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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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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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Sweet, sweet summer

Yes, I am aware I don’t blog very much. OKAY, hardly ever. The only excuse I have is that I have been super busy with not only photography, but also getting 3 of my children back to school. Gone are the days of Summer. (sniff, sniff, tear) The gorgeous long, warm days.  Firing up the grill multiple days a week. Spontaneously packing up and heading to the lake, just because we can. ALL GONE. However, I also ADORE Fall. The beautiful light, crisp air, fall fashion, and quieter weekdays are all GLORIOUS too:)

Enough of the chit-chat. Onto the adorable baby photos!

Meet Blair. She is one of my milestone babies. I look forward to being able to photograph her every 3 months! She is getting so big, so fast. Not only is she GORGEOUS, but she is also one of the happiest babies ever.

Here are just a few from her 6 month session:

I can’t wait for her 9 month session in just a few more weeks!

XOXO,

Anne

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Yes, I am here. And I can type!

Holy Moly! If there was an award for biggest-blog-slacker, I would be taking home the gold! I cannot believe my last post was on August 31st . . . AUGUST! Unreal.

I can’t promise that I will be the most frequent blogger, but I will try my best to post before 7 months go by (…again).

This family is featured all over my studio! I have a canvas gallery hanging up in the viewing room along with a GINORMOUS  30×30 single canvas hanging up on the first wall right when you walk in. I think you will be able to see why . . . This family was a blessing to work with! It makes me want to have another baby so I can have 5 kids too . . . weeeell, almost 😉

xoxo,

Anne

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happy place

Many of you know that I have 4 children. Parents – you know how busy it is around the house during the day, right? Hyper kids to keep in line. Screaming fights to break up. Messy spills to wipe up. You know, the usual.  And since I have started this little venture of photography almost 3 years ago, the only time I have to edit my photos are at night while they sleep. Because of this, sometimes I am super tired through the process, and wish I could just veg out in front of the TV and then go to bed. However, most times I am super pumped about my late night editing sessions! Why, you ask?? Well . . .

Picture this: It’s late. It’s dark.  It’s quiet. There are no whining children. No crying baby. Nothing but me in my PJs, sitting in front of my computer with Pandora playing  some random love song from the past (enter Journey, Chicago, etc.), drinking a glass of wine while editing photos of gorgeous children and beautiful families. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Yes, because of the late nights I am starting to look a little haggard, but it’s totally worth it! Honestly, how many of you can say that you can drink on the job??….hopefully, not many of you:)

Seriously though . . . how can you not be happy when you get to work on these!?

 

I have said it once, and I will say it again – I love this job!!

 

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