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Alex & Will | Northfield Photographer

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I love working with kids of all ages and am never surprised anymore by how different kids behave. I went into Alex and Will's session ready for anything since I have a bit of experience with boys close in age.

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Sometimes I feel embarassed because my two boys (ages 3 and 5). We work hard to teach respectful behaviors and still the boys are rambunctious, wild and all over the place.

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I felt a sense of great relief while working with these two little guys as they were exceptionally similar to my boys. Phew! As a Northfield photographer, I have this! Plus maybe my kids are just totally normal and boys are just like this.

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These two were so silly, goofy and so much fun.

My favorite part of the session (yes seriously my favorite) was when Will wanted to stand on a crate for some pictures. Okay sure! We can do that.

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Well no sooner than 2 seconds into Alex's idea his brother Will came over and ripped the crate out from under his feet. I immediately thought of my boys and how they would have likely done the same thing!

Alex was super impressive on his feet, no pun intended, as he landed on his feet! No tears, no upset. They just kept going like nothing had happened.

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That is just the most funny thing and I once asked my brother in law when boys outgrow the crazy, energy and rough housing. He said maybe around age 26. Well I think we both have some more time to deal with all the energy with two young boys.

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They are a bundle of energy but very much fun! I loved working with your sweet boys and thank you so much for trusting me to preserve your special memories.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Thomas | Northfield Newborn Photographer

Oh my goodness! Do you see these sweet chubby cheeks?!!!

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Mr. Thomas was one of my oldest newborn clients even though it's really hard to tell!

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He was not the standard 6-14 days but a whopping 5 weeks!

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Sometimes with an older baby they don't want to sleep quite as much. However this was not the case for this handsome boy at all.

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As a Northfield newborn photographer I always go into a session with a plan (I have worked with baby's parents to find out colors etc. of their home and preferences). Babies don't necessarily follow my plan but this way we can get the session started right away and then when something throws off the plan I have an alternate route prepared!

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Thomas hung out awake for a short while so I worked during this time to capture his beautiful eyes. His mommy said she was really hoping for some pictures with his eyes open. 

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It can be hard to capture newborn eyes well since they have a tendency to be less focused and moving around quite rapidly, however Thomas was very focused on his Northfield newborn photographer

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Shortly after that he fell asleep and we dove right into a whole bunch of sleepy perfection! The rest of the session was pretty quiet and Thomas was 

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Congratulations on the arrival of your handsome little man! I absolutely am honored you chose me as your newborn photographer.

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Finn & Lucy | Northfield Photographer

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I love families. I love working with relatives and getting to know families even more closely! These adorable little sweethearts were referred to me by their auntie.

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It was so fun at their session to see so many similarities between the first cousins. Some traits were just crazy like the fact that Lucy has beautiful red hair and her cousin does as well! 

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Right when they walked in the door I could tell that their mom was sisters with my other client. Their resemblance was crazy! I instantly connected with their mom and really enjoyed chatting with her and her husband during and after the session.

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Finn was just a complete sweetheart during his session and was a wonderful listener but also filled with plenty of pizzaz. He played with me, smiled and acted silly! Just my favorite way for a session to go! I mean seriously look at this smile! You can't look at this picture and not feel happy inside. As a Northfield Photographer I love capturing emotions. Happy, silly and sassy are some of my favorites. 

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Lucy was a bit more quiet but still absolutely a doll. She has the sweetest eyes and dainty features and it was so fun to highlight them while playing around with these two.

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The best is when she would look at me with a sweet smile. As a Northfield family photographer I can tell that she is going to be an extrovert like her brother when she gets bigger. She's so socially interested and loves making eye contact.

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I had so much fun getting to know the kids and mom and dad and feel honored that they chose me to photograph their beautiful babies. Kids change so very quickly and these images will last a lifetime.

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It will be fun to look back in just a year to see how much both Finn and Lucy will have changed!

