Laine Torres Photography, LLC: Blog https://www.lainetorres.com/blog en-us (C) Laine Torres Photography, LLC booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:16:00 GMT Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:16:00 GMT https://www.lainetorres.com/img/s/v-12/u139585935-o219196466-50.jpg Laine Torres Photography, LLC: Blog https://www.lainetorres.com/blog 80 120 Branding Images Prep for a New Business - Erin Duffy Photo Shoot in Minneapolis, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2019/2/branding-images-prep-for-a-new-business---erin-duffy-photo-shoot-in-minneapolis-mn Erin Duffy has a very solid foundation set for her new business, so new images to use in her marketing were a corner piece to her preparation. In gearing up for the launch of InspirationSQRD, Erin contacted me with a very strong concept and a specific vision for her branding shoot. This allowed us a lot of guided creativity for an extended session full of possibilities

The purpose of InspirationSQRD is to help women tell their personal stories in an impactful and genuine way so they can show up and connect with others authentically. It was very important that the branding photos would show the authentic person behind this new venture.

I am always happy to go on location, and we held the shoot at Erin’s beautifully decorated home in Minneapolis. Clients are often more relaxed in a setting that is familiar to them, and Erin was very comfortable with a wide variety of poses, props, and expressions.

The skillful touches of professionals Gretl Anderson, with Gretl Irina Artistry, and Char Dobbs, of Char Style and Image Management Agency, gave Erin her beautifully applied makeup and lovely personal styling. We took shots in many rooms of her colorful home, as well as outside. We even included her husband John in a few shots towards the end of the session!

Erin was very happy with the whole experience and came away with a full library of photos she loved.

Here is what Erin had to say about her session:

“What an absolute joy it was to work with Laine Torres in creating my new headshots for my business. Being a new business owner and someone who understands the power that beautiful photos can have in helping you convey the story of your business, I knew I wanted a partner to guide me to do just that. Laine is a master. From day one, she listens intently to what you want and are striving for in your photos, she assists you in making the right choices for your wardrobe, provides professional makeup with a fantastic makeup artist, and then takes the time to bring your personal brand to life through her beautiful photography. It's simply magical. She is a delight to work with and she makes you feel completely relaxed and comfortable throughout the shoot. She also has a fantastic sense of humor, so get ready for some wonderful stories and lots of laughter.”

I can say from experiencing Erin’s contagious energy and learning her personal story that she is really someone special to meet!

Here are some favorite photos from her shoot:

 

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Erin Duffy needed brand new photos for a brand new business. She also had a crystal clear idea of how she wanted to portray her new brand. However, you don’t need to be creating something totally new to give your current business a fresh look that will get noticed. Even if you are not sure what would make your business pop, I would love to talk to you and help you figure out how to give your brand a lift. Call me at (763) 218-7484 and let’s explore the possibilities!

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Branding Photos Shine Light on Professional Speaker Louise Griffith in Minneapolis https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/10/Branding-Photos-Professional-Speaker-Louise-Griffith-Minneapolis laine torres photography, professional headshots, minnesota photographer, marketing images, social media profile photo, branding headshots, brand photography, professional photographer, professional photo,  Louise Griffith,  success coach, speaker, One Shining Light, entrepreneurs, minneapolis
Louise Griffith is an internationally recognized speaker, success coach, author and psychologist who helps professionals examine what may be holding them back in achieving their goals. Her business, One Shining Light, transforms lives and organizations.

Louise's business is flourishing and she finds herself doing more traveling and keynotes. She was looking for a library of images she could utilize when marketing her speaking engagements. Since her consulting motivates people to be their best on a daily basis, it was important that her business branding images should show Louise at her very best as well. 

We held her photo shoot at the spacious and inviting home of a good friend of Louise’s, and it gave us a number of beautiful backgrounds for the shots. Gretl Irina Artistry provided her professional makeup services and Louise looked great. During our shoot, I found Louise’s kind presence to be very contagious, along with her wise and fun personality. She wanted these traits to translate through the photos.

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The session went well and Louise was very pleased with the results. She is looking forward to sharing her new headshots for an upcoming keynote.

The following are more of Louise’s selections from her new branding library.

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Do you find your sales images are a bit outdated or they just don’t accurately reflect your business? I would be happy to have a conversation with you to learn about what you do and how you want that shared with your target audience. You can get in touch with me at (763) 218-7484 or by scheduling an initial consultation and we can plan the perfect session to suit your business and the brand you want to share.

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New Photos Tell Andrea Gribble’s Story in South Saint Paul School https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/8/new_photos_tell_andrea_gribble_story_in_south_saint_paul_school Andrea Gribble brings needed assistance to schools through her business SocialSchool4EDU.  She educates schools on how to tell their unique stories online in an interesting and relevant manner, and she guides educators on how to respond appropriately by way of the internet. Andrea’s expertise in using social media as a tool helps schools to show up big and engage in their communities.

As is the case with many women entrepreneurs, Andrea has another passion, and that is to help women work from home with flexibility while doing something they love. She truly cares about both the schools she serves and the team that works with her.

Since Andrea is highly present on social media, we planned for her to get some great shots that would be very representative of her brand. With schools playing such a major role in her business she wanted to do her shoot at a school location and chose South Saint Paul Secondary School. We were able to use the library and we also found a brick wall setting which is a staple of the schools Andrea serves.

Andrea’s makeup was skillfully applied by Gretl Irina Artistry and the results reflected the friendly and professional presence she brings to her work. She told me the new images were a great investment that aligns with the future of her company. She is excited to promote new services and events with the photos and design a comprehensive and cohesive marketing plan now that she has a library of images. 

The following are Andrea's selections from our branding session:

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Here's what Andrea had to say about her branding photo session experience with me:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Personal Branding PhotographerProfessional photo sessionLaine Torres is a professional photographer who provides headshot photos in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Laine works creatively to develop a unique concept for each of her clients that best matches their personality. Contact Laine now to book your session. My joy comes from creating images for entrepreneurs that are vibrant and truly tell their story. I am happy to shoot on suggested locations to capture what most represents you, and what speaks to your target audience. Take a look at my portfolio of amazing business people on my homepage and give me a call to discuss your personal branding shoot (763) 218-7484. -Laine

 

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Nothing Feels Better than Saying Thank You https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/7/nothing-feels-better-than-saying-thank-you These past years I have been dedicated to building my photography business. On this journey, I have had the great fortune of meeting and working with an incredible number of talented and uplifting people.  On June 21st, I gathered as many of them as I could to say Thank You.

My Client Appreciation Event took place in Anoka at the business of a couple of those special people, Barb Zuleger, of Performance Partners Coaching, and Lori Bestler, of MindScapes Unlimited. I was touched to see so many clients and business colleagues take time out to join me in this celebration.  I wanted it to be all about them.

Everyone introduced themselves by sharing something they were very passionate about along with how we are connected, after which, I got a chance to express what each one of them means to me. I put together prize drawings to give away items that I love. Those included books written by gifted friends such as Alissa Daire Nelson and Ursula Mentjes, the inspiring “Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail” by Greg Kuhn, and a book that really helped me in my business, “The Pumpkin Plan”, by Mike Michalowicz.

I have additional people to recognize who made the event go so beautifully. My deep appreciation to my husband Chris, who was my helper for the evening, and the one lone man among all those lovely ladies. A big thanks to Personal Stylist, Char Dobbs of Char Style and Image for her presentation.  Char and I go way back. Her skill at putting together the right look has helped so many of us to look our best! Char talked about showing up as who we are and who we want to be, and not waiting for the perfect timing, or weight, or circumstances to make that happen.  She also gave a super helpful demonstration on how to make “capsules” with our wardrobe so we can have many versatile looks from just a few pieces.

As usual, there was way too much food, but that is the Brazilian way. No one should leave hungry! My thanks again to all who were in attendance. For those of you who could not make it, I am so grateful for all you have brought to me and I honor how you enrich my life. None of you need fancy clothes, make-up and special lighting for the rest of the world to see how beautiful you are.  From the bottom of my heart, obrigada!

Here are the photos the photographer didn't plan for (all puns intended):

 

-Laine <3

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The Picture of Gratitude - Photographing Deb Brown in Edina https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/5/the-picture-of-gratitude---photographing-deb-brown-in-edina Touch Your Client’s Heart is a unique and much needed business in today’s technologically-connected world. Owner Deb Brown teaches us how to connect with and appreciate our clients on a more personal level. Her strategies for keeping in touch and showing appreciation are helping businesses attract and retain valued clients. Deb knows the importance of the human side of business and keeps an eye on the way her own brand is reflected back to the world.

I have known Deb for a while now through our membership in WIN (Women in Networking), but I learned even more about this “gifted” woman from our time together during her photo session. She needed new, professional images to use in her marketing because she is in the middle of big changes. Deb is currently working on a new book as well as rebranding and relaunching her programs. In our consultation on her upcoming shoot, she asked specifically for photos that related to these words: authentic, caring, professional, polished and elegant. I could tell Deb really understood her brand personality.

Our photo shoot took place at Centennial Lakes Office Park in Edina. I brought along talented makeup artist Gretl Irina who added some skilled touches to the polished and elegant look Deb was bringing to the session. To add variety to the poses we had some fun with props, as well as including two of Deb’s friends who helped out by posing as clients.

After Deb saw her photos she said she had a hard time making her selections because she loved them all. What follows are some of the shots Deb felt she “could not live without,” along with a review Deb gave summing up her photo session experience.

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  Deb Brown owner and gift guru of Touch Your Client's Heart laine torres photography professional branding session small business custom photographer andover minneapolis mn

Here is what Deb wrote about our session:

Before Laine snapped a single picture, I knew she was worth every penny. I hired her to do a branding session for me and she took the time to talk to me about what kind of image I wanted to portray. Then she helped me choose the outfits that would best portray that image. The day of the photo shoot, she provided professional makeup so I would look my best. The day was fun and the pictures turned out amazing! It was so hard to narrow down my favorites because they were all so good. ” - Deb Brown

 


 

Personal Branding PhotographerProfessional photo sessionLaine Torres is a professional photographer who provides headshot photos in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Laine works creatively to develop a unique concept for each of her clients that best matches their personality. Contact Laine now to book your session.

If you want a branded, professional look for your business, or it has simply been a very long time since you updated your image library, let's connect! I am ready to hear about you and your work so we can plan a photo session that will give you high-quality images to set you apart from your competition. -Laine

 

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Developing a Branding Library for Attorney Julie Finch – Apple Valley https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/5/developing-a-branding-library-for-lawyer-julie-finch-apple-valley As the head of the Finch Law Office, Julie Finch serves others through her knowledge of the law and her ability to convey complex information in a non-threatening and meaningful manner. Her personality is filled with curiosity and she channels that into her latest venture as the host of her own information-filled podcast, Legal Bits

Julie is the perfect example of being strategic about getting new images for her business. The purpose for her custom photo session was to create a media kit with a wide variety of shots that will comprise a branding library. She will use this tool in marketing her many endeavors which include booking more speaking engagements, hosting and teaching programs, continuing to build the audience for her podcast, and being cohesive on social media.

I set up the shoot at Julie’s lovely and spacious home in Apple Valley. She prepared for the day by shopping for new wardrobe items which allowed us to create five different looks. With makeup applied skillfully by Gretl Irina Artistry, Julie looked the competent professional that she is. 

I try my best at every session to make my clients feel at ease and find enjoyment in the process. It was really satisfying to see Julie relax as the shoot progressed. It just so happens that the very last photo we took ended up being her favorite. (It's the shot that is in black and white below).

When our work together was complete, she said that our session was way more than she expected, and that it was actually fun. She is glad to have photos that are licensed for her own business, and as an intellectual property attorney, that was an added benefit of having a custom session.

A week after her session, I was interviewed by her on her Legal Bits podcast where I had the pleasure of sharing my work as a branding photographer. It was a treat to see Julie in action. If you would like to hear our conversation, click here

 

Here are some of the images Julie selected for her new branding library:

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There are so many great reasons to have a portfolio of images as a go-to resource for your marketing materials. If you would like to about your business and where branding photography fits in, give me a call at (763) 218-7484.

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Personal Branding Photo Session with Sarah Bateman in Edina https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/4/personal-branding-photo-session-sarah-bateman-edina When you want to be heard you go to Sarah Bateman, owner of Speak Up! Be Heard! Through her workshops, individual coaching, and her own example, Sarah helps people to communicate with confidence and clearly convey their messages to different audiences. She coaches people for all types of speaking engagements, from wedding toasts to networking presentations, to introductions. Sarah has won several speaking awards and is planning to host a conference for entrepreneurs in the Fall, as well as publish a couple new books.

Sarah came to me to upgrade the visual side of her business by getting photos taken to use for all of her marketing needs, including the worksheets she offers during her classes. I set up my studio at her home in Edina and we even snuck in a few personal photos. Her husband is Chinese, and their home has a wonderful array of cultural elements from China. We ended up creating some beautiful portraits of her with a piece of jewelry - a gift from her husband. A few of those photos also included her adorable youngest grandchild, Lucas.

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I was impressed by how a person who makes her living as a professional speaker has such a talent for listening. That is a great quality to have in a photo shoot where the photographer is giving you directions and guidance to get the best shots. I also witnessed her skills as a great communicator and storyteller. She delivered a short presentation during the photo session so we could capture her natural hand gestures and facial expressions.

Makeup for the session was applied by Jody Winter - Winter ArtistrySarah looked lovely in a wide selection of clothing options with outfits tailored to her figure. She selected great shoes and jewelry to accessorize, and we also used a couple necklaces from the necklace bar I bring along.

Sarah told me the best thing that came out of her session was the wide variety of shots. She is now working with a graphic designer to create strategic marketing pieces for her presentations. Here are some words from Sarah about her photo session experience:

"Had a wonderful photo session with Laine. She came to my house and set up a studio in my living room. She patiently explained and demonstrated a variety of poses for me to try. The pictures turned out beautifully."

Here are some of the poses she selected:

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If you are a busy entrepreneur looking for flexible and professional photography services, I can offer you an in-studio or on-location shoot. We will collaborate to create a diverse library with branding images for your business. Get in touch to learn how you can upgrade your photos to support custom marketing pieces that will let your brand shine.

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Personal Branding Photos for Life Coach and Reiki Master Ginny Mackles in Minneapolis https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2018/2/personal-branding-photos-for-life-coach-and-reiki-master-ginny-mackles-in-minneapolis If you haven’t heard of the power of Reiki techniques yet, you will benefit from getting to know Ginny Mackles, Holistic Life Coach, and Reiki Master. She has been profiled in numerous publications and is a requested speaker at health and wellness conferences. Ginny uses her special skills to help others bring their body, mind, and spirit into harmonious balance. Her methods shift patterns that are blocking people from true health and happiness.

I came to Ginny’s home to discuss our upcoming photo shoot, which is where she does her coaching and healing work, and I could see how she puts her clients immediately at ease. She offered me tea and nice crisp water as she welcomed me into the warm atmosphere of her home. She told me she was redoing her website and concentrating on putting her marketing efforts around her online presence. Most of her clients are not local, so it is important for her to have a solid website, professional photos, and strong copy.

Ginny is one of the most well-prepared clients I have ever worked with. She intentionally shopped for her session after a consultation with professional stylist Char Dobbs. By using her home/office space for our shoot, we were able to pinpoint every single detail she needed, including adding Rebecca Metz into some of the specific shots. Rebecca is the owner of Web Pages That Sell, and is in charge of the updates Ginny is planning for her website. She also kindly offered to “model” as one of Ginny’s clients for the session.

