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At Shalyn Nygaard Photography, I love focusing on the ages that I’m passionate about photographing – newborns, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers – of course including cake smash sessions! It was only natural that I increase my offerings to include maternity photography!  Now expectant parents can come to me for capturing or announcing all of their baby news from announcing they are expecting to gender reveals to capturing the beauty that is a mother’s body during pregnancy :)

Thanks to Hallie and Casey for trusting me with your maternity – and upcoming newborn – sessions.  This Momma was a pleasure to photograph – her skin is so gorgeous and flawless that I didn’t have to touch up a single thing! She rocked her session so much that as I was editing I was curious if she watched America’s Next Top Model. Turns out she does catch some episodes and I could tell because she definitely knew how to smize ;) All the fans out there know what I’m talking about.

Hallie and I love this image the most from their session! I love the peaceful feel of it – a mother patiently (or at least trying to be patient!) waiting for her baby to arrive, a long-awaited baby.

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As a photographer, one of the things that I often hear is that couples haven’t gotten photos of themselves taken in a long time – perhaps since their wedding.  Even then, I often hear that in the digital age, many of the wedding photos are still on the disk – never printed and no professional photos displayed. That’s why I love this image, it is only about Casey and Hallie, not the baby that is soon to arrive and change so much in their lives, just their relationship. This recurring story is also why it is my goal with each session to have my clients order photos to display in their home, not hidden away on a disk.

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After I photographed my daughter’s newborn photo session, I decided that we would try to recreate one of the photos on a regular basis for a fun thing to see the kids grow.  Elise is now two years old and we just photographed them for the forth recreated image in the series.  The first three images were photographed 6 months apart and then will be yearly from then on. I think it is so much fun to see the images all together and our kids love seeing these as canvases on the wall in our home.

Twin Cities photo shoot recreated by Shalyn Nygaard Photography

Considering their Momma is the photographer, it is always so interesting at their photoshoots ;)  There were certainly times where I was surprised that we got the shot after the session was over! I laugh when looking back at some of the outtakes, so here is one favorite outtake from each session…

Clearly my oldest is no problem during these shoots but as expected, the other two are a handful :P  The youngest two are just over two years apart so we always have to work hard to get recreated photo with them. How hilarious is Elise’s face in the first photo?! I image her thinking, “get me out of here!” ;)  I laugh so much when I see the third image with Elise missing – that was the session that she was 18 months old and she wanted nothing to do with the photos – I think there are 10 outtakes that are so funny from that shoot. These photoshoots have also resulted in other images of the kids that I just love!  They really are just them, being them.

Sibling photo shoot by Shalyn Nygaard Photography
Sibling photo shoot by Shalyn Nygaard Photography
Sibling photo shoot by Shalyn Nygaard Photography

Contact me today to start documenting your family and memories! Contact me through my website or email me at shalyn@shalynnygaard.com

We will be having Halloween Mini Sessions on October 26! Halloween has always been a fun time in my family especially considering it’s my daughter’s birthday! For seven years we lived in the Seattle area and all of our family lived in other states. So we started a tradition where we would keep our daughter’s Halloween costume a secret and then on Halloween night we would email all of our family and friends that lived afar some photos of her in costume since we could not Trick-or-Treat at their homes. After the responses and popularity from sharing these photos the first year we knew that this would be our new yearly tradition and have kept it up ever since. :) Even though we live back in Wisconsin by a majority of our family we have continued on this tradition – it’s fun that our Seattle friends (really they were our family for many years) can see our kids and of course we can’t meet up with everyone we live near either so this is a great way to have adorable photos to share on Facebook too.

It is fun to look back and see how our children have grown through their costume pictures – and also to see how our family has grown too :)

Now we are offering Halloween Mini Sessions so you too can have cute photos of your kids in their costumes – and you’ll receive two digital images by Halloween so you can share them with family and friends! Available to ages 3 months and up, in costume. Sessions will be 15 minutes and take place in my studio in River Falls, Wisconsin, and include email delivery of two digital images for $100. Special offer – subscribe to receive notification of new blog posts via email by entering your email in the box above on the right and get $30 off the session fee!

Email me at shalyn@shalynnygaard.com to reserve your spot.

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Flynn came to visit the studio for his very special first birthday!  Of course we had to capture some shots of his big sister too, she certainly enjoyed her time all by herself in the spotlight.  Flynn’s Mommy made an adorable cake and as you’ll see in the photos, Flynn had a special guest to deliver the cake for him during his cake smash :)  He dug right into his cake and boy was he determined and efficient!  He was by far the fastest cake eater and smasher that I’ve photographed, a complete opposite from his big sister just over 2 years ago who was content to eat and play for much longer.  Flynn had me on my toes rushing to capture a variety of images before he was all done since he ate so fast.  During the photoshoot I told their Mommy that the shoot was reminding me a lot of his sister’s cake smash, and looking at a few of them side-by-side is pretty incredible just how similar some of the photos are.  Mom even said she didn’t see much of a resemblance between her babies until she saw the photos next to each other!

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River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

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River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

 

Doing a little catching up on the blog tonight.  Six cousins from three families came in for a photoshoot to create some presents for Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas.  The kids were of course excited to see each other and I promised them we could do some goofy shots at the end of the photoshoot, well it turned out that the tongues out/funny faces shot was so playful and “them” that they gave Grandpa a print of that shot for his office :)

Super cute story from this shoot, I had talked to the oldest grandchild about smiling without showing her teeth for a few images (to get some variation in some of the shots) and she responded with “what do you mean?” – it was so adorable and clearly she needed to keep giving that gorgeous full open smile because that was her.

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