Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

September 28th, 2015

A few unplanned photos from last nights impromptu Moon shoot. Lesson learned, I need to keep my gear better organized in case of last minute excursions. Super bummed I didn’t think to go out when the moon was low in the sky! Special thanks to Joe for pulling me outside to see this and carrying […]

 

A few unplanned photos from last nights impromptu Moon shoot. Lesson learned, I need to keep my gear better organized in case of last minute excursions. Super bummed I didn’t think to go out when the moon was low in the sky!

Special thanks to Joe for pulling me outside to see this and carrying my crap!

Gear:
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC
Tripod
Cable Release

Settings:
Daylight Balance WB
F6.3
1/4 Second- 1 Second
ISO 200

Helpful Tips:
*Use a heavy duty tripod! (I couldn’t find the attachment plate to mine and was super bummed out!)
*Don’t forget to turn off any image stabilization (I forgot about this the first half hour and couldn’t think of why my photos were coming out blurry)
*Make sure to lock your mirror up for long exposures. Very helpful in reducing camera motion.
*If you don’t have a cable release or wireless remote, make sure to set the timer.
*Take your time, and don’t forget to enjoy the view!

Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse  Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar EclipseThank you for looking at my photos! There were so many amazing pictures taken of the lunarmoon eclipse last night. Please share your photos with me! As always, I love reading everyone’s comments! xoxo, Kristen

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Fawns

July 8th, 2015

Guess what??? Our neighborhood was blessed this spring with two twin baby fawns! I am SOOOO in love! Those of you who haven’t been to the studio may not be aware that we are located about a mile back in the woods between 3 lakes, also known as the tri-lakes area of Lake Elmo. We […]

 

Guess what??? Our neighborhood was blessed this spring with two twin baby fawns! I am SOOOO in love! Those of you who haven’t been to the studio may not be aware that we are located about a mile back in the woods between 3 lakes, also known as the tri-lakes area of Lake Elmo. We get some spectacular wild life here, considering we are located so close to downtown Saint Paul. These two beauties have been top photography priority for me the last few weeks. It was pretty hard to catch them away from mama. Also, I’m probably a little biased but we have the best yard in the neighborhood, the local deer pass through one to two times per day! Every time I see the babies, I run up to the window and try to sweet talk them into coming closer- hoping they will get used to the sound of my voice. They seem intrigued! But mama does not.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC-
In case you haven’t read some of my other recent posts, I am in LOVE with this lens! So sharp!

ISO: 2500!
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Crashed Ice, 2015: St. Paul, MN

January 25th, 2015

It isn’t often enough that I get to venture away from the studio and have the opportunity to photograph an incredibly awesome event such as Crashed Ice. This is an event I’ve been wanting to shoot for the last few years. The weather was even fairly cooperative. A steaming 20 degrees above zero. Here are […]

 

It isn’t often enough that I get to venture away from the studio and have the opportunity to photograph an incredibly awesome event such as Crashed Ice. This is an event I’ve been wanting to shoot for the last few years. The weather was even fairly cooperative. A steaming 20 degrees above zero. Here are a few of the many great shots I captured. High speed skating is by far one of the most difficult to freeze the action when shooting- so- here is a bit of my personal advice. Now, there are a bunch of different ways one could go about capturing this type of event, everyone has something that works best for them.

Gear:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 135mm F2Monopod

ISO: 1600
F-Stop: f2.8
Shutter: 1/640

Here are a few tips. First, yes, I went with a fixed lens instead of my 70-200mm because I knew that it wasn’t going to be possible to zoom in and out and get the camera to refocus on subjects during the 1 1/5 seconds they would be flying past me, therefore, I opted for my sharpest lens. My 135mm never lets me down! With that insanely sharp outcome, I knew that cropping ability was going to increase drastically. I also new that I wasn’t going to get multiple shots at shooting these guys. Many of the teams are a one and done kind of deal. Even though I understand the inner workings of the Canon 5D highly intricate focusing system designed for high speed action, I wasn’t going to take a risk of relying on it. Therefore, I chose to pick where in the jump or area of the frame I was most interested in freezing the skaters and locked my focus in on the one spot. The outcome was better than I could have hoped for. With the Canon’s 5D Mark III 6 fps in full resolution capability, I was able to capture multiple tack-sharp, mid-air skaters with each run. Also, PUSH that ISO! You can always use the Canon software, or Lightroom to help reduce noise, but you can’t undo a blurry subject. I do like how my images came out, but in hynes sight I would have pushed my ISO to 3200 and stopped down my lens so that I could get a little more in focus. But, there is always next year, right? Last tip, get there EARLY so you are right by the track and when you find a good spot, covet it. I made the mistake of thinking I could walk around and jump in at another area of track but boy was I wrong. Any other area I found was open for a reason, last pickings!

