Balancing summer | Minnesota family photographer

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At the moment I’m grabbing photos of my own family, in bits and pieces here and there. They aren’t making strides like ten years ago when everything was new, they aren’t growing out of their shorts at alarming rates (though if you haven’t seen Alla in awhile, you will be surprised by her height), but they are still right outside my front window and I am so grateful that they are right outside.

We are taking occasional field trips, when we can all agree, when it’s not 850 degrees, when I can muster the energy to pack a lunch. I am always looking for a balance. A summer balance, a happiness balance.

Mostly I’m just watching, so I don’t miss anything, so I can take it all in.

If you’re interested in having your family photographed this summer, don’t wait. I’m here to tell you that they aren’t getting any younger. And if I have to say that, then you probably already know you’re past due. Take advantage of the stillness of a not-toddler, and get them all in the picture while they are right outside. Family photos are a big deal, but we don’t make a big deal of it – you just put on something that makes you feel a bit better than pajamas and gather everyone in the backyard. I’ll meet you there. Done!

Afternoon spring light | Shoreview, Minnesota photographer

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We haven’t gotten the best weather lately, and since tomorrow is the first day of June I’d say we’re past due. Sure, we’ve had nice pockets here and there, plus some refreshing shorts-worthy temperatures way back in February, but what I’m looking for is an endless supply.

One thing that amazes in spring, no matter the temperature, is the light. The days are so long here, the sun rising at 5:30 am and not setting until almost 9:00 pm! What the north lacks in warmth it sure makes up for in light.

So my indoor photos take on a new quality, better light, often moody light as that afternoon sun pours through clouds and into our bedroom windows. Good thing I have a preteen who loves to read and therefore sits very still.

Look around today, see that long pretty light, and snap a picture of someone you love sitting right in the middle of it.

Mother’s Day photograph

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Here’s my annual reminder to Get in the Picture, moms. Hand that camera or cell phone over to anyone around, snuggle up those kids and cherish that you’re their mom.

Be in the picture today because on all the other days you are there behind the scenes, working and making and too busy to stand next to the kids for a picture.

It’s important to them, and it’s important to you.

Get in the picture today.

Happy Mother’s Day, Amazing Moms.

Project 365 | Warm Minnesota Months

I am just loving what I turn up in my quest to complete 2015’s Project 365!

Did I even know the kids were this little then? Did I even know Fisher was missing teeth for lots of that year?

You know that saying about paying attention to the little things because those are the big things – I am completely messing that up, BUT! It’s all true. Take the pictures, of all the faces, all the details, all the things. Because you do look back and see that those were absolutely the biggest things ever.

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