Month: June, 2011

Autumn | Urban Maternity {Rochester MN Maternity Photographer}

June 24, 2011

It really should be illegal to be this beautiful when you’re just a few weeks away from your due date. Autumn was another portfolio-building session, and I have to share the story of her maternity portraits.

I met Autumn and her husband Todd in downtown Rochester a few weeks ago to do an urban-themed maternity session. Todd had been paged by his employer right before the session started, so we were only able to quickly snap a few images with him and Autumn together, then I finished the session with solo portraits of Autumn and her gorgeous belly. Well, later that night, Todd borrowed Autumn’s phone, found my number, and called me, explaining that he wanted to surprise Autumn with a *second* maternity session a few days later, and this time, he’d be there the whole time, just like she wanted. How romantic is that? Of course, I couldn’t say no, so we met up again a few days later at the History Center to complete the session.

The light was beautiful, and Autumn and Todd were amazing. Their little one is already so loved, and Autumn has spent hours and hours preparing her home and heart for their transition to parenthood. I am so excited to see this little family grow, grow, grow!

The beginning of their story … {Maternity Photography, Rochester MN}

June 23, 2011

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.” (Lewis Hine)

This is just the beginning of their story … the start of a new life not yet born.

More pictures are coming, and I can’t wait to tell you more of their story!


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Little Miss K is 1 {Rochester MN Children's Photography}

June 17, 2011

For the first part of Miss K’s one-year session, we tried a new location for me — downtown Rochester. Now, I’ve shot two senior sessions downtown, but never a baby or children’s session. One of my 2011 photography goals is to push my comfort zone and shoot in places that are new or different for me, and to make those places beautiful backdrops for my client’s portraits.

Of course, with a beautiful mom and baby, it’s pretty easy to make any location look great.

Happy first birthday, Miss K! (And good luck to your mom as she runs her first marathon this weekend!)

Grow, baby, grow!

June 14, 2011

I just can’t help it. I love pregnant bellies and the mommas they belong to.

Katie is special to me. In so, so many ways. I was her doula for her first pregnancy and witnessed her daughter being born. We’ve become great friends since then (I *love* it when that happens): we share a playgroup, go to ladies’ nights out, and babysit each others’ kids. Part of me is indescribably sad that I won’t be at her second birth (I am still on my own maternity leave and can’t leave my own nursling for very long), but she’s got a fantastic doula and an awesome hubby who I know will help her have a wonderful birth, and that makes me feel almost all better.

So, the pictures. Maternity photography is still new to me. Katie’s only the second maternity session I’ve ever done (feel free to send any pregnant mommas you know my way!), so I was glad for that comfortable-ness that exists between friends. She’s simply gorgeous. Would you believe that only her jeans were maternity sized? Her dress and paisley top are just plain old regular non-maternity clothes. Are you kidding me?!?!? 33 weeks and able to fit into regular tops and dresses? And look good doing it? I remember cramming my 35-week pregnant self into a non-maternity coat last fall, and let me tell you, it was not pretty. At all. But Katie? She looked fabulous!

And the ice cream image? THAT’S NOT ICE CREAM. That, my friends, is genuine Italian gelato, made fresh daily at the European chocolate shop Katie and her family own and manage: Chocolaterie Stam. (Aside: I brought my 7-month-old along for Katie’s maternity session, and wouldn’t you know it, my baby somehow broke into a bag of Jordan Almonds while we were at the shop. Of course, I couldn’t let baby B eat Jordan Almonds — she’d choke! — so I had to eat them myself so they wouldn’t go to waste. The trials of an on-location photographer. I tell ya, it’s a hard life).

And if you want to see the rest of Katie’s gallery, check it out below!