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{Palmieri Family} Fun Family Winter-Fall Photo Session | Family Pictures in Elk River | Minneapolis Family Photographer

family pictures at woodland trails park in the snow

Hi again, everyone!

Let me begin by saying that I am seriously the luckiest photographer in the world. My clients are always so wonderful to work with. That's true of my session with the Palmieri family, too!

The Palmieri family consists of Joe and Kristin, with Ashley, Ava and Joseph. They love to travel and camp together and always enjoy fun family time!

We set up the session for the last Sunday in October. Who would’ve thought that we would get some snow on Saturday night!  We talked in the morning and I asked Kristin if she wanted to cancel. It was chilly, in the 20’s, but no too bad for Minnesota standards. Since all of our upcoming schedules were difficult, not to mention the fact we were heading into November, we decided to go for it.

We were so happy we did!  Location, Location, Location!  I have to say it was pretty amazing! Along with the snow, and of course the wonderful family, this all made for some beautiful photos!

winter family pictures after the snowfall at woodland trails park in elk river, minnesota

I met up with the Palmieri's at a southern corner of Woodland Trails Park in Elk River, the entrance being down the block from their neighborhood. I absolutely love this park for winter sessions.

The outfits Kristin chose for the session were casual, and she tried to make them coordinate colors and patterns so they didnt distract. She also was going for a warm, cozy feeling.  She did a great job!

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children winter portraits against trees, woodland trails park, elk river

When I asked Kristin to tell me their favorite parts of their session and why they enjoyed it so much, she responded with, "We enjoyed our session because it was near our house and we love Woodland Trails, so it was nice to capture the trail we use so often as a background for our shoot, plus the snow added a beautiful backdrop!"

married couple holding hands at woodland trails park in elk river, minnesota in the snow

While the location and snow were great, it was the Palmieri family that made this shoot such a treat!  

mother and children, father and children winter portraits in the snow

I could only hope that there is a snow storm before all of my family sessions!  One can dream, can't they?

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Year in Review | Elk River, Minnesota Portrait Photographer

2017 was good to From Moments to Memories. So many awesome sessions and clients! I truly am so lucky to have worked with so many beautiful people. I have never dedicated so much time to my business as I did in 2017. At the end of 2016, I graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Web and Multimedia Design to add to my bag of tricks. 

I spent endless hours editing photos, many mornings watching the sun rise. I worked almost every weekend, watched countless training videos and learned more about what I can offer my clients. I implemented a new management system and pricing structure to streamline my workflow, making things so much simpler for my clients. (And lets be honest, myself.)

Too many good things happened in 2017 I can't even list them all!  I was featured on the "Snap Society Featured Photographer" blog, made the 2017 Top Pro list from Thumbtack, and was voted Best Photographer in the Elk River Star News (my local newspaper) 2018 Reader's Choice Awards. I FINALLY started selling my nature, still life and other "non-portrait" images. This has been a goal of mine for at least five years. It has been a long time coming!  I also started offering lifestyle family and newborn sessions, which have been super fun for me!

My plan is to continue to come up with fun, creative sessions for my seniors and families, while continuing to grow and learn. I am looking forward to a great 2018! Thank you all for helping to make this happen!

Happy New Year!

7 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Picture Day | Elk River, MN | Family Photographer

When it comes to family picture day, a lot of stress is typically associated with days leading up to the session. I'm here to help you relax and be prepared all at the same time. Here are some tips: 

  1. If you are having problems figuring out what to wear, check out my Pinterest style board here! (And my other Pinterest boards on lifestyle photography, posing, etc., if you are inclined to do so!)Find the outfits you want everyone to wear a month in advance and set them aside somewhere safe. Then try them on a week ahead of time to ensure everything still fits comfortably and that you didn’t miss any stains or holes that you couldn’t see until they were being worn.
  2. As soon as your family changes out of their photo attire, make sure it is clean and pressed to be ready for the big day. Set the clothes together (sorted by person) and place them somewhere free from harm and dirt. Be sure to tell everyone that these are picture clothes and not to be worn until picture day. This will help to be sure that no articles of clothing go missing. Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, belts, and other accessories.
  3. About three to four days prior to the session, start talking with your husband and kids about the session and what will happen and how they should behave. If you plan to use a bribe, now is a good time to set that in place. Continue to talk to your children daily to prepare them for the session.  
  4. Two days prior to the session, pack a bag of everything you will need on picture day – snacks, props, bribery, etc. and put it somewhere you can grab it and go. Be sure to include wipes in case things get messy, an extra hairbrush, and other “emergency” items, such as bobby pins and a backup lipstick.
  5. On the day of the session, make sure everyone is well fed, but not overfed. We don’t want sick little tummies from overeating, but we don’t want anyone getting “hangry” (angry because they are so hungry) either. Do not get your family dressed in their photo clothes until after they have eaten and brushed their teeth. This will prevent spills and other messy accidents.
  6. If you have young children, avoid any colored drinks the day of the session until after we are finished. Also, get them to wear a bib or drop cloth if they drink anything on the way to the session to save their shirts from wet spots or stains.
  7. Once you get to the session, try to relax. If you have set a bribe, please let me know so I can use that throughout the session if the children get restless. Trust your photographer - know that I will take care of things and will deliver amazing photos of your family.

Try to follow these simple steps and see if it doesn't make a difference the next time you have schedule a family session!  

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