Seriously. It doesn't get much better than this!
I was invited by the Door County Visitor Bureau to spend a few days in Door County, Wisconsin photographing the fall colors.
This was a total dream job for me!
Door County is a peninsula that is about 70 miles long. In that small area - it has 5 state parks, several small towns, an airport, over 30 islands, 11 lighthouses, 300 miles of shoreline and a plethora of wineries, orchards, specialty shops and golf courses!
All year long it is beautiful -- but fall in Door County is what photographers dream about! So many colors! Lovely fall light and weather. It is ideal! Within hours of returning home - I was already researching a family trip there next fall... I want to share this amazing area with them! (Not sure I can wait all the way until next fall though!)
The first morning I was there - I got up early and watched the sunrise over Lake Michigan at the site of the US Coast Guard Light House in Sturgeon Bay.
Afterwards I went to the Jacksonport Farm Market. I was immediately impressed with the industrious residents of Door County. As much as Door County is known for its natural beauty - it is also known as the "home of home-made." Door County is famous for its wines, jams, apple sauces, pies, fudge, ice cream, bakeries, cheese and so much more! At the market, farmers were lined up side by side with artisans and crafters.
You could tell they all had a passion for their craft and a passion for the area. I met a lot of wonderful folks.
I "accidentally" left with an armful of homemade breads: a loaf of chocolate zuchinni, lemon poppyseed, rhubarb and a large loaf of white bread that my husband later said tasted like a donut.
I also bought fresh raspberries to nosh while I explored, homemade applesauce made with three types of apples, jam, homemade wild choke cherry syrup for pancakes, a bag of apples and a bag of freshly made homemade soaps!
There's something so special about buying your food straight from the person who made or grew it. I've been home for a week now and I think about the cute couple that I sold me their Wild Choke Cherry Syrup each time I pour a little of it on our pancakes.
Starting the day with the farmer's market also means you are shaking hands with some of the friendliest locals before you explore the area. It made me feel so welcomed -- and that feeling stayed with me as I spent the day driving through Door County. The locals even gave me a few tips on where to explore!
I spent the next few days driving the Door County Coastal Byway.
The time flew by in the best sort of way -- I stopped at will whenever something grabbed my attention.
I climbed to the top of the Cana Island Lighthouse.
The recently restored lighthouse was built in 1869 and is considered Door County's most iconic lighthouse.
I drove by miles of bucolic farm scenes like this one near Kangaroo Lake.
I did a peaceful 4 mile hike in at Whitefish Dunes State Park & checked out the sand dunes that line the lake Michigan shoreline.
This is the view from "Old Baldy" - the tallest dune in Whitefish Dunes State Park. It rises 93 feet above lake level.
I stopped for rest breaks at cute little coastal towns like Sister Bay, Ephraim and Bailey's Harbor.
I stopped at local attractions like this one - Bailey's Harbor Range Lights at Ridges Nature Center.
I bought a Swedish ski sweater at a restaurant that had goats living on the roof!
I had a glass of wine at a winery and grabbed some sweets snacks at an orchard.
I climbed to the top of this tower in Potawatomi State Park. I had a few moments of doubt on the second-to-the-top platform. It was windy. I was alone in the woods. Then I remembered the saying "Do at least one thing that scares you each day" so I turned up my music on my headphones and charged up the remaining stairs. Albeit I white-knuckled the railing as I took in the view from the top. Mission accomplished!
I also found a little time to sit and rest and read a book.
It was a perfect fall get-away!
I used the largest, most-southern town of Sturgeon Bay as my basecamp. It was great place to relax each night after very active days spent exploring. I stayed at the Stone Harbor Resort and would recommend it. It was within walking distance of the main strip - 3rd Avenue which is the home to many charming shops and great restaurants.
I had a little fun when I noticed one of my skirts matched the Third Avenue Playhouse's facade in Sturgeon Bay!
If you would like to someday go on a great fall get-away (or any time of year really) - you can't go wrong with Door County!
I can't wait to bring my family there!
A big thank-you to Door County for this amazing opportunity!
