Documenting your story - Light + Soul MN Photographer

Hey friends.

It’s been awhile but here I am coming at ya with some content, YAY!

I really wanna talk about something that weighs on my mind often. I want to talk about the importance of documenting your life. I often hear people say lets just push it off. Let’s do photos next year! Naahh, we don’t have the money for that… & I get it, really but the fact of the matter is that waiting until fall for photos easily turns into one, two maybe even three years that go by. Now you’re kicking yourself because you have NO updated family photos to share on social media or for that Christmas card we all desperately need to send out! I mean am I right?

Really though, why are we waiting? Why is it put on the back burner but without blinking we go out to buy our Starbucks coffee every morning or we go out to eat every other day. Why is it that we will go out and buy that Michael Kors bag ( its GOOD quality DUH!) but we wont invest in capturing what I am assuming is your most treasured thing in life; your family. While there may be seemingly valid reasons to wait, here are just a few reasons that you shouldn’t.

Do it for your children.

If you just personally hate photos and do want anything to do with them. I get it! I do! Your kids will not get it though. When they get older & they become interested in looking at all your family photos through the years what will you have to show them? What will they have to show their future children? All things that people tend to forget about! Now, am I saying that you need to get photos every single season? UM absolutely not, aint nobody got time for that. LOL an updated family session every year will do just fine.

Life can change in an instant.

Now this wont be the most uplifting reason to read but it’s important nonetheless.

You have no idea what will happen tomorrow. none. Sickness happens, Divorce happens, tragedies happen and dare I say it…death happens. While that may seem to be extreme, it happens all the time. You don’t ever want to wake up amidst devastation and say I wish I would have gotten one last photo of us together. Especially for something so little as putting it off one more year or because of money. Most photographers will have packages to serve all kinds of budgets or will have payment options available so don’t let those things hold you back!

Share your story (It’s okay to brag just a little ;) )

Get those family photos and show off that beautiful family God blessed you with! After all they are your most favorite people right???? Family photos sessions promote more bonding with one another and give your kids a better sense of belonging and security when they see their family photos on display.

I know that photos may seem like a pain but the benefits out weigh the annoyance. So many people tell me how they wished they would have had more photos taken through the years & it breaks my heart. If I could I would take all the magical photos for everyone!!!

Listen, just don’t be that guy okay?

Go book your family session now because after all is said and done, photographs are all you’ll have.

Much love & God bless you all


What does my photographer do in the winter?

It's easy for people to think us photographers get bored when things get slow in the winter & while you may be thinking that I am sitting on my tuchus all winter long slow sipping my coffee and eating bon that even still a saying? lol ANYWAY I am here to tell you that A LOT of stuff goes on behind the scenes in the winter. This is when photographers are doing their planning and scheduling for the year, TAXES (yuck), advertising, new strategies, classes, updating websites and blogs and trying to find the best way to communicate with clients! Something I have had a TON of fun with this year during my "slow" season is styled shoots! I have met and become friends with so many other creatives and had the best time collaborating with them! Styles shoots allow for so much creativity & for me this is so important. I love to do things outside of the box so this is really the perfect way to keep challenging myself and growing as an artist. Here is my most recent stylized shoot with some pretty amazing people!

MUA - Jillian Marie Makeup   FLORAL - Your enchanted florist  DRESS- The White Room  BLING - The Jeweler Ryan



Waterfall Couple Session { Danny & Robyn }

You guys! I so excited to share this session with you! It was so much fun adventuring with these two! They were open to anything which was such a big help since I really wanted them in the waterfall for some of the shots! What a dream location seriously! I already have a few more sessions planned here & CANNOT wait to see what they bring <3 


Minneapolis Lifestyle Photographer RE-brand <3


Here we are again, it's been awhile since I've blogged *insert a thousand sad faces*  Blogging is something that I would love love love to be proficient at however taking care of three children tends to make that near impossible, or at least it feels that way sometimes!  One of my goals this year was to talk with you guys more & darn it I am gonna start doing just that! :D Lets start with my re brand! I know I know I have been hinting and talking about this since like December now but truthfully it's taking a bit longer than anticipated which is okay with me simply because I wanna do it perfectly! Why the change you ask? Well, my style has evolved quite a bit over the last couple of years and I was starting to feel like my branding just wasn't fitting with my vision anymore so I will be undergoing a name change! Light + Soul will be my new business name! It has taking hours upon hours of brainstorming and thought! The reason I choose the name that I did was simple really. Light refers to Gods light. He has given me this gift and I do believe that it is his will that I continue on this path of service to you all! & then there is soul. Soul is referring to the depth at which I feel for this career path. Photography is not by any means just a job to me. It is a part of me. It is and will always be my main goal to show you the beauty that I see and to make you feel what I feel through imagery. Light + Soul = Me. <3

My style has taken a huge turn in the Lifestyle direction and I just love it, it feels right to me so you will definitely continue to see my work going that direction <3 For the first time I feel confident in where I am going on this journey and I am so excited about all these big changes. I hope that you guys are as excited as I am! Look out for updates including a session giveaway and special dates for some summer session Ideas I have! 

