Dance parties + balance bike rides + baby blues

I think we all know how hectic and stressful moving is. Add in a couple of kids and it's even MORE busy! This family was doing just that .. only a few days from closing on their new home, they welcomed me in to their first house as a family, one they wanted remembered before they moved on to a new chapter. It was relaxed and fun, and I felt as though for that one hour, they pushed aside all the busyness to just "be" together as a family. And after a few moves for our own family, the one thing I've learned is that a house really is just a shell that holds your memories. WE are the ones that fill it up and make it feel a home, no matter where that is. So as this new family steps foot in to their new home, and says goodbye to their first family home, they are carrying with them all the memories but instantly creating new ones. They will fill it to the seams with love and laughter and many many more dance parties together! 

 

Baby Kit + Big Brother JD

When dear friends have babies, my heart is so so happy for them .. but I get even more excited when they ask me to document these moments that flash so quickly before our eyes! Baby Kit, just a week old, was alert and awake for a big chunk of our session. Not making a peep, maybe she was as entertained by big brother JD as much as we were, but that sweet babe was oh so content. When she finally dozed off, in her mama's arms, she gave me one of those sweetest sleepy baby smiles and slept soundly as we moved her around capturing all her newness. And did I mention that hair?! This family, and their dear Addy girl fur love .. my how I adore them!!

 

2016 Fall Mini Sessions

A last minute plan to do fall mini sessions for all those wanting to get Christmas cards out! Two locations, one day! Email me your preferred location and time slot!

Sunday November 13th, 20 minutes, 5 high resolution images + print release, $200

Morning Minis at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina

Times available: 8, 830 (booked), 9, 930, 10 (booked)

Afternoon Minis at Silverwood Park in New Brighton

Times available: 2 (booked), 230 (booked), 3 (booked), 330 (booked), 4 (booked)

email: meghanpatephotography@gmail.com

"On second thought, you should come" . . . birth of julian

We knew there was a chance that her birth could go quick but how quick it went I don't think any of us were prepared for. I laid down on the couch with my baby sleeping on my chest, phone in hand, waiting for it to ding to alert me to leave. We decided there was still time and her labor was steady but not quite "active". Ten minutes later, I got the text that said "On second thought, contractions have intensified. You guys should come." Little did I know that my 40 minute drive would be far too long to get there to see this little one be born. Quick and swift, baby Julian was born a half hour after I received that text. I walked in to his daddy rocking him and the cutest siblings bouncing around all giddy to meet their baby brother. Even though I missed it, it was so perfect. It was his birth story. Happy "birth"day baby Julian .. you are so loved. 

Slow down time!

It's been over a year since I've blogged .. what can I say, life takes hold and it's gotten a bit neglected. I love writing, and taking pictures, and every time I sit down here and tap the keys, I find my mind replenished, my soul happy. 

It's been seven months, seven whole months since we were blessed with this tiny miracle baby. As my dad refers to him as "smiley", he is just that, Mr. Smiley. He wouldn't be ours if he didn't have a bit of feist in him, and it seems as though the boy has a bit of a temper, but also has his dad's laid back demeanor ... the two can go hand in hand! He is so loved by his siblings. He has started getting up on all fours and rocking and I secretly want him to lay back down because once he starts moving he feels so much less like a baby, more toddler-ish. He loves his tummy and stays there as much as he can. He lives in the front pack attached to my body, where his little legs dangle and his head rests so perfectly against my chest. I find myself feeling the rise and fall of his breaths as he sleeps and nuzzle against his furry blonde head, smothering him in smooches because I know too well how quickly this time goes. And four kids . . . four kids .. I should be screaming WE ARE DONE, and even though I know we are, I envy those moms who "know" in their gut that they are finished, that they are ready for the next chapter of this parenting book. For me, I am going to relish in each day with him. Because as the saying goes "baby's don't keep", it's oh so true. Jasper Michael, you are so loved my sweet baby boy. 

A Grand{view} wedding

It's been two weeks .. two weeks since I shot my very first solo wedding. I planned and prepared for months leading up to this day, worked with the fabulous J Stoia, and prayed over and over for good weather, for calm nerves, and for me to capture all the important memories for this bride and groom. 

