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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City Lights: Aubree | St. Michael-Albertville HS | Senior Photographer

This was a gorgeous session in downtown Minneapolis!  Aubree, who is from St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) High School, wanted a session far from the rural setting she is familiar with.  The rules I was given:  NO Fields, NO Farms.  I think mission accomplished!  As a HUGE fan of Prince, it was so awesome to find Prince’s star on the wall of stars.  This was an awesome location for this super spunky, sassy, and stunning senior!

Yes, a professional make-up artist (MUA) will bring your images up a notch or two, but see for yourself. These are beautiful images, and having a professional give their input on make-up and hair made a world of difference on Aubree’s portraits.
Aubree, thank you for choosing me to be your senior portrait photographer. You are a beautiful girl, inside and out!

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