I’ve known Charlotte (aka Charley’s) mom and dad for many years.  We’ve been friends since high school (her dad and my husband graduated together), and I won’t say how long ago that was, but there is a reunion coming up this year.  I was SO excited when we heard they were expecting, and even more excited when they were looking for a Monticello newborn photographer and asked if I would be able to photograph her newborn portraits.  It had been a while since I had a newborn girl in the studio (lots of boys at that time), so I was beyond thrilled to photograph this little peanut.

For newborn sessions, I don’t use a lot of large headbands or bows the size of baby’s head.  I like to keep things simple, dainty, and have the focus be on this new little life.  For Charley’s newborn session, we used some simple wraps, some small headbands, and kept the focus on this adorable baby girl.  Charley was such a great sleeper, and pretty much went along with whatever I wanted to do, as long as she was wrapped up and warm.  It was probably one of the quickest, sleepiest newborn sessions I’ve ever had, but she opened her eyes for a bit at the end for some awake photos.  Easiest baby ever.  🙂


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This makes me happy.  Clients from all over the Twin Cities hire me as their family photographer because they want me to capture this special time in their lives, and beyond that, they want to have gorgeous prints and products that they can enjoy from their session.   I LOVE seeing my client’s favorite photos printed, and not just sitting on a computer somewhere.  Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with wanting digital copies or your images (lord knows I have a computer full of them), but nothing beats actually holding, touching and looking at a beautifully printed image.


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of these, but I have a big backlog of client orders to share from last fall so I thought I’d do one huge post with some images from several different orders (and then try to do a better job at keeping up with regular posting in the future).  This is just a small sample of some of the many things you can do with your images.  Some of my clients don’t have a lot of wall space, and prefer small prints and albums.  Some love to adorn their walls with gorgeous framed prints.  Most choose to include some or all digital files with their order for personal archiving.  No matter what works best for you and your family, I’ll be there to help plan, design and deliver your finished product.  I want you to be able to proudly display your family’s photos and have them bring you joy each and every time you look at them.   Here are a few ways you can do that:


1). Set of 4×6 gallery proofs, desk prints (8×10 and smaller), and a custom designed hand bag.  This family has ordered a couple of these purses from different sessions, so I’m including photos of both.  These purses come in several different sizes and styles, and can have photos on both sides to display your favorite images everywhere you go.


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2).  Fine Art wall print on Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper, wood mounted standout collage (wrapped for protection before delivery), gift prints and Christmas cards (packaged in sets of 25 with envelopes).  Cotton gloves are included with fine art prints to protect the prints during handling.

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3). Styrene-mounted desk prints (11×14 and 8×10), matted fine art prints on Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper, and digital files.

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4).  Heirloom album, styrene-mounted wall prints, desk prints and digital files.

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5). Desk prints, Christmas cards and digital files.

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I hope these images help get your wheels turning!  Are you looking for a Twin Cities family photographer?  Click the contact tab above and let’s start planning!

  • Wow Melissa, these are beautiful!! I love the holiday cards! Simple and classic without being gaudy or over the top. Stunning!

  • I love seeing prints! What a great collection of creative products to choose from!

  • These are absolutely beautiful! I love that album and the purse is so fun!

  • Just beautiful products! I especially love those purses, what a cool idea!

  • I love these!! Great examples and creative too:)

  • Wow, what great products. I love seeing all the different options!

  • Such beautiful products!

  • Such great product options!

I first met Willow when her parents were looking for an Oakdale baby photographer.  She came in for her 4 month session, and I’m pretty sure I squealed when her mom and dad brought her in through my studio doors.  She has the most gorgeous head of dark, crazy hair, and rolls for days.  She was such a happy baby for that session, and we got lots of smiles and giggles out of her.  I was pretty sure these were my new favorite photos, and then she had her 7 month session and I loved those even more.  Willow is on a lot of my new studio samples (including an heirloom album sample and a framed fine art print sample), so I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots of her.  She’s part of my First Year Baby Plan, and she has her one year session coming up later this summer.  That being said, I figured I should hurry up and get her 4 month session blogged.   Enjoy!  🙂


PS – all rompers shown are outfits that I have available at my studio for sessions.   I have a bit of a romper obsession.  🙂


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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!

  • She is lovely!

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.

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