IF YOU GO:
2.5 hours from Milwaukee
4-5 hours from Chicago
5 hours from Minneapolis
Door County Information: www.DoorCounty.com
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I am excited to announce The Shine On Project! The goal of this project is to send as many solar powered lights as possible to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. I visited this area over the summer with the American Refugee Committee (ARC). Read about my travels here.
This three month project is about creating an intersection between the various groups and friends I have worked with to do something constructive that will help others!
The idea was first started before I even left for Uganda with ARC. I knew I wanted to do a photography show when I returned as a way to raise funds for the refugees I met. The good folks at Tradition Companies said they would help sponsor a show...
Well - when I got back I was motivated -- but also very busy. The summer flew by and suddenly it was September, school was starting and I hadn't planned my art show!
At that same time the program I direct, Art of Edina, was starting back up for the season. (It usually takes a little nap over the summer.) I was in talks with a large local mall named Southdale Center to create a new installation. Every few months we install community art in their main atrium.
One day I had an idea. Why not do a two-part Art of Edina Installation at Southdale Center that focuses on the joy and beauty we had seen with ARC in Uganda... I was so pleasantly surprised when Southdale responded with encouragement to my idea!
I also reached out to the American Refugee Committee and met with them several times. What did the people of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement need the most? There are over 100,000 refugees that live there. What could we do to help? They mentioned the basics: water, food, light. That's when a "lightbulb" went off (sorry for the bad dad joke!) I have a friend named Kevin Kuster who works very hard on his non-profit Watts of Love. They provide solar power to people in need around the world...
What if we could bring the Watts of Love solar lights to the refugees in Uganda? We learned that these solar powered lights could make a really big difference. Safety from fires and burns caused by kerosene, the ability to learn and work in the dark, the freedom of being able to walk at night -- and the potential to save money that would've been designated towards fuel..
ARC has an office in the refugee settlement. They contacted a refugee on their staff there and the idea was met with excitement and encouragement. They could definitely put those lights to good use! We had a plan!
Part One of the installation would be the art show I had dreamed of! We would make large prints (some three feet high) of our photos from our travels to Uganda. I traveled with the American Refugee Committee and a handful of talented Minnesotans. You can read about them here.
In September I reached out to my fellow travelers and collected their beautiful photos. At the beginning of October the photos were installed in the main atrium at Southdale!
Part Two of the installation is in process! The entire 4th and 5th grade classes at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School (OLG) in Edina are making colorful paper lanterns to decorate the main Southdale Center atrium. We hope to leave the photos up and have the lanterns hang in the center. Amy Sack is the art teacher at OLG an is overseeing the art project. I had a sneak peek and the lanterns are beautiful! We will have about 150 lanterns installed in the middle of November.
Here's the best part: My friends at Tradition Companies - the guys who sponsor Art of Edina - have agreed to buy one Watts of Love headlamp in honor of each OLG child that created a lantern!!
The headlamps will be sent in the care of American Refugee Committee to the refugee settlement in Uganda! That means we already have over 150 solar powered headlamps going to Uganda!
And that is just the start.... One day at lunch with my friend Karla Hult - we discussed the idea of "going bigger." What if we asked the parents of the OLG students, friends, colleagues and - anyone else willing to listen - to buy a headlamp too? With Karla's encouragement - The Shine On Project was born!!
I am committing myself to working hard and strategically to see just how many lights we can send! I have recruited a group of friends to help me grow - to act as ambassadors and also encourage others to buy a light. I have an idea for a fun run, maybe an art sale.. I plan to do all I can!
If you are reading this & you've gotten this far -- please consider buying a light too!
Had a great night at the Curated Fashion event at the Mall of America last night!
Project Runway designers showed their latest collections! #curatedfashion #moastyle
I'm so excited! One of my eclipse photos - an edit I created - won an award in an Eclipse Totality Photography contest! I really respect the judges and admire their work - so it is a big honor.❤️
Click Here to view the Facebook post!
And here is the beautiful camera bag prize I just received from Peak Designs. Love at first sight! What an amazing prize!
This is my busy season (aren't they all😛?!) My weekends have been filled with photoshoots and I can't wait to bring this along!
We spent three nights in Hot Springs, South Dakota. It was a wonderful launchpad for South Dakota adventures!
