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    My name is Mandy and I am a photographer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I do birth, newborn, children and family photography as well as provide casual headshots for personal or professional use. I am primarily a natural light, on-location photographer but have a small St. Paul studio for newborn and headshot sessions.

    I also provide fun, casual school portraits for preschools and daycare centers. If your school is ready for something different, let's get in touch!

What an amazing, amazing fall we had last year in the Twin Cities. Fall is always such a stressful time for photographers, trying to predict weeks in advance when the leaves will be perfect, searching out the best locations, trying to extend a season that sometimes seems to last only a week into as many weeks as possible in order to accommodate everyone’s wishes for beautiful fall portraits. But last year, it was gorgeous and it lasted for what seemed like ages! We got to capture some great family photos on this incredible backdrop of foliage for a family I met through my preschool work.

Of course, this probably means that this year, Fall will be two days long and all the leaves will either blow or be rained off the trees right away. Ah well.

minneapolis fall family photos

family portrait in fall color

fall portraits of brothers

mom and her sons

father and sons fall portrait

fall minneapolis family

portraits of minneapolis boys

Hey, remember when I used to blog? WAY BACK WHEN. So much radio silence lately! You’d think there wasn’t much going on but it’s been just the opposite – so much going on that there’s not enough time to share. My “To Be Blogged” folder has grown to over 60 sessions so now that the weather is affording me some lovely hibernation time, I think it’s time to get started.

Last summer, I got to photograph this awesome Indian family barbecue. They had gathered in Minneapolis from across the country to celebrate and welcome a brand new little guy and wanted to document that time. I love the type of documentary photography that just allows me to step back and capture what’s going on without any involvement and hopefully allows everyone else to (mostly) forget that I’m there. And when the event includes amazing, brightly colored dress like this one? Even better.

Indian grandmother holds newborn grandson

Indian Barbecue

Indian family portrait

Indian family and relatives hanging out

Colorful Indian BBQ in Minneapolis

Indian family gathering in Minnesota

woodbury community expo at east ridge high school

This was my third year at the Woodbury Community Expo and the second year that I photographed it for the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce. This is always a fun event because it’s a great way to meet new people and check out businesses in the Woodbury area. Since the Bielenberg Sports Center has been under construction, the Expo was held at East Ridge High School this year which meant more space, bigger booths and multiple levels of events.

The Expo is free for visitors and has tons of activities for kids and adults – vendor booths, food, performances, bounce house, balloon art, face painting, big machines, etc.

Below are just a few photos of the many vendors and activities. I tried to add links for those I could remember!

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Some photos from a great little Montessori school in St. Paul. One of the interesting parts of getting to photograph different schools is that I get to see and learn a little bit about different teaching and learning philosophies. For instance, I learned here that Montessori schools generally have mixed-age rooms for children 2.5/3-6 and they’re often called Houses, whereas the infant/toddler classes are called Communities. Having a variety of ages lets the younger kids learn from the older ones and the older ones to strengthen their skills through teaching.

Of course, there’s a WHOLE lot more to it than that but hey, someone’s gotta take the photos!

st paul preschool portraits

saint paul preschool photos

candid preschool photos

outdoor preschool photos in st paul

candid preschool pictures

preschool boys photos minnesota

natural preschool photos in st paul

little girl in preschool

The mom of one of my very first client families, whose kids I’ve gotten to photograph many times over the years, came in for some professional headshots. It’s just so hard when I have a stunning model that looks perfect in every photo, y’know?

headshots in st paul

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