Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Honeybee Photography Philanthropy | Doing Good With My Camera | Twin Cities Photography

My husband and I are very involved in philanthropy. Most of our family and friends know this and are probably sick of us asking them to open their pocketbooks to make a donation of some sort.
1. The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes. 
2. A philanthropic institution; a charity. 
charity - benevolence – beneficence 
In fact, my husband started an organization called Do Some Good, whose mission is:
The Do Some Good mission is to support, strengthen and empower individuals, families and communities throughout the Twin Cities by unlocking the potential of people and challenging them to not only do something positive in their own lives, but to do the same for others in the communities in which they live.

So what does this have to do with photography???

Well, I figured since I have a camera that I could be a power for good in my community. And, you could do the same no matter your experience level. There are so many volunteering opportunities to get involved with for the beginner to the expert.

Last October, I got involved with the National Kidney Foundation (the Minnesota, Dakotas, Iowa & Nebraska region) and offered my photography skills to help document the Twin Cities Kidney Walk event held at Thompson Routers. This annual walk raises funds to support free kidney health screenings, organ donation initiatives, patient advocacy, research, and more right here in our community. We have a friend who underwent a kidney transplant one year ago this month, which is how we got involved with the organization in the first place. (See Jake's story here)

By supporting this organization and event with my camera, I got two benefits in return! The first was the feeling you get from volunteering. Who doesn’t love the high you get from doing something good for someone else? The second was to become a better photographer! This is a great way to gain experience without giving away free friends or family shoots (which is not the best idea if you plan to start your own business). During the event, there was another photographer so I had the freedom to wonder around and capture photos for my portfolio and didn’t feel the normal pressure of getting the picture-perfect photo.

This past April, I found another opportunity. Being a member of the South St. Paul Jaycees, I got the inside scoop on a fundraising event hosted by The Jaycees, their first Spring Vendor Expo. They invited over 30 in-home vendors to exhibit in one spot to raise money for the Jaycees organization. The community was invited to shop for all their favorite items and the Simley High School Colorguard served refreshments for all the guests.

Early this year I had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Kass, the new walk coordinator at the Kidney Foundation here in Minnesota. For the second year in a row, I offered my photography experience for the Twins Cities Walk. Not only did we meet to discuss the opportunity, she asked me to be on the walk planning board based on my philanthropy experience. AND, she asked about potentially hiring me to photograph her and her new husband for their one year anniversary!

Not only do I LOVE to Do Some Good in our community, but look what can come out of doing so! I encourage all of you to find out how you can help better the community you live in! Check out the Do Some Good website for ideas!

If you would like to make a donation to the Jake's Jaunt Kidney walk team, please visit our site HERE.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alice | Through the Looking Glass | Hastings Children Photography

Can you hear over the buzz of flies
Between the pillows and the skies
That beg into your eyes
Through the looking glass in between your thighs
A talking cat's no great surprise
As we go straight down the rabbit hole
There we go
~ Pete Doherty

Beautiful Alice just turned one! This really is the greatest age. She was very curious, just like Alice In Wonderland, but unsure of our surroundings. We had the best time doing her photos with her mom and dad. We finished just in time before the big storm hit! Can't wait for the next session with this blue-eyed beauty!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Watermelon Mini Session | St. Paul Photography

Summer is here and it is about that time for something special and sweet! We are excited to announce our summer Mini Watermelon Sessions! Who doesn’t love watching kids bite into a huge piece of watermelon? These are also great for couples in Love!  They make for some wonderful summer photos!

Summertime watermelon fun! There will be plenty of watermelon on hand. We will use the seedless kind, so no need to worry. If your children happen to not like watermelon, bring their favorite fruit.

What to Wear
Dress your children in bright summery clothes or let your babies go shirtless with bloomers! Bring some fun props if you would like.

The MINI SESSIONS go fast and there are limited spots available. Time slots are limited to the first people who lock in their times. (See the up-to-date booking schedule at the bottom of this post)

Please call or email to reserve your spot.

$25 session deposit is required at booking to secure your spot. This deposit must be paid within 24 hours of booking, or your spot may go to someone else.
* Payment by: mail or in person-check or cash
* Payment online: Paypal (I'm sending money to family or friends)

Once your booking deposit has been paid, you will receive an email with more details about the sessions (what to expect, where to go when you arrive, etc.) Booking deposit is non-refundable; however, should you need to cancel your appointment, the $25 fee may be applied to another session in 2013.

What is a mini session? 
Mini sessions are quick, casual and cute. It is a great way to update family portraits, capture a special phase in your child’s life or just because! These mini sessions can be used for anyone you would like…baby, siblings, couples, etc.
*Because of the mini time-frame, these sessions are for up to two people max (of the same family). There is a fee of $15, for each additional person OR you will need to book two back-to-back sessions.

What You Get
* 15 minute session
* 5 digital images on CD (images will receive basic re-touching)
* Facebook timeline
* Photo print release

You will receive your photos within 4-6 weeks from your session.

Several back-to-back sessions will be booked on this day, so it is important that you are on time for your appointment.

Don’t miss out on this great offer!! 

*Inclement weather: In the case of rain, we will plan a new date and work with you to reschedule your session for a convenient time within two weeks of original dates…but PRAY for no rain!

Sunday, August 25th
9:40am –
10:00am – Stephanie H 
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10:40am –
11:00am –
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Monday, July 8, 2013

T Family | All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun | St. Paul Park Family Photography

All I wanna do is have some fun. I got a feeling I'm not the only one.

