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Dean & Amelia Turn One

Today is my sweet Dean and Mia’s first birthday. Over the weekend, we hosted the sweetest birthday bash. The theme was a lyric from a song: “If I was a flower growing wild and free, all I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee.” I heard the song back in December, and I instantly knew that was our theme. Dean and Mia are each lovely individuals that go together so well. Dean is sweeter than honey and the MOST lovable, snuggly boy. Mia’s beauty is beyond a flower and certainly has a wild side that comes out more as she grows. It’s been incredible to witness the twin bond. I’m going to spare all my sappy words from this post for personal letters to each of my babies, because if I start on here I won’t ever stop! But I am really excited to share some photos from their first birthday, as well as from a mini photo session I did for them today on their birthday. It was laugh out loud funny to try to get two busy babies to look at me for photos. I absolutely love the beautiful, comic chaos that shines in the images. Enjoy, and be sure to snuggle your babies extra today, they grow up too fast!

A Blizzard + A Bump

A fluffy, white out snowfall.

A gorgeous, adventurous mama.

Tall, snow covered pine back drop.

Snowflakes that stay on your nose and eye lashes.

These are a few of my favorite things! Huge shout out to this gorgeous expecting mama who didn’t look at me like I was crazy when I proposed prancing around the woods in the midst of a mid-week blizzard. This is her fifth pregnancy and she’s completely glowing. I’m so thankful she trusted my vision for this and showed up with a sense of adventure and a heart to enjoy the here and now. I can’t wait to meet that sweet little one!

Baby L - St. Louis Park, MN

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas

This quote resonates deeply with me. One of the things I love most about photography is challenging myself to capture moments that can take you back and make you feel exactly how you felt in those moments. What could only make me more giddy is when I am doing it for long time friends - and this session was just that!

My husband and I have known Jason for at least 12 years. We were all friends in college and are lucky enough to have a close knit circle of friends that have stayed in touch all these years. Trips to coffee shops and intense discussions about Harry Potter are how we all got to know each other. Over the years we have celebrated marriages, traveled across the country to see each other, become home owners, and are now lucky enough to have both our families located in the Twin Cities.

You can imagine my excitement when Jason and Christa reached out to me about a lifestyle newborn session. We decided to kick off the celebration of welcoming Baby L to the world with a short and sweet Fresh 48, and then about 10 days later as they felt settled and cozy in their home, I invited myself back over (ha!) to chase some of those slower moments of newborn days that we all know are heavenly. I’m thrilled to share with you my favorites here!

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