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 

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 

Day 2 of Luis' Bar Mitzvah is here!

When I asked Sandra to describe her son, she said two words: sports and dancing. I totally understood the sports part, but I honestly have never met a 13 year old boy who can cut it up on the dancefloor like Luis. Honestly, I want lessons! And then Sandra showed me the YouTube video invitation in which he RAPS in HEBREW the details for his party, all in front of the backdrop of Target Field and downtown Minneapolis. I couldn't wait to celebrate and party with Luis! 

Imagine a stunning sports-themed party coordinated by the fabulous ladies over at Amy Zaroff Events + Design, salsa music and teen pop songs all mixed by Level 11 and set all of that into the gorgeous space at Oak Ridge Country Club. Seriously, this was a party not to be missed. I can't decide which part I loved more (the ice cream! the lights! the props!) and after that night, I put "name spelled out in gold balloons" on my bucket list. 

Best part? The look on Luis' face when, in the middle of his slideshow, Joe Mauer himself gave Luis a special "mazel tov!" It was an amazing moment and I loved watching how happy Sandra was when the surprise was finally revealed!

The final event of the weekend was a brunch held at the Fele home. Luis himself had to leave the party early to WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP basketball game with his team - the guy never stops! Despite all the snow we got that morning, cars filled with family members pulled up in droves. Instantly, the house was filled with laughter and warmth AND more amazing food - the breakfast burritos! The chilaquiles! The bourbon french toast! Upon leaving the brunch, Isaac and Sandra even sent me home with leftovers! I'm still drooling over that - I could get used to this :) 

My friend Luis came along to the party to do a video for the Fele family and he did not disappoint. I loved reliving the night through this VIDEO

Luis' Bar Mitzvah from Luis Rodriguez on Vimeo.

 

xoxo,
Sydnee 

2014 is here and Mitzvah Monday is back! 

I've been bursting at the seams to share this amazing event with you - Luis' Bar Mitzvah! When his mom Sandra met with me in the dead of winter in 2012, it felt like December 7 2013 would never come. But it came and with it, one of the most remarkable families I've ever met. 

When I decided to focus my business to photographing bar + bat mitzvahs and families, I hoped with every ounce of my gold glitter heart that every family I worked with would shine bright and be filled with this energy that makes my "job" so easy. And so far? It's come true. And the "Fele Family" is no exception!

Luis is destined for greatness, whether that's on the basketball court, the baseball diamond or in front of an audience. This kid is one in a million and I'm so blessed for having met him. I never saw him not smiling, beaming or totally loving life. And upon meeting his grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and family friends, it was clear that this family thrives on love. The love they show for each other is clearly visible in these images - and for the three days we spent together, I felt like one of the family. 

We photographed the family portraits at Beth-El earlier in the week and on Friday night, I met this multi-generational family at the Marriott West for a Shabbat dinner. The sand ceremony represented this bringing together of all generations, all branches of their tree - and it couldn't have been more beautiful watching Luis thank each and every person in the room for their place in his life. 

I've spent a lot of time with these images and when I look at them, I can hear the laughter, the excitement, the salsa music, the singing and the Spanish phrases that probably had a lot to do with love and pride for being a part of such a close-knit group. 

To Isaac, Sandra, Alex and Luis: I will photograph your family until the end of time if you feed me more chilaquiles, bourbon french toast and teach me Spanish! Thank you for letting me into your lives - you've stolen my heart and I am so grateful.

ps. Because this weekend of events was so FABULOUS, part 2 will be coming to the blog TOMORROW!

Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2: party + brunch!

xoxo,
Sydnee 

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Vendor Information
Synagogue: Beth-El
Shabbat Dinner Location: Marriott West
Event Planner: Amy Zaroff Events + Design