Lena & Family | Brookings, SD Baby & Family Photographer

Lena & Family | Baby Plan 1 year/Family Session

I met this gorgeous family just a year ago at little Lena's newborn session. It's so crazy how that can seem so long ago and just yesterday at the same time. It was so fun to spend some time with them at their family session earlier this month. You can just see the love they all have for each other.. This evening also turned out to be one of the nicest October evenings we've had all month! Warm, sun shining, minimal wind... perfect <3 

It's been so fun to watch Lena grow over the last year. She's still just as calm as ever and still has the most serious expressions ever (LOVE). And those cheeksssss! Need I say more!? Hehe :) 

Enjoy Lena & her family. <3

24 Frames. A Filming Project: August/September

It has been awhile since our last installment in this project. Summer and Fall get quite busy and this gets put on the back burner. But I wanted to make sure I made time to do this - it's just so important to me. So I have combined August ("Vacation") & September's ("On A Walk") themes into one film, as I think this is fitting for both.

This footage was captured during our trip to Minnesota in August. We make it up to my mom & stepdad's cabin in International Falls each summer and spend some time on Rainy Lake, just playing on the beach. It's so incredibly beautiful and relaxing...we miss it already! I'm so happy I have these memories captured not only for myself, but for the kids as well... to look back on for years to come. Drew has already asked to watch it 100 times, smiling and talking about that week through the whole thing. Just that shows me exactly why I do this. <3

Please follow the blog circle and see what the other girls have to share for this month! Next up is Tasha and her sweet girl. 

Cainen {2 days} | Watertown, SD Newborn & Hospital Photographer

Cainen | Fresh 48 Session


I know I've said it every single time, but I'll say it again... these are my absolute favorite sessions. There is something about a brand new baby that just warms your heart. Their fresh smell, their wrinkled or peely feet, their little squirms and funny noises. Everything about it is new, exciting and beautiful. And nothing makes my photographer heart happier than getting to capture all those joys (and so much more) for a growing family. Because we all know these moments are fleeting...you blink and they will be just a faint memory. As parents to a brand new baby, you are tired (ok, exhausted!), and the last thing you think about is capturing photos of your new baby to document all those sweet details. I was there, too...4 times. And because of said exhaustion and just plain feeling overwhelmed, only once did I pull out my camera to document any of that. Because I made myself. Because I knew I'd regret it if I didn't.

So this my friends, I urge you. Document these details. These moments. Even if it isn't by a professional photographer, ask a family member or friend. Get in the frame yourself. Don't say "I'll do it later". You may not. They will never be this small again. You will never have those first couple days back. But you can have images capturing that time. You can look back and remember that fine dark hair, that paci that was nearly as big as his face, the fuzz on his cheeks or body, the wrinkled, creased, or peely feet, the way daddy swaddled him, and the way you looked at him in awe and thought to yourself "I can't believe he's here. I can't believe he's mine. He's perfect". 

This was mom & dad's third little blessing. They got to spend the couple days in the hospital alone with their beautiful little man, quietly soaking him in. <3

It was such an absolute honor to capture this for them.

24 Frames. A Filming Project: July - A Year in Review

Another month in the books for my 24 Frames Project! This month's theme was our choice. Instead of filming something new this month, I decided to use some footage I already had (because I swear the unedited, unused files just pile up by the second - I know many of you can feel my pain, lol).

I started getting into video late last fall, when Haddie was about 6 months old. I have quite a bit of footage of her from then on. However, I was happily surprised looking through my archives to find out I had a few clips prior to that. The first video clip I had ever take is the first clip on this film - she was only a few days old!

With that, I decided to do a short video with random clips throughout her first year of life. But in order to keep it balanced (and short!), I only picked a clip or two from each month of life. It's pretty amazing to watch her grow up in just one minute - because some days, it truly feels like if flew by that fast! From her first smile, to first sink bath, food, sitting, crawling, and finally - walking, I was able to capture major milestones and amazing memories I will cherish for years to come. 

It's not a work of art by any means, but it's precious little moments captured in time. Moments that are truly meaningful to me. Moments I will never get back but can relive through photos & video clips.

(Eventually when I have more time, I'd like to expand this to make a more comprehensive fusion-style film - adding images in-between the video clips to fill in the gaps).

Please take a moment to follow the blog circle to see what the other talented mama's in our group have to share this month.

Next up is Erica! <3

24 Frames. A Filming Project: May - Lensbaby

So, this month was tough. REALLY tough. I mean not just the technical stuff, but the life in general stuff. I was really looking forward to this month's theme - Freelensing or Lensbaby. I wanted to use this month as an opportunity to learn one or both. I have had a lensbaby for years, but have never put the time into learning how to use it. And freelensing I've tried just a handful of times, but again, never pushed myself to really learn the art. So, I had big ambitions... but it didn't happen

Life happened.

So with kids, and trips, and sessions, and traveling, and chaos... I didn't have the time I had hoped to put into this month's project. Before I knew it, May had come and gone. But, I didn't want to skip it completely... because I think even doing something (even if it's not something I'm crazy proud of), is still a learning opportunity. 

So, my husband and I packed up our kids today and headed to the city pool as we had planned...and I threw in my camera!

It was crazy busy (and windy), but I managed to avoid catastrophe and my camera survived. :) I was able to get a few short clips here and there. And although it wasn't what I had initially envisioned for this project, I am so very happy to have these moments. <3

And because I'm extra crazy, I filmed for about 5 minutes last evening as well. I didn't get much footage (Haddie and Jon were both crabby) ;) LOL. I wanted some b-roll footage as well as some different angles which I didn't have a chance to get. I was going to throw it completely, but decided to see what I could do with it. So I made a second film this morning.

I've wanted to capture Haddie walking for quite some time. The beginning is hard to get on camera because you are close and always there to catch them or pick them up when they fall. But it doesn't take long before they really start moving. And this in-between wobbly stage is the absolute cutest to me! Next week she will be running. So for now, I'm happy to have these sweet moments of her.


Please follow the blog circle to see what my talented friend Erica & the rest of our group have to share for this month! <3