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SKOL and the Snow | Minnesota Nature Photography

This past Sunday was an exciting one in Minnesota. My beloved Minnesota Vikings moved on to the NFC Championship game this week against the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re not a Vikings fan, you just don’t get it. And that’s ok!  

No, it wasn’t the Super Bowl, it wasn’t even a championship game. However, if you’ve been a Vikings fan for as long as I have (and many more), it felt like it!  Year after year we have had heart break. So many games that were decided AGAINST the Vikings at the last minute because of a missed field goal, interception, etc. It NEVER goes our way. Until this past weekend. The adrenaline rush and screaming in my household (there are only 2 of us) was unprecedented. Not sure if I’ve come down from the high yet!  I am hoping to get a group together to head down to Minneapolis this week to catch some evening shots of landmarks that have turned purple in honor of our Minnesota Vikings.  #SKOL #bringithome 

At any rate, while the Vikings were playing INSIDE at U.S. Bank Stadium in the warm temps, the snow was falling OUTSIDE in quite frigid temps. I wasn’t able to venture further than my own back yard (I was feeling a bit under the weather), but I grabbed a few pretties in the snow before the big game.  These will be available in my store in the next couple of days. Enjoy!

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The Dead of Winter | Minnesota Portrait and Fine Art Photography

Minnesota. Gotta love it.....Or do we?  Some of us do, and there are those who don't.  I do. I love the seasons. Fall is my favorite, with winter a close second. Spring comes in at #3, and dead last is summer.  What?  Summer is last?  Yes.  Don't get me wrong, I like summer. But the heat of summer kills me. For whatever reason, I melt in the summer. The 90+ humid days, hot sun and the bugs. Oh for the bugs. I enjoy the green landscape and the beautiful sunsets, but the heat is unbearable. Give me a nice winter day in place of it and I'm a happy camper.  HOWEVER, there is a limit to what I can even bear. And that is the frigid cold temps that we have had the last couple of weeks. I love the snow, but you can have the below 0 temps.

At any rate, you can imagine how difficult it is being a portrait photographer in Minnesota without a studio. Although I personally love winter portraits, not everyone can be convinced to brave the frigid temps. So what do I do in the dead of winter?  

First of all, I do have two other jobs. HA. I have to support us somehow. But right now I am working on bettering my business.  I am in the middle of taking two online photography courses, Real Estate and Fresh 48. Not sure if either are something I want to get into, but in my "down time", I can freshen my skills up a bit. I have taken part in several webinars on business management, web presence, SEO, posing, printing, pricing and anything else you can imagine. I am playing "catch up" with my blogging and social media accounts. I am updating my website and implementing a new brand with my marketing materials.  It seems I have had a hodge podge mix of brochures, ads, etc. I want to create a uniform look. I am gearing up to start booking for this senior season and working on a new newsletter system.  And confound it, I WILL figure out this social media algorithm thingy. It sounds like Facebook does not bode well for us small business owners this year.

I finally launched my fine art print store that I have been promising for years. That has been a huge undertaking and I am so glad that it's done. As time permits, I will be adding new content often. 

I have a few senior winter shoots  coming up, along with a couple of corporate headshots. I have also had fun taking some dance competition photos of my daughter's former high school teammates and a cheerleading competition. Needless to say, just because I'm not shooting 24/7 doesn't mean that I have been lax in my duties. 

Aside from all of that, I have been trying to keep warm in the frigid temps with my daughter; playing with my two cats, Charlie and Chloe, watching my Minnesota Vikings win their division, and planning some personal projects as well.

Right now, I am working on my taxes. Oy. Need I say more?

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