Lifestyle | Minnehaha Falls

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Lifestyle | Minnehaha Falls

 

Wow!  Spring is almost here!  I've wanted spring to come since mid-November, sitting on a patio, thinking how crazy it was that it was nice that late in the year.  While I really want 90° sunny summer days, I'm so excited to see trees and flowers blooming, the birds chirping, and my kitties chattering at those birds!  I love when I don't have to wear layer upon layer to take my pup for a walk, or heck, even wear a jacket.  Jackets are not made for driving.  I digress. 

This past weekend we had some mild March weather and were able to find a great location for a fun family session, which is hard to do during this in-between season.  Minnehaha Falls is a great spot year-round.  Lots of walking paths, a park, and of course, the falls.

I'm so happy this adorable family was able to fit in a quick photo session before their sweet second baby comes in a week or two!  Props to Liza (the mama-to-be) for walking all over the park for these photos!!

 

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Lifestyle | Norman Family Christmas

 

It's Christmas Eve!  The last of my Christmas presents were just delivered at the front door - just in time!  Amazon Prime and the awesome people at UPS sure know how to make it work for all of us procrastinators!  

A few of my coworkers recently had babies within the last year (!!!!) and we were able to sneak in a little Christmas/two month baby session with the Norman family!  I'm so excited for these, Christmas + baby is just the best!  She is just SO adorable!! 

 

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Lifestyle | Rinke Family | Wayzata, Minnesota

 

The Rinke family is one huge reason I love being a photographer! 

From their go-with-the-flow attitude when we had to change locations very last minute (crazy winds when we showed up to the location), the joyful messages I've receive showing how they're using - and printing! - their photos, their seriously adorable son Leo, and the wholehearted sweetness that makes up this family!  

 

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2016 Holiday Mini Sessions at Hansen Tree Farm!

 

Mini sessions are here!!  

The beginning of the holiday season (right after Thanksgiving!) is the perfect time to capture your yearly photos!  Get your Christmas cards or annual family photo checked off your list in the beautiful holiday season!  

These mini sessions are perfect to preserve your legacy - celebrate an anniversary with couple portraits or your growing family with maternity photos, capture those growing little ones with a updated family photos, or gift a mini session to a loved one!  Even if you don't send out Christmas cards, it is a beautiful and affordable way to capture your memories this year!

Details:

Date: Sunday, November 27th

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 (based upon availability, additional times may be added upon demand)

Location: Hansen Tree Farm, a beautiful Christmas tree farm and forest in Anoka/Ramsey, MN

Cost: $190, pay online or by check

$190 Includes: 

  • 20 minute session
  • 15-25 high resolution images with full printing rights
  • Online gallery of images to download directly to your computer & share with family + friends
  • Dogs + pets welcome!!  
  • Option to purchase prints from my amazing professional print lab

Additional Days/Times may be added due to demand, if slots are full, please contact me to be put on a waiting list!

You have the option to pay online or by check.  To reserve your spot, email sabrinreisphotography@gmail.com (sabrinareisphotography<at>gmail<dot>com) with a first and second time choice.  If deposit is not received within one week, your spot will be re-opened to allow for another family.  All mini sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable due to the limited availability and high demand.

SO excited for these mini sessions!!  If you need a consultation or have general questions about styling and outfit choices, just let me know!

 

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A Tropical Inspired Baby Shower

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A Tropical Inspired Baby Shower

 

A few weeks back I co-hosted a baby shower for a sweet friend/co-worker!  What is more perfect than a tropical inspired baby shower in the middle of our Minnesota summer?  

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I love hosting parties.  Planning the decor, drinks, food, games - I just love it!  Especially when it means friends coming together to have fun and celebrate, because that's the reason for all of this anyways!  Once I got the idea of a tropical inspired shower, thanks to Pinterest and all the amazing tropical decor out there right now (I want it all), I immediately started planning!

One of my favorite parts of a baby shower is the gift!!  Who doesn't LOVE shopping for baby gifts!  When I give gifts, I always try to personalize it the best I can and in the case of baby gifts, try to think about both what mama and baby would love!  Claire loves horses, so when I found this adorable watercolor pony print, I purchased immediately!  Isn't it just so cute!  When I give a print as a gift, I also try to find a frame that fits it well.  I also like to get these newborn journals for mom to write down baby's schedule and I love that they are personalized.  In the bottom of the box is the softest muslin swaddle blanket in the sweetest floral pattern, and on top of that is a black and white striped nursing cover (that has a bunch of different uses)!  Links are at the bottom for all these fun gifts!

I found the sweetest invitations by Kirra Reyna Designs on Etsy to set the mood for the party!  It was so hard to choose which one, so I narrowed it down and left the decision to my co-hosts.  I think they chose the perfect one!

Deciding on the decor was so much fun, but there is so much out there!  Narrowing it down to keep things looking simple and polished was important to me.  I love hosting parties that are a little fancy, it makes the celebration seem a bit more special!  I also didn't want to get too carried away with the tropical vibe - no tiki bar or jungle theme for this soirée!  Although, I did think about purchasing these adorable Tiki cups, but decided against them.

