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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St. Cloud, Minnesota Senior Photographer

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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Where to Order Christmas Cards

I love Christmas cards. Yes, a needless expense. Yes, your family doesn’t always look like that perfect photo you selected. Yes, I probably already am aware of everything you carefully wrote for your little newsletter/update/whatever-you-call it.  Yes, I’m sure it took one million minutes to manage the addresses. I don’t even care.

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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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Monticello High School Senior Photos

Once upon a time, a photographer thought taking pictures of babies was the best ever.  She adamantly believed she would never ever enjoy photographing big kids (ahem, total adults) as much as she loved taking pictures of all the babies.   She MIGHT have been wrong.

Danielle Geri Photography is based outside Minnesota's Twin Cities and specializes in lifestyle photography of newborns, families, children, and seniors. Contact us at DanielleGeriPhotography@gmail.com or 763-670-7657.

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A Technological Motherhood

Motherhood brings all the emotions and always has.  Let us assume every single generation of mothers before us has sat coffee-less in her living room with a screaming baby and a toddler covered spilled milk.  We surely are not the first generation to wonder why we weren’t invited, if we have lost ourselves in being Mama, or if we are missing out. But, we might be the first generation where we are forced to realize it seventeen times daily.

Danielle Geri Photography  provides Family Lifestyle Photography and mind-blowing insight in Minnesota's Twin Cities.

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When Pants No Longer Fit

 Today, let’s choose to be thrilled with our bodies. I am deciding to be grateful for splendidly functioning shoulders and less-than-perfect-but-not-terrible knees.  And, while my body displays marks of motherhood, I would give my body tenfold for these children if required. Merely by existing, your body performs countless processes beyond our comprehension. . . Forget about old pants and scale numbers. Be healthy, walk around, and find peace with your body – despite imperfections.

 

 

 

 

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Mom, Take Care of Yourself

Once upon I time, in a far away land called St. Paul, lived a girl.  The girl took care of herself, as all good girls do.  She purchased raspberries and ate the whole carton by herself, she cooked entire meals (including vegetables!) despite the fact she would be the only person partaking in them, she went for runs just to feel good, she took vitamins, she slept a normal amount each night, and she even participated in things which delighted her.

And, while I enjoy photographing my own children, I love getting away to shoot lifestyle sessions around Minnesota or hunker down in my office to write.  My husband, children, and I live our beautifully messy lives outside the Twin Cities and I wouldn’t trade it.   Contact me if you are looking for a Documentary or Lifestyle photographer for your family, senior, or newborn. 

Danielle Geri Long - DanielleGeriPhotography@Gmail.com (763)670-7657

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! [From a Snow-less MN]

"Simplify the Holidays" they say.

Everywhere I turn, a well-intentioned, serene, and wise individual reminds me of the importance of simplifying this holiday season.  Yet, everywhere I turn, I am given no practical suggestions.

Thank you, World.

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4 Things to Write in a Wedding Card

I routinely crumble under this pressure.  My cards typically say, “We are so happy for you! Best wishes! We would love to have you over for dinner sometime! We love you!” Occasionally, I tone down the exclamation points, but generally not. I over compensate for my lack poetic advice with intense emotion about dinner.

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When You're No Longer Fruitful

Let’s consider what would happen if your apple tree attempted to produce fruit throughout the year.   Just imagine what would happen if your lovely tree thought to itself , “This winter, people will really need me.  This year, I don’t need to take care of myself.  It would just be selfish to move from vibrant and producing to dormant when the individuals around me are so hungry for my fruit.  They have so much going on their lives, so now isn’t the time to stop providing for their needs. Plus, they could get mad. And I would never want to disappoint anyone.”

Buffalo, Minnesota Lifestyle & Documentary Family Photography

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How to Take Care of Your Family

Once upon I time, in a far away land called St. Paul, lived a girl.  The girl took care of herself, as all good girls do.  She purchased raspberries and ate the whole carton by herself, she cooked entire meals (including vegetables!) despite the fact she would be the only person partaking in them, she went for runs just to feel good, she took vitamins, she slept a normal amount each night, and she even participated in things which delighted her.

Danielle Geri Photography 763-670-7657 Minnesota Family Lifestyle Photography

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Molly + Shaphan Family | Buffalo, MN Lifestyle Photography

My reflection led me right to my biggest fear. What if I am so excited to see them, I will forget about taking pictures and just talk about which station is now airing Mindy Project and who the Gilmore Girls should end up with? This is a real concern.  My actual nightmare is an entire photo session of no photos.  How will I explain that to my loved ones who trusted me to photograph their story? Will they hate me forever? How embarrassing!

Minnesota’s Lifestyle and Documentary Photograph, Danielle Geri Photography is based just outside the Twin Cities near Buffalo, MN. Contact at 763-670-7657 or Danielle Geri Photography@gmail.com.

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Sarah & Peter's Minnesota Fall Wedding

A Minnesota autumn wedding could not be more perfect.  From their incredible kindness leading up to the day to their light-saber fight grand entrance, I have been so privileged to be their wedding photographer.  So many details made this wedding so uniquely theirs and it was delightful to photography it all.

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