The shoot focused on the many audiences Ginny serves through her work, and we were able to incorporate different shots to address her specific services. Makeup artist Gretl Irina assisted with Ginny’s professional look, and the final photos were a great reflection of Ginny’s kind and professional manner. Check out some of Ginny's favorite shots:

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Here is what Ginny wrote about our session:

“Having photos taken of yourself can be really uncomfortable, but not with Laine Torres! Not only is she a great photographer, she helps you really feel comfortable with the whole experience. The photo shoot was fun! Laine’s background in marketing helped so much in capturing the right images to convey my message. She took the time to get to know me, my business and the message I was looking to communicate in the photos. She came to my home office to discuss the concept and returned to shoot the photos – it couldn’t have been more convenient. I highly recommend Laine Torres Photography. She is not only an awesome photographer, she is a wonderful person!” - Ginny Mackles

 


 

Personal Branding PhotographerProfessional photo sessionLaine Torres is a professional photographer who provides headshot photos in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Laine works creatively to develop a unique concept for each of her clients that best matches their personality. Contact Laine now to book your session. My clients have found that looking professional and being memorable directly affects the quality of the prospects they attract. This means they get bigger and better opportunities to grow their businesses once they invest is a library of branding images. I work with successful entrepreneurs who are ready to become the face of their companies. If that's you, let's connect! -Laine

 

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How Bright is Your Halo? OR Do First Impressions Really Matter? https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/12/how-bright-is-your-halo-or-do-first-impressions-really-matter article, behavior, "first impressions", "laine torres photography", minneapolis, "professional photographer", psychology, "branding photography", "professional headshots", "corporate headshots", "branding photos", "casual headshots"

In a 1920 experiment by American psychologist Edward Thorndike, 2 officers were asked to evaluate their soldiers in terms of physical qualities (neatness, voice, physique, bearing, and energy), intellect, leadership skills, and personal qualities (including dependability, loyalty, responsibility, selflessness, and cooperation).

The results showed that when officers rated soldiers positively in one characteristic, they were more likely to carry that positive perception over to other characteristics, even though the traits were not relevant to each other. This became known as the “Halo Effect”. The same was true when the officers rated soldiers negatively (which is referred to as the “Horn Effect”).

Basically, this means that when you think positively about one trait of an individual, you are more likely to attribute additional positive perceptions for other traits. Or the opposite: by attributing a negative perception to one trait of an individual, you’re more likely to pile on other negative impressions.

After further reading, what really impressed me as a photographer was to learn that the fact that one positive trait, even if merely visual, goes far beyond physical qualities, and ultimately influences judgment on qualities of intellect, leadership, cooperation and more. It seems unfair, but it’s how we are all wired to think and behave.

As humans, we are visual beings. We judge things with our eyes and our perceptions are formed according to the qualities and characteristics we view, so the Halo Effect is possibly part of the reason why personal and professional photographs on websites are so important. The right photo will set the tone for what potential clients can expect from you and the work you do, and that will likely transfer over to the business relationship you’ll form.

Maybe the lesson learned here is that first impressions really do matter, and most people will judge a book by its cover. The good news is that, with a quality photo of yourself that allows your best attributes to be showcased, you can make a positive and lasting first impression.

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Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - January 22nd 2018 https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/11/professional-headshots-event-in-saint-louis-park---january-22nd-2018 "laine torres photography" "professional headshots" "saint louis park photographer" "corporate headshots" "social media profile photo" "casual headshots" "brand photography" "professional photographer" "professional photo"

The new date for Headshot Mini Sessions has been set: Mark your calendar on January 22nd and get your professional headshots updated at this easy and convenient session!

I have photographed hundreds of professionals and offer headshot mini sessions once a quarter for those who want authentic high-quality photos with the budget-friendly group pricing.

Only 5 spots available* - SOLD OUT!

>> REGISTER HERE FOR NEXT OPPORTUNITY 

Includes:
- 1h Photo Session
- Studio setup with background and lighting
- Professional makeup on location
- 2 final edited images of your choice
- Tip sheet for outfits and accessories
- Print and usage release for personal and professional use

Featuring for a Limited-Time:

On-Site Personal Styling with Image Consultant Char Dobbs

 

What past clients say about this event:

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"I'm the type that normally runs from cameras, but Laine made this session super comfortable and really fun too. She is very professional and I love how my photos turned out. 100% recommend!!"

Zrinka Peters

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"For YEARS I had put off a new headshot - waiting for 'the right time' - a strategic point in my business development, weight loss, and other excuses. A trusted friend pointed me in Laine's direction. In one phone conversation, Laine gave me the confidence I lacked to get it done. What I had been dreading ended up being FUN! I'm so grateful that Laine found a way to help me express my life's joy through her photography!"

Brenda Moore

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"I was familiar with Laine and her wonderful work, and I needed to update my headshot. The set up was professional, relaxing and that made for some great photos! So many good ones to choose from! Thank you for the great service, great photos and a fun relaxing time Laine Torres (and team!)"

Rick Olson

 

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Regular price is $690 only $390: Register Here

*You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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Photo Session for Coach, Teacher and Speaker, Irmadene Hanson - Minneapolis, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/11/photo-session-for-coach-teacher-and-speaker-irmadene-hanson---minneapolis-mn Irmadene Hanson is a veteran and nurse and brings ingrained qualities of trust and connection into her work with professionals in the healthcare industry. Her business, Magnify Your Influence, works with companies, teams, and individuals through leadership consulting, masterminds and coaching to help move people forward from a place of frustration to one of growth, connection, and clear direction.

The reason behind the photo shoot for Irmadene was to have images to use for a conference she was sponsoring at, as well as for her upcoming book. In preparation, she went shopping for the session, along with selecting specific clothes she already owned that fit her business image.

We shot at LikeMinds in Minneapolis (formerly The Study) utilizing all that the office space has to offer. We even got the administrator to kindly pose for a shot! Irmadene commented that she thoroughly enjoyed her makeup artist for the day, professional Sarah Elizabeth.

As the shoot got rolling, I found Irmadene to relax further and enjoy herself more. She was able to trust me completely, follow directions easily, and pose very naturally as she grew in her confidence throughout.

Here are some thoughts about the day, straight from Irmadene herself:

"Am I the only person that gets anxiety even thinking about doing a photo shoot? To me it, it's an uncomfortable but necessary evil of the Consulting, Speaking & Coaching business! Laine was AH-mazing! If you are looking for someone to make you feel at ease and relaxed during this weirdly awkward and almost embarrassing task of your business, look no further. Her fun and easy going way helped me to get into a place where she could get all the shots I needed and MORE! The only thing that surpassed her calming "way" with me was her knowledge and wisdom of photography. The more we worked together, the more impressed I was! Honestly, if you ... or she wants a certain shot, she'll work until she gets it. Thank you, Laine Torres Photography!"

It was truly a pleasure to get to know and work with Irmadene.  I wish her the best with her new book!  Take a look here to see the photos she selected:

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As Irmadene Hanson commented above, it can be an anxious task to get in front of a camera and get those needed photos taken. I invite you to look at the reviews from my business clients to get their impressions of how our photography sessions went. At Laine Torres Photography, I try to make everyone as comfortable and prepared as possible to take the stress out of the day. Let’s talk about the kind of photos you need, and how I can make that experience a positive one for you. Just reach out at (763) 218-7484 and we'll start planning.

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Interview with Laura Marie Host - by Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/interview-with-laura-marie-host

On your devoteddaily.com website you introduce yourself as “perfectly imperfect.” Can you tell us a little more about that and about your work?

Yes, I am truly so imperfect, which is why I am a Christian. I know that in God’s eyes I am perfectly made, but as we know, we are all broken and have our own issues. In today’s world it’s so easy to look on social media and feel like everyone has it so “perfect” when, in reality, their life is really a hot mess, ha, ha! So, I want my friends and audience to know that I am indeed imperfect, but I know that it’s exactly what I am supposed to be: Perfectly Imperfect!

I am a lifetime entrepreneur. Since I was in elementary school, I have been pursuing my dreams and passions as an entrepreneur; from owning a brick and mortar store, to being a top leader in direct sales. I have a passion and drive to empower entrepreneurs to be who God purposed them to be.

You will be launching a new business community in the next few months. What brought on this idea and what do you wish for it to accomplish?

My big God Project now is launching a Christian Entrepreneur Community to empower Christian Entrepreneurs to be who God purposed them to be through an online private membership community named Key Community. God placed this idea in my heart 2 years ago and it’s been a work in progress ever since. There is plenty of content on the World Wide Web today on how to build a business, but I wanted to have a place where Christians could come together and pursue their dreams and passions, and also grow in their Faith. It’s going to be amazing to see how this community helps Christian Entrepreneurs around the world grow in the Business and Faith!

You went to Laine Torres Photography to have a lifestyle shoot. In what ways are you going to use the new photos to develop your new brand?

I have used the photos in a workbook, on lead pages, on my website and I’m sure they will be used in many other future projects as well!

You have had true success in developing your online presence. Will you speak to your process and the importance of creating online engagement by utilizing your voice and building relationships?

I know that God has placed an incredible audience in my path and it’s so fun to be able to engage with them. I find that being real and “imperfect” is what truly allows me to connect with my audience. I also have a true heart for helping others and seeing them have success. I am never afraid to share my love for Jesus and my love for people. I believe if you just love on your audience and be real, it will help them to connect with you and want to tune in to what you have to share.

You are living true to your personal side in your businesses. Has that been a challenge, a blessing, or both and why?

Being true to God first and giving God the glory is number 1. That allows me to step back and stay humble. I know that I am where I am today and I am who I am today because of Him, and all the obstacles and blessings that have been in my path; it’s all part of the process to experience success.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about your new venture?

We are here to empower you to be who God purposed you to be. Never feel alone. Never go through life wondering “why am I here…?”, instead, dig deeper, join our free Facebook community, connect with us, and we will embrace and love you in your process of finding your life purpose and who God truly purposed you to be.     

What is the best way for people to connect with you?

Find us online at:

www.DevotedDaily.com/home

Join our Christian Entrepreneur FB community:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DevotedDaily

Join our wait list to be the first to know when our Private Key Community for Christian Entrepreneurs launches:

http://www.devoteddaily.com/key-community

Not an entrepreneur but would love a daily dose of Jesus? Like our Devoted Daily FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DevotedDailyGodFirst

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To view photos from Laura's session and read more about her experience with me, click here.

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Beth Riegger - Photos for an Elevated Brand in Brooklyn Park, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/beth-riegger---photos-for-an-elevated-brand-in-brooklyn-park-mn I had the pleasure of meeting Beth Riegger through some mutual clients and friends. After being introduced, Beth and I got together for coffee and to learn more about each other. She had some fun vacation plans coming up, so we scheduled her session for right after her return. Beth is a very warm woman who really cares about everyone, especially her clients, and I was super excited to work with her and help her with the rebranding and relaunching of her business.

Keys 2 Success Marketing is a website development and online marketing firm that is all about understanding your business vision and translating it to the public in a way that will attract your ideal clients.

Beth wanted new photos for her website and new marketing materials. Preparation for the shoot day included brand consultant Dawn Stebbing, who was Beth’s personal shopper and helped her pull together an amazing wardrobe, and Sarah Elizabeth Artistry, who provided the hair and makeup services to ensure Beth looked beautiful and confident. 

We played some fun music to set the tone, which helped to provide a nice relaxed feeling to the whole day. And since we were shooting in Beth’s home in Brooklyn Park, we had the company from her 2 dogs, who sat in and watched part of the session. They definitely got their share of attention!

This is what Beth had to share about her experience working with me:

"I went to Laine to get my images updated. I've lost some weight and also shortened my hair. I didn't think the photos would make much of a difference but wow, they have sure elevated my professional look! I also wanted to make sure there was negative space so I could use the images in my marketing. Laine was able to incorporate this into our session and the results are amazing!"

For Beth, it was also important that we created dynamic shots she could use to write specific copy when marketing her services. She has since added some of the photos to her website. You can see more of the selected shots here:

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Let me introduce you to my professional headshot gallery of memorable entrepreneurs. These talented people probably felt the same way you do about getting your photo taken. Some even called it a “necessary evil.” That was before we worked together. At Laine Torres Photography I take the fear, insecurity and dislike out of the equation by making each and every shoot fun, efficient and flexible for your needs. Please give me a call at (763) 218-7484 or send a message and we can plan the perfect session to suit your business and the brand you want to share.

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Laura Host Branding Photo Session: an Entrepreneur of Inspiration – Ramsey, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/10/laura-host-branding-photo-session-an-entrepreneur-of-inspiration-ramsey-mn Laura Host is launching a new business focused on providing an online community for Christian business owners. This community will empower and provide them with resources, tools, advice, guidance, tips and inspiration through Faith. Laura needed photos to use on the new website, her social media and in marketing her developing brand.

Laura isn’t new to being a business owner. This bubbly and upbeat woman is busy with her own store, along with running a lot of online activities, such as selling jewelry and Modere health and wellness products. She does it all putting God first. Her new venture is called Devoted Daily.

We shot at her beautiful home in Ramsey, then moved to downtown Anoka for some extra special shots. Our makeup talent who prepared Laura beautifully for being under the bright lights was Jody Winter, of Winter Artistry, who calls herself “makeup artist and champion of small businesses".     

Laura's vision was so complete! She had an inspiration board that was full of ideas, which gave me clear direction. She also went out shopping using my instructions, focusing on the clothes that made her feel beautiful. In keeping with her spirit, we managed to slip in some fun by stopping for some ice cream at Two Scoops, in Anoka. Her dog Pierre was present in a number of photos and turned out to be a great model!

With a full library of her images, Laura is more than ready to take the action she needs to launch her new business.

Click here to connect with Laura Host on Facebook.

Here's what Laura had to say about her experience working with me:

"Most professional experience EVER and FUN!! I had a lifestyle photo shoot done for my website and Marketing for a new business. Laine made this experience PRICELESS from the first phone conversation! Highly recommend!! A++"

To learn more about Devoted Daily, watch for my in-depth interview with Laura in an upcoming blog post - and here are just some of our favorite shots:

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Fall is the perfect season to capture great, personality-driven, branding photos in both inside and outside locations. With my mobile studio I am free to come to you and we can be flexible to shoot in multiple sites. I have also recently acquired a studio space that can be used if that would be a fit for your brand. Let's work together and get others to notice you and your special business by getting new branding photos taken. Contact me today and we'll chat about what would help you stand out and give your work a visual and professional boost. Talk soon!

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Connecting Cathy McLane to Her Personal Brand - A Custom Photo Session in Maple Grove https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/9/connecting-cathy-mclane-to-her-personal-brand---a-custom-photo-session-in-maple-grove Cathy McLane was ready for creating her personal brand and what better time than while she is moving to the next level with her business Cathy Connects, LLC. Cathy possesses long-term experience as a marketing and communications leader for prestigious organizations. As a communications expert, her services include employee engagement, multi-channel marketing, milestone marketing and digital strategy.

We met prior to the session for a style and concept consultation. She is very lively and spontaneous, speaking with hand gestures and a smile. We decided to forgo the studio and use her home as the backdrop. I was so pleased to go to Cathy’s home to do the photo shoot where I was met by her very sweet and social Vizsla dogs, and a house full of art created by her relatives. It was a great location full of different angles and personal meaning. 

Makeup was done by the talented Meg Hume from Humen Nature. We had a super time setting up the shots. For Cathy it was important that the photographs reflected the business side and celebrate her personal side by including her dogs in the shots.

This is what Cathy had to say about the session:

“I did a package with Laine where she (and a fab make-up artist, AND assistant) came to my house for a custom photo shoot: I wanted a variety of headshots for bios, my website, and more. She did an amazing job and I absolutely love my images. She is a joy to work with, and has a great attention to detail - and to ensuring client comfort. I highly recommend!”

You can see here some of the poses she selected: 

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If you know someone who is taking their brand to the next level and would benefit from professional photos, please connect us. Custom photos are one of the best ways to elevate the professional image for a business owner and allow them to confidently market their products and services.

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A Brand, a Book, and a Smart Businessman - Paul Fisher Photo Shoot in Minneapolis https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/9/a-brand-a-book-and-a-smart-businessman-paul-fisher-photo-shoot-minneapolis Paul Fisher is a professional who is watching out for the future and giving guidance through his new book, Beyond the Days of the Giants: Solving the Crisis of Growth and Succession in Today's CPA Firms. Being a forward thinking entrepreneur, he also thought about having great photos for the book and his business brand – this is how I got the privilege to meet and photograph him.

