Monthly Archives: November 2009


As I was uploading these images, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Kayli is just the cutest 17 month old around, full of smiles and energy! Her mama is one of my best friends and I’ve been dying to get my camera in front of their family! 🙂 Here is the long awaited sneak peek for Katie and Chris, thanks again for letting me take pictures of your beautiful family!


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Drew B’s Do’s and Don’ts

One of my favorite moms and photographers Drew B posted this on her blog the other day and it was as though she read my mind! I thought I’d share this with everyone, this is directly from her blog but please go check out her stuff on Mom*tog and DrewB Photography

The Do’s and Don’ts of Stealing Images From Your Photographer

I get asked a lot by both photographers and clients what my policy is on letting my clients post their images to their blogs and facebook account.  I personally love it when my clients post their family pictures on their blogs, facebook, etc.  It shows me that they truly love their images!  I encourage my clients to “steal” their pictures from my blog to use on the internet.  Here are a few do’s and don’ts that you should think about when reposting your images:

1)  DO ask your photographer what their specific policy is on taking pictures off of their blogs.  Some photographers encourage it and some don’t allow it.  If this is important to you this is something you should ask BEFORE you hire your photographer!

2)  DO include your photographer’s name and website under the images (a link would be super nice!).  That’s just the polite thing to do :)

3)  DON’T crop out their logo.  Unless you have paid for the digital negatives don’t alter the files in anyway.  Most photographers use their blogs to advertise their work and do so as a courtesy to give their clients a sneak peek.  If a client crops out the logo then how will other people know who took the picture?

4)  DON’T edit the picture in any way.  Taking the pictures is only half of a photographers job.  The other half is editing.  If you think you can do a better job or want to edit out some of your wrinkles or use selective coloring please don’t show and/or tell your photographer.  That is super insulting.  If you don’t like your photographers editing enough to want to edit it yourself than maybe you need to find another photographer next year.

5)  DON’T try to print from the files on the blog.  For me specifically I know that the files I upload to my blog are too small to be printed in a 4×6 size.  It’s not cool to invest in a family session and then print the images off of the blog and not pay for prints.  Make sure you know how much the prints cost before the session to avoid sticker shock.  Same goes for scanning prints that you already bought.  Not cool!  Some of my family members are guilty of printing images off of my blog.  It makes me cringe when I see them FRAMED in their homes with my logo still on there!  To be fair, I’m also not great at emailing them the file when they ask for it :)

Thanks Drew for writing this for all photographers out there, it’s very appreciated!

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Every year as we gather around a wonderful meal with our friends and family, we share what we are most thankful for. I thought I’d take a moment to write down a few things that I am most thankful for this year.

-I’m thankful for my family, as crazy as we all may seem, I would be lost without them. They are my rock through the many experiences that life throws my way.

-I’m thankful for good friends, this past year has given me the opportunity to connect with friends whom I’ve missed over the years and build even stronger friendships with those who are a constant presence in my life.

-I’m thankful for my health, phew thank goodness, after all the sickness that has been going around I am extremely grateful to be healthy.

-I’m thankful for being able to wake up every day with a roof over my head, clean water to drink, food to eat and a family who loves and supports me.

I hope everyone took a moment today to really appreciate their lives and give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours 🙂

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I had so much fun with this family, these boys kept me on my toes and laughing! We met up in downtown Chaska to play at the park for a little bit and then explored the town a little bit. The boys are so excited for their baby sister “Watermelon” to come next month,  they are going to be great big brothers! Thanks again H Family, it was great to spend the afternoon with you. I can’t wait to meet Watermelon! 🙂


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That’s how old he would be today. 21. Seems unreal that so many years have passed without him, but today is one day where we spend time as a family and remember those wonderful 8 years we shared with him. As I sit here trying to think of how to tell you about my brother Tyler, my heart breaks wishing he could be here to tell you himself. I imagine he’d be off at college, going out at midnight to celebrate turning 21… maybe even our brother Jesse would be out with him but of course he wouldn’t want his older sister to be there, because that’s just not cool 🙂

People ask me what I love about photography, it’s moments like this when I can look back at a picture of my brother and be reminded of his kind heart, that lovable face and his unbelievable strength. Happy 21st Birthday Tyler David, we miss you everyday but today we will celebrate you 🙂

*For those who are first coming to my blog, Tyler is my younger brother who lost his battle to cancer when he was 8 years old.


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Happy Birthday Jackson!

1 year, 365 days, 52 weeks…. no matter how you say it, it’s gone by fast! I remember the text I got as soon as he arrived “Jackson Jude Stephens was born…” with all the details to follow! I was so excited, I stayed up until he was born and finally rested for a few hours. I made my way back to the hospital to meet the newest member of the Stephens family. There was a feeling in the room as you walked in…joy, relief, pure happiness. When I walked in I took one look at J turned to Pam and said “No bananas here.” (Banana was our code word for ugly baby, which she feared she would have, crazy girl). As you can see there are no bananas on this post! Jackson has grown up to be one of the cutest (yes I am extremely biased) boys ever! He’s walking, but prefer to crawl because he’s speedy as can be, love his mama and dada to pieces and chats up a storm! I miss them now that they live in Virginia but I’m so glad I got to spend the last 3 months with them, watching J grow up into quite the young man. Happy 1st Birthday Monkey! I love you so very much!


Before they headed back to Virginia, we had a 1st birthday party at Glamma and Cookie’s to spoil him with cake and presents. He looked adorable, of course! Here are just a couple from the night 🙂



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Fearless. Funny. Full of energy. All those things encompass Myles, he’s an amazing 5 year old boy! On another blustery day in Minnesota, we met up to play at the park for a little, climb some trees and chase goose through a minefield of goose poop (yuck!). Thanks guys for baring the cold weather, Myles you rock 🙂


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