After spending way too much time scouring the internet for exactly what I was looking for, with no luck, I decided that I would document and share my entire DIY process and the final results on how to rust & paint a bucket to use as a newborn prop. During my initial research I found several “faux painting” techniques, “how to age metal” tutorials, and “how to remove rust for painting”, but nothing that included starting with a brand new shiny bucket and aging it to look like something found in an antique shop. So here we are…a little bit of time & elbow grease + about $65 total = 3 perfectly aged buckets.
First birthday cake smashing is the newest trend sweeping the nation. Increasingly more popular over the last 2-3 years, moms everywhere are celebrating their little ones turning the big O-N-E by letting them dig in to a pint-sized cake and documenting the adorable messiness that ensues! The messier they get, the better. Cake smash sessions can be a bit unpredictable, but are always so much fun. Read on to find out more about what to expect, a few tips for cake smashing success, and our favorite local cake vendors.
This tree swing was a DIY labor of love and I am completely IN LOVE how it turned out! I’ve longed for a tree swing for years and finally figured out a way to make it happen – I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. These sessions are a great option for any age….toddlers, school age, sisters…even pregnant bellies! Babies are welcome with their mamas.
I apologize in advance for what must be my longest blog post ever. ;) Growing up in Minnesota and having all of my family still there means we spend a lot of time back and forth throughout the year – mostly in the summer months. Last summer I made a few fun trips for Minnesota summer mini sessions. The location was a farm place just outside of my small hometown. IT WAS PERFECT! That barn.
Being asked to photograph another photographer’s family is a huge honor…and also one always filled with a lot of nervous energy. :) This past summer my good friend and photographer extraordinare Jen packed up her family and drove down to see me for a photo session and fun little getaway. I’m so thankful this profession has been able to connect me with some of my very best friends. Her kiddos are absolutely adorable (hello awesome outfits!) and were perfectly behaved! We know that’s sometimes not always the case with photographers’ children, or maybe that’s just my own. ;) The way her boys interacted with sweet Harper absolutely melted my heart, it was obvious how much they adored her. It’s pretty safe to assume that anyone messing with Miss Harper will have to go through her big brothers first.
Here are a ton of my favorites from their session. Too many faves.