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Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Family Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing children safely and beautifully.

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Adeline | Northfield Newborn Photographer

I have been awaiting the day that I would get to meet Miss Adeline for a long time and I know that mom, dad and big sister could hardly wait for her to join them!

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As a Northfield Newborn Photographer i love getting to be a part of families lives and sharing in their story. 

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This story is especially beautiful as Miss Adeline and her big sister had an extra special journey to get here. Mom and dad have had a hard time conceiving naturally but with the love of God and some help from the medical community they have been blessed with these two beautiful girls. 

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As both a friend and their newborn photographer I knew they were trying again and my family joined in their prayers that Reagan would be a big sister soon. 

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Mid last summer I found out that they were expecting and cried the happiest of tears for this gorgeous family as I knew how long awaited this precious girl was. 

The day of their session both girls were just the sweetest, most polite dolls. I mean you can tell by  the pictures how great they are right?! 

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We not only took images of Adeline, but also of Reagan and a few family images. If you are dressed nicely and visiting your Northfield Newborn Photographer you mine as well get some with everyone too!

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In the past Miss Reagan has been a little bit shy but not today! Nope she was JAZZED! After all she is a big sister, four years old and adorable! It was all silly smiles, giggles and fun as we played around in the studio. She started off by taking some images in her new airplane (courtesy of grandpa Vlasak). This is so very special because almost everyone on mommy's side of the family is involved in air travel!

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Then we added baby sister and worked on getting the group shots before anyone got too hot!

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Once we were done with sibling and family images it was time to focus on this beautiful blessing. She was a tad grumpy so I pulled out all the tricks and got her snug and cozy in a variety of wraps. She LOVED being swaddled up and mom and dad LOVED these images of her just snug as a bug!

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Congratulations you guys, I couldn't be more happy for each of you and your beautiful addition to your family. 

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I am so honored to have taken Adelines first images and love having you not only as clients but friends. 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Cooper & Natalie | Northfield Photographer

Oh my look at this sassy little smile! Miss Natalie was so much fun during her session with her baby brother. She was giggly, silly and in the blink of an eye would decide she wasn't having it.

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A few minute break and some fun and we were back at it with happy smiles.

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I have been an auntie for 11 years, a mom for 7 and a Northfield family photographer for 3 years and I have never seen a child have such a determined personality. If she wasn't wanting to take a picture she turned off her smile and walked away. Then was she was feeling it, she was right back to her happy silly self.

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Hilarious!

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This girl is going to be able to do anything she sets her mind to. Future doctor, or lawyer maybe? Whatever she chooses shes going to do great!

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Cooper was just a sweetheart as well in a completely different way. We started the session off with Natalie since Cooper needed some time to get to know his Northfield family photographer.

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As a Northfield family photographer I always start with the big sibling or the child that is excited and extroverted! This way it gives the younger, more quiet sibling time to get to know me and for me to win over their trust. 

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Cooper was a complete gentleman with the sweetest smiles and big beautiful eyes. He didn't take very much time to warm up and share his beautiful smiles.

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These two are so cute together and I love their coordinating outfits that big sister help picked out were just perfectly simple and sweet to take their 6 month and 3 year pictures in.

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Although nothing is as cute as a naked baby belly!

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Thank you for including me in this special time in your families lives. I absolutely enjoyed spending the day with your sweet babies. Many blessings to you all!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Family Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing children safely and beautifully.

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Trace | Northfield Newborn Photographer

Look at this adorable little (okay not so little) boy! 

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I had the pleasure of taking his big brother Colin's pictures last summer and was so excited to find out that they were expecting another blessing this winter. 

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As a mom of 4 kids all two years apart I think we can all agree that I love close siblings. There is no discussion about how much I love babies either! The dynamics between siblings is so much fun. They get to have people to count on for the rest of their lives. People to confide in, to share special secrets and stories and to be able to keep each other company. Of course they can be totally insane at times as well, but you can't win at everything!

