Family Apple Farm Adventure

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Family Apple Farm Adventure

Every year, I get excited to capture Beth and Kiah's annual family portrait. Every year its a different adventure as the boys get a little older. This year we went to an apple orchard and spent the afternoon eating apples and donuts. The boy's personalities are strong and smart just like their parents. Gus at the sage age of 3 informed me that if I ever get sprayed by a skunk that I must bathe myself in tomato juice. :)  It was fun. It was hectic. It was sticky. I loved every minute of it.

Bethany Birnie Minneapolis Family photographer

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Family Photography Session - Sumaiya and Aysel

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Family Photography Session - Sumaiya and Aysel

I absolutely ADORE little girls. So there is nothing I love more than family photo sessions like this where I get to run after these energy bundles and capture their little spirits. We went to a conservatory right out of Minneapolis where she could run around the grounds to her hearts content! Just in the little while since we've done this session Aysel has gotten bigger! Which just reinforces the importance of capturing that little slice of time in her life. I hope you enjoy!

Bethany Birnie Minneapolis Minnesota Family and Wedding Photographer
Bethany Birnie Minneapolis Minnesota Family and Wedding Photographer

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Shawn and Cait's Newest Addition

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Shawn and Cait's Newest Addition

When Shawn and Cait contacted me to document the arrival of Henry, I couldn't have been more excited. Both amazing designers, these two have wicked style. In fact, their house was a prop haven. Having just had a baby myself, I knew the images that they would cherish most were the ones that captured the raw, intense emotion that a new baby brings. Henry's session ended up being over 3 hours long because I enjoyed being with him so much and the cute was never ending!! Here are just some of my favorite snapshots from the day. :) Thanks again Cait and Shawn!

Bethany Birnie Minneapolis Family Newborn Photography

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BEST Blueberry Muffin recipe in the World!

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BEST Blueberry Muffin recipe in the World!

I'm not kidding when I say this is the BEST Blueberry Muffin recipe EVER! Every time I make these sweet little cuties, I reach around and awkwardly pat myself on the back. I promise, they are the most beautiful things you've ever seen. To honor their glory, I've tried to make the recipe & instructions just as pretty as the final result :)  So... go home... grab some fresh blueberries and make these immediately. You're welcome. Oh, and don't forget to subscribe to this blog so you can do it again next week :)

Here is what you'll need for the muffin part:

And THIS is what you'll need for the delicious crumbly streusel :)

Then all together now:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To make the Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done. DON'T OVER-BAKE!

Mmmmmm... Now subscribe to this blog so you can do this again next week then curl up and enjoy these best ever blueberry muffins with your favorite latte and a good book. 

Oh, and comment below on what you think of them! I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

All images are copyright Aqua Fox Photography

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer |  Minnesota Fine Art Photographer

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Swans and Smokebombs

Wow this is my first blog post ever. Im so excited to start sharing my adventures! Awhile ago, I created a large bird necklace by making a resin cast of a duck someone had donated to me ... I may have ruined the dining room table but I love the finished piece. For this project I wanted to illustrate quiet strength. I envisioned the facade of a swan with the heart and ferocity of a lion.  

When the costume was finally completed. My sister Katie, and best friend, Andi, went up to Tettegouche state park on the North Shore and began our adventure. We snowshoed out to one of the highest waterfalls in Minnesota at dusk. It was cold enough so we crept onto the ice and set up for the shot. Katie was in charge of the pyrotechnics. Andi, even though it was -5 degrees threw her jacket off and became the swan.  As Katie let off the smokebombs, we tried not to die of choking from the smoke. I think Andi did an incredible job transforming into the swan. Scroll down to the last image to see the final product. :)

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