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Family on the Farm

July 20th, 2015

The Gustafsons had their family session this evening!  The sun made the prairie grass turn golden and the family was in high spirits, we had a great time!

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Fun with Grandpa!

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Since it was their first anniversary today, some kissy pictures were in order!

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I had a wonderful time, enjoy your sneak peek!!!

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Little Pepin

July 17th, 2015

Pepin had her portrait taken today!  This darling girl has the proudest of parents, and it was a joy to get to see them as a family!

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Dad writes about his little girl quite a bit, so I felt like I knew her already.  And she definitely showed every facet of her personality in her session.  She even pulled out a glamour pose for a portrait!

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We are calling this “The Many Faces of Pepin”.

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It was such a wonderful day and I’m so blessed to watch your family grow!  Enjoy your sneak peek!

 

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Down by the Bay

July 12th, 2015

Yesterday morning was the perfect time for a family portrait session on Lake Minnetonka.  With two rambunctious kiddos, we were all kept on our toes trying to keep up and capture their awesome smiles!

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Mom and Dad totally deserved some snuggle time after all that toddler wrangling!

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And naturally one of the best images happens at the very end…with the kids sitting in the parking lot…it is how things work with children’s portraits!

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Enjoy the sneak peek!  I had a great time!!!

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Silly Faces

July 3rd, 2015

These two are growing up so fast!  We are in our fourth year of working together, and each year I so look forward to their big smiles and hilarious personalities!  I just love how big brother Miles still isn’t too cool to hold his sister’s hand, and how Ellie looks up to him so much.  I also very much enjoy the plethora of goofy words we have to say to get them to laugh, especially because their parents come up with the best ones.  We had a perfect summer evening along the river to enjoy our session, here are my favorites!

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Enjoy your sneak peek of these cuties!!!!  It is always a joy to photograph them!

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Introduction to Gatherhaus

June 29th, 2015

So if you follow me or Studio Laguna on facebook, you may have already heard of Gatherhaus. If you haven’t, I can’t wait to introduce you to this new blog!

My good friend Dani Tietjen and I created Gatherhaus about a year ago and published the blog (which could not have been done without the awesome Jesse at Creature Works Labs in Waconia) a little over six months ago. We are both storytellers at heart, and often find ourselves in crazy situations where one minute we’re shopping at a garden store and the next minute getting a VIP tour of the inner workings of the place from the owner. People love to talk to us and we love to hear their stories, and over the years we have learned so much and all these stories have helped shape our own.

Dani and I are two very different people but also similar. Both creative, both energetic, both with “just get ‘er done!” attitudes…we approach life differently but with similar objectives and direction and share ideas and inspiration constantly. That became the foundation of Gatherhaus. We firmly believe in purposefully building community around shared passions and goals, and found there really was a void for what we were most interested in…and it seemed like it was a pretty big void that others were voicing a need for as well.

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Gatherhaus is a place that celebrates the individual who has decided to break out of the mold and do things their own way. It isn’t about a specific lifestyle (though it does embrace crunchiness quite a bit) but more about living authentically and with purpose. Our aim with this blog is to tell the stories of people who decided to live their convictions…to whittle down what is most important to them, and live purposefully in that way.

So whether that is to live in a clean uncluttered environment, to embrace a laid back lifestyle for the kids, to eat organic, to plan more vacations, to make sure screen time is limited at home, to intentionally meet new people who will inspire, to home school, to homestead, to move to a tiny house, to find out how to fix their own house, to learn how to garden and can and sew, to learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, to find local artists, the list goes on and on.

Basically, one of my big worries is to look back 10 years from now and find myself in the same place I was then, and to realize I never did half the things I wanted to do. That is one of my main drives in life, to live true to how I want to live and to make choices that fit with my ideals and goals so I don’t get sidetracked and miss out on something big.

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This sounds intense, but it isn’t. It is just reorganizing the brain a bit…it just takes giving yourself permission to live the way you want to live. And if your current life isn’t the way you want it to be (and really, whose truly is?) living purposefully means to make the most of what you have. To maybe change up one or two things so your current situation aligns more closely with the type of person you want to be and the type of life you want to have.

For me, it mainly deals with stress. Owning my own photography business is very stressful, and being creative on top of that is its own brand of stress, and shooting weddings, well, that is the top stress layer on the stress cake. But I love my job, and I love the life it provides for my family, and it lets me meet amazing people, see incredible things, and have experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise. So my journey has been about learning to put myself in an environment and mental capacity that helps me deal with stress much better than I used to. We have embraced simple aesthetics in our home, a simple lifestyle void of overscheduling and full of quality time, and a simple mindset to not sweat the small stuff. It has been a journey, and is nowhere near perfect, but life is good, and that is the goal!

