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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Baby Matthew

Oh newborns!  Honesty is something I value and a part of me that makes me vulnerable.  Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am a very private person.  But these newborns……oh they speak to my soul!  There is an purity about them, an innocence, that draws me to them naturally.  Since I was a young girl, I was drawn to them.  It’s not a surprise to me that I would consider photographing a newborn.  Having four of my own newborns, that’s about as reals as it gets.  I love them.  I mean, I really love them.

From a photography standpoint however, I’m not sure yet.  Every new mom knows newborns are exhausting.  And a newborn session opens new parents to being vulnerable as well.  It is a must for a newborn session to be successful, that all babies have a recent full feeding.  This means that moms need to feed baby here in my home studio before a session begins.  For a new mom, this is the most vulnerable position for them.  I think all new parents yearn to have beautiful images of their beautiful new baby.  But to bear their modesty to achieve such a goal is so uncomfortable.  It is my highest priority for each new family to feel the most comfort during their session.  I want each family to feel the most comfortable, to be able to open their hearts to being vulnerable in front of the camera.  This makes for beautiful images and creates memories that will be treasured forever.  For me, I am not sure of my decision to take on newborns full-time, however, I would love to hear your thoughts on what you see here.

This is baby Matthew.  His parents are no exception.  Walking in the doors of my home studio, they too were vulnerable .  I respect that.  Matthew is their first newborn.   They were obvious new parents, doting over this little person. Letting this smallest being control their every move.  But look at the beauty that was created once they felt the comfort and security I aimed to give them.  This comfort and security is what I hope each client to feel when they choose BRP.  Again, I ask you to share your thoughts on the images I share with you.  To open myself and my art to you, helps you to see into my own soul. 

 


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Lauren | Class of 2015 | Totino Grace High School

Lauren is one of those girls you like the instant you meet her.  She’s a little quiet, smart and respectful, and she has an aura that is just so relaxing and friendly.  I did have a bit of a heads-up on what a great girl she would be based on her brother being good friends with my son.  They come from a wonderful family and their mom was super fun to have along for this session.

Lauren also has a confident competitive side to her that she carries so well.  Lauren is in competitive cheer with Planet Spirit and I got to see a whole new side of her in action.   She put on this rockin’ uniform, that suddenly reminded me how long it had been since I was at the gym and worked out!  And what’s a senior session without forgetting a part of your wardrobe???  Thank goodness for older brothers to the rescue!  Lauren began to show me a cross between gymnastics and cheer.  It was like I got my own personal show routine, AWESOME!  I have been hanging onto these images for quite a while because it’s apparently bad luck to have anyone see your uniform before competition begins.

Congrats to Lauren on her upcoming graduation from high school!  She is an ambitious girl with a bright future.

 

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Minneapolis Newborn Photographer….to be or not to be…

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I LOVE babies.  Ever since I was a little girl, I was always drawn to them.  If we were at a social gathering, you’d find me right next to the mom with the new baby.

For Pete’s sake, I had FOUR of my own babies!  I was so excited to have them for myself and cuddle them whenever I felt.  No one was going to take them from my arms, telling me it was time for them to go home.  They emit pure joy and I was smitten.

There is just something about their innocence and promise of new beginnings.  I could cuddle a newborn all day.  I love their tiny fingers, lips, and their perfectly pink skin.  They fit perfectly into your arms.

I have flirted with the idea of photographing newborns for quite some time.  One thing holding me back is the investment in trying something, and then later finding it really wasn’t for me.

Last week, I attended The Blink Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.  I had the pleasure of working side-by-side with Michelle Newell, one of the leaders in the industry.  She allowed me to “test the waters” so to speak, without investing a large amount of money.

I think I have fallen in love…….

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