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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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9 Months {Spring Valley MN Portrait Photographer}

For B’s 9-month portrait session, we utilized downtown Spring Valley, MN. He had an S&S Bait Shop shirt, so we headed over to get some photos of him outside of the shop. B wasn’t really into getting photos taken that day as it was very humid outside. So we rescheduled. The next time his big brothers came along for the shoot. They were so helpful pulling the wagon of stuff and helping get B to smile. Chateau de Chic’s mural painted by Andrea Hindt made the perfect backdrop for the photos with the vintage hot rod peddle car.
Tomorrow we get to do his final session in his Watch Me Grow session, his 1-year portrait session. Love getting to watch these little ones grow over the entire year of sessions.

Baby boy sitting in a hot rod peddle car

Baby boy standing outside of S&S Bait shop in Spring Valley, MN

Rain to Sunshine {Southeast MN Children’s Portrait Photographer}

Miss N’s session was a dream! I was not surprised as I have photographed her since she as a year old and has always rocked her sessions. However, the day started out with lots of rain and I mean it rained all day long. We almost canceled due to rainy weather.  Her Mom and I were so close to calling it but decided to take a chance.  And in true southeast Minnesota norm, the skies parted and the sunset was glorious!

Young girl sitting in green field with hands on chin

Little girl sitting in chair rolling eyes

Girl wearing slower dress skipping ingreen field

girl leaning over melling flowers in sunny green field
girl running in sunny green field mn portrait photographer

Brother and Sister {Wykoff MN Sibling Portrait Photographer}

What adorable siblings I got to photograph in Wykoff, MN. There is something so sweet and unique about the love between a brother and sister. They tease each other and kid around. They might even have an argument or two just as all siblings will. But, hey adore the other in such a lovely way. That is certainly what I have always seen over the years of photographing this brother and sister duo.

A funny tidbit about this session, we forgot our bench in Wykoff overnight. Neither my assistant, Andrea, nor I remembered until the next day on our way to another shoot. But Wykoff, being the wonderful small town it is, it was still there so, Corinna, the senior we featured here the other day, went and grabbed it for us. Thanks, Corinna! 🙂

Young brothe and sister in front of yellow door

Boy sitting by window
girl sitting by window
sister leaning on brother

Extended Family {Spring Valley Family Portrait Photographer}

I love seeing the way an extended family grows throughout the years. Extended family portraits are such a fun way to record your memories for generations to come. And it’s that much more special with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. It is always such an honor to photograph an extended family portrait session.  I know how much they value photography to coordinate multiple families getting together at the same time.   This family does an amazing job coordinating outfits and getting everyone together to document their beautiful family.

This past summer, the W-V Family had their third extended family session with me. I love all the different groups we were able to capture.  Of course, we got a big family group photo. Then we also got individual families, the grandparents with their grandkids and a cousin portrait as well. These are images they will have for a lifetime and passed down to future generations.

Extended family portrait in studio

Family portrait with grown children

Daughter and father smiling portrait

large family portrait in studio

Corinna, Class of 2020 {Senior Portraits in SE MN}

I had the great pleasure to create Corinna’s portraits for her last high school year as a senior this fall. Creating the right environment for someone, especially a young person, to feel comfortable in front of the camera is likely the best compliment for me. I feel this is reflected in her senior portraits.

We had such a great time together capturing this time in her life and the very big milestone of her senior year during her 3 sessions. I especially love the photo of her laughing. She’s truly one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet and will also always put a smile on your face with her witty personality. For her first session, we went to Lanesboro, MN. It is very picturesque and is a very popular place for vacationing tourists in the summertime. I myself have photographed there plenty of times. We also did some photos out at our family farm and in the studio in Spring Valley, MN. Enjoy!

senior girl in flowery dress standing by blue pillar

high school girl leaning in flower vines

high school girl with dog

senior girl outdoors leaning on light pole

senior girl sitting in front of sunflowers

senior girl in front of gate of flowers

high school girl laughing with nose crinkle

Senior girl with cardigan standing in front of arch door

high school senior girl leaning over chair

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