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Boy mom's you know what  I mean right? Comment below if you have a crazy boy! Or two, or three! I think these two are going to keep mom and dad on their toes in the upcoming days, months and years. Best part is they will give them so many amazing memories of growing up having a close brother. 

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Colin was super excited about his brother and was loving on him for approximately 1.2 seconds and then over it. Which is pretty typical for a 1 year old. Although not so easy if you want to get a picture together!

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As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I got a bit creative to get some images of the two of them together, something at least to look back at and see how they grow.

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Summer will be perfect as Trace will be moving around playing with and bugging his big brother. 

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Trace was such a big boy at birth and you can tell how squished he was inside his mamma as he LOVED being squished into wraps and swaddled into the teensiest ball. It's beyond adorable to see a 10+ lb baby curl himself up into a teensy little wrap. Such a perfect reminder of what he looked liked just a short week ago. 

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I could just stare at this sweet image all day. As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I honestly have to say that many of the big babies I have worked with are super strong and like to stretch and push up off of props/posing. He just shimmied in and conked out, precious boy. 

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Just kidding! He stretched out too. Here you can see that sweet belly. Squishy big babies are the best and Trace was rocking multiple newborn rolls. Not that little babies aren't beautiful as well but rolls on a baby just make them extra cuddly!

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Congratulations on your handsome little man. Your boys are going to be the best of friends for life and I am so happy for you all! 

I am so honored to have taken Trace's first images. Thank you.

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Carrie | MN Maternity Photographer

I have known this beautiful family since before we were married. I had the honor of going to school with Chris and being in the marching band together (yes marching band)! These two lovebirds have been together since forever just like Eric and I.

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As a MN maternity photographer I have been waiting for session as I knew they were hoping to add to their family. We have been praying that they would be blessed with another baby and are so happy for them as they prepare for their daugter Adeline to arrive.

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We had originally planned to hold their session at a local park but with this unpredictable winter there was not nearly enough snow to have the beautiful scenery I envisioned for this special session.

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MN maternity photographers often have apparel planned for their clients and I had special gowns all planned and Carrie put together these adorable outfits to go with either gown so perfectly! These beautiful gowns both came from ChicaBoo and I love their rich colors and flattering fit!

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I was hoping for trees dripping with snow and and the ground completely covered with a fluffy layer white.

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With the ground being mostly brown and the trees looking blah I reverted to a back up plan.

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We set out for Log Cabin Pines, LLC in Elko where there are plenty of evergreens! There was just enough snow to lightly cover the trees and it was a super cute tree farm.

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They had sleds for kids to get pulled down to get a tree in and to pull a tree back in and provided the saws for you to cut your own tree. If you are looking for a Christmas tree next year go check it out!

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We took family images first and then let Miss Reagan take a break so we could take a few of mom and dad and then some of mamma and her adorable bump!

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As a MN maternity photographer I wanted to take a million more pictures of this gorgeous momma but it was super cold and everyone needed to go warm up!

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Plus I had so many gorgeous images already! ...it's just easy to get carried away when you are photographing such beautiful people.

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Thank you for the honor of choosing me to preserve this special time in your lives!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Maternity Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing mothers safely and beautifully.

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Emmett | New Prague Newborn Photographer

Meet Emmett! He was a bit of sassy little man at first and just wanted to hang out with us all awake.

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It makes complete sense since as a New Prague newborn photographer my studio has all sorts of different things to absorb. There are lots of different lights and colors and sounds!

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Most babies find it to be really peaceful and ideal for sleeping but for an inquisitive little man like Emmett, it took a few minutes to learn about what was going on.

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To keep babies cozy warm and relaxed my New Prague Newborn studio has soothing sounds and is heated to the perfect temperature for a newborn baby.

I love this teddy bear style on the back because its the perfect time to get some close up images of these sweet features! 

Look at Emmett's sweet little lips and nose and toes! 

