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!

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:)

This past week has been pretty brutal.  I’ve been out with pneumonia, and pretty much didn’t leave the couch for a solid 4 days.  I’ve never felt so exhausted in my entire life, but on the plus side, I finally got caught up on my sleep!  Thank you to all my clients who have been so patient with me.  I’m finally back in action, and thought I’d share one of my favorite sessions from this past fall to start off a long weekend of editing and updating my blog.

I’ve been photographing this awesome family since their oldest daughter’s newborn session, and I absolutely love them!  Mom has THE best taste in clothing, hands down, and always has their family dressed to perfection.  The girls are so well behaved, and absolutely adorable!  Leela is a total ham, and I loved her posing.  I’m sure Evie will be doing the same in a few short years.

When mom sent me a photo of their outfits before the session, I just knew that we had to take some photos in an urban setting.  And as much as I hate going downtown for a portrait session, I knew Mill City would be the perfect location for their family session.  I was able to get a permit, and we photographed their session around the Mill City Ruins area.  It was busy as always, but not as bad as I remember from previous sessions.  It ended up being a gorgeous evening, filled with lots of laughs and smiles right up until the end when a certain someone face planted on the sidewalk.  Luckily, she was no worse for the ware and was still smiling after the fall.  The littlest ones are always the toughest.  🙂


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  • Angela

    Great urban session! Love all the giggles

  • What a fun family! Glad you’re on the mend!

  • These are adorable!! Great moments captured.

  • They look like they are having so much fun. Great job!

  • So glad you are feeling better Melissa! This is an absolutely gorgeous session! Just perfect!

Warning, this is probably going to be a really boring blog post if you’re not a photographer or someone with a blogsite online.


Hackers.  Suck.  This is the second time my wordpress website has been hacked in the last three years.  Each time, it’s a huge PITA.  Someone kindly pointed out to me yesterday that when searching for my website on Google, it says “this website may be hacked”.  Awesome.  Except when I go to look at my website, it looks COMPLETELY normal to me!  The admin pages all look fine on my end, too.  I spent last night googling, emailing and chatting, and didn’t really get anywhere with my website, but I DID learn a lot about how it happens and how to fix it.  I’m no expert, but here’s what I’ve learned over the last 24 hours or so.  Hopefully it will be helpful to someone:

First, WordPress websites seem to be an easy target.  If you’re using a wordpress website, make sure that you are using the latest version, and make sure all your plugins are also up to date.  If you have plugins that aren’t being used, you should probably delete them.  But, this can also cause problems.  I’ve deleted plugins previously, and had it mess my website up.  You’ll want to make sure you copy your important pages before you start going delete crazy (I copied all of my pages into a word document so I could just copy and paste them back in if needed).  Luckily that didn’t happen this time, and I only had a few plugins that weren’t in use.

Second, you’ll need to go to your Google Webmaster Tools to see what the problem is.  When I viewed my website from typing it in, everything looked fine.  I checked the admin side and there didn’t seem to be any weird text that had been placed in any of my pages or blog posts.  But when I checked out my webmaster tools, it said that there had been some “spammy” snippets added to my website, and some redirects (to who knows where – I was too scared to look).  The code injected was “cloaked”, so that it didn’t look like anything was wrong but if someone clicked on my website from a Google search, it would redirect them if certain pages were clicked on.  Google webmaster will tell you what is wrong and give you steps on how to fix it if you’re smart with the computer stuff.

Third – start calling and emailing everyone you know and their computer literate brother for help because you have no idea what to do about it.  That was the case for me, at least.  I contacted my hosting site, but they weren’t much help.  They sent me a link to Google, which I already had.  I tried looking up how to fix it myself, and though I found the malicious file in my FPT folders. I changed the file name, but then what?  I had no idea.  I don’t even know if that fixed anything, or if that was just part of it.  Through a local Facebook group, Sucuri ( was recommended to help fix this hot mess.  I contacted them, signed up for their services and they had my website fixed within a matter of hours.  However, Google takes a while to update, so even though it should be fixed (and now protected from future hacks) it still says “this website may be hacked”.   I learned how to add a sitemap to my webiste and have google index it so that it will help move things along, and hopefully that little Google warning will be gone in a matter of days because I know I sure as hell wouldn’t be clicking on a website that said that.  So if you made it this far and you’re thinking, “oh crap, I missed the memo!” – don’t worry.  It’s all good now and hopefully Google will realize that in the next couple days and I can continue to blog about cute babies and dogs.

I’ll add a fourth – make sure you back up your website on a regular basis!  I back mine up once a month, so if I needed to reinstall an older version, I wouldn’t be missing much.  I still would have needed to find the source of the problem, but it definitely helps for a little peace of mind.  Also change your passwords regularly.  I have dealt with FTP, DNS, Firewalls and lots of other new things over the past 24 hours.  I currently feel like the Martha Stewart of website fixing, even though I really just followed the directions that were given to me and had someone else do most of the work.  Still – always look at the bright side, right?  I learned something new.

And to appease the masses who probably read the first sentence and skimmed over the rest, here’s a cute baby photo for you all to look at.  This is how I was feeling last night about this mess.



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  • What a nightmare. That photo pretty much sums it up.

  • Yikes- this sounds terrible but hopefully this helps others. And that pic at the end is perfect

  • My domain was hijacked in January and in February they tried to extort me to get it back. The long of the short my domain is toast for the time being so I made the tough decision to rebrand and start over. It has been very painful and hard for me as well I ended up having said people (I would assume) hack my iCloud and lock me out of my computers with Find My iPhone – almost a month later I still have no answers from them and my iPads are still not usable. Pure and total nightmare.

  • Oh Suzanne – that sounds like a nightmare! I hope you’re able to get it resolved. 🙁

  • dana

    Goodness, what a nightmare. Thanks for the great tips! And I hope you got to sleep like a baby (man, that’s an adorable pic!) when it was all over.

  • Natalie

    How terrible! It sounds like a pain to fix.

  • Holy crap! That is insane! Thank you for all the “tips” on this.

  • oh no! thanks for the helpful post

  • Oh, how awful! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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