Family Photography || Minneapolis, MN

This family.

I cannot believe it's how big he's gotten.  Maternity to fall sessions and with stops in between for this family.  The regular reminder of fleeting babyhood is a perk of being a family and newborn photographer and photographing this family is always wonderful.  

Their family photo session was in a Minneapolis park bursting with autumn color.  I just love Minnesota.

Last Call for Fall Minis

While chatting about fall minis, it seems like an excellent time to mention November 18th will end the fall mini session season for 2017.  Photographing existing clients once again and meeting new families has been dreamy, particularly with the long color season in Minnesota this year. 

Now, I'm looking forward to cozy in-home lifestyle sessions and adventurous snowy photos this winter.


Danielle Geri Long

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Selected top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography, photographing stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Buffalo, MN.  Specializing in newborn and family photography, she adores watching families grow. Danielle and her husband are raising two delightful kids and attempting to reign in frequent over-committing, so they can do important things (like see each other and watch Netflix).  Danielle travels to Annandale, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Andover, Buffalo, Monticello, and more. Contact  her today at 763-670-7657.

5 Reasons I Charge for Family Photos

I adore photographing families.  Each session, I enjoy an opportunity to converse with adults, meet new people, and use a skill I have worked diligently to acquire.  Despite great delight and pride with each photo gallery delivered, I still charge for my work.  

Likely, your photographer does as well.

Danielle Geri Photography is based in Buffalo, Minnesota. Please call 763-670-7657 or email at Info@DanielleGeriPhotography.com for more information.

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In-Home Newborn Photography || Annandale, Minnesota

If I could encourage you to invest in just one session, it would be a newborn photo shoot.  Newborns don't keep. Before you know it, your family will be chasing your little man around and baby-proofing your house.

 

Selected top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography, photographing stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Buffalo, MN.  Specializing in newborn and family photography, she adores watching families grow. Danielle travels to Annandale, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Andover, Buffalo, Monticello, and more. Contact  her today at 763-670-7657.

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How to Cultivate Awe

The awe of a child deserves to be cultivated, in adults, but particularly in children.  We owe them the joy of observing the firsts: first robin of spring, first fruit of summer, first crimson leaf of autumn, first snowfall ushering winter.

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Kari & Nick || Monticello, MN Family Photography

We could not have asked for a more perfect morning for outdoor family photos in Minnesota.  Crisp autumn air, sunshine poking through, and golden grasses provide a lovely backdrop for Kari and Nick's Family Mini Session.  I do not know how people survive in other states, deprived of Minnesota's delightful changing seasons.

 

Selected top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography, photographing stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Buffalo, MN.  Specializing in newborn and family photography, she adores watching families grow. Danielle and her husband are raising two delightful kids and attempting to reign in frequent over-committing, so they can do important things (like see each other and watch Netflix).  Danielle travels to Annandale, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Andover, Buffalo, Monticello, and more. Contact  her today at 763-670-7657.

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Valuing the Unproductive

PS. Baking cookies really cannot be beat on the unproductive scale.  It takes one million seconds for a child to measure each ingredient, dirties large dishes, requires much patience, and your end result is a sugary treat you you have to limit via threats.  I’m just saying - moms and dads deserve an award for such activities.

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Dear Moms of Newborns

Now, with this newborn, this newborn which is loud all day and and all night, you are told to enjoy this season.  This baby will only be small and fragile once, they say. This thing gives precious smiles eventually, they say. It only gets harder, they say. These people all around you, people who sleep, eat, clean, make dinner, and EAT DINNER tell you how happy you should be.

Selected top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography, photographing stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Buffalo, MN.  Specializing in newborn and family photography, she adores watching families grow. Danielle and her husband are raising two delightful kids and attempting to reign in frequent over-committing, so they can do important things (like see each other and watch Netflix).  Danielle travels to Annandale, Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Andover, Buffalo, Monticello, and more. Contact  her today at 763-670-7657.

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Two Social Media Rules

Well-written, logical, and thought-provoking ideas vanished, or were perhaps buried, to be replaced with fiery rhetoric.  Valid issues justifiably evoke charged emotions, but sentiments seems markedly less respectful today. Obviously, to get others to agree with you, you should always yell through your keyboard.  We know this is true, because yelling at those with different opinions always works in person as well.

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Lifestyle Newborn || Minneapolis, MN Photography

Everyone with an ounce of love delights in watching families grow, but a photographer gets a special privilege.  A photographer gets to hold fresh newborns.  A photographer gets to be tackled by that same newborn years later, while photographing another precious newborn.  Photographers get to enter into the sacred space of early motherhood over and over again.