Hot Springs is on the west side of the state - where many travelers visit all year long. The west side of the state is home to the Sturgis motorcycle festival, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and its famous wildlife loop, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave and so many others.
Hot Springs is also south, almost to the Nebraska border. When we have visited this side of SoDak in the past, we have stayed more north -- in a VRBO as close to Custer State Park or Mt Rushmore as possible.. Or, once on our Ultimate SoDak Road Trip, we stayed IN Custer State Park in one of their really cute cabins..
In Hot Springs we stayed in a camper that we rented on the HomeAway website. It was definitely "Glamping" with cliffside views and a private hot tub! Dogs allowed of course!
We visited a beautiful aqua colored lake that was created by a dam. It is called Cold Brook Lake. There were locals there, laying out on the beach and enjoying all sorts of water recreation.
This was the first time we stayed as far south as Hot Springs. It was a little more quiet. A little less busy (even though it was prime tourist season.) And it had some hidden gems! The boys spent an entire afternoon playing in a natural spring-fed stream at a little local park called Chautauqua Park. An ideal way to spend a hot summer day.
We spent one full day driving through Custer State Park, the wildlife loop and Needles Highway (Pictured above. Can you see the teeny car?)
The wildlife loop is a "must-do." It is absolutely thrilling! Magnificent scenery.
Wildlife galore! We saw hundreds of adorable prairie dogs, coyote, pronghorns, buffalos, eagles -- and we FINALLY saw the wild burros! Including this magical white one pictured above.
Arlo cried out, "Look a unicorn!" and it really does look like one, doesn't it?
Certain times of year - the buffalo tend to make their "calling" - a sort of loud growl/moan that reverberates right through you. They tend to stick out their blueish tongues when they do it. I was told it is primarily a mating season occurrence.
We also saw this coyote hungrily go right into the center of a group of pronghorns. He was eventually chased out -- scared of their large numbers. It was fascinating to watch!
All of these experiences were within driving distance from Hot Springs. The town itself is charming and has much to offer as well. Cute coffee shops, vibrant street art, a lovely promenade, an aquatic center with natural mineral water, an amazing wooly mammoth dig site & museum, and a wild horse sanctuary! We have spent time at each of these attractions and can highly recommend them. Great for kids!
Thanks for having us Hot Springs!! We will be back!
IF YOU GO:
Activities: Evans Plunge Natural Mineral Springs Aquatic Center, Mammoth Site, Wild Horse Sanctuary
Restaurants: Dinner: Woolly's, Chops & Hops. Quick Lunch: Dew Drop Inn. Breakfast: Daily Bread and Bakery Cafe. Coffee: Mornin' Sunshine Coffee
Outdoors: Chautauqua Park, Cold Brook Lake, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park.
Sometimes I write a blog because I want to pass on information about a neat place to visit or a cool photo shoot I had...
This time, I want to share the experience simply because I want to hold on tight to each little detail. It was a bit of a life changing experience.
My husband and I learned about the eclipse a year prior to it happening.
We were out in Grand Targhee and met a couple at the very top of the mountain. We were there for the views. They were there to "scout." They were die-hard Eclipsers who had traveled all the way from North Carolina just to scout out the location for the following year's eclipse! They gave us all the details about the path of totality and the rareness of an event like this in the entire United States.
We were intrigued and made note that perhaps we could incorporate it into our summer 2017 road trip.
And sure enough, a year later, we drove over 1,100 miles in a van with two kids and the dog. We spent a week right out in the Teton Valley area. However, as the eclipse date approached and the herds and herds of eclipse-viewers started to roll in to the Jackson, Wyoming area - we left! We drove all the way back across the state of Wyoming and set ourselves up in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
The night before the eclipse, the excitement reached our veins too! Even though we were over 120 miles from the line of "totality" -- the restaurant we were at was totally packed (on a Sunday night!) with folks getting ready to gear up and head out in the morning. Clouds were predicted to cover our original viewing spot of Alliance, Nebraska. In fact, they were predicted to shroud the entire state of Iowa and almost all of Nebraska. Lucky for us, it looked like if we headed south and just a bit west (out of our way but oh well!) we'd be in the clear.
