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

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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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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