Rochester, MN Best of Bliss Newborns 2017

CLOSED! Thanks all who voted! 

Welcome to the 2017 Best of Bliss Newborn Photo in Rochester, Minnesota. I'm so excited to introduce my top 10 photos of the year. These photos all gave me that "wow" feeling when going through the many many photos I have taken over the past year.  While all the babies are amazing, please vote for the photo that also stands out for you. 

The winner will receive:

1 free milestone session with all the edited digital photos ($495 value)

$200 gift card to give to a friend

1 16x24 canvas of the winning photo

bragging rights all year

Voting will close at 1:00pm on January 19th. 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 (phone, tablet, computer) and can vote.  You can also vote once per day (restarts at 8am each day) Vote with the poll at the bottom of this post.  Voting requires no registration, just a simple click. 

1. Easton

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2. Aubriella

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3. Teddy

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4. Carter

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5. Cienna

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6. Caitlin and Danielle

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7. Ariella

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8. Micaela

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9. Jude

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10. Landry and Lucas

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These were all my amazing babies from this past year (babies who's parents didn't want to share online or were in a model call were not included) I'm so fortunate to have worked with them and shared in their lives. 

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Rochester MN Newborn NICU visit: Kaylee and Amelia

I met Angela a while ago at a happy hour with mutual friends. Next thing I know she contacts me about participating in my sessions on the north shore. She mentioned she was pregnant with twins and could she get some maternity photos as well. What a fun surprise! Well, I"m sure glad we did those because only a month or so later she ended up delivering her twin girls at only 29 weeks. I knew I wouldn't see them for a few months so offered to come and visit for some NICU photos before our actual newborn session. They are doing so well, gaining a lot and getting their smiles ready for their session next month!

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Rochester, MN: The birth of Emsley

I had never met Mindy but I knew that after canceling her family session it was something serious. She was at high risk for loosing her miracle baby. Fast forward a couple months and I get a message. "Hey. I know this is last minute and chances are slim but I'm in the hospital in labor and they are trying to stop it. Since baby is so little it could go fast..." I was just welcoming family in for the holidays.  I texted back that I'd be there. A couple hours later I got the text to come. I arrived at the hospital not sure what to expect with a baby coming at only 24 weeks. The nurses and doctors were so sweet and welcomed me back into the OR. The Neonatologist even sat for a while chatting with me about my camera and looking for photo tips!  Then he went on to tell me the best photo options once baby was born. He explained what would happen when baby came out, how they would delay the cord a minute to give it time to give as much blood to baby. How they would take baby to the warmer in the next room and how I'd have a chance to photograph her without the tube in or mask on. Once she was out he then ushered dad back so he could hold her tiny little hand while they worked to make sure her airways were clear and she was stable. Her brave mom fought the urge to push for fear of the unknown once she was out. She did though with her sweet husband by her side reassuring her that their daughter was in good hands. I had tears streaming down my face watching this sweet little soul make her way earthside. She let out the tiniest of squeaks to let us know she was ok. I'm so grateful to Mindy and Nate for trusting me with their tiniest treasure. It will be a moment I may never forget. 



I had the opportunity to visit Emsley at one week old. She is doing so much better then anyone expected at her age. Although every NICU stay is a rollercoaster, here is to hoping for less big ups and downs and more just little bumps as she grows bigger and stronger every day. 


Rochester MN Disney inspired newborn photo session: Ariella

Day 1: Cinderella

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Day 2: Sleeping Beauty

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Day 3: Beauty and the Beast Belle

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Day 4: Anna from Frozen

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Day 5: Elsa from Frozen

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Day 6: Snow White

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Day 7: Ariel 

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Sweet Ariella's mom loves all things Disney, so it was only fitting to dress up her own little princess into 7 different #disney princesses. Join me as I show you a new princess each day! 

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Rochester MN Senior Photographer: Nick

Nick was a rock star for his senior photo session in Rochester, MN. A true pro as we moved from the studio, to down town to out in the woods hiking! 

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Rochester, MN Senior Photographer: Mckenna Triton High School Class of 2018

Mckenna and I met a few weeks ago to discuss her ideas for her high school senior session. She said "Would you be able to go out to my Great Grandpa's farm? It's about 45min from here but I just know it would mean the world to him" How could I say no?  A few small towns later I met up with Mckenna. She was hanging out with her grandpa and her great grandpa.  Her Great Grandpa is 96. He has a sign leading up to his home that "Swede's this way" He rested on a cane in the door way but his excitement was clear. He told me that his great granddaughter got all the looks and he just can't compete anymore. The farm cat purred at my feet while we talked. I later learned this same cat once had 2 tails! Then one day someone stepped on one of the tails and it fell off with the cat none the wiser. 

 I looked around at what was once a majestic barn that was now covered in green vines and hadn't been painted for a while. A Christmas star almost as big as the barn hung with lights still on the side. You could tell generations have loved this farm and swung from the swings that still hung in the trees.  Mckenna was stunning and we had a blast on her great grandpa's farm. He couldn't stay away from all the action though and took his mower over to see us and watch me work.  I told him that I didn't know I was doing a senior session too! He stole my heart, and even let this Norske park where only the Swedes are allowed. 

One of our last shots was of Mckenna near the old tractor that she learned to drive on. The same tractor that her mom learned on, her grandma and many others in the family. 

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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..."


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


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! 



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!


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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. :)