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Aurelia | Northfield Family Photographer

This. Girl. Is. Darn. Adorable.

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One is such a fun age because not only is everything still exciting and amazing but one year olds have their own opinions and try as we may sometimes they just don’t want to do what we want.

As a Northfield Family Photographer I am used to grumpy, crazy, silly and stubborn and sometimes I think it’s even more fun to work with a different personality and find what makes them excited. In this case Miss Aurelia wanted to find the kitties, to explore and to frown at me!

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What I REALLY wanted was to get some images of Aurelia snuggling and loving on her mommy because these two are as close as can be and mom really wanted to get some pictures for them both to remember this time in their lives.

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Aurelia loved exploring by the back of my Northfield Family Photographer property. She loved the branches and trees and she especially loved how we just let her do her thing.

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My favorite images from the session are from mom and Aurelia just hanging out. Literally! I love the snuggles and smiles and how simple this set up was. Mom is a nature lover and so is Aurelia so this seemed just right for them.

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I think if Aurelia was to pick a favorite location on the farm she would pick the old yurt! She loved running around, playing with mom and just in general being silly! The lighting back here is so beautiful and kids LOVE playing on a wooden deck in the middle of a woods. Who knew that something so simple could be so amazing?

I am so happy to have spent this sticky afternoon with these two beautiful ladies, I know they love their pictures and will for the rest of their lives.

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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Falls Fun | Northfield Family Photographer

I love these guys, I love these girls, I love this family! As a Northfield Family Photographer I absolutely enjoy getting to know new people, having new adventures and creating new friendships.

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Most families opt for fall sessions so they can get images with the warm fall colors, sweaters and layering clothes and lots of snuggles. Summer sessions are such a fun opportunity because the colors are so rich and the weather is warm! It's so fun that these guys like summer because I have so much more availability and time to put into their session (plus they are our best friends so I like to spoil them a bit). Katie is my best friend, childcare provider and our daughters godmother so it's one of my favorite things to create a ridiculously amazing gallery for her every time I have my camera on her girls!

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Jake used to hate picture day so much he literally grumbled at me (and Katie) but now after years of me fiddling with him, moving his head and scolding him to make him laugh he comes to sessions with a smile and it's the best!

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These two girls are so beautiful and have the cutest features! I love Kaylees red hair and freckles and Miss Emily and her dainty smile with blonde locks. 

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One of my favorite parts of being a Northfield Family Photographer is growing and maintaining relationships. As I worked on these lovely ladies pictures I remembered their smiles from last year, two and three years ago and can even pull out the old images to compare. It's special to be and I'm honored to have this role in families lives.

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Last year I did a session out at the Big Woods and knew I wanted to have this session here this year. I've been waiting all winter to get these little girls to a waterfall!

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It was such a fun surprise to walk the girls down a river and stand on top of a waterfall! I hope that these memories will be with them for the rest of their lives. 

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Mom and dad always need some special pictures together because it's important! 

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Being outside creates such a fun and easygoing dynamic as a Northfield Family Photographer and I highly encourage families to plan their sessions outdoor. Whether it be December or July there is beauty in our MN climate and it's way more fun to play outside that in the studio!

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Obviously a waterfall is a great spot for a MN Photographer to hang out and I have not one but TWO within 5 minutes of my studio!

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All about Kaylee here!

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Emily being sweet as always!

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And since we are here lets just play around a take a few pictures having a blast at the falls! 

Thanks for trusting me to preserve your memories guys. I love it.

 

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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Ollie | Northfield Family Photographer

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One is such an exciting time in a little dudes life! As a Northfield Family Photographer I work with quite a few one year olds and also have been though 4 of my own kiddos! I love how expressive children are at this age and how different each child can be.

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Mr. Ollie isn’t walking yet but he is cruising! He wasn’t going to let anything stop him from driving his cars all around, not the fact that I was taking pictures and not the fact that he was naked! I absolutely love how this turned out! He just paused for a split second with his drool trailing down his chin and I got it! Being a Northfield Family Photographer you learn you have to take lots of pictures and ALWAYS be ready because you never know what a child will do.

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Mom and dad brought this special little cowboy outfit so we needed to make sure that Mr. Ollie wore it for at least one picture. So naturally this was the one thing he absolutely didn’t want to do. So goofy!

When in need of a smile or a fun facial expression you can never go wrong with, “how big is Ollie”? He was so excited to reply, “so big”!

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One of my favorite tricks for helping little ones to feel happy and smile is to put mom and dad to work being super silly and playing around. In this case daddy was rocking it with some cheek raspberries and tickles and they were so cute in the one picture I took one with dad too!

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Out on my Northfield Family Photography studio/farm I have a beautiful Birch tree that desperately needs a haircut! After these guys session I decided that it was going to stay messy because its long branches are just too pretty for pictures.

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Over by the barn we took a few more family pictures and Ollie was nearing the point where he would throw his body down and yell at us so it was time to be a bit silly and dip him down to play. It was perfect and the exact break he needed.

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As a fun little treat and a chance to use this adorable antique high school we grabbed a little donut snack for Ollie. Naturally we all thought he would dive in but Ollie had other ideas. He nibbled, he tasted, he looked at us with a confused face and then decided all was good with the powdered sugar donut. After a couple tastes he threw it on the floor. What a goof!

I had so much fun hanging out with Ollie and his parents and taking his one year pictures! Leave some love for this adorable little family in the comments.

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 families safely and beautifully.

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Rhyan | Northfield Family Photographer

Hi! I'm Rhyan and the fastest crawler on the history of the planet! I love visiting our MN family photographer Amber with Amber Marie Photography. She's fun and makes my daddy swing me around in the air and be so silly with me!

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I had a lot of fun at my ONE year old session this spring! Amber came up with all sorts of simple but fun set ups for me to hang out in and each time my mom or dad put me in place I took off crawling as fast as I could. It was fun, like a race or contest against my parents and I kept winning!

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See this big smile here? Amber, our photographer, had daddy fly me around the room in the bowl like a flying spaceship or an airplane! You'd think I was happy to chill in the bowl but not really. Our Northfield Family Photographer is tricky like that! She still made sure I was having fun but how she got me to smile in each picture is sometimes surprising!

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One of my favorite ways they convinced me to smile was the snacks. I love a good snack and being so active and little I pretty much always want a little something to give me energy. 

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Once I was just over picture day they took me outside! It was like a whole new day with all the fresh air and plants. 

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I have to say it. It's crazy how many pictures they took today! I really thought that all the running away and grumpy faces would have prevented this but here they are. 

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Some of my favorite pictures are the ones with my mom and dad and then the three of us together. I am excited to see how our family will change and to be able to look at these special pictures of just mom and me and dad and me. 

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During some of our family pictures I even got to try tasting some flowers! The flavor wasn't so great but I tried them a few times just to be sure. You never know if they might get tasty. 

As I wore out a good game of "How big is Rhyan"? completely made me forget and get happy. I mean after all I am getting "SO BIG"! 

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I really am glad my mom and dad planned this special day. It's easy to forget to cherish these little things. I enjoyed my first visit to the Northfield Photography Studio and highly recommend you visit too!

 

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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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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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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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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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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