Nadja – A Baby’s First Year

Boy was I excited when I heard the good news that another baby was on the way for Nicole and Phil!  I was even more excited when I found out they chose me to photograph her first year!  This was the first time I’ve been able to photograph an entire year for a baby.  It was so fun!  It was amazing watching her grow up from her newborn session, to her 3 month session, to her 6 month session and then to her 1 year photos.  It was also fun watching her older sisters grow up.  They are the cutest little sisters.  Nadja was a perfect and happy addition.

Nadja’s Newborn Session
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Fun Baby Boy Shower Ideas by Events by Design in Bemidji

Recently my friends Jodi and Elise at Events and Interiors by Design had the opportunity to design a baby boy shower at the Bemidji Town and Country Club which is located on the north shore of Lake Bemidji.  They have so many fun and unique design ideas.  I love their attention to detail.  I was curious to see the ideas they had for a blue baby boy shower, so I asked if I could stop by and say hi and take some photos.

I’m so glad I stopped by!  It was really fun to see all of their ideas unfold.  I absolutely loved the blue decor hanging from the ceiling!  It really completed the entire look.  These girls are so creative!  I also loved the Jones sodas that were complimented with a friendly mustache straw.

blue party with mustache photoDon’t these shades of blue rock?  It really added to the depth and interest to their design.different shades of blue and fun centerpieces photoblue cupcakes and cupcake stand photoevents by design bemidji event designers photoCheck out this AMAZING chalkboard!  Not only was it huge, but the attention to detail in the design was great!  It really is a great example of the time and talent these girls pour into their ideas.chalkboard design at baby boy shower photoThe only cuter thing than these blue Jones sodas were Jodi and Elise holding them. events by design blue shower jones soda with mustaches photoIf you’re interested in hiring a designer for your event, make sure to check out Jodi and Elise at Events and Interiors by Design.

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This fun baby shower took place at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.  You can find more information on this venue at the links below.

Maternity Pictures – Bemidji Photographer

Amanda and Jake are expecting their first baby!!!  First babies are so exciting.  It’s such a huge life changing event.  Becoming a parent is a reminder of what a miracle life is.  All of the sudden you are responsible for a little baby that is completely dependent on you.  It’s so amazing!

When I was planning the session with Amanda, we decided to do the shoot in their home and to finish up outside.  Some of you might recognize the barn in the outdoor photos.  It’s the big red barn you drive past on the Bemidji Power Dam Rd.  Red barns are SO cool!

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Las Vegas Nelson Nevada Ghost Town Shoot – Destination Photographer

Here is the second set of pictures I took while I was in Vegas at WPPI 2013.  If you want to read more about my trip just click HERE

These were taken at a styled shoot out at the Nelson Nevada Ghost Town.  It was a runaway circus desert theme put on by Emma and Josh from Couture Clicks.  Thanks guys!

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Event Organizers – Emma + Josh,
Venue – Nelson Nevada Ghost Town at El Dorardo Canyon
Wedding Gowns – Angel Rivera and The White Dress
Wardrobe Stylist/ Bridal Accessories – Renee Pawele
Hair Makeup Team leader – Liz Gowpani
Hair Assistant – Debra Weite
Menswear – Tuxedo Junction Las Vegas
Florals- Melissa Crazy Daisies

Graduation Announcements – Birth Announcements – Christmas Cards

I LOVE to get pictures and announcements in the mail from friends and family.  Many times they send them to share a life changing event or to wish us a Merry Christmas. Either way, I love them.  So much, in fact, that I have kept every single announcement and Christmas card I have ever received!  That’s right!  I have a lot of them!

Because I value the importance of announcements and cards, I have decided to offer them to all my customers.  Each card is custom designed with much thought and attention by me personally.  You pick the photos, and I put together a design to compliment them.  This service is offered exclusively to my clients.  It is such a fun way for them to share their special photos and memories with friends and family.

Below are some of the designs I have put together.  These are printed on a high quality 5″ x 7″ card stock   They are great for graduation announcements, birth announcements and Christmas Cards.  They are the high end option for someone looking to send the “wow” factor.



These next examples are 4′” x 8″ announcements.  These designs are only one sided and printed on photographic paper.



What Happens in Vegas – Tips and advice for WPPI

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What a trip!!!  For those of you who don’t know, I just got back from Vegas.  I was there for the WPPI 2013 Conference.  WPPI, which stands for Wedding and Portrait Photographers Int’l,  is a huge event that attracts up to 16,000 photographers from around the world.  This week long event has continuous classes offered by our industry leaders, a major trade show, and numerous networking events.

Before I left, I probably read a dozen articles on how to improve your trip to WPPI.  Because I’m so thankful for all the advice people were willing to share, I thought I would make a list of my own.  So, this list is for any photographer that is headed to WPPI and needs advice and tips on how to make the most of their experience.

1.  Stay at The Signature by MGM Grand.  Well, you don’t have to, but it was AMAZING!  I recruited three friends to join me in this adventure, so we were able to split the cost of a suite.  The major benefit to this was having a full size kitchen.  After we arrived at the airport we took a taxi to a nearby grocery store.  We stocked up on sandwiches, milk, frozen pizzas, fruit, veggies, etc.  It saved us money, and we really appreciated having a healthier option.


