Tween years: What is a Tween?

We’ve heard these age descriptions before:  baby, toddler, young child, teen.  But what about the years beTWEEN young child and teen?  The years of teeth too big for their face, changing bodies, and messy untamed hair, not yet a teen but not a small child anymore.

Looking back when my kids were small, I had my camera out all the time.  Their cherub faces and chubby legs made me want to kiss them up!  As teens, I have photographs of my kids for high school dances, sporting events, and of course senior pictures.

What seems lost, is the capture of these freckled face Tweens just as they are.   I remember oh too well what 5th grade felt like.  I’m sure I wore floods and the same favorite shirt every chance I got.  We didn’t have much money so I had maybe 2 shirts and my school uniform clothes.  I certainly didn’t feel pretty or even know it was possible.  That was saved for “other people.”MollyBlog1MollyBlog3

My older kids love for me to take their pictures.  For one, they get a new profile picture that is not a selfie.  But they also get to see themselves how we see them, beautiful.  The confidence in their faces is instant.  There’s a “wow that’s me” look and smile that is priceless.  I see the same expression on my senior’s faces when I show them their images for the first time.  The confidence they gain is what every parent hopes for.

I decided to photograph my tween daughter to capture her personality before she becomes a young lady. And, like magic, the smile and confidence was instant.  Wouldn’t it be great to spread this self confidence, help tweens feel comfortable in their own skin, and be proud of who they are?  It is my mission to build them up just as they are.MollyBlog3Molly and Annie-074-Edit

Beauty is not for “other people”, it is for everyone.

If you or your daughter are interested in a tween session, fill out the information on the contact me page or give me a call. There is a $250 session fee that would be applied toward any portraits you decide to order.  There is no minimum portrait order.



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Rogers High School MORP 2015

Morp.  “What is Morp?”  This is the usual response I get from someone when I tell them my kids are going to this HS dance.  Morp is Prom spelled backwards.  It is a semi-formal dance where the girls ask the boys.  See, a little backwards from the traditional high school dance that most of us are used to.   Don’t let the semi-formal fool you.  For us parents of these girls, it is still about the glitz and glam.  I’ve heard horror stories about hundreds of dollars being spent on Prom.  We were able to  keep it pretty modest over here and I don’t think it kept the kids from having a good time.  Rumor has it, my son, who inherited my husbands dance moves, hit the dance floor most of the night.  Wow, this must have been a sight to see!

Before they left, I had to get a few photographs of this great group of kids.  Don’t they look fantastic!
untitled-1905-Edit                      We had such a great time trying to get a little movement on her dress.  Perfection!

untitled-1913-Edit                                                                      She makes my job so easy!untitled-1954-Edit              Such a classy dress and she gave it just enough sparkle with her statement necklace.  Love it!
untitled-1968-Edituntitled-1972-Edit                       The brother and the boyfriend.  Not sure if they planned to be so coordinated…..untitled-2003-Edit     My son was not happy that his tie matched his sister’s dress.  But look at these two, I just love them!
untitled-2020-Edituntitled-2032-EditOne of my favorites from the night.  He’s looking mighty dapper, don’t you think?

I am usually pretty good about seeing phones in pockets, but this this one slipped by me, darn it!  That’s what I get for rushing, trying to be sure I got each of the kids before my husband and I left for our own function that night.  untitled-2041-Edit                                                                            And RED!  Beautiful!untitled-1935-Edituntitled-1982-Edit

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Halley and Ryan | Donie Galloway Park Wedding | Champlin MN

This couple, Halley and Ryan, is one of my favorites.  They are a truly genuine couple.  What you see is what you get.  They are honest and raw, but there is no denying their love for eachother.  Ryan reminisce about early in their relationship when they met.  Apparently Halley has some pretty awesome dance moves (how did I miss this!) that caught Ryan’s eye.  Ryan had a bit of a naughty boy charm that intrigued Halley.  Little did Halley know, she caught a gem, in that Ryan was a true gentleman.  They do not take marriage lightly, and they acknowledge that marriage takes work.  But, they go back to the basics and that is love and family.  Family is so important to the both of them.

