Calling all models!

Since the winter is here and business will undoubtedly be slow, I am looking to broaden my horizons. I'd like to add to my portfolio and better myself as a photographer. I've gotta stay on top of my game people, it's very important in this industry that is always evolving! So, here's the nitty gritty: I need some beautiful models. Here is my list:

-2 seniors, 1 male and 1 female. You must be graduating in 2010 or 2011. This will be an outdoor session.

-1 mother to be, must be 30-33 weeks pregnant on your session date.

-2 infants, no older than 4 weeks of age, 1 boy and 1 girl

-a set of multiples between the ages of 0-2

If you are interested in any of these sessions, please contact me immediately at msauerphotography@gmail.com. The sessions will take place in February, March at the latest.

The session will be free of charge to you and for your time you will get an 11x14 print of your choice from the session. Other prints and the disc may be purchased at 25% off of my regular prices.

I am looking for a specific look for each of these sessions so please include the following in your submission:

Names and ages of potential model
Due date/gestation for maternity and newborn pictures
A recent picture of potential model

All models must sign a Model Release form indicating that you give Michelle Sauer Photography permission to use your pictures as marketing material.

Pass along this information to anyone you know who would be interested.


M Family | Shoreview MN Family Photographer

Today I got to meet an awesome and energetic family that exuded love. The best part of it all was that they were totally willing to brave the cold and snow for some fantastic shots. Thanks M family, you were all such great sports!

The beautiful J, she's 15 and absolutely gorgeous!

And M, one of the best subjects EVER. He's got such a unique look, and it's super helpful that he's a model, actor and dancer out in Hollywood! He was an old pro!

Sibling love! Man, their mother must be incredibly proud.

I just love these next shots. So intimate and innocent. It just goes to show that a mother's love transcends all!

Love, love, love this shot!

And even more feet!

And quite possibly my favorite shot of the day. Beautiful.

It was wonderful to meet you M family. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


MSP in the News!

I just wanted to share with all of you a feature that was done on Michelle Sauer Photography in the Quad Community Press, a paper that circulates in Lino Lakes, Centerville, Circle Pines and Lexington. I am very proud to say that I made front page. It's been a wonderful year for me here and I have all of you to thank. I am honored that you follow my work and hope that 2010 brings an even greater year!


Holiday gift ideas...

As a photographer, I truly value the gift of memories. More specifically the gift of photographic memories. You are probably saying "duh, you are a photographer!". Well, you don't have to be a photographer to see value in something like this. And because of that I'd like to offer a limited time deal on the gift of Michelle Sauer Photography. From now, until December 23rd you can purchase Michelle Sauer Photography gift certificates at a wonderful discount. For every $100 you spend in gift certificates, you can get $25 off. Gift certificates must be purchased in $100 increments. If you'd like to give the gift of the Lifetime Package, you may also purchase that at a discounted rate of $200. If you are interested, please contact me immediately at msauerphotography@gmail.com so that we can arrange delivery of your gift certificate in time for the holidays.

I will leave you with one of my favorite holiday pictures to date.


The girl with Kaleidoscope eyes | St. Paul MN Child Photographer

Once again, I was able to get my camera on this little beauty, Lucy. Her eyes constantly amaze me, it reminds me of the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. She's the girl with kaleidoscope eyes, literally!

And this session wouldn't have been complete without some shots of big bro Harrison! Naughty or nice? Can't tell, huh?

I could just squeeze those little cheeks all day long!

Ahhh, so sweet!

Chunky baby legs are the best!


Neal Family | Lino Lakes MN Family Photographer

Meet the Neal Family. I took their pictures last year as well, and they also happen to be some of my wonderful neighbors! I enjoy being able to take pictures of my friends and their families, especially during the holidays!

Meet Dylan. Dylan is a 4 year old handsome little devil!

Such a cute little man, I still remember when this guy was crawling!

And the beautiful Sage. Sage looks so grown up this year. She is definitely the perfect little model!

And the gorgeous Amber. Amber is such a sweet teenager, she also happens to be our babysitter, the kids LOVE her!

Mom and dad, what a lovely couple!

These 3 are just so adorable, what a gorgeous family!


The S Man! | Twin Cities MN Child Photographer

I'm sure by now you recognize this handsome face, you've seen him many times, at mom's maternity session, Mr. S's newborn session, and his most recent 3 month pictures.

This big guy is now 6 months and I have to say, seeing this beautiful face every 3 months definitely has its perks!

The lovely family. This little guy is the only grandson and besides being doted on by mom and dad, his grandparent's think he's pretty great too!

Definitely a great morning with a great little guy!


Mr. B | Ham Lake MN Child Photographer

Meet Mr. B. Isn't he such an adorable little 3 year old?


So serious!


And a little goofy too!



B was tearing around the driveway in his 4 wheeler! Lucky kid!



He was such a sweet boy, a photographer's dream too!


It was so nice to meet you Mr. B!



I am thankful for so many things in my life. I have 3 healthy and happy, growing children. Not to mention they are beautiful little creatures! I have a husband who I adore and vice versa. We have a warm house that we call home. Brian has a great job that provides for us, and I have found a passion that I can call my own. Being that it's the beginning of an emotional and giving time of year, I thought I would host a giveaway.

I'm sure I've mentioned before that my dear friend Kristin recently started her own little Etsy business. She makes wonderful handmade things for kids, mostly girls, but is willing to take custom orders for boys! She recently started this project. I think her giving spirit is amazing and while I'm not crafty like she is, I thought by giving away an item in her Etsy store, it could be my tiny way to enable her to give to others.

One you can be the lucky owner of this beautiful dress:

The dress is made to order and I'm sure she'd be willing to talk about different fabrics if you'd like. It comes in sizes 1T-6. Annika is the proud owner of that exact dress and it's beautiful. It fits her well and it works great even in the winter. I just throw a white long sleeve shirt and some tights underneath.

So here is what you have to do.

1. Leave a comment for me. Tell me what you are thankful for this Holiday season.
2. If you have a blog, write a post telling your readers about my contest and be sure to leave a link to Kristin's etsy store.
3. Go over here and become a fan of Poppy and Peony

For each of these things you do, you will be entered 1 time, so that's up to 3 chances of winning!

This must be done by 11:59pm on Monday November 23rd to qualify.

Thanks for participating everyone. Have a merry weekend!


Miss Z | Isanti MN Photographer

I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful family today, on an awesome farm in Isanti. Little Miss Z was a ton of fun. She didn't stop running almost the whole time, but I managed to get some beautiful shots of her.

Here's my favorite!



Isn't her outfit just adorable?


The boots were my favorite!




Aren't they a beautiful family? Their dog was so well behaved, I'm quite jealous!



Miss Z was such a beauty. I truly enjoyed photographing her!


Thanks K family for having me out on your family farm. It was a beautiful day, it couldn't have been better!