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 

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  

I met the Sneider family at Luis' Bar Mitzvah in December and as always, I gravitated toward the kids. Sofia and Diego were hams on the dancefloor, adorably commanding the attention of everyone. These pint-sized cuties won the Limbo every time, walking right under the bar! Dad asked for my card that night and I kept my fingers crossed they would call me ASAP.

And they did just that! I was invited over one very snowy December day right before Christmas to spend a bright morning with this fabulous family. The best part? They were about to become a family of FIVE! Well, six if you count Simon the bulldog. And you really should, because Simon doesn't mess around! 

Quickly after our session, baby Alex arrived and from what I hear, he's already breaking hearts. I can't wait to meet him this summer - I know Sofia and Diego are the best big brother and sister ever!

Thank you, Sneider family, for inviting me into your home to capture you in all your "you-ness" - I can't wait to play again soon!

xoxo,
Sydnee

If we've ever met in person or you've seen even a snippet of my portfolio of favorite images, it's no secret how much I adore families. My own, yours, the ones I've been blessed to know over the last eight years... if you've got love for each other, one or ten amazing kids and you let me come over to play and bring my camera, chances are we'll be best friends before I leave your home. 

Last summer I was preparing my second show of recent work and needed some cute guinea pig families to let me photograph them in their favorite environment: home. Through the fabulous Worleys, I met the Sanders family and was instantly in love. I mean, INSTANTLY as soon as I saw Freya's brown eyes through the screen door. Come back to the blog next week to see those dream-come-true photos!

When the holidays came around, the Sanders family contacted me again to photograph them along with the grandparents, the aunt and the uncle doing "the real life stuff you do." My heart instantly SOARED! 

I decided to sparkle a little gold glitter on this special session and bring along my friend Ali Rogers. Ali and I worked together in 2012 HERE and since then, she's skyrocketed to the top, perfecting her video skills and creating these amazing records of weddings, events and businesses. Since we first met, Ali and I have talked a lot about what made our hearts full. I showed her some modern home movies that were growing in popularity over on the West Coast and expressed a desire to bring that trend home to Minneapolis. Ali's response: "Why don't we just jump? Let's do it!"

Here's the result of that effort - my photos, Ali's video. One amazing family. Scroll to the bottom of this post for Ali's video - I can't stop watching it!

If you're interested in something just like this for your family, with your kids, living your dream life filled with love, contact me. We love cookies, snowball fights, dancing and laughing together. Do you? Ali and I would love to work with you! 

Come back to the blog soon to the category "all that glitters" for more amazing videos!

Thank you, Sanders family, for making us feel alive in the middle of winter. Your home is filled with love to the very tip top and we are so grateful to have met you. And we're serious about the puppy chow and Rainbow Loom date, Freya. Have your people call our people!

Sanders Family! from Ali Rogers (PranaLens.com) on Vimeo.

Sanders Family! from Ali Rogers (PranaLens.com) on Vimeo.

 


xoxo,
Sydnee