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Arlen and Joanne :: North Dakota Farm Photographer

At the end of my parents driveway in rural Buxton, ND sits a beautiful brick house with two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. I’ve known Arlen and Joanne my entire life but even before that, my family and their family were intertwined. Both of them can sit and tell me story upon story of working with my great grandparents on the same farm I grew up on. Infact, on a recent visit to their house, Arlen went out to one of his sheds and came back with a little metal stool that once used to belong to my great grandma, Annie. They both remember her sitting on that stool in the kitchen while peeling potatoes. That stool now sits next to my desk in my office.

For the past several years now I have kept saying that I needed to go take their photos. Arlen and Joanne have been constants in my life and have always done anything they could do help and love my family. I wanted photos for their kids and grandkids to cherish for years to come. This past October we made it happen! It was a pretty nice day to wander around their yard and when we were all done, we all agreed it would be fun to keep the shoot and the photos a secret until Christmas time. I just wish I could have been a fly on the wall as their kids and grandkids all opened their photo collages on Christmas!

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  • Jenna - I love this so much 🙂 They are the best. Thank you so much for doing this, we definitely will cherish them forever. ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - I teared up! This is such an amazing gift. We are so lucky to have since incredible human beings for grandparents! And now photos to cherish forever. ♥️♥️♥️ReplyCancel

  • Arlen and Joanne - Missy thank you so much for all the kind words. When I think of you and your family I think of all the years we have known your family. Your Grandma Annie was one of the most kind hearted people I have ever known. My Dad and your great grandpa Alfred were good friends and worked together a lot back in the 30s. I have so many memories of helping Joe and He helping me…it was different times then but all good memories!ReplyCancel

  • Denae Paulsrud - You captured everything! The history, the love, the glint in the eyes just like when we found them kissing in the entry way when we were little which sent us running the other way yelling “YUUUUUCK!”
    These people and that farm mean the world to all of us. Thanks for the wonderful pictorial tribute. Tears indeed were welling, and thanks above for them.ReplyCancel

  • Ronald & Connie Haller - Missy, you have captured the essence of forever love!  Joann and Arlen are the best people to have received the first honor of favorite farmer.  What a cherished gift for their family!  ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Johnson - This was the best gift I have ever received!!!! You captured everything I love most about these two. What a wonderful surprise!!!! Love you grandma and grandpa!!!!ReplyCancel

The Stumbo Family :: Fergus Falls, Minnesota Family Photographer

I met up with the Stumbo family at one of their homes in Fergus Falls. Having never been there before, I was a bit nervous about there being a pretty spot for photos being they wanted to take them around their home. Thankfully, they had a gorgeous yard with beautiful trees bathed in a golden light. I’m so excited about these photos!

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Vintage Leather Album

This beautiful album showcased one of my clients top 20 favorite photos from her session! They were printed in a gorgeous 12 x8 Vintage Leather padded album with designer watercolor paper. I LOVE albums!

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For this child I prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart. ~1 Samuel 1:27

The best part of my job as a photographer is getting to witness all those special moments in life. I woke this morning and was on my way to the hospital by 6:30am. My cousin, Jessica, was scheduled for a c-section at 7:30am and she asked me to be a part of it. The excitement, anticipation and just sheer happiness of being a part of a babies birth is indescribable. This was her second c-section and child and I was also there to photograph her first so everyone already kind of knew what to expect this time around. Everything kind of goes in warp speed once you get those scrubs on. It seemed like we barely got into the room before they announced-IT’S A BOY!!!!

Congratulations, Ryan and Jessica. He’s perfect. I can’t wait to hear his name…..I still think Billy Bob sounds good. 😉

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The Youngmark family

I am so excited to finally be able to share these! I adore all these kiddos and their awesome style. Mom and Dad are pretty fun too. 🙂

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