Just a heads up… Over the next couple of weeks my blog will be transitioning from anowlsnest.com to thelittlestbee.com.

It’d be wonderful for this to happen seamlessly and for anowlsnest.com to redirect you there but, alas, things aren’t lining up quite right in the process.

Anowlsnest.com is set to expire and you’ll be able to view this same blog at anowlsnest.wordpress.com. As soon as thelittlestbee.com is totally ready to go I’ll post here again.

:)

Almost two weeks ago I photographed a very intimate wedding at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

 Both the bride and groom flew in from out of state for their wedding day which made their wedding day the first day I met them! I typically prefer to schedule a face to face meeting with my wedding clients before their wedding and at their venue, if possible. But when working with out of state clients this, of course, is rarely possible.

I toured the venue the day before with the wedding coordinator so I knew that two other weddings were taking place there on the same day but when I spotted the bride I was sure she was the one. :)

We introduced each other and got to work – our time together was short and the weather wasn’t overly conducive to a bride in a wedding dress.

 Here are a few of my favorites:

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There is a big fountain on the Center grounds and just as we headed over there for photos the sun came out from behind the clouds. We eventually found ourselves in a decent lighting situation but the wind was blowing sprinkles on us from the fountain. It made for a few neat photos. :)

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These were possibly the only few trees left with trees in all of the Twin Cities metro area.

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The bride made genealogy trees for both herself and the groom.  During the ceremony their mothers were asked to come up and place them on the mantel.

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The ceremony was quick, to the point, emotional, and quite entertaining.  :)

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They literally tied the knot. :)

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And sealed it with a kiss!

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Congratulations!!  :)

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I drove out to Cottage Grove to meet with a couple to review their wedding contract and do their engagement session. It was wonderful to meet them and to explore their wedding venue – Hope Glen Farm. There were quite a few neat photo spots. I can almost imagine their wedding already! We had a lot of fun and here are some of my favorite photos:

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Congratulations C+K! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding in 2013!

I absolutely could not wait to get home, upload these photos, and get to work. Last Saturday I spent two hours with these adorable twins. Those two hours were jam packed full of exploration, excitement, snacks, and even tears. When all was send and done I had close to a billion photos to look through. That’s right… a billion.

While you probably wouldn’t mind seeing nearly a billion photos of these cuties I’ll save you a bit of time and show you my most favorite few. And by few, as always, I mean a bunch.

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As the air was quite cool in the morning we began indoors inside the Guthrie Theatre.
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We went straight up to the Amber Lounge. The girls had some time to get comfortable and do some exploring.
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They were pretty interested in being held for a while, which is understandable. I was new and we were in a weird yellow room with giant windows.  Pretty strange, right?
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Soon the girls got a bit more comfortable and peered out the windows into the fog.
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Same eyebrow raised. :)
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This little one was pretty into doing her own thing.. and quite quickly!
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We made our way down to the fourth floor where everything was a bit more normal colored.
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There was so much outside to look at it. I love getting reflections in these windows. :)
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There are giant comfy black chairs to climb on throughout the theatre.
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We of course blew kisses.
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And looked out the windows some more.
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And constantly asked for more snack. 
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And licked the windows.
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And wondered why window licking was happening. Ew.
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After the girls had about enough to exploring inside we went out, just past the Mill City Saturday market.
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We found this nice wall but the girls weren’t overly interested in looking at me.
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This little lady spoke to my heart by exploring the numerous rocks.
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This one was pretty pumped that I brought bubbles along.
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We managed to get them together for a few seconds at a time.
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Though that didn’t mean they were actually going to do the same thing or look in the same direction. 
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No comment. :)
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More snacks.
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I always get a few of these reaching for my camera shots. Love them. :)
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:)
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The girls were nearing the end of their available attention and tolerance for me and my camera. We headed down to the boardwalk for a few more shots before calling it a day.

This is the last of mini sessions from earlier this month at Minnehaha Falls Park. I was looking forward to this one all day! I used to work with this mama over 1.5 years ago! It was great to meet her family and spend a little time with them. I ended up with so many fun photos!

Here are some of my favorites:

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These just about capture everything – close family, confusion, goofing off, runny noses, crying little ones… :)

This mini session from a couple of weeks ago was a whirlwind. I had an opening as someone cancelled last minute. Just prior to my first session starting I got a call from someone who saw via Facebook that I had a cancellation. She was prepared to round up her daughter’s friend and her mom and run to the store for new outfits, and meet me at Minnehaha Falls Park in a couple of hours.

They arrived on time with adorable almost 15 month old friends. One thoughtfully stood still and seemed to consider the sights that autumn brings with it. The other was constantly on the move – up, down, running, dancing. They were just about completely opposite during the entire 25 minutes. My shutter was speedily closing and opening constantly during the entire mini session. The girl’s mom’s did a great job at trying to grab the girl’s attention and attempt to get them to be near each other at least occasionally.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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