Minnesota Newborn Photographer | In-Home Brainerd Lifestyle Session

Did you know I offer two types of newborn sessions? Minimalist and Lifestyle. I'm in the middle of making my website clearer on this but well, it's peak wedding season so that's on hold :)

Lifestyle newborn sessions can be done at anytime after baby arrives although sometime in the first 4 months is ideal since you still want to capture all those baby rolls. These sessions are all about documenting your life as a family. You'll get a gallery full of authentic moments that tell the story of YOU.

Sessions take place either on-location your home, outdoors, or another location of your choosing.

I'd love to meet you!

~ Kelly

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Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Tanya and Dan's Park and CrossFit Engagement Photos

I'm not going to lie, when Tanya and Dan brought up doing part of their engagement session at a the CrossFit gym Dan works at, I felt a little out of my comfort zone. Not because I don't like CrossFit, but I wasn't exactly sure I was going to incorporate it in a way that wouldn't come off as cheesey or posey. Because there's nothing I like less than cheesey, unless it's real cheese. I LOVE real cheese. Like gouda. Or baked brie. Or mozzarella sticks.

But cheese and photography just don't mix well and I knew that if I didn't do it right, it could look like cheese all up in that gym. So I really sat on it and decided I needed to just approach it like I do every other non-studio session. Photojournalism. I knew that if I stayed true to who they were as a couple and gave them things to do but with the room to be themselves, that it would end up looking authentic. And I think we achieved that.

I'm in love with this session. Both the outdoors and the gym. They're totally different but I think both are totally Tanya and Dan. They're both so in love and I think that totally came across in their pictures. They have a joy about them that just shines in every moment. At one point, they even sang a little bit to each other. And I completely LOVE couples like that!

Enjoy!

Minnesota Newborn Photographer | Bennett's Studio Natural Newborn Session

Pure and natural newborn session coming to you from my in-home studio in White Bear Lake, MN.

Studio Newborn Sessions are minimalist in nature and feature pure white back drops and white or neutral swaddles. I do this so that focus is on baby instead of props and distracting colors. Posing is still very natural and is lead by baby. I take my time with each baby so parents don't feel hurried and baby is comfortable.

I do carry a small selection of headbands and bonnets for girls. And I'm also now offering a simple and natural botanical session as seen below. Botanical sessions are only available as an add-on to an existing Studio Newborn Session.

I only take a VERY limited amount of newborns who are due each month so you'll want to book in advance to secure your session.

Contact us for more details or to book.

Beehive swaddle by Baby Bare Essentials.

 

Minnesota Motherhood Sessions | Minneapolis, Minnesota Photographer

I'm super excited to start offering sessions that focus on the beauty of motherhood. Like most of my work, these sessions are mostly documentary in nature and are meant to capture the love between a mother and her littles or not so littles. Sessions can take place in my beautiful natural light studio or on-location.

Sessions are currently $295 but as introduction to these sessions, I'm holding Motherhood Mini Sessions in April and May just in time for Mother's Day. Check out details at www.thelemonrose.com/motherhood-minis. I never do mini sessions so this is a great time to get yours booked!

 

Cecilia's Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Minneapolis, MN

Meet Cecilia! Mom and I have known each other since we were kids in high school and I'm so happy for her and her beautiful family.

Lifestyle newborn sessions can be done either inmy new studio in Minneapolis or in your home. These sessions are all about the story and zero posing. It's the perfect way to beautifully capture the love shared between parents and baby in an authentic and emotional way.

Swaddle by Baby Bare Essentials.

 

Look at how tiny Cecilia is in dad's hands!

Look at how tiny Cecilia is in dad's hands!

She smiles :)

She smiles :)

The sneezes are my favorite!

The sneezes are my favorite!

New Studio Space!

I'm super excited to share that I'm signing a lease on a new studio space in Minneapolis! I'll be there one day each month so space will be limited. I'll keep you all posted on the dates I'll be doing studio sessions so keep an eye on my Facebook page or the blog.

Open for family sessions, child portraits, cake smash, boudoir, business lifestyle, and engagement sessions.

**Newborn sessions will continue to be held in my home studio in White Bear Lake.**


I'll be at the studio the following dates:

Saturday, February 11th

Saturday, March 25th



A few portraits in the new studio space...