Paul has practiced as a CPA for 27 years and is also known as a very engaging speaker on the keys to driving growth in the 21st Century. He formed his business, New Giants Consulting, LLC, to help new and upcoming accountants establish a value-based culture as they develop their firms.

Our shoot was held at BerganKDV in Minneapolis where Paul has partnered in the business. Talented Meg Hume did his makeup, and it was special to learn from Paul that his clothes were picked by his daughter Anne.  

After coming all the way from Chicago for the photo shoot he looked very sharp and confident. You could see Paul's professionalism in our session.  He was calm, trusting, a great listener, and took direction very well. The overall shoot was a collaborative effort as Paul came up with his own creative ideas for shots. We even did some fun detail shots of his lapel, hands, cell phone and more that are valuable for using with website branding.

You can take a look at some of Paul's selected photos here:


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Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - September 26th https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/6/professional-headshots-event-in-saint-louis-park---september-26th "laine torres photography" "professional headshots" "saint louis park photographer" "corporate headshots" "social media profile photo" "casual headshots" "brand photography" "professional photographer" "professional photo"

Mark your calendar on September 26th and get your professional headshots updated at this easy and convenient session!

I have photographed hundreds of professionals and offer headshot mini sessions once a quarter for those who want authentic high-quality photos with the budget-friendly group pricing.

Only 5 spots available* - 3 LEFT! >> SOLD OUT

REGISTER HERE FOR NEXT OPPORTUNITY 

Includes:
- 1h Photo Session
- Studio setup with background and lighting
- Professional makeup on location
- 2 final edited images of your choice
- Tip sheet for outfits and accessories
- Print and usage release for personal and professional use

What past clients say about this event:

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"Wow! Thank you to Laine Torres for the great photos and experience. The whole process from start to finish was well organized and Laine made the photo shoot session experience comfortable - she gave great direction as to how to stand and how to tilt the chin, head, etc. - loved her attention to detail." Cari Nelson-Spears

"Laine has a gift for bringing out the best in her clients, and she captures it effortlessly. Everything she does is with the utmost professionalism and genuine skill. She truly knows her craft and she's a master of it!" Rachel Madrigal

"Laine combined professionalism, flexibility and fun into our photo shoot. I am proud to use my headshots and I would definitely recommend calling Laine Torres Photography to my friends and colleagues." Susan Murphy

More reviews on Google

Here's what to expect

Here's my FULL headshots gallery

Here's a blog post about a previous event

R.S.V.P. at the Facebook Event Page

Regular price is $690 only $390: Register Here for Future Date

*You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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Photographing Author and Business Coach Alissa Daire Nelson - Shoreview, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/6/photographing-author-and-business-coach-alissa-daire-nelson---shoreview-mn Alissa Daire Nelson has many talents which she applies to her work as a Certified Strengths Coach, Author, Podcaster, and Speaker. Alissa is the owner of Daire Success Coaching, where she helps clients unlock their strengths and develop those strengths to elevate their business and personal lives.

Alissa recently launched her first book, rebranded her website, and revamped all her marketing materials. This exciting quest for fresh branding brought the two of us together for a full-blown photo session, including creating the image that would be featured as the cover of her new book.

Prior to our session, we discussed the shot list with her branding manager Heather Coughenour, of Rebel 42. With a clear plan in hand, I brought my portable studio to her home in Shoreview and directed her session to fulfill all that was requested. Meg Hume, with Humen Nature Professional Makeup Services, created a polished, natural and flattering makeup, so Alissa looked flawless even before any edits were made to the photos.

It was so gratifying that Alissa was completely in love with her photos when she saw them and shared them on social media right away! Her branding and design team helped choose the perfect image for her book cover, which you can see below. You can purchase it on Amazon or through a link on her website.

Alissa kept all the images we created at her session and you can see how she used several of them on her new site. To see some of my favorites, just scroll down!

Last but not least, here’s what she had to say about her experience working with me:

"I decided to work with Laine because she was recommended by a friend of mine and her portfolio was great. I knew my decision was the right one when she prepared me for my shoot SO well. All the important details were covered and I was set up for total success! Thorough, masterful with light and angles, drew my true personality out (sometimes hard to do when you're uncomfortable in front of a camera!). The whole shoot felt luxurious! I literally receive compliments EVERY day, but the one I get the most often that means the most to me is, "Wow! These pictures are so YOU!" If you are considering working with Laine, just do it. You won't regret the investment. Your brand deserves GREAT photos."

Click here to connect with Alissa Daire Nelson on LinkedIn.

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As a professional photographer, I work with personality-driven businesses to create branding photos that showcase their confidence and expertise. The result is an array of images they can use in the upcoming years to market their products and services. Professional photos communicate that their businesses are thriving and that they themselves are worth the investment. If your business would benefit from a rebrand, let's chat about how custom photography can give you the differentiator you need to stand out in your market. Contact me today!

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Complete PR Photos for Best-Selling Author and Sales Coach President Ursula Mentjes https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/6/complete-pr-photos-for-best-selling-author-and-sales-coach-president-ursula-mentjes I would not be surprised if you have already heard of Ursula Mentjes.  Ursula is an amazing entrepreneur, best-selling author, and the president of Sales Coach Now.  She is getting ready for a new book launch, graced the most recent magazine cover for savibizmag.com  and needed an array of photos for a speaker sheet, a website re-do, and different social media platforms. We had a long shot list!

This exciting photo shoot happened at Hotel Ivy, which is a regular business spot for Ursula. It is important to feel comfortable during a photoshoot, and this was a familiar place with familiar faces for her. It also allowed us to use their beautiful furniture in our shots, especially after their recent renovation.

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Ursula's makeup was done by the sweet and talented Meg Hume, who ensured she looked even more beautiful.  Another invaluable assist came from my husband, Chris, who helped me set up my lighting for the shots.  We tried a new lighting style with a ring light which is very flattering and even, and produced beautiful round catchlights in Ursula’s eyes. Check it out:

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Our choices for clothes were sophisticated and soft, with colors that Ursula is naturally inclined to wear.  Our main focus was to show the real energy she brings to her work.  With our whole group working so well together, there was a lot of positive energy in the room, and the day went quickly. We made the most of the clothing changes and the beautiful location where we were shooting, but, of course, the real star of the day was Ursula: she looked gorgeous as always!

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We photographed the potential cover for her new book, which is not out yet, so I am unable to share it, BUT here's the magazine cover we shot, which has been released:

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I was touched by the following comments Ursula made when she got to review the photos:

“Laine is a #rockstarphotog! I loved working with her and the photos exceeded my expectations. Laine is super gifted and has a way of drawing out the VERY best version of you. Plus, her team is phenomenal and made everything run smoothly and easily. I highly recommend Laine as a photographer for your next photoshoot or event!”

Thank you, Ursula, for your wonderful words. I really enjoyed our photo session and I wish you all the best!

-Laine


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London Photos by Professional Photographer Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/5/london-photos-by-professional-photographer-laine-torres Chris and I recently returned from our vacation. We went to visit my brother who is currently living in London and loving it.

Have you ever been?

If you have, you know this, but even if you haven't, you can imagine that there are people everywhere you go, and from every single corner of the world, seriously. And each group of people seems to have at least a couple cameras on them (not including their phones). I don't say this with annoyance but truly as a mere fact.

So, as I visited the popular landmarks, and fought for a spot to photograph them, I realized I was creating the same photos that hundreds of thousands of people create when they're there. The very same. I was in auto mode, just view, click, move. And I honestly thought to myself that I didn't want to have those images. I can easily google them and they will be far more beautiful and artistic than what I was creating.

With that in mind, I decided that I wanted to capture the things we kind of see but don't register. The things we notice but may not remember.

Yes, I got some cliche/expected/overdone photos as well, because, after all, I was still a tourist, but, as I sat here to write this and share some photos with you, I decided to select just very few of the very few that I took. Oh, and, of course, if you follow me on Instagram (@lainetorres), you got to see more of the touristy shots, with selfies and goofy filters and what-not's - you know, the fun stuff.

Here you go - the British details you may or may not have noticed:

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doTower Bridge in the background. This photo was taken with the Tower of London behind me.

Tower Bridge in the background

This photo was taken with the Tower of London behind me

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doMy brother Hugo (left), his wife Aline and my husband Chris, crossing the Tower Bridge.

My brother Hugo (left), his wife Aline and my husband Chris, crossing the Tower Bridge

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doDaniel & Suzie's love, celebrated on April 4th, 2017, and attached to Tower Bridge.

Daniel & Suzie's love, celebrated on April 4th, 2017, and attached to Tower Bridge

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doOffice buildings and their modern architecture sit on one Thames River bank, opposite the Tower of London and all it's history. london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doMore modern offices overlooking the Thames.
london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doSaint Paul's Cathedral - no photos allowed inside. london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doTrafalgar Square with Big Ben in the horizon and The National Gallery behind me.

From top left:

1. Modern architecture buildings on one side of the Thames River bank, opposite the Tower of London and all it's history

2. More modern offices overlooking the Thames and the Tower of London

3. Saint Paul's Cathedral - no photos allowed inside

4. Trafalgar Square with Big Ben in the horizon and The National Gallery behind me

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doArtist using chalk on Trafalgar Square.

Artist using chalk on Trafalgar Square

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doA candid shot of my brother and his wife, next to The London Eye, opposite Houses of Parliament.

A candid shot of my brother and his wife, next to The London Eye, opposite Houses of Parliament

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doTouring the Tower of London.

Touring the Tower of London

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doThe British Museum - an infinite world of historic artifacts.

The British Museum - an infinite world of historic artifacts

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doPoliceman in charge of traffic at the changing of the Royal Guard.

Policeman in charge of traffic at the changing of the Royal Guard

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doVictoria Memorial, across from Buckingham Palace.

Victoria Memorial, across from Buckingham Palace

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doArtist drawing at the National Gallery.

Artist drawing at the National Gallery

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doAntique store meticulously arranged.

Antique store meticulously arranged

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doDancewear store - can you find Chris?

Dancewear store - can you find Chris?

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doCarousel by The London Eye.

Carousel by The London Eye

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doDay shot of Big Ben <3 london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doAnd when the lights come on.

Left: Day shot of Big Ben <3

Right: When the lights come on

london uk europe trip travel photography laine torres professional photographer tourist attractions things to see and doEarly evening overlooking Houses of Parliament

Early evening overlooking Houses of Parliament

 

Some of the things we did (and that I recommend):

 

I would like to give a big thanks to my client and friend Stacy Mueller for sharing so many wonderful tips and recommendations prior to us leaving. Thanks, Stacy! Your suggestions were very much appreciated.

How about you? What's your favorite thing to see/do in London? What else would you add to the list? Comment below and I will make sure to check it out next time.

-Laine

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Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - June 14th https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/5/professional-headshots-event-in-saint-louis-park---june-14th professional headshot event laine torres photography june 14 saint louis park photographer social media profile photo

There's a lot of information out there about how the right online image can actually help your business career.

I often work with small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as professionals of the most varied industries, to provide photos that are current, flattering and that show their confidence and worth. it's actually what I am known for, and definitely something that I love to do.

If you (or someone you know) would benefit from a new professional headshot, my upcoming Headshot Event on June 14th is meant to be the place to get that professional look. The full day is a series of mini photo sessions for busy people just like you, set in an easy and fun environment.

Here's what's included with your registration:

  • Up to 1h photo session allowing for multiple outfit changes
  • Professional Makeup with pre-session consultation
  • Studio setup with different backgrounds and lighting
  • Tip sheet for outfits and accessories so you come in prepared and looking sharp
  • 2 final edited images of your choice selected right after the session*
  • Print and usage release for personal and professional use

*Additional photos available for purchase for a discounted rate.

 

Want to see some samples of what you can expect when we work together?

Here's a link with more details and photos taken at a previous Headshot Mini Session.

Here's a link to my FULL headshots gallery.

 

Here's what previous clients had to say about their mini headshot session:

"Wow! Thank you to Laine Torres for the great photos and experience. The whole process from start to finish was well organized and Laine made the photo shoot session experience comfortable - she gave great direction as to how to stand and how to tilt the chin, head, etc. - loved her attention to detail." Cari Nelson-Spears

"Laine has a gift for bringing out the best in her clients, and she captures it effortlessly. Everything she does is with the utmost professionalism and genuine skill. She truly knows her craft and she's a master of it!" Rachel Madrigal

"Laine combined professionalism, flexibility and fun into our photo shoot. I am proud to use my headshots and I would definitely recommend calling Laine Torres Photography to my friends and colleagues." Susan Murphy

More reviews on Google.

 

Regular price is $690 only $390Register Here or contact me if you have any questions.

You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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This is what Mini Sessions for Professional Headshots are like https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/4/this-is-what-mini-sessions-for-professional-headshots-are-like This event was so memorable!

I had a full day devoted to a series of 30-minute headshot sessions for busy entrepreneurs. Many of the professional women who came in were friends and colleagues of mine, or we have done work together, so there was a real ‘family feel’ to the day.

What made it even more special was the help I had for the day.

One of my favorite makeup artists, Meg Hume, was in the room helping each client look and feel amazing for their shoot. My husband Chris was busy at the computer, helping clients review their shots and make selections. And my new assistant Katie was there getting her first experience with the process, the equipment and me! (I will be writing a blog introducing Katie soon after she has had a chance to settle in.)

So it was a big day!

My main goal was to put everyone at ease with the process, take headshots that show these beautiful people at their best, and do this in a short amount of time so they could move on with their busy schedules. 

I appreciated how everyone came with their wardrobe selections ready to go and took my consultation on what might work best. Meg also did a great job getting each client in and out of the makeup chair looking polished and professional.

The photos that each client selected show how wonderful of an experience this was. Thanks to Cari, Sue, Shanna, Susan, Deb and Rachel for your patience and positive attitudes!

Here you can see some of my favorites:

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If you are ready for new and flattering headshots, I will be holding my next Professional Headshot Event on June 14th. You can get more information here or register here. Or you can contact me directly if you have any questions or special requests.

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Stock Photos for New Call Center Company in Minneapolis https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/4/stock-photos-for-new-call-center-company-in-minneapolis Janet Livingston is one of those people you say “wow” when you hear about her skills and business accomplishments.  She is currently the President of Call Center Sales Pro, in Minneapolis MN, where she helps businesses become more efficient and reduce costs.

If that isn’t enough, Janet is starting up another business called AS1, or Answering Service One, which is the reason I found myself working with this wonderful woman again.

AS1 is a premier, HIPAA-compliant, medical answering service specializing in 24-hour doctor and patient support.  With the launch of the business scheduled for this Spring, Janet wanted custom stock photos for her website and other promotional materials.

We were already acquainted because I had the pleasure of doing her and her husband Jeff’s headshots a few years ago.  For the AS1 session, we photographed at OffiCenters in Minnetonka, which is where Janet offices. The goal for the session was to create an authentic look in the stock photos that would truly reflect their brand.

We worked with 4 models: Jessie, Karissa, Corinne, and Jordan. Meg Hume did their makeup to ensure we stayed true to what Janet's vision was for the photos. To my surprise, 3 of the models were siblings! It was fun to see how well they worked together.

Thanks to the fantastic job by Jill Lane, our Project Manager, the session was relaxed and easy. She followed Janet’s shot list and kept us all moving forward and on time.

Here are some of the top shots we created:

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I love how the new website turned out! You can check for yourself here. Best of luck in your new venture, Janet!

If you would like to learn more about AS1 and the launch of their services, you can like their Facebook page here.

-Laine

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Capturing the Heart of Carol and Scotty Morgan - a Couple's Photo Session in Blaine https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/capturing-the-heart-of-carol-and-scotty-morgan---a-couples-photo-session-in-blaine Carol and Scotty Morgan are the winners of my Valentine’s Day Mini Photo Session Promo, but I see how they are winners of so much more because they have found each other. And me, I am SO happy that I got to capture their love and special relationship in photos!