Man, I love my clients. Mark, Rachel & Tyler were fun with a capital F! They were laid back and were easy to work with. Tyler definitely has the class-clown personality, which balances out his sister Rachel’s shyness. Here are some of the photos from their session!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade | Minneapolis Lifestyle Photography

Sunday I proudly attended the 2013 Twin Cities Pride’s Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade for the first time. The parade was a celebration of the continued support for equality and inclusiveness in Minnesota for GLBT rights. This year’s theme was “I Have Pride” and concentrated the festivities on raising awareness for individuals’ dedication to 6 pillars - Strength, Enthusiasm, Happiness, Growth, Confidence and Power.

The timing of the parade could not have been better! It was a great month in Minnesota for GLBT supporters with the passage of a new law which legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota and last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that extends federal benefits to same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal.

The parade kicked off at 11:00am with the Grand Marshal, Chris Kluwe, former outspoken Viking’s punter along with other winners of the 2013 Pride Awards: Community Pride Shades of Yellow (SOY), Everyday Hero Brent Dundore Photography and Corporate Achievement St. Jude Medical.

The parade had a party feel from the foam party float to the Hell’s Kitchen rainbow balloons and even a marriage proposal. It was such a fun event to capture on camera!

It was a wonderful experience to see how happy everyone was and to be a part of history! What was also inspiring was to see the large Minnesota companies being a part of the parade; Target, St. Jude, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Delta, Best Buy, 3M, UPS, General Mills, HCMC and others (see the full list at the bottom of the blog).

For those who are not familiar with Ashely Rukes, she was a transgender woman who was active in many social GLBT issues and the director of the Twin Cities Pride Parade for many years. Twin Cities Pride changed the name of the parade to the “Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade” in honor of its late former director.

To learn more about the parade and show support, please visit their website: TWIN CITIES PRIDE.


The 2013 Parade Sponsors:
Delta-Target-UPS-White Bear Mitsubishi-Best Buy-Bud Light-Xfinity-Wells Fargo-US Bank-Rock Bottom Brewery-General Mills-Care with Pride-City Pages-RBC Wealth Management-Sam Adams-AARP-Cub Foods- Barefoot Wine & Bubbly-SCENE-First Equity Mortgage-The Graves Hotel-Lavender-Dataride-Marriott Downtown City Center-Fabulous Functions-Fanfare Attractions-RMH Partners-Allina  

The 2013 Parade Line-Up 
  Minneapolis & St. Paul Police Departments
Twin Cities Pride Banner
Dykes on Bikes
Twin City Riders
Rainbow Flag
Leather Flag
North Star Gay Rodeo
Community Pride Award Winner--Shades of Yellow (SOY)
Corporate Achievement Award Winner--St. Jude Medical
Everyday Hero Award Winner--Brent Dundore
Grand Marshal --Chris Kluwe
White Bear Mitsubishi
Governor Mark Dayton
Minneapolis City Council
Episcopal Church in MN / St. Mark's Cathedral
Mpls City Council Member Diane Hofstede
Delta Air Lines
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Human Rights Campaign
Chris Coleman for Saint Paul
Best Buy
Minnesota Freedom Band
Imperial Court of Minnesota
Wells Fargo
Justin's Gift
United Family Medicine
Save-A-Bull Rescue
Heltzer & Houghtaling, P.A.
W Minneapolis - The Foshay
City Pages
Kindest Cut + Secondhand Hounds
Laura Jeffrey Academy
Hennepin Technical College GSA
A Rotta Love Plus & MN Pit Bull Rescue
Family Tree Clinic
MN Renaissance Festival
United Methodist Reconciling Churches
Plymouth Congregational Church
SlutWalk Minneapolis
Radio K
Minnesota NORML
ACLU of Minnesota
 Amy Ruzick & Kay T. Johnson with RE/MAX Results
Twin Cities Quorum
Out for Equity
Roxxy Hall Band
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
PFLAG Twin Cities
Moxie Hair Salon
Minnesota AIDS Project
Jim Hanbury / Dunk Tank
Red Ribbon Ride
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates Justice Commission
Stonewall DFL
 General Mills GLBT Employee Network; Betty's Family
Minnesota Atheists
Out4Good - Minneapolis Public Schools
Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP)
Primetimers - Minneapolis Chapter
United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns
Cryogenic Laboratories
Dataride /
Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests/Faith Mennonite Church
Winton for Mayor
Prairie Fire Lady Choir
Carleton College & Friends
Sen. Dibble, Rep. Clark, & MN Legislators
Project 515
OutFront Minnesota
101.3 KDWB
Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak
Kaskaid Hospitality
First Christian Church of Minneapolis / Disciples Churches of Minnesota
Twin Cities Theater & Dance Community
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Pie Essentials
5th Congressional District Green Party of Minnesota
Delta Lambda Phi - Delta Chapter
Rainbow Health Initiative
US Bank
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District
Hell's Kitchen
Black Hearts Burlesque
LEAGUE at AT&T: Minnesota
Motorwerks MINI
90's Minneapolis
myTalk 107.1 KTMY
Rudolphs Minneapolis
OutServe - SLDN Northern Tier Chapter
Twin Cities Area Unitarian Universalists
Avalon Charter School
Pizza Luce
Minnesota AFL-CIO
North Star Roller Girls
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN
St. Cloud Pride
St. Cloud State University
Grown & Sexy Productions
BiCities! Local Cable Access TV Show
Mayhem Rugby Football Club
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Center
Prism Campus Alliance
Drumheart: Women's Drum Center
eagleBOLT bar
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Mormon Allies
Catholics Celebrating Marriage Equality
The Saloon
The Firm Minneapolis 
Minneapolis & St. Paul Fire Departments