Docken Family – Excelsior Family Photography

November and 60 degrees in the morning – a great way to start out Thanksgiving break, throw in 3 adorable kids and 2 fantastic parents, we have the PERFECT morning! I couldn’t have been happier to start off the day with this family, their daughters were such amazing subjects to photography – they really love each other! Luca, he wasn’t such a fan of me but my goal was to get him to at least kind of like me by the end of our session. I’m hoping I accomplished this because we did manage to get a few photos of all the kiddos together! Anyhooo – check out their session below… GREAT outfits and a whole lot of LOVE!:)Thanks D family for spending your morning with me, it was so nice to meet you!

The girls … Lily and Stella!

Luca sure loves his mama:)

At ages 7 and 5, these girls were so well behaved and up for anything – thanks girls for being so fun!

This might be my favorite, I can’t decide!!!

If I had a sister, I would LOVE to have a photo like this!

Mr. Luca – at 2 years old, he’s ADORABLE with those big blue eyes.

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Courtney - I love the one in front of MERIDIAN!! Cute fam!

Stephens Family – Minnetonka Family Photos

Trying to play catch up on sessions that went up on Facebook this summer/fall, but got left out of the blog. My Godson and his family were home this summer for a wedding and we managed to sneak some time for photos! I LOVE photographing them so any chance I can get, I’ll take it! Jackson actually just turned 4 years old yesterday so it’s fitting that he has a whole blog post about him and his family before his little sister arrives this winter! One more beautiful babe I’ll get to watch grow up! Love you guys!

I’m not kidding when I tell people I have the CUTEST Godson EVER – for real, he’s amazing.

2012 Sessions

Hurlburt Family – Minneapolis Family Photography

Welcome back Hurlburt Family!!!!! After their session last year, I was so excited to photograph them again this year &#View full post »

Stephan Family – Minnetonka Family Photography

This adorable family bid and won a session with me at a Minnetonka Golf Auction and I couldn’t have been moreView full post »

Coppo Family – Minneapolis Family Photography

Be prepared for the cuteness you are about to embark on… are you ready?! BOOM! 3 of the cutest and most wellView full post »

Molly and Phil – Minneapolis Engagement Photography

This lady, Molly, and I go way back – I’m talking 7th grade WAY back. We became friends instantly andView full post »

Misty and John – Excelsior Maternity Photography

This had to be one of my favorite maternity sessions to date – Misty spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking upView full post »

Dirks Family – Minnetonka Family Photography

Oh my poor blog – it’s been terribly neglected once again this summer! There have been photos I’veView full post »

Rachel and Paloma – Minnetonka Family Photography

It’s that time of year again…. I got to photograph PALOMA and her beautiful mama Rachel! They are probablyView full post »

Hauer Family – Christmas Tree Shopping

Bundle up with your jackets, hats and mittens – it’s that time of year to go Christmas Tree shopping! ThisView full post »

Geida and Bill – Minneapolis Engagement Photography

These two are A-DORABLE! I had so much fun getting a personal tour of the University of Minnesota campus, yes IView full post »

Molly and Phil – A Beautiful Wedding

Most blog posts I write take a lot of time and thought because it’s difficult to put it all into the right words.View full post »

Brittany, Justin, Natalie and Ryder – Minneapolis Family Photography

I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what to write for this post – but all I want to say is “IView full post »

Misty, John and Baby Kamryn – Minnetonka Newborn Photography

A little over two months ago we were photographing Misty and John celebrating the joy of being pregnant with baby O,View full post »

Shepherd Family – Lake Harriet Photography

This amazing family may look familiar, they’ve been making regular appearances on the blog since the get go –View full post »

Brehmer Family – Brady is 6 Months!

My poor blog once again has been neglected, when will I learn? There have been MANY sneak peeks and post over on theView full post »

100 CLUB!

When I started taking classes at Pure Barre at the end of September I set a goal for myself… I wanted to be part of the 100 CLUB by my 28th Birthday. I thought it was completely do-able since I was going at least 4 times a week. After doing the challenge in September (20 classes in 30 days) I was completely HOOKED, at one point I went 8 days in a row. A little crazy? Probably but my body was feeling amazing and I didn’t want to stop!

Well…… yesterday was my birthday AND my 100th class! It was a great way to kick of my 28th year of life, it was a HARD class for sure but I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Lindsey has been a huge part of my 100 classes which meant I could not have had anyone else teach my 100th class. The ladies surprised me at the end of class with a delicious cake and singing, it was awesome!

Thank you Pure Barre for not only being a fantastic workout but for introducing me to some of the most incredible people I would have never met otherwise. I feel terribly blessed to know all of you! Thanks to all the ladies for being in my 100th class – glad we could all lift.tone.burn together!:)

Here’s to hitting the 250 CLUB at some point… who knows when!


Tonight I’m going to use the blog as a reflecting outlet because sometimes writing is the best way to deal with emotions and situations. These last few months have been a roller coaster of ups and downs, skyrocketing highs and bottom of the ocean lows but it always comes back to the middle. That point where everything settles and life seems to slow down just enough to take a breath, smile and enjoy it. A few weeks ago I got word that a friend from high school passed away; it continues to break my heart and make me so angry at the person who is deciding our fate, it just doesn’t seem fair. This morning, I woke up feeling rested and happy only to roll over, look at my phone and immediately burst into tears. Another of our classmates passed away and it just broke my heart. Not only was he a friend and my Sweethearts date back in high school but he was one of those people who was genuinely a kind soul, artistic beyond belief and overall an incredible man. He will be missed terribly by everyone – I can’t think of a single person who didn’t love Andy. He was just that kind of a person. I spent most of today connecting with people, checking in to see how they were doing and trying to come to grips with WHY this happens. There will never be a good enough reason for us to understand why our loved ones leave so early but I really wish there was.

I came across a quote on Pinterest which I posted on the biz page, but it seemed all too fitting for today and life’s most recent events.

It was a good reminder that we have another day to enjoy this life and hug our loved ones a little tighter, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. Just because tragedy strikes doesn’t mean we should stop living, we should be living even more.

Andy and AJ – you will be missed here, I have such fond memories of you both and will never forget either of you. Say hi to Al and Dan for me and I’ll see you guys again some day – keep watching over all of us.:)

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