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!

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

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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Twin Cities photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg

Twin Cities photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg

Twin Cities photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg

Twin Cities photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg

This little dude is Shalyn Nygaard Photography’s VIP client!  :)  Breckyn is the only babe that I’ve ever photographed the birth for and I have gotten to see him for his newborn and 6 month photos, and now for his all important First Birthday photoshoot. Naturally I’m a little behind on blogging so I’ve actually even seen Breckyn one more time since his cake smash to get some photos with his big brother, I’ll have to post about those soon. :)

I was excited when his momma said she wanted to include a cake smash in the session because they are a lot of fun!  He was very interested in tasting the cake and the different textures of the frosting and cake.  He was a cautious explorer and he decided he was done when he finally got a big handful of cake stuck on his hand, as seen in the last photo below :)

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

River Falls Twin Cities Cake Smash Shalyn Nygaard photography.jpg

 

 

 

I was eager to have a newborn in the studio to try out everything that I learned at a recent newborn photography course I took.  Charlee was just precious at 11 days old and a little over 6 pounds at birth!  I had so much fun photographing her and was so happy with the outcome of their session!  Mom and Dad invested in a gorgeous 6 canvas series – I may have to request a photo of how it looks displayed in their home!

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Twin Cities newborn photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg
Twin Cities newborn photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg
Twin Cities newborn photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg
Twin Cities newborn photographer Shalyn Nygaard.jpg