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photographing Sophie over the weekend I had some extra time to spend with Olive. I traded services with Sophie’s mom again so I was able to photograph Olive while Tyler was having his massage and while Sophie was warming up as it was a very cold day!

Unlike you’d expect, I don’t take great photos of Olive very often. My camera is large and not the easiest thing to take along with me when it’s just me and Olive off on adventures along with whatever else we may need – extra clothes, snacks, etc. I’m quick to take photos of her with my iPhone but taking “formal” photos of her isn’t nearly as common. I jumped at the chance to squeeze it in the this weekend. :)

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The pumpkin patch that we stopped at up the road from their house was extremely windy!

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At this age it’s getting more and more difficult to get Olive to look at me for a photo. She doesn’t respond to the same “tricks” anymore.

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Sometimes I can catch her looking at something for a while.

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Now she takes direction to do things that might provide some nice opportunities, like kissing a pumpkin.

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Most of the time she looks the other way though.

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It’s been neat to have Olive growing along with my photography business so my techniques and strategies can always be morphing and expanding.

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Back at their house it was a lot less windy so I took Olive’s coat off for a little while.

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I asked her to smile, which is generally a photographer “no no”. I immediately got this face.

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But then she showed me a genuine smile and I got this nice little series that follows.

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I plopped her in the middle of some tall lumpy grass and she carefully maneuvered her way back to me.

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This is a typical Olive expression.

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I asked her to smell a flower. Again, being able to give her some tasks or direction has been helpful.

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She was already a little tired and the day was definitely unusual so she zoned out every so often.

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And took a little break to lay down. :)

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Kind of looking like a big kid. Or a beaver. Or a big beaver.

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I had to keep this. Double chin beaver face. I think she has her two front teeth sticking out in 75% of her photos.

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This next series wasn’t set up by me. She started exploring the plants around her like it was her job.

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This one makes me laugh.

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We ended with Olive’s first hammock experience. After taking this photo I put my camera down and we snuggled next to each other and rocked back and forth before going inside for lunch.

I checked in with my little friend Sophie again earlier today. She is now 9 months old. Like I mentioned last time, it’s been fun to watch her grow. She’s now almost 10 months old.

Last fall I did a maternity session with her mama – we were able to enjoy ourselves outside in the crisp yet comfortable air. This year was quite different – not only was Sophie present Earth side today but the temperature was significantly cooler.

We attempted photos at a pumpkin patch near their home and had to keep hoping back into the car to warm up. Soon we headed back to their house for lunch and our services trade (massages for our anniversary!) and went back out again for more photos.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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A couple of weeks ago I photographed my first wedding not on land. I jumped at the opportunity to photograph a wedding on a boat. :) I drove out to Stillwater, MN where I met Janell and Craig along with their family and friends. We snapped some formal and group shots before boarding the Jubilee II for a couple of hours. The ceremony was simple and lovely, the food was delicious, and the party was just getting started when the boat came back to shore and I headed home.

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Congratulations!! :)

I’ve enjoyed following this little peach for nearly a year now and was happy to see her again to photographer her at six months old.  Her mama and I trade services – she is a massage therapist.  :)  I first photographed little Sophie in her mama’s belly last fall and again in December just after she was born.

It’s so much fun to follow a family and see how their children and their lives change.  For this purpose I have packages that make things a little easier and cheaper – From Bump to Babe includes both maternity and newborn photos and is only $200 – First year includes Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months and is only $400.

Here are some of my favorites from my time with Sophie:

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We were extremely lucky during this session. Winter is taking it’s sweet time arriving here in Minnesota. I know winter doesn’t officially start for a while but we usually experience cold temperatures and snow well before Thanksgiving. Luckily the weather has held out and made for some wonderful and unexpected outdoor sessions, including this beautiful maternity session! We began inside the couple’s new home and ventured out into the golden autumn light for some unique and beautiful captures.

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We had a great time as the neighbor’s horses started running by and trying to catch our attention. :)

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I can wait to meet and photograph the new little baby when she arrives! :)

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