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After his pictures with mom and dad I swaddled this handsome man up to help him conk out. As you can see he wasn't quite ready to sleep. It didn't take too long though and this handsome little man was sleeping.

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Well mostly sleeping... a bit of peeking too...

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When I was styling Emmett's session I picked more neutral tones to not only coordinate well with each other but also to coordinate with Emmett's home.

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As a New Prague Newborn Photographer I always learn about my clients so that the images I provide to them they will not only love but fit well in their home.

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Towards the end of the session I really enjoy doing this pose "egg pose" and letting babies stretch out at relax so they are posed more naturally.  

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Emmett didn't want to stretch! It was so cute as I unwrapped him to stretch out he just curled into his wrap and let one leg relax out. 

It was such an honor to take your handsome little mans first images. Thank you for including me in this exciting time in your lives!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

 

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Hayden | Northfield Newborn Photographer

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Meet Hayden. He was super sassy during his session and decided awake was the way to go.

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As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I like to give jazzed up babies some time to relax. Sometimes they need a bit more time to kick around, look at what is going around and listen to the different sounds of the studio.

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During this awake time I like to talk to babies and work on taking a few images of them awake. As much as Northfield newborn photographers typical job is to capture sleepy images it is nice to see a few awake images too. If they are happy, of course!

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The studio is filled with the sound of white noise (to mimic inside mamma) and sometimes it can take a minute for little ones to adjust to the new sounds as they have finally started to get used to the quiet of the world. I know that sounds crazy but it was noisy inside his mamma.

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Hayden was definitely the exception and spent a good amount of time hanging out happy and kicking around.

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Part of my job as a Northfield newborn photographer is to roll with each babies personality and create beautiful images regardless of how baby is feeling that day. So Hayden's family got more awake images and they were still perfectly sweet and showed his sassy personality.

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Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy and thank you so much for including me in this special time in your lives!

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Many blessings to you all.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully

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Finley | Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

This little peanut was quite the surprise to her mom and dad as she decided to join their family 8 weeks early!

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After talking with her parents I was so excited to meet this sweet girl!

 

We got along so well and had so many things in common. I knew we would hit it off and get to be great friends!

 

It was hard because this Lonsdale Newborn Photographer had to wait until Finley got to go home. Although I cannot imagine how hard the wait was for mom and dad as they waited for their sweet baby girl to come home with them.

 

Finley just had to get better at eating and put on some weight, which makes sense since she was born at a teensy 4 lbs 7 oz.

 

When Finley was discharged we scheduled her session right away as she was already 6 weeks old which for a newborn session is a bit later than I typically aim for.

 

As a trained newborn photographer I wasn't worried as I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve to help babies be extra sleepy and happy!

 

The day of her session Finley was such a sweet and sassy girl. She fell asleep right away and was super comfortable in all of her poses. Every time I moved her she would grump at me with loud shrieks and once I had her in position she would go back into a peaceful sleep. Every. Single. Time.

It was hilarious! You just have to love a baby with a nice strong personality!

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Mom and Dad were super relaxed and had a few suggestions for the session but all in all let me do my thing. I love this because sessions like this are where I can get creative and do what goes well together and with how baby is comfortable.

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As a newborn photographer when you find out Dad is a drummer you definitely ask if they are going to bring a drum.

 

According to Mom they were bringing two “gun metal bedazzled” drums!

 

That's quite the specific description and it was spot on!

 

They brought a tom and a snare and they were so much fun to incorporate into her session.

 

Thank you for including me in this special time in your beautiful baby girls life!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Butler Family | Burnsville Family Photographer

Would you believe by looking at these guys that they are a Florida family?

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They look warm and cozy and right where they belong!

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When the leaves started to change this fall they contacted me about a session. This was their first fall in MN and wanted photography of their family to remember the scenery.

