Portrait Session for a Sitter

This portrait session has to be one of the most amazing sessions that I have had the pleasure of taking! Each time I look at these photos, I am taken back to this session and it brings a huge smile to my face. This little sweetheart was just a few days away from celebrating her first birthday. She had eyes only for her mama the entire time and was trying to crawl to her. At one point, she grabbed my fingers to stand up. I slowly let go of them and she took a few steps in my direction. Instantly mom was clapping and cheering for her little’s girls first steps! From that moment on, there was no more sitting. She was always up and, on the go, pushing a chair around my studio determined to walk unassisted again.

Details Behind a Successful Sitter Portrait Session

Prior to any portrait session, all of the details are planned out. We discuss everything that makes their child happy, pick out a few outfits and accessories to wear, and plan where their artwork will hang in their home, everything is done with intention at Nicki Joachim Photography.

During a sitter session such as this one, I like to give the kids freedom to explore. While I’m busy behind the camera, they are playing with their favorite stuffed animal and listening to songs that make them smile. This allows me to capture their genuine smiles and reactions to games such as peek-a-boo.

A special thank you to Cotton Baby Bonnets for creating this beautiful romper to be used in this session. More of their work can be viewed here: http://cottonbabybonnets.bigcartel.com

These portrait sessions are absolutely gorgeous to decorate your home with. To book a session with me, I am always available over email or on the phone.

Nicki Joachim Photography serves Owatonna, Waseca, Faribault, Dodge Center, Blooming Prairie, Austin, Albert Lea and other southern Minnesota cities.

Senior Portraits ~ Owatonna Senior Photographer

Now is the time to start planning your senior portrait session! I am on the hunt for 2020 seniors that are interested in having a fun photo session. Students that are chosen will have the opportunity to be a featured senior for the upcoming school year. Only a limited number of seniors will be accepted from each school.

Please contact me at info@nickijoachimphotography.com to check on the availability for your high school.


Newborn Portraits, Owatonna, MN ~Owatonna Newborn Photographer

It meant the world to me to be asked to photograph this little man for his newborn portraits. Last year I photographed the wedding of his parents and now they are a family of three! The happiness, hope, and dreams the family has for a new baby fills my heart with joy. There’s just nothing like a new baby and I don’t take my responsibility as a newborn photographer lightly.

Izekiel was nearly two months old when he came to visit me. He proved that newborn portraits can be done with older babies.

Parents may be sleep deprived at this point in their parenting journey, so they can relax while I take care of their newborn. Cynthia was clearly in love with her son and enjoying her new role as a mother. She has shown tremendous maturity by caring for her newborn alone, while her husband Dempsey is overseas serving in the Army.

newborn boy posed with mom for a beautiful family portrait by MN Newborn Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota

Before this newborn session, I worked with Cynthia to plan all the details for her son’s newborn portraits. It was very important to incorporate Dempsey in some way since he was not able to be present for the portrait session. We decided to include some of Dempsey’s Army gear.

The neutral colors used for Izekiel’s newborn portraits will complement any home décor making the images perfect to hang proudly on the wall.

newborn baby boy in beautiful infant portrait by MN Newborn Photographer Nicki Joachim Photography of Owatonna, Minnesota (1)

To book a session with me please contact me here. I would be honored to welcome you to my in-home studio in Owatonna before your little one arrives. We will work together to select props and plan any other details you wish to use for your baby’s newborn portraits. To view other newborn photos click the link here.

Child Photo Session, Owatonna, MN

Spring fever has hit me hard! Since we’re not going anywhere warm, the next best thing is looking at photos from a child session on a warm day! Last summer I had the sweetest girls travel all the way from Dakota, Minnesota to see me for some princess time. We started by trying on and selecting dresses at the studio. Then we ventured to Leo Rudolph Nature Reserve in Owatonna, Minnesota to have some fun.

Once we got to the park, the twirling and giggles started. They were little girls being truly carefree and having a ball. The most important part about taking portraits of young children is being flexible. Children at this age can react to the camera in many different ways so it’s important to take your cues from them and just go with it. And these two really had me going! I made my steps goal just by chasing them around the park. My favorite part about doing more of a lifestyle child session is capturing the kids how they truly are. The silly faces or the way they point their feet are the little details we try to hold on to as our children grow up. These sessions are always so much fun and it means the world to me to document it all for you. To book a session with me, I am always available by phone or email!

Nicki Joachim Photography serves Owatonna, Medford, Faribault, Waseca, Rochester, Austin, Albert Lea, Mankato and other southern Minnesota cities.

Selecting a Wedding Dress, Owatonna, Minnesota

Congratulations! You have met the person of your dreams and you’re ready to tie the knot. It’s time to figure out what you are going to wear on your wedding day. Finding the perfect wedding dress can be overwhelming and even a bit frustrating.

Know Your Venue

Are you having a beach wedding or a traditional church wedding? It’s important to remember that many churches will have their own rules about the dos and don’ts for brides on their wedding day. A see-through corset would be fine for a contemporary wedding at an art gallery, but would be completely out of place at a church wedding.


Wedding dresses will vary in price from a few hundred dollars to the equivalent of a downpayment on a house. There’s no reason to start your marriage off in serious debt. There are beautiful gowns at different price points. When you are looking at wedding dresses, don’t be afraid to tell the sales associate what your budget is and only look at gowns that fit within your range. How awful would it be to fall in love with a gown just to find out it is completely out of your budget. **Be sure to include the cost of alterations and accessories in mind when you are deciding how much to spend on your dress.

Dress style

By this point in your life, you have probably worn several different styles of dresses. Think back on those dresses and what you liked/disliked from them. Important things to consider are: how easy it was for you to use the bathroom, were you constantly tugging on it to stay up, and were you able to move your arms (remember you will probably give lots of hugs on your wedding day).

Make an Appointment

Want the extra special treatment? It’s more likely to happen if you plan ahead and make an appointment so they can have fun stuff like champagne on hand. Just like any other store, they will have staff members to meet the demand. If you don’t make an appointment, you may be stuck sharing a sales associate and have to spend a lot of time waiting around for dresses. The worst scenario is being told they service brides by appointment only.

Trust Your Instincts

When you put on your dress for the first time, you will just know it. Sometimes that feeling can be questioned by those you bring with you to your appointment. Now don’t get me wrong, they have the best intentions. Good intentions or not, too many people voicing their opinion instead of listening to you, can be frustrating. The easiest way to ensure your voice doesn’t get lost during the appointment is to limit the number of people you take with you.

What advice would you give a future bride?

Nicki Joachim is a wedding photographer based out of Owatonna, Minnesota. Nicki Joachim Photography works locally in Minnesota and will also travel for destination weddings. Contact Nicki to get started planning the beautiful images of your wedding.