Ordal Family, Owatonna, MN ~Family Photographer

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time photographing families in and around Owatonna, MN, especially during the fall. During the planning phase of a family photo session, I  ask what your main goal is for your session. When I asked Whitney what her goal was, she said she wanted to capture this fun time in their daughter’s life. She realized how quickly their daughter was changing and wanted some good photos to document it all. This spoke to my soul, there’s nothing better than being given the freedom to just capture people how they are.

Telling the Whole Story

Sometimes family photographers stop shooting when a child stops smiling, but then we are only showing part of the story. Whitney’s comment about capturing this age, made me feel free to keep shooting even when things weren’t “picture perfect.” The end result is something that I just love! It tells a story of our time together, a story that is completely unique to them. It has what every good story has…the time spent getting to know the characters, the problem that needs to be overcome (HUNGER!!!), and of course the heartfelt ending. If I had stopped shooting during the less than happy moments, then the Ordal family would have an incomplete story. The teary-eyed moments help us appreciate the smiles and enjoy them that much more. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family’s story.

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