Among top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography, telling stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Monticello, MN.  Specializing in newborn and wedding photography, she adores watching families grow. 763-670-7657

 

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One-Year Portraits! || Minneapolis, MN

Walking from an in-home newborn photo session to a lifestyle one-year session will never cease to leave me in awe.  These babies drastically change in merely twelve months.  How does this happen? How are they fresh and tiny newborns one moment and having a photo session at a playground the next?

 

Among top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography, telling stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Monticello, MN.  Specializing in newborn and wedding photography, she adores watching families grow. Danielle and her husband are raising two delightful kids and attempting to reign in frequent over-committing, so they can do important things (like see each other and watch Netflix).  Contact  her today at 763-670-7657.

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On Comparison

Thankfully, as adults, our maturity lifts us above frivolous comparison.  We never wonder how she marvelously wears 87 hats while our meager few keeping slipping.  We never wonder if our doings are valuable, abiding, or enough.

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Maternity Photography || St. Cloud, MN

Speaking of which, I hope this newborn comes so soon, because lifestyle newborn sessions top my photo dream list.  Emotions swirl those first few weeks as you vacillate from thrilled to be holding your baby to desperately craving sweet sleep.  Being a small part of such a precious time is an honor I do not take lightly.  Inviting someone into your home during the newborn season is vulnerable, but I am beyond grateful for clients continually trusting me and welcoming both me and my camera into their space.

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Two Year Photos! || Twin Cities, MN

At our first lifestyle photo session, Carly and David’s home was still under construction, they were newly arrived in Minnesota, Eli was solidly in the “baby stage,” and I very much underestimated the distance from Buffalo to Woodbury, MN. 

 

Among top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography to tell stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Monticello, MN.  Danielle and her husband are raising two delightful kids and attempting to reign in frequent over-committing, so they can do important things (like see each other and watch Netflix).  Photography, once a creative outlet, has become a career  at Danielle Geri Photography.

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The Proposal || Minneapolis, MN Family Photography

Honestly, I expected to have some deeply protective feelings or something, but I just can’t seem to muster them up.  I suspect my lack of mama-bear emotions has less to do with my apathy and more to do with Abby’s loveliness. 

 

As one of Minnesota’s premier lifestyle photographers, Danielle love picture-taking in Minnesota's Twin Cities.  Specializing in In-Home Documentary Lifestyle Photo Sessions, she gets a little giddy every time I leave home for lifestyle photo sessions.  Telling the unique story of each client, forming new relationships, and pouring herself into every lifestyle session delights her.  Contact her for information on availability, or hang out here for a little while and get to know her and the amazing things/people she loves.

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Senior Photography || Minneapolis, MN

Despite the rarity, model shoots are always delightful.  I really ought to spend more time doing these “just for fun” senior photography sessions, but life seems to get in the way of everything we “ought to do.”  But, I digress.  Photographing Elizabeth around Buffalo, Minnesota made my whole week and editing these is taking far too long.

Among top Minneapolis newborn photographers, Danielle provides award-winning lifestyle photography to tell stories throughout Minnesota. Danielle often longs for the loveliness of the Twin Cities, while savoring country life just outside Monticello, MN.  Danielle and Ryan are raising two delightful kids and attempting to reign in frequent over-committing, so they can do important things (like see each other and watch Netflix).  Photography, once a creative outlet, has become a career they both contribute to at Danielle Geri Photography.

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Internet War

Family Lifestyle Photography - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Real People are far superior to Internet People.  Real People give hugs, listen, laugh, and support freely, while Internet People attempt to wage war on the sanity of those who enter their world.  

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When You're Wearing Skinned-Knees

He can ride a bike. HE CAN RIDE AN EVER-LOVING BIKE. I celebrated with him and his enormous grin while grieving inside.  I mourned the end of an era (containing sleep-deprivation and threenage attitude, but I can be as irrational as I want thank-you-very-much) as though each push of the pedal moved him from bedtimes to dorm life before my eyes.

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One-Year Photos || Minneapolis, MN

One-Year Lifestyle Portraits || Monticello, Minnesota

Leah and Danny invited me to take their lifestyle photos four times in about a year and I feel like the luckiest photographer in the world.

First of all, lifestyle sessions in their GORGEOUS Minneapolis home were bookmarked with a couple gorgeous Minnesota-woodsy outdoor sessions.  Second, they are adorable. Third, they are super sweet. Fourth, I adore getting to watch client’s families grow-up. Maternity, newborn, six-month, and one year milestones are a delight to photograph all in a row.

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