So, my family got up at 5am and packed up absolutely everything we had with us ( we weren't returning to Hot Springs that evening) and headed southwest.
We first drove through very thick fog.
Then we drove down a dirt road for miles and miles. We were getting very close to Agate National Monument in Nebraska.
We pulled over at the crest of a hill where there was an entrance to a farm field. And that is where we parked!
We had found our spot! It was in the line of totality and cloud-free! (There was still a bit of a haze in the air from the Canadian wildfires.)
The farmer stopped by in his truck. He was kind and super excited. He said he had never seen so many cars there before. While we sat there - cars from all around the United States zipped by us on this small dirt road in the middle of farm fields. There was excitement in the air!
We really had no idea what to expect. Besides talking to the Eclipse-scouting-couple a year prior, we had not done much homework. Our cell phones did not have connections so we couldn't look up the time or the "schedule" of events.
So, we were forced to just sit back and wait. Quite nice actually!
It was only about 10:30 am and it was hot, windy and very sunny in that farmer field.
Arlo was still in his pajamas from the 5am wake up. Cy asked to sit in the car for a bit in the air conditioning.
We had been listening to a Harry Potter audiobook while on our long car rides so I got out my iPhone and played that while we laid on the blanket.
Then the boys noticed that the sun looked like "Pacman." It was partially shaded. It had begun!
It took a while (maybe 20 minutes) for the sun to be covered by the moon in its entirety. Thats when I snapped most of these photos.
We also noticed that the wind had STOPPED! It was very quiet.
And we were all getting cold.
I ran up to the car and grabbed all of our sweatshirts.
Then the moon fully covered the sun and stayed like that for about two minutes. I wish it would have been longer. It went so fast! I told my husband I was totally torn between watching the actual event and watching my family watch it. Both gave me great pleasure.
Arlo hooted and hollered like he was watching a football game. He also noticed the first "star" (which we later thought may have been a planet.)
Cy was on his feet moving all around during the two minutes. He pointed out that there was a sunset in EVERY direction. We had not prepared by reading ahead so that was all a shock to us.
And what it looked like -- is something we will never forget. It was glowing and dark at the same time. It was magical. It was so worth the drive and the early wake up.
When it was over, Arlo said "Can we do that again!?"
Seeing the sun and moon (which we pretty much take for granted every day) go through such enormous changes right in front of our eyes was incredible. Makes you feel a little different after seeing that. A little more in awe of our world.❤️
It was truly a special memory for my family.
I am never in our vacation photos.
Mostly because I am the one carrying the camera. I take so many photos no one else feels the need. And because the circumstances are never quite "right" for a family picture. I have a bad outfit on. My hair isn't brushed. There's no one around to ask. Etc etc.
However - as much as I dislike having my photo taken, I really WANT to be in our vacation pictures. I want my kids to have images that show me being an active part of our adventures.
I was there too!
So this trip I resolved to take one family photo a day.
I used my iPhone 7plus with a timer app, my Canon DSLR (a 5D Mark iii) with a tripod and remote, my (DJI Mavic) drone, the kindness of strangers and I even ended up purchasing a few images (You'll see why in a minute.)
There are a handful of photos that aren't flattering - perhaps you could label them as not social media "worthy." Some are blurry. Some are grainy. Some are way too close-up for my comfort zone.
Nevertheless I must confess that I love each and every one of them.
So - here are my favorites!
Day One: The Enchanted Highway, North Dakota. A stretch of rural highway lined with giant sculptures. Rolling farmland for miles. Big sky country. Americana at its best.
Day Two: The drive from Red Lodge, Montana to Driggs, Idaho. We will never forget driving on the beautiful Beartooth Highway. Officially an "All American" rated highway - and a bit of a white-knuckler. Arlo said during the stunning drive "this just feels SO good" and we all knew and felt what he meant. 😂
Then we continued to follow the road through Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming where we saw black bear, big horned sheep, buffalo and the Earth's active crust steaming and bubbling away.
Day Three: ahhh.. We made it to our rented home in Idaho and went up to the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival. Saw old friends. Danced. Sat on a blanket, stared at the mountains and listened to great music. Utopia!
