Portfolio :: Portrait Photography :: A Girl & Her Horse

You may recall the sneak peeks I shared from Danelle’s Senior Portraits (1, 2, 3, & 4).  This post shares some beautiful photos we captured of her and her horse.  She wanted these portraits for her own memories, but did not plan to use them as her senior photos.  I love capturing people with their pets–they are family too!  I also included one more gem with her truck–this is her dream truck and they’ve had multiple mechanics look at it, they’ve replaced parts… they can’t get it to run!  Someday!  So we had to get a photo with the hood up.

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Portfolio :: Senior Portraits :: Danelle :: Part Three

You saw parts one and two, here is part three…

We spent a good amount of time prepping this background and it was totally worth it.  Danelle and I both have seen senior portraits that incorporate sports or hobbies that have become cliche–I’m sure you’ve seen them too!  So we thought it would be cool to create this wall to show off her love of basketball and her love of running–she has a goal to run a marathon in every state!

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I don’t always share my iphone photography because that’s not really the focus of this blog or website.  However, I am still a firm believer in the saying that the best camera is the one you have–I almost always have my phone!  So I take a lot of pictures with my phone.  There’s been a photo contest going on in Minnesota and I spent some time in that area and submitted my photo and was so surprised and thrilled to win the week ten prize! blue mn nature mn natureBrowse more photos from #MNnature.  And submit your own next time you’re in Itasca County!  You could be the next winner!  Contest ends Labor Day, 2015.

Portfolio :: Senior Portraits :: Danelle :: Part One

Danelle saw my photos and heard about me through word of mouth, which, IMHO is the best advertising and the greatest compliment you can get!  Her family has a beautiful farm and we had a blast roaming around the fields taking her photos.  I forgot my shoes, so I completed the whole session in my flip flops and went home with a full heart and dirty feet.  I am so excited to share some sneak peeks with you from this session.  As always, I am having a really hard time narrowing this down to just a few, so forgive me and indulge me.  This is part one of a four part series…

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Portfolio :: A boy and His Dog {Family Portrait Photography}

Last week I shared my favorites from this family session.  This week, I’m sharing a few more that I just couldn’t bear to leave out…

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Sometimes clients are afraid to include their pets because of the extra unpredictability.  As a dog lover, I am always up for the challenge!  And I’ve found including that furry family member often adds extra charm and sweetness to your photos.

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Portfolio :: Sunrise Summer Senior Session

My niece will be starting her senior year this fall, which is crazy to think about how time flies… I swear she was just a little kid.  She has grown up to be a beautiful, smart, and poised young woman.  I’m so proud of her and so honored to take her senior portraits.  We woke up with the sun and got these done while everyone else was sleeping….

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It is so hard to narrow even this handful of sneak peeks down to just one or two favorites.  She has always been so photogenic and was one of my very first subjects!  I took some photos of her and her older brother for my sister way back in the day as a surprise gift.  Anyway, if I had to pick just one, I think I’d pick the second to the last image.  That’s the one we kept coming back to when we were going through them on the lcd screen on my Nikon before I loaded them onto my computer.  Which one is your favorite?

Portfolio :: Rainy Day Family Portraits

From the archives….

A few summers ago I took photos for this sweet little family on their farm.  Tori found me through word of mouth and my facebook page.  I’ve since dropped facebook, but I would say my number one way of finding clients is through word of mouth and I kind of like it that way…  We ran into a few snags with it being a rainy day.  We opened as many light sources as possible in the barn and still got some good shots in the barn.  In one of the shots you see the happy couple holding a photo with a photo inside the photo–every year they take a new photo together and hold the photo from the prior year.  Kind of cool and a fun concept!  How cool with that look in ten+ years?!  The best shots (obviously) were outside.  My favorite shots are with the umbrellas–especially the very last one.  So much bright color and fun.

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Inspiration :: Selfish

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This is old news, but Kim Kardashian West released a book of selfies.

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Ellen set a record with a selfie.

The selfie is the modern day self portrait and I think its ability to be done with a smart phone has cheapened the art… or maybe cheapened isn’t the right word… lessened it?  Technology will not stop advancing… I wonder what the next form of selfie will be?

Here are a few of my favorite selfies from the last few years…

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It’s not so much that I like pictures of myself, but that when I see these photos I remember those moments and those happy times with the other people (or puppies) in the pictures.  And, yes, a few good hair days just need to be documented!  That’s just science.

Are selfies… selfish?  Do you take selfies?