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Twin Cities Mom’s Blog Halloween Spooktacular Family Event! – Minneapolis Lifestyle Family Photographer

This year I had the pleasure of being invited to photograph the Twin Cities Mom’s Blog Halloween Spooktacular Family Event at the Wishing Tree Play Cafe!  First, I am always amazed at the awesome level of creativity families go to at Halloween for a group costume.  Slowly clapping.  Well done MN families, well done.  From Disney to Game of Thrones to a League of Their Own I saw it all at the event.  I started out with good intentions for Halloween costumes last June, but let’s be honest, dressing up is not my thing.  Making a costume?  Please, I can barely sew.  I darned socks this week and my husband asked if I was sick.  Needless to say Everett wore a Target costume this year.  He looked adorable, but it will likely not last another wearing.

Back to the Event – sponsored by the Wishing Tree Play Cafe in White Bear Lake and Metropolian Pediatric Dental Associates

There were kids game’s and activities for trick or treating, plenty of goodies from healthy snacks to CARS posters and awesome Lego bags.  Everyone (except me of course) was in costume!  Great food (curse you IBS! as I wanted to eat some so badly!) and the best part being that the play cafe shut down just for this event – so the families had the place to themselves!  There were so many toys and places to move and get that winter cabin fever out!  No shoes allowed in the play area of course.

What had me even more in shock was the Disney characters who came for the party – you know, the “real” Princesses and Spider Man.  I think they actually made the event.  And they never broke character, like, ever.  Even when heading to the restroom.  I have no idea how they do it, but they do it well, that’s for sure!

Below are some of my favorite images from the event, but there are many more of all the families over at the Twin Cities Mom’s Blog page!

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Our Halloween Pumpkin Re-Cap – Bloomington, MN Child Photographer

October & Halloween Happenings

This was Everett’s third Halloween and our chance to really start stepping up our Halloween traditions.  Which this year meant stepping up our pumpkin game.  In my mind I had several Instagram worthy traditions in mind to start including visiting a real pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins and some adorable carving time.  While we did score on getting both tasks accomplished, we could have done better, team.  Plus, what a glaring reminder that all is not gold that glitters when it comes to Instagram vs real life, right?  See below to see what I mean.

As far a trick or treating went, we did get out in the freezing MN cold (about 30°F as usual) to hit up my parent’s, grandparent’s, and neighbor’s houses.  As usual, all MN costumes must fit the following criteria: can we fit a Parka underneath?  Besides wearing jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and a sweatshirt under his costume, Everett also had to wear his coat and hat over the top.  We had to stop to unzip his coat and remove his hat right before we rung the doorbells for his actual costume to be seen.  We still got cold and turned in after about 12 houses.

Is is just me, or has Halloween neighborhood Trick or Treating really taken a hit?  We had a total of 7 kids at our door this year with many houses not giving out candy at all.  Growing up in the Twin Cities, I was taught that Halloween was a chance to have some fun while connecting as a kid with your neighbors.  It was about (on a deeper parental level) getting together as a community to let kids know who their neighbors were, so if they needed help they could go to those houses and know they would be welcome, safe, and assisted.  So many kids only go to Halloween events and the neighborhood aspect has been lost – I try to walk the neighborhood with my son each year and talk with the neighbors if only briefly so my son will know they are good people, they can be trusted.  Besides National Night Out, how do we preserve the neighborhood anymore?  I hope next year we will see more kids again!

So after all that lofty talk, back to business, pumpkin business.

The Pumpkin Patch

As we live in the southern half of the Twin Cities, the closet pumpkin patch to us turned out to be Peter’s Pumpkins down in Shakopee.  What a fun place to visit!  The staff were so friendly and it was a very sweet store front.   Of course, being that we decided to go last minute amongst crazy October schedules, we arrived just before a rainstorm.  If only we had left an hour earlier it would have been sunny and less windy!  Still, Everett made the best of it with us.  It was a longer walk out to the Pumpkin Patch but they provide wagons with good treads for hauling those pumpkins (Everett enjoyed the ride).  We may have come home with 4 pumpkins, mostly because Everett wouldn’t choose (go figure, a two year old wants them all?) and he also insisted on a green pumpkin that was not quite ready (we just colored it, not carved).  I almost lost a lens cap to my camera (but found it under my seat!) and we made it out before the rain hit.  So win?

peters pumpkins MN store front

peter's pumpkins pumpkin field on a cloudy fall day

my son in a pumpkin wheel barrow heading out to pick pumpkins pulled by his dad

unpicked pumpkins in peter's pumpkins halloween pumpkin patch

dad helping son carry pumpkins picked for halloween in pumpkin patch

father and son discussing which pumpkins to pick in pumpkin patch field

boy riding back with pumpkins in wheel barrow peter's pumpkin patch mn

father pulling pumpkins and son in wheel barrow while picking pumpkins in peter's pumpkins patch mn

pumpkins sitting near shed and apple orchard at peter's pumpkins around halloween

Carving Our Pumpkins

Fast forward to Halloween day, when we traditionally have carved out pumpkins.  (Re-thinking this timing by the way as it makes for a very busy afternoon/evening.)  After weeks of saying hi to our pumpkins on the front porch, Everett was a bit, um, upset by the idea of bringing them indoors to…carve them.  What do you mean my beautiful pumpkins must be gutted!?!  He calmed down when we got to the best part of drawing our designs on them in sharpie.  Everett got a bit covered in sharpie marker and continued doodling as my husband scooped them out.  As usual, poor dad got relegated to the duty of the slimy mess inside the pumpkin (no one else wanted to touch it).  Then, as more usual, the toddler walks away and I ended up putting down my camera to go chase the toddler so…the pictures end at that point with no finished product.  But – those pumpkins are still cute a week later out on the front porch!  But away they go to the trash later in the week (hopefully when Everett is sleeping so he won’t be traumatized).