Day Three continued: Grand Targhee, Wyoming. While at the Bluegrass Festival we took the chairlift up to the top of the mountain and hiked the three miles back down. Kids did great! Arlo hiked the entire way in a superhero cape.
Day Five: Family portrait plus a few strangers (purchased photo.) Rafting through whitewater rapids in the Snake River, Wyoming. Truly a high adrenaline adventure. Exhilerating and freezing. Numb fingers and toes. The best.
Day Six: Jackson, Wyoming. Teaching our kids important life lessons before school starts. (Purchased photo.)
Day Six: Quick photo (tripod, remote) at sunset right outside our rented home in Driggs, Idaho. Beautiful view of the Tetons! Fun fact: Wally the dog is somewhere in this photo #tooshort 😆
Day Seven: A kind stranger obliges to take our photo at Mesa Falls, Idaho. A majestic waterfall with lots of rainbows! We all stayed up too late the night before and paid for it that day... Did a moderate hike down to the river. Arlo had a major meltdown about a lost rock. Luckily dada came to the rescue with a replacement rock😅 Wally the pup is in this picture somewhere at our feet too.
Day Seven: Mama rocks her drone over amber waves of grain near Ashton, Idaho.
Day Ten: Doing the SoDak thing! Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop, Needles Highway, dinner in the cute town of Custer and a drive through Wind Cave National Park. Spotted buffalo, pronghorns, prairie dogs, mule deer, wild donkeys, coyote, eagles and more! I love this place.
Day Ten continued: Squeaked in our family photo just before the sun went down at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota. Used my Canon, tripod and remote to catch us getting our freak on where the buffalo roam.
Day 11: Hot Springs, South Dakota. 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Spent the day swimming in natural mineral springs. First at Evan's plunge and then in a stream in a nearby canyon. Dinner at Woolly's Restaurant - right next door to the Woolly Mammoth dig site!
Day 12: Farmer field near Agate, Nebraska. Eclipse Day! Drove down to experience "totality" and it was incredible. Minds. Blown. 🖖🏼
Day 13: Yankton, South Dakota. Heading home. Spent two nights in Yankton while Patrick (my husband) worked. (He visits Yankton often for work.) Took the drone out after dinner. Can you see us on the bridge?👋🏼🐜🐜🐜🐜
The End 👋🏼👨🏻👩🏼👦🏼👦🏻🐶 👋🏼
And that's a wrap. We are home now.
School is about to start and because I am feeling like a big sentimental sap... I am SO glad I took these pictures.
They're souvenirs of summer adventures -
we had together - because - heck yeah -
I was there too!
I was invited by WCCO - the local CBS news affiliate - to spend the day at the Minnesota State Fair.
They asked if I would like to bring my sons and share our adventures on social media.
If you're not familiar, the Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the country. It is a showcase some of our state's most unique foods, hearty farm animals, tractors, trucks, arts, dance, live fresh water fish, crazy carnival rides, live music and so much more!
My boys, ages 6 & 9, especially loved the two Midways. There is a "Kidway" featuring smaller scaled rides and the Midway which has rides and all sorts of carnival games.
The fun house in the Midway was a hit.
We got there early and there were already plenty of people!
There is some great shopping at the State Fair. I always stop at the "I Love You" booth, the Sota Clothing pop-up camper store and the "Piccadilly Prairie" booth. All of them feature great Minnesota-pride products.
Even amongst the crowds, you can find solitude in unique places.
Stomach space is a valuable commodity at the State Fair. There just isn't enough room in one's stomach to try it ALL! So it is always a debate what to eat. The boys were drawn to the smells of fresh warm cinnamon rolls and they didn't disappoint.
Also, please note that my soon-to-be-Kindergartner is in a stroller. At first he scoffed and said he was way too big to ride in his old stroller... but within minutes he was in it & I was SOOO glad I brought it! Unless your little one can walk about three miles (seriously) - bring the stroller!
You can also bring in your own waters and snacks. We didn't bring in any food but we sure were glad to have our own water bottles. Finding a water fountain or waiting in line just to buy bottled water can be a bit of a time suck.