As I took deep breaths and walked the grounds of Grandview Lodge, I knew it was going to be fabulous. I scouted out the most beautiful first look location, met with the dream team Drew and Andy (wedding planners), ooed and awwed over all the details they spent time pulling together, and finally stepped inside to say hello to the bride. Toni sat doing her own hair, completely calm and relaxed and ready to marry her forever. I knew in that moment I had nothing to be worried about it. THEY were going to make this day the best day and I was just going to be there to watch it all unfold in front of my camera. 

90 degrees and pure humidity didn't stop them from looking stunning ... and laughing ... and truly making this day exactly what they wanted it to be. Surrounded by a large group of family and friends, love filled every part of this wedding. People smiled, laughed, cried, and were maybe melting from the gorgeous yet sweltering sunshine that was beading down on these two! As they said " i do " in a quick ceremony, with their own tearful vows written to one another, it was like no one else was there but the two of them. After that, it was pure fun. They were ready to celebrate the beauty of marriage! 

Toni + Gabe, thank you for trusting me to capture your most important day. Thank you for believing in me. I am completely honored to have been a part of this moment. Thank you to Drew and Andy for making my day easier, thank you to my sister and second shooter for capturing details and for calming my nerves, and thank you to Toni and Gabe's awesome family and friends ... you all rock! And me, well, I might be hooked on capturing people's "love story"!

Enjoy this sneak peak of your lovely day! xo

 

Did you know Mama's are jungle gyms too?!

My first meeting with this mama and her boys and it was nothing short of entertaining! Two boys who love their mama, infectious smiles and a little one who recently mastered the monkey bars. Also, I'm pretty sure most moms are their child's jungle gym at some point, these boys decided today was the day (I'm sure there are many others too)!! It was a great afternoon meeting these three!  

A new house full of love .. and also, the cutest brother and sister!

The world has this crazy way of connecting people in ways that seem to run full circle. A high school friend of my husbands and his wife, whom I have a connection with in the birth world, and their lovely family, asked me to photograph their family last year for the first time. This year, it was a different session .. one with a new home, a baby bump, and their dog who missed out last time. Little Miss Juna was sweet as pie, being shy at first and snuggling in cozy to her big brother (who can I just say, is the absolute sweetest with her!) but after a bit, I got some of those real genuine smiles out of this cutie. Baby brother due to arrive in just a couple weeks and a family that is settling in to their new home. I'm grateful that the universe connected me to this family, they are wonderful!! 

Tball, Leo {the dog}, and some pretty cute two year old faces .. {Jack, 2 years}

Rain cancelled our first session and when we looked at the forecast for our reschedule, it should possible rain, thank goodness it didn't! Fortunately for me this family's backyard was pretty picturesque and Jack, well Jack could be a little Gap model. His facial expressions were nothing short of perfection and Leo the dog, he was pretty great too. This backyard family session was a success and Mr. Jack, he's going to be a sweet big brother!! 

An Easter baby surprise {Jasmine birth}

This dear friend of mine allowed me to document her third daughter being born 2.5 years ago .. it was my first birth and I knew at that moment I was hooked. This was something I was meant to do. Documenting a day that is so monumental in our lives, a day where the little details are so often forgotten because, well let's face it, we're a little preoccupied with other things! It's a day where you never knew the strength you had, the courage, the happiness, fear, elation, and ultimately the love .. you never knew all this could exist in a single moment in time. And I, I get to document all of this .. and show all of you what wonderful beings we are.

A fourth time mama, who happens to be a doula and who got to experience something she has only witnessed as a support person, her first home birth. Having had three night time births at Woodwinds this little lady decided she wanted to truly set herself apart from her brother and sisters. Born on Easter morning, while the sunshine literally beamed through the windows as her brother and sisters searched for their Easter baskets. This mama labored comfortably at home with her supportive husband never leaving her side. Her sister was there watching with admiration and due to the technology we now have, her other sister watching over face time. Three little's who would check in sporadically and a midwife team that was always present and making sure mom and baby were doing well. It truly was a beautiful day, for so many reasons, and I could not be more honored to be a part of it. Thank you friends for asking me to document another one of your births!! xo