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    Just a little bit about me. I'm a Southeast Minnesota based photographer specializing in family, children, and senior photography. I have always enjoyed taking pictures and valued documenting my family's life with photographs and scrapbooks. In 2005, I turned my passion for photography into a profession. I am enjoying every minute of it! I am so thankful that I get to spend time with wonderful people and get to do something I love while capturing memories for my clients at all stages of their lives.

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2017 Local and National Adorable Children Contest Winners {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

The results are in for the Local Contest after 3,572 votes!  The results for the National Contest are also in.  Please check the end of the post for those results.

Thanks to everyone who participated and took time to vote in the Adorable Child Contest!  We have decided to award the top seven , again, instead of the top five since everyone worked so hard to rack up the votes!

And here are the  local winners….

Our grand prize winner will receive a standard session with a 5×7 Press Printed Brag Book (value of $405) and a 16×20 print from the session used in the contest (value of $105).

Our grand prize winner is Emily  with 777 votes…

 

And our winners of a 16×20 print (value of $105) from the session used in the contest.

Ava with 762 votes….

Bryson with 655 votes….

Adelynn with 211 votes

Stella with 192 votes…

Owen with 184 votes….

Parker with 86 votes….

And  we also had 2 National Winners…

Jaxon with 1st Place in the Mommy and Me/Daddy and Me category, winning a 16×20 of winning photo (a value of $105) and a $200 Visa Gift Card

Trent with 2nd Place in the Mommy and Me/Daddy and Me category, winning a 16×20 of winning photo (a value of  $105) and a $100 Visa Gift Card
You can see the other winners in the National Contest here:  https://acilab.com/adorable-contest/adorable-winners-2017/

Congratulations, everyone!  Thanks for participating and voting!  =) 

MN April Snow {SE MN Photographer}

Snow in April?! 

I think we all made a face similar to my dog, Jackson’s,  in the photo above when we heard  we would be getting more snow this week, again.   In reality he just really wanted his ball to play fetch, but it made me crack up when I saw the photo.

The last few weeks Andrea has been going through some of my old photos that I had been stacking in a drawer and  she has been putting them into albums for me and I realized I really do not take many personal photos anymore with my actual camera vs my cell phone. The unusal April snow was a good reason to pull out my actual camera for a few shots even though I couldn’t leave the patio with all the snow. 

Zach ’18 {SE MN Senior Portrait Photographer}

It’s nearly that time of year again, graduation day is around the corner and soon a new class of seniors will rule the school. During busy season, I typically don’t get around to posting everyone’s sneak peek, Zach is one of the many I missed last Fall. In another 2 months, he will be graduating, I can hardly believe it! These senior portraits are especially fun for me as I have photographed Zach since I started my business is 2005 and he has also worked with me as my assistant at shoots. I know senior pictures may not be high on the priority list for an 18-year-old guy, but I promise to make it as painless as possible 🙂
 
SE MN area juniors, you should start thinking about where you want to have your senior pictures taken and schedule an appointment over the summer. I love shooting senior sessions and going to different locations or incorporating your sports gear, instruments, or other items that make your senior portraits YOU. 

Eloped {SE MN Couple Portrait Photographer}

We do not shoot weddings, I repeat we do not shoot weddings, however, every once in awhile, we will shoot some special wedding portraits in the studio. We were honored to be able to capture some wedding portrait for this couple on the day they eloped. Loved her lace dress and their shoes!

Courtney McGill {MN Cancer Fighter Portrait Photographer}

I don’t often share personal things here, beyond a few photos of my little cousins or our dog, but want to share this with you all as my clients have truly become my friends over all these years getting to capture your family’s memories.   

So there is this girl, who was born when I was 16.  She is my cousin, Courtney McGill.   She has alway been a big part of my life even before she was born. I can remember predicting she was a girl while I was still in the hospital from my car accident.  And guess what, I was right. 😉

She then became my little side kick just like I was to her Dad when I was little.  I can remember her Dad putting her in bed with me when she was about 4 months old while he went outside to do whatever.  He probably wasn’t gone for long, but I was so nervous she was going to fall.  She didn’t.  But it taught me that somebody trusted me and believed in me when at the time, I was likely doubtful about what I could  and couldn’t do. 

She then became my shopping  buddy. I would buy her outfits and deck her out from head to toe,  bright sparkly pink shoes and all.  She may or may not have a slight shoe obsession because of me. 

We would often spend our Wednesday nights together as our Mom’s had Bowling League.  We would hang out, do her homework, listen to music, watch TV,  scrapbook and you could also find us baking something, too.   (Remember the cupcakes we filled too full, Courtney?)

Then I picked up a camera and she became my little model.  We would pull clothes from my closet and head outside and take photo after photo after photo.  She never complained.  You will find many, many of her photos thorughout my website and blog. 

Later my hobby turned into a business, I would then pick her up from school and she would come to shoots with me carrying reflectors, flashes lens, etc.  She continued to be my model when I was learning about studio lighting. 

So as you can see, this girl has supported, taught me so much and done so, so  much for me, even more than I have written about here.  She is truly a beautiful young lady who I am incredibly proud of.  Even more so the last month. 

On December 29th, 2017, Courtney was diagnosed with stage 4   intrahepatic bile duct (liver) cancer.  She started chemo on January 8, 2018 and will have a minimum of 16 cycles of chemo therapy. 

In the last month, she has continued to have a smile on her face and is determined to beat this fight.  And she will!  She has so many people that are supporting her during this journey. 

There will be a benefit Saturday, March 3 2018 at the Rochester Eagles Club from Noon to 6 pm with a bean bag tournament,  live and silent auction as well as a bake sale.  If you can make it, we would love to see you there. 

We are also selling t-shirts, keychains, window decals, bracelets and can coolies.  If you would like to purchase  to help support her, you can find them here:  https://squareup.com/store/courtneys-fight/

Last week, we did a a photo shoot to get a recent photo for the benefit flyer, here are some of my favorites. I also had Andrea grab a couple of her and I, too. In the laughing one of her and I, she may or may not have hit me in the face while adjusting my hair.  😉  We also won’t tell you  how many photos we took together before we got one we both thought was perfect. lol 

To follow Courtney’s journey, please read her Caring Bridge here:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/courtneymcgill/

Please keep Courtney and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this journey. 

Courtney’s Fight— No One FIGHTS Alone!—Team McGill

Valentine Mini {SE MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

Since it’s February, I thought I would share some of this sweet boy’s session. Will be posting more from our minis as well….

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