Social Media Profile Photo | Headshot Portrait

Is your profile portrait up-to-date? Or is it more than 3 years old? Is your current profile photo professional or a selfie? Did you know you and your business are immediately judged based on your profile photo?

Let us help you have a more professional appearance on LinkedIn and other social media outlets. First impressions are extremely important in today’s internet society. You have just the blink of an eye to make a great first impression, and it is mostly based off of your profile photo!!

Grab one of our “Social Media Portrait Sessions” for just $95:
includes 15 minute session and one low-resolution file for your social media profile

Or get more with our “Basic Business Portrait Session” for only $149
includes 30 minute session and includes both a low-resolution and a high resolution file for your social media profile as well as your marketing materials.

Or go all the way with our full-service “Professional Business Portrait Session” $325
includes 45 minute session, professional hair and makeup, and up to 5 high resolution files.

We are also available to come on-site to photograph your entire team, call us for a quote!

Twin Cities Business Magazine | TCB Mag | Business Portraits | Headshots

I was contacted by Roshini Rajkumar to see if I was interested in being a source for an upcoming article she was writing for Twin Cities Business Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the magazine, and has also become a friend of mine over the year. (listen to my guest appearance on her WCCO radio show talking about Boudoir, I come on at the 15 minute mark:

She was writing a piece on professional business portraits, or headshots if you will. I offered her a few quotes as well as a few of my favorite recent headshots that I had taken of Laura Erdman-Luntz and Nicole Porter.  My favorite quote that she used is “Be authentic. Let your true essence show through in your photos.” I have been told numerous times by many clients that I have the ability to capture client’s true essence, and that is something that makes me proud! I know that I am doing my job when my clients feel that I really truly captured who they are and what they do!

To read the entire magazine online go here:

TCBmag Twin Cities Business Magazine Portrait headshot Custom Creations Photography Amy Zellmer Roshini Rajkumar Dani Werner

Blair’s Pregnancy Session | Twin Cities | Saint Paul | Maternity Photography

Pregnancy is such an incredibly beautiful time in a woman’s life! I just can’t get enough of each woman and how she is glowing and totally beautiful, inside and out!

Blair is pregnancy with her first child, and I can not wait to meet the little dude or dudette next month!! Enjoy the sneak peek!

The Reese Family | Saint Paul Photographer | Family Portraits

I love when I am involved on a “top secret” mission!! Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can share the story and images!

Many of you may recognize Jen that works for me. Her mother-in-law lives out of state, as does her sister-in-law. Well, mother had really hoped for a photo of her three children together while her daughter was visiting in the Twin Cities (she lives in NYC and it’s rare that the 3 siblings get together all at once). Jen went on a mission to make this happen and scheduled the session with me as soon as she knew that all three of them could feasibly be in one place at the same time!!! We had a great day for a session, and Matt and his sibblings were SO easy to work with (not to mention a beautiful family)!!

According to Jen, the look on her mother-in-law’s face was absolutely priceless when she realized that the kids had done a PROFESSIONAL portrait session for her!! It’s stories like these that really make my heart happy!!

Here is a sneak peek at the beautiful session we took here outside my studio in Saint Paul!

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Val & Amy | LGBT Marriage | Scenic St. Croix Riverway | My Sister’s Wedding

This is a blog post I wasn’t sure I was ever going to be able to write! My sister, Val, and her partner, Amy, have been together for 20 years.

While MN passed same-sex marriage last year, they live in WI, where it finally passed and was ultimately revoked within 6 days. But during those six glorious days Val and Amy started planing their wedding. When it was revoke they decided to go ahead with a legal wedding in MN and I couldn’t have been more excited for them! Two Brides are better than one :)

They were married aboard a boat on the St. Croix Scenic Riverway in Afton, MN. They were surrounded by about 80 of their closest family and friends and I had the honor and pleasure of capturing through my lens. The two of them could barely keep their eyes off of each other, and I don’t think there was a single moment throughout the day that they didn’t have a HUGE smile on their faces! You could just feel the amazing love present amongst them and their friends and family. And a little rain shower during the ceremony didn’t put a damper on any of it!

As you may notice, my sister is 17 years older than me. I was the “opps” baby. With my niece and nephew being only 6/8 years younger than me, my sister always felt as more of an aunt to me until probably my late 20’s. I think the pivotal point in our relationship is when I returned an engagement ring to a boyfriend who told me my sister was “no longer welcome in our house” because of her sexuality. He thought I was joking. I told him “nope. I love and support my sister, and my family will always be number one to me.” He moved out a few weeks later.

Val & Amy met at the United Methodist Church in Riverfalls, WI where my sister lived. Amy was in Seminary school studying to become a Methodist pastor. She was later brought on trial by the church for performing a same-sex commitment ceremony (learn more about Love On Trial HERE and my account of their journey HERE).  Amy was forced to keep Val a “secret” during much of their relationship while Amy was pastoring. Their life has now come full circle as Amy accepted a position at the exact church they met at, and is now able to be completely out 20 years later!!

