Valentine's mini photo session review: Rochester MN

"Cuteness overload ahead. I seriously struggle to get good pictures of my son. As soon as he sees the camera come out he gets serious and won't smile. Catharine Bliss of Bliss Photography did amazing with Gryffyn and got his charming, adorable smile to come out. She also did it all in about 20 minutes. I would definitely recommend her for all your photography needs, especially if you have a non-stop toddler who refuses to smile. Thank you so much for this Catharine! I can't stop looking at these. He really is going to be a heartbreaker some day...sigh..."

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Winter Wonderland Maternity: Rochester, MN

I awoke to a text. Think we can meet today? I looked outside. It was the perfect snow globe day, like someone literally took the world and shook it out to reveal a winter wonderland complete with warm heavy snow falling. We discussed beforehand that Margo would love some photos in the snow for her maternity photos this time. I said it's tricky. I never know when the right conditions would appear. Well, when I saw the forecast the night before I was certain we would catch the magic. Thanks to Margo for making sure her Grandmothers shrug was mailed out ahead of time and for so beautifully enduring the beautiful winter snow. 

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Best Bliss Newborn Photo 2016: Rochester, MN Newborn photographer

CLOSED!!

Welcome to the 2016 Best of Bliss Newborn Photo in Rochester, Minnesota. I'm so excited to introduce my top 10. These photos all gave me that "wow" feeling when going through the many many photos.  While all the babies are amazing, please vote for the photo that also stands out for you. 

The majority of the lovely 2016 newborns

The majority of the lovely 2016 newborns

 

The winner will receive:

1 free milestone session with all the edited digital photos ($395 value)

1 free milestone session for a friend or a $200 gift card towards another session

1 16x24 canvas of the winning photo

bragging rights all year

 

Voting will close at 1:00pm on January 18th. So, share with your friends, your family, your neighbors, strangers at the store, that guy next to you on your next flight, your kids and anyone who has a device and can vote. 

1. Elina

2. Evan V.

3. Qwest

4. Ava

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5. Jake

6. Riya

7.  Evan N.

8. Beckett

9. Harvey and Harrison

10. Nolan

Please vote only once per device, winners will be notified. Photos were selected by the photographer as my top 10 favorite newborn photos that I took in 2016. Babies who parents allowed sharing on social media and who were not model calls were eligible to be selected for the top 10. Happy Voting! 

WINNER!!

WINNER

Rochester, MN Maternity Milk Bath

Come take a bath with me.... 

January 2017 special Milk Bath photos, I'll provide everything you need. These are great for your growing belly or if you'd like with your new baby (0-4mo). 

$295 includes the session and all the edited digital files. Prints and additional products are extra. Take $100 off if you also schedule your newborn photos with me for 2017. 

*Milk Bath session must be booked during daylight hours and scheduled in January, special extended on a first come basis for limited slots
 

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Bliss studio landscaping project

I'm really excited to share a house project we had this year. Many of you have climbed our ridiculously steep driveway in order to reach the studio. From the minute we bought this house we knew we needed a better solution. Since the studio was the first priority, the front yard had to wait. Finally after a years wait we got our new front steps.

 

Heglands Creative Landscapes won our bid, not in price but in solutions offered. Ryan was so easy to work with. Right away when I proposed the need for steps he was showing me what he could do. He kept saying, lots of curves and soft lines. He won me over for sure. Other solutions proposed ended in boring grey cement steps straight up the front with no consideration for our home.

 

We finally booked him in January 2016 and he started work only a week after he proposed he would in August. He said the project would take 4-5 days, it ended up being 6 days but with crazy rains, the extra day was understandable.

 

He allowed me to offer my own ideas and paired those with his extensive knowledge of landscape and design. In the end, I am so happy with the result. It is way more than I imagined and it fits my work and my family perfectly. I now have a front yard I look forward to hanging out in and a much better solution for clients as well. Enjoy some project photos!

 

Rochester, MN Photography: Med City Doulas Breastfeeding event

I worked on a great collaboration with Med City doulas this month in celebration of World Breastfeeding week. They hosted this great event for moms to come and hang out together and of course take photos with their breastfeeding babies. We had a 5 day old, a 2.5 year old and even twins! Thank you to all the amazing moms for coming out to this event. I can't wait to do it again next year !

 

Rochester, MN Maternity Photographer: Dr. Katie

For a while now, I've wanted to try a milk bath photoshoot. So when I suggested this to Dr. Katie of RAK Chiropractic, she was all in! I was a bit surprised that she was so willing, but that is just who she is. She trusts my vision and is willing to run with it! It's not everyday someone will say yes to taking a bath at your house! We had such a fun time since I really had no idea what I was doing and well, this was really a first for her as well. I love playing though and creating art. 

 

And if you are wondering what is inside that magical bump?  It's a boy! Congrats to Katie and Ryley and big brother Mo! I'm so excited to meet little Mylo. :) 

Rochester, MN Breastfeeding session: Hannah

April isn't the prettiest month, but I fell in love with the beautiful neutral tones in this session for Hannah. To capture her with her second baby, 5 month old Simon, and some of their breastfeeding relationship. I love being able to provide outfits for these sessions if you need! 

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We also spent a little time in the studio with her oldest Norah to capture all the faces of being 3. 

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Even dad, Peder jumped in a photo 

Minecraft birthday party DIY

My son Patrick turned 8 and we threw him a minecraft party. It was really simple to do and he loved it! 

 

First off the details. I made "potion" with a tub of lime sherbet and a 2 liter bottle of sprite. Then I crafted a cake out of 2 different sheet cakes and 2 different types of rice crispie bars. It had a bridge, lava, a diamond mine, animals and grass. Really pretty simple with frosting and a little creativity. We covered our stairs with "lava" to keep kids from going upstairs. I used little aliens err.. "creepers" to hand out as a party favors. A nether portal was just a plastic table cloth over our entry.  Foam swords were a big hit as came in handy for the TNT piñata (just a box with tissue paper around it) We had a diamond hunt (small plastic crystals from the party store) that we hid in the sandbox. The place cards also served as clues to help find the diamonds. We finished off the party with minecraft projected on the big tv, although the boys quickly lost interest in that and headed outside for their own minecraft adventure. 

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Rochester, MN Senior Photographer: Now booking

Yesterday you signed them up for kindergarten. Last week, you tossed the ball in the backyard for what seemed like hours. Just last month you bought their first tutu and watched them twirl around and around until they fell dizzy on the ground. Today, they are looking at colleges and trying to figure themselves out while you do your best to catch them on a quick text and keep up with their ever changing social media accounts. Tomorrow the house will be a little more quiet without them asking for the car keys.

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Rochester, MN Twin Newborn Photographer: Gavin and Gadge

Gavin and Gadge are babies #7 and #8 for their mama. They are so identical that they arrived with bracelets on their ankles to keep them apart. We soon learned though that they aren't so alike after all. Today Gadge was the feisty one. Gavin partied all night so he was more than happy to snooze away for our session. At 6 weeks already, they were adorable little peanuts and a joy to play with. 

Rochester, MN Photographer: Spring Mini Sessions

This year's Spring mini's are going to be so fun! You get two set options (which means a clothing change if you like!)  and 20min full of fun. I have lots of wardrobe options to choose from or bring your new spiffy Easter dress or dapper tie. You get 5 digitals files for the $200 fee, or upgrade to all of them for $300. email me at catharine@blissphotographymn.com to book your spot! 

Here is what a full session looks like: 

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