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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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true story

I am a self-diagnosed photo-a-holic. I am pretty much obsessed. Photos are on my mind constantly . . . which is why I love what I do so much!

Have you ever been so obsessed with something that you would do just about anything to get it? Drug addicts – you know what I’m talking about!:)

Well – a few years back, I wanted good family photos, but wasn’t able to afford it. But, I thought “my kids will only be young once”, so I booked a session with an “expensive photographer”. He came to my house and set up a make-shift studio right in my living room (complete with umbrella lights). On his way in, he noticed that our car in the driveway was banged up. Carl had recently hit a deer and the hood was in bad shape. We explained to him that we were thinking about selling it to a junk yard for parts (even though it still ran great) because it wasn’t worth much. He was one of those guys who was pretty much good at everything, and happened to dabble in auto repair. To make a long story, short – we decided to trade him our car for the photos he was taking for us. (his session fee was not included in the deal)

That’s right! We traded our CAR (+ his session fee) for family photos. He sweetened up the deal by making us a beautiful custom photo album, a photo collage and some prints . . . but did I mention that I traded my CAR for PHOTOS! How many people can say that?!?!

Enough of the babble and onto this adorable family’s photos!

Let’s just say that I am so happy to be able to take photos for families . . . for less than the price of a (older, banged up) car!

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cutie cousins part 2

Speaking of awesome cousins . . . meet mine!

We were blessed to be able to:

Grow up in the same area

Have our Grandma make us matching outfits

Cause shenanigans at family dinner parties

Blame said shenanigans on younger siblings

Charge a sizable running bar-tab filled with kiddie-cocktails to my Grandpa’s room at one of our family reunions

Spend countless weeekends at the lake

Go to bible camp together

Shop for her wedding dress together

–and best of all–

Watch each other’s families grow over the years!

 

 

I can’t wait to be able to live in the same town again!

 

 

 

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cutie cousins

Did you grow up around your cousins? I did! My childhood memories are jam-packed full of fun times had with my many cousins.

Cousins are family – – but way cooler and less annoying than your siblings:)

One of the best parts of my family moving back to the Grand Forks area is the fact my kids will be able to grow up around their cousins! The birthday parties! The backyard BBQ’s! The holidays! The play-dates where the kids run rampid while the moms sip cocktails on the deck!  Can it get any better?!

I am the proud aunt of these adorable kiddos.

How can’t I be pumped about moving home?!:)

 

 

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photographer’s kid

Most photographers cringe when thinking about taking their own child’s photos . . . most think “I used up all of the good ideas on my clients”, “I don’t have the energy to plan out another session. Maybe I’ll just do a head shot or two”, “Ugh. More editing.”, or worst of all, “When they see my camera, they will run in the other direction!”. Yes, most photographer’s kids have learned to hate the camera, simply because it’s been shoved in their faces since the day they were born.

Most of these photo sessions include, but are not limited too:

yelling, crying, throwing of tantrums (by either kid or mom-tog), rude comments, dirtying of new clothing, and my favorite – sociopathic behavior (At our fall photo session, my daughter Claire scooped up a handful of dirt and threw it right in my face. True story).

Ah, yes. Trying to capture your own child’s loving spirit can be a task. I always have to chuckle when my clients are horrified when their child is “acting weird” or “not behaving” during a photo session . . . I always make sure to tell them that I can relate:)

But – – not all photographer’s kids act in this manner. I am blessed to have one child that LOVES to take photos!

Observe

After our 1 hour session, her comment to me was, “That’s it?! Did you get enough good ones, or should we go to a new location?” . . . ah,a gal after my own heart:)

 

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Well . . . here goes!

I am so excited to announce . . . drum roll please . . . CLICK – Photography by Anne!

Hello! My name is Anne – formally one of the “friends” of “My Friends Photography”, based out of the Twin Cities area. My Friends Photography was the brain-child of three mommy/teachers who were obsessed with photographing our own family and friends – who wanted to be able to share our love of photography with others.

(that’s me….on the right)

 

We had a great 2 1/2 year run and were way busier than we ever thought we’d be! But  because my family and I will be relocating (back) to the Grand Forks, ND area, I will be taking a huge leap of faith and stepping out on my own! I will miss my partners dearly, but am excited for this next step!

Please take some time to navigate around my site. I hope to offer fun, creative and modern photography for every stage of your life. I give one-to-one attention while planning your sessions as well as boutique products that will make your home photo galleries swoon-worthy! View full post »

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