Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Last of the Baker's Dozen.

A Baker's Dozen is 13, not 12.  I'm throwing one last favorite photo in for good measure.  And I saved it for the last, because it tells an amazing story- captures an amazing moment... I'll just let it speak for itself.
Love.  This, my dear friends, sums up why you need to have a photographer in your life.  To capture moments like these- the ones that you'll someday grow out of.
Thank you for taking this journey with me, Minty-fresh fans.  I love that you came to see my favorite photos- all 13 of them in my Baker's Dozen series.  Thank you for letting me share!

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Baker's Dozen: #12

Have you ever had a friend who wrote you amazing letters over summer vacation, even though you'd see her next week?  I mean like 13 pages worth of stories- filled with tidbits of information, and ridiculousness that only best friends could understand? I had one.  Her name is Michele, and we were such good friends that we'd spend ages together.  We called the other's parents "mom" and "dad", and really felt like family. We had every single class together in seventh grade. I just adored her.
Michele and I lost touch when she moved during our senior year in high school, and re-connected last year through Facebook (I love Facebook!).  It was so great seeing her again, this time with an adoring husband and a gorgeous little boy.  I talked her into a family session, and I'm so glad I did.  It was great to visit her gorgeous home, and really see what an amazing person she's turned out to be.  See for yourself.
Friends are forever.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Baker's Dozen: #11

Here's what I love about this:  Mom and dad came totally prepared for this session.  They brought bubbles, snacks, drinks, and tons of things for their little girl to play with.  And then- guess what they did?  They PLAYED with her!!!  They completely forgot about me and just played together like a family.  We got some great shots that day, and even though this one isn't completely perfect, I love the story it tells.  Liittle Miss D was so happy to explore and play.  She would often stop and show off her toys to me, as if I were just an observer.  I just loved it!
At your next photo shoot, just be YOU. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Shutter Love Tuesday: Emotions.

I thought this would be a fun link party to join... The theme is emotions, so I chose this photo I took (ok, 2 photos) a few months ago.  Jack was not happy about having to wear clothing. Ha ha!!  I just love it.  He'll be a boy who isn't afraid to show his emotions, that's for sure. :)
Happy Week!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Winner! Winner!! (And a bit of showing off...)

First, I need to share with you a wonderful resource I've found.  Her name is Elena, and she has the most amazing things in her blog.  It's filled with great tips, awesome ideas, and gorgeous freebies, too!  I made this gorgeous mini accordion book for my grammy's birthday, and I just adore the way it turned out.  Thank you, Elena!

And now for the winner of the name necklace giveaway.... Becki Schuurman! Congratulations!  :)
I'll send you a message on facebook!
For those of you who didn't win, please visit my Etsy shop and take 10% off of anything you buy this week with the coupon code: fbfan.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Baker's Dozen: #10

What do I love about this? What's not to love? Babies have the most amazing skin, don't they? And that baby smell- I mean, you just can't get enough of it! This photo was taken in a room with very little natural light, but we made it work.  His mommy was so well prepared for the session- she had the heat cranked, his belly was full, and she had some white noise in the room.  He slept through the whole session!  Awesome.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Baker's Dozen: #9

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."
-Author Unknown


Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Baker's Dozen: Sisterly Love

Wow, it's been a while since my last blog post.  We've been having a few issues with the internet (boo, Verizon.)
Anyway.... I'm sorry.  I really want to keep myself posting at least three times per week, so I'm going to cram my three posts in starting today. :)

Sisters have that certain something. A bond that no one can come between.
This photo makes my Baker's Dozen list because you can see the bond that these girls have.  They were both cracking me up during this session.  They actually came about this pose because I was on the ground to get a better angle of the family.  The girls were watching me shoot and decided that it was a perfect pose for them.  I love the way they are sharing a laugh with each other!
love your family. show it.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Name Necklace Giveaway!

There's nothing I like more than free stuff.  Well, there is you, of course, my dear minty fresh fan.  Wait!  I could put those two things together!!!  Yes!

Thank you fans! You've helped me reach one of my first goals, and in honor of that, I'm giving away something fun.  It's a fabulous necklace, made just for you.  You choose what you'd like it to say- it doesn't need to say your name.  Maybe something a bit more you. Like: "fabulous", "foxy", "brilliant." You get to tell me what color you'd like it to be, too! Here is a photo or two:

To be perfectly clear, this necklace is made from Shrinky Dinks (remember those?), and will be attached to a ball chain for wear. (You get to tell me how long you'd like it!)

The way to win this contest is simple.  Leave one comment below, telling me that you are a fan of Kristen Mintz Photography. (I will be checking! Of course, if you aren't a fan yet, all you have to do is become one by clicking "like" on my page.) I'd love you to let me know what you would want your necklace to look like, so let me know in your comment!
I will be drawing names out of a hat (Yes, I know!!!  What a brilliant system, right?) next Friday.  So you have a few days to enter!
Good luck!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Baker's Dozen: #6 and #7

I feel a bit like I've fallen behind on my series of the Baker's Dozen, so here are two. Well, because any good baker adds an extra little treat every now and then.
This first one is from a wedding I did for one of my best friends.  He found the greatest girl in the world to marry, and I was honored to be a part of their day.  This is their first dance together as husband and wife.  I just adore the way he is holding her.  LOVE!

 Wow, talk about holding and love, check out this gorgeous couple. I love everything about this.  Her smile.  The dip.  The angle in the background.  It just rocks.  I feel lucky when I get shots like this.  
Happy Weekend! xo,

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Minty Fresh: Natural Frames.

Ok, I have to admit.  I posted this photo a few days ago on my facebook page, and it got a lot of attention (YAY!) Of course, I have to point out that it is most likely because I have such a gorgeous little girl.  Right?  I mean look at her. Really.
I'm sure you've seen this used before- it works especially well in landscapes, I think.  As you take your photo, be aware of what is around you- try to find something near your subject that adds a frame around them.  In this photo, my daughter was sitting in her new favorite spot- a windowsill outside. 
Have fun!