 

Right away I knew we had to find a time quickly. Being a Burnsville family photographer I know how it can be golden and red one day and brown the next. I had an opening that worked for them and we quickly got it scheduled.

 

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I started scoping out areas that had rich colors and beautiful scenery and found one that I was so excited about. It was near Interstate 35 so it was easy to access and had so many spots that would work perfect for their session.

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The day of the session I was a little disappointed because it was a bit gloomy. Being a bit cast over is actually quite beneficial as a Burnsville family photographer because you can shoot anywhere without having the suns harsh glare. The downfall is that you don't get the rich warmth of the sun when it starts to set.

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While I was preparing for their session the sun came out and I knew exactly what I would do if the sun decided to peek out during their session. I warned them while we were shooting that if the sun came out I might freak out and yell for them to run. Sure enough when the sun came out we all went running, it was a bit goofy for a minute, but 100% worth it to capture this sun drenched warmth.

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I hope you guys have so much fun during your first MN winter back as a family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Burnsville family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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Budin Family | Montgomery Family Photographer

I love big families. No seriously LOVE them. I also love these guys because they are my beautiful sister in law, brother in law and my nieces and nephews!

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How blessed is our family to have 2 beautiful girls and 3 handsome boys?! It's a bunch of fun at a household with built in playmates.

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One of the most important thing with booking a fall photography session is selecting the right date. You never really know for sure what the weather will do but can get a good idea depending on when the leaves were at their brightest the previous year. The Budins contacted me in April regarding their session so we could start planning. Perfection!

Waiting last minute is never a good idea when you have specific requirements you would like to meet. For these guys they wanted this Montgomery family photographer to capture their family during the most colorful time of fall.

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I couldn't have been more excited in the weeks leading up to their session, I just knew we had pinpointed one of the best fall weekends. The leaves were orange, red, brown and green and perfectly represented a MN fall!

 

As a Montgomery family photographer I always head to my sessions prior to the start to really scope out the best spots for lighting, coloring and scenery.

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When the Budin's arrived I had a full game plan in order (which is super important with 5 kids)! I knew the road was going to be a key location as the colorful trees would frame their family and the road would be a beautiful line straight to them. Turns out it was more difficult than anticipated as the road was busier than normal! I know this because I grew up down the road!

 

It was worth the wait and this Montgomery family photographer loves making sure to get multiple family images as I know how stressful picture day is. My theory is: you worked hard to plan outfits, got everyone prepped and are dressed nice yourself. Get lots of the group! Afterall you can always get more of individuals quite easily but when you have more than a couple kids it's hard to get them all in one place and looking put together!

 

 

This Montgomery family photographer has so many tricks up my sleeves its crazy! During a session I make the silliest sounds, do super goofy things and bribe like a mad woman. Yep. I bribe. I am all about teaching good lessons and helping children grow, but on picture day... anything goes!

 

After piles of silly, lots of goofy sounds, gushers (for me too, I needed a snack!) and some dum dums this beautiful gallery remained.

 

Well not quite. There is a ton of behind the scenes that happens on my end but look at this gorgeous gallery!

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My heart feels so happy to present my sister and brother in law with these images of their family. Love you all!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Montgomery family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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LaMarche Family | Northfield Family Photographer

I love the connections that we make and how small of a world it is even though there are so many people!

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Last fall we attended the Lonsdale PTO School Dance and Odin was feeling insecure about all the big kids dancing and the darkness, so I sat with him all big and pregnant and struck up a conversation with another mom doing the same (hanging out with an overwhelmed kiddo).

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As a social butterfly and Northfield family photographer I do truly enjoy meeting new peole and having nice conversations.

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This beautiful family had a baby boy, a toddler girl and a daughter named Ava. Right away I realized that this woman was the mother of one of our daughters new friends at school. How cool to meet her on our own and to find out that we get along just like our girls!

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It was during our long conversation we learned a lot about each other, our families, our goals, hopes and dreams. We exchanged phone numbers and looked forward to getting to know one another better in the future.

