Where do I start? I met Shelby at her mom's wedding ten years ago and have since photographed her and her sister's senior portraits, hung out with mutual friends, and now had the opportunity to photograph Shelby's wedding to Justin. This family is always silly and fun, laid back, and pure Minnesotan.
I loved the speeches from the best man and maid of honor (siblings of the bride and groom, respectively), with their heartfelt words and a challenge to a bowling match thrown in. Because they are more like family than clients, I stayed late and loved hanging out at the campfire, making s'more's and toasting a drink with the bride's personal attendants. All in all a delightful day, gorgeous weather, and no mosquito bites! Congratulations, Shelby & Justin!
Monica and Luke are dear friends of ours, so it was only natural for me to force a photo session on them as a shower gift. I'm always one of the first "aunties" at the door when our family and friends have babies, and being their built-in photographer gives me a good excuse to see the little babes in their first weeks. Benjamin was almost a month old by the time I got to meet him, but that didn't slow down our portrait session one bit. Their cozy home is filled with love and I hope to see these photos hanging on their wall very soon. Love you, Monica, Luke, and Benjamin!
I was privileged to take part in Tom & Emily's wedding day (quasi photographer/booking agent), and their love was so apparent throughout the celebration. I couldn't have imagined how that joy would multiply when they welcomed their first child into the world. I mean, have you ever seen two people so overjoyed? Grandparents. cousins, aunts and uncles eagerly awaited Miles's arrival, and I hope he sees these portraits when he's a teenager and remember how very, very loved he is.
With Minnesota weather, you never know what May will bring. Kayla & John planned an outdoor ceremony at the beautiful Legends Golf Club, and were lucky enough to have all of the flowering trees in full bloom on their wedding day. Rain clouds threatened nearby all day, but Kayla was confident that it wouldn't rain on her wedding day because she asked it not to. And you know what, she was right! Despite the chilly wind and the gray clouds, not a drop of rain fell on their wedding, and we were able to take their portraits all over the golf course.
We enjoyed the Spring weather and Kayla & John brought all of their joy and silliness to their photo session. Their timeless style (and Kate Spade Glitter Keds!) were the perfect match for the soft spring day and beautiful backdrop of the golf course. For anyone planning a wedding, I highly recommend Legends Golf Club - the staff were very friendly and extraordinarily helpful, and the course is kept in pristine condition.
Boudoir photography is a wonderful way to find confidence in yourself, to capture your beauty on camera, and to have a fun, playful session just for ladies (I mean, I'd shoot dudeoir, but so far no takers!)
Recently, three other local photographers gathered in my studio space recently to practice our lighting and posing skills with boudoir portraits, with the intent to update our portfolios, get better at our trade, but really mostly just to drink coffee and play around with props :)
Gianna's Photography books boudoir sessions year-round, or as an add-on to your wedding coverage. You can make it a private session, or invite your friends to make it a girl's day. Optional hair and makeup styling makes it a truly pampering experience.
My heart jumps for joy whenever I get the news that my wedding clients are starting their families, and even more so when they ask me to document their baby's first days. It may seem difficult to schedule a photo session between doctor appointments, naps, and feedings, but within weeks, your new baby will look totally different. As a trained postpartum doula and a photographer, of course I'm biased, but I feel it's so important to capture these first moments as a family, before you forget how little they were, or how wrinkly their hands were...or those little pimples on their noses. Childhood goes by so quickly, these portraits are a little snapshot to freeze time, just for a short moment.
Kelsey & Erik tied the knot at Lutsen Resort in 2015, and it was one of the most spectacularly gorgeous North Shore days I've ever seen. This styled shoot was no different, capturing their silly affection for each other and running around some of my favorite places in Minnesota.
I had an idea for a styled portrait session, and put out a request for models - out of all of the applicants, a group of photographers all picked these two for the gig. I've been friends with Erik's sister since preschool, so these two are like extended family to me, so naturally I was thrilled to plan a portrait session with them.
I not only helped Kelsey style the wardrobe, we went shopping together and topped the look off with a DIY Trader Joe's bouquet. We had a great time running around for the many ideas I had planned, starting at a nature preserve in Eden Prairie, then to Lake of the Isles, and caught the sunset from the docks at Excelsior Bay. Enjoy this little love session to celebrate a Minnesota Spring and this newly fabulous weather!!
It's that time of year - soon to be summer, school will be out, and time to schedule senior portraits! I've always loved senior portraits, because it's a great chance to shine. To show your personality, style and accomplishments. To capture a moment between childhood and adulthood and to forever commemorate your teen years. Senior sessions are meant to be fun, so pick your favorite outfits, a few favorite places, and let's go!
Gianna's Photography is currently scheduling senior portraits for the Class of 2019. Visit our ABOUT page for pricing information and be sure to schedule your session at least three weeks before your yearbook submission deadline. Our sessions book out 3-4 weeks in advance, so book now to guarantee your appointment.
When I was invited to escape this Minnesota winter and join Charlee of Monkey Bunny Inc. in the Arizona desert for a few days, my response was "YES! Meet me at the airport!". We played around with different flash methods, dancing in the mountain sunrise.
I had never been to the Southwest, so seeing Superstition Mountain on my first morning there, and having this vibrant sunset to welcome me, it was practically magical. Thank you, Monkey Bunny Inc. for this super fun collaboration and for rescuing me from the snow!
Finley was an absolute peach for her portrait session and cake smash. We preempted her birthday by a few weeks, but that just means she gets cake all over again! Thank you for coming into the studio, Finley!
Time is running out to book your Mommy & Me Mini Session!
On April 29th, we are setting aside the studio just for mamas and their little ones. A perfect gift for the mothers in your life or a great way to treat yourself and celebrate the sweet chaos of motherhood.
Sessions include a private 20-minute shoot with 5 high resolution digital images. Photos are guaranteed delivered by Mother's Day. There are just a few spots remaining, so book before they're gone!
This little sweetheart was just the most smiley baby for his one-year portrait session! He enjoyed playing in the studio and really loved his chocolate cupcake. Happy Birthday, Logan!