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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Haven | New Prague Family Photographer

Look at this sweet little peanut!

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Could she get any more adorable?

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Turning ONE is such an exciting milestone and since my kids are big for their age I absolutely LOVE hanging out with sweet little peanuts like Miss Haven!

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As a New Prague family photographer I love getting to know new families and document their memories. After chatting on the phone I knew that mom and I were going to get along so great. We had a great conversation and I couldn't wait to meet their sweet baby girl. 

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During our conversation I quickly realized that we live super close to one another and on walk one day stopped by to say hello!

As a New Prague family photographer I really value the importance of creating quality relationships and getting to know you and your family. It was nice to put a face to a name and to know who to look for at our upcoming session the next week.

We met at one of my favorite spots and I had our session plan all set! As a New Prague family photographer I have questionnaires and preparation guides for my clients. I knew ahead of time some of the special items that they were bringing, the outfits they were planning and the types of images that were most desired.

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It is so important with little kids to have a plan, and then a few other plans for when the first goes out the window because kids love changing plans!

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Your images are what are most important to me so I always connect so that I know what to expect and you do too! I always have lots of tricks up my sleeves and lots of fun things to bring out children's natural personalities. After all all a New Prague family photographer should be ready for anything!

I knew going into Haven's session that they were bringing a big balloon and were hoping to get images of her holding it. I planned a couple simple props and beautiful quilts to coordinate with their outfits. 

Aside from it being a breezy day it was gorgeous! The sunlight was beautiful and we had a great session!

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Thank you for including me in your beautiful families lives, I truly enjoyed our conversations and time together!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague Family Photographer. 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 |Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

As a Lonsdale newborn photographer I love when clients book prior to their delivery! Not only can I guarantee my availability for their session but it also gives me more time to get to know them and prepare for them.

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Dana booked prior to the arrival of baby Rhyan so I knew that she would be coming in soon. Dana serves in the US Army and I was so excited that she would be bringing in her fatigues to do a special set up with her daughter. What a special image for their family!

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Rhyan was one of the best behaved babies I have ever had in my Lonsdale newborn photography studio. Not only did she keep it clean (which doesn't happen in newborn photography) but she also didn't stop to eat! Most newborns, especially breastfed newborns stop to nurse a minimum of one time during their session, sometimes more! Not Rhyan, she was a little angel and slept perfectly while I worked on documenting how perfectly tiny and sweet she is!

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Prior to her session I wanted to add some new earthy headbands to my collection for her to use and got crafty. Often photographers try to create some of their own props as it can save money and also you can create props that match your set ups more closely. As a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer  I often make props to accompany some of the props I have gotten from my favorite vendors. 

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This beautiful green headband is one of the most fun bands I have made in some time! I love how sweet and simple it looks on Rhyan!

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I also made Rhyan's lace wrap in this perfect tummy time pose and also her white bow headband in the next image.

Since I knew that Rhyan was coming in soon and knew the colors that appealed to her mom and dad I knew exactly how to style her session so that her images would look great in their home and look beautiful printed together.

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I truly enjoyed getting to know Rhyan and her family throughout their photography session and gallery premiere appointment. They were so kind to me and even bought me a gift. It was the most thoughtful gift I had gotten in a long time and meant so much. 

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Thank you so much for including me in this special time in your lives. I am so blessed to be able to spend all this time with beautiful babies and their families and couldn't be happier. Congratulations on your baby girl and thank you for the honor of photographing her.

 

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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Lucy | Lonsdale Child Photographer

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Oh my goodness. Look at this cute little ONE year old! I remember seeing her mamma just a year ago so tiny and cute with her little basketball bump belly and now Miss Lucy is working on walking.

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I knew ahead of time what Lucy would be wearing so I planned a few different set ups to coordinate with this super cute outfit.

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Keeping it simple and about the child and not the props is really something that I find important.

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As a Lonsdale child photographer I do enjoy props, however I like to keep them minimalistic to keep the focus on your child and their features rather than all sorts of different things that won't have as much meaning in a few years.

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I do welcome props from families if they have something special they would like to bring. As a Lonsdale child photographer I keep touch with families ahead of their sessions to help them plan. I know what their outfits look like (and give advice if needed) and also if they plan to bring something. This way when you arrive with your child we can concentrate on their pictures and having fun together rather than trying to plan a session and get to know your child.

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Happy first birthday sweet Lucy! You have the sweetest smile and the most adorable chubby cheeks! I look forward to seeing you again soon!

If you are looking for a Lonsdale child photographer contact me today!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Child 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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Meet Jack 6 Days New / Lonsdale MN Newborn Photographer

Nothing like spending a day with a beautiful baby and his awesome momma! I had so much fun working with Jack and preserving some amazing memories for his family. 6 days old and a sleepy sweetheart! 

Introducing Jack, born 8-1-2016, 8 lbs and 21 1/2 inches long.

Here are just a few of my favorites from his session. 

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