Thank you so much for your support

Gianna <3

Minneapolis Family Photographer {The Olson Family }

Good afternoon friends! 

Just popping up to show you some highlights from this sweet little family session from last week! How darling are they? I had the best time getting to know mom,dad and their gorgeous baby girl <3 I have always liked shooting family sessions but have recently grown to LOVE them. I love getting to know each family and how they click. Getting to know them and making folks feel comfortable around you always makes for the most genuine photographs. For instance, one of my favorite things about the Olson's session was how dad looked at his little girl. There is just something so wonderful in his eyes and you can really feel it. During my sessions there will be silliness, lots of jokes and you will get to enjoy a front row seat of me running around like a crazy person getting those shots! If you are feeling stiff or just simply aren't sure how to pose, have no fear I will help you friend! I will make fun of myself often because I think we all need to give ourselves a little more slack right? If you have small children you may hear me say things like "Boogers!" or "Smelly feet!"or " Hey no smiling aloud here!!" or I might even ask them to tell their best knock knock joke! No matter the circumstance my goal is ALWAYS to have fun!!! If that sounds like an adventure that you and your family want to be apart of well then I can't wait to hangout with you! Until then enjoy some photos of this lovely little family! <3

Hey guys...SMILE it's almost FRIDAY! <3 <3 <3


Minneapolis Engagement Photographer { Eric & Rachael}

Rachael is a childhood friend of mine so naturally I was super excited for her when she got engaged and even more excited when she asked me to photograph her engagement session!! I feel so blessed to have been able to capture these forever moments for her! This was my first time meeting Eric & we all clicked right away, it was a FUN shoot and those kind of shoots are my favorite! 


Congratulations Eric & Rachael! I cannot wait to witness your big day <3 <3 <3

Minneapolis Engagement Photographer {Matt & Hannah}

Okay guys! We originally scheduled this shoot to be done at a sunflower field and I was super excited since I haven't shot at one before! A week before the shoot Hannah messaged me with the bad news that the field was wilting and dying! We ended up meeting up at Otsego regional park at golden hour. I anticipated your normal sunset photo shoot right? Wrong. When I got out of the car the lighting was immaculate! We were so blessed that night with the location + light & we took full advantage! These two lovebirds were an absolute joy to photograph & there was never a dull moment that's for sure! I am so grateful to be capturing these moments for my clients, it makes my heart so happy :) I cannot wait to capture their big wedding day next September! <3 <3 <3 So here you go ya'll I hope you enjoy the love, smiles and yummy light as much as I do!


Minneapolis children's photographer {Connor is ONE!}

HIIIII guys! I know it's been quiet, but for good reason I promise! My family has just relocated and have been busy busy with settling in and starting the school season with my BIG kindergatener! (cue tears) I am back though & trying to get back into the swing of it all now that it has slowed down a bit!  You guys I have been getting lots more inquries for one year photo sessions lately & I am just loving it! One is such a fun age & Connor was an absolute doll! Going though his photo session had me crackin up! His facial expressions were just to die for! Seriously the personality on this kid could fill a room! I love photographing and captures his & his families memories, I feel honored because they are such a great little family. So take a break and enjoy Connor's photo session & HAPPY FRIDAY!!! :) <3


Hayden's Cake Smash!

Hayden is ONE YEARS OLD guys! I can't believe it! It seems like just yesterday that I was taking her newborn photos! (Click link below to view) 

She is growing up to be quite the spunky young lady already, she is full of personality and cuteness of course!!! I Can't wait to capture more of little Hayden as she grows <3

Aubrey & Blair <3 <3 <3

I had a little shoot with these two beautiful girls last week! It was so great to catch up with their family! I did a shoot for Aubrey when she was really little & it is just so crazy how much she has grown! This was my first time meeting with little 3 month old Blair, Such a doll I KNOW! I just loved capturing the wonderful bond between these two <3 <3 <3

Memorial day SALE! ( Summer mini Sessions!)

***Gianna Marie Photography is running a Memorial Day Sale! Mini Sessions for $100!!***

30 minute sessions and 10 edited images downloadable from your own web gallery! *BONUS free custom made facebook cover photo for you to share with everyone from your session!

Location : Near Rice creek dog park, Shoreview MN

When: Friday June 3rd- 6:30 pm, 7pm & 7:30pm

Saturday June 4th- 9am, 9:30 am, 10am, 10:30 am, 6:30pm, 7pm & 7:30pm

Sunday June 5th- 9am, 9:30 am, 10am, 10:30 am, 6:30pm, 7pm & 7:30pm

Email ( to book your time slot! Spots will fill fast so grab yours now! :)


Spread the word & Have a great weekend loves <3

Gianna Marie