Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Cinderella Glass Slipper Mini Photo Session | Rosemount Photography

Does your little princess love Story Book Princesses? 

Would she love to meet Cinderella?

This is your chance to make her dreams come true!


We will be holding a very special Cinderella Glass Slipper photoshoot, where you can take home the magic with beautiful portraits of your little princess as she gets to meet a storybook princess.

Little princesses are encouraged to dress up in their favorite princess costumes!

The Cinderella mini session has been scheduled for, Sunday September 13th starting at 4:00pm. Sessions will start every 15 minutes and are 10 minutes in length.

What is a mini session? 
In a nutshell, a mini session is a photography session that will last about 10 minutes and is offered at a reduced price to my clients. There are two small package options available to choose from.  Mini sessions offer many perks. For starters, it is a great way to update portraits if you do not have the time for a full session and refresh the pictures hanging on your walls. This is also a great way to get to know me as your photographer!

What is the cost? 
***PAST CLIENTS: If you had a session with me in 2015, you will receive $50 off your package!

Availability 
There are limited spots available and they'll go fast. Sessions are a first-come, first-serve basis.
To reserve your time slot please email me at hbphotomn@gmail.com with 3 details:
1 - Top 3 times slots that work for you (ex. 4pm, 6pm, 6:15pm)
2 - Your package choice ($99 print or $149 digital)
3 - Your choice of check or credit card payment

Your session must be paid in full within 24 hours of booking or your spot may go to someone else.

Once your session has been booked, you will receive an email with more details about the session (what to expect, where to go when you arrive, etc.). The session fee is non-refundable; however, should you need to cancel your appointment, the fee may be applied to another session in 2015.

Don’t miss out on this great offer!!

After the Summer Mini Sessions you will have access to a gallery where you can view and share your images.  Your watermarked images will also be posted on our Honeybee Photography Facebook page in an album.

Client galleries will be posted within 4-6 weeks from your session. Once your images have been loaded, you will receive an email with your private gallery link and password. Your gallery will remain active for 30 days. All print orders must be placed within this time.

*Inclement weather: In the case of rain, the session location may be change or we will reschedule the session. PRAY for no rain!

**Because of the mini time-frame, these sessions are for up to 2 people max (of the same family). You are welcome to book back-to-back sessions to accommodate a bigger family. The mini session cannot be used for engagement, newborns or cake smashes. Refunds will not be given for any reason.


2015 CINDERELLA GLASS SLIPPER MINI SESSION BOOKING SCHEDULE
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
4:00pm –
4:15pm –
4:30pm –
4:45pm –
5:00pm –
5:15pm –
5:30pm –
5:45pm –
6:00pm –
6:15pm –
6:30pm –

Win A Free Cinderella Mini Session ($149 Value) – Facebook Contest
It is simple; here is what to do:

1 - Make sure you have "liked” my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HoneybeePhotoMN
2 - Go to my Facebook page and share the photo/post pinned to the top of the page with Facebook friends using the share arrow and help promote this event.
3 – Leave a comment on that post letting me know you have shared it!

Everyone who has shared that post will be entered to win a free session. I will use a random generator to select the winner.

GOOD LUCK!!

The mini session included in this contest is the Digital Package valued at $149.
Contest begins Today, 9/4/15 and ends Monday, September 7, 2015 at Noon CST.
The winner will be selected via a random generator and announced on Facebook on September 8th, 2015. The winner will have 24 hours to claim their winnings or another winner will be selected.
Do Not ENTER if you are unable to attend on September 13, 2015.

Please note:  Facebook contests are in NO way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Information collected is NOT collected by Facebook. In signing up for this promotion, participants release and indemnify Facebook from all liability.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tips for Parents of Newborns | Newborn Photography Session Tips

Newborn Photography Session – Tips for Parents


First: Congratulations on becoming parents! It is one of the biggest joys on this planet – so enjoy it!

Being a parent myself, I know how little, fragile and beautiful newborns are. I also know that they can be  challenging! ….but I love working with them anyway!

Planning and preparing for a newborn photo session can be confusing, especially if you are a new parent. You probably have a million questions about how a newborn session works.
When should we schedule the newborn photography session? 
When is the best time to do the newborn session? 
When do I schedule the session? 
Where should we have the session? 
Will the baby get cold during the session? 
Will the baby be awake or asleep during the photo session? 
What if the baby gets hungry during the session? 
What should we wear for the photo session? 
Can we use props during the session? 

