My Featured Story On Huffington Post

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My blog post trending on the front page of Huffington Post

A few weeks ago I first shared my story of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with my readers. It took me months to get up the courage to write the original post. It took even more courage to submit it to Huffington Post, but I did. It was published on Monday afternoon this week. It has sat on their front page all week (right next to Jon Stewart and Christina Aguilera at one point!). You can read it here:

It has been shared, commented on, tweeted, liked, and so much more over the past three days. As of writing this, it has received 1.8K “likes”!!! WHAT!?! I have received hundreds of emails, FB messages, tweets, and texts. I am overwhelmed at the gratitude, love, support, and encouragement I have received from strangers all over the country who have survived a TBI, or have a loved one who has.

I am humbled and honored to receive these stories. Some of them have not even been shared with their loved ones. But they opened up to me, because they completely resonated with what I wrote. I had said that if my story touched just one person, it was worth sharing publicly. I never guessed it would go viral and have such a powerful, positive effect in the world! I am glad I mustered up the courage and allowed myself to be vulnerable.

My hope is that those who are struggling with a TBI will not feel alone in their recovery. And that those who have never heard of a TBI or don’t quite understand “what” it is will gain a better sense of understanding, and be able to show grace and compassion towards strangers they come across who just aren’t “quite right” and they don’t know why.

I plan to continue writing about TBI recovery on a consistent basis. The public approval of my current article has given me the push that I needed to move forward. Keep those stories coming to me, friends. They will help me shape the direction of what I write about!!
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Elias’s Bar Mitzvah

I had the honor of photographing Elias’s Bar Mitzvah at the Temple of Aaron in Saint Paul.

I had a wonderful time getting to know him and his family, and they made me feel right at home as soon as I arrived. He is the youngest of three siblings, so we re-created some of the poses that his older siblings had done, which was pretty to cool to see how everyone has changed and grown!

The family was full of personality, cracking jokes and having fun. But the second the camera was ready, they stood perfectly still and smiled! They were a photographer’s dream!! So thrilled to have made this connection in the Saint Paul community!! Enjoy the sneak peek! Mazel Tov!

Jorja’s First Birthday Bash | Cake Smash Session

Little Miss Jorja came in a few weeks ago for her one year session and her Cake Smash Birthday Bash!!

These sessions are SO much fun! You never know what they’re going to or how they’ll react to the cake! Jorja was quite excited and had a wonderful time getting dirty! (and the bonus to my loft if a large bathtub to immediately wash them off afterwards!!)

As always, she was super stylish in her fancy lace leggings and trendy necklace. I just love this little fashionista!

I hope you enjoy her sneak peek!!

Kate Elizabeth | Newborn Photos | Christmas Baby | In Home Newborn Session

I had the pleasure of photographing little Kate’s newborn session at her Stillwater home last week. She was born a week before Christmas, and the family had a wonderful Christmas theme to work with! She was greeted by her big brother, Matthew, who had matching Christmas jammies!!

We took photos of Kate with her brother, Kate under the tree, Kate in a stocking, and, of course, Kate with her beautiful family! It was such a wonderful session and I just love how adorable the images are!! In-home newborn sessions really can be so much fun!! Enjoy the sneak peek!

Be Mine | Valentines Day Photo Collection

We are pleased to announce our “Be Mine” Valentines Day Photo collection!!
Sessions available January 1-10th, but book early before they are filled and gone!
Be Mine collection includes:
Mini session
1 8×10, 2 5×7, 8 wallets
25 Valentine Cards
5 digital files
$199 first child, $99 each additional
(or $20 each additional child for multiple children in one image)


Baby Alayna | Newborn Session | Saint Paul Photographer

Beautiful baby Alayna came in this past week for her newborn session. She was almost three weeks old, and was SO good for her session!! Her parents were absolutely wonderful to work with, I love getting to know my clients! This sweet little girl has five older siblings to help oooh and aaah over her!! Enjoy your sneak peek!


CPR Holiday Train at Union Depot Saint Paul MN

This past weekend I attended the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railroad) Holiday Train at the Saint Paul Union Depot. It was the train’s first appearance in Saint Paul since the Depot reopened.  I had an all-access media pass while freelancing for The Community Reporter, and was able to get into some really fun spots and grab some interesting images! I had a really great time photographing Kira Isabella of Canada, and Home Free, one of Minnesota’s very own Vocal Bands.

I have to say that this was one of my favorite holiday memories, it was just SO neat to be up close and personal with the train and the action. The energy from the crowd at the Depot was just so awesome! I took a TON of images because it was just so cool! It was warmish (for December) and there was fog and a light mist falling which made for some very interesting and cool images! Enjoy this sneak peek!

Saint Paul Pregnancy & Maternity Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing this wonderful family. She is the sister of one of my amazing wedding clients and it was so much fun getting to know her! Their little guy is so excited to be a big brother, with his little sister due on Christmas Eve! I must admit, I am pretty excited to photograph a Christmas baby! There’s just something magical that happens that time of year!!

I hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

Saint Paul Newborn Photographer | Baby Mia

Meet sweet little baby Mia. I just love how the black and white images capture the true love all three have for each other. It was truly one of the sweetest sessions I have photographed. Mia was a bit fussy, but we managed to get her calmed down on mommy’s chest (with a few snacks) and the photos we were able to capture are truly lovely! I know they will cherish these for many years to come!

Corporate Photoshoot | Executive Headshots

I had the pleasure of working with the wonderful people of Safe Step this month, photographing the entire staff as well as capturing “environmental” images of their workspace. They wanted to update their website with images showing their REAL staff working, not “stock photos” that so many websites use. They also needed updated headshots of their entire staff, so I went on-site and set up my studio 🙂

Is this something that your office or business would like to have done? Contact me today for a quote! I would LOVE to work with you!