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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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Holiday Mini Sessions

Back by popular demand – Holiday Minis!

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Haven’t had a chance to get a photo for your holiday card this year? Or maybe Christmas is your favorite and you just want a Christmas themed photo of your children that you can put up in your home year after year? Well then, this is for YOU!

These sessions are meant to be quick, easy and simple! 20 minute photo sessions that include 10 digital images (via digital download)  with a print release for the one time price of $299.

We will have two different set up available – one in the natural light area:



And one on the wood wall – this one specifically works well for small children/babies!



Since the session is a short one, only one outfit is recommended.   For the best “stylized look” it’s best to choose outfits that coordinate with the set up/s. If you have any questions on this please let me know! I am here to help!

Due to the nature of the session, full payment is due upon booking and is non-refundable.  Once your invoice is paid, you will be officially locked into your date and time slot.

We will be offering several days with several different time slots available! October 25th, October 27th, October 28th, and October 30th will all be dedicated to these minis!

Please email to book!

Excited for this event!





I get it

I know that look well. The look of a mom who is climbing out of her vehicle with the expression of fear, frustration and anxiety written all over her face. Sitting next to her is her husband, who looks as though he is marching to his death. Sitting in the back seat are her adorable children – all perfectly styled and in “coordinating yet not-too-matchy-matchy” outfits.

It’s family picture night. (Cue scary-movie music)

She has been planning for weeks….okay, months for this night. She made sure to contact the photographer 4 months in advance to make sure she can get the date she wants. She’s been Pinteresting wardrobe options. Online shopping for hours on end trying to get just the right look. She tried hard not to pre-bribe the kids, but the pressure was mounting and she caved on the drive over, “If you all behave well during pictures, then we will go to Cherry Berry!”. But it back fired. Now the kids think it’s going to be an awful experience that they need to get a reward for if they can get through it, like a dentist visit or a flu shot.  They are loosing it. She is losing it. She thinks, “How in the hell am I supposed to act like I love my family in these photos? Don’t they know how bad I want some nice family photos to put up on walls? Don’t they know how much time and energy I have put into this? And why is my husband acting like this?? He’s worse than the kids. And all he had to do was show up!” Blood boiling. And yup, she is officially sweating.

I get it. Really, I do.

It can be a lot of work. It can be stressful. It can be time consuming. It’s almost always an investment (which is another reason why your husband is crabby).

However, the reason why it can be a stressful process is because you CARE about the outcome.  You put a lot of work into it because it MEANS a lot to you. You want great photos taken of the family you love. You want to be able to look back and remember this crazy-fast journey.  Your mama-heart NEEDS to be able to freeze time for just a moment.

And I am here to tell you – even if the session is a complete gong-show, it always seems to magically turn out great! Some how, some way you view a gallery of gorgeous, emotion filled photos. And what’s this? “Do we all look….happy in these images? Did that comment about poop and farts actually get genuine smiles out of my naughty children?” Mind. Blown.

Then the fun happens. You get to pick out beautiful, hand-made art pieces to hang up in your home so that you can remember, everyday, “See! They’re not so bad.”  Ha!

Here are some helpful family photo tips for you:

  1. Don’t over-think the wardrobe. Just put your family in cute-yet-comfortable clothing. If anyone is uncomfortable, it’s going to be hard for them to look happy. If you are wondering what colors to put your family in, look at the colors in your home already and coordinate from there. Then your finished product will coordinate well on your walls.
  2. Let your hubby pre-game this event. A beer before will take the edge off, which will in turn makes it easier on you. Then if he doesn’t add to your stress before or during the session, he can have more after.
  3. Treat yourself and get your hair, nails and/or make up done. You deserve it. And let’s be honest. You want to look HOT in these photos (as you should).
  4. Realize that most people (even kids sometimes) feel awkward getting their photo taken. It’s only natural. Just go with it.

The moral of the story? Like all things important in life – It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.







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!



*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


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!




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.


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!)