I was so excited to see Zoe again. She's so pretty. And such a pleasure to photograph. She was pretty much up for anything. I learned that Zoe is not a fan of bugs when I asked her if she would sit in a tree. She just kind of looked at me. But then went for it and totally committed to the shots! Oh, and it was amazingly humid (!) the morning we met up for our session. Thankfully nobody melted. Seriously.

I thought it was awesome they brought along her guitar (and hat!) -- I think it made for some fun images -- and definitely some of my favorites of the session. At the end of the session, as we were walking back to the cars, Zoe said to me "I actually had fun having my picture taken." Pretty much top of the list of my favorite things to hear from my little clients. :)


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My main motivation to pull this image out of the "archives" (and scan it) is because this little guy, Brady, is graduating from high school this year! I've known Brady's family for over 20 years. Starting in high school they became like a second family to me. They did so much for a girl they had no obligation to, and I'm forever amazed and thankful. I was living with Brady's family the summer he was born, the summer before I left for college. So to think he is graduating is crazy. :) I think this photo is how I most picture Brady though. You know how you can freeze someone in time (even when you've seen them since).

This photo... I had signed up for an Intro Photography class just because I wanted something more in my life, something fun - I didn't have any thoughts or expectations it would be more than that at the time. I took this image for one of our class assignments. I've always felt this was my first "real" photo. At the time I didn't know where I would go with photography - that I would go anywhere and certainly not what form that would take. But funny enough, looking at this photo, it was always in there and somehow I knew it all along. I should have paid more attention and saved myself a little time. ;)


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When Doug Mientkiewicz played for the Twins I was a huge fan. I didn't cross the line to stalker, but let's just say I was definitely a fan. :) So needless to say, I was sad when Doug had to leave the Twins. I kind of kept track of him as he moved from team to team. Then he fell off the radar. Well, I heard this past week that Doug is officially retiring from baseball. I hope it's not too sad for him. Since I was thinking of him this week, I thought it would be fun to pull out some old photos from my "doug mientkiewicz days" to share. (These were pre-digital so I had to scan them; please excuse the quality).

Fenway, August 11, 2002.
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It's Brandi Carlile time again! I'm sitting here trying to come up with new ways to express the awesomeness that is Brandi Carlile -- but really you just need to experience it for yourself. And lucky for all of us, Brandi is coming to the State Fair Grandstand on August 29th! Tickets go on sale this Saturday. If you go to the concert (and you should) I'd love to hear what you thought of it. Seriously, you will love it! Hopefully I can get some new Brandi photos at the show (some of you will recognize these photos from the old blog).

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I don't know why it has taken me so long to blog images from this session. Owen is one of my favorite little guys (and the son of one of my favorite friends). My favorite part of the day... ok, there were two favorite parts... first when Owen asked to ride with me in my car from the zoo to the restaurant and then (the best part), when we were leaving the restaurant he turned to me and said (in his cute little 4-year-old sincere voice) "I had fun with you today Krysten". :)

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