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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A 90th Birthday Celebration

Imagine 90 years ago what life was like. A slower life I imagine, less hectic. Now imagine being born then and all that your eyes have seen, all the work your hands have done.
Earlier this year, I had the honor of photographing a party to celebrate the 90th birthday of the glue that holds them together. Char turned 90.

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To the tune of You are My Sunshine, family and friends sang a special birthday song written especially for Char.
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“The Aunts” as they are called.  They are the Mothership of the family.
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Venue: Golden Valley Country Club

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Kennedy | Class of 2017

Happy Fall y’all!  I am so far behind on my blogging.  I’m going to start with my most current and work my way backwards.  This is Kennedy.  Isn’t she gorgeous!  She has a beautiful soul inside of her and is so thoughtful of others, I was so excited to capture her outer beauty and show it to her.

Kennedy had a vision for her session.  She is a die hard hockey fan, which of course includes the Minnesota Wild.  She and her dad have season tickets and this is how they spend quality time together. For this reason, she introduced me to the “other” city.  I actually crossed the river and headed to St. Paul. WOW!  I wished I would have done this long ago.  I love character in my backgrounds.  St. Paul has beautiful architecture that has a touch of class when compared to it’s twin, Minneapolis.

Kennedy knew she wanted a city feel to her session and the Xcel as a backdrop was a must for her. Meanwhile, mom also had a few on her list.  Let me back up a little.  Mom is a picture person.  Like takes 1000 pictures of her kids monthly, kind of picture person.  She captures every important moment in their life.  Every important moment until last spring……  Kennedy’s Junior Prom would of course be a very important moment for mom to document.  Kennedy and her mom talked about her dress, hair, make-up, and shopped, and talked some more about this exciting time.  Kennedy’s mom was also 9 months pregnant during this time with Kennedy’s 3rd sister.  Yep 4 girls!!!  Well, as girls are, baby Brinley made her grand entrance the day before Prom.  You can imagine the kick in the stomach this was for Melanie -literally!  She wasn’t able to be a part of this much anticipated day.  She wouldn’t be able to help her daughter get ready or capture Kennedy in all of her gorgeousness.  Mom’s only request:  she wanted a picture of her daughter looking all glam in her prom dress.  Whoops!

During Kennedy’s consultation, Melanie shared this story with me.  I could see how important this was to her and the disappointment on her face knowing she won’t get this back……or could she?

We started Kennedy’s session in her prom dress.  Followed by Kennedy in her cap and gown.  Kennedy won’t be walking the traditional line to receive her diploma this year as she is getting a head-start on her college courses through PSCO.  Another picture mom wasn’t going to be able to document…..but I could!

Yesterday I met with Kennedy and her parents for her gallery reveal.  I play the gallery in a slideshow complete with music.  This is my favorite part of each session.  To see the faces of Kennedy and her parents as they watched the slideshow of her gallery, there is no greater reward.  When a senior finally see’s herself and how beautiful she is, this is why I do this!  It gives me purpose.  I left with my heart so full!

As I shared with her mom through some email exchange this morning, “Kennedy you are a beautiful young woman, but in your father’s eyes you are still 5, so we’ll just keep that to ourselves!”1-1kennedyblog2-1kennedyblog                                                                                                                                                         brinley

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Fall Half-Pint Family Portrait Sessions

Hi everyone!  October 2 and October 8, I will have limited sessions available for Half-Pint, (or mini), family portraits.  This is a great time to update your family portrait or get your Christmas cards prepared. Included is the 20 minute session and 8 digital images available for download.  This is a super awesome deal as I don’t offer Half-Pint sessions any other time of the year.  So if you’ve been looking to schedule, this is your time to give me a try.  FallHalfPint2017

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