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Buche’s: {family photos}

September 20th, 2018

I am so blessed. Through the years, my friends have been some of my biggest supporters. I started doing photos for Jodi 12 years ago! I have photographed personal portraits for her, engagement photos, wedding (the ones I could capture when I wasn’t too busy being a bridesmaid), newborn, milestone, and family. As the kids […]

 

I am so blessed. Through the years, my friends have been some of my biggest supporters. I started doing photos for Jodi 12 years ago! I have photographed personal portraits for her, engagement photos, wedding (the ones I could capture when I wasn’t too busy being a bridesmaid), newborn, milestone, and family. As the kids have gotten older, things have become a bit more chaotic lol, but even so, the session’s with the Buche’s is one of my favorite sessions of every year.

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This year Jocelyn was a bit less enthusiastic about taking photos and gave me a run for my money (no need to go to the gym and lift weights for a few days after this session) but we still managed to get some super cute ones! Maddox had a pretty good time with the car – in out, in out. Mom and Dad got pretty darn tired and were ready for a nap after.

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Funny thing is that so often, it’s mom and dad’s faces that run the family photos! Their faces scream – oh my gosh, if you don’t sit still and smile for 5 freaking seconds I’m going to… haha! Yet they are the ones not smiling. I often have to head swap parents faces more than children. At every family session, I have to remind the parents that they need to act like they are having a great time. Family photos are like social media… It always looks like everyone else’s professional photos are perfect and you wonder why yours were a nightmare. Fact – almost everyone ones are a nightmare.

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Pro Photographer Tip: This one goes out to the parents. When your kids are aking like jerks, threatening to take away or throw away everything they love and that they no longer are going to get the treat promised to them for taking photos NEVER works to get the kids to behave. Weird, I know haha! I hear these statements at pretty much every single child session I shoot and every time it makes things worse. Instead, wait until after the photo shoot is over to tell them you are throwing away all their precious toys haha! 🙂

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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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Nick and Jodi {Engaged}

October 20th, 2011

Nick and Jodi are ENGAGED! And it’s about darn time 🙂 Ha ha. Jodi happens to be one of my best friends and it is such an honor to have been asked to photograph her and Nick’s engagement photos. But… let’s be honest, there always feels like more pressure when I photograph friends who are […]

 

Nick and Jodi are ENGAGED! And it’s about darn time 🙂 Ha ha. Jodi happens to be one of my best friends and it is such an honor to have been asked to photograph her and Nick’s engagement photos. But… let’s be honest, there always feels like more pressure when I photograph friends who are so close to me and I know that so many more of my friends will be seeing and critiquing these photos. Jodi wrote on her facebook page after the session that she knew that because I was the photographer “They would turn out perfect!” Geesh… no pressure there 🙂

This afternoon was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed getting to spend some time with Nick and Jodi together. We went to Matoska Park, in White Bear Lake. This was my first time shooting at this location and it for sure won’t be my last. I highly recommend you checking it out for any portrait session, but beware, it is a photographers goldmine so there tends to be lots of people being having their pictures taken there at all times. Jodi and Nick had a sentimental attachment to this gazebo which made this location even more special. I really LOVE it when couples choose a spot that has meaning to them. It adds so much more character to their photos.

We started our session around 4:30 pm, with me wanting to work with golden light. There is just never enough time. I could have spend all day with the two of them and never have gotten tired of photographing them. The bridge added a new color dimension to the photos that worked well with the sun setting. I always allow for 3 hours of shooting even though I only quote for 2 because you never know what may cut into your time- like waiting for other photographers to get out of your shot. Or in this instance, we had such a great area to work with that I didn’t want to stop shooting until the sun completely set. Often time those last minute photos can be some of the favorites.

Thanks you Nick and Jodi for asking me to be apart of something so special and personal in your life. It is a great honor. I hope you love your photos as much as I do and I truly believe they captured the fun, love, and happiness I see you two share with each other every moment I have known you. I wish for you a lifetime of happiness! And, I can’t wait until the wedding day- I’ll be the one with tears streaming down her face like an idiot! x o x o