It started way back when I photographed their engagement session, then their wedding and now the story of the first born’s arrival – wow, wow, WOW! I’m amazed and completely honored to share in such incredible and intimate moments in people’s lives. I am beyond blessed to have this profession and be able to watch and document remarkable moments for them to cherish for generations to come!

I am invested deeply in the births that I photograph, but when I know that the parents have lost sweet babies in the past, my heart becomes completely invested in their story and the birth of this amazing little miracle. Shelly and I have had long chats about the devastating heartache of losing a couple of babies along our journey to “mommy”. It hurts my heart when someone so beautiful and loving reaches out to me after a loss. Until someone has experienced this kind of loss in their own lives, its hard to find the words to explain to family and friends just how deeply it effects us and continues to effect us for years after. For me, I was able to find some comfort when I spoke with others who “got it”. I was humbled that Shelly reached out to me and thankful that we were able to cry, mourn and heal together. These sweet babies… we never forget them. They will ALWAYS be loved and cherished.

Then one day… we get pregnant… again… but this time it feels different in our hearts, and somehow we just know that this is the baby that we are to raise up. For Mark and Shelly, this was Archer. Sweet, beautiful, miracle baby, Archer. When I got the call that Mark and Shelly were heading to the hospital, I paced at home… I was making dinner and thought, “We’ll eat together as a family, bathe the kids, put them to bed, and then I’ll head to the hospital.” I got about half way through bath time and asked Tony to take over, I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to go document this incredible story from the beginning! I arrived around 8pm and documented their story throughout the night… Archer was taking his time 🙂 By morning, things had progressed, family arrived and anxiously paced between the labor room and the waiting room (everyone was SO excited for this day to be here!), and the room was prepped for arrival. Shelly labored like a champ while the emotions and excitement built for Mark and the rest of the family. Finally, the time came and Mark was able to announce to Shelly and then their families that they had a healthy baby boy! I love the emotions from this day – it was impossible to not be emotional – they waited so long for this moment!

Oh my heart… <3

ridgeview_medical_center_birth_01 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_02 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_03 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_04 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_05 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_06 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_07 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_08 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_09 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_10 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_11 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_12 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_13 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_14 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_15 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_16 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_17 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_18 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_19 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_20 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_21 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_22 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_23 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_24 ridgeview_medical_center_birth_25

They both lost their spouses a few years ago… and then through healing and friends, they found each other. There can be real beauty after a storm. It’s amazing to see these two so happy, so in love and with a combined family that loves each other deeply! We started the session outside and then moved indoors where I was able to capture their everyday lives (teenagers raiding the fridge, playing the piano, games and books and more). Such a sweet group 🙂

edina_family_photographer_01 edina_family_photographer_02 edina_family_photographer_03 edina_family_photographer_04 edina_family_photographer_05 edina_family_photographer_06 edina_family_photographer_07 edina_family_photographer_08 edina_family_photographer_09 edina_family_photographer_10 edina_family_photographer_11 edina_family_photographer_12 edina_family_photographer_13 edina_family_photographer_14

She’s my BFF, she’s an incredibly talented wedding & floral designer and her handsome son is graduating from Minneota High School this Spring! I drove down one Saturday night last month (for late night chatting, of course). Then we all woke early Sunday morning and went out to capture Hunter and small glimpses into who he is at this time in life. He’s loving, care-free, athletic, and a gentleman and I hope that I can raise my children in such a way that Lisa & Travis have done with theirs. The session wouldn’t have been complete unless we snuck in a five minute session to get a few images of the family… And I may have forced Lisa – in all her beauty – to get in front of the camera for a few, too!

Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_01 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_02 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_03 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_04 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_05 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_06 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_07 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_08 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_09 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_10 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_11 Minneota_MN_Senior_Photography_12

This family. This lovely, lovely family…. I adore these guys and their hearts <3. Sarah is a photographer (I know, she’s so gorgeous, she SHOULD be on the other side of the camera more often, right?!). We met years ago when I photographed their family – back when there was only two littles. Now that there’s four little cuties, we wanted to simply capture their love for one another on a beautiful hillside. I think we accomplished just that :). Enjoy this amazing family!

minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_01 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_02 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_03 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_04 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_05 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_06 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_07 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_08 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_09 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_10 minnesota_family_lifestyle_photographer_pollio_11