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Gatherhaus is full of stories of people who have made changes both big and small to be more authentic to themselves. It contains articles as varied as how to decorate for Christmas, to how to make your own laundry soap…some practical articles, some that are more fun and whimsical, and some that highlight the adventures our community has taken together. On facebook, Gatherhaus is a way to interact with other open minded people that are thirsty to learn and share. In person, Gatherhaus is a warm open community that accepts all and is dedicated to finding the common roots we all have.

So I would love for you to venture over to the Gatherhaus blog and check it out. Subscribe to always know when the next article is posted and to be one of the first to know when our events like the Culinary Series or home improvement classes may be. We are also on twitter and instagram (where you truly get the inside scoop!).

I would love for you to be a part of this journey! I have already connected with so many amazing people, had so many foodie adventures, and posted some really wonderful images, and we have some big news coming soon!

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A Family Engagement

June 12th, 2015

Josey and Matt are getting married this December and are taking us along for that crazy ride (we can’t wait!).  Since they also have three boys in their busy family, we decided to do a family session in Minneapolis.  When we do destination weddings, we are with the couple for days, so it made sense for the boys to get used to me and having their picture taken.  It was such a beautiful blue sky mild day today, just lovely, we had a great time exploring and hanging out.

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Though not in the image, there is a toddler holding on to Josey’s leg as we take our romantic pictures.

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Dad gets some boy time, too!  He got a workout during the session giving piggyback rides to the older two.

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Family tickle fight!

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Matt and Josey, I had such a great time today getting to know your fabulous family.  Enjoy your sneak peek!

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Simone’s Doljanchi

June 7th, 2015

Simone had her first birthday party today!  In Korean tradition, a child’s Doljanchi is a big deal, and Simone’s mom created a gorgeous party with a French travel theme and including lots of pink, gold sparkles, and whimsical designs.

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The afternoon started off with Simone’s one year portraits…and her brother joined her for some as well!

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They are just the cutest!

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This party was birthday party paradise.  Face painting, a bounce house, crafts, cotton candy, and the most delicious food and desserts!

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Later in the afternoon, Simone was dressed in a traditional hanbok and guests watched as she played a game called doljabi.  Family members guess what profession she is going to choose and then the child picks an item that says what she will be when she grows up.  Simone chose a paint set…though also the stethoscope, so maybe she’ll be a doctor and a painter!

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Time for singing Happy Birthday and the cake smash!

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It was such a pleasure being a part of the festivities today!  Enjoy the sneak peek!

 

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Love Story

May 31st, 2015

Liz and Alex had their engagement session today!  What a beautiful evening to wander around a new place in the golden sunlight with your fiance!  I had a wonderful time getting to know these two fabulous people better and they were very gracious of my crazy photographer personality running around them and chasing the light and randomly hiding in the brush to get a unique angle.  Here is their engagement session sneak peek!

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We went dramatic with this ring shot, I’m over the moon about it!

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Liz and Alex, thank you so much for spending the afternoon with me!  John and I can’t wait for your wedding!

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Beata and Tony

May 30th, 2015

Beata and Tony were married today!

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We started the day off with a sweet first sight at the hotel followed by a few portraits and then a fun filled limo ride into Minneapolis for pictures.

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The day couldn’t have been more perfect, gorgeous blue skies, a cool breeze and an easy going fun wedding party!

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Tony and Beata were such hams, it was a blast working with them!

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In one of our emails Beata told me she was willing to do anything for her portraits, even climb a fence.  She definitely followed through and man, this picture was so worth it!

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After pictures, and a quick stop for a fast food snack, we headed to Buck Hill, where the ceremony and reception were held.   After one of the shortest (but cutest) wedding ceremonies ever, Beata and Tony had some time at the top of the ski hill for pictures before heading back to their guests.

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The black and white theme of the wedding was lovely.  Beata included a damask pattern throughout, and everything was modern and clean in design.  The couple had their grand march, went straight into the first dance, and then we enjoyed a delicious dinner from Crystal Lake Golf Club.  After dinner, all bets were off and the shenanigans began…it was such a crazy good time!

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Beata and Tony told us they wanted some modern and edgy pictures on their day, so we created this long exposure and just love how it turned out.

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Tony and Beata, thank you so much for having us be a part of your wedding day!  We had a wonderful time and hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

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Newborn Sebastien

May 12th, 2015

Sweet Sebastien surprised his parents by arriving four weeks early!  This little nugget is just as sweet as can be and everyone in the family is so excited to have him in their lives.  Though he normally is either eating or sleeping, today he kept his eyes wide open for quite a bit of the session, I think he was enjoying all the snuggles and kisses!

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Sebastien has the most precious nursery, so we spent most of our time there for portraits.

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Zoe joined us for a few images and loved having the freedom to cover Sebastien with kisses…he wasn’t too sure about what to do with that experience but she seems pretty pleased with herself.

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After the puppy excitement, Sebastien conked out for the rest of the session.  What a cutie pie!!!!

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There is nothing like those first weeks of newborn snuggles.  Heal up, stay warm, and enjoy your new bundle!