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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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Nora | Northfield Newborn Photographer

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At Miss Nora's newborn session I asked if they would like using a green wreath. Little did I know that not only did they love the colors and style but that momma grew up with dogwood and it was very special to her! As a Northfield newborn photographer I absolutely love making these special connections with clients and this was beyond meant to be!

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Miss Nora wasn't as excited about picture day as mom and dad were but she still tolerated me bugging her and we were able to get lots of beautiful sleepy images of this precious girl.

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Some of my favorite images as a MN newborn photographer are the cuddles with mom and dad! There is nothing like a daddy proudly holding his new baby or a mother snuggling this amazing blessing that she grew inside of her!

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I ALWAYS add in momma to daddy's picture and add in daddy to momma's picture. This way you get TWO (or more) family pictures with your sweet blessing in your final gallery. 

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As a Northfield newborn photographer I always try to add extra earthy textures and natural tones to add to images. I love a bit of greenery or other textures!

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This cream sheepskin is a favorite and if you look through the blog I can guarantee you will see it pop up again and again. It is so beautiful, soft and versatile! I would love every color that Luneberry has to offer but turns out I have to take it slow because there are tons of beautiful newborn props out there!

I love to use it in buckets, baskets, trenches on the floor and pretty much everywhere so you can see where it is a favorite. 

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While Nora was awake I took the opportunity to capture a few images with her eyes open and to let her get some wiggles out. Look at that sweet yawn... and boom asleep!

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As you can see Nora wasn't awake for too long but just long enough to see her eyes, take a few images and conk back out for a few more poses! 

Thank you so much for coming to me to preserve Nora's newborn images! It truly means so much to be honored with such an important job and I couldn't love meeting new families more! Congratulations and many blessings!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield Newborn Photographer in the state of MN. She is a full service newborn photographer that products and images that that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements whie 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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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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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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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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