Stay tuned…

Sneak peeks are coming as soon as I am able to overcome some technical difficulties. And I’m pretty sure these sneak peeks are worth the wait. I got to spend an afternoon with the cutest family! And we got some gorgeous sunshine glow thanks to a few unpredictably warm autumn days! Stay tuned! 

Donate Your Birthday to Charity :: Charity: Water

If you know me well, you know that I am very much a Type-A personality.  I just ordered our Christmas Cards.  I’m already thinking about what to do for my 30th birthday in February.  It’s a big deal, turning 30.  A new chapter.  I’m excited!  A while back, I’d read about the idea of donating your birthday to charity and that really struck a chord with me.  So come February, I’ll be donating my birthday to charity.  Are you interested in doing the same?  Here is the charity I am partnering with: Charity: Water.

Portfolio :: Mattson-Larsons :: Family Portraits

You may remember the sneak peeks from last week of Kohl’s senior portrait session.  We also snuck in some family portraits while I was there and I’m excited to share them with you.  Ben & Jenny live in a gorgeous home built in the 1950s that they have been working hard to renovate.  I love being able to capture people in their home and where they are most comfortable.

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Portfolio :: Kohl :: Senior Portraits

I did some professional head-shots for Kohl’s mother, Jenny.  I was thrilled when she asked me if I’d consider taking her son’s senior portraits!  Autumn is in full swing here in the midwest and the autumn colors did not disappoint while we were out and about taking photos.  I am always intrigued when I’m encouraged to bring my mud boots. I busted out my hiking boots and we adventured all over–near a dam, on a railroad bridge, into the woods, near the water… I love that this passion/hobby of mine gives me an excuse to go for a nice hike in the woods on a gorgeous day!  Kohl is hard to describe in just a few words–he is strong and brave but also has a tender heart.  He is a quick learner (catching on to some of my vague gestures and suggestions for poses and locations for portraits).  He loves the outdoors and hunts. I had fun working with him and Jenny on our adventure and got to see some new places I’d never been before.  Always fun!  And an excuse to face my fear of heights!  Here are some sneak peeks from his session…

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Portfolio :: Senior Portraits :: Andrew

Andrew was referred to me by a classmate, Danelle.  You may recall her sessions from recent updates I shared.  My primary form of advertising is word of mouth and I am grateful for every referral!

The weather Saturday was iffy at first–woke up to lots of fog!  I was nervous!  But I took a deep breath and waited patiently and sure enough by the time we were scheduled to meet the misty/foggy weather was gone and replaced by beautiful sunshine and light breezes.  Perfect weather for an outdoor session!  Andrew had scoped out some locations ahead of time (which I always appreciate when I’m going somewhere new).  He has a great eye!La Belle Estelle Photography-2 La Belle Estelle Photography BW-57 La Belle Estelle Photography-81 La Belle Estelle Photography BW-23La Belle Estelle Photography-42

This last image caught my eye when I was sorting and editing the photos.  I think it’s my favorite from the session.  If you’re wondering about his black fedora, maybe this line will give you a hint about the story behind the hat: “I am the one who knocks!”

Thank you, Andrew, for welcoming me into your home and neighborhood to take your portraits.  I hope you love them!

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.