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Naturally time passed all too quickly as it always seems to do! The school spring carnival happened and the LaMarche family won my raffle prize that included a session and a large wooden print! 

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I was so excited to hear from Lisa this fall when they were ready to start getting a session planned and styled! As a Northfield family photographer I offer a family preparation guide and help with wardrobe selection. 

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These guys are so much fun and as a Northfield family photographer I have had so much fun getting to know these guys and am so happy to have made new friends. 

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Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Lincoln | Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

Lonsdale is such a small town so you always know when new families move in. This summer we had the pleasure of gaining some new neighbors moving in. We knew the old homeowners and saw a young family moving in and I knew I needed to pop over and say hello.

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What a fun surprise to have a new young family in the neighborhood! Even better they have two little boys that are the same ages as our two boys. We had a great conversation where we discussed our love of geeky board games like Carcassone, Small World, Pandemic and Settlers of Catan. Anyone else a geeky board game lover? I love to embrace the geeky things that I enjoy (ie met my husband in marching band)!

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As a Lonsdale newborn photographer I always get excited when families are expecting new addition to their family. Babies are such blessings and as I have mentioned ten million times over I LOVE big families. Something about the dynamic between siblings I have always enjoyed. Kids in big families have to share, cooperate and also learn independence (it's pure survival).

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These guys were expecting their 3rd BOY! So much fun and so much energy!

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Lincoln was a sneaky little boy and decided to come before his scheduled induction! It was a tough day for mom and dad who recently moved from out of state.

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I honestly told them to give a call if they needed a last minute sitter because we live so closely to one another.

 

They had to pack up the boys and RUN to Burnsville!

 

 

 

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Luckily the nursing staff helped them out as they welcomed their newest handsome little man into their family. As a newborn photographer (and an experienced mother) I know how often this can happen and am just glad that they made it in time and didn't have to deliver their baby in the car!

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Thank you for including me in this special time in your handsome baby boys life!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Ava Jean| Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

Nothing makes my heart more happy as a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer than to get to know families during this amazing time in their lives. Bringing home new babies is one of the most amazing blessings my family has ever gone through and is so dear to my heart. 

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Imagine my excitement when this beautiful family scheduled both their maternity and newborn sessions with me?! Not only did I get to capture Amanda's beauty as a pregnant mother but I get to meet Amanda and Jon's sweet baby girl and spend some more quality time with them! Too much excitement!

The ideal time to start working with your newborn photographer is during the pregnancy prior to the 3rd trimester. This allows the photographer to leave room in their bookings for your little one and to prepare for your session. Which is exactly what Amanda and Jon did!

 

Knowing that Jon and Amanda were expecting a little girl was all too exciting and I may have gone a little overboard on new girl accessories!

 

....Nah! You can never have too many pretty headbands, wraps and bonnets right??? Well maybe don't ask my husband because I feel like his answer would be YES!

 

I personally love the versatility and being able to get creative and put together lots of variety in my clients images. 

 

As we progressed through their sessions this summer we really got to know one another as friends and I anxiously awaited some exciting news. Their sweet girl waited until she was ready and....

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Miss Ava Jean joined their family on Friday August 18th at 8:51 p.m.

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She weighed 8 lbs 7 ounces and was 21.25 inches of perfection!

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Her session was just perfect! I know the question you are all wondering and the answer is of course! I always get peed and pooped on! It's part of the job and it's okay! It's a good thing to have newborns frequently mess up the studio. It means that they are getting plenty of nutrition and are hydrated, and that is very important early on when baby and mommy are still getting acquainted to breastfeeding. After a bit of cleaning and nursing she was so good and I ended up using up my entire plan for her session (which never happens)! 

I usually plan extras because every baby is so different and not all poses work for each baby and things get dirty. Nope not today! Just all sorts of beauty with this perfect little doll. 

