Whoa, it's almost SEPTEMBER, friends! How did this happen? Insert your favorite cliche about time flying here :)

Earlier this summer, I got the saddest news ever: Two of my besties Matt + Joy were moving away! Joy is probably the coolest high school English teacher you'll ever meet and Matt is that friend you love to love. I met these two oooodles ago during our undergrad college years and totally called them getting together before anyone else! Okay, truth: everyone knew they were perfect for each other... and in 2010, they tied the knot! We did a couple engagement sessions and their wedding was a blast - one of my favorites so far!

I am so grateful to be their "life moments" photographer, according to Joy. Honestly, their love is perfect, silly, honest and so darn JOYful! Which is why, when they let me know they were moving away, I immediately said we had to photograph at their home before they left. This was the home and neighborhood they fell in love in, were engaged in and started their life together. We had to document it!

One warm perfect summer night, we grilled out, had a couple drinks and walked down to the beach and back. They were hand in hand and I had my camera. It was PERFECT. I left their home that night filled with so much love for these two and feeling oh-so-blessed at the ability to give them this gift :)

Because I'm an ideas machine, I had this great idea: what if I started documenting this moment in my favorite couples' lives? The time before kids, when it's just the two of you. I know a lot of photographers offer these sessions these days, but what if it was EASY? What if it was as simple as a dinner on the patio and a couple of snaps? Or pancakes on a Sunday morning? Or coffee and tea at the shop down the street? 

Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates on these Easy Breezy Love sessions! Tell your friends, your neighbors and even strangers - spread that love, ya'll! 

 

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Happy Monday, friends!

Although this isn't a bar + bat mitzvah, I met Miss Ruby at her brother Jacob's bar mitzvah in 2012 and she's been one of my favorites ever since! Ruby's mama Amy called me about needing headshots for her star last summer. 

Coming from a family that was "born for paparazzi," I knew working with Ruby would be fabulous! She came into the studio on the hottest day of the summer and was such a sport. And what a great job taking direction... of course! 

Ruby had been chosen as one of two girls to play the role of Shprintze in "The Fiddler on the Roof" at Chanhassen Dinner Theater last winter. I had the honor of getting a backstage tour for the show and seeing it, up close and personal. Ruby SHINED so bright and it was an amazing time!

Since working with Ruby, I've had the honor of working with two VERY talented brothers - Jonah and Joshua - who will be featured in a show at the History Theater this summer! WOW! 

If your child needs headshots for any auditions, productions or even to give them that extra boost of awesome, I'd love to work with them! 

xoxo,
Sydnee 

 

Valentine's Day is almost here, friends! My absolutely favorite holiday of all time :) Yes, I'm that person that still gives valentines to friends, eats heart-shaped pizza and loves wearing red and pink all day long. I JUST bought my V-day outfit today and it's SO. CUTE. 

If you've been here before, you know I've created this brand around the idea of love, hearts and gold glitter. It's not a secret and I love it that way. Why NOT proclaim love to the world? Everyone loves hearing they're loved, so in this little corner of the world, I want you to know you're amazing. I think you're fabulous and you've got a story to tell. 

All of the stories I tell are based in love - between two people, within a family or a group of friends. One of the love stories I love the most is the one between my graphic designer extraordinaire Rae and her lovely husband Eric. I told their story HERE

When Rae approached me about doing a little styled shoot around the simplicity of my favorite holiday, I was all in. Love doesn't have to be a grandiose kind of thing - it's in the small things, in the small words. Let's celebrate that! 

Our shoot centered around the following ideas:
- nibbling on a fabulous tray of tiny treats + drinking champagne toasts
- gifting a homemade Valentine and Instagram photos with magnets
- and my personal favorite, the meat and cheese snacky snacks.

Hopefully this inspires you this Valentine's Day to show your love in a simple way - whomever you proclaim it to will be over the moon, I just know it!

Here are my favorites:

xoxo,
Sydnee 

2013 has been a banner year so far and I've been oh-so-blessed by all of your support and love. Thank you!

About three months ago, my bestie and coffee guru Marissa asked me if I had any work to show at the coffee house where she works here at home in Mpls. I had flashbacks to the last time I showed work in October 2010. The long grueling hours of going back and forth between images, pairing things that shouldn't have been paired, printing, matting, framing, hanging, re-hanging, tea drinking.

As soon as those flashbacks appeared, I flashed forward to the opening night and the hugs, warm wishes, laughter and endless amounts of support I received.

So, I said yes. Because I knew that deep inside my gold-glitter heart, I did have something to show. 

Mid-June came and I had been hoarding all these bright sunny in-home session images from my time in California, looking at them almost daily. The deadline was fast approaching and in a panic, I called my friend Sara Montour and begged for advice. I hopped on my bike (more on that coming soon!) and met her for donuts ten minutes later. 

I poured my heart wide open and Sara, as she always does, told me to JUST GO FOR IT. Show your heart and people will respond positively to it. They always have, right? Trust the process and trust that your heart knows. 

I went home that day and chose my absolute favorite images from California, Minneapolis, my studio and all of it? Came directly from my heart through the printer to the frames on the walls. 

What's most interesting about these images is that no, they aren't perfect. No, these aren't images you typically expect to see on the walls of a downtown coffeeshop when you're studying for summer school exams or meeting a friend for a morning brew. I didn't edit any of these images heavily or make them all all-stars. That's not my style, it's not ME. Who I am, deep inside my core is a storyteller. So! These images are perfect to me because they tell a story of who these families are in their core: honest, vulnerable, ADORABLE and full of love and life. And that's why I chose them. 

I'm thrilled to invite all of you to this little corner of Minneapolis on August 1 - let's eat cupcakes and look at images together. I mean, I'm baking one in my little apartment kitchen JUST FOR YOU. I hope you'll join me!

 

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Happy Monday, loves!

Welcome to a new "section" of the blog: All that Glitters! This label will be used to designate announcements, both personal and business-oriented. Things like mini session dates, studio news, coupon codes or giveaways - all things that are sure to catch your attention, just like all the gold glitter that's been spread over my little home on the Internet over the past 3 months.

The perfect announcement to use with this new label is that I'm hosting another mini session date, THIS SUNDAY, at my Northeast studio and I'd love to see you there! See below for all the details and don't be shy! Email me to book :)

I can't wait to meet you!

Hi there!

It's officially 2013 and whoa, do I have a lot to share - but first things first, thank you.

Because of all of YOU, 2012 was the best year yet, both personally and professionally. I made the big leap to full-time photography and almost immediately, business started booming and hasn't slowed down. I'm so incredibly grateful for all of you and the love you've spread on my behalf. Ya'll really should just pat yourselves on the back!

What does 2013 look like over here? Well, for one thing, it's big and bright and filled with glitter hearts! I'm filled with butterflies over what's going to be revealed in the coming weeks and months and I hope you are in for a really fun ride - I'll save room in the passenger seat for you, promise.

First things first, tomorrow I'm going to be debuting the images from Ben + Deirdre's wedding and be sure to scroll all the way down for an extra special dose of awesome. You won't want to miss this!!

Next up...you'll have to wait and see! What's to come is something I'm so so proud of - I can't wait to share it with you!

xoxo,
Syd