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Love, Kristen

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Minnesota Zoo: Winter 2015

January 23rd, 2015

One of my favorite things to do? Go to the zoo and take my camera. I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals! This is one of my happy places. Over this last year, I have been blessed to befriend one of the zoo photographers, as well as his fiance, the tiger keeper. Yup, he gets to go […]

 

One of my favorite things to do? Go to the zoo and take my camera. I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals! This is one of my happy places. Over this last year, I have been blessed to befriend one of the zoo photographers, as well as his fiance, the tiger keeper. Yup, he gets to go photograph these fur-balls whenever he wants and she gets to hang out with tigers all day. Good friends to know! I learned something new this day, the zoo animals are most active in the morning when they get let outside, around 9 am, AND there are little to no visitors yet at this time of day. Win win!

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC
Canon 135mm F2

 

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Meet Nadia and Dari, two gorgeous tiger sisters! I have a confession to make. When these two were kittens, I would spend an embarrassing amount of my time watching them on the zoo cam. I was even able to get my boss and coworkers on board with this and every day, maybe a few times a day, the staff would stand around the computer watching these two beauties! They were so much fun to photograph. Let me just say that it was like 40 below zero, my fingers and toes became frost bit, and I didn’t even notice! I could have watched them all day.

Gear note: this was my first time taking out my new Tamron 150-600mm VC (which I sold my Canon 100-400mm lens to buy). The sharpness and clarity of this lens is magnificent! I instantly fell in love with my new upgrade. *mind you, this statement is coming from a Canon snob! 🙂

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Snowflakes!

January 23rd, 2015

If you have read any of my winter time posts, then you know by now that winter is my FAVORITE season!!! Yup, I’m one of the few weirdos who lives in Minnesota because I love cold and snow. This was the first year that I tried to capture some snowflake pictures. The adventure started out, […]

 

minnesota snowflake 1If you have read any of my winter time posts, then you know by now that winter is my FAVORITE season!!! Yup, I’m one of the few weirdos who lives in Minnesota because I love cold and snow. This was the first year that I tried to capture some snowflake pictures. The adventure started out, like many do, due to a very snow snowy day spent working retail. When you just happen to spend some of your week at a store that specializes in camera gear, there is no reason one should ever get bored! So, my coworker friend and I ran out side and ran around the parking lot like idiots, trying to catch perfect snowflakes. We got a few pictures snapped before the storm kicked into high gear.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC Macro- I don’t own this one, but I wanted to take it for a test drive, I have the Canon equivalent

SETTINGS:
F 2.8
1/800 Second
ISO 1600

Here are a few tips I discovered while photographing snowflakes. First, catch them on a dark background so that they really stand out. I chose to use my black gloves because that is what I had at the time. As you can see, there is a lot of detail in the woven gloves. In the future, I think I’d use black fabric instead because the knitting is a little too distracting for my taste. Trying to capture them on low branches and brush would be cool as well. Next, if you are going to hold the snowflakes in one hand and the camera in the other, make sure that your shutter speed is set high enough. I wouldn’t go below 1/500, personally. Lastly, I think that in this case, using the manual mode on the camera is going to give you the best possible outcome. The camera is going to go crazy trying to expose for black and translucent with a white sky. Once you have a good exposure, you will be set for the rest of your pictures. One more thing, if you can stop your lens down more than I did, do it (it was pretty dark out when I took these). I had to toss a lot of photos because when the depth of field is that shallow, even breathing is enough to move the cameras locked-in focus- out. Happy shooting!

minnesota snowflake 2 minnesota snowflake 3If you have any other tips, please share in the comments. I LOVE learning and trying new things!

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Xander Turns One!