This year, there is a brand new giant Ferris wheel! It is named the "Great Big Wheel" and can be found over near the Kidway on the northeast side of the Fairgrounds.
Visiting and petting the animals is also a highlight for my boys.
I love the chance to meet some of our state's great farmers! (When they're awake.)
I grew up caring for pet rabbits... so every year I fall in love with the bunnies . When we leave the fair, I always seem to google the closest place to adopt a mini-lop... Haven't gone through with it YET though 🐰
One of my favorite parts of the fair - is the people watching. I love to find a nice quiet bench to sit, rest & watch the hustle of the crowd!
A little fun fact: the midway and kidway rides and games are all discounted before 1pm. If a game typically costs 5 tickets, it will probably be 4 tickets before 1pm. It is a nice way to stretch your dollar. I also suggest going to Cub Foods and buying a State Fair coupon book. If you plan to do the rides and games at the midway or kidway - the coupon book is a must.
Our last stop of the day: The boys wanted to surprise their dad by bringing him home his favorite fair food. The turkey leg! We picked up one to-go on our way out.
Ahhhh all fair-ed out! This is in the parking lot while loading up to go home. Lots of prizes. Lot of walking. Lots of great memories!!
Thank you so much WCCO for asking me to share our day at the fair! We had a great day!
Meet Tony, Emily, Frank and Louie! A free spirited, fun-loving family from NE Minneapolis.
I met up with them one serene Sunday morning at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. This was my second year taking their family photos and it was fun to see how much the boys had grown!
They have been enjoying their summer with lots of fun activities!
Frank's favorite spot is the Minnesota Zoo. He adores visiting the animals.
Louie is learning to bike so he enjoys tooling around their NE Minneapolis neighborhood and biking to the park for a picnic.
The family also has been spending a lot of time in their backyard, the backyards of their friends and family, visiting Grammy and other relatives with trips to the lake and the Jersey shore.
When I met up with the family, they were looking forward to wrapping up their summer with a trip to Otter Tail County.
Nearly 50 members of Tony's extended family had planned to be there. The family has been taking this annual family vacation for more than 30 years!
Sounds like such a lovely way to spend a summer! Thanks so much Tony, Emily, Frank & Louie for asking me to take your family photos. It was great fun to see you again and to play with your little superheroes! ❤️
I was asked to work as one of the photographers for the Minneapolis Fringe Festival.
It is an 11-day event that features shows in theaters & venues all over Minneapolis.
Patrons can purchase a day pass or a VIP pass to the entire festival. They can take in as many shows as they like on the day of their pass.
Many patrons make reservations prior to the popular shows to guarantee a seat.
The most popular show at each venue is then scheduled for an encore performance at the end of the festival.
This is such a fun way to spend a day with a friend! You get a chance to explore the city, have a seat and travel to a different world through the power of great acting.
You also get to witness many of the Twin Cities' best actors and actresses performing in venues that may be new to them as well.
As a photographer, this was great fun for me. I love shooting events. Meeting some of the professionals, the wonderful Fringe Festival volunteer staff and the patrons was such an added benefit! I met so many great people.
I also got to try working with crazy stage lighting, fast moving actors and tight angles. All of these things were new challenges for me and I enjoyed the challenge!
It was especially hard trying to not disturb the patrons as I took photos. I don't think I ever realized just how loud my camera "clicks" until I tried using it in a dark theater with a crowd of silent people! I was very careful to only click when the light & actor expression seemed "just right."
It was a treat to have so many beautiful costumes and actors to shoot! I loved trying to capture their expressions. They are such masters!
Thank you so much for the invite to be one of your photographers, Fringe Festival! I had a great time!
Find more at: www.FringeFestival.org
A month or so ago I was contacted by an agency and asked if I would like to shoot for Chaco Footwear this summer!
They wanted two different looks. The first was to be a lifestyle-type photo to represent #ChacoNation. The second was to be a "look down" shot showing my #ChacoViews.
I have been a Chaco sandal lover for over a decade so I was honored to do work for them!
In fact - they were the sandals I wore the night I got engaged! My husband and I did a great hike in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon and camped alongside a small little lake high up in the mountains. Once the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and the rest is history!
