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.
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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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An Iowa Wedding | Kaytie + Mason

She was a tomboy who loved the game of baseball.  He, a handsome man with a boyish grin and bright blue eyes.  Their paths had collided years earlier, and Kaytie was smitten with his small town charm.  They would see eachother periodically, and she admired him from a distance on several occasions.

They would meet again and the slow learner he is, finally saw her for the woman she was.  It was soon realized theirs was a love destined to be forever.

It is on this day they unite themselves in front of family and friends surrounded by love. Though they are both from southern Minnesota, they chose a location just across the border at the beautiful Hosmer Park in Iowa to tie the knot.


Kaytie and Mason’s ceremonony was set atop the gorgeous Mount Hosmer Park in Lansing, Iowa.  Mt. Hosmer is set high atop a hill and the bus carrying the wedding party was too big to navigate the narrow and winding hill leading the way.  Luckily I drive a large SUV and they were able to make a few trips to get the bride, her groom, and their wedding party to the ceremony.And of course, what’s an outdoor Minnesota wedding without a few raindrops (well, it was a complete downpour to be honest!)  Even the photographer gave up her umbrella so the groomsmen could escort the guests to the very small shelter, aka new impromptu ceremony site, and out of the rain.
Oh what’s that you say?  The ceremony is done and it’s stopped raining!  I’ve heard a little rain on your wedding day is good luck. They should buy a lottery ticket.Kaytie, a who played softball as a school age girl, wanted to run the bases in her wedding dress.  What a gorgeous tomboy!

Thank you to Michael Hamerlind for allowing me to assist him in photographing this beautiful wedding.  I was truly honored.

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Senior Pictures | Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Senior Portraits

Only 5 more weeks of summer vacation for my kids.  Next week my oldest moves back to college.  I can’t believe summer is flying by!  This is obviously my favorite time of year.  I could trade in the month of January for another month of July without a second thought.  For those of you complaining about the heat and humidity -Stop it!  We dream of this weather when we are wrapped in our winter parkas with snotsicles (yes I really said that!) and frozen mittens.

Senior portrait sessions for the Class of 2016 is officially underway.  If you are thinking about booking a session with me, give me a call ASAP or click the “contact me” button on the top left.  This is especially true if you are restricted by sports and activity or club schedules.  As always, I will post a few sneak peaks on Instagram.

Here is a session from late last summer.  Meet Brennan from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in Plymouth MN.  He is an awesome kid who left for a mission trip to Kenya shortly after we shot this session.  He also played forward on his Varsity Soccer team at RAHS.  Brennan, I hope you have a great first year at college!  You will do big things.

If you would like to learn more about BRP senior portrait sessions, email me @babesphotography@yahoo.com

BRP is located in Rogers MN, but photographs on location in all of Mpls/St. Paul and surrounding suburbs.

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Fourth of July Leather & Lace Style

Can you believe we are midway though July already?  Crazy right!  We are about half way into our summer vacation from school.  I know I’ve got kids  returning next month.  Bitter sweet as we can’t continue the 2am bedtime. And who knew my morning girl could sleep past noon? But summer is short, and this steamy hot weather we are having is the kind I dream about in January.

I am so far behind on blogging sesssions it is embarassing!  I am going to start with the most recent and move backward.  New goal: stay current!

I love the 4th of July.  I love the colors of red white and blue, I love the social gatherings, barbecues, and I also love that it is historic in celebrating our independence of Britain and birth of our beautiful USA!

I decided to start the summer off with a bang on a Fourth of July themed session.  I totally lucked out on the weather and what a fun group representing the Classes of 2016 and 2017! These teens represent Champlin Park High School, St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) HS, Rogers HS, and Totino-Grace HS.


Sam’s red lipstick with her beautiful ivory skin are a gorgeous contrast in color. Wearing a brighter lip color on your portrait day is key to keeping your lips from getting lost.

Riley likes a relaxed style when he dresses. But you have to be careful as it can look sloppy if not done right. This look was created by The Buckle has great style and the staff there is very helpful piecing together an outfit for your senior portraits.

Katie accessorized with a classy pearl necklace. When styling for your senior portraits don’t forget accessories. A statement necklace gives a finishing touch and creates interest to your image.

Mackenzie has created texture with this lacey camino. Don’t forget to add texture to your images. Lace, fur, fringe and feathers are a few fun ways to spice things up.

Lexi has flawless ivory skin that is a photographers dream! As a teenager I would have envied her for it. Heck, at 40 (ish) I envy her for it. If you wake up with a crater on your nose the day of your session, don’t fret, each image is retouched and perfected. A few tips to help in the days leading up to your senior pictures: stay out of the sun; no sunburn or funny tan lines. Wear moisturizer and drink plenty of water; avoid caffeine. And don’t forget to moisturize your lips.

Don’t forget to bring a prop or 2. It helps to keep your senior photographs unique. A musical instrument, coveted car, favorite books, letter jacket, or sporting jersey are a few ideas. Mack brought this free and flowing scarf along with her. Yes, even an accessory can be a prop!

Who doesn’t love to share a soda with friends on a hot summer day? It was a fun way to end our session with an ice cold Coca-Cola which doubled as another PROP!

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