Am I An INFLUENCER? | Southern MN & Twin Cities Business Branding Photographer | ID Photography

Am I An INFLUENCER? | Southern MN & Twin Cities Business Branding Photographer | ID Photography

Am I an Influencer? 

This question has been kicking around in my brain as I have spent time brainstorming moves on how to expand the brand that I have created for ID Photography. 

Now, according to the internet dictionary I consulted, the number of followers I have on Instagram and Facebook definitely kickS me out of the realm of wearing the "INFLUENCER" title.

Commence the tapping of my chin in deep thought. 

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How Are You REALLY Doing? | ID Photography | Southern MN & Twin Cities Photographer

How Are You REALLY Doing? | ID Photography | Southern MN & Twin Cities Photographer

How are you doing? 

I stare down at the message displayed on my phone. A lot of answers are circling through my mind, but I tap out a quick "I'm good! How are you!?" 

Honestly, its probably the most put together train of thought I have most weeks. Its not messy. Its nice and neat and wrapped perfectly to shift the focus off of me. 

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It's Time to Play! | ID Photography | Southern MN & Twin Cities Family Photographer

It's Time to Play! | ID Photography | Southern MN & Twin Cities Family Photographer

I am screaming with JOY! I have literally spent the last week in the outdoors with my kids soaking up the spring sun that has taken so long to appear this year! 

Don't get me wrong...I LOVE having all four seasons. But the MN winter this year slayed me in a way that that was brutal this year. We were teased with warmer days and snow melting only to get slammed with snow storm after snow storm well into April.  Now having 3 boys under the age of 8 their energy levels run HIGH. So the extended time indoors has had us all more than a little on edge with each other. 

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Oh How I Love How You Love | ID Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

Oh How I Love How You Love | ID Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

Moms and dads I have something to say to you. 

I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE.  You are all juggling a lot and life is coming at you fast. And yet you are finding ways every day to show your love doing one of the biggest jobs you have: Being a parent.

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Slow & Easy Saturdays | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

Slow & Easy Saturdays | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

You see, that's the thing about homeboud sessions, memories are not just about documenting the milestones or the places you go. Memories live in the routine of your everyday. the quirky moments that are too fun to forget. Its understanding that normalcy is just as beautiful as an epic nature filled adventure.

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Hello 2018 | ID Photography | Southern Minnesota & Twin Cities Lifestyle Family & Wedding Photographer

Hello 2018 | ID Photography | Southern Minnesota & Twin Cities Lifestyle Family & Wedding Photographer


Its weird when before the old year ends, you know the challenges the new year will bring. When my local Rising Tide leader asked in our FB group what our word for 2018 was, I was stumped. I watched as comments came in for days and still couldn't come with a word that I wanted to live by in 2018.

That was December 30th, and two weeks into the new year I was still searching for a word.

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Your Life is Beautiful | ID Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

Your Life is Beautiful  | ID Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

A week or two ago the owner of Fearless and Framed posted in her photography group. In the post she asked a question.

"Why do you pick  up your camera?"

Pause. Good question. 

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The Journey to Great | Our Life Project | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

The Journey to Great | Our Life Project | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

He grabs my hand as we head upstairs to see if he put the books on the bookshelf like I asked. He gives me causal a kiss on the back of my hand as we climb the stairs. He's my affectionate child. With all my might I push down the question I have been asking him all year. 
 

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They Didn't Leave Me Behind | This Is Me | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

They Didn't Leave Me Behind | This Is Me | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

I was being watched. I could feel it. Some times it was so subtle that I felt I was just by chance in their line of sight.  A casual 'hi' as I passed by.  Looking me directly in the eye when I asked a question.

But other times, the pullof their grazes was so strong, I had to learn to no turn and seek them out. The glances would make my heart beat fast and made me want to run for cover. 

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3 Tips For Photographing Your Weekend Story | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

3 Tips For Photographing Your Weekend Story | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

During busy season I live with a camera in my hand 90% of the time. And when it really gets busy I have struggled with balancing managing my business, being present with my family and maintaining my own self-care to keep my creative eye refreshed. To keep my life some what sane I would inevitably, put my camera up on a shelf when I got home. 

That meant I stopped photographing my boys for rough for 7-8 months of the year.

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