Last September, I photographed the image on the left. It hung at Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream in Uptown for a month or more and now, it hangs in my apartment as a reminder of sisterhood, family, childhood and mostly, it makes me smile. EVERY SINGLE DAY. I can hear their laughter, their apprehension in being photographed, quickly followed by the question "when are you coming back to play again?"

These are the Lightners. Two months after there were three sisters, there were four. Birdie came into the nest and she completes their story in the most beautiful way. These sisters are older, a bit wiser and still laugh about silly things, but with a protectiveness for the littlest one that makes me wish I had a sister growing up. Brothers are alright too, I guess ;)

Love bursts from this playhouse and their cozy home in a way that makes me feel so blessed I get to meet families like this for my job. That trust me to come into their lives and tell their story. The story about how Birdie smiles when the entire family claps and says "yay, Birdie!" How Dad looks at my camera with eyes that say he will protect each of these ladies until forever and ever infinity. How pride and the essence of motherhood exudes from Mama. And how all of these girls make the best silly faces I've seen, letting their personalities and ages shine so perfectly.

Thank you, Lightners, for everything. Our sessions mean the world to me and I'm ever so grateful.

xoxo,
Sydnee 

TGIF, friends! I hope all of you are loving the fall weather, leaf-crunching and cooler days (who am I kidding?! It was 80 in Mpls today)!

I've had the biggest honor to work with this fabulous five-some this year at Mollie's Bat Mitzvah (see more here!) and can't wait to work with them again next week for older sis Sam's senior photos! They're fun, easy breezy, laidback and quick with smiles and awesomeness... pretty much perfection :) 

The best part? They were quick with scheduling this at-home session so now, they've got loads of options for their holiday cards... but I know not everyone does, so if you're still hoping to book a session for your own family photos this fall, pick up the phone NOW! I can't wait to hear from you!

xoxo,
Sydnee 

It's September, friends! And someone very special is due to arrive this month... Meg + Sam's baby girl! I cannot wait to meet this little love bug - she will be SO LOVED by this couple!

I had the complete honor + (rainy) delight to photograph their wedding last September! It downpoured through the outdoor ceremony but these two handled it graciously. Of course, when we stepped outside to photograph their maternity mini session, we came prepared with the same umbrellas we used during their wedding day. And not five minutes into it, downpour! Again! 

Part of what I love most about my clients is their willingness to go with the flow, roll with the punches, bring props or not, wear fancy clothes or pjs. They are utterly and completely THEM 110% of the time. Meg + Sam kept their Love Story board from the wedding in the baby's new room, so we used that for a few shots - the next step in their story! And baby girl's shoes in Sam's big hands? MELT MY HEART! We collaborated on numerous shots that turned out beautifully too - another fun part of the process. 

Meg + Sam: I am so grateful you've chosen me to document your story, even as it grows! I can't wait to meet baby girl E for her newborn session soon!!

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Happy Friday, friends! What better way to kick off a sunny summer weekend than a CUTE BABY!

Mama Cassidy and I worked together eons ago at a local gift shop, talking in silly voices and making weird faces to pass the time. She is an uber talented metal artist, creating these stunners to wear on your wrist, neck, fingers... I have always loved her work and last time we chatted, we talked about photographing these one of a kind pieces. 

Fast forward a couple years and here she is, as a Mama! Cassidy and her cutie husband Clint made THE WORLD'S CUTEST BABY EVER AND EVER AMEN. From the first glimpse I had of Neve on Facebook, my heart broke and was mended again by her sweet smiles. When I finally met her in person at two months old, I melted. In fact, I can hardly look at these images without crying the happiest tears ever and praying that someday, my kids will be this cute. (Hear that, future kids? Be cute like Neve!)

Cassidy still does voices and faces, Clint is a gentle and sweet dad and Neve is old soul, filled with sugar. The kind that makes you wanting more, in an ever-present sugar rush. The way those eyes look at you, I felt like she knew me forever before we even met. 

These images are just a small sampling of our time together on an easy, breezy Sunday morning and I chose to showcase only black and whites because that smile? Those eyes? They're classic. Her sweet dimples and double chin. And don't even get me started on that hair! 