The day started off with the couple dropping their kids, Mia and Drew, off with Scotty's parents, and joining me at Springbrook Nature Center in Blaine. The session was short and fun, and I had NO idea Scotty would be so funny! He had everyone laughing for the whole session, especially when he pranked me with leaves (I made the mistake of telling him I am terrified of bugs, so imagine how I freaked out!).

They told me that the last time they had professional photos done was at their wedding, 17 years ago. Carol also told me she just knew their story would win the Valentine's Day Promo - talk about setting the intention! When I asked what she would like me to capture with the photos, she requested that the images show the love she and Scotty have for each other.  As you will see by the final photos, that was not so hard.

Carol is one of those people who just radiate warmth when they enter a room. She contributes to the world through her business, Live Pure Vida, where she is a Healthy Living coach. Scotty gives back through his profession as a police officer, but on this day, they were there just to relax and have fun.

The weather at the park was warm, even though it's March and the sun was not out. I would like to think because the Morgans brought their own sunshine! I had a great time getting to know them a little better, and I hope you will join me in wishing them many more happy years in their life together.

Be sure to take a look at the playful and loving photos from the session and click here to read the story that helped them win the Valentine's Day Promo, including a $50 gift certificate for Fogo de Chao!

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Professional Headshots Event in Saint Louis Park - April 5th https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/professional-headshots-event-saint-louis-park-april-5

professional headshots saint louis park april laine torres photographyProfessional Headshots in Saint Louis Park, MN - April 5th 2017

 

I am very excited to offer this event where you can easily get your headshots updated!

Come join us and get a set of fresh, modern and professional photos that will help you look your best.

 

Consider this:

  • What photo are you using for your LinkedIn/Facebook profile right now? Does it show your best self?
  • What do your colleagues and future clients think when they search for you? Are you happy with the image they see?
  • Are you still professionally in that same place? Or how different are you personally from when they were last updated?
  • How can you use new photos to help maximize your online exposure and connect with more people?
  • How would you feel if you had a photo that collected compliments left and right?
  • How helpful would it be to have your photos taken by someone who coordinates all the details for you, such as what to wear, how to pose, what photos to choose, etc.?

 

This event is for:

  • Busy and successful professionals that know the power of a good headshot
  • Writers and authors who are finishing up their latest book and have upcoming interviews and events
  • Expert bloggers who create a world of content and whose photos travel the globe
  • Executives who are passionate about the companies they help run
  • New business owners who are starting out with a bang and making an impact in their industry
  • Past clients who need an easy and fast option to get new photos
  • Mission-driven business owners who are changing the world and celebrating how far they've come

 

There are only 10 spots available to ensure enough time and attention are dedicated to each client: Register Here

 

Here's what you get:

- 20 min session
- Studio setup with different backgrounds and lighting
- 2 final edited images of your choice*
- Tip sheet for outfits and accessories
- Print and usage release for personal and professional use

*Additional photos available for purchase. You can also book a professional makeup artist and bring your photos to the next level.

 

Want to see how I photograph?

Here's a link to my FULL headshots gallery.

 

Here's what previous clients had to say about working with me:

"I enjoyed our photoshoot!! That is probably the first time in my life I can actually say I enjoyed getting my picture taken. Laine, you made it easy and fun for me, and I was able to fully trust you and your process from the start. You were professional and I enjoyed seeing you work your photo magic AND we laughed and had a great time!! When you sent the photo link to me -- I was thrilled to have so many wonderful photos to choose from! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Julie Jacky

"Laine is that unusual combination of a person who can be professional and fun at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being photographed. I could relax and let the real me out! The resulting photos captured my personality and will be quite effective portraying who I am on my website, book, and collateral materials. I recommend her of any occasion without hesitation!" Leslie Shore

Thank you Laine for making my experience wonderful and making me look my best. You had the perfect make up/hair artist to prep me and you were professional and fun to work with. You put me at ease... let's face it, posing for a photo can be a little awkward. I especially appreciated your speed in getting the photos to me. I couldn't be more pleased. I recommend you to any other professional looking for their first professional headshot or an updated one. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Laine! Jeannette Grace

 

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Regular price is $644 only $247Register Here or contact me if you have any questions.

You must sign a Photography Agreement & Model Release and pay in full in advance to secure a spot.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) event laine torres photography photo session professional headshots professional photographer promotion saint louis park https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/professional-headshots-event-saint-louis-park-april-5 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:42:36 GMT
Headshot Photography for Laura Brandt as she prepares for a New Adventure https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/headshot-photography-for-laura-brandt-as-she-prepares-for-a-new-adventure It is no secret that I love when my clients invite me into their lovely homes for a photo shoot. I can really get a feel for their personality and it keeps my job ever interesting when I shoot at all kinds of different locations! For Laura's session, we photographed in her beautiful Plymouth home, right in her living room.

Laura Brandt thrives when working with nonprofits on donor engagement strategies. Our photo shoot, however, was to create exciting pictures for her new business venture, where she will be helping these organizations to maximize their online presence by building valuable connections on LinkedIn. Laura shared with me that she will be writing content and providing consultation and training to her clients.

One thing that was so fun about working with Laura was her openness to trying all the clothes and jewelry I requested. She was easy to pose and the camera loved her. Her makeup was done by Meg Hume, one of my favorite makeup artists here in the Twin Cities.

Laura knew exactly what she wanted, and we collaborated to create a shot list prior to us shooting. This step really helped things move along smoothly during the session.

When Laura was deciding on which photos to choose she looked to those who knew her well for help. Sometimes it can be challenging to look through all the shots and zero in on the best ones, so it was a great idea to get outside help from those who really know her. I was so pleased when she shared that she didn't know she could look like this, and that her friends all thought the pictures were beautiful!

I really appreciated working with Laura because she values quality and wanted a photographer who would give her direction on how to pose and what to do; someone who would pay attention to all details. It is truly rewarding to work with people who trust me to deliver what they need, so, THANK YOU, Laura! I appreciate you.

I wish Laura the best in her work and I am so glad I had the chance to photograph her. Here is what she shared about her experience working with me:

"It was fun converting my living room into a photo studio. No going outside after getting my hair just right. Having a fabulous artist (that is right - artist) do my make-up was wonderful. Ask any of my friends - I hate having my picture taken. Laine's passion for her work set me at ease. There was plenty of laughter and best of all - they made me feel like a star. Thank you!" -Laura Brandt

Check out some of both hers and mine top shots:

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I LOVE her photos! Doesn't she look great??

-Laine

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I am on a search for a Photography Assistant! https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/3/i-am-on-a-search-for-a-photography-assistant professional photographer in andover mn looking for photo session assistant

I am looking for someone who will add a positive presence to my clients’ experience!

If you are the type of person who doesn’t want to be desk-bound, I guarantee you will be active physically and mentally, and get to meet some really special people.

 

So, here are the job requirements:

- Very professional and punctual

- Responsible, friendly, discreet and patient

- Must drive and/or have own form of transportation

- Able to lift 30-50lbs

- Able to easily follow direct instructions and anticipate needs

- Able to stand for extended periods of time

- Responsible for setup and teardown of mobile studio

- Loading and unloading of vehicle, sometimes parking/moving photographer's vehicle

- Handling all photography equipment

- Providing lighting support as requested

- Basic knowledge of photography preferred but not required

 

And, of course, these are some of the benefits:

- Receive hands-on training: photographer or former assistant will train you at an upcoming session

- Flexible schedule: sessions are 1-2 times per week (not every week), sometimes on weekdays, sometimes on weekends

- Starting time, duration, location and setup vary greatly

- Dynamic and fun atmosphere: photo sessions are always different and interesting!

- Learn creative lighting setups and different posing and coaching techniques

- Learn how to communicate to clients to make them feel at ease

- Rate is negotiable and varies depending on length and type of session

 

Here’s how to apply:

Send me an email with your introduction, schedule availability, and any prior/relevant experience. If selected, I will contact you for an interview.

 

Let’s make some beautiful photos together!

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Brand Photography for Stand-out Personalities in the World of Realtors https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/2/brand-photography-for-stand-out-personalities-in-the-world-of-realtors It was tons of fun doing a photo session with real estate agents Karen Rue and Paula Gulliford of Edina Realty, along with their team of Jessica, Noel and Deborah.  These talented realtors have offices in Saint Paul and a great history connecting people to the perfect home. My job was to connect them to the perfect photos.

They wanted photos that would stand out from the many faces of realtors in the area. Jen Jones of Whip-Smart Marketing Communications is their website designer and arranged the shoot to get some special images of the team for the new website they are launching.

A friend of Karen’s lent them her lovely home in Burnsville for the shoot. Karen and Paula specialize in mid-century homes and we included the beautiful aspects of the home in the session to showcase their experience with this type of residence.

Another special reason for this shoot was that Karen and Paula, who have been business partners for the past 13 years, are expanding their team and rebranding, and the photos will help introduce everyone. Jen was really the bright mind behind the session because she was ready with a strong concept for the photos and helped to coordinate the details and the shot list.

Right after the shoot was over I received an email from Jen that read:

“Laine, What a day. Such fun! The clients seemed at ease and the photos I saw were fantastic. Thank you. Delightful to work with you, Chris, and Meg. I can’t wait to see all the money shots you captured.”

I think back on how the whole group was relaxed and prepared, letting their warmth and personality show through in the shots we took that day. The resulting photos look fantastic and they have finalized their selection.

Check out the photos that they have selected for their new website:

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I think they really show the lovely people inside that I saw and got to know better on the day of the shoot.  Good luck to you all with your special team and your new website!

-Laine

>> Makeup by the talented Meg Hume - Humen Nature Artistry

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How We Met - An Unlikely Love Story https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2017/2/how-we-met---an-unlikely-love-story Chris and I have met online.

That’s pretty common nowadays, but it was not that ordinary 12 years ago. It was especially extraordinary when you consider I was in my early 20’s and a student attending Advertising college in Brazil. That’s right. When we met, I was all the way down in Brazil, and he was way up here in Minnesota!

One day we started chatting online through an international dating website, all because of a cute photo he had posted with his nephew. I messaged him first. I literally said “nice photo!” and BAM, he was in love with me.

Not really. LOL

Ok, so while we were still just getting to know each other, we started chatting and within a short period of time progressed to very (unbeknownst to us) expensive international phone calls (ouch!). We did all the late night calls, downpour of back and forth of emails and video chats that were scheduled as allowed by our different time zones.

One day, out of the blue, I asked him out. Truth be told, I had no expectations, no plans, I had no idea what would happen. I mean, this guy was all the way up in Minnesota, and I had my whole life shaping up in Brazil, so what COULD happen, really? Still, I asked him out. And he said yes. This was about May 2005.

In August of that same year, he flew to Brazil for the first time, and we met face-to-face. Without knowing a word of Portuguese, without even being sure I was 100% honest, he bought a plane ticket to come see me, almost driving his parents crazy! I used to think that was brave, now I just think it was madness…

Back then we were just two kids, quite different in many aspects, living so far away from each other and simply connected by technology. But somehow he thought he should make the trip. And I’m glad he did.

laine torres photography professional photographer personal love promotion valentine's day storyThis photo was actually taken in 2005, but we really like it. It was taken during one of Chris' many trips to Brazil while we were dating long distance.

This photo was taken after a party at a friend's house, during one of Chris' many trips to Brazil while we were dating long distance.

At first, things did not go so well. We were awkward and nervous around each other. Plus he arrived wearing boots and high waisted pants and I was NOT attracted to that (to this day it’s still unclear how he felt about my hippie clothes… I know, one look at 2005 me and you would agree that I really had no right to judge ANYONE’S style…).

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A sample of our trendy styles for your personal amusement. You're welcome.

FYI: This is Chris AFTER I took him out shopping for "Brazilian" clothes. Yup, I know.

And so after the first few days, when he acclimated to the scorching weather and the humidity level only the tropics can offer, things started to make sense for us. We both were who we thought of each other. We both recognized that person we had been talking to over the phone for so many nights in the past few months. And our first kiss happened in the kitchen of my mom’s old house. I remember his heart about to beat out of his chest. It was really sweet. <3

We dated long distance for about 2 and a half years, travelling here and there, exchanging letters, photos, gifts and even breaking up a few times.

I moved to the U.S. in 2007 and we got married in Vegas in 2008.

Us kids, lathering on sunscreen before baking bathing in the sun.

It still personally amazes me how we were so far from each other, and yet were able to travel great lengths to be together,  to grow together, and commit to one another, through different upbringings and the obvious challenges posed by any long-term relationship.

How about you? Do you have an inspirational, unique, weird, funny story about how you met your significant other?

Check out this promotion I am running on Facebook for this Valentine's day and share your story for a chance to win a mini photo session with me and a $50 gift card to the restaurant of your choice!

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Quick rules to enter for the promotion:

1. LIKE Laine Torres Photography, LLC on Facebook AND the **ORIGINAL** post with the specific photo you see above
2. WRITE in the photo comments how you two met (include all the awesome details!)
3. SHARE the original post with your family and friends

 

The prizes:

- (1) 30min Valentine Mini Session worth $447
- (5) fully edited digital files
- 20% discount on any additional purchases
- $50 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice

 

The fine print:

Limit 1 entry per couple. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Both people must be at least 18 years old to participate. Winners must sign a photo agreement and model release. Session will be booked directly with you at a date that is convenient for both you and photographer, however you must book and redeem your free session no later than March 15th. A $50 gift card to a restaurant of your choice will be gifted to you when you receive your photos, after the session is complete. By entering this contest you agree with all terms and grant Laine Torres Photography, LLC permission to share your name and the information you submitted at the time of entry. You also agree to receive future offers and promotions by Laine Torres Photography, LLC. You may unsubscribe at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Inquire directly for more info.

 

PROMOTION ENDS ON VALENTINE'S DAY - FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE DAY AFTER, ON FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017

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Headshots for Serial Entrepreneur Cindy Daniels https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/10/headshots-serial-entrepreneur-cindy-daniels Cindy Daniels loves being a serial entrepreneur - a foundation for being both interested and interesting.  She focuses her work performance time as an executive coach for over 15 years, an essential oil educator (www.wellnessinspires.com), a copywriter (www.wordqueens.com), and gardener.  To top it all off, she is also in the beginning stages of launching a personal awareness concept to assist people in uncovering what makes them feel inspired and engaged in life (website not yet developed: www.theinspirecompany.com).

With a request to look fun and wise, our headshot session took place in her home in Edina. Her daughter lent a hand with the makeup and Cindy was ready soon after I finished setting up my studio. The rest was a breeze, and the results you see below:

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I love helping successful, creative and lively businesswomen like Cindy gain more visibility online through professional headshots that show how fantastic they truly are. If you need photos that will make you shine, I would love to meet you - let's chat!

Click here for more info about headshots

Click here to see my full headshot gallery - lots of photos!

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How to decide which headshots to use for your business https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/10/this-will-help-you-decide-which-headshots-to-use-for-your-business

A client of mine recently struggled with choosing his headshots from the gallery I delivered. He received about 15 photos total, and wanted to choose a few to keep. After requesting my input (and receiving my top 5 picks), talking to family and friends and thinking on them for a couple of weeks, he still wasn't sure of what he needed. Because he is in the early stages of setting up his business, it was hard for him to imagine and find a purpose for the different photos. Unable to decide, he reached out again with two great questions:

1. How would I use a close up photo?

2. In what type of situation would I want a black and white shot?

I wrote a blog post that covers a couple of things that helped answer his questions. Check out Must-Know Tips for a Profile Photo that Shines (see "How to choose good photos" and "Other tips").

I answered him directly, but thought this might help someone else out there as well, so read on.

The majority of internet users browse websites and make purchasing decisions while on their mobile devices, which are very small in comparison to computer screens. In those instances, a close up photo will show your face in more detail, making you stand out and more likely to be remembered.

Which photo of Elda do you think stands out the most on a small device?

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The same goes when your photo is used with several other people's:

Which photo catches your eye first?