To help you, I have compiled a few tips to help us get the best out of your upcoming newborn session!

PLANNING THE SESSION 

Scheduling 
We recommend that parents schedule their newborn sessions before the baby arrives to make sure they have a spot on our calendar!  Contact us during your first or second trimester and we can mark you down. We prefer to book a date 5 to 7 days after your due date. We know that most babies do not arrive on that date, but it gives us an idea of when the session will actually happen. Put our name and number on the official “baby is here” call list and we can make arrangements for a time for the session.

Arrival Day! 
Newborn sessions must be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. Though, the best time is between 4-7 days after their arrival. Babies tend to do better in the sessions within the first 7 days of their life because they sleep most of the time. The more they sleep the easier it is for us to move them around into the sweet sleepy newborn poses. Keep in mind that colic and baby acne starts to appear around 14 days. Let’s see that little bundle early!
Location 
There are several locations your newborn session can take place. Many newborn sessions take place in your home. Don’t be worried if your house is a mess; we understand that you JUST had a baby! You probably have dishes in the sink, baby items all over the living room and dirty clothes piled up. We will work around everything. We love taking family photos on mom & dad’s bed, so make the bed. We also love shooting in the nursery, especially if it is beautifully decorated.

If the weather is warm, your session can take place outdoors. We can use the cute buckets, blankets and capture a nature background!

If you are only looking for just newborn shots and no family, you are welcome into my home for photos!

Displaying Your Images 
Think about where you want to display your images. Do you want them hanging on the nursery walls? Will they be in frames in the living room? Will they be displayed in a collage of photos on the stairway wall? Let us know so we can shoot specifically for your ideas. It will also help us know if there are specific colors we should be using to fit the style of your home……this leads us to planning for props.
Props 
Please let us know if there are specific colors you would like to use in the images. We have a collection of blankets, wraps, baskets, knit hats and headbands available for parents to use. You are also welcome to use any of your own props. Items with color and texture help make unique images. If you have toys, hats, props or family heirlooms you would like to use in the session, please let us know so we can advise on what will work best.
What to Wear
You just had a baby, so pamper yourself! Feel free to get your hair, nails and makeup done; or even have someone come to you! Go get a massage to help you feel and look super relaxed. Keep your clothing simple.
  • Parents are the most important “props” baby has. Mom should feel beautiful. We suggest short or long sleeves to flatter. Light colored, solid tops. Long dress with a light pattern for whimsy and softness. The significant other can wear a solid shirt complimentary to mom’s color. A subtle pattern on the shirt can add interest, like a striped button down. 
  • Siblings should be in solid, neutral colors (cream, white, grey) to keep focus on the baby.
  • Baby will be naked for some of the images. This is the one time in their life it is ok to be photographed nude. Wraps, blankets and diaper covers can be used on the baby. Keeping everyone else in neutral colors will keep the focus on baby when they are swaddled in a colorful wrap. We do not recommend using newborn outfits because they tend to be too big and cover their face when parents hold them. However, if grandma made a special outfit, let’s take a few shots! 
***If you are looking for recommendations for a hair stylist or makeup artist, I have worked with many and can make arrangements for you!

BEFORE WE ARRIVE

We Love Light!
Natural light is the most flattering. Before we arrive, please have all your curtains and blinds open. Once we arrive we will do a quick walk through of your home looking for the best natural light for us to set up our mini studio. Sometimes the best location is in the kitchen or by a deck door; usually wherever there is a large window.

Babies Love Heat! 
It is recommended that you keep your home a little warmer than usual for the session. Newborns are used to being in 98.6 degree temp of your womb. We want them to be comfortable when we get those cute naked baby shots. Heat also helps them sleep better. We will be hot, but the baby will love it! We will also bring a small heater to help.

Prepping Baby 
  • About 30 minutes before the session, please loosen up your baby’s diaper. This allows the little imprint marks time to disappear. Your baby will be naked in some of the shots, so we want the red marks to go away. 
  • Because we want the baby sleepy for the session. We recommend that you try to keep your baby awake for a while before the session. Trust us, it will be worth it! 
  • We love “milk drunk” babies! Please feed and burp the baby right before the session to ensure baby is happy and sleepy. We may ask you to nurse (or feed) the baby during our session if they start to get cranky. 
  • Gather all the props you would like to use during the session. 