Minnesota Wedding Photographer | Dave & Lizze at Pioneer Park & Saint Croix Boat and Packet in Stillwater, MN

Dave and Lizzie's wedding in historic downtown Stillwater, MN

Bridal Preparations: Water Street Inn, Stillwater, MN

Ceremony: Pioneer Park, Stillwater, MN

Reception: Saint Croix Boat and Packet, Stillwater, MN

There was so much to love about this wedding but here's a breakdown of my favorite wedding details: Chief (the pug), Lizzie's dress!, the flowers because I have a major thing for real flowers, the venues (a riverboat, c'mon!), and the wind. The wind adds some extra personality and emotion to an already super fun and loving couple.

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Minnesota Family Photographer | Beyond Fall Family Photos

Don't worry, fall isn't the only time to get family photos done.  

I get it. Fall is beautiful. Fall is jeans and sweaters and cute scarves. And yes, I know, pumpkin everything. But I have tons of ideas for your family outside of that! What I love about family photojournalism is that we can do anything! 

So let's get creative together, because life in Minnesota is beautiful outside of Fall! I'm thinking Christmas tree cutting. Tree farms are some of the prettiest places for a photo session. Or how about a family snowball fight or building a snow fort or sledding this winter? Ice fishing anyone?

Hate cold weather? That's fine too! There's still movie night and bedtime stories and blanket forts. Christmas cookie baking. Pillow fights. Cooking a family dinner. The possibilities are endless.  

 

I truly want to document your family and your beautiful life. I want to capture the souls of your family, and we can do that anytime of the year. So let's think beyond the poses and get creative together.  

Contact me to schedule a personal consultation. 

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Product changes

When I started my business a year and a half ago I thought the only business model left was one where I charged a flat rate, sent your files, and didn't talk to you again for a year. I thought that's what everyone did these days. I thought the art of the film business was gone. I was wrong. Let me explain.


Historically speaking, the business model has always been to do the photo session and then meet later to take your print order. A photographer never handed over their negatives. After the digital camera arrived, the flat-rate business model became a thing, better known as the shoot and burn model - take pictures, edit, deliver files, done. Little did I know that many, if not most, successful businesses don't shoot and burn but instead follow the classic business model.

As I grow as a photographer, I also want to grow as a business. Not just in client base but in my brand too - who I am as a business and what services and products I provide. As I think about my work, one thing really saddens me - I think most of my clients never actually print their photos. They might share some on Facebook but they often die there. And I'm not doing all of this for Facebook. I'm doing it for your kids, for your everyday soul, for your grandkids, for your legacy, for beauty, and for my pure love of each moment captured.  I'm doing this because I want to be in business in five or ten years. I'm doing this because my grandpa has his wedding portrait on display in the dining room. He gets to look at my grandma, who is now gone, every single day. He gets to look and remember the day they committed their lives to each other. His house is filled with pictures of her, their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren. I want THAT for you.  I LOVE making a photo that speaks to me, and hopefully it does to you too. And it breaks my heart for them to die on your hard drive.

So I asked myself why people weren't printing their photos. And I came up with a ton of reasons (none good) but the biggest one dawned on me recently; I've realized it's my fault. It's my job as a photographer to not just take your photos but it's to see the process to completion. My work doesn't end at your photo session; I still cull and edit and deliver your gallery. But I realize I shouldn't be stopping there either. Many of you want beautiful quality artwork to display to be actually seen. Maybe even every day. Maybe even by your grandkids. Because let's face it,  Facebook isn't forever. It's probably not even for ten years. Gasp. And choosing artwork to display in your home can be overwhelming. And designing an album can be time-consuming and might not look very professional when you're done. It might even look cheesy. And consumer labs aren't all very good. Products fall apart or show up looking like junk. 

So I've decided to change my business model. I want you to have a beautiful wall gallery of memories. I want you to have a coffee table book that your friends and family will page through when they're over. And no, the $20 album from that online lab isn't what I'm talking about here. I'm not doing all of this to just create a digital file no one ever looks at. So stay tuned for upcoming changes to my business.

And in the meantime, to my past clients, I love you all and want you to have the same opportunity for your previous sessions. Plus this will give me a chance to see what you all like in a product and my approach before I full commit to a process. So I'd love to meet up (your house or mine or coffee) and help you design and purchase a wall gallery or prints or an album. Christmas is coming up and I promise you, this is a gift everyone loves. And I really truly believe you'll love and appreciate this.  

Shoot me an email and I'll send you some information and let's set a date! 

Love Always,
Kelly

 

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