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JAMIE

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PAT

Professional Photographer Laine Torres provides Corporate Headshots for Business Owners in Andover MN

MARIA

Professional Photographer Laine Torres provides Corporate Headshots for Business Owners in Andover MN

HEATHER

Close up photos also work great for social media platforms that limit the size of the photo (like LinkedIn, because even when you "zoom in" on the photo, it's still quite smaller than photos posted to Facebook, which can be viewed in fullscreen, for example).

Last but not least, a close up photo incites confidence and trustworthiness. When someone sees your face in detail, it gives them a sense of familiarity which directly enhances your online persona and may give you an advantage when potential clients are researching companies to hire:

This photo of Susan makes you feel like you have almost already met her

Regarding black and white photos, there are really no restrictions or downsides. Some people just prefer the "feel" of the black and white shots, because the focus becomes solely the subject (not the clothes, colors, etc.).

There are no distractions in Mike's headshot

Making decisions on your photos can be hard. Ultimately you should choose the photos that YOU love, and if you need a little help, always reach out to your photographer. They will be more than happy to assist you.

 

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Inspiring Travel Photography of Arizona, USA https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/9/inspiring-travel-photography-of-arizona-usa For quite a while I have been hearing of the beauty of Sedona, Arizona. One of my best friends (Tati) has always talked about and dreams of visiting it. We once made plans, but since she is in Brazil, life happened and our schedules and wallets just didn't allow for the trip together.

And so after searching online for cheap airline tickets, Phoenix was on sale. I knew it was pretty close to Sedona, so I asked my husband Chris if he could take a week off work and visit this beautiful place with me.

We flew into Phoenix, got our rental car and headed straight to Sedona. As always, we talked to the locals and found out the must-sees for the next day.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross was our first stop, early in the morning, and this what we saw on the way there:

We then went on a hike on Bell Rock Trail, which was full of little surprises:

We took our sweet little time on our hike, as I felt the need to photograph everything. Afterwards, we decided to hop on one of those Pink Jeeps you see everywhere in Sedona. The tour was a lot of fun and we got to some amazing spots:

We had perfect weather during our first day, which allowed for a long hike. The next day was much hotter and we were still tired, so we chose an easier trail, at Boynton Canyon. But because it was much hotter, we didn't explore as much. To our surprise, however, we heard someone playing the flute, which just added to the experience. It was super special to sit there and listen to this inspiring music. This place provided us with much needed shade and a beautiful view:

Hiking and music done, we traveled to the Hualapai Reserve to prepare for the highlight of our trip: White Water Rafting. There was no room for my big camera in our raft, so the cellphone photos and the photos I purchased from the ride will have to do. You can see the full album on Facebook. Here's what I shared on Instagram (follow @lainetorres):

This ride included heart pounding moments with a beautiful waterfall that left me speechless and a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. We still visited the Skywalk and traveled 2h back to the hotel, completely exhausted. It was truly one of the best things I have ever done - I very much recommend it!

We had one night to recover, and then decided to hit the road and head to the Grand Canyon. The drive in itself was pretty nice:

But it's hard to top this view here:

And that was the first sunset we saw in this grand place. It was fantastic!

Our next stop was the little town of Page, to see Antelope Canyon. They offer photographer's only tours, for a little more, but you must have your own DSLR and tripod, and since Chris would just tag along, we were not able to go on it, having to join the regular and completely full tour instead.

It was challenging to photograph a narrow place that is packed everywhere you look without getting an ocean of visitors in the frame. I had to settle for shooting at higher angles:

I was able to squeeze in front of our group and hold everyone for a few seconds, while the previous group moved into the next area - that's the only photo I captured where you can see the ground.

This place is a photographer's dream and challenge, with all the angles and the ever-changing light. I love the colors in the shots above, but I am definitely partial to the black and white ones:

This is the opening from which we emerged after our tour. If I wasn't shown the way, I would have never known what lies just beneath the surface:

We still saw Horseshoe Bend before heading back to the Grand Canyon.

By the time we arrived back at the park, the sun was setting and there were lots of people photographing the beautiful views. I was shooting as well, and got to meet another fellow photographer, who happened to actually include me in some of his shots. We swapped business cards and Bill was kind enough to send me some of those photos. This one is my favorite:

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: William J. Mac Millan - Photo Art By Mac - http://www.photoartbymac.com/location/

Bill told me that the rest of the photos he took on this trip are not up on his website yet, but I am sure they look fantastic. (Thanks for the photos, Bill!)

We stayed overnight at the park and attempted to go on the Bright Angel Trail the next day. Well, we did not make it very far. Out of breath and with shaky legs, I had to turn around one mile into the steep and rocky hike. I was disappointed that I couldn't go any further, but we still got to see beauty all around us:

One of our last stops was a visit to the Desert View Tower, still at Grand Canyon National Park. The view shows the majestic Colorado River and a gutsy man who went exploring beyond the rails:

Here's what you see at the Tower:

And here's the Tower:

My last photo was at the Airport in Sedona, where we arrived late for the sunset, and I had to incorporate the front row into the shot:

We had very little planned out when we traveled to Arizona. We always had our suitcases in the car and were constantly asking people for places to go and things to see. After all this was a very memorable trip, full of unexpected adventures, friendships and unforgettable views. It truly was inspiring.

Thanks for checking out the photos. Which one was your favorite? Have you been to Arizona? Did I miss any of the jewels from it? Please comment below!

Also, you can sign up for more photos, exclusive content and special announcements here - hope to see you there!

-Laine :)

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The Power Of Extraordinary Women - Aureci Tabosa (my mother) https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/9/The-Power-Of-Extraordinary-Women---Aureci-Tabosa-my-mother

ABOUT | NOMINATE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN

 

Interview #1: Maria Aureci Tabosa

Interview Date: 7/22/2016

Location: Photographed in Andover, MN - Resides in Recife, Pernambuco (Brazil)

Born in: Caruaru, Pernambuco (Brazil)

Age: 71

Occupation: Retired Lawyer

Nominated by: Myself

About: Mainha is a term of endearment from Northeast Brazil used to refer to one's own beloved mother - you can only call Mainha your own mom. This interview is with my Mainha.

The oldest of 5 living siblings, with both her parents since departed, my mom was raised Catholic. A woman of faith, she dedicated her life to her family by ensuring she became independent first.

Born poor, Mainha turned to books and worked as a teacher in a rural community in the outskirts of Caruaru, during many of her teenage years. She is emphatic about how much she loved teaching, but realized that, at that income level, she would not be able to assist and provide financially for her parents (my grandma was a seamstress who worked on simple projects and, my grandpa, while very honest and dedicated, was a mechanic with no ambitions). The committed desire to help support them drove my mom to pursue a career as a lawyer, even though she dreamt of being a dancer.

Without the means, my mom had to borrow money from a loan shark in order to attend college. She told me stories of being known for teaching her classmates and wearing the same pair of shoes for 4 years. Despite the enormous adversity, she graduated from Law school with honors, and had her photo published in the local newspaper as the "Pride of Caruaru". I believe she still has the newspaper clipping in an old tin, deep in a drawer.

After graduating Law school, Mainha was promptly hired by the Town Hall of Recife, her first and only employer (she retired at the age of 62). Her first position earned her 20x the salary she earned as a teacher.

*Some photos are part of my mom's personal archive. The photos taken as part of this project are identified as such.

My mother receiving her class ring from her father (Gercino Tabosa)

Receiving a graduation pin Signing the graduation book

She had my brother Hugo at the age of 34, and me at the age of 37. She was considered a late mom back then. That decision, too, happened because she wanted to be independent first, and a mom later. This allowed her to be with my brother and I as we grew up, and allowed her to make her own financial decisions and use her money as she pleased, feeling like she never had to ask my father (or anyone else) for permission.

There are many more stories I can share about my mother, and this is just a brief look at who she is. I'll add that she has been the person who supported, scolded, educated and inspired me the most, undoubtedly.

And so, this project was birthed by my desire to introduce and, in a weird and proud way, to parade her to the world, because I want everyone to know how extraordinary she is, and, above all, I want her to know that as well.

She was recently visiting from Brazil and spent the Summer with me, when I was able to finally kickstart this project.

Even though she knew about it, and had agreed to participate in it, I decided to surprise her with the interview. I never told her when I was going to interview her. And because we were together every day and because we speak so openly to each other, I felt the need to blindside her. I just didn't want her to prepare to talk to me. I wanted her to be as candid as possible.

With that, our conversation was very emotional, very intimate. My mother spoke from her heart and touched me and changed me, yet again. You can read her own words (translated by me) below.

To you, dear reader, I extend my deepest gratitude. Thank you for letting me introduce you to the extraordinary Aureci Tabosa.

"the power of extraordinary woman", "aureci tabosa", "laine torres", "personal project", "interview"The first photo for the project, taken immediately after the interview

After reviewing the first photo, she decided she didn't look pretty enough, so with makeup and jewelry on, she requested to be photographed outside

She picked a spot on the grass and the sprinklers came on, surprising both of us We had a good laugh and you can see the water spots on her top

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How would you define the word "extraordinary"?

Extraordinary? Something we see and never forget. Something that only does well for our hearts, our souls.

How would you describe yourself?

(Scuffs)

If I ask you, who is Aureci?

I would tell you that Aureci is a 71-year-old lady, vain, proud of what she was. I have absurd courage and even more absurd fears. I feel like I am a woman of my word, honest, sincere and welcoming.

How do you think your friends would describe you?

(Laughs) Oh, they would certainly suck up to me! (More laughs) They would say I am a wonderful woman, that I have my faults and many strengths, because we all have our faults, but that whenever they needed me, whomever it was, they counted on me.

What is the first thing people notice about your personality?

Empathy. (Why?) Because that’s what I have always heard. When I worked for the city and there was a need to talk to the public, there were lawyers who were better prepared than me, they were younger people and very well prepared, but the city would choose me, because they said I was empathetic. That it was easier for me to reach people.

Others see you as extraordinary. Do you think you are extraordinary?

No, I am normal. (Laughs) I am normal.

Why do you think others believe you are extraordinary?

(Long pause) Maybe because I have always been welcoming. I always try to participate in other people’s lives and always lend a helping hand. I look after the people I like. And also after people I don’t even know, who are in need. I think I take after my mother.

Grandma was like that as well?

Yes, she was. Mother went on to raise houses for the homeless. She would organize cookouts and invite the construction workers to these gatherings, and they would drink and eat and raise the home. And, at nightfall, the home would be raised and ready, with beds made, mosquito nets hanging and furnished with pieces she received by asking around. She would ask politicians, she would ask big entrepreneurs, she would ask family members, she would ask all the neighbors on her street.

Do you remember any homeless people that she helped?

Yeah, I remember one, but I don’t know his name. He lived behind my father’s house, on the margin of the Ipojuca River. And many times she did things like this. She would bring leftovers from the market that would no longer be sold, that would go bad, and also from the meat market, and she would separate that into countless bags and she and my father would take those to share with the poor. (How old were you?) I was about 30, my mother was about 55, but she had always acted this way. And I, in a smaller scale, do as such also. I feel better giving than receiving. I feel like I was blessed all my life, as if God placed his hand over me. I never went without anything.

My first bathing suit, I asked an uncle and aunt, because my father couldn't buy it. I was 11-12, living in Ilheus, when I saw the ocean for the first time, and I was enchanted, but I couldn’t go to the beach because I didn’t have a bathing suit. So I asked my uncle, and he sent it. (What color was it?) I don’t recall the color well, but I guess it was red. (Was it a bikini?) In those days, we didn’t wear bikinis, so it was a one piece because it was more decent. So I wore my bathing suit and went to the beach. And my dresses were beautiful!

If you didn’t have a bathing suit, how did you have beautiful dresses?

(Chuckles) They were inherited from my aunts, undone and redone to fit me. That’s why I love dresses so much. I shop, shop and shop! (Laughs) I wore many reconstructed dresses. They were sent from Caruaru to Ilheus, and mother would deconstruct them, and I would take them to a tailor and they would make the new dresses. I was beautiful, had a beautiful body and gorgeous hair and wherever I went, people would notice. The boys used to go crazy!

What is something that gives you strength to face life’s challenges?

The faith in God. I deliver myself to his hands, I deliver any problem, and that calms me. He will resolve it.

Is there something else that helps you?

Yes, anger. Anger also gives me strength. I am a hurricane. And when I am angry, I fear no one, I face police officers, city mayors, secretaries, whomever! If it is wrong, if you piss me off, you’ll hear.

Once, at the mayor’s office, there was a meeting with the secretary of judicial matters who determined that from that day on, more than 100 lawyers would work double shifts (of 8h total) but receive the same remuneration as before (of 4h shifts). This was a decision that was set in stone, and everyone was upset. Even though there was nothing we could do about it, I had the courage to get up on the stand and ask to speak. I asked that there be an official meeting note about my disagreement with the change in hours. After this act of courage, I was known as the representative of the lawyers of the city of Recife, and, with a group of colleagues, we went on to found an association to fight for lawyers’ rights.

Also, when I was a child, probably around 9, my father would not allow me to wear earrings, and so my ears were not pierced. One day I asked my aunt to come with me to the drugstore to get my ears pierced, and she did. I got these tiny little studs, and felt so happy I could now wear earrings! That night, when my father got home from work, he, who was strict and would not put up with defiance, found me by the front door, holding the paddle. I told him, “Here, you can punish me. I have had my ears pierced.” He was so shocked that I did not get a spanking. (Laughs)

What is one of the best pieces of advice you have ever received? How did that change you?

The nuns at the school I attended when I was a teenager, taught me “let it dry first”. It means to let things cool off before you react to a situation. With time, I learned that this is one of the best pieces of advice I could have received.

Another lesson is something my mother taught me. She used to say that “those whom everything touch, dirty their hands”. That means that if you let everything affect you, and you participate in every quarrel and fight every single battle, you will stain your hands. I had to learn to choose wisely, what to fight for, and what to let go.

What is something you notice that holds people back, but really shouldn’t?

I think it’s normal to let fear hold you back. Fear makes us more cautious, and it pushes us to make a decision that is thought out. It’s a brake pedal. But I think something that should not hold people back is the fear of being criticized, the fear of others’ opinions. When we are young, we are terrified of being criticized, but, with age, we learn to step into who we are, and own it, we accept ourselves, both the good and the bad.

Turning 60 and entering her Golden Years

What is something fantastic and/or extreme that happened in your life that affected you deeply?

When I was about 19 or 20 and I lived in Ilheus, I watched the movie Zorba The Greek. I always had an inkling for dancing, always wanted to be a dancer, but in those days, ladies could not think about that. The lady who wanted to be a ballerina, a dancer, was not worth anything. And it was impossible for me to pursue this dream, but I was flexible, had rhythm, and an inkling for dancing. (I once even danced at the cinema, in a fundraiser by the church. I danced “somewhere under the rainbow” without ever having a ballet class in my life!) But going back to the movie Zorba the Greek, I fell in love with the music and with Greece. Later on, I was at a party, in a packed club, when the song came on. I went to the middle of the dance floor and danced just like I had seen in the movie. Everyone stopped and made a circle around me to watch and applaud. (How did you feel?) I felt amazing! (Laughs)

What is something you could actually teach me (or someone else) right this second?

That despite everything, we have to move forward. We have to fight to win. Also, that even though we are all different elements in this world, we are ultimately all the same.

What’s a dream you haven’t realized yet?

To travel to Jerusalem. Every day it gets harder because there’s a lot of conflict there and also because of my age. The trip is tiring. If I had someone to come with me, as company, I would love to go. I would love to see Jerusalem, Egypt.

What’s a dream you have realized?

To see my children doing well in life. To see them married, happy, pursuing their own dreams.

What is something that was difficult, but that you will never regret? Why?

To get divorced. Because it was hard, but it was the best thing that I did, it was like leaving a prison. Just this week I dreamed about kicking my husband out the door. I was so happy! I have never regretted it, not for a second.

One thing that I do regret is to have let my fear of driving stop me from doing it. I let panic control me, and I quit driving. That’s my only regret. I tried, but I could not overcome it. I don’t know why I couldn’t overcome it. When I was able to buy a car, I was close to 40 years old. But I would only drive to places close to home. I eventually stopped altogether.