Dear Cassidy and Clint, I know Neve will always be that super-friendly kiddo with a gold-glitter heart. But promise me you'll keep inviting me over to photograph her as she grows? She'll touch the lives of everyone she meets, which is such a testament to the amazingness that you've always been and instilled in her. Give her baby snuggs until I see you all again!

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Happy Thursday, friends!

About four years ago, I first met Jon and his then much-younger kiddos Avery and Kieran + fabulous wife Erin when we worked together during an internship opportunity. I jetted off to another job soon after, but two years ago, we were reconnected and in the meantime, they added spunky Quinn to the mix! 

I've been begging this gang of five to let me photograph them "being them" for an at-home session for months / years and finally, it happened! YAY! Jon made pancakes, Quinn refused to eat them, Avery was on pins and needles waiting for her birthday that Friday, Kieran was being a totally cool dude and Erin? She was relaxing when she could because they're about to add kiddo #4 to the mix this fall. I CANNOT WAIT. 

Jon and Erin are the parents I hope to be someday: they let their kids be 125% themselves and be in the world, making it a better place every single minute. They spread good vibes, Bob Marley streams from their record player and they sit on the lawn at night, sharing beers with neighbors and making waves so their 'hood is a safer place for kids and families. In short: they rock. 

Avery is spunky and an almost-better photographer than me, Quinn is a cute button and Kieran watches his little sisters like a big brother should. Their energy is contagious and I just adore them! And their fiery red hair totally brightens any day :)

Pavlicas: I could talk forever about how cool you are, but instead, I'll just say thank you for letting me be a part of your lives and your family. You are so loved and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you! Keep on keepin' on :)

xoxo,
Sydnee  

What do you get when you combine a twenty-something, unmarried brother + sister duo and two GIGANTIC dogs who have never been in the big city before? The Bradburys' photo session! 

I'm grateful that these two wanted to gift updated, non 1990s style family photos to their Mama for her birthday and that they chose me to do it! Enjoy your images, Katherine :) You've got some pretty good lookin' kids who love you oh-so-much! 

 

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Did ya'll know it's National Children's Book Week? Apparently, books make me so excited, I start speaking like I'm not from the frozen Northern tundra! 

I recently read this article in the NY Times and was astounded. And immediately called my Mom to say "thank you for making me read!" I distinctly remember when we first moved to Minnesota, a week before first grade began. My mom drove us around our new city and pointed out a sign (for a library). She asked me what the sign meant and I exclaimed, "MOM! PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO READ HERE! I LOVE THIS PLACE!" Folks, I was a nerd from a very early age. And apparently also, making my mom laugh from day one. My parents never had an issue with my brother and I whining "are we there yet?!" on roadtrips, because we had books. In fact, I was reprimanded numerous times in my childhood for having my nose in a book and not paying attention to my surroundings enough!

So here we are, 28 years old and I still cherish those days when I can get lost in a book. Snuggled up on the couch or at the lake, soaking in each and every word. Reading takes you places you've never been, sort of like photography (see what I did there?). 

Last November, I brought my family session option back to Oakland and knocked on the Zippins' door. Sadie and her little brother Jack were TOO CUTE for words, of course! We started the session playing and drawing in the playroom and then in the gorgeous California light of their living room, Sadie read us "Hop on Pop." I MELTED. It instantly transported me back to being four years old and reading books to my parents and my brother. Reading EVERYTHING. 

It's these magic moments spent with families who welcome me in with open arms that make this "job" such a dream come true. From behind my camera, I'm cheering these kiddos on when they read, draw, put together block stacks, pretend to be construction workers or gardeners or motorcycle riders. And their parents? I'm focusing on those moments they spend so PROUD of everything their kids can do. Seriously? This life is more than I could have ever asked for - and this passion I feel for this "work" moves me to tears. A lot! 

In addition to being an amazing reader, Sadie welcomed her SECOND little brother (along with her parents and brother Jack too!) earlier this year and I hope someday soon, we can capture her reading even longer books to both her brothers :) (hint, hint, Melissa!)

Enjoy these images - and go read a book! :)

xoxo,
Sydnee