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