One of the first photos of my mother after the divorce

When it’s all said and done, how do you want to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as someone who touched a lot of lives and that only tried to help and do good. But also as someone that no one’s ever made a fool of, or stepped on my toes.

Why did you decide to participate in this project?

Because you’re my daughter! (Laughs)

How do you feel about participating in a project like this?

I feel like an actress, like someone important. I never thought in my life that I would participate in a project like this!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

That I am happy, I have two wonderful children and a blessed life.

When I asked where else she would like to be photographed, she just posed by the front door of my house - and this was our last photo for the project

the power of extraordinary women, laine torres photography, personal project, aureci tabosa, The Power Of Extraordinary Women is a project by photographer Laine Torres where personal interviews and intimate photos tell the stories of women who have inspired others to be greater, just because they are extraordinary.

Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.

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Professional Headshots for LinkedIn Training Expert Sandy Zeiszler - Saint Louis Park https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/8/professional-headshots-for-linkedin-training-expert-sandy-zeiszler---saint-louis-park Sandy is a true professional all around. We met quite a few months ago and just recently I had the opportunity to photograph her new headshots. Since she is a LinkedIn Training Expert, she knows precisely just how important it is to show online how polished and confident you are. It really is rewarding to work with people like her!

The day of our session, she showed up with an array of clothing and accessories, makeup and hair done and her signature professional demeanor. We photographed in her office in Saint Louis Park, with my mobile studio, and were able to capture really fantastic shots. In her own words, Sandy said:

Thank you so much for such an amazing session!! I had a really great time.  Like most, I'm not a fan of having my picture taken. Laine allowed me to feel comfortable and enjoy the session. Laine provided me with great tips for clothing, makeup and hair prior to the session, which allowed me to come prepared to the session, feeling confident and relaxed. As a professional speaker, trainer and consultant, having a professional image is so very important in today's online world. THANK YOU - these photos turned out amazing!

Here is my top selection of the photos I delivered to Sandy:

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What image are you using as a profile photo for LinkedIn?

Could you use a NEW photo that is professional, flattering and that will get you noticed in the best of ways?

I have worked with professionals of the most varied industries, and provide an experience like no other that includes our phone consultation, styling tips for your session and gorgeous photos. My goal is to deliver so many great photos that you will need help from family and friends deciding which ones to choose. If you are ready to join the best professionals out there, I want to hear from you.

Please click here and let's start planning an amazing session.

-Laine

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New headshots for Books For Africa's President & Executive Director https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/6/new-headshots-for-books-for-africas-president-executive-director A while ago I got to photograph Carole Patrikakos (here and here), who is the Deputy Director for Books For Africa. It was super easy and laid-back to work with her, so I was excited when she got in touch with me again requesting a session for the President (Luanne Nyberg) and the Executive Director (Pat Plonski) for BFA.

We photographed in their office in Saint Paul - which is a beautiful old building with a tiny elevator that Chris and I somehow managed to fit in with all of the equipment! 

The photos were very well received and here are my top picks from this session:

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I asked Carole what she thought of the session, and the feedback she received from Luanne and Pat, and here's what she said:

"Laine is the go-to headshot photographer in town! Her sessions are quick, easy and upbeat. She photographed me a while ago and I hired her back for my boss and our board president because I knew they would be happy with the outcome. The photos are very classy! I find it valuable that she provides advice about how to prepare and go for it! I would definitely recommend her."

 

It was my pleasure to work with Carole again and I really appreciate her kind words!

If you need headshots (or know someone who may be looking for a headshot photographer), here's a little more info about working with me. ;)

-Laine

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The heartbreak of receiving disappointing wedding photos (and the photos that fixed it) https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/5/the-heartbreak-of-receiving-disappointing-wedding-photos-and-the-photos-that-fixed-it I have shared the story behind Doug and Mary's disappointing wedding photos in an email I sent out last month (if you're not on my list you can join here).

Unfortunately we could not redo the whole wedding, so, instead, we redid the wedding portraits of just the couple, which provided them with the unforgettable and timeless photos that they really wanted, but that were not delivered by their former wedding photographer.

These were taken at the Landmark Center, in Saint Paul, on a sunny Sunday. After their ordering appointment, Doug and Mary said they loved all the photos, and that they will definitely enjoy using these to decorate their home. I am very happy they trusted me to deliver photos they will cherish forever!

Today I have the pleasure of sharing my session favorites with you! There are tons of images, but, as I promised to everyone in my email list, I am sharing ALL of them - just scroll down and watch the video I posted at the bottom:

Watch this video with ALL the photos from this special session:

Know someone who has been through something similar? Share this post with them - if I can, I would love to help them get photos they absolutely love.

-Laine <3

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The Power Of Extraordinary Women - Why I Nominated My Own Mother https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/4/the-power-of-extraordinary-women---why-i-nominated-my-own-mother laine torres photography, personal project, the power of extraordinary women, aureci tabosa

Once, when I was still quite young, my mother gave me money to buy candy at the local market near my grandma's house. Off I went and selected all my favorite sweets. After I paid, the clerk gave me extra change, which I realized right away but nonetheless put in my pocket.

I still remember how nervous I got for keeping something that was not mine. I knew it wasn't right, but I didn't think it was wrong, because it wasn't my fault: I had not taken it, the extra change was given to me.

I went home in a rush, thinking I had scored big (even though it wasn't that much money). I walked into my grandma's house and called everyone into the living room so they could hear all about my luck. Swiftly, my mom asked me what I had bought and inspected the change.

After I explained the transaction and how the "free money" was just handed to me, and how "dumb" the clerk was for making a mistake, without a moment of hesitation, my mom taught me something very valuable: right then and there, in front of everyone, she told me with a stern voice, that even if this had happened at no fault of mine, I was still responsible for, and had the obligation to, not take advantage of someone else's mistake.

My guess is she was angry because I was gloating over benefiting from someone else's loss. She was alarmed by it, as she should have been.

After the lecture, I was embarrassed, and she ordered me to walk back to the market, by myself, return the change and apologize to the clerk. My heart was beating out of my chest, as I walked that short distance, shameful of my actions. I did as my mother ordered and spent the rest of the day in a somber mood.

That was many years ago, yet, from that day on, I have never taken the wrong change from someone again. That hard lesson gave me a very strong sense of morality, and when I witness someone benefiting from someone else's misfortune, it affects me deeply, bothering me to a great extent.

This was something that, at the time, embarrassed and made me feel inadequate, but now, reflecting back, I am so thankful I was taught right from wrong in the most trivial of experiences. I am proud to be who I am, and even prouder to have Aureci as my mother.

This is one of many stories I can tell you about my mother, and while there are many other reasons why I nominated her, I hope you understand a little bit of why she is extraordinary to me.

This project is shaping up to be something really special and I greatly appreciate everyone who is supporting it. My mission is to create something meaningful that will inspire and celebrate all who are a part of it.

All my best,

-Laine

 

the power of extraordinary women, laine torres photography, personal project, aureci tabosa, The Power Of Extraordinary Women is a personal project by photographer Laine Torres where personal interviews and intimate photos tell the stories of women who have inspired others to be greater, just because they are extraordinary.

Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.

 

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Fresh Headshots for Designer & Copywriter at Rebel 42 https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/3/fresh-headshots-for-designer-copywriter-at-rebel-42 I was so excited when the husband and wife duo at Rebel 42 contacted me in need of some fresh headshots for their growing business! We were able to schedule the session quickly and started planning for something polished and versatile that they can use for multiple marketing materials.

Rebel 42 is a web and graphic design company that also offers copywriting and marketing programs for a wide range of businesses. They are currently revamping the visual identity for my new project, The Power of Extraordinary Women, and I cannot wait to see what the project's new visual will look like!

Jeff & Heather Coughenour were photographed with my mobile studio in their own living room, after we arranged some pieces of furniture - I promise I put it all back after we were done!

The session was fun and easy, and the result is the beautiful photos you see below:

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This is what Heather had to say about her experience with me:

"Laine just did the headshots for our company, Rebel 42, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with her! She was fun and professional, and the photos turned out fantastic! We highly recommend her!"

The photos are brand-spanking new, so they are not up on their website yet (as of the time when I wrote this blog post), but make sure you visit their site soon to see how the photos were used!

-Laine

 

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Happy New Year! https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2016/1/happy-new-year 2015 was a fantastic year. I met several new clients and friends, enjoyed trips to California, Brazil, Duluth and Colorado, and Summer was fun and hot, as it should be. I really can't complain. Check out some of my favorite highlights!

Dana Point, Southern California Chilly day at the beach in California with my home state flag (Pernambuco, Brazil) My favorite model ;) View from our hotel in Dana Point First family lunch in Caruaru, Brazil Road trip with Chris, my mom and brother 5 of 6 of us, with my dad (the scotch bottle stands in for my oldest brother who was actually in the U.S. at the time) Last night in Brazil, after a late night movie at my brother's With my mom, just before heading to the airport (and crying like a baby) At Doug and Mary's wedding (two of our best friends) <3 Mountain view in Lutsen, MN Grand Marais, North Shore, MN (the day before my fall) My broken foot :( - you can also see Bonnie & Clyde, a.k.a. my crutches Halfway to recovery Last days of Summer, tubing with my nephew Dylan Colorado! Watching mountain climbers, also in Colorado Favorite spot of the trip to Colorado: Twin Lakes, Leadville <3 Maroon Bells, CO Last selfie in this beautiful place! Night out with friends Teresa & Rob

And to close it with a bang, I got the chance to photograph a beautiful and fun wedding (congrats to Patrick & Halee Singleton!) on Dec 30th, which was full of sunshine and sparkling snow.

Patrick & Halee's wedding <3

For 2016, I wish more of the same, with less trips to the E.R, and double the number of awesome and encouraging people that I have encountered, both professionally and personally. You guys are the best! 

This is the last picture of the year: mine and Chris' typical NYE selfie, taken at his parents, before I ate a rack of ribs and ruined my pretty makeup. :)

Welcome 2016!

I hope you had a fun-filled year as well, and I look forward to another 365 days of photos, trips and friends! Cheers!

-Laine

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Weekend Trip to Colorado - Beautiful Travel Photography by Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/10/weekend-trip-to-colorado---beautiful-photos-by-laine-torres-photography Visiting Colorado for the first time was like entering a movie or a puzzle. I don't think I have ever said "wow" and "stunning" as much in my life. Check it out:

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Scenic View by Colorado Springs, on our way to Garden of the Gods

Every now and then a photographer must pick up the camera for something personal, and since travel photography has a piece of my heart, Chris and I went to Colorado for a long weekend mini-vacation, just so I could marvel at these gorgeous views.

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Garden of the Gods was packed, but I managed to get a photo with no one in it (I think) :)

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Here you can see someone rock climbing (it should give you an idea of how big this rock really is!)

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A visitor to the park was nice enough and offered to take our photo with my cellphone. That's when I met Emma, who became my instant-friend - isn't she cute? :)

After leaving Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, we headed to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, in Cañon City. The drive was beautiful and the view from the bridge, just priceless.

Chris and I attempted a few shots with my tripod and timer:

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And a cellphone selfie (LOL):

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Heading back to Denver had its perks too. Along the way we pulled up to the side of the road and watched the sunset:

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Twin Lakes (Leadville) was the most beautiful stop, in my opinion. I loved finding this hidden gem:

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We stayed there for a while <3

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But we were really on our way to Aspen, to see Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells. This is the view as you drive up a mountain right before Aspen: 

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Stunning, right?

And after a 6h drive (with tons of stops), we made it to Maroon Lake:

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That was fun :)

We hiked around and I volunteered to photograph all kinds of strangers with their most varied types of cameras. Then I took some more photos of my own:

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Maroon Bells behind us, and the little colorful surprises as we hiked around the park:

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maroon lake aspen colorado travel photography by professional photographer laine torres

And here is the last photo of this amazing place:

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The next day we still made it to Red Rocks National Park:

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Unfortunately we couldn't make it to a concert because we had a flight to catch!

Thank you, Colorado! Nice to meet you and your beautiful landscapes!

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Your (not-so-secret) admirer,

-Laine <3

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) colorado laine torres photography nature outdoors personal professional photographer travel photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/10/weekend-trip-to-colorado---beautiful-photos-by-laine-torres-photography Sat, 17 Oct 2015 10:40:00 GMT
Imagine this: in 10, 20, 30 years, how much will it be worth? https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/10/imagine-this-in-10-20-30-years-how-much-will-it-be-worth professional photography services

"Linda, I then Ross, 1960"

The photo above was taken 55 years ago, in 1960. Doesn't it look like fun?

If we imagine that the cute girl on top on the motorcycle (the one sitting in the middle) was 5 when this photo was taken, she is now 60. Maybe her name is Lucy.

It is likely that now she is a mom to a couple of accomplished adults, maybe even a grandma to a few lucky grandkids. But in this photo she is just sitting between Linda and Ross, and she is likely the oldest of her two siblings.

Now think about this:

If someone offered to buy this photo, for what price do you think Lucy would sell it? How much do you think this photo is worth to her?

We don't know Lucy, or if Lucy's even her real name, but of course we know the answer to this question - that's easy: this photo is priceless. It's value is not monetary but deeply connected to her feelings. Photos are not about ink on paper or pixels on a screen, they're about memories, relationships and family treasures that pass on to newer generations as life cycles end and others begin.

I know we tend to think we have time. That tomorrow we will take care of this and that, things we really want to do, live and provide to our kids. But the truth is, time is not guaranteed.

And with that said, I want to urge you to think about your life in 10, 20, 30 years. Think about your kids graduating high school, moving out, getting married, becoming parents themselves... Now ask yourself: do you have all the photos you want of your loved ones? Do you have all the memories you want with them? I will go out on a limb here and say that you don't, because I don't either. I bet that you, like me, can always have another photo, another hug and another moment with them.

I want to help you do a little bit more. I want you to stop for a second, and enjoy what you have built: your family, your life, your present.

I have a sale going on (which is something I never do), and you can get in on it when you get your photos done this month (October). With the sale you'll pay no session fee ($300 value) and also receive $100 in product credit and 25 extra holiday cards with any card purchase. I can't offer this all the time, so this deal will be gone soon.

If you want to celebrate your family now, click here and let me know. I will be very excited to hear from you.

Much love,

-Laine

PS.: Click here to see one of my favorite photos from my childhood.

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Professional (and Fun) Headshots for Jeannette in Columbia Heights https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/9/professional-and-fun-headshots-for-jeannette-in-columbia-heights No two headshot sessions with me are alike, and Jeannette's for sure was one of my favorites and most fun!

This lovely lady is the owner of Expressive! Business Training & Speaking, and she is a training and development expert who has been helping organizations and their employees exceed expectations for over 2 decades.

She is FULL of energy and smiles big, which was so contagious throughout her session. We photographed at her home in Columbia Heights with perfect hair & makeup by Tawny McGahee.

Sessions with me are very laid back, but with Jeannette it was a full experience of laughing and joking. She had so many different facial expressions and poses that it was hard to narrow down to the top favorites!

These were her final choices:

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And this is what Jeannette had to say about her experience with me:

"The headshot speaks for itself! Thank you Laine for making my experience wonderful and making me look my best. You had the perfect make up/hair artist to prep me and you were professional and fun to work with. You put me at ease... let's face it, posing for a photo can be a little awkward. I especially appreciated your speed in getting the photos to me. I couldn't be more pleased. I recommend you to any other professional looking for their first professional headshot or an updated one. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Laine."

Jeannette's photos will soon be up on her online profiles and brand new website (I took a peek while the site is still under development and saw that it's going to look amazing!) - check back later to see when they go live!

 

Is it time for you to get fresh new photos for your social media profiles? What do people assume when they see your photo on LinkedIn, and are they right are about their assumptions?

I work with AWESOME professionals and business owners to create images that incorporate their best professional self, no matter what line of business they're in. I also work with organizations large and small to provide their workforce with new images for all marketing purposes.

If you want new photos that are vibrant, clean and modern, I would love to talk to you! Click here to check out more info or contact me directly to schedule a session.

