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    Hello! My name is Anne, and I am a custom photographer specializing in newborn, baby, child, family and senior photography. My studio is located right in the heart of downtown East Grand Forks, MN and service the greater Grand Forks area and surrounding communities.
    As I watch my own children grow, I understand how fast life can slip by. Because of this, I want to capture those little moments, and document the emotions and spirit of what is happening in your life at the present time. In doing this, I am able to give you the gift of a memory which can be cherished for a lifetime.
    I can't wait to work with you!

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Bear

Happy Summer everyone! Can you believe we are (almost) at the half way mark of the summer?! If I were still teaching, I would be bawling my eyes out as I typed that sentence (am I right fellow  teachers?) But, now that I am not teaching at the moment….I am celebrating that it’s almost time for this lovely season to be over and for my 3 oldest blessings to be back in their classrooms and out of my hair! Hahaha! Just kidding!! (….kinda) I STILL LOVE you, Summer!

One of my favorite summer past-times is going to the lake. We were lucky enough to go to the lake for several days to celebrate the 4th of July! While we were there, I spotted a field of wild daises. Well…..I can’t waste a good field-o-daises now can I?! PLUS I hadn’t had any time to take Claire’s 6 year photos….so BAM! I had myself an opportunity for a mini-lake-shoot!

For those of you that know Claire, you already know that she is more “spicy” than “sweet”. She is so spunky that she has sass oozing out of her ears.

Now, don’t get me wrong. She is an AWESOME kid! She is loyal, kind-hearted, loves animals, cuddly, smart, determined, independent, adventurous, athletic, loving, and FUNNY! Like she told me this past weekend, “mom, you’re so lucky to have me as a daughter”. Yep, you’ve got that right, Claire!

Plus, she LOVES getting her photos taken! Not many photographers can say that about their kids! She can pose like it’s her JOB.

I love you, Claire-Bear! Even though you’re usually more BEAR than Claire:)<3

I hope you’re enjoying your Summer!

XOXO,

Anne

*Claire’s dress is from Adley Anne’s Baby Boutique in Grand Forks, ND and her baby’s breath halo is from East Grand Floral in East Grand Forks, MN

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night owl

Are you a morning person? Or a night owl? Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a total night owl. Which works for me because I do the bulk of my work after the kids go to bed. I mean, what’s not to love about night time? Kids are FINALLY quiet (….well, usually), all the good shows are on, having a glass of wine isn’t frowned upon (…it’s good for my heart….it’s a scientific fact, people!) and I am able to get stuff crossed off my list and everything else semi-organized for the next day.

I wish I were more of a morning person. But I am just NOT. I have friends who are morning people, and I feel like they fly through their mornings like Snow White would (you know….making a hot breakfast for my family while singing along with birds and cute woodland animals). I, on the other hand, stumble around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame just trying to get my coffee pot turned on before I drag my non-morning-people-children out of bed. It ain’t pretty.

During a pre-consultation conversation with my client, she shared with me that her son was the happiest right after waking up…and he woke up quite early. Because of waking up so early, he was usually asleep early in the evenings. Hummmmm. I love shooting during the “Golden Hour” which is the hour before the sun sets, which would have been too late for him. However, there are two “Golden Hours” in every day! The other one happens to be the hour following sun rise. Which brought me to my very first sunrise session!

I guzzled an embarrassing amount of coffee on my to their beautiful country home. And I was so happy we scheduled when we did! 

Maybe I will start booking more sunrise sessions?! Hey, a girl can change her ways, right? Then again . . . maybe I won’t 😉

Enjoy these GORGEOUS early spring days we’re having!

xoxo,

Anne

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real beauty

A few months ago, we had some good friends from out of town stay with us. Included in these friends, was Ella’s oldest friend since before she can remember. Ella and her bestie were seated around the table and  discussing “what real beauty is” (for those of you who don’t know – Ella is 9. Her friend is 8. – and they are both way older in spirit than they are in real life). As they were discussing this deep subject, phrases such as “if they have a beautiful heart, then they are truly beautiful” and “real beauty comes from the inside” could be heard.

My head swelled a little. I can’t tell a lie. I was so impressed that my daughter – – at such a young age – – seemed to have a handle on such a confusing matter (especially for young girls!!) I was so proud, I could have burst!

Another little soul was also at the table listening in on this conversation – – Claire. (For those of you who don’t know Claire . . . ) Ella and her friend asked  “Claire, what do you think makes someone beautiful”. She looked up from her snack, with an annoyed “what-a-dumb-question” look on her face – and said in a “duh” type of way – – “Makeup.”

Head deflated.

Well then.

#mommyfail

I clearly need to brush up on some mommy-daughter-life lessons speeches  :) But in the meantime, here are some images from one of my past newborn sessions. If a newborn baby doesn’t scream real beauty, then I don’t know what does.

Introducing, Baby Hudson

 

Happy 2015! I would like to say that I will be blogging more regularly this year . . . but I try not to lie (especially in writing!)

xoxo,

Anne

 

 

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boy

If you would have asked me, back in the day,  if I thought I was going to have sons or daughters – I would have said, without a doubt, ALL SONS. Why, you ask? Because I was a guy’s girl. A  daddy’s girl. I didn’t like to play barbies. I wasn’t in dance. I didn’t like to wear dresses much. In fact, I didn’t have a girl as a friend until 3rd grade! I just felt I meshed better with boys . . . less drama, I suppose.

But, the good Lord had a different plan for me. Instead of having all boys, I had all girls . . . until this little guy surprised us:)

 And let me tell you . . . I fell in love with him in an instant. He gave us some scares during my pregnancy, and while I was laid up for awhile before my delivery, my acupuncturist told me not to be scared of delivery, but to be excited – – “because I was about to meet the the man of my dreams” . . . and boy, was he right.

He is my buddy, my sidekick. And I am so grateful that God has blessed our family and this business venture so I am able to spend most of my days at home with him . . . I have to share him with “Nanny”(AKA – Grandma . . . but don’t ever call her that to her face:)) when I have the occasional daytime session. I prayed for years and years that someday I would be able to be home more for my family . . . and those prayers have brought us here/home, and I couldn’t be happier.

Most people say, “You are so lucky that you are a photographer! You must have so many wonderful photos of your children.”. . . I am embarrassed to say that I don’t have nearly as many as one would think! When you’re busy taking photos of other people’s children, when you get home, you just want to put the camera away:)But I do sometimes get a wild hair and take my kids out individually and do little mini sessions. I took Carter into the studio with me one morning and literally got about two minutes of shooting in (and not two minutes in a row), but I was able to freeze this fun little age for me to look back on. They aren’t perfect, but they are my Carter, and that’s all that matters.

That look. That look right there. That IS Carter’s look. The look he gives me when he is trying to hide something. The look he gives me when he is trying to be funny. The look he gives me when he is about to be naughty. I ADORE this look.

I also love the simplicity of these photos. Now, don’t get my wrong. I love me some props! But for the most part, I am drawn to simple, neutral toned, less-is-more type photos. I feel like they really draw your eye to what’s important . . . the innocence and simplicity of childhood.

Thanks for listening to me GUSH over my boy <3

Oh, and HAPPY FALL!

XOXO,

Anne

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