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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!

Minneapolis Family Photographer | Minneapolis Newborn Photographer | My thoughts on 2018 by Erica Loeks

Happy Last Day of 2018!!

I was thinking about this today as I set into motion a new vision and new goals. I quite literally closed a door on a chapter and walked away feeling refreshed, excited and the best…DETERMINED! The kind of determined I felt back when I was in Girl Scouts and it was cookie selling time and I’d see the prizes available and was determined to get one of those shiny awesome patches for my sash! Determined because I found something in myself this year that I haven’t seen in awhile. Something switched, like a lightswitch and that feeling couldn’t be ignored. Much like my entire career, I’ve had ups and downs, there were projects I maybe should have walked away from, projects I should have signed up for and a wonderful list of clients I seriously call friends and all in all, I am bound and determined to make this New Year of 2019 a year of focus.

I choose this photo to highlight today because it’s hard to even remember her, me on that day, carrying my angel Everett. I was months from my due date, but little did I know, I would become a Mother in just 5 weeks after this photo. A moment that secured my believe that Oprah said it best, becoming a Mother is the hardest job you will ever do. She was right, this has proven harder than anything I’ve ever done, but wow…when he looks at me and comes in for a hug, I well up with tears almost every single time because it’s magic. He is my magical compass for how I live now and, the bonus track of this little guy’s life, here I thought I was going to teach him all of these life lessons and such…yet, he teaches me more than I never knew possible.

With every client I’ve photographed over the years, this year it all connected and I became aware of the intense relationship Mother’s get to have with their cherubs. It’s a beautiful thing to know and be a part of, photographing for all of you and for that, I want to take a moment to say how THANKFUL I am for all of you.

Every family that asks me into their home, that meets me at the studio, that carves out time to be photographed, you all mean the world to me and I thank you for your business.

So here we go. We march into this new year with perspective, focus and determination to be lovely to each other, kind to everyone, loving to all and all with a gigantic dollop of grace. Thank you for being here with me on this photographic ride. I can’t wait to see you next year!

Love, Erica xoxo

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