I hope to hear from you soon!

-Laine

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) columbia heights laine torres photography minneapolis photo session professional headshots https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/9/professional-and-fun-headshots-for-jeannette-in-columbia-heights Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:55:03 GMT
Creative and Personalized Gift Ideas for Kids https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/9/creative-and-personalized-gift-ideas-for-kids Last week I got this email from Etsy that had great suggestions for creative and personalized gifts for kids. I bet you'll agree that these are so much more meaningful than what you find at a large chain store!

My mother-in-law can sew beautifully (she is working on this gorgeous quilt for Chris and I), and if you are into crafts like her, you can easily crochet, knit or sew something for their bedroom (chances are you probably already do that for those special dates, I imagine).

Now, for those of us who are craftily challenged (including myself), there are some great options out there that come ready, but also full of love (Click images to learn more about each suggestion):

1. Personalized Growth Chart: $29.95

How exciting for them to measure up their height as they grow! Also prevents you from having those pen marks all over the wall. (Side note: this can be a great project for you two to do together.)

2. Personalized Children's Book: $35

Imagine the surprise when your child finds out the main character of his new book looks JUST like him! You also get to include a personal letter at the end of the book. This is a gift kids would hold on to forever.

3. Personalized Child Drawing: $75

Of course I love actual photos, but this would be such another great way to have art around the house! You can use a photo that you love but that maybe didn't turn out perfect. I am sure that it would look great in a watercolor like this. And with their name at the bottom? Love it.

4. Personalized Child Name Print: starting at $12.00

What a fun idea for a gift! Order the size of your preference, put it in a nice frame and voilà! A unique gift that is cute and will for sure be adored.

5. Personalized Handwritten Ring: $21.00

This one might be a better fit for older girls, but it's also a great and personal gift that includes your own handwriting (you could write their nickname - how special would that be?). Pair it with their favorite candy for extra thank you hugs.

And there you have it! These unique and personal gifts pack even more love.

When I was a teenager I got a hand-painted porcelain heart pendant that had my name written in gold. It was a gift from my late maternal grandma, and I loved that necklace. Unfortunately it broke after a few years, so I held on to the pieces and probably still have it in a drawer somewhere.

How about you? Have you ever received a personal gift that you absolutely loved? What was it? And what else would you add to this list?

-Laine

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How did I get so lucky? https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/8/how-did-i-get-so-lucky laine torres andover photographer

As I sit here, in this Summer evening, at a picnic with the man I love, I wonder... How did I get so lucky?

It's been 7 years since we got married on a scorching Saturday in Vegas. We have, however, been together for almost 13 years... It makes me question... what is time, really?

I have been given this one beautiful, erratic, exaggerated life to live. And as the years pass, and as we age and become more and more accomplices in this journey, I grow certain that I need more time. Because as long as we both shall live (and may that be very long), it still won't be enough time to be with him, to be his, to commit.

How did I get so lucky? I wonder, to find, so far away, this kind of love of which one can only dream, and see in movies and stuff, but that I actually live.

On a Summer Tuesday, as the sun sets and we improvise an imperfect picnic and laugh, I realize this is more than luck. This is undeniable, unbelievable, extraordinary love.

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Happy Anniversary, Chris. I love you. Thank you for everything. <3

-Laine

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Back from Brazil - Stories & Photos https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/8/back-from-brazil---stories-photos Chris and I were in Brazil for 3 glorious weeks. At first it seemed like a long time away from my bed, my computer and the DVR (the first thing I did when I got back home was catch up on the Bachelorette!). Turns out it wasn't. Because we had too much fun, visiting with tons of friends, gathering family every other day and laughing at stories from the past: reminiscing about my childhood was just what the doctor ordered. Geez, those people are funny!

The weather was rainy (they're in the "winter" now, which means mid 60's to 70's - not bad, huh?) and it was chillier there than back at home, here in Minnesota. Nonetheless, the only thing we didn't make happen was the beach. Instead, we went to a friend's house up in the mountains.

I got to visit my brother's house for the first time (his place has a beautiful view of this lush park with tons of green), and visited my dad as he recovered from an unexpected surgery (he's doing great, in case you wondered). I saw my closest cousins, high school friends, grandparents and former neighbors (which will really always be my neighbors at heart).

On one of the last days, I got to walk my dog, as I really wanted. It was an adventure because we got rained on a LOT! Then I washed him just like I used to when I lived there. I love that puppy! <3

And, of course, I ate more than I dare to admit. It really was wonderful to be there for this time.

It's always bittersweet to come home, because I miss everyone the second I step onto the plane, but I'll always have these photos to put a smile back on my face. :)

Check out the slideshow below or click here to view larger photos with descriptions.

(All photos taken with the closest available cellphone)

So what do you think? Would you like to visit Brazil? Got any questions for me? Ask away! :)

Thanks for reading,

-Laine

P.S.: Here's where you can read about the time I took my gringos to Brazil!

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Professional Headshots for Great Southern Bank in Maple Grove, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/7/professional-headshots-for-great-southern-bank-in-maple-grove-mn As a photographer I depend heavily on referrals and recommendations of past clients to meet new clients, because being found online is no easy task, I have to say.

But not this time, actually, when Michaela, the Marketing Coordinator for Great Southern Bank (HQ in MO) booked me for professional headshots for their Maple Grove branch. That's where I met Market Managers Tammy & Carl. Isn't the internet just wonderful? :)

This was a special session because it was requested that I photograph both professionals in front of a soft box, most likely to match those of the other employees photographed out of state, by a different photographer, I imagine.

So after a brief consultation, we scheduled the session for the following week, and even though I have photographed a wide range of professionals, this was my first time photographing in an actual bank!

We setup in their conference room, and went over different poses and angles with each person. 

Because Tammy was wearing white, I was glad that I had brought my gray background with me, and was able to use a different setup for her. I still photographed her with the soft box, but the photos with the gray backdrop were more flattering and a better match to her outfit. I offered both options in a proof gallery so they could choose what they liked best, and both Tammy and Michaela decided to follow my recommendations.

Carl was wearing a nice darker suit, so the photos in front of the soft box turned out pretty nice as well. They ended up choosing one of each for more variety.

Doing what I do is never boring - always meeting new people, shooting in different locations and fulfilling different requests. In the end, I really enjoy providing clients with photos they need AND love. Check them out:

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I work with organizations large and small to provide classy, bright and modern headshots. These photos are used for professional and personal profiles (for social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), and an array of marketing materials, including websites, business cards, folders, articles and print publications.

If you need new headshots or know of someone who is looking to update their professional photo, please let them know I would love to work with them! And thank you for passing on a good word!

-Laine

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Beautiful Coon Rapids High School Senior Photos with Maria https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/7/beautiful-coon-rapids-high-school-senior-photos-with-maria It impresses me to know someone so young, strong, who is already working AND has decided what they want to do when they "grow up". Wow.

This is Maria, a young lady who is graduating from Coon Rapids High School.

Our senior session was in the late Spring, almost Summer, at the Springbrook Nature Center, in Fridley. I love this location and we had the perfect weather, with a cool breeze and a bright sunset. Maria had her hair and makeup done by Teneille Corrigan, who made her look classy while still young and fun. The photos are absolutely beautiful, and I have received tons of compliments on Maria's behalf.

Here's what she said about her experience with me:

"Laine took my senior graduation photos and I couldn't be happier! I have never looked better in my life, she really is the best!!"

Here are some of my favorite shots (and you can watch a YouTube video of the full session below):

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Watch Maria's full senior session:

 

Senior photos have changed a lot in the last 10 years. They no longer need to be a cookie cutter blue background shot in a studio somewhere.

I specialize in photos that are unique and special to each senior, so the experience is one to be remembered, and their photos stand out from that dozen grad cards you receive in the mail - I promise!

Interested in a senior session with me?

Sessions are fun and laid back, and I help my clients with everything: from what to wear, where to shoot, how to pose to ultimately what to do with the beautiful photos they receive. Seniors get access to exclusive content and participate in a special referral program that offers real cash for recommending their friends. Want to learn more? Click here.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) coon rapids high school high school senior laine torres photography photo session senior portraits https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/7/beautiful-coon-rapids-high-school-senior-photos-with-maria Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:32:27 GMT
How to Choose the Right Picture Size for Your Wall https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/6/How-to-Choose-the-Right-Picture-Size-for-Your-Wall How to Choose the Right Picture Size for Your Wall*Real life sizes shown in inches

If you have ever had to choose one (or many) images to decorate a specific wall in your home, you know size does matter.

Go too small and you won't be able to identify who is in the photo. Go too large and you will come across as narcissistic.

Bradford Rowley, a well-known and highly successful photographer, says: 

"I focus on one of the most important elements a portrait can have: proper face size. I take great care to educate clients that faces should be 60-100% life-size to create an element of "presence" that is so important in a proper portrait. The element of presence is needed to convey the proper impact and allow us to connect with the subjects we are viewing. As we descend below 60% life-size, the portrait  begins to lose significant impact."

Rowley doesn't believe in selling images for a specific wall, because you can always redecorate and, ultimately, move to a new home, with which I agree. However, I know from experience that sometimes my clients look for a specific photo to fill a special space in their homes. And, with that said, I need to be able to help them in the best way possible.

Choosing the right size for the photos you want to display can be overwhelming, even when you have measurements. Luckily, technology has provided professional photographers and artists with software that allows the photos of the client's choice to be projected on their own wall. How? Here's an example:

How to Choose the Right Picture Size for Your WallClick this image to see the session whose photos I used to demonstrate how this cool app works!

After the photos are done and before the ordering session, I ask that my clients send me a photo of the wall where they would like to create a photo collection. Then, at the ordering session, we choose the photos they would like to display, and I can promptly project the collection design they choose, with the photos they choose, onto the very wall they want to hang them. This step takes care of the guessing work, and gives my clients the confidence they need to order the exact photos and sizes that will look best in their home.

I have heard from clients that it is SO helpful that I am there every step of the way to guide them, and that the projection of their images on their walls is the best thing next to physically ordering all kinds of photos and sizes to try out in person. How cool is that?

While I imagine Rowley works with extremely wealthy clients (because he sells millions of dollars per year, out of multiple studios here in the US), I work mostly with your average and awesome families, who, independently from their bank account digits, truly value family time and photographic memories they can display in their homes.

If you would like to learn more about planning a photo session for your family, click here to send me an email. I would love to hear from you!

 


Laine Torres LOVES to work with busy moms to plan a fun photo session for the whole family. She helps with choosing the best location, flattering outfits, guiding everyone to pose and, ultimately, with what to do with their gorgeous photos after the session. If you would like to experience custom professional photography services, contact Laine now.

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5 Tips for Throwing the Perfect High School Senior Graduation Party https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/5/5-Tips-for-Throwing-the-Perfect-High-School-Senior-Graduation-Party By the time seniors are about to graduate, moms, especially, are running around like crazy, wrapping up the school year with last swim meets, basketball games, lacrosse practice and all kinds of farewell gatherings. In other words, they are bu-sy. For that reason, I wanted to put together a quick list with 5 Tips for Throwing the Perfect Graduation Party that they can use when planning the festivities. Shall we check them out?

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1. Get the invitations/announcements out sooner rather than later

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If you have the photos for the invitations ready to go, you can search online for websites that let you upload the photo, design the card and enter the details for the party. Then, wait until they come in, get some postage (check the size to make sure you get the right stamps), and mail those babies out.

If you had your senior photos done by a professional photographer, chances are you can purchase cards directly from them, saving you a TON of time. (I even include postage with mine so my clients don't have to run to the post office - isn't that nice?)

Ready to order grad cards? Click here to see all the templates available to my clients. Also, here are some things to consider:

  • Make a list of guests so you know how many invitations you'll need (include extras in case the list changes or mail is lost, and because you will want to keep some cards as mementos);
  • Place the order for the cards at least 2 months BEFORE the party so you have time to address and stamp them all, and mail them in advance;
  • Make sure you include the date and time, location with address, RSVP request, and any additional info.

2. Decide what foods and drinks you will serve to guests

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Are you the family chef? Then you can tackle the food prep yourself by planning for everyone you invite and then some (it's always best to have leftovers than to have to order a few emergency pizzas).

If you are ordering from a caterer, make sure they deliver early enough before the party (or that someone can pick it up for you), and that you have allocated the space where they will set up the trays.

For drinks, choose a small selection of beverages: you don't need to serve everything available out there, just make sure you cover the majority of tastes and always have enough water for everyone.

Whatever you decide for the menu, consider guests with possible food allergies and preferences (options with no meat and gluten-free will be popular).

3. Keep decorations simple yet meaningful

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Consider a centerpiece with special photos or inspirational quotes. You can also add linens, which dress up any space. And don't forget to have fun with colorful or themed cups, glasses, plates, serving bowls, etc.

For special memories, set up a dedicated table/space where guests can write cards on the spot (just include blank notes), or just deposit the ones they bring into a special container (an empty birdcage can look beautiful when you add a ribbon and some flowers, for example - be creative!)

Last, but not least, few things will be as popular as photos and cute letters you may have received when your senior was little. Bring out the old boxes so guests can go through the images/papers and laugh while they tell candid stories and reminisce.

4. Get a special gift for your amazing son or daughter

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Make this day extra special for your senior: maybe they have been waiting for a new phone, trip or even a car! You can always gift something that will be super useful in college (new computer or new bed linens, for example). You will collect the "Coolest Parent on the Block" award soon after.

5. Make new memories

It's been a long journey since you became a parent to this marvellous human being, and I bet it was quite challenging at times. I know you worked hard at doing the best job you can, and so did your senior, in order to get to where he or she is now, so take time to celebrate and enjoy this moment by making new memories. As always, please remember to take special photos, so you can create a keepsake album and look at it when the offspring has left the nest.

Did you enjoy this post?

Please share your ideas in the comments section below. You can also use the social buttons to share this article online. Thank you in advance! :)

More info:

Click here for TONS of other ideas saved in my Pinterest High School Grad Party Board

Click here to see my High School Senior Gallery

Need your senior photos ASAP?

YES! There is still time! Click here to send me an email so we can discuss how senior sessions can be special, fun and give you stunning photos and products.

Want to see what it is like to have a senior session with me?

Click here to see a FULL session with Maria (Coon Rapids High School Class of 2015) and another one with CJ (Irondale Class of 2016).

 


Laine Torres loves to photograph High School Seniors, helping them decide which locations are great for their style, what outfits they can wear to look their best, and, ultimately, what to do with the gorgeous photos they receive after the session. The experience is fun and laid-back, and celebrates one of the most important years of the senior's life. Contact Laine now to learn how you can book your one-of-a-kind senior photos.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) decorations gifts grad party high school senior ideas invitations menu senior graduation party tips https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/5/5-Tips-for-Throwing-the-Perfect-High-School-Senior-Graduation-Party Fri, 29 May 2015 21:25:35 GMT
Must-Know Tips for a Profile Photo that Shines https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/5/must-know-tips-for-a-profile-photo-that-shines If you have never been the photogenic type, choosing one single photo to represent all you do in your business can be quite the daunting task. When you consider that your online persona is who your future client meets first, how can you ensure that who they meet virtually is up to par with who is behind the actual photo (who we both know is amazing)?

As a professional photographer who has worked with many different professionals in a number of varied industries, I have a few tips that may help you when you are faced with the mission of updating your profile photo (aka your professional headshot). Here we go:

 

How to dress:

Consider how you would meet your ideal client in person, on one of your most confident days.

Not any client, but the ideal client. Not the day when “today was crazy, and I ran out of the door looking like this mess”, but the “I love this outfit and my hair looks great” kind of day.

As much as we should focus on what we are on the inside, a picture is something visual, and how we physically look is what connects us to our audience (or not). If you want to look good, it is imperative that you give your finished look some serious thought*.

*I always recommend hiring a professional hair & makeup artist and brainstorming ideas about what outfits would flatter your figure the most. When it’s time for your photos, planning these steps ahead of time takes a lot of pressure off the experience.

professional headshot, maple grove, professional photographer, profile photoDress as if you were meeting your ideal client on one of your most confident days

How to pose:

Consider the angle of the camera in relation to the position of your body.

