Baby A, Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Cozy days spent at home with a new little one are some of those memories that you’ll always have.

Yes, it is tiring and a lot of work!

But yes, it is so sweet and precious!

During Baby A’s newborn session, she was content and pretty happy.  Swaddling her up helped her drift off for some of my favorite photos.

Those comfy, sleepy newborn photos brought to mind a beautiful lullaby song by Christy Nockels.  Her recent album titled “Be Held: Lullabies For The Beloved” was promoted to my favorite album shortly after I purchased it (and listened to it on repeat while on maternity leave).

The song is called “Close Your Eyes” with the lyrics of;

“Close your eyes, just be held, and hear me say how dearly you’re loved. And when you rest, that is best, and you shine brighter when you wake up.”

What more beautiful words can be said (or sung) to a precious sleeping babe in a new mothers arms?

A babe who won’t stay small for long…

Looking at Baby A’s tiny fingers and toes reminded me how my own son has grown so quickly from that little babe to a busy, toddling boy.  I just keep trying to capture each little moment as time goes by and hold on to that memory forever.

Jason & Madison, I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity to photograph little baby A;  Thank you!  I loved spending time with you, and meeting your sweet girl.

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“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.” Psalm 127:3-5 NASB


Fall Colors & 1st Birthdays

Welcome to November!

I’m officially calling it the “holiday” season.  With Halloween just behind us, we are now checking off the few days until Thanksgiving. (And then Christmas…Phew time flies!)

Well, before we get too carried away here, let’s spend some time with Thanksgiving.  What a nice, relaxing holiday to spend with the family.

It’s a great day to reflect on what you are thankful for in your life.  And what would that be for you?

Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

I have many things to be thankful for, and this little guy below, who recently celebrated his first birthday, tops the list!

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I thank God for this child and am so grateful for him.


“For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my request which I asked of Him.

1 Samuel 1:27 AMP

Baby S, St Paul Newborn Photographer

Since having my first child last year, I’ve come to realize what a gift children are.

Yes, I realize that I say that now…years before I’ve just about blown a gasket because of my son drawing with crayons (or worse…markers!) on the living room wall or before I’ve seen a “code red” melt down at the store because he can’t have the toy he “needs” to have.

But still, even then, in those tough, hard to handle moments, our children are precious gifts.  No matter their behavior, no matter their ability level, no matter their (current & ever changing) attitude about life, they have been given to us as special gifts.

Meet sweet Baby S, a precious gift to her parents and her siblings.

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17


Buffalo Plaid & 1st Birthdays

My most recent shoot was a fun change of scenery.

I usually do all my shoots on location either outdoors or in client’s homes.  When Little C’s mom and I starting brainstorming ideas for this shoot (like buffalo plaid, fuzzy bear rugs, teepees and Luke Bryan’s song “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”), I knew we were going to need space, and I had a certain look in mind that I wanted to go for.

So we spent a snowy February day in studio capturing Little C’s photos to celebrate his first birthday.

It’s like I just blinked and he went from this to a smiley, adorable little man.

Oh my heart, look at that smirk…what a cutie!

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Nicole, Senior 2018

I REALLY enjoy music, like, so much so that I always have the radio or iTunes playing something.  I like to have a soundtrack to life.

Sometimes songs make such a strong connection with people you meet, events that happen in your life and emotions you feel.

I just met Nicole recently, but from our time together during her Senior session, the song that comes to my mind when I think of her is “American Honey” from Lady Antebellum.

I LOVE this song!

It seems like an appropriate anthem for a beautiful young lady who will soon be charting new territories as she seeks out what God has next for her life after high school.

Nicole, you are a sweet, lovely woman.  I am so excited for you as you pursue your dreams!


If you have the song “American Honey”, press play now and enjoy!

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

A New Arrival in the Spring

Ahh!  Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of song birds chirping out the door.

Do you smell that?  That’s the smell of dewy earth coming alive in the warmth of the sun.

Spring is officially here!

What a beautiful season full of life, hope and renewal!  Little buds blooming on trees, flowers popping up from the ground, lil’ chicks and bunnies everywhere, and what spring would be complete without a new baby!

Meet baby Casen!  For our photo date, he was just 5 days new and precious as could be.  I pretty much fell in love with this little guy, and his beautiful hair!  Congratulations Mom & Dad, you have a gorgeous new addition to your sweet family.

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Two becoming one

My cousin Madison got engaged over the summer…ENGAGED!!

It sure makes you feel old when your younger cousins are growing up and going through life’s milestones right before your eyes.  It seems like just yesterday that I got her that tutu for Christmas when she was a little girl, and wasn’t it just a few weeks ago when I took her senior photos?…but now she is an adult and is engaged to her high school sweetheart, Jason.

Madison & Jason, I’m so excited for your future together!  I pray that God blesses your marriage, that it may be a testament to God’s goodness and your love for each other.  Thanks for letting me capture your engagement photos!











“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 NIV

Adorable Little Baby C

I love seeing my friend’s families grow from two to 3, and from one little one to another.  Maybe even more than this, I love getting to take the pictures of their newborn babies.  New life is so precious and delicate; each little face has a beauty of its own.

Baby C’s mom and I worked together, but we soon found out that we both attended University of Northwestern-St. Paul (know as Northwestern College back then) at about the same time!  We became fast friends having this shared history and finding that we both loved the outdoors strengthened that bond (you might remember her from her cameo appearance in my blog post Camping Weekend Up North).

So when she had little C, I was thrilled to get to take her newborn photos!

These photos were captured when Baby C was about 12 days old; still sleepy, little and adorable.  Congratulations Mom & Dad on your beautiful baby girl!

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 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3 NIV

Baby E, White Bear Lake Newborn Photographer

Earlier this spring I got to meet this handsome little fella for his newborn photos.  He was calm and cute as a button!  Big sis got in on the action and was really excited to help with the photos too.  Although after you see the photo of her below, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that she should be the model and not behind the camera!

Congratulations Mom & Dad on the new addition to your beautiful family!


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A Beautiful Beginning – Maternity Photos

In February, I had the opportunity to meet with Amanda & her husband Jesse to capture some photos of their first pregnancy.  We had just received some snow that week (Finally! You’d think were were living in some other state because of the lack of snow in Minnesota this winter), and I was thrilled that they were up for shooting some photos outdoors!

As I look at these images, I feel they exemplify the joy of being pregnant and the excitement and expectation of what is to come.  Congratulations on your growing family Jesse & Amanda!

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