August 17th, 2014

Eeeek! I just love how Mr. Xander’s photos turned out! How handsome is he in this old radio flyer? Today we took some great family photos around Minnehaha Park. Every time I go to this location I find new awesome places to take fun photos. The sunlight today was also just great, streaming through the […]

 

Eeeek! I just love how Mr. Xander’s photos turned out! How handsome is he in this old radio flyer? Today we took some great family photos around Minnehaha Park. Every time I go to this location I find new awesome places to take fun photos. The sunlight today was also just great, streaming through the tree tops.  one year old in radio flyer at minnehaha falls one year old boy photography suspenders minnehaha falls one year old boy photography wearing cap and suspenders minnehaha falls

Oh my gosh! His mom brought along these super darling suspenders and driving cap. Too much fun! Xander was having a pretty good time taking his photos. Look at all the smiles we got. one year old boy professional photography st paul one year old boy with big sister minnehaha falls mn

Of course we needed to take a few with big sister Emmie. I just love this candid shot. As we were taking Xander’s photos, she went around picking wild flowers and just came up and asked him to smell them. How sweet are they? ♥one year old boy in wagon minnehaha falls mn

Can’t wait to see what we do for your 2 year photos!breaker

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<3 Samstad <3 {wedding}

June 18th, 2014

Such a beautiful wedding, on such a rainy day! Emily is the sister of my good friend, Monica. It was an honor to be able to photograph another special event for this family. Emily picked the most gorgeous wedding colors and added in beautiful succulents; her dress was stunning. The ladies got ready at the […]

 

Such a beautiful wedding, on such a rainy day! Emily is the sister of my good friend, Monica. It was an honor to be able to photograph another special event for this family. Emily picked the most gorgeous wedding colors and added in beautiful succulents; her dress was stunning. The ladies got ready at the St. Paul Hotel while the boys hung out at Hermes Haberdashery. If you haven’t checked out Hermes, I highly recommend. Great service and a super cute shop. The wedding took place at Irving Park, quite picturesque, and finished up at the Science Museum. I had a wonderful time. Hopefully I’ll get to photograph some more Hecklinger siblings in the future! bride and groom at st paul library mn beautiful wedding couple in lowertown allies st paul mn Bride and groom outside St Paul Hotel in Garden Kissing beautiful bride outside st paul public library mn Bride and groom outside st paul public library mn bridal party wedding at Irvine Park St Paul MN Wedding party in lowertown st paul mn breaker

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Callie: {14 Days New}

June 7th, 2014

 Callie: {14 Days New} Sweet baby Callie came over to play with me today. Sometimes little ones have a tough time getting their pictures taken. It isn’t easy being so new to the world. Don’t worry, no matter what, we ALWAYS end our days with breathtaking memories.

 

 Callie: {14 Days New} sweet baby girl in old well bucketSweet baby Callie came over to play with me today. Sometimes little ones have a tough time getting their pictures taken. It isn’t easy being so new to the world. Don’t worry, no matter what, we ALWAYS end our days with breathtaking memories.

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Zane: {8 Days New}

December 12th, 2013

 I have my friends and family to thank for helping my business start out and grow over 10 years ago. Yet, even after all this time, I am always the most honored when a friend chooses me to capture some of the most cherished memories of their lives. Mr. Zane is the handsome little boy […]

 

 I have my friends and family to thank for helping my business start out and grow over 10 years ago. Yet, even after all this time, I am always the most honored when a friend chooses me to capture some of the most cherished memories of their lives. Mr. Zane is the handsome little boy of my good friend Taylor. Taylor and I worked together growing up. It has been so neat watching her become such and amazing mother. Newborn boy in wooden chest with teddy bearsNewborn boy with mama

I just love this photo of the two of them. So sweet ♥ Newborn boy in red santa bucket

I generally take off the month of December which means I haven’t many opportunities to photograph Christmas themed photos. I also did know we were going to be taking a Christmas photo- luckily I’ve become excellent at improvising over the years. You just never know what you can find in your closets that can really add to a seemingly simple photo such as this one.   Newborn boy with football

Another football fan. So many of the little boys who come by my studio start their love of sports from the day they are born.  Newborn boy close-up

I can’t wait to watch you grow up little man!
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Kylan: {14 Days New}

June 7th, 2013

Mr. Kylan is so darn handsome and was a ton of fun to work with. We got great smiles and even managed to get a frog pose. I love this old wood crate that I found at an antique store in St. Peter, MN last month. Dad is big into photography so it was great […]

 

Newborn baby boy St Paul MN

Mr. Kylan is so darn handsome and was a ton of fun to work with. We got great smiles and even managed to get a frog pose. I love this old wood crate that I found at an antique store in St. Peter, MN last month. Dad is big into photography so it was great having him there as my helper. When I get little boys in the studio, I often learn about the family’s love of sports. Check out the super cute knit hockey skates that Mom and Dad bought for this little guy. ♥  beautiful newborn boy studio photographyNewborn baby frog poseNewborn baby wearing skates  breaker