Sisterly Love | Family Portaits | Becky Moen Photography

Impromptu photoshoot with these 3 beautiful ladies. Once again weather man was wrong and we got some unexpected snow and it made for a perfect excuse to go out and play. Needless to say it was a tad bit cold in mid 30 degree weather. Girls were troopers and rocked their shoot. The frozen horseshoe shaped pond made the perfect backdrop.

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After our session I asked the girls to pick out their favorites.
Right off the bat, this was in instant favorite for all 3 of them.
Big sister looking annoyed as little sisters are grinning ear to ear.

Sisterly love without a doubt is undeniable with these 3 and it shows.

Last but not least, a couple individual portraits to complete our day out.

  

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Rohan | Class of 2017 | Elk River High School

I have been anxiously waiting to share photos from Rohan’s senior session at Bunker Hills Regional Park in Blaine, MN. I had the pleasure of meeting this handsome young man and his family the day I arrived in Minnesota just over 4 years ago. Time sure has flown by fast.

First up are some of my favorites.

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Can’t have a bunch of formal photos without including some of the fun ones. Posting them individually won’t do this series justice so slide show it is but not before sharing my favorite.

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Our season is unusually warm this year, not that I am complaining by any means. Short sleeve shirt, capri pants and wishing I wore my flip flops for our session just 9 days into fall, yes please. Getting attacked by mosquitoes as we headed back, well that wasn’t any fun and something I could have done without. LOL Should have brought my deet not that it would have helped much since mosquitoes in MN love me entirely too much. Needless to say, I had a blast the whole session and am looking forward to the next one which will be focused around music.

Minnesota Fall Colors | Becky Moen Photography

Fall in Minnesota without a doubt comes with lots of gorgeous colors as the leaves on the trees explode with color. Every year I can’t help but to be in aw as I watch the trees go from green to bright yellow and red. Growing up in California, fall didn’t come with much change with the exception of Northern California when the vineyards would change their colors in October during the crush. Of course I am partial to Napa Valley but that is a story better saved for another day.

Although I have only lived in MN for just over 4 yrs, I find myself taking for granted the wonderful seasons we have here so this year my goal is to try and capture some of the beauty. Right across the street from work (my full time day job) I drive by the Blaine Preserve Science and Natural Area (SNA). Didn’t know till I took the photo below that this beautiful open space actually had a name thank you to Google Maps. Recently I signed up to be a Google Local Guide which has proven to have its perks. About a wk after the first day of fall I stopped on my lunch break to take a photo of the trees as they started to explode with color.

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Blaine Preserve Scientific and Natural Area
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In just one month this area has changed dramatically despite our unusually warm record breaking weather. I plan to get out there again in the next few day to take another photo to continue my 12 month series which I am very anxious to complete though I am sure once the temps drop below freezing I won’t be too happy LOL

I have always said that if you blink you will miss fall. Luckily 2 wks after I took the photo in Blaine, I had an opportunity to visit Clifton French Region Park in Plymouth, MN when the trees were so bright and colorful it only to proved the brightest colors come from nature.

At the start of the path I got my first glimpse of the beautiful trees.

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Clifton French Regional Park
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As I left the park I took one last look back at the trees. The yellow and green leaves were so bright and beautiful.

 

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Clifton French Regional Park
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This fall has been busier than usual complete with a senior session with one incredible young man that I have had the pleasure of meeting the day I moved to MN and a family I who has grown close to my heart over the last 5 yrs. Two long overdue posts coming soon.

Familia | Bunker Hills Regional Park, Blaine, MN

Fall in MN is here and gone in a blink of an eye. Unlike the gradual transition I am used to seeing in CA, our fall season in MN tends to only last just a couple of days. Bunker Hills Regional Park is gorgeous year around but I must say that fall by far is the most beautiful as all the trees are changing colors.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Bunker Hills for a family session. I must say, there was so much adorable cuteness.

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Growing Up: Part 2 | Blaine Child Photographer

Best birthday gift ever was the birth of my daughter. She has been a spit fire since before she was born and hasn’t stopped since. Always on the run and this year she asked for anything that she could play with outside. How cool is that? I love how much personality and unique each of my daughter are.

A couple months ago my girl got her first pair of glasses. When it came time to pick out her glasses she picked these because they were just like dad’

I love how her personality really showed through in the outtakes.

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Growing Up: Part 1 | Blaine Child-Teen Photographer | Becky Moen Photography

Its amazing how quickly children grow up. I have been blessed with 3 beautiful and awesome daughters. They have taught me so much over the last decade and a half. I have learned to love unconditionally from the first second they came into my life and they have given me courage to do things I might not have been able to do otherwise. My girls are my life.

I have heard children will change your life forever. I can say with a warm heart that is so very true. If you don’t take the time to pause to just sit back to watch and listen to what they are doing you will miss out on some of the funniest and silliest stuff they do.

Over the weekend the weather decided to cooperate long enough to take my girls out for a mini session. Its been almost 2 years since I updated the photos on my wall and long overdue. As a photographer let me tell you it can be quite difficult picking photos for yourself when there are so many cute ones to choose from for various reasons. I can’t help it, I love the shots that show off their personality just as much as I love the others that in my humble opinion are simply perfect.

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Snow and Ice Cream | Blaine Child Photographer

I didn’t get much objection when I gave my birthday girl an ice cream cone in the middle of the day and told her “lets go play outside cuz its snowing” She was puzzled to say the least and the other kids were a bit jealous but I couldn’t help myself. All day long it had been snow drizzling. Not much after I mentioned how I wished we would get big snow flakes did Mother Nature grant my wish so I scrambled to gather up my gear, my Valentine and of course a very pink ice cream cone.

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I have been anxiously waiting to play outside since I had seen a photo online a few weeks ago taken when the snow was falling. It didn’t take long to realize it was a tad bit colder than we thought.

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Not that my little birthday girl was complaining much. After all she had ice cream in her hand.

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Granted she was a bit cold and made sure to let me know how much after I asked her to take a bite LOL

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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: 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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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.