I typically only photograph a handful of seniors each year, so this was a lot of fun for me.  This is my neighbor, Abby, and we’ve been planning this session for the last couple of years.  Her session was at the home of a family friend, and it was absolutely AMAZING!  I was in photography heaven with the perfect yard, a gorgeous evening and of course, my beautiful subject.  This *almost* makes me want to photograph seniors more often.  🙂


I have known Abby since she was 8 years old.  My oldest kid is now 8.  HOW IN THE HECK DID THIS HAPPEN!?!  In the blink of an eye, she went from the kid who was letting my huskies drink out of her water bottle, to an amazing young woman who is now graduating high school.  It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but the reality is, time goes by way too fast.  Before I know it, my 8 year old will be graduating high school (oh man…hear come the tears).


I will say this – I hope my kids turn out to be even as great as this one.  She is kind, generous, funny and smart.  Everything you’d want in a neighbor/daughter/friend.  She’s been like a big sister to my kids, and we all adore her.  We wish Abby lots of love, and I know she’ll do amazing with whatever the future brings.


All too quick we went from this (sorry, Abby – I couldn’t resist):




To this!


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  • These are gorgeous! Time passes so quickly!

  • She is gorgeous! Love this senior session – the colors are so pretty 🙂

  • Beautiful images what a special time in life with the world at your feet

  • What a beautiful senior session! She is a gorgeous girl, you captured her perfectly!

I’ve known this awesome family since I photographed their oldest daughter’s newborn photos, and have seen them several times since. They recently moved to Chanhassen, but I’m so glad that they have still chosen me to photograph their family.  Their youngest daughter finished up her Baby’s First Year plan, and it’s been great watching her grow from her newborn session to her 6 month session and now her one year session. She is absolutely adorable, and gave me a good mixture of smiles along with her serious looks. We ended up doing a simple cake smash after her one year portraits, and although she wasn’t super into it, they sure turned out cute!  I had a great time playing around with some fun edits to make a custom cake smash collage, too.



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  • Oh my goodness, adorable photos! That last collage with her cake smash especially, just love it!

  • So adorable!!! Love her hair!!!

  • These are so precious! I especially love the cake smash progression image at the end.

Is she not the cutest, or what?!?  I met Danielle when her mom contacted me looking for an Apple Valley baby photographer.  I LOVE her curls (not totally evident in these photos, but wait until I post her 13 month session!), and she has the greatest little smile and beautiful eyes.  Danielle is signed up for my First Year Baby plan, which includes three sessions before she turns 2 years old.  We photographed her first session when she was 9 months old at my photography studio in St. Paul, and did a combination of baby and family portraits.    If you can’t tell, they’re big New York Yankees fans, so we had to do some fun family photos with their matching outfits.  They also brought along a blue vintage romper that has been passed down through several generations.  I absolutely LOVE it when clients bring things that have special meaning or are sentimental to them, and I think it’s awesome that so many family members have had photos taken in the same outfit when they were babies.


We had a great session.  Danielle laughed, she smiled, and at the end, she was worn out and rested on her daddy’s shoulder.  So sweet!


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  • Oh my, she’s adorable! What a great session plan to document a growing baby!

  • Beautiful family!! I just love the first image where she is grabbing her little toes:)

  • such a sweetie! Love photographing this age!

  • Oh my goodness, what a beautiful baby!!! These photos are so sweet and perfect!

Meet Collin – an adorable baby boy who I had the pleasure of photographing for an in-home newborn session when his family was looking for a White Bear Lake MN newborn photographer last year (yes, STILL behind on blogging).  I photographed his older brother’s senior photos, along with some family photos a couple of years ago, and it was so nice to see these guys again!  Collin was a smiley, happy little guy and slept great for his session.  I love that we were able to get some images that were similar to what I’d do at the studio, along with some lifestyle-type images.


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  • These are so precious! Makes me even more excited to meet our new little one later this year!

  • Such a gorgeous session! Love the photo of the parents looking at him – a perfect moment!

  • Visiting from CM! I love how his eyes are open and he’s so bright eyed and bushy tailed! Such a cutie, and his brown eyes in the first picture, gorgeous!! Great job!!

  • Monica

    Precious images!

  • Erica from CM here. These images are beautiful, you did a great job capturing this sweet family:)

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