Category Portraits

Christian… senior portraits

Another high school senior portrait session from Wabasha-Kellogg! From playing football on the field to Lynyrd Skynyrd on a guitar, he reminded me of myself from back in the day – except the difference was the only way I played Skynyrd was by turning up the knob on the stereo since I had no musical talent whatsoever… ; )

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engagements on the Mississippi River – Buena Vista Park – Kate & Gracie’s Restaurant

It was great to go on a little boat ride on the Mississippi River with Robin & Jerad for their engagement session. I wish more clients would go out on the river! After the river we headed up to Buena Vista Park overlooking the river valley and we finished up at Kate & Gracie’s Restaurant, which has a special place in their hearts. I’m looking forward to the wedding in 2011 as I know it’ll be a blast!

Here’s a sampling of their session…


See the rest of their engagement photos!

Leafless Diaries

Would you recognize me if I wrote MY story in words?

While the path I’ve traveled hasn’t always been easy, it is the path I chose to take. I’ve shed tears of complete sadness and utter happiness. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve had successes. I’m positive there will be more of both in the future. Whatever they may be, it is what makes me – me.

There are a number of people – from close friends, distant friends, clients, industry peers and even probably some strangers along the way, who know some details about my life. Some people love to share their own stories with others. I, for one, have to know how comfortable others are in hearing a story before I even bring it up or attempt to go into detail. I think that’s fairly true of many people. You’d be surprised how similar many of us are.

What if you could tell your story and not have anyone know that you wrote it? Would you? Maybe you have some words of wisdom to share with someone but you don’t know who? What if I told you that you can? Would you?

The reason for this post is a traveling nationwide project I was able to take part of recently. It’s called Leafless Diaries. Part of the tour includes the 50/50 Project, of which I was chosen to be the lone Minnesota photographer.

I invite you to read more about the Leafless Diaries project and if you see a little black book with a barren, leafless tree on it – no matter how long or short it may be, write something in it. We all may be surprised what we learn from another…

{more about Leafless Diaries}

leafless diaries is a national collaboration – a project to obtain the little bits of people that they don’t normally reveal to the world, and an attempt to connect all of us, no matter how different. Throughout the next year, the leafless team will be traveling the nation, distributing 500 blank diaries about, asking participants to write a single entry in the book – something thoughtful, something deep… something they would normally write in a diary of their own. Then to pass the book onto someone they don’t know or place in a location for someone to find to continue the sequence. When the books begin to find their way back home, the leafless team will go through the diaries and a selection of entries will be chosen to be included in the published book or book series, and the rest will be placed online – so the world too will be able to read the stories and insights and thoughts of those that have written in the books.

Along the tour, the leafless team will be working with a single photographer from each of the 50 states to create a visual representation of the project – capturing the lives that fill our world. The 50/50 Project is a collaboration between leafless diaries and an eclectic mix of 50 hand-selected photographers who encompass a wide-range of styles, backgrounds and experiences.

Also throughout the tour, the leafless team will be documenting their travels as they visit each state. They will be writing diary entries of their own and photographing some of the people and landscapes they encounter. There is also a weekly video episode showcasing the state.

Visit to follow the leafless team’s adventures, as well as follow them on facebook at and on twitter at

first comes love, then comes marriage…

and I’m sure you know what’s next!

I had the pleasure of seeing my past wedding clients, Tracy & John, for some maternity portraits at my studio last week. They are just one of a good number of clients who are either currently pregnant or have recently had a baby!

Congrats to you both again! It was great to chat with you afterwards also!

I’d like to extend my congratulations to:

recent births – Shana & Elliott (baby boy), Kasey & Andy (baby girl), Maria & Fran (baby girl)

expecting parents – Shannen & Nick, Ashley & Tony

If I’ve missed you, let me know! I’ll add you to the list!!

$5000 Baby & Child portrait contest

Attention past & current 2010 child portrait clients!

One of my print suppliers, Miller’s Professional Imaging, is holding a nationwide baby & child portrait contest in which the Grand Prize winner will receive $5000! Any past 2010 portrait client of mine is also eligible to enter an image taken from earlier this year.

I will be holding a few dates during the next three months where new clients can sign up for a in-studio session also. I am limiting the amount of sessions to ten per month. First come, first serve basis. Clients will have the option of in-studio or on-location sessions. Sign up below!

Here’s some info regarding the contest:

There are three rounds left for submissions: April 1-21, May 1-21 & June 1-21. Each round will last for one month.

For each qualifying round, the top five winners will be selected from the four categories and will receive a studio sample of their winning image. These winning portraits will be entered into the Final Round, which takes place during the month of July. The Final Round will be judged online by a panel of esteemed photographers. First, Second, and Third places, as well as two Honorable Mentions, will be announced for each category! Cash prizes for these winners include $2,000 for First, $1,000 for Second, $750 for Third, and $500 for each Honorable Mention. One portrait from the Final Round will also receive the highest of accolades — Grand Prize Winner. The cash prize will be $5,000 for this lucky winner! All cash prizes will be given to the families of the winning portraits.

Miller’s Baby & Child Contest Rules

-All portraits taken January 1- June 21, 2010 are eligible for entry into the 2010 Baby & Child Contest.
-Voters will have the ability to flag any image they feel does not meet the guidelines of the contest. Flagged images will be reviewed prior to the announcement of round winners to ensure the winning images do meet contest standards.
-Participants may post one image per child from each photography session. Miller’s reserves the right to delete multiple submissions from one session.
-Participants are not limited on the amount of images they can post.
-It is the responsibility of the participant to format pictures correctly and according to the category prior to posting the image. Miller’s will not reformat images once submitted and reserves the right to delete any submission that fails to meet these requirements.
-Miller’s reserves the right to delete any submission that is inappropriate in nature.
-Miller’s will not use any participants’ images without prior consent.
-We ask that all images remain anonymous. Please refrain from placing studio logos or text on any images.
-Children age 12 and under can be entered into the contest.
-Maternity shots do not fall within any of the available categories.

Sign up your child for a in-studio portrait here!

See my past child & family portrait sessions here!