DURING THE SESSION
  • Silence is Golden! During the session we need to have the house/location quiet to keep the baby asleep. If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a sitter that can take them from home for a few hours. If you have a pet, you may want to do the same. We will create white noise while we are there. If you plan to have children a part of the session, we recommend bringing them in the beginning or end of the session and then have someone take them. Only those being photographed should be at the session. 
  • Relax! We are comfortable working with newborns. The baby may get fussy, but we will get great shots; sometimes it just takes time to calm down the little bundle of joy. We let the baby take the lead. Sometimes the baby will need to eat, get a new diaper and just need to cuddle with mama. Babies know when the parents are stressed, so keeping the environment mellow and calm helps to keep the baby calm. 
  • Shit happens! Literally! Because the baby will be naked we may see them use the blankets as a diaper. It is ok. We clean up and move on. There is no need to feel embarrassed. As a mom myself, I have been peed on before! It would be helpful if you had a stack of old towels, extra wipes and blankets on hand just in case things get messy. 
  • Safety Dance! Your baby is in safe hands. If there is ever a point during the session where you become uncomfortable, please let us know. We will not put the baby in unsafe positions, even if the parent wants to get a specific pose! If we feel it is unsafe, we will not proceed. The baby’s safety comes first. 

To summarize, here is a short check list: 

  • Schedule your session by your 2nd trimester for 5 to 7 days after your due date 
  • The session should be held before the baby is 14 days old (best is 4-7 days old) 
  • Select a location 
  • Determine where you want to display images 
  • Pick out props & outfits 
  • Heat up the room and allow natural light to shine 
  • Feed baby before session and loosen up diaper 
  • Gather towels, wipes, blankets 
  • Planning with me!
Looking forward to meeting this beautiful baby!

Melissa

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Senior Style Guide Twitter Specialist | Exciting News

Guess what? I have some exciting news to share with you!

I am very excited to announce that I have taken on a new “job”!

You are looking at the new Twitter Specialist for Senior Style Guide!

SSG is a Print Magazine and Blog providing inspiration to senior portrait photographers and high school teens.

You can follow us on Twitter: @senior_style

Thank you to the Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Vickie Black, for the opportunity!

Cheers to new adventures!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015 | The Cost of Freedom


Why is it that over time so many things lose their meaning? Memorial Day, like many other holidays, has been reduced to a long weekend of bar-b-ques, camping, and swimming.

Here is the real meaning of this special holiday.

        Me·mo·ri·al Day 
        noun 
        a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. 

My family took the drive to Fort Snelling National Cemetery today. As my husband introduced our son to his grandpa Goers for the first time, not only did my heart ache that my son will not physically meet his grandfather, and my husband won’t get to put his son into his father’s arms, but how many others were at the same place, feeling the same pain, at the same time.

We also made a stop to visit my grandpa Paulus. While most children don’t know their great-grandparents, I will always share the stories with my son of being at Balsam Lake with my grandpa and our very special Christmas Eve celebrations with our family.

Today we remember and honor the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Take some time to remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And if you see a vet today, make sure to thank them for their service.

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” – John F. Kennedy








Friday, May 15, 2015

Food Truck Friday in Mendota Heights


Raise your hand if you like food!
Ok, raise your hand if you like food trucks!
Now, raise your hand if you like a different food truck to come to your work in Mendota Heights every Friday!

Who doesn’t love that?  Well, if you don’t, then stop reading!

Food trucks are rolling into Mendota Heights this summer for Food Truck Friday! This is the 3rd year in a row this event has been happening, in one way or another.

Check out the details!

2015 Event Information
One truck every Friday starting
June 5th and run through September 26th
from 11am – 2pm
The truck will park on Enterprise Drive on the corner of Northland Drive in Mendota Heights
CLICK HERE FOR MAP 

Over 70 trucks have been invited to participate, most who are listed on the Minnesota Food Truck Association website. The schedule should be released soon so be sure to visit the Facebook page to keep up to date! Facebook Page 

You will likely see the following trucks at this year’s event:





 





If there is a truck you would like to see, reach out and tell them about the Food Truck Friday event!

History
This event started in 20013 when Melissa Goers (yes, yours truly; I am writing in the 1st person) reached out to her friend, who owned a food truck, to come to her work and set up shop for her co-workers one Friday each month. She invited the other businesses in her building, and soon others from surrounding offices started showing up.