The day began at Lux Salon in Rogers.  This is where the bride and her bridesmaids gathered to get ready  the morning of the wedding.  untitled-123untitled-143Capturing a moment like this between a Bride and her mom is very special.  Amidst the chaos, it is important to take just a moment and feel the love and pride a mom has for her daughter.
SabasBlogThis was a priceless moment.  This beautiful cherub face seen in the corner admiring her mom as she has final touches done to her hair and beautiful cathedral veil.SabasBlog3I met the men and women separately at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Halley and Ryan wanted their first look to be as she walked down the aisle, so this was very carefully choreographed to ensure their wishes.
untitled-301untitled-361A special moment between a Bride and her older sister.  There was so much love at this wedding!untitled-435-Edituntitled-504untitled-527-EditRyan’s Grandmother was very excited about the upcoming nuptials of he and Halley.  Sadly, she passed the week before the wedding.  It was obvious she was present in the hearts and minds of everyone.   untitled-989untitled-750untitled-764untitled-780untitled-820untitled-827Knowing marriage will need nurturing, Halley and Ryan had a wine ceremony within their wedding.  They each wrote the other a letter about their love for eachother.  They hope to open it on their 15th Wedding Anniversary, to sit and share a glass of wine and remember what brought them together.SabasBLog6untitled-1026-EditA little stroll after tying The Knot…untitled-1047untitled-1093Everyone loves a little humor and fun……!untitled-1270SabasBlog7untitled-1295-Edit

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Reception: The Crown Room at The Wellstead of Rogers
Hair: Alexia Smith | The Lux Salon, Rogers
Make-Up: Melissa Beetoe | Vania Skincare Maple Grove
Florist: Always Blooming Floral (Wendy)
DJ: PM Enterprises


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Jack | St. Michael-Albertville Senior | STMA

Every once in a while you meet that senior that makes you feel like your job is so amazing.  Jack is that senior.  With his boy next door charm it makes this feel like it’s not really a job at all.  I’m just lucky being able to do what I love.

Trying to give Jack some diversity and not travelling too crazy far, I ventured out earlier in the day to scout.  I found a gem!  A little path down to the Mississippi River created just what I was looking for.  After the river and urban setting, we headed back to Jack’s house.  He lives on a gorgeous 5 acres.  Jack also wanted to incorporate his late grandpa’s Chevy Silverado pickup truck into his session.  This was the perfect touch for Jack’s portraits.

DSC_8318-EditJack Nadeau-34Jack knew he wanted his dog Libby included in a few of his senior pictures.  Libby was bouncing around like a piece of popcorn for most of her debut.  But look at this, she saw her buddy and magic appeared.Jack Nadeau-113-EditjackdiptychJack Nadeau-69-EditSunset images are my favorite.  Backlighting with the sun is something I try to include in every senior portrait experience.
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Jack Nadeau-88-EditWith each session, it is always my goal to lift the self esteem of a senior and still be true to who they are.  When you have a senior and all parents happy with the final results of a portrait session that is success!

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Meet Halo

This is a little different from my usual post.  In the past, my posts have been about a recent portrait session. I thought I would change things up a bit and offer a personal post, in hopes to let you get to know me better. I’ll be honest, I am very private, so this is definitely out of my comfort zone. So for me a safe post is more about my oldest daughters love for horses and our journey.

Annie has been riding horses since she was 10, so the past 4 years. She rides English pleasure and has been in a few different shows, but not for the past couple of years.  After a change in barns, not owning our own horse, it has been a struggle to find the right fit. Well, I think we’ve found her.

Meet Halo.  She is our 6 year old Friesian Sport Horse mare we have been leasing since May.  I use “our” loosely, but I am hopeful.  I was not planning to make such a big purchase so soon, but circumstances are forcing us to make a decision earlier than initially hoped. The part that makes this hardest, is I cannot think rationally to make a logical decision, but instead an emotional one. See, I’ve fallen for her too. Yep, she’s made her way into my heart.  She crawled up, and tucked herself tightly inside.  Add to that, my daughter’s happiness, and I feel blind.
Halo-71Halo-84I mean look at this, how do you look at these two and not have your heart skip a beat…Halo-86Halo-90And her flowing black mane, isn’t she gorgeous!Halo-96This image does not show a perfect gait, but I adored her forelock parted down the middle.halodiptych

And this…..pure love!

I will try to post regularly on Halo and our road with her.  Eventually, I hope to share the background and the beginning where Annie’s love story began.  This will take some time as I have 4 years to look back on.  But these images bring me joy!   I hope your heart can sing a bit too as you look at these.

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