The color scheme I decided on was white, green, gold, and pink - you have to have some pink for a baby girl shower, right?!  I have potted palm bushes on my patio, so I thought they'd be great for the entrance to the shower.  I also found a fun pineapple garland that was much longer and brighter than I originally thought, so it was great to put at the front door as well!  

The fresh pineapples and DIY palm leaf balloons are my favorite!  They took a little bit of time, but they were really easy and SO cute!!  Balloons were big on my list for this party.  I also found a huge pineapple balloon, pink flamingo balloons, and the cute gold letter balloons!  I've been wanting to use those letter balloons forever!  Funny story about those balloons...it was supposed to say "YAY," however we accidentally over-inflated and popped the second "Y!"  Oops!!  I also accidentally ordered two "A" balloons, so we just turned it into "YAA!"  Quick problem solving, right?

I added in some pink striped & banana leaf paper plates, wine glasses (for a touch of fancy), and printables for the tables.  I also added a cute striped cloth napkin for the centerpiece under the cake and flamingo wrapping paper as the base for the other table!  

One of the important parts of planning a shower, particularly a baby shower, is to make sure everyone has fun - including the games!  Most of the people at this shower weren't big game players, at least the typical baby shower games.  I found an idea that put a spin on the typical "paint a onesie" game.  So that other table with all the pineapples and balloons?  That table is for the DIY onesie station - no paint, only iron-ons!  

I love the idea because it was so simple and easy to clean up!  I also found a blog where someone painted/designed these adorable pineapple, flamingo, and popsicle watercolor printables made specifically to iron onto onesies!  Jackpot!  

We had so much fun creating these onesies!!  I printed the majority of the iron-ons prior to the party and had them all set up - be prepared to need a lot of scissors!  I used clear iron-on transfer paper and printed from my home printer.  I used the watercolor images as I mentioned, as well as a couple printables I previously downloaded or purchased.  I made a couple instruction printables to put on the table as well, so everyone knew the steps!  We set up an iron in the corner, and each onesie only took about a minute to iron and then you can hang them to cool.  Everyone was able to mix and match to create their own design!  Such a fun creative project and lots of onesies for mama-to-be!  Take a peek at our designs (love the decals on the butt)!

 

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Patio Update

 

My husband and I love spending time outdoors.  One of our favorite outdoor activities (if you can call it that) is hosting our friends for dinner.  We moved in almost 5 years ago and have slowly been installing a new patio and updating furniture.  Until now, we haven't had an outdoor space that seated more than my husband and I - a small bistro table.  It's been great for breakfast or coffee together, but trying to serve dinner for just my husband and I was a struggle.  We'd often grill our meal, bring everything inside, and bring our prepared plates back outside to enjoy dinner.  Recently I visited my friend's patio, who is also a neighbor and has a similar sized, odd shaped area.  She found the most perfect table!  Her patio is much more open than ours, so I had to make sure the table fit.  We may have to do some rearranging if we want to seat more than 4 people, however this table is just so perfect!  It really makes our little patio so much more functional!  Who wants to be the first to join us for dinner outside? 

Below is a before and after shot (sorry about the horrible cell phone photo quality), the photo actually just popped up in my Timehop today (4 years ago!)!  Great timing!  We installed the patio 3 years ago.  Chopping up that concrete is a huge job (huge props to my hubby...although I did enough to require stitches in my toe - oops!), and also huge props to my dad for basically installing the majority of the new pavers!  We love the added space it gives us!  Also, I think it's time to prune some plants!

Here is our cute little bistro set.  We are planning on hosting a few small events in August, so until then we're keeping everything on our patio to allow for extra seating.  Then we'll move our bistro set to our upper porch off our master bedroom where there is currently a huge lack of seating options!

White patio table is from Ikea.  The two panels on the side open up for extra seating, so it can seat 8.

Grey and white chairs are fro CB2 and are very comfortable and stackable.

The bistro set and pillows are from Target (similar), purchased a few years ago.

If you can't tell, I love plants!  I have to keep all my plants outside due to my cats wanting to eat them all, so I definitely make up for it on my patio!  I get a lot of my plants from Spruce, as well as many of the containers.  Some of the plants are also gifted from friends or I've picked up at different shops.  Another favorite location for plants is Tangletown Gardens, they have so many different types of plants that I've never seen before, as well as koi fish!

 

 

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Engagement | Jaye & Brian, Minneapolis

 

I'm so excited to share Jaye & Brian's engagement session!  We had a perfect spring day to wander St. Anthony Main and around Minneapolis.  I also got to meet their puppy Zoe!  I just LOVE when clients include their pets in their session!  Jaye & Brian traveled from Kansas City for their session and checked off some major wedding list items as well.  Counting down the days!

I can't wait to celebrate your wedding day in just 2 months!

 

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