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Happy New Year!! | Minneapolis Family Photographer | Minneapolis Newborn & Maternity Photographer | by Erica Loeks

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!

The day started off a balmy -3 degrees and as I rolled out of bed, my heart sunk when I realized the thermostat wasn’t working. This is literally every Minnesotan’s worst fear, their furnace goes out in the dead of winter. Lucky us, it just couldn’t keep up with the cold temps and that oh so smart husband of mine got it cracking in no time.

I thought I’d take a second and write out a few hopes and questions for you. I welcome you all to email me and give me your thoughts, as 2019 feels abundantly full of possibilities.

1. What was your favorite photo you or someone else took of you? (this can even be a phone photo)

2. What was your favorite meal eaten last year and double life points if you can tell me what meal you’re most looking forward to in 2019!

3. What are you most looking forward to in 2019? This can be a life goal, trip, maybe a cherub is starting a sport.

4. Tell me something I need to experience, hands down, non-negotiable within the Twin Cities area.

5. Tell me a few secret Air B & B locations, something you maybe go to every year or have been waiting to go to. Cabin in the woods? Lakefront? Condo in downtown St. Paul. Spill the diets on all the coolest rental locations.

I’ll tell you a few of mine ::
1. I’m relearning piano. I’ve decided to commit 1 hour every day to relearn what came naturally years ago.

2. I want to be known for my bread. I do not know why, but I just do. Coming over for a party? I’ll bring the bread. Baby arrived and you're home from the hospital? I’ll bring the bread. Just call me “Erica, Mama of the Breads” :)
3. I currently swim about 1 mile every day. I want to up that to 3 miles.

4. Dry January. No wine until February. Let’s give this body a little time to reset for 2019.

5. I’m going to try with all my might, to blog twice a week. What do you want to know?

2019 friends, it’s here, let’s do everything in our power to make December 31st, 2019 a day to look back and say we totally kicked this years arce and shoot, we feel pretty good about it!

What to wear for your Summer Family Photo Session by Erica Loeks

I love Summer! It's my favorite season of the year and I look forward to the heat, the humidity, all the good things that come with warm weather. That being said, choosing attire for your Summer session can be stressful, mainly because we want to look great, but we also want comfort! Being comfortable, yet stylish as a family is what I want for you and let's face it, we only do this once a year, we want to make it worthwhile right? :) 

So here are my Top 5 Tips for dressing for your Summer Family Session :: 

1. Don't dress everyone in the same color. 

Instead of going with one color, such as white, go with a color family instead. I'm fine with some patterns and solids and when you mix them together, you really end up with a whimsical and tied together story. And, it adds to your story. 

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2. Dress in comfortable clothing. 

It's so important that everyone tries on their clothing and makes sure they are comfortable. I can attest, if I'm not at ease in what I'm wearing, the inevitable irritation and agitation comes through and with your photo session, you want to be able to cuddle up together, sit down, stand up, walk together, have fun! Try your pieces on at home and make sure you all feel good, kids included.

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3. Dress for each person's personality. 

Once you have a great color story for your entire family, go to accessorize and play with each person's personality. Dad loves hats, let's bring his favorite to wear in a few photos. Your little ones hate socks and like to go barefoot in their shoes, nix nay those socks and roll the pants up. Mom loves her signature gold hoop earrings. Add those final touches so each member of the family is present in their own way. 

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4. Bring a few options

It never fails, a grass stained knee, a spilled juice cup, a mini-nursing session has left a milk stain. We roll with the punches and having a back up always helps you stay relaxed and on top of whatever mishap will pop up. And yes, there will be mishaps and we embrace them! 

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5. Choose staples over too much fashion

I love fashion but I also like longevity. I consider my closet a safe place of options that really never go out of style, that way, I can wear what I own over the years without looking dated. We've all looked at photos from our youth and had a good chuckle at what our Mom made us wear or that we would DIE if we didn't get to wear and now we wonder why on earth shoulder pads were even a thing! :) Try to give you and your family a photo that will be filled with options that aren't super fashion forward, rather a staples. 

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