Another benefit to the MGM Signature is that it is right next to the convention center.  It’s a luxury hotel without a casino in the lobby.  We didn’t have to walk through gambling/smoking/drinking to get to our classes every day.  It was just a short outdoor walk which gave us a chance to soak up a little sun and breathe in some fresh air.

Walking back and forth between the convention center and the hotel also gave us a chance to meet people…like ZACH AND JODY GRAY!  If you’re a photographer you probably know who they are.  Zach grew up Northern Minnesota on the iron range and actually knew my husband who is from there as well.  Zach and Jody now live in Nashville and run one of the most successful wedding photography studios in the country.  They are Christians who boldly profess their faith and definitely have the gift of teaching.  It was awesome meeting them!



2.  Next tip is to stock up on sleep and Vitamin C before your trip!  They have hand sanitizer stations throughout the convention building.  Utilize them.  I was sick for the entire trip!  My nose would not stop running, my eyes would not stop watering, my throat would not stop burning, and I could not stop coughing.  It’s hard enough to sit in classes all day, but it is even harder when you don’t feel good.  I shouldn’t complain too much, because even though I was exhausted, I was still able to learn and see a lot.  If you do get sick, there should be a store in your hotel lobby. It most likely has Dayquil and cough drops and sunglasses.  😉



3.  Take as many classes as you can, but try to stick with a theme.  My focus this year was to learn how to run a successful business.  That’s right, I didn’t take any classes on how to take better pictures.  Want to know why?  The picture below was taken at a Master Class taught by Leanne Marie.  Each of those boxes on the screen represents a step she takes with each client.  Realize that these are only the steps that happen after she’s done photographing them.  That’s a lot of business to take care of!  They say to run a successful photography business, one must first be a good business person and then a good photographer.  There’s so much to learn!



4.  Don’t fill up all your free time.  When I was first putting my schedule together, I noticed some gaps in time.  I wanted to get everything out of this trip that I could, so I filled those time slots with extra classes.  I now wish I would’ve left more time for resting, going over my notes, and for spending time at the expo looking at all the awesome products.  Check out these awesome purses and wallets I found!


5.  Try to see one show or do at least one activity outside of work.  An entire week with all work and no play can be a drag.  Try to take time to experience something new and fun.  Me and my girls decided to dress up and see a Cirque du Soleil show.  There are many Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas, but Mystere at Treasure Island was the one we decided on.  It was absolutely amazing!  We don’t get the opportunity to see things like that very often in our little town of Bemidji. It is definitely an experience I will always remember!


6.  Bring a ton of business cards.  Part of the reason for going to WPPI is to network with other people in the industry.  Bring a lot of business cards.  Especially since you never know when a piece of chocolate might make its way into the pocket where you keep them and melt all over them.  That’s what happend to me.  True story.  Maybe I should’ve still used them.  They would’ve been the sweetest business cards at the show!  But seriously, don’t be shy.  Talk to people.  Ask them their name, where they’re from, what they photograph, etc.  There are so many awesome people at this show.  You never know which ones will become lifelong friends.

7.  Register with a separate e-mail.  When you go through the expo you wear a name badge that gets scanned by vendors.  The vendors will then send you tons of e-mails that will go directly to the e-mail you registered with.  This can be a headache if you have to sort them all out with your customer e-mails.  Set up a separate e-mail account that you can sort through on your own time.

8.  Wear comfy shoes and layers.  If you’re a wedding photographer, you already understand this. Vegas is big, and you will be walking/standing a lot.  The temperature also fluctuates.  Wear comfy shoes and layers.  You might also want to bring along a bag for all the fun things you find at the expo.  Vendors let you take pictures of their products which is a huge bonus.  There’s just too much to remember!

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9.  Try to join a shoot out.  There are many staged shoots taking place during WPPI.  I did my first one through Couture Clicks with Emma and Josh.  They are super sweet, and the experience was amazing.  They put together a Ghost Town shoot for a small group of us.  We then took the whole day to take pictures at an awesome Ghost Town location which was about an hour outside of Vegas.  I made some great friends and was able to learn some new things.


I’m trying to think if there’s anything else, but I think I covered it all.  If you think of something feel free to add it in the Comments below.

All in all, the trip was amazing.  I am still trying to sort through all my notes and ideas.  I learned so much, and I’m excited to implement a lot of it into my workflow and business.  My clients are the best around, and I want to make sure I’m providing them an amazing experience in every way.  I’m so excited for the next WPPI!  Maybe I’ll meet you there one day!


Win a Free $300 Shoot!


Here’s your chance to win a FREE $300 photo shoot from Purrington Photography! It will include an hour long shoot and $100 in free prints! You can use this for a maternity session, newborn session, engagement session, family or child session, senior session, or even just a fun portrait session for yourself!

To enter: Send an e-mail to that includes a photo or yourself (so people know who they’re voting for) and 3-5 sentences of why you want Purrington Photography to take your photos. Deadline to enter is Sunday, March 17, 2013.

To win: Your submitted photo and sentences will be posted online to be voted on from Monday, March 18, 2013 through Monday, March 25, 2013. The submission with the most votes by midnight on Monday, March 25, 2013 wins! Yay!

*Session cannot be redeemed for cash.
*Session must be booked and completed by May 31, 2013.
*Session location must be within 20 miles of Bemidji, MN.

Good luck, everyone! Can’t wait to see who wins!

See some of our past winners below!