Family Pictures in Rogers

{Eleanora} Wonderful Newborn Lifestyle Photo Session | Rogers, Minnesota Family Photographer

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Hi again, everyone!

I have a couple of sessions I'm going to post in one blog today.  Both of these sessions were done with the same amazing family!

When Breanne contacted me to discuss a maternity/family session, I was excited.  Breanne was a little hesitant, as her last experience with a professional did not go well.  I wanted to talk to Breanne about what she didn't like with her last photographer to make sure we didn't have the same issues.  After several emails back and forth, we booked a session.

Breanne liked the family photos she had seen in my portfolio at the Henry's Woods location in Rogers. This is a very popular location with families and photographers, due to the red barn and bridge in the woods over a stream.  The park has two distinct features that give a feeling of where Breanne and her husband Mark both came from.  The dense woods are reminiscent of Mark's upbringing in the North Woods and the red barn is reminiscent of Breanne's in Illinois's farm country.  At that time, Breanne's family consisted of her and Mark, and their cute almost-one-year-old son, Connor.  Breanne was due in late August with a baby girl.

We took some great photos of the family first, and while my daughter Baylee kept Connor busy, I took some couple photos, and ended with some maternity photos for her. 

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When I asked Breanne about the favorite parts of her session, she replied,

"Sheila and her lovely assistant, Baylee, were easy going and friendly, making them a joy to work with.  I loved that Sheila showed us some of the shots she had taken as we went and gave great direction during posing. And Baylee was amazing with Connor!"
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A while after their family session, I heard from Breanne regarding newborn photos for their upcoming new little one, Eleanora.  I had only done one other newborn lifestyle session, and had been thinking about adding it to my offerings, so I agreed.

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Eleanora was a few days old when Breanne and Mark welcomed us into their home for a newborn lifestyle session. She was so adorable, and the entire family was amazing. I don't think I did half bad for my second newborn lifestyle session. 

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After the session, Breanne had this to say, 

"We worked with Sheila for a lifestyle newborn shoot. She was enthusiastic and had so many great ideas for images. Sheila was so patient when working with our newborn and toddler.  She got amazing shots of the two of them together as well as great images of our whole family. Not only is Sheila a very talented photographer, but we also appreciated her professionalism, bright attitude, and creativity. She is definitely worth hiring and we look forward to working with her in the future!"

Thank you, Breanne, and I definitely look forward to photographing your beautiful family again!

{Bergerson Family} Amazingly Fun Family Session | Minneapolis Family Pictures

Hi again, everyone!

I know I have said this before, but I will say it again!  I am seriously the luckiest photographer around. My clients are always so fabulous  to work with. That's true of my session with the Bergerson Family as well!

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The Bergerson's consist of Mark, Breanne and adorable Connor, who just turned ONE!  Mark and Breanne are also officially expecting a little lady to join their young family at the end of August.  Yes! Connor is going to be a big brother! They are counting down the days until the cute little bundle is welcomed into our world!  

Breanne contacted me looking for a combination Family/Maternity/1-year session.  She had some concerns, as the last time she had her maternity and newborn photos done, she was less than impressed.  After she filled out her family questionnaire, we talked about what she liked and what she didn't like about her last session. We chatted up to the session date about her expecations, as I wanted to make sure they were happy with their end results!  

I met up with them late afternoon at Henry's Woods Park in Rogers, and the weather was perfect for photo-taking. Breanne liked the the park because it had two distinct features that give a feeling of where they both came from.  The dense woods are reminiscent of Mark's upbringing in the North Woods and the red barn is reminiscent of Breanne's in Illinois's farm country. 

It was a little humid (not to mention the mosquitos) but they were troopers! It was the family that made this shoot such a blast!  My daughter, Baylee, came along to assist as she sometimes does. She was a big help!  

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I did a few family photos, then we went on to do a couple of Connor alone to celebrate his first birthday!  Breanne brought a "Where the Wild Things Are" book for him to share with us!  He is such a flirt, and made my job easy! So full of smiles and laughter!

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Breanne wanted to get a few photos of just her and Mark, so Baylee entertained Connor for a while. He enjoyed hanging out with her while I took some couple portraits, and a few of Breanne alone. 

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Breanne's words of wisdom for other families preparing for a family session?  "Communication is key.  Let the photographer know exactly what you want.  Get your partner in on the decision making.  Not only can your partner provide great ideas, but being involved helps them know what to expect, from poses to props."  For more tips on how to prepare for YOUR family session stress-free, check out my blog post about it here.

Both Baylee and I had so much fun with this family!  I asked Breanne to relate her favorite parts of the session, and why she enjoyed it.  Her response, "Sheila and her lovely assistant were easy going and friendly, making them a joy to work with.  I loved that Sheila showed us some of the shots she had taken as we went along, and gave great direction during posing. And Baylee was amazing with Connor!" 

Aww..Thanks, Breanne and Mark, your beautiful young family was a joy to work with, and I can't wait to work with you again! (It's going to be sooner than you think, but it's a secret - stay tuned!)

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