Sneak Peek: The Divine Miss M [Minneapolis Teen Photographer]

What can I say about M?  She is gorgeous and an absolute natural in front of the camera.  She made my job so easy!

M does some modeling and wanted some new head shots so we did some traditional posing but she also brought her guitar and I can’t even tell you how much fun that was!

I am so excited to get the session completely edited but for now here is a sneak peek.

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A Letter to My Son

Dear Noah-

Once upon a time there was a young woman who dreamt of a family.

This family included a loving husband and a gaggle of children.

Those children wore frilly dresses and pink ribbons.

She imagined a life of braided hair, fashion tips and boyfriend advice.

It never occurred to this young woman that her future would include blue layettes and hockey sticks.

Imagine her shock when she went in for her sonogram and discovered a little something she didn’t expect.

She was a taken aback.

This was not the plan.

Her life was a “No Boys Allowed” zone.

But you came anyway.

In a perfect world she would have taken one look at you and known that it was meant to be.

But that wasn’t the case.

She knew you were coming.

She bought the clothes and the bedding to prepare for you but still she wasn’t ready.

What was she supposed to do with this foreign creature?

It didn’t take long, however, for that young woman to realize that you were exactly what she needed.

You were quite possibly the easiest baby in the world so when you cried you broke her heart:

As you grew she came to realize what a happy, content & pure soul you had:

And then you went to Kindergarten and you both grieved:

As much as she  prayed it wouldn’t happen, you grew:

….and grew…..

….and grew….

…..until suddenly you became a young man:

…and in the blink of an eye the young woman wasn’t as young as she thought.

She was once again put in a position where she wasn’t sure how to deal with this alien creature who was thrust into her world.

But she had enough experience under her belt to know that this, too, was a phase and that the two of you would get through it together.

She knew that although you might pull away from her for now you would always remember the days when she gently tucked you under her wing and tried to show you that even when the world seemed hurtful and unfair you would always have a soft place to land.

She knew that even when you didn’t want to admit it,  nothing could replace your mother.

She knew enough to take a step back and allow you to dive head first into the deep end of puberty & watch you flail your arms and gasp for breath, knowing that you would eventually resurface and find yourself.

And maybe, just maybe, you would wipe the water from your eyes and see her standing on the sidelines, cheering you on, waiting patiently for you to return.

And you would smile.

She knew that eventually you would realize that she loved you more than anyone would ever love you.

She knew that at some point you would have enough clarity to see that although she wasn’t perfect as a mother her love for you was infinite.

And in that she found peace.

Love,

Mom

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Our Own Personal Marley

Today we put our dog down.

We’ve known it was coming for a while.  In November the vet told us it was a matter of weeks.

Fast forward to mid-April and his body finally gave out and he was unable to stand on his own.

I could tell you that he was the best dog in the world but that wouldn’t be truthful.

He was quirky and skittish.

When he was a puppy he chewed a hole in the wall of our rental apartment.

He nipped at my kids numerous times & he was impatient with all children (we would lock him up when people came over).

He barked too much and literally stole food from our hands.

I kicked him out of our home twice as a puppy because I couldn’t handle his idiosyncrasies but I always took him back because he was a part of our family and I couldn’t imagine life without him.

In contrast:

He loved us unconditionally.

He protected us fiercely.

He was the smartest dog I have ever encountered.

When we moved into our current home he instinctively knew where the property lines were and never did his business outside of those lines.

He knew that when I put lip gloss on it meant that I was leaving the house and he would bark incessantly .

He was somehow able to distinguish between when I was gone for everyday errands and when I left for uncommon reasons.  He was in a panic when I returned, thinking I might never come home again.

When I miscarried several years ago he laid at my feet for hours while I wept, occasionally putting his face in my lap to remind me that I still had him.

He was my Marley and I was his Jennifer Aniston. (Well, if Jennifer was a 5’5″ overweight brunette with a big nose and and a pension for biting sarcasm. 🙂  )

You will be missed, Cy, and I’m pretty certain that doggie heaven has an endless buffet of pizza and bread just for you.

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Transcending

This one is worth five minutes of your day.  Trust me.

And a couple of images of my best girl….the one I live for, breathe for, love….

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Casting Call!

I am currently looking to expand my portfolio in a few specific areas and need models/volunteers!  You will receive a free session & an 8×10 print of your choice for helping me out.  All sessions must take place prior to September 30, 2010 & I am accepting a limited number of requests in each category.

The details:

Newborns: Ideally, baby should be 4-10 days old but cannot be over 2 weeks of age.  I will come to your home and you should be comfortable  having your baby photographed in his/her birthday suit (tastefully, of course!!)  I will need at least one room that offers lots of natural light. The session’s main focus will be on the baby and perhaps a few poses with Mom & Dad.  Sibling/family poses will not be included.

High School Juniors/Seniors: This will be a full 60-90 minute session for a high school junior or senior with an urban or country feel.  (I have some GREAT locations from which to choose!!)  I am looking for someone who is outgoing, has a great sense of style and is willing to do a mix of traditional & non-traditional portraits.   This session includes one outfit change if desired.

Couple/Engagement Session: Are you looking for some fresh, fun, and funky photos of you and your significant other?  Whether you are dating, engaged, or married I am looking for a couple who is outgoing and ready to have fun!  These will have an urban feel and I have some cool locations in mind.

For more examples of my work please visit my Facebook page and become a fan!

Please contact me at michellejohnson418@comcast.net if you are interested.

Think Spring!

Michelle

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Remembering Why…..

I was cleaning out my hard drive tonight & came across this picture.  I have almost deleted this image a hundred times but something stopped me.  From a technical standpoint this picture is worthless:  the highlights are blown & the shadows are clipped.  The lighting is bad and the composition is for crap.  But guess what?  I don’t see any of that.  I see a perfect moment in time.

My dad has been an absolute rock star as a grandfather. He will drive two hours one way to see his grandchildren play any sport.  It doesn’t matter if they win or lose. It doesn’t matter if they are the best or worst player on the team.  It doesn’t matter how they perform.  It matters that he was there.

I wasn’t close enough to hear the conversation in this photo but I know *exactly* what was said:

“Did you have fun?”

“Yeah”

“Did you do your best?”

“Yeah”

“That’s all that matters.”

For the record, they won that game.

And my dad was a fiercely competitive high school football coach for 15+ years.

And that’s why I love my dad……..and this picture.

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Sneak Peek! The G Family

I first met the G family in March when I had the privilege of doing Baby Z’s newborn portraits.  When they contacted me to do family portraits I jumped at the opportunity!  I feel a real connection with this family.  They remind me so much of my own family a decade ago.

I went into this session feeling so inspired.  We had a fabulous location & I had grand ideas for poses & props.  I was quickly reminded, however, who was really in charge….and that was little Miss K.  This little girl stole a piece of my heart the first time I met her but she may very well have taken the rest of it with her during this session.  She’s a spitfire, this one.  She is charming, precocious, uncompromising and sweet all at once.  I would {love} to meet her again in 20 years because I think that she is well on her way to becoming an absolutely amazing woman!

And of course there is Mr. Z….such a laid back, sweet little guy who is willing to go along with whatever is thrown his way.  He was such a trooper on that crisp November morning.  We didn’t hear a peep from him !

This is my  favorite family portrait to date.  I absolutely love the emotion it captures!  It is such a real  moment and one I hope they will remember for years to come.

Thank you, thank you, thank you G family for allowing me to be a part of your lives!

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