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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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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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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Beauty, Strength & Self Love | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Senior Photographer

Beauty, Strength & Self Love | Intuition Design Photography | Mankato Senior Photographer

You can always bet if I am writing a post about a senior session, some where in that post I will be talking about confidence. It's not that I want to inflate their egos, but I am huge believer in self-confidence, in owning your skills and abilities and loving what makes you unique, strong and WORTHY of self love. 

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