New Year, New Name | Becky Moen Photography

Over the last year and a half there have been a lot of changes, beginning with a move across country from Northern California to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Now that things have started to settle down I have a chance to focus on my love of photography.

A lot of great things have happened over the last year, with the best one happening this last November when I married my best friend. As I get started on this new journey I made the simple yet difficult decision to change my business name from Becka Lynn Photography to Becky Moen Photography. Since the time I first started my business, it has always been a dream to use my own name. Circumstances prevented that from happening at that time so since I need to rebuild my name from the ground up here in Minnesota I see the perfect opportunity to make the switch.

Its still going to take some time to get everything all set up so please keep an eye out for the new website. In the mean time I plan to update my blog regularly. Winter is in full swing around here. Everything is covered in snow as we got another 4 inches this morning. Luckily the cold has given us a break for the time being.

Alkaline Trio @ First Ave in Minneapolis, MN

I’m sure most of you wont even know what I am talking about. It’s ok. I promise not to hold it against you.

A couple nights ago I got a chance to see Alkaline Trio at The First Ave & 7th St Entry in Minneapolis with my hubby, his brother and our two oldest kids. Its been years since I have been to a concert and sadly I felt it the next morning. Definitely not as young as I used to be but I sure had a blast. Makes me miss the old days hanging out in Hollywood.

Alkaline Trio totally rocked the place and put on an awesome show.

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Blaine High School Marching Band {2013}

Aren’t they a great looking bunch? I know I think so. Last month I got a chance to photograph the marching band right before they left for their last performance. Unfortunately it was raining out so our plans to get a photo out on the field had to be replaced with indoors.

My oldest has been playing the flute since the 4th grade and recently found out she will be section leader for flutes and clarinets for the Blaine High School Marching band in 2014. Exciting stuff!!! What can I say, I’m one very proud band mom.

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Class of 2014: Haley | Blaine High School Senior | Becka Lynn Photography

I had a great time hanging out with Haley, her family and close friends for her senior session at Taylors Falls, MN. I love exploring new places especially here in MN since most everything is still very new to me.

Luckily the weather cleared up in time for Haley’s session and we got a few hours rain free despite the cold. Taylor’s Falls is a absolutely gorgeous and if you haven’t had a chance to visit I would highly recommend visiting.

The sun decided to peek out from the clouds just as we were getting ready to take photos of her with her flute.

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Class of 2014: Mariah | Anoka High Senior | Becka Lynn Photography

I had so much fun hanging out with Mariah, her mom Becky, and brother Mikhal.

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Since her brother was home from the Air Force for a short visit and about to leave we decided to do a family session along with some of her senior photos so she could get some photos together with him and her mom.

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The outtakes from our session were too cool not to share. We had such a blast and laughed so much which you can clearly see.

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Railroad Tracks & Back Roads | Plymouth, MN | Becka Lynn Photography

What better place for a session that a place that speaks all boy. Momma did a little exploring and found two great locations for their photos session. Over the last 2 years I have had the pleasure of photographing these two adorable little guys several times and I can’t get over how much they have grown up in such a short amount of time.

I first met them back in December 2011 for a family photo session at Michel Schlumberger winery in Sonoma County, California. Over the years I have become very good friends with the family and I am so very excited they have recently decided to come out to Minnesota. I gotta admit its the best feeling having a little bit of home (a part of my life in California) now so close to me here in Minnesota.

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Life’s a Journey | Plymouth, Minnesota | Becka Lynn Photography

“Life’s a journey, but sometimes you should stop and smell the rocks.”

I fell in love with this image the moment I saw it. It actually reminded me of those images you see all over FB with a quote attached to it. I asked his momma to give me a quote and this is what she said.

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Back to School | Blaine Teen Photographer | Becka Lynn Photography

Few more weeks till we start a new school year around here. Today Blaine High School students got to go pick up their new class schedules and take their ID photos. Believe it or not I am so excited.

Of course this means everyone, my kids included, is trying to fit in all the last minute sleep overs and hang outs with friends. Today I thought it would be fun to snap a few photos of my oldest over by the water treatment building by our house.

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I have passed by this building every day for the last year and always thought it would make a great place for a shoot though unconventional. Part of the fun is seeing the potential it various unique spaces. Today is a good example of doing just that.

Mother Nature and her children | Blaine, MN Photographer

Its that time of year birds are nesting and babies are hatching. Oh how I love the Spring Time. After the winter we had this year, I have grown to appreciate my favorite season that much more. A few weeks ago, while watering the garden in the front yard, I found myself stop to pause to watch the birds enjoying the bird bath and the new set of birds who were visiting the bird feeder my fiancé build the weekend before.

It didn’t take me long to notice new sounds coming from our tree where I discovered a momma and her 4 babies. I spend most of the evening coming out to watch them from afar as momma would take off to fetch food or a drink of water. At one point the 3 little ones I could see in the nest began to remind me of my own daughters, each with their own unique personality. One who had to be in the spot light, the other keep watch over the other siblings and one just staying off to the side chilling. I could have watched them all day long but momma was very protective of her babies, understandably so as I am of my own babies.

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Right before leaving to go up north for the weekend it was clear the little ones were getting ready for their first flight. Babies were already spotted in the back yard and across the street with their momma’s close by encouraging them on. I said goodbye to the little bird family right before leaving out of town and wasn’t too surprised to find an empty nest upon our return. Luckily I managed to capture a few photos of them before they few away.

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Friends | Blaine Teen Photographer {Becka Lynn Photography}

I can’t let the little ones have all the fun when I have a couple teenagers who wanna come out and play too 😉 Truth is teenagers are so much fun to work with especially when I have a couple girl friends who are just as excited as I am to get out and play.

My oldest asked one of her closest friends to join her as we went out for a mini photo shoot. They both are currently Freshman at Blaine High School so we still have a few more year till its time for Senior Photos.