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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Pray & Cook the Damn Meal | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

Pray & Cook the Damn Meal | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

I struggle. With a lot of things really. But I would say as a work form home mom, I struggle with cooking.

Ok. That's a lie. I am a decent cook. I struggle with meal planning. But my one New Year's resolution this year was to start cooking for the family more. Easy right?

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Your Vision Tells Your Story & Vice Versa | Southern MN Family Photographer | ID Photography

Your Vision Tells Your Story & Vice Versa | Southern MN Family Photographer | ID Photography

Photography is an art form. It's very subjective. But at its root is storytelling. There are times where I, the photographer, am in full control of what that story is, but the majority of the time  the story comes directly from my clients lives, personalities, likes and dislikes, feelings toward the person or subjects I am photographing.

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Being in the Moment | 2016 Recap | ID Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

Being in the Moment | 2016 Recap | ID Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

2016. You were a year. And most years I would do my typical recap of my year showing my best of the best photos of 2016. And maybe eventually, I'll do that. But this year I want just want to show memories that filled me with gratitude, that kept me motivated and ultimately kept me centered. 

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I Won't Ask Your Child to Smile | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

I Won't Ask Your Child to Smile | Mankato Family Photographer | ID Photography

Yep, that's right, you didn't misread the title to this blog. I, your photographer, will not ask your kids to smile. I know it sounds like I am going to fail at capturing your family moments, but trust me, I won't. Because here is what I will do.   

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Love that Shows Up | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Family Photography

Love that Shows Up | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Family Photography

I was shaking. In my arms laid a four pound wonder. My husband's forehead was on mine. We had made it through a trial we hadn't planned for. 

And all I wanted was my mom.

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Mankato Family Photographer | We are a Family | Intuition Design Photography

Mankato Family Photographer | We are a Family | Intuition Design Photography

I love relationships. It is the aspect of being family photographer I enjoy the mos and tell the story of the bonds when a new baby arrives to a family who has already has a child out of toddlerhood you can find the sweet moments of a child growing up right before your eyes. 

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The Moments of In-Between | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

The Moments of In-Between | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Family Photographer

I am knee deep in editing Mommy & Me session images and I needed to take a moment to pause and tell you all something:

Your in-between moments are beautiful, heart-warming, and oh so meaningful. 

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The Timeless Emotional Quality of Black & White Images | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Photographer

The Timeless Emotional Quality of Black & White Images | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Photographer

Back in 2012 when I was a fresh-behind-the-ears photographer, the image below solidified my decision to include a black and white copy of all the images I presented to my clients in their gallery. It was one of my first in-home newborn sessions and this little one was not a huge fan of being wrapped up tight and I was too nervous about safely capturing him to even begin to thinking about doing composites. 

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