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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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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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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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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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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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