The following year, in 2014, the event grew because the event was such a huge hit! Each Friday there was a new truck that rolled in over the summer; 12 different trucks including:
Tot Boss
Tiki Tim's
Sizzling Wagon
A La Plancha
Gogi Bros
Café Racer
Twin City Fritter & Philly
Motley Crews
AZ Canteen
Home Street
Rusty Taco
R.A. MacSammy’s

A Facebook page was created to help promote the event and went from zero to 60 immediately!  There were over 300 likes in the first month! She stays active on Facebook throughout the season, posting about each truck which helps to provide hype. Melissa heard from people who were travelling from Hudson, Minneapolis and Lakeville each Friday for the event.

This event was not without its challenges. During the 2nd year, Melissa found out that the city of Mendota Heights did not allow food trucks to be parked on the streets, as part of the transient merchant’s code. She worked with Justin Miller, the city administrator, and was granted a temporary permit for the summer event.

She helped to change the law in Mendota Heights!
In 2015, the city changed the code because of Melissa’s efforts! Registration is required and there are operation requirements, but they are allowed!  (See Title 3 Chapter 3 Section 6: Mobile Food Trucks in the Mendota Heights City Code)

So, if you work at Paychex, Sun Country, Wuxi AppTec, Lloyd’s BBQ, Digital DataVoice, Manna Freight Systems, Northwestern Mutual, State Farm, R J Ryan Construction, or any other business around the Mendota Heights or Eagan area, make sure you stop by some Friday and check out this event!

Enjoy!

Visit the blog that was written up for Twin City Fritter & Philly: Food Truck Photography | TwinTown Philly

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day | Children Photography | Leprechaun Kisses

Look at this wee shamrock I was lucky to photograph on St. Patrick’s Day! He is the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow! Since Easton was born I have been taking his photo for each holiday and I want to continue this tradition and blog about them. My lucky charm is already 5 months old; time flies! He was not in the mood for photos this day, but I was able to catch a couple Irish smiles. We had a bit o’ fun when mama put on some red lipstick and kissed his delightful cheeks.

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tips For Getting a Great Headshot | Minnesota Headshots

Don’t let your headshots be an epic fail. 


Headshots are not just for actors or actresses trying to get a new roll! 

Today, it is a way of marketing yourself. You could be a realtor, dentist, entrepreneur or maybe you just want a great Facebook profile image! Headshots play a huge roll in connecting you to your consumers and establish your credibility and put a face with your resume.

This is not about being glamorous, but capturing the real you, because that is who people are connecting with.

How do you prepare for your headshot? Here are some tips for getting a great headshot!

Hire a Professional 
Don’t ask a friend who happens to have a “good” camera. And don’t rely on your iPhone to do the job.  Instead, invest in a photographer who has experience taking headshots for many industries. You will want someone who knows how to achieve the ideal lighting for the look you want.

Select the Right Location 
Your headshots should reflect who you are and show some personality. Try to avoid shooting in a studio because they will look like every other headshot that has been taken. There are many indoor and outdoor locations in the Twin Cities that allow for a great background, but highlight You!

Wear Something That Suits You
The focal point should be your face, not the neon green shirt you are wearing. Go for classic looks. Do not wear the latest trends because you do not want your photos to be outdated sooner than they should be. Your clothes should reflect your personality and the persona you would like to portray!
Solid colors are best
Plain shirt to start with, then add accessories, such as necklaces or scarves
Bring 2-3 different shirts so you have a selection to pick from
Iron! No wrinkles in clothes are allowed
Lint free zone! Bring a lint roller

Put On Your Best Face (and Hair) 
Don’t go the salon and get a brand new hair style, just get a trim. Don’t go overboard with heavy makeup or a new look! Stay with who you are. Be natural and cover up blemishes. During the shoot, add more (or darker) makeup as the session goes on. The night before, exfoliate your lips with a sugar & olive oil scrub to remove dead skin. Avoid looking like an Oompa Loompa by not over tanning or extensive exfoliating the night before. Men: Avoid the 5 o’clock shadow by shaving right before the session. If you can afford one, hire a hair stylist and makeup artist that can stay with you during the shoot. PS – I know a great one!

Don’t Be Nervous 
Don’t be afraid of the lens. You want to make a personal connection to your audience, so make eye contact and be confident. Think of it as meeting someone for the first time.

Prepare Before The Shoot
Bring extra makeup and moisturizer to the shoot for touch-ups
Females: Bring gloss for shine
Males: Bring lip balm for soft lips
Bring a brush and hair products to help with fly-aways
Style your hair down and then we can pull it back for a casual look
Determine what side is your “better side”
Practice your expressions and smiles in the mirror
Prepare some songs on a playlist to help you get comfortable during the shoot

Don’t Forget To Update Your Headshots
Obviously, you don’t want to use the same headshot on your website, LinkedIN profile or in your portfolio 20 years down the road. You will want to get your headshots retaken every couple years to stay relevant and fresh.

