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Sunshine & bright smiles | Minneapolis family photography

3 Oct

This post is a bit different than others I’ve done in the past. Unfortunately, every July – Sept I start to drown in editing as wedding season ramps up, along with family sessions and seniors.  And with the ramp up of sessions, I begin to neglect my blog and Facebook page as I try and stay afloat with all the editing. So this post is a bit of a “catch up”, but has a little bonus content for other photography junkies like myself. 🙂

For those of you here simply because you like to peek at picture, there are plenty below! And for my fellow photogs, I wanted to share a little bit about my editing style and workflow, and how I’m able to keep up with sessions amidst the chaos of “photography season” (living in Minnesota, we have about four months that are extremely busy and we tend to pack as much as we can into these few months, so a quick and efficient workflow is a must).

I’m thankful to have a number of tools to help me out so that I can still turn images back to my clients in a timely fashion! One of my favorite tools are the actions I have from Kevin Kubota. For all my clients that are not photography geeks like me, you probably won’t care a whole lot about what I have to say here (but feel free to peruse the images below :))…but for all of you photog enthusiasts, pay attention. If you have not taken a look at Kevin Kubota Actions, do yourself a favor and head over to the website or Facebook page right now…there are a number of “paks” to choose from, and I think they do EVERYTHING you can imagine.

One of my favorite times of the day to shoot (like any photographer), is during that window of time right before sunset. I love the warm glow and creativity that comes from “playing” with the sun. But it does have it’s challenges, mainly coming from backlighting images (which I love to do). Thankfully, Kevin Kubota actions have a solution even for this!! 🙂 I do like my images to be very crisp, clean and “true-to-life.” I don’t get as into some of the “trends” that photography goes through when it comes to post processing.

Because of my editing style, I use actions from the Kevin Kubota Artistic Tools V1 often. It speeds up my workflow and is subtle and consistent with my style. On nearly every image I included below, I used Backlight Compensation (at varying percentage of opacity), which is fabulous to bring back some color and even out the lighting a bit (and can also be used to create that hazy look that is so trendy right now).

In addition to action paks, I have to give props to my other ABSOLUTELY necessary tool I use (how did I ever survive without this!). The Kubota DASHBOARD plug-in is amazing. This is another HUGE time saver when it comes to editing, and it gives me the ability to categorize my actions by style, “look”, keyword, or even type of session, and then quickly find them.

I’ve included the actions I used on each image below, however, it’s important to note that very rarely do I leave the layers at 100% (as I alluded to earlier). Typically I change the opacity to around 15-40%. (Click on the thumbnail gallery to enlarge the images and scroll through.)

I can’t recommend Kubota Actions enough. If you’re in the market for some new tools to help you out in Photoshop, these should be a strong consideration!

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Jax is ONE! | Minneapolis family photography

5 Aug

I feel really honored and blessed to get to share the post below. This handsome little man is a very, very special little boy with a couple of amazingly strong parents that I couldn’t admire more. Just a little over a year ago, J was born…17 weeks early. This family has made it through a lot in the last year, and it was such an awesome blessing to get to celebrate J’s one year birthday party. It truly was a CELEBRATION. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.

To learn more about this little man and his amazing story, please take a peek at his mom’s blog at

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L Family | Minneapolis family photography

31 Jul

This family is always a delight to photograph, and this last shoot was no exception. The boys are wonderful, and it was so fun to spend some time with them and see them play together now that little O is big enough to chase after his big brother N! Below is a little sneak peek from our morning..

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S Family | Minneapolis newborn photography

10 Jul

This family was a blast to work with. These three little ones are so precious and did such an awesome job during our shoot. Here’s a little preview…


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L Family | Minneapolis family photographer

4 Jul

I love this family. These kids are such a joy and they are so blessed to have the mom and dad they have! Here’s a quick sneak peek from our session…

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J Family | Minneapolis family photographer

26 Jun

This is one of my favorite families that I have the pleasure of seeing for photos. Little L is already 15 months old and is chasing after his beautiful older sister. We had a gorgeous night to be outside and these kiddos did wonderful for our shoot. Below is a quick preview from our session.

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S Family | Minneapolis family photography

20 Jun

I had a wonderful shoot with this beautiful family! We had the perfect evening to be outside, and these three kids are just precious. It was such a blessing to spend some time with them. Take a peek at this preview below.

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S Family | Mineapolis Family photographer

18 Jun

So it’s taken me a while to post this blog. Despite the fact that I wanted to share these photos immediately, there were so many I LOVED it took me nearly a week to narrow it down enough that I could finish all the editing I wanted to do and get these up. This family is amazing. They clearly enjoy being around one another, and it was such a blessing to me to get to spend a couple of hours documenting them. We had the perfect weather for it, and although the mosquitoes were out in full force, everyone was a good sport and we got some awesome shots.

Thank you so much for letting me spend a little time with you guys to get these shots!

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O Family | Minneapolis newborn photographer

4 Jun

I was so blessed to get to photograph baby M, her big sister and mom and dad. What a precious family! E is so full of energy, is a wonderful doting big sister and is a complete joy to be around (she reminds me so much of her momma!). Below is a little sneak peek of our session together.

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E – One Year! | Minneapolis family photographer

22 May

Take a look at this handsome little man, who turned one year old today! We had a wonderful sessions; his creative momma baked the cutest cupcake I’ve ever seen (and it took every ounce of self control I had in me not to grab a handful of it myself… :)). Thanks you guys for such a fun afternoon!

Here’s a little preview…

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