Posts Tagged ‘St. Paul’

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

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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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McKenna: {10 Days New}

May 29th, 2014

McKenna: {10 Days New} Meet gorgeous baby girl McKenna. McKenna’s mom had one simple request- super cute over the top photos with lots of pink, pink, and pink. This I can do! I just love my new porcelain bath basin that I purchased from Design Revolution. ♥ It was a hot day in the studio today, […]

 

McKenna: {10 Days New}Newborn girl in bath tub

Meet gorgeous baby girl McKenna. McKenna’s mom had one simple request- super cute over the top photos with lots of pink, pink, and pink. This I can do! I just love my new porcelain bath basin that I purchased from Design Revolution. ♥ It was a hot day in the studio today, which made sweet baby girl very happy~ the rest of us… not so much 🙂 Hot sweaty baby = happy sleepy baby! Newborn girl wearing hot pink tutu Newborn girl wearing crown swing Newborn girl and mom tutu breaker

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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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{Monica & Eric: Wedding}

October 2nd, 2013

My dear friend, Monica, had an absolutely gorgeous fall wedding at the Summit Manor! There are so many amazing photos from this day that I had a really hard time choosing which ones to post on the blog. Thank you friend, for including me in your very special day!!! xoxo

 

My dear friend, Monica, had an absolutely gorgeous fall wedding at the Summit Manor! There are so many amazing photos from this day that I had a really hard time choosing which ones to post on the blog. Thank you friend, for including me in your very special day!!! xoxo

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Jack: {10 Days New}

June 26th, 2013

 Jack: {10 Days New}  Meet Sweet Mr. Jack. He was pretty darn happy to get his pictures taken today and did a great job showing off my “new” old radio flyer wagon. Jack had the cutest baby fuzz ever! What a joy to work with ♥   Hope to have you back again sometime, little […]

 

 Jack: {10 Days New} baby boy in radio flyer

Meet Sweet Mr. Jack. He was pretty darn happy to get his pictures taken today and did a great job showing off my “new” old radio flyer wagon. Jack had the cutest baby fuzz ever! What a joy to work with ♥

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Hope to have you back again sometime, little man,
Kristen

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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

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<3 Alexander Lee <3 Newborn Session

May 1st, 2013

Nothing is more heart warming than when parents come back to see me to photograph the newborn photos of baby #2. This little man is adorable Zander. We had a lot of fun and he was such a good little guy for me. It was also the first time in a very long time where […]

 

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Nothing is more heart warming than when parents come back to see me to photograph the newborn photos of baby #2. This little man is adorable Zander. We had a lot of fun and he was such a good little guy for me. It was also the first time in a very long time where I walked away from a long newborn session of a naked baby where I stayed clean! For this session, I tried out my new wood style rubber floor by Baby Dream Backdrops. I love how portable it is and I think it gave the photos a great texture. I’ll be exited to use it again in the future.

newborn photographer st paul mnBig sister was a good helper today too and had lots of fun getting her photo taken with her little brother.

baby and big sisterThis is one of my favorites. She did a very good job at holding on to her little brother. The dress that I put her in is from Baby Dream Boutique.