hate them.

After graduation, Carter plans to pursue studies in the engineering field. Congratulations Carter on finally reaching your senior year! It’s a momentous year of lasts; last football games, last prom, last high school level/club swim meets, last year of khaki and navy uniforms…. But next year brings a world of firsts, embrace them all. Have a great year Carter and thank you for letting me be a part of it. I really enjoyed spending this time with you. ~Babe

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Alex | St. Michael Albertville High School | Senior Boy

We have an avid Lacrosse athlete on the blog today. Meet Senior Alex from STMA Class of 2018. He’s #26 for STMA Knights Boys Varsity Lacrosse team. Don’t let his competitiveness fool you. He is also very kind, smart, and one of the most respectful young men I’ve met!

Alex’s brought his parents and grandma to the studio for his session. This gave me an opportunity to capture a few portraits of him with each of them and hopefully will be cherished for their lifetime. I loved grandma’s expression as he gave her a quick smooch on the cheek -priceless.

Alex really wanted to move outdoors and we had a perfect day to do so. We had a lot of natural light and later I brought out my strobe flash to create a few I knew Alex would like with his lacrosse gear.

After graduation, Alex hopes to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
Alex, congratulations on making it to senior year and your upcoming graduation!

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Big Box vs. Boutique Portrait Studio | Maple Grove Family Photographer

A photographer, is a photographer, is not a photographer…

A few weeks ago while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came upon a post from a high school classmate. She posted a handful of images from a big box portrait company asking for help because she couldn’t decide which images to order. I was really taken back when I saw them. There are two super cute boys in each image, but the images have no life. Young boys are lively, full of personality, and are fun. I didn’t have any sense of mischief or laughter you would expect to see of two brothers. Portraits of your children should make you FEEL something.
I reached out to fellow photography friend and classmate, Mike Hamerlind of Michael Hamerlind Photography. Mike and I have worked on many projects together. We didn’t want to hurt any feelings, but we both wanted to offer Kristi the opportunity to show her a side-by-side comparison of big box, in this case JCPenney vs. boutique. We offered her a complimentary half-pint (mini) session in hopes she would share her experience and Mike and I could educate others on the difference in quality. Kristi was excited about our offer and two weeks ago we met for a quick lifestyle session outside of my NE Minneapolis studio. Mike and I each focused on one of the boys and at the end, added parents Jim and Kristi. I don’t think Kristi and Jim were expecting that, but they were good troopers. It’s so important for mom and dad to be included in these memories for their family history.  I hope both mom and dad got all the heartwarming “good feels” after seeing these images of their kids!
I realize professional portraits are an investment; yes I said investment. It sounds a bit stuffy and formal, but you are investing in your family’s memories. These are portraits your children and grandchildren will cherish for their generation.
If you are interested in learning more about a portrait session with Babe Reynolds Photography please email me @babesphotography@yahoo.com

These are the images I captured during our session.  To see Mike’s images visit his FB page.

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Sarah and Peter Engagement | Stillwater Minnesota

Sarah and Peter are one of my super cute couples for 2018 wedding season. Sarah and I met with her future Mother in Law, Gretchen, in my studio just days before for a wedding consult. I am not lying when I say how excited I was they chose me as their wedding photographer. I love nice, genuine people. These are good people!

I met Sarah and Peter in downtown Stillwater on the St. Croix. It was a gorgeous sun filled day with just the right amount of breeze. We strolled along the waterfront and had the river as a gorgeous backdrop. There really wasn’t a warming up time for these two. They seemed to settle into the session with ease. I just told them to pretend I wasn’t there…. They were amazing!

These two are fans of the rival Vikings and Packers, she in purple, he sporting green and gold. Sadly he forgot his cheese head back home. Darn- could have made for some really fun pictures. 

We came upon this great spot hidden on a dirt road. They were both great sports hiking through tall weeds amongst the mosquitos and wood ticks. The sun was setting and it was a perfect location to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne and celebrate! Who’d have known this great find was a stones throw from the Stillwater Prison in Bayport, MN.

I am so excited for their 2018 wedding at StoneRidge Golf Course.
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New Studio Space and I’m so excited!

Actually, I am beyond excited!  Since starting my photography business, of course I’ve had dreams along the way.  On May 1, one of those dreams will become my reality.

Babe Reynolds Photography will open it’s own studio space!  (Insert big cheesy grin here!)

I was not looking for a studio, but I fully believe in things happening for a reason.  A wonderful opportunity was presented to me and I am so grateful.  It is a beautiful space in a building that is over 100 years old.  It is located in the historic NE Minneapolis Art District.  The building features original 1907 exposed brick walls and timbers throughout. Each wall is different offering a multitude of backdrops.  With tall ceilings and large windows, the studio offers beautiful natural light, but also a space for studio lights for a different look during your session.

As you walk in the studio, you enter a large studio space with rustic wood floors.  In this space is also a dedicated area for hair and makeup to take place.  I am so excited about this and am still working on finding a professional HMUA to work with. I am also working on a styling rack of amazing pieces you will have access to:  sun hats, fun jackets, heels, and accessories.  My goal is to offer not just a portrait session, but an experience for my seniors and mom’s.  After all, when you see your portraits displayed in your home, don’t you want to look your best?

What I’m most excited about is that I will have a proper space to meet my potential wedding, senior, and family clients.  This is where we will meet for consultations, sessions, and gallery reveals.  I will have a large television to show you your images. You will also see samples of albums, prints, and other goodies that you can touch and feel.

There are plenty of parks nearby, so whether you’re dreaming of an outdoor or studio session, I can proudly offer you both.

I have to say a huge thank you to my husband for always being supportive and believing in me.  To my friends and family who have given me words of encouragement and shared my excitement along the way, thank you!  And I cannot forget my clients who have trusted me, thank you for your business, and I hope you enjoy what this new studio has to offer.

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