Congratulations Amanda and Jon, Ava is perfect! I couldn't be more honored to be trusted to preserve the memories of this special time in your lives.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Little Lucette | Burnsville Newborn Photographer

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I absolutely LOVE big families! There is something so beautiful about the dynamics between a family with more children. The kids grow up in an environment where they have more responsibilities and have to work together. They can be the best of friends and the worst of enemies but they will always have each other as they grow. Beautiful!

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It was so exciting to hear from Lucette's mom that they were expecting their sixth blessing. I couldn't wait to meet this beautiful family! 

 

 

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Even more exciting as a Burnsville Newborn Photographer I kind of get super excited for families when they don't find out the gender of their babies (I get excited when I know the gender too though)! What is really exciting about a surprise is that it is a surprise for me too! These guys had one daughter and a whole bunch of boys so I was hoping (like they were too I'm sure) for a beautiful baby girl! 

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Imagine as a Burnsville Newborn Photographer how excited I was to hear that Lucette was here. YES Lucette! Isn't that just a super cool, beautiful, different and individual name?! 

 

The boys were wiggly, obviously! They are two and three.

 

Big siblings were AWESOME helpers and I was so impressed by their loving guidance to the littles (like I said... big families kids are so responsible and loving)! 

 

Lucette was a complete doll. Even when she was wide awake she just hung out looking around. The session was fantastic and as always I had a hard time saying goodbye to this beautiful girl. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love babies and children. I love my job! Thank you for including me in this special time in your lives!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Newborn Photographer is the state of Minnesota. She is a full service Newborn Photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully. 

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Rezac Family | New Prague Family Photographer

We all have people in our lives that we cannot imagine our lives without. These guys are one of them for me. I know I have shared previously how we have met (which is so cool). I will give a brief reminder for those of you that don't know.

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The Rezac family started at almost the exact time as the Skluzacek family so I know their story quite well. This beautiful couple got married in the fall of 2009 and just celebrated their 8th anniversary this fall. In the summer of 2010 they found out they were expecting a baby and decided to wait to find out the gender after he/she was born (YES! Love it!).

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They took a birth class in early 2011 and stumbled into a lovely couple in the hallway/bathroom. The ladies were washing their hands in the restroom when they struck up a conversation. In class they had found out they both lived in Lonsdale and were asking each other where they lived. The girl said her street name and the other woman (me) knew instantly that it was the street behind our house! I couldn't believe that we lived so close to one another and were expecting our little ones just a month apart. The guys were in the hallway learning that not only did we live close but actually were backyard neighbors!

 

It was decided that we needed to get to know one another (which was a great choice). We started car pooling to birth class and just a short while later the Rezacs welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Kaylee, into their lives. The night before they left the hospital, we arrived, in labor with our daughter Lillian. 6 and a half years later the girls are the best of friends.

Their second daughter Emily was born shortly after our second born Odin and sure enough they are like two peas in a pod.

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We are connected in so many ways in our lives and I cannot imagine a life without these amazing people and beautiful girls in it!

How Emily celebrated her fourth birthday this summer still remains a mystery to me, but I am so honored to be the one to preserve the memories of this beautiful girl and her family.

As a New Prague family photographer I love getting families outdoors, moving around and having fun. A posed image is good but an authentic moment where I capture a child having fun and being silly is my absolute favorite! These are the moments that parents will remember and cherish (I know I do).

Look at these two goofballs! This series of photos were my favorite from the whole evening. Not posed just being who they are.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Dawson Family | MN Family Photographer

Extended families sessions are so much fun!

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When Chris contacted me about a session for her kids and grandkids I was so excited. I was happy for a few different reasons.

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Number one: it is an honor to be contacted by families to take their pictures. The photography industry is a hard career to be in. You really have to put yourself out there and stand apart and every inquiry is a compliment on our art and that you enjoy the work we are working so hard to create.