The hike, with all of our camping gear on our backs, was fairly strenuous and my Chacos were the only shoes I wore! I've worn them on hikes, canoe rides, and days at the cabin ever since!
So this summer I ordered pairs for the entire family and brought them all up to the cabin to do the shoot. My 13 year old cousin Meg was a great little model! She's wearing my sandals in the photo above.
We've had great fun as a family exploring this summer and giving our new sandals a workout! I especially love their support! They're the only sandals I could actually do long hikes in! (My feet are trashed from long distance running and need good support.) ❤️ My mom wore a pair of mine paddleboarding and ordered the same pair that day! 😂
Thanks so much Chaco Footwear for asking me to shoot your sandals! It was an honor and super fun!
Every year - if we are in town - we run the Color Run Minneapolis as a tradition! This time I brought my iPhone. I kept it in a ziplock and it worked out great.
It was another fun run! Such a great event for the entire family!
Meet Caroline! She is a soon-to-be senior at Benilde St. Margaret's.
A week or so ago, I met up with Caroline and her mom at a local park. We were blessed with lovely weather and a gorgeous sunset.
Caroline was so sweet and full of smiles - she made my job easy!
Her favorite color is blue and she loves to snack on popcorn with parmesan cheese. I have been craving this interesting combo since I learned about it from her! Yum! (I swear I am learning so many new fun food snack ideas from the seniors!)
Every summer her family rents a cabin for a week of what they call "forced family fun" and it has become Caroline's favorite travel memories! (Duly noted as I slowly move towards the days of pre-teen boys and time with mom becoming un-cool! Forced family fun for the win!)
During our shoot we caught a few photos of a little dragonfly following Caroline as she ran through the fields. SO cute, right?
Caroline loves being a part of the theater! For her senior year she plans on participating in both of her school's theater productions and maybe also acting as the Manager for the girl's basketball team.
To date, she has played Woodstock, a quilt maker, a crow, King Louie, a lady in waiting, an orphan, a waitress, a dead bride, Lorina, and a rose! What a wide array of roles! She has been acting since she was 5 years old.
Wishing you the best, Caroline! Thank you for asking me to take your senior photos. Break a leg!
A photo journal of our annual fishing trip to Sunset Country, Ontario.
A treasured week with lots of great fish action, time spent with loved ones and no cell-phones and internet.❤️
Meet Theresa & Jon. A lovely couple from Minneapolis. I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding in June.
Jon is an investigator for the attorney general.
Theresa is an Occupational Therapist who does home health care.
Their favorite typical date night is getting food from Chimbrazo (an Ecuadorian restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis) and watching a movie. They also love Roat Osha and Northeast breweries.
They got married on a lovely Friday afternoon in late June. The ceremony took place at the beautiful St Felix Church in Wabasha, Minnesota.
After the ceremony, the entire wedding party jumped into a chartered bus and made their way through rural Minnesota to the reception.
They made a little pit stop along the way to take a few photos in a pretty field of flowers.
Soon after they arrived at the reception spot: The Hidden Meadow and Barn in Pepin, Wisconsin.
It was such a perfect spot to celebrate. A wonderful combination of natural outdoor scenery & chic high-style details like chandeliers and twinkle lights.
The flower girls and ring bearer loved exploring the grounds and playing with the resident kitty.
A double rainbow appeared after dinner!
After the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Switzerland and Italy. They spent a few nights in Lucerne. Then they took the train down to Lake Como, Italy where they did a lot of sightseeing and enjoyed a lot of pasta!
Congratulations Jon & Theresa! What a beautiful evening!
This is Cecilia. She just turned one a few weeks ago!
She lives very close to the Rose Garden on Lake Harriet so that is where we did this shoot!
It was a perfect time of year to shoot there. The grounds were filled with flowers!
It was also a great time because Cece just is getting her teeth! Time to show off that new smile!
CeCe has been doing a lot of camping this summer! In a few weeks they're going on a big camping trip with lots of friends. Her family hopes to someday take a big tour of Canada too.
Thanks so much for asking me to do your photoshoot! It was an honor. Happy 1st birthday Cece!