Val’s favorite color for as long as I can remember has been purple, so it was very fitting that she found a gorgeous PURPLE wedding dress!! Amy wore a rainbow tie and cufflinks. Their friends all pitched in to make the flower arrangements, centerpieces, cake, etc. The details were all so classy and perfect, exactly what I would expect from these two!! They have a great sense of style and class and it showed in all aspects of their wedding!

I am so incredibly happy for them, it was such a joy to watch them throughout their wedding day!! The love was just oozing from that boat!! Here is a sneak peek, I hope you enjoy!! I love you both to the moon and back!!!

Dates Announced | Iowa | Indianapolis | Nashville | Southern Illinois | St. Louis |


I have numerous Road trips coming up as I will be speaking in some great cities, which means I will be in your neck of the woods for photoshoots!!! I will be offering a limited number of sessions in each city, so you will want to book early!!

I will be in the following cities:
Indianapolis 8/31
LeMars, Iowa 9/7
Litchfield, Illinois / St. Louis area 9/14
Nashville, Tennessee 11/9


Headshot Sessions $195
30 minute session
1-2 outfits
5 digital files
Boudoir/Glamour Sessions $295
45 minute session
2-3 outfits
10 digital files
Add-on a “Little Black Book” album for $99
A non-refundable deposit of $125 is required to reserve your spot in the city.
Balance is due on or before the day of your session.
Images will be available for viewing approximately 3-4 weeks after your session via a private and secure online viewing site.

Use the Paypal link below, and list your session choice in the “message to seller” section.
Your session time and exact location will be confirmed closer to the session date.

boudoirI can transform ANY motel room into a beautiful set with the backgrounds you see here!! No matter where I am, I have a gorgeous set to choose from!! BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW before they’re all gone!! 


Women’s Expo Show Special

It’s September already…… the kiddos are headed back to school…. where did the time go?!
To celebrate the end of summer I am opening up my Boudoir Sale just for you!
HURRY ~ SALE ENDS September 15th!!!

Twin Cities Boudoir Sale

What You Receive For ONLY $395: (($700 VALUE))
*60 minute session
*hair and makeup
*up to 3 outfits
*4×5 album with 10 images
*matching 10 digital files

If you book your session during September we will also give you a deck of photo playing cards with matching tin ($75 value!) boudoirtin

All you need is $100 to lock in the  special pricing, the remaining balance will be due the day of your session. Sessions must be completed by the end of the year, but the BONUS is only valid for sessions taken in September! So it’s a super awesome incentive to book early!! BUT HURRY!!


$35 add an additional outfit  to your session
$150 12 month 8×10 photo calendar
$195 16×20 wall canvas

To lock in your SALE price, simply purchase with the Paypal button below after selecting your package set to the $100 deposit. BUT HURRY!! You need to purchase by September 15th!!

Package Choice


**$100 deposit is non-refundable
**SALE sessions must be used by 12.31.14
**SALE session must be booked in Aug to qualify for the FREE bonus item

Carly & Jack’s Wedding | Bayview Event Center | Excelsior MN | Photography

Last weekend was a beautiful weekend for Carly and Jack’s wedding! This wedding was extra special to me, as Carly interned and worked for me for several summers while she was in college. It meant SO much to me that she wanted me to photograph her wedding, and I just knew she was going to be a stunning, gorgeous bride!

The weather worked in our favor, raining all morning, but clearing up just in time for photos at the beach. Because it was still threatening rain, there was no one at the beach, we pretty much had it all to ourselves. The sky was overcast and the light was spectacular and I couldn’t be more thrilled with their images!

Their wedding and reception were both held at the Bayview Event Center in Excelsior with a beautiful view of Lake Minnetonka.  They were surrounded by fantastic family and friends, all of whom made me feel very welcome and part of the party!  Carly’s gorgeous bohemian dress is from David’s Bridal, and was absolutely the most perfect dress for her! Most of their decorations and flowers were DIY and I can’t even begin to describe how incredibly beautiful and well done they were!!

Enjoy your sneak peek!!

Jake & Amber | Engagement | Saint Paul Photographer

I am so excited to share with you Jake & Amber’s Engagement photos! I actually photographed Amber’s brother’s wedding back in 2004 (Mark and Kristen). There is truly nothing more heartwarming than having a client from 10 years ago recommend you for their brother’s wedding.

What stuck out to Amber the most was that I was willing to go to the UofM hospital after her brother’s wedding and take photos of the bride and groom with his sick Aunt who was hospitalized.  Apparently other photographers they had met with were not willing to do this (which absolutely blows my mind!). I remember vividly going to the hospital and taking photos of Mark and Kristen with her in her hospital room.

I am so looking forward to Jake and Amber’s wedding at Fort Snelling next month! It is going to be absolutely beautiful and perfect. They are the sweetest couple, and I really enjoyed getting to know them (and their dogs) during this shoot! Enjoy the sneak peek!!

Natalie’s Stunning Pregnancy Session | St. Paul Maternity Photographer


I had the pleasure of photographing Natalie’s pregnancy session. She was absolutely glowing and I had a blast with her in the studio. Her images are absolutely stunning, I am so excited to share this sneak peek with you!
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