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

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


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