Looking for a headshot photographer in Minneapolis/St. Paul? 
If you live in the Twin Cities metro area and are interested in having headshots taken, contact Honeybee Photography MN. We will make sure to utilize the Minnesota landscape and structures to achieve your idea headshot that reflects you and your personality.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Polar Plunge 2015 | Client Philanthropy

Normally I blog about photography session that I have taken, but this time I wanted to feature the philanthropy of one of my favorite clients; Tamara!  I have worked with Tamara and her family for a number of years. We photographed newborn sessions of both of her children, a maternity session and a family session.

This past weekend Tamara and her husband, Mark, did something amazing! They teamed up with the Black Knight Financial Services Polar Plunge Team, Tamara’s work team, and took the plunge into freezing Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

Watch their video below! 

Each year, the Polar Plunge challenges thousands of courageous jumpers at a number of different locations around Minnesota. Individuals, organizations and businesses get involved in supporting Special Olympics Minnesota. All funds raised by plungers goes towards programming and events for more than 8,000 athletes statewide.

Black Knight Financial Services accepted that challenge and braved the Minnesota elements: Minnesota Nice meets Minnesotan Ice! They had 18 plungers participate this year and raised $13,988! In the past they had bigger teams, but their company made a $10,000 donation to help them meet their fundraising goal!

At 40 degrees, it was a perfectly “warm” day to participate, as opposed to last year when we were in negative temperatures. When you watch the video below, pay attention to the female in the first group who does the belly flop; that is Tamara!

Tamara commented that the Plunge organizers have always treated them so wonderful! Every single one of them thanks each plunger and tells them how much they appreciate the continued support year after year. Tamara and her team got to meet some athletes and talk about how the Special Olympics changed their lives.

“Every year I think I’m more excited to start putting together our team for the next year!” commented Tamara.

Maybe next year I will head out with her to take some photos!

If you would like to donate, please visit her fundraising page.

View The Plunge!



Black Knight Financial Services 

Polar Plunge




Saturday, March 7, 2015

Aoife | Rosemount Baby Photography | Radiance


Aoife is an Irish feminine given name derived from the Gaelic aoibh, which means “beauty” or “radiance”.  Her parents selected the perfect name for this beauty! When I first saw her name in an email I had to do a Google search to figure out how to pronounce it.  Click here for the pronunciation.
Aoife turned 6 months this winter and she was so happy and glowing that she looks like she has a summer radiance. While we were at her house, we discovered her love for pearls! Watch out daddy, she has expensive taste! Her adorable older brother joined her session which resulted in some kisses, hair-pulling and cuddles in Aoife’s crib.  Her nursery also has a bright radiance, which shows through her sunshine walls.

I am excited to work with her and her family again this summer! Stay tuned!












Friday, March 6, 2015

Easton | Rosemount Newborn Photography | Miracle


This blog, believe it or not, was the hardest one to write. Why? Well because Easton is my first child and there was so many emotions running though my head that I didn't know where to start! Newborn photography is a privilege and when the newborn is your own, well, that is just extra special.

Baby Easton was born on October 6th, 2014. What, he is already 5 months old? Where did the time go? Oh, that’s right – I was spending every second I could with this sweet little boy.

One bonus of living with the “subject” is that I get to walk downstairs to my studio whenever he is asleep. So, lets just say that this session was one of the longest sessions I have ever done. I wanted to use every prop I had and snap every pose I could think of, but settled for just a few.

My October pumpkin slept like a champ in his basket and the wooden bed handmade by my step-dad. He has the sweetest little cheeks and the little Paulus eyes. He definitely will be mama’s boy for life! We even found a way to incorporate some hockey into the session for daddy’s little champ. We received the knitted hockey skates from a family friend at one of my baby showers. So cute!

You're my life's one Miracle,
Everything I've done that's good
And you break my heart with tenderness,
And I confess it's true
I never knew a love like this till you....

When you smile at me, I cry
And to save your life I'll die
With a romance that is pure heart,
You are my dearest part
Whatever it requires,
I live for your desires
Forget my own, needs will come before
Who could ever love you more?

Well there is nothing you could ever do,
To make me stop, loving you
And every breath I take,
Is always for your sake
You sleep inside my dreams and know for sure
Who could ever love you more?