Display your Photos!

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You invested time, energy, money and a lot of thought into your photo session.  You chose outfits, decided on backgrounds, rounded up the family and maybe even employed some bargains and bribes to get everybody to cooperate.  I know…I have done it!  Then you reviewed and agonized (well that might be a strong word, but you know what I mean), when choosing your final photos for print.  But then after all that, there they sit in the box.  They deserve prime real estate in your home!  Share them, show them off, and enjoy them for years to come!

And you know, really, that doesn’t just apply to your professional photos.  If you are like me, you probably have a ton of great photos on your phone and stuck in your computer.  Get those printed, too!  If only for the reason that if something were to happen to your computer, phone, tablet, etc.  you could lose those photos forever.  It gives me a pit in my stomach just to think of that possibility.  Here are some other reasons to get those photos printed and displayed….

Self Confidence:  Displaying your photos helps build your children’s self esteem and self confidence.  They notice that you have taken the time to frame, hang, and show off their photos!  It feels great  and helps them understand that they are valued and loved and that you want to see them all the time.

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My kids in the kitchen. These are displayed as 18×24 Float Wraps.

Memories:  Everybody says it, but oh how true….life goes by in the blink of an eye.  When you display your photos, you bring back some of the memories, feelings, etc.  You can watch your children grow and recall how your precious newborn felt in your arms, hear that silly toddler giggle, and feel the pride of graduation day.   Nothing sparks those memories like a great photo.

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Look how Lacy displayed one of each of her Milestone’s Photos! You can really see how her son has grown in relation to the Tonka Truck. So cute!

Sharing:  Photos spark dialogue.  When we look at photos together, we share the memories and events.  We smile and laugh together.  And especially on a hard day, or when a loved one feels far away, a photo can help us recall all that is good in our lives.

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Annette has several years of her girls displayed lovingly and beautifully on her walls.

 

 

 

 

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Valentine Mini Sessions

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Valentine Mini Sessions photo

It’s time for pink, red, hearts and kisses and something new at the studio!  Valentine Mini Sessions!  I have two great backdrops to choose from and 3 discounted packages.  In addition, if you decide on adding to your package order, all additional prints and digital images are 25% off!  Wallet sized choices include traditional wallets, or Valentine Card Wallets that are adorable for classroom exchanges!

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Valentine Mini Sessions photo

Valentine Mini Sessions photo

Call to make an appointment for your personalized Valentine Mini Session!  701-748-5656 

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Don’t Pitch those Pretty Cards!

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Dont Pitch those Pretty Cards! photo

 

I have just about got all the Christmas decorations boxed up and put away (well, the kids almost have it all done).  But every year I cringe at the thought of throwing out all the wonderful cards we receive from friends and family.  I know a lot of thought and love went into creating the cards and mailing them out, and they are just too pretty to pitch.  So, with that in mind, here are some great ideas for ways to enjoy your Christmas cards all through the year….

1.  Take a photo of the cards and assign them to your phone contacts.  I absolutely adore this idea and have started on updating all the contacts in my own phone.  How great is it to see a “face” pop up when a new call call comes in?

 

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2. Use ring clips to create a book of all the cards. Of course you can get as creative as you want with this. Pack them up with the rest of your decorations to bring back out every Christmas.  How fun will it be to go through them year after year and see how kids have grown and people have changed through time!  It’s also a great ice breaker at get togethers.  Your guests will love to peruse through past cards and reminisce.

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Ring Clip Cards Together

 

3. Create a Prayer Basket or add the photo cards to your Bible or daily devotional book. Each day, pull a card and add that family to your prayer list for the day. This would would be an excellent idea for kids to do at bedtime as well.

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Prayer Basket

 

4. Create a “WHO LOVES ME?” booklet for children. The book can help younger children learn names and all of them feel connected to a bigger group of family and friends who care about them.

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I’d love to hear your tradition for your family and friends holiday cards. Of course there are a ton of ideas on pinterest and craft website and blogs. If you receive a lot of non-photo cards there are even more ideas for recycling these. Just one more thing to add to your after-holiday clean up list.

 

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Senior Football Pictures – Hazen Senior Photographer

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First I want to congratulate this great young man on a stellar high school football career!  He was recently named to the 2014  American Family Insurance ALL-USA North Dakota Football Team. But before that, he played a key part on the Hazen Bison Football team and winning two back-to-back State Championships.   Along the way, Seth a gathered up a whole bunch of awards, as well:  All-Conference, All -Region, and All-State three years in a row as well as All-Area his junior and senior years.   Equally noteworthy, Seth also won awards for carrying a 3.5 grade point average all through football season.

Natural talent, determination, a strong work ethic at practice and at school along with some serious time at the gym have paid off!  After football season, Seth will move right into Basketball and track.

And to top it all off, Seth is just a really great guy – smart, quiet, and probably a little embarrassed that I have written all this (humble).  I have grabbed him from his workouts in the gym several time to come help me change light bulbs or move heavy stuff.  I’m going to miss him next year after he is off at college.  Speaking of college, I don’t think he has chosen yet where he will be attending and is still going on a few visits while he narrows down his choices.  Well, wherever he decides to go, I’m sure success will follow!

One of the great parts of my job, is that I get to spend a little time with some pretty remarkable young people!Senior Football Pictures   Hazen Senior Photographer photo

Senior Football Pictures

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Formal Style senior photos

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Senior Pictures in the gym

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Senior pictures in the gym

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Casual senior pictures in studio

 

 

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Newborn Baby Photographer

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I don’t blog my newborn baby photography sessions nearly enough.  But this little sweetie and her beautiful family were an inspiration.  This was this family’s first time using a professional photographer, and I am happy to say that we all had a fantastic time and created some cherished photos.  They are even newborn pictures that I will cherish, as I just love how they came out.  I have a large variety of newborn photography props, hats, headbands, baskets, blankies, etc., so we can create and endless number of combinations and sets to fit just about any style.  In this case, we chose to keep most of the photos quite simple, focusing on this perfect little new baby.

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Newborn baby in basket

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simple newborn photos

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Colorful newborn photo with siblings

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Newborn and family picture

Newborn Baby Photographer photo

Newborn and Siblings

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Newborn baby in wrap

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Newborn in basket

The perfect time for family pictures is during a newborn session.  Individual pictures of both mommy and daddy are always beautiful to look back on.  That time when your newborn baby will fit in your hands is so fleeting, this is the time to capture this feeling and hold on to it forever.

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Newborn Baby Photographer photo
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