This June I got to photograph a cake smash session with Bella to commemorate her first birthday! Bella was such a doll. She had a very dainty approach to cake tasting, using just one finger at a time. Then she insisted on sharing a bite with her mama and then promptly crawled away from her cake once she had enough. I could probably take some etiquette lessons from her.
Happy birthday, once more, sweet girl! I have a feeling one is going to be a wonderful year for you!
(Cake is from The Cakery, all beautiful outfits and props were provided by her mama Kate. and the cake stand was borrowed from my friend Norah. Cute pics take a village, people!)
A couple weeks ago I had the biggest honor of photographing two-hour old Reece and his family. His mama Kristina and I have been friends for nearly 15 years now and she's been an absolute light in my life a, steadyfast source of inspiration, and one of my biggest cheerleaders. She's always proving that there's NOTHING mamas can't do and there's no limits to how big one's heart can be. Thank you, friend, for this incredible photography opportunity.
(Oh, and for letting me hold your brand new baby!!!)
I love the way their session unfolded and how thrilled Addie was to meet her little brother. I am so happy for the Anderson family and can't wait to see all the adventures they have as a family of four.
Congrats again, you guys! Love you all!
June 2019 is the month I never took of my newborn photographer hat, averaging one newborn session per week... And I've loved every minute of it. I keep going back and forth about narrowing down my services just to streamline my life a little, but... I...just...can't. Because baby cheeks. And baby feet. And widdle fingers and cute noses that I just want to boop with my finger. And I get to hold brand new babies... so I think I'm going to keep newborn photos on the menu since y'all keep requesting them!
We also got some sibling/ sister shots too with big sister Audrey (whom I also took newborn photos of three years ago!)
We rounded out the session with taking some three-year photos of Audrey. I'm excited to see these little ladies grow up together. I think sisterhood is one of the most dramatic, precious, and wonderful things in this world and I love that these girls have a lifetime of adventures ahead of them.
Thank you so much to Tasha and Ryan to take photos of your wonderful little girls (andddd… for letting me bring my own kids along too!) I consider it an honor!
Last month, Wil and Jess kicked of my wedding season at The Mill in Chetek, Wisconsin. When I first met them, I thought they were a kind, sweet, laidback couple and I felt like we would be a good fit for each other. I really had my fingers crossed that they would book me and then was thrilled when they did.
The thing about attending a wedding for clients that aren't a previous acquaintance is that you go in to the celebration very few preconceived ideas of them as a couple. And throughout the ceremony and the reception their whole story unfolded for me and I was brought to tears several times learning about Jess and Wil. Stories poured out from their friends and loved ones about their lives, their big generous hearts, the roads they've traveled (literally and figuratively), their adventurous yet, go-with-the-flow approach to life, their steady and unfailing love for each other and for their friends and family. Even though it was cold and rainy, it was still a perfect celebration of love and joy for some pretty awesome people.
I hope they had the most glorious honeymoon biking through New Zealand and I hope the start of their married life together is as beautiful as their wedding day was. I am honored to have been a part of this day!
Last week, I took photos of sisters Thelma and Neva per their mama's request. This was definitely a departure for me! I normally photograph young children or adult couples and don't have a lot of experience photographing teens. (So I actually was kind of nervous!). Bobbi, their mom, had noticed this field of dandelions near the entrance of our neighborhood and although I've driven by it plenty, I never considered it for a photo location. All I have to say is thank goodness for Bobbi's vision and her impromptu request for a session because I love every single one of the images we got.
So, now I really want to bring my own kids out here for photos except I'm about positive that they won't be nearly as cooperative. Still think I'm going to try though.
As usual, thanks for stopping by and reading!
We meet again! Last weekend I got together with Katy-Jo and Clint's crew at Mears Park in St. Paul. They are one of my big families (with big hearts) who have invited me to take photos for them for the past six years. I think our first session was when Annabelle had just turned one and we've had a session (if not two!) every year since. At this point, we are a well-oiled machine at getting individual and group shots as well as a mix of candid and posed photos.
I can't thank you guys enough for not just being amazing clients, but also for constantly referring me to your friends and loved one. Hugs!!!
Thanks again, Clint and Katy-Jo! I hope your summer has been off to a beautiful start!
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Rachel again! Here's where you'll be able to find blog posts about all things photography: recent sessions, upcoming events, and just fun musings on photography in general. Can't wait to fill 'er up with content!