Question for all you folks

Big question here everyone and don't be shy, please respond as I'd love to know your answer.

How often do you get your family's pictures taken? This could be for everyone really. Do you do your whole family, or just your kids?

Another question, how often do you swap out your wall prints?

I'm asking to see if I'm a bit crazy here. I am very anal about sticking to the schedule. You know, the picture schedule! Oh, you have no idea what the crazy lady is saying, right? Ok, here it is:

Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year, then every year after that. I need to document those milestones and of course every other milestone in between. I just replaced all my pictures on the wall when Bennett turned 1, in March. Apparently those got old so I NEEDED to order 12 new prints yesterday of the kids. I ordered 3 new 11x14's and 9 5x5 prints for a fun wall collage I plan on doing.

Am I unique in this analness? Are you like me and like to watch your family change through the pictures on your wall? I love looking back at the pictures behind the current ones in the frames each time I switch them out.

Here are just a few of my "new" favorites.

Annika modeling the tutu I made for her. I just love her innocence here and the intensity of the colors.
And my little dude, Bennett. To me, he's got the best smile and it just melts my heart. This is my boy and I can't wait to see it on my wall.

And last but not least, my little Bianca. She has such spunk and fire and rarely ever gives me a decent shot. I just love how this one turned out, such a beautiful little girl with big blue eyes.
Tell me, what do you have on your walls?

With 219 votes...

The winner is:
Laura with Bathtub Bruiser.
Angela with Cupcake Cutie!
Yep, we had a tie. Go figure. Congrats you two, I will be contacting your shortly about your prize!

I want to thank everyone who participated and of course everyone who voted. We had 748 votes! Great job rallying your friends and family, it worked and I can't believe we have an exact tie. I was considering holding a dance off but I figured that would be subjective on my part!

Congrats to everyone, your pictures are wonderful!


Miss G | MN Child Photographer

Look at this bright, blue-eyed beauty!
Little Miss Gwendolyn turned 1 and I got to photograph her! She was such a happy little girl!

She is a pointer. She was pointing at everything today! It was so cute and sweet!

So happy!

Mom and Gwendolyn, how sweet!

Her eyes are the dreamiest blue I've ever seen!

I think she was done. What do you think? Silly girl!
Gwendolyn, you were such a natural. You are a sweet and happy little one year old!


Time to Vote!

First of all I need to thank all of you for taking the time and sharing these wonderful photos with me. What makes it even more special is that each of these pictures holds so much meaning for you and they make you smile. That is what I try to accomplish each time I go for a session. Photos create such nostalgia, they can bring you back to a specific moment in time and stir up such emotion.

I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I do. Now is the time to VOTE! Vote yourself, tell your family to vote, call your friends and urge them to vote. Pass along this link to all you know. Only one vote per IP address will be allowed! I will be waiting anxiously to see who I will get to meet for that special session! Voting ends Monday at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on Tuesday! Good luck to you all!

#1 Best Buds
#2 The hills are alive!
#3 Cupcake cutie pie!
#4 I'm ready for my close up!
#5 Bathtub Bruiser
#6 Funny man!
#7 Nice to meet you!
#8 Smiley swinger.
#9 Whoa!

#10 Pretty pixie.
#11 Sweet Innocence.
#12 Flower Child.
#13 Bathing Beauties


Don't forget!

Don't forget about the spring contest. Details can be found here! All photos must be submitted by 5pm Thursday APRIL 16TH! That's tomorrow! Hurry up and get searching for your favorite photo!


Little Miss Haley! |Wyoming MN Child Photographer

My friend had a baby, well 4 months ago, and I just met her today! Time sure flies when it's not your kid! This is Miss Haley, isn't she a doll?

She has got the poutiest bottom lip, I just love it!
Thanks for letting me meet Haley today Stef! She is a sweet little girl!


Proud to announce!

I'm proud to announce my brand-spanking new website! Go on over and check it out. Let me know what you think!

To celebrate a new era in Michelle Sauer Photography I want to hold a contest! Here are the rules.

1. Dig deep into your archives of photos (no professional portraits please).
2. Find your all-time favorite photo. Something that makes you smile every time you see it. This photo can be of anything.
3. Leave a comment here that you would like to participate and then email me your picture at msauerphotography@gmail.com. When you email me your picture, please tell me why you chose that picture. All submissions must be received by 5pm on Thursday April 16th.
4. Come back on Friday April 17th to vote. Polls will close on Monday April 20th at 11:59 pm and the winner will be announced on April 21st.

I'm guessing you want to know what you win, right? That's a valid question! Here's what you win!

-A mini-session with me (30 minutes) for up to 2 people. 10-20 digitally enhanced proofs in a private gallery for your viewing within 2 weeks of your session. 1 free 11x14 collage containing up to 5 images from your mini-session*.

*You are not obligated to purchase anything from this session (as always), however you may purchase prints if you so choose.

Alright everybody, get searching. Pass this link onto friends and family so that they can participate. The more entries we get, the more fun! I can't wait to see what makes you all smile!

Oh, and I can't leave a post without posting pictures!

These make me smile!
Bennett being the happiest boy around!
Bianca being cute as can be!
And Annika, my cute little ballerina princess!

Now get to it!


Miss M | MN Child Photographer-Michelle Sauer Photography

Check out this darling little "almost" 4 year old!

Aren't these shoes just fun as can be?
Hmmm, wonder what she's thinking?

My fave, an action shot!

Thanks little sweet M! You were tons of fun. You are such a spunky little lady!


Congratulations Angelina! Minnesota Child and Pageant Photographer

Remember Angelina? She's our little beauty queen, literally! She won. When I heard from her mom that she won her division I was more than thrilled for her. But wait, there's more! She also won most photogenic over all of the competitors, young and old alike! These 2 pictures got her perfect scores of 10! There couldn't possibly be more right? Oh, but there is! Each girl gets to submit a portfolio. She entered 8 pictures from our session and based on those 8 pictures, she won the portfolio division as well! She beat out every other girl and won that top honor! So congratulations to Angelina! Good luck in Nationals.