Gone Fishing ✌🏼
Heading to the land of sky blue waters... and I am happy to say that cell phones do not work there!🎉.
Can't tell you exactly where we are going (Grandpa won't let us give up his fishing spot😆) but it is somewhere in Sunset Country Ontario 🤗
Have a great week! 👋🏼❤️
Like the growing number of moms in the neighborhood, I am "anti-screens" when it comes to kids. Moderation is key in our house. My kids watch a limited amount of tv and do not play video games regularly. We don't even have a tv on our main floor, just one in the basement family room. The boys each have a personal video game player and we let them play the games on long road trips.
So it came as a surprise to my husband and friends when I started talking about getting my oldest son Cy, 9, his own cell phone!
Here's why: Cy goes on full day (sun-up to sun-down) fishing trips with his grandpa in the wild. They fish in a remote area (gotta go where the fish bite, right!?) where they rarely see other people. It is on a river with a current. Grandpa has been maneuvering boats his entire life but "just in case" he nabs a fish so big it pulls him in 😉 ... I'd really like Cy to have his own phone. There are also days when I have two kids playing baseball or soccer at two different parks and it'd be nice to have a way to let Cy know if I am running late.
I envisioned this phone as something I keep in my room and only hand out on days when I think he may need it. We also keep their video-game players in our room.
A few weeks ago, I started researching best cell service plans and phone options. I was pretty set on buying Cy an old-school flip-phone with a pre-paid plan.
Then I started to think about Cy's budding love for photography and how it could be fun to let him have his own smart phone with a good camera. During the school year he could access his own hot lunch schedule, teacher web sites, etc.. so I began to look a little bit at smart phones.
And suddenly, as fate should have it, AT&T PREPAID reached out asking if I'd like to give one of their plans a try! And so I am thrilled to call this a "sponsored post!" I (of course) agreed & we have spent the last few days trying out a new smart phone with the AT&T PREPAID plan and it could not be a more perfect fit!
AT&T PREPAID has many different plans to choose from. You can also choose from a wide variety of phones.
Thanks to the variety of the AT&T PREPAID plans - I now have the perfect phone for me to "share" with Cy! We pre-pay for the month with no annual contract which means we won't be paying for time we don't use. (For unlimited data it’s only $60 a month with the AutoPay discount compared to what we spend for mine!) Also - you can qualify for a discount if you start a Multi-Line account - so when Arlo is old enough to fish with Grandpa all day - we can add him on too!
AT&T PREPAID also has daily and per minute plans, so you can even choose a plan that allows you to just pay on the days you use the phone! Read more here: https://www.att.com/prepaid/plans.html
Tomorrow Cy and I are heading to the X-Games here in Minneapolis with our new phone on an AT&T PREPAID plan! He has never been to the X-Games and I know it is going to blow him away! We plan to visit the AT&T PREPAID booth which they described as a "digital lounge" where we can recharge our new phone, learn more about their programs & profusely thank AT&T for their sponsorship. I also want to see him trying it out to navigate our way around the games & take a few photos!
Follow along on my Instagram and Instagram Stories to see our day at the X-Games!!
Thanks so much AT&T for your collaboration! What amazing timing!! This is a product that I promise we will put to good use!
Meet Kate! A soon-to-be Edina High School senior❤️
Last week I met up with Kate and her mom Laura in downtown Minneapolis near the Stone Arch Bridge.
Her favorite color is purple. She loves Halo Top Ice Cream (which I had never heard of! Sounds delicious!) And she roots for the Vikings.
When Kate was 10 years old - her grandparents told her they'd take her on a trip of her choice. She chose Greece! It is her favorite trip she's ever taken!
However - she has big plans to go to Idaho this summer for camp.. so maybe she has a new favorite trip in her near future!
One more fun fact about Kate: She is obsessed with her puppy, Teddy! He is named partly after Teddy Bridgewater (from her family's favorite team) and Ted Mosby (from the family favorite show How I Met Your Mother). I think next time we will need to bring Teddy to our shoot too!
Thanks for letting me take your senior photos Kate! Wishing you the best of luck next year in your Senior year!❤️