So…Happy November folks!  Looking forward to updating you again on some of our November happenings!

boy crying over having to carve pumpkins on halloween

father and son drawing designs on pumpkins for halloween

son drawing with sharpie on pumpkins for halloween before carving

father digging out carved pumpkins on halloween

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The Sweetest Extended Family & Newborn Session! – Eden Prairie, MN Newborn Photographer

This has to be one of the sweetest extended family & newborn sessions I’ve had the pleasure to capture!   There is a reason many of my favorite in-home lifestyle sessions are newborn sessions. Besides getting to stare at that sweet little baby for several hours, there is always so much going on – feed the baby, change the baby, cuddle the baby…  And for siblings there is a lot of learning how to adapt to a new family member.

Often, like this session, grandparents come to stay for a while and make everyone feel a little more special in all the change.  They are such a great help in taking care of mom, new baby, house, and brothers and sisters.  I loved the connection between older brother and his grandfather during this session.  They seemed to have so much fun no matter what what they did!  Grandmothers are such a grounding force for moms too – this grandmother was so supportive as she quietly took care of all the things so mom could bond with her new daughter.

Frequently I hear from parents that despite being their second child, this is their first newborn session.  For some reason they didn’t feel they needed a newborn session the first time around.  But suddenly, baby number one is no longer a baby and those precious moments when they were small and new are gone.  Then baby number two is on the way!  I hope if you are pregnant and considering a newborn session or even an extended family & newborn session you will go for it.  You will never regret having those photos from the first few weeks with your child!

I always walk away from newborn sessions in amazement – they are so small and so sweet, how could I have forgotten so fast?!? There is almost something magical in the air around those first weeks with a newborn – so much love surrounds and fills the home.  Time seems to stand still.  It is such a pleasure to be invited in to share a few hours of joy with these families during their sessions!

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2017 Fall Mini Sessions are Here! – Registration Open

Here we are guys, how is it already time for another round of outdoor Fall Mini Sessions!?!?  The years are sneaking up on us all – the kids keep getting bigger, but we stay the same, right?  I’m personally celebrating the 3rd anniversary of my 29th birthday this year (ha!).  What about you?  Did you stop counting yet?

2017 fall mini session location

But seriously…so here is the scoop on the 2017 Fall Mini Sessions:

Sessions are open to immediate families (no large groups please) and dogs (woof!).  Included are 15-20 print quality digital files in an online gallery for download plus access to discounted prints and products for your holiday gifts (information available upon booking).

Session dates: October 14th and 21st (Saturdays – rain date October 28th)

Location: Bloomington, MN local Park (location will be revealed up on booking)

Time Slots: 

October 14th – 4:15pm (booked), 5:00pm (open), 5:45pm (open)

October 21st – 4:15pm (booked), 5:00pm (open), 5:45pm (open)

Note: If session slots all fill with additional interest, I will open up a few more slots.

Session Fee: $225

Ready to book?  Just shoot me an email with your preferred session time at info@evanothphotography.com and I’ll send you over a Paypal invoice and your session slot time!  (Please note I will do my best to grant your first choice for session times but cannot guarantee your request)

I took Everett out last week to my planned location and it was simply beautiful – those colors are only going to get better as we get into October!   Check out the location photos below!
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boy's muddy shoes fall 2017 mini session session scouting
Of course he did manage to step in the biggest mud pile right before we found this spot in true toddler fashion and got a little disturbed by the dirt…but he still had tons of fun (and I promise we will go no.where.near. the mud pile for your photo session!   Can’t wait to see you all this fall again and see how the kids and pups have grown!  -Eva
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In-Home Family Shenanigans – Eden Prairie Lifestyle Family Photography

I love this family – okay, that might sound a little creepy…   But mom Rachel and I have known each other for years through our links with pet rescues here in Minnesota; in fact, their dogs were some of my first models when I began Eva Noth Photography 5 years ago (and their daughter got in on some of the modeling too!).  Its crazy to think how fast time flies!  Their son was born just about 6 months before my son, but I didn’t meet him until this shoot.  He was such a little ham!

We had originally planned this session to be outdoor but we got rained out not once, not twice, but nearly three times!  Finally, we decided to switch to an in-home session – I am so glad we did too!  What an amazing home to photograph in!  See what I mean?  Its a photographer’s dream – big windows, tall ceilings, neutral decor…*sigh.

Actually, what I love most about this family is how much fun they are – the kids loved showing off their “puppy” impressions, dad just looks amused most of the time, mom is beautifully affectionate, and after all these years, mom and dad are still so much in love.  (Good thing we took the last picture when the kids ran downstairs or gagging noises might have ensued!)  The only thing better would have been to let their 3 dogs out to go wild with the family!  But we decided to stick to people for this shoot since that would entail an outside trip into the mud first – next time, maybe everyone!?!  Yeah, maybe I’m just insane too and want to pet all the dogs…please let me pet the dogs!

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