All about Emile (written by Kelly…with no regard to fact checking). Ahhh, Em…my sister from another mister.  Not actually blood related…but we act like it…you’ll see 😉

Emile is pretty fabulous…not only is she a genius with a set of makeup brushes…but she has a gift for making people feel completely comfortable in her presence.  After 10 minutes together, you’ll both be BFF’s for life!  She has been in the makeup industry for years, and works with many different brides, as well as being a rep for ‘two faced cosmetics’.  She is our exclusive makeup artist here at the studio, and we are lucky to have her here!  If she ever leaves me to go to Hollywood…I will not be held responsible for my actions.  There may be a restraining order involved.  Perhaps some handcuffs.  Not sure yet.

Emile lives in Elk River with her doting (he gives her foot-rubs all the time, I’m super jelly) husband and her stud-muffin 9 yr old son (who also gives her foot-rubs)…have I mentioned that Emile is a queen?

All about Sarah (written by Kelly…this is not gospel, people)! Sarah makes me look good. Like, that’s part of her job description. Sarah is in charge of all ordering sessions…she sets up the appointments with everyone, shows up looking adorable, and charms the socks off of all my clients. She’s one of those people that has a million different balls in the air, and juggles them all effortlessly. I wish I had 1/10th of her multi-tasking abilities. She’s like the non-annoying pinterest mom! The girl can throw a party too…No matter what event she hosts (tupperware, makeup, clothes, candles), I’m going…because I know Sarah will cook some amazing food!

Sarah lives in Maple Lake with her social butterfly husband (if anyone needs Invisalign, talk to this man), and her three beautiful kiddos. She was a kindergarten teacher for years, which I think contributes to her awesome patience when helping people make portrait decisions.

All about Kari (written by Kelly…someday everyone will catch on and write their own ‘about me’ page)!  Kari is an absolute life-saver…we brought her on board a few years ago when Sarah got tired of hauling out to the studio every night…now they take turns coming out for ordering appointments and everyone is happy!  Kari has been teaching 1st grade for the past 15+ years and is well on her way down the road to sainthood.  She has more kindness in her little finger than I have in my whole body…I’m hoping she rubs off on me someday.  Kari’s an amazing pianist and has a wonderful artistic eye, which makes her the perfect person to help choose your portraits!

Kari lives in Monticello with her husband (he’s a high school teacher…who’s also applying for sainthood), and has 2 strapping lads in college…when she’s not working at school or out at the studio, you can find her planting flowers at the golf course or taking tickets at high school events.  Honestly, these two ladies are complete over-achievers!

The about me page! My favorite subject! I’m kidding…the Minnesota Lutheran in me will not let that comment slide. I’m a mom to 3 smart kids (I wish I could take credit for their brains…it’s a mystery), and a wife to my high-school sweetheart. I graduated from high school in ’96, where I sported some bad hair and even worse fashion. After getting my BS degree in Mass Communications, I went right to work at a traditional portrait studio. I’ve been working as a photographer in some capacity or another for 14 years. True, a lot of that time was spent posing people perfectly on a white wicker settee…but hey~I was doing something I loved. I opened my own business in 2008, and it has been an amazing journey so far!

My loves: coffee with heaps of creamer, pajama pants, escaping to the lake, shocking people with my lack of a filter, romance novels, laughing at my crazy kids, any food that starts with C and ends with hocolate, prop shopping and using an obnoxious amount of inappropriately placed punctuation marks!?!(WOO—hoo}! 🙂 <3

I’m a woman with many body issues and hangups (who isn’t)…and one of my very favorite parts of this job is to prove to others how beautiful they are! Not to mention all the sweet babies and kiddos that come to my studio~I love getting my baby fix! Overall, it’s a pretty sweet gig~my prayer is that I am able to keep doing what I love for the next 11 years (when my youngest graduates). Then I’m moving to Mexico. Adios. No worries, I’ll take my camera with–beach portraits for everyone!