This little guy came in from Ham Lake for his photo session earlier this year.  When his parents contacted me, he was already 6 weeks old.  Normally, I photograph newborns at 2 weeks of age or younger, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this guy.  Would he be awake the whole time?  Would he still be OK with being posed?  Turns out, he did great!  Sometimes older babies end up being the best sleepers.  :) Aidan was a champ, and I just love how these turned out!

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minneapolis newborn photographer
Minneapolis newborn photographer

Rowan and his family came to my studio from Maple Grove for his 8 month portrait session earlier this year.  What can I saw about Rowan?   He is absolutely ADORABLE!  He is one of my first year baby planners, so I get to see him every 4 months or so.  I’ve been photographing him since he was a newborn, and he just keeps getting cuter every time I see him.  :)   I was so excited to use my adorable diaper cover/suspender/hat set that I had bought earlier in the year, and the bear photo is similar to one I took of his sister at the same age.  :)

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  • Kayla Gonzales - Oh my goodness, SO ADORABLE!!! Absolutely perfect!

  • Robin - He’s adorable, you did a beautiful job on these!

  • kim - Adorable! Love the rolls on his arms and belly! What a cutie!

  • Jeni - Love the little suspenders! So cute! Your set ups are just adorable.

  • Angela - what a handsome boy! your images are perfect.

  • Brit Chandler - I love them!! That tushie reflection picture is pure perfection! Great work :)

  • Melissa - Ha, I LOVE that first one! Too cute.

  • kerry - This boy is ADORABLE!! Love his outfit!

  • Amber - These are so cute! I love that first shot!

Could this little girl be any cuter!?!  Daphne came in to the studio from Minneapolis for her 8 month photos, and I could not get over her adorable red curls and big blue eyes, with an adorable smile to match.  She’s like the perfect little Gerber baby.  :) Eight months is one of my favorite ages to photograph.  They can’t run away yet, and are usually pretty content and smiley.  Always teething, but they don’t ever seem to mind too much.  I had so much fun photographing this baby session, and I love how her photos turned out.  Simple and beautiful.  Enjoy!

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Minneapolis baby and children
Minneapolis baby photographer
Minneapolis children

  • kerry - Oh my. She’s adorable. Love how you captured her!!

  • Nicole - Oh my! That is the most perfect baby! Beautiful little one and beautiful pictures!

  • lisa - so cute! that first one is my fav…love all of the textures!

  • Mary - wow she is GORGEOUS! lovely captures

  • shira - Oh my sweetness! She’s adorable! Beautiful images!

  • Robin - Aww, she’s precious! You did a great shot capturing her precious smile. Beautiful work!

  • Kayla Gonzales - SO PRECIOUS! Love love her big blue eyes!

  • Angela - I love her red curls. No, I don’t think it’s possible for her to be any cuter!

  • Brit Chandler - OOOOOOOOOOOOH my goooooooodness. She is so precious with those cheeks and hair and lips. How did you not steal her?? I would have those all as big canvases on my walls if she were mine :D

  • Melissa - This age is so perfect and that first photo is timeless! Great work!

  • Kirsty - What a beautiful baby! Her parents must be thrilled with these!!

  • Amber - Oh my goodness, these are SO perfect! Beautiful work!! <3

I’m embarrassed to say, but I shot Bode’s newborn session back in February (yes, 7 months ago).  Better late than never with the blogging, right?  :) It’s been a busy summer.  My youngest started kindergarten this year, so I decided to make more room for family time and really enjoy this last summer before both kids started school.  I still took on sessions, but kept it to one a week usually, and included more trips to the cabin, a trip to Disneyland with the kids and my parents, a trip to Door County, WI (at the awesome Glidden Lodge – if you’re ever looking for a great place to get away, check it out!), and I just got back in town from a wedding in Vegas.   Summer flew by, but I’m really looking forward to the craziness and cool temperatures that fall will bring, and I’m hoping that I will be able to get caught up on blogging all these sessions from earlier this year.

Bode was just 7 days old when we shot his newborn session.  He was a tiny one, and (from what I remember) was a great little sleeper, too.  :)

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  • April O'Hare - Wow, these have the most quiet and serene feel to them. I really love that first one!

  • Amber Aileen - These are beautiful Melissa! I love the shots with the family!

  • Shannon Stroubakis - These are so beautiful and calm. The first black and white is precious!

  • elenahechtphotography - Wow!! You are seriously amazing! Very beautiful newborn session!

Random fact: the week I photographed these two, I had three sessions with red-headed babies/kids all within a few days of each other.:)  I photographed Natalie when she was one year old, and was happy to hear from her parents again when they contacted me to set up another session with Natalie and her little brother, Roy, for his one year photos.  These kids were just the best.  Full of smiles and giggles, and Roy is an absolute charmer.   I had so many photos that I loved from this session.  Here are a few of my favorites.:)


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  • Shannon Stroubakis - Beautiful! I love your colour images, so rich and clean.

  • Jeni - Oh my goodness! What adorable children! I can tell they liked you! You got such great smiles from them. Beautiful!

  • Christa - Oh that hair is AMAZING!! Gorgeous portraits!

  • Agnieszka TN - Gorgeous children and beautiful photos! What a great set of portraits for these parents to cherish for years to come! I love your work Melissa!

  • jessica - Great children’s session Melissa! I absolutely love the way you do studio lighting. Not many people are good at it. Adorable kiddos too!

  • Amy - Oh my gosh so cute I can’t even take it! Love the bowtie :)

  • Areke - Oh these siblings are ADORABLE! From their outfits to their smiles, they are simply precious. Love this set!

  • April O'Hare - Oh my, these are so stinkin’ cute! I just LOVE that outfit he’s wearing. And her smile in that B&W shot is so mirthful and full of glee. These are all adorable!

  • Samantha Bachand - Goodness gracious what cute kiddos! He looks like a little old man and her hair is perfect. Love these so much!

  • Peggy - These are simply beautiful images! The b+w in the chair — oh my gosh!! Just can’t help but smile along with her. Lovely work!

  • Tessa - Oh so much adorableness! Lovely images :)

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