 

Number two: I LOVE big families. I grew up just myself and a half brother while my husband grew up with three siblings and TONS of cousins. Seeing all these families and working with large families makes my heart so happy. The dynamics are so different with larger families but they are so special!

 

Number three: It is so hard to get big groups together. As a MN family photographer I was thrilled to know that I was available on the one day that these guys were able to get their kids and grandkids out to their lakehome to get updated pictures of them all.

 

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To get lighting that is ideal it is hard to keep the little campers happy so I started the session out with the handsome Dax and his brother. Adding individual images of each child is really nice to be able to update frames in the house, design an album that coordinates or just put together décor that all goes well together.

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Plus I really pride myself on providing parents with images that really capture their childs personality and ideally lots of happiness too!

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I couldn't be happier with these images. Dax was just so done with pictures before we even started and it can be hard to get this many people to be lit correctly and posed nicely.

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As a MN family photographer I really prefer to have images be more natural and not as stiffly posed. After all your images should really tell a story about you and not just be a 1920's still scowl portrait.

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Amber Skluzacek is a family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Jax | Northfield Newborn Photographer

As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I have heard so many different birth stories and learned so much about deliveries. I was so excited to hear Mr. Jax's birth story because it wasn't your typical story, he was born at home!

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I love hearing alternate birth stories because every mother's story is different and every baby comes into the world in their own special way. After having 4 children I have experienced this firsthand.

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Jax was born at his home after mom had delivered her other babies at the hospital. As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I am hearing more and more natural birth stories and I really think they are beautiful. Whether it be a home delivery, a water birth (or both!), birthing at a center or a hospital your story is beautiful.

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Each family that is expecting should talk to their doctor and with one another to find the right fit for them. That's one of the first steps of being a parent, making a decision that is yours and your partners.

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This handsome man was born in the water in a loft area in their home. In the night big sister woke up and got to experience her baby brothers birth. How beautiful is that?!

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These kiddos are so excited to have a new baby brother and he is going to be so very blessed to have these older siblings to play with and learn from.

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I'm sure mamma is loving all the help from big sister and big brother as they are old enough to not only be great helpers but also to be able to go out and play and give her some time with baby Jax.

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Congratulations on your new little boy, he is so beautiful and I am truly honored that you chose me as your Northfield Newborn Photographer.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Daniela & Emilio | MN Maternity Photographer

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As a MN Maternity Photographer I was so honored for Daniela to contact me for her maternity session! This beautiful woman was expecting her first baby and her sister wanted to buy a session for her to document this special time in her life.

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What a perfect gift to give an expecting momma!

 

The reason I felt so honored was that these two were driving to visit ME from Rochester because they loved my style of maternity images. WOW! Thank you so much Daniela, that honestly made my heart so very happy!

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There's something about a maternity session and having lots of natural elements in the images. Since these two had a mermaid themed baby shower having a water feature only made sense! We chose Nerstand Big Woods State Park to hold the session. It made sense because it was midway between Rochester and Lonsdale and has so many beautiful spots!

One of the important jobs I do as a MN Photographer is to work with my clients and help them plan apparel. I actually do provide a handful of maternity gowns as well to help clients have something comfortable and flattering to their changing bodies.

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The day of the session I had the outfits we discussed packed and a few extras (just in case). I knew this beautiful cream gown would be perfect for Daniela with her gorgeous complexion and flowing dark hair, and it was!

When clients let my creativity run the show the results are just so amazing! Mid way through the session we were alone by the falls and it only made sense to take a few images of Daniela's beautiful curves without the distraction of apparel. Daniela agreed after we discussed that no intimate areas would show and it would be very tastefully posed.

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After a couple images we switched gears and took a handful more with the pink lace and tulle. There's something about lace that is so pretty. If you get to know me at all you would find out I love lace!

Congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby girl Stella! Thank you so much for including me in this special time in your lives, I am truly honored!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a MN Maternity Photographer. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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