A camera that’s placed low and/or eye-level may show an unflattering angle, possibly highlighting a double chin, even if you don’t have one. Also, if you keep your arms close to your body, you may give the impression that your torso is wider than it really is, which is normally undesirable*.

*I like to ask my clients to turn their head to the side just a bit, to highlight their cheekbone, and I usually shoot with the camera above eye level (climbing on a step stool, if needed), which has a universal slimming effect.

If you’re feeling extra confident, you can experiment with the placement of your arms and shoulders, or twist your torso just a bit, so the photo comes across as more dynamic and less stoic than facing the camera dead-on.

professional headshots, professional photographer, minneapolis, Nancy's photo was taken from above eye level and at a slight angle, which flatters her figure and highlights her cheekbone

How to smile:

Aim to look approachable and trustworthy, but also inject your personality into the smile.

If your line of business is more serious, conservative and/or traditional, you may smile slightly, just a friendly and inviting twist of the lips. However, if your industry offers more flexibility, you can be more creative with your facial expressions, and even use a full-blown giggle, which makes people smile back at you*.

*Some people choose not to smile, but if you have this one photo with one chance to make an impression on someone, do you really want to come across as super serious? Come on, don’t be shy! AND you score bonus points for practicing your smile in the mirror!

professional headshots, minneapolis, professional photographer, headshot photo sessionAn artist has a lot of flexibility when having their photo done - this image makes the viewer wonder what caught Sandra's attention

 

How to choose good photos:

Not all photos are created equal – you’ll be glad you have options!

First, go with your gut instinct and select your top choices (narrow it down to around 5 images).

Then, compare them based on the following attributes:

  • LIGHTING: Is the image evenly lit? Do you see harsh shadows or dark wrinkles? Are your eyes bright and clear? This can all be addressed with proper lighting. A good photo will be sharp and show your best features (unless you are deliberately going for something moody and/or artistic).
  • FRAMING: A photo where you are too far away becomes impersonal, as the viewer cannot distinguish your facial features. A photo that is really close works great for small devices, such as mobile browsing, or you can use it as a small profile photo on your blog/website, however, if you use a large close-up photo, your face may show up unnecessarily big. A happy medium is a photo that generally shows your whole face and the top of your shoulders. If you opt for a few different shots, you can choose varied frames, which, simply put, are photos taken at different distances.
  • USAGE: How will the photos be displayed? Make sure you have a good file size (resolution) for print use (300dpi is ideal), in case you are featured in print media (magazine, newspaper, etc). Photos should still be small enough in size that, when used online, they load fast, and can be easily attached to an email and uploaded to websites (most online images show up acceptably at 3-5MB and 72dpi). Files that are too large, while possibly holding great resolution, will make it cumbersome to manage.
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Other tips:

  • Photos are something that you should always keep fresh, which helps represent that you are evolving as a business and attracting the right kind of attention*

*I recommend a new photo every 2-3 years. If you experience some changes, such as weight gain/loss, or a major update in hairstyle, you should also update your photos, so they accurately represent who you are now.

  • Of your selection, plan to keep at least 2-3 photos, ideally with different looks, so you can swap them back-and-forth and use them for different purposes. If you decide to get more photos, you set yourself up with a greater variety of images for all the social media and marketing options out there (think Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Blogs, Articles, Newsletters, Websites, Flyers and anything else you may want to create for your business).
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I hope these tips help you when you are considering updating your photo, and, if I may mention the most valuable piece of advice, this is it:

Hire an experienced photographer and trust your photos to a professional that understands all these details, and will work hard to ensure your photos reflect all the wonderful things you are.

It may be an investment upfront, but you will use these photos over and over, making it a great value over time. Paying a fair price for photos that will introduce you in the best way possible to all your future clients is something you will not regret.

 

Want to see more examples? Click here to see my professional headshot gallery.

Interested in a professional headshot session with me? Click here to learn more.

 

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Model Call for High School Senior Photo Session https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2015/4/model-call-for-high-school-senior-photo-session high school senior photo session - andover - minneapolis - photographerHigh School Senior Photo Session - Andover - Minneapolis - Laine Torres Photographer

 

Would you like to be a model for a day?

I’m looking for teenage girls and guys age 16-18 to be models for a day (no modeling experience needed).

Your session will take place in the Twin Cities North Metro Area (Minnesota), with select dates and locations available (you will get a chance to select a date, time and place that work for you).

For modeling, you will receive a complimentary photo session, complimentary professional hair & makeup, and the experience to be a model for the day!

 

IMPORTANT: If you are under 18 years old, please have your parent or legal guardian submit the application for you. Applications submitted by participants younger than 18 years of age will not be considered.

 

What’s required to model:

- You must be 16-18 years of age

- You must sign a model release

- You must book your session within 2 weeks of the casting (sessions will happen in May and June 2015)

 

So what do you get for modeling?

- Complimentary 1.5h photo shoot at an outdoor park or urban landscape (pick from a list of select locations in the North Metro Area)

- Complimentary professional makeup

- Complimentary professional hair styling

- Complimentary styling assistance for clothes and accessories

 

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

1) How will my photos be used?

Your photos may be used on my website, as part of my online portfolio, and as marketing images for samples of products, promotional pieces and general advertising. You will be required to sign a model release prior to the shoot. The model release outlines all the details about the usage and copyright of the photos. You will get a chance to review it if you are selected as a model.

 

2) Will I get to see the photos from my session?

Yes! Your photos will be available for reviewing within 1 week of the session.

 

3) What if I want to purchase some of the photos?

That is entirely up to you. You are NOT obligated to purchase any photos from your session. However, if you decide you’d like to purchase one, some, or all, that is totally up to you.*

If you decide to make a purchase you will receive $100 towards any order as another thank you for modeling. Photo products start at $250 for gift prints (for print sizes up to 8x10). The average client invests between $1,700-$2,500 in their custom photography experience.

*Please note the only time to view and order products will be at your ordering appointment.

 

4) How will I find out if I was selected?

Please allow 7-10 days for your application to be reviewed (this timeframe may vary depending on total number of applicants). The models selected for the casting will be notified via email and phone call. If you are not selected, you will also receive an email thanking you for your interest.

 

5) What is the last date when I can enter to be considered for the casting?

Applications will close at midnight on Sunday, May 10th 2015. Selected models may be contacted sooner. All sessions will be held in May or June 2015. The specific date for each session will vary according to models and photographer's availability.

 

6) I have another question! How can I contact you?

For additional info, please like Laine Torres Photography, LLC​ on Facebook and stay tuned. You may also email me at casting@lainetorresphotography.com.

 

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Hurry up! Applications close on May 10th 2015, but you may get picked before the deadline!

I can't wait to hear from you! Talk soon,

-Laine

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Professional Headshots for Amy Lokken - Minneapolis Photographer https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/10/professional-headshots-for-amy-lokken---minneapolis-photographer It's vital for me, as a small business owner, to be surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs.

Providing professional headshots is a natural fit for my business because I am frequently in touch with these professionals. This type of service became a big thing for me for this reason, and I absolutely love that I get to photograph amazing people.

That's what brought Amy and I together, after many networking events.

Right away I knew Amy was one of those people who can light up any room. Her smile is genuine, her presence is uplifting and her life story inspiring.

I have watched closely as her business (MüD Modular Displays) skyrocketed over the past couple of years, and she became wildly successful. It was no surprise to anyone, I am sure, and quite exciting to see someone fully step into what they have always been meant to do.

As an inventor, Amy is innovative, which is embedded into her design-focused and energetic brand. I worked with that concept to create a headshot that portrays all the awesome things she does.

Photographing Amy was so much fun! She lives in Wisconsin, but is always around Minneapolis, so we photographed at her sister's beautiful home in Woodbury. We laughed and joked throughout the whole session. Here are some of my favorite shots:

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This is what Amy said about her experience:

"My session with Laine was relaxed, filled with laughter and so much fun! I received too many compliments to count. Thank you for working your magic, Laine!"

I encourage you to click here to visit her website and learn more about this fabulous business woman.

 

It's always great to be around you, Amy! I think your photos are awesome! Thanks for choosing me as your photographer.

All my best,

-Laine

 

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Professional Headshots for Nancy Schwartz - Minneapolis Photographer https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/10/professional-headshots-for-nancy-schwartz---minneapolis-photographer Going downtown Minneapolis is such an adventure for me! I love driving and, being from Brazil, I was born to deal with chaotic traffic.

As I approached the destination I plugged into the GPS, I reach for my phone to let Nancy know I am almost there, but where is she again?

Luckily her directions were spot on, and she was waiting for me as soon as I entered the huge garage for her office with Foster Klima.

Nancy is a financial advisor, and is relaunching her website, strategizing her marketing efforts and focusing on networking. All she needed was a photo to go with all the great things she has going on.

We setup the studio in a relatively small conference room, full of furniture and windows, and with just enough time to wrap up before they needed the space for a meeting.

I loved photographing Nancy, and the photos turned out just as awesome as I wanted. Check them out!

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This is what Nancy shared about her session:

"I first saw Laine's work on Facebook and loved it. My session was fun and comfortable and I love the results: the pictures really look like me! Thanks, Laine."

 

I had a lot of fun photographing you, Nancy! Enjoy your new photos.

-Laine

 

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Headshots for Katy Jo Turner, Upcoming Book Author in Minneapolis, MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/9/headshots-for-katy-jo-turner-upcoming-book-author-in-minneapolis-mn This is Katy.

We met at a networking conference hosted by WIN, a couple of years ago. She had just started her job at Beaver's Pond Press, and was assigned to man a table at the conference. I approached her and asked if she would like to attend different breakout sessions than me, and then get together and trade notes, to help cement what we had just learned. And so we did, and have met on many other occasions as well: for drinks, sushi and inspiration. Our next get-together includes Halloween, next month.

I have admired Katy from the moment we met. She is beautiful and elegant. And she is probably tired of hearing me say that, especially because I also occasionally poke fun at her (about how beautiful she is), but I really do mean it! And you, dear reader, will agree with me - Sorry Katy! :)

She is also incredibly smart and thoughtful. Full of ideas, daring and well-spoken. She is a writer, currently working on her first book, and I have no doubt her work will be a reflection of that.

When she contacted me for her author photo, I was very excited that she picked me for the job, and that I got to be a part of this dream of hers.

These are some of my favorite photos from our session:

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Her book is titled "Who-o-o Cooks For You", and it is a children's book about a hungry barred owl (how cute is that?). Look for your copy early next year.

Click here to like her Facebook Page and receive news about her publication.

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Professional Headshot Session with Teresa Thomas, Director for MN WIN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/8/professional-headshot-session-with-teresa-thomas-director-for-mn-win Teresa and I go back a few years now. I volunteer at her Networking Organization (MN WIN) providing Advertising Sales and Marketing Support (placing me back in my original professional field, since I attended Marketing School, in Brazil).

Additionally, I have photographed a number of events organized by WIN, and several others where Teresa was a presenter/keynote speaker. I have seen her captivate entire rooms with her honest and inspired approach to network.

I am by no means a natural networker, but I have learned a lot by watching how she leads, enters/exits and maximizes conversations with the most varied number of individuals, especially women. It's a gift, really.

And I think I can speak for both of us when I say our relationship and friendship are based on mutual trust, respect and deep admiration. I feel grateful for, and benefit tremendously from being connected to her, and assisting her with her business, while she is grateful for my support and work ethic. We like to say that our collaborations are a "WIN-WIN". ;)

Recently, Teresa set out to finish her book and I'm proud to say I was a part of that in a few ways, but most of all, I was very excited to be a part of it by providing her with her author photo. (When she asked me for it, I was like, YEAH!)

When these posted on Facebook,  the compliments amounted quickly. Obviously, she is very connected, and not surprisingly, she is also very well-liked. The response to her photos were a direct reflection of that.

Without further ado, this was our session:

Professional Headshots for Teresa Thomas, Director of MN WIN - Minneapolis - Photo by Laine Torres Photography, LLC.

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And if you're curious/interested in her Networking Guidebook (where one of these photos makes an appearance), you can click here to read more and order a copy.

 

Teresa, you know this by now, but I'll say it here as well: I love you. Thanks for being a friend, a mentor, a client and for all the small and big ways through which you touch my life. <3

-Laine

 

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Are You Camera Shy? Top 3 Secrets to Getting Comfortable on Camera https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/8/are-you-camera-shy-top-3-secrets-to-getting-comfortable-on-camera *This is a guest blog post by Laura Madden.

 

Laine Torres Photography - Professional Photographer in Minneapolis MN

 Having your photograph taken by a professional is a truly transformative experience that may spark your creativity and elevate your self-confidence. But still, so many women avoid the camera due to fear, shyness, body shame, self-consciousness, or lack of self-esteem.

Of course, working as a model for almost 20 years, I have a slightly different opinion because it is something I love to do.

I use the experience to express myself, ignite my creativity and inspire and empower others to stand up and use their voice, without even saying a word.

I am also forever a student in front of the lens, always learning, and it is my honor to share with you what I know!

In this blog post, I’m sharing my top 3 secrets from my own experience in the modeling industry to help you gain confidence in front of the lens, and overcome your hesitance to having your photos taken once and for all. Let’s have some fun!

1.    Embrace your beauty.

What do you love most about yourself? Let’s focus on that and only that! That is your beauty. You don't need a perfect body. But you do need to feel perfect in your body. When you are comfortable in your skin and confident in who you are, you are not only empowered, but you are transformed from the inside out. By focusing on what you love about yourself and highlighting those things, you take attention off the things you don’t like. You can't think good and bad at the same time! Getting confident and empowered is all about concentrating on what you most love about you. Blinders up to the rest of it!

2.    Just be yourself.

Expressing who you really are is a matter of using your voice. It is your creativity, your essence. Dedicate time to finding your voice and express yourself, which is key to creating a transformational experience on camera (both on the inside and out). On a photo shoot with trained professionals, who care about you, you are perfectly safe to fully express yourself and shine. Show YOU!

3.    Dress in clothes you love.

When you approach getting dressed as a fun, playful endeavor, it’s more fun and more likely you will love that person you see in the mirror! If choosing clothing is not a favorite past-time of yours, it may be a good idea to work with a wardrobe stylist, a photo shoot coach, or consult your photographer on the best choices for you. Having fun = relaxation > confidence > photo shoot success. Let’s play!

Getting on camera with confidence and charisma is a matter of presence, not perfection. It is about allowing yourself to shine from the inside out vs. evaluating every bit of your outer shell with a magnifying glass. Your outer physical attributes will look and feel just perfect when you are confident and comfortable in your skin, excited to share yourself with the world, and proud of the image you see in the mirror.

My intention in sharing this information is to inspire and empower you to get on camera and ignite your enthusiasm to be seen and to be yourself!

 

Top 3 Secrets to Getting Comfortable on Camera

Photo by Jennifer Alyse

Are you inspired? Empowered? Excited? Leave a comment and let me know how this was most helpful for you. Let’s have some fun & get some great pictures!

-Laura

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Bright & Laid-back Headshot Session with Carrie in Saint Paul https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/7/bright-laid-back-headshot-session-with-carrie-in-saint-paul I have been very excited to post this session because the result is so effortlessly beautiful. Read on. :)

I met Carrie while networking through WIN. Once she heard I was Brazilian, she introduced herself and invited me to a happy hour with another Brazilian colleague of hers, the also beautiful Paloma. (I hope I get to photograph her sometime!)

Shortly after, we were meeting regularly, enjoying a good meal, chilled wine and each other's companies.

From the beginning Carrie had been curious about my work as a photographer, since she works as an Events Consultant with Three Sons Signature Cuisine, but it wasn't until recently that she decided to update her headshots: I was super excited when she booked me for the job!

If you have ever met her, you know she is open, friendly, warm and has that type of personality that just attracts good things. I love being in her presence.

We set up in her living room, looked at some outfits and got to shooting. Check out the photos:

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And my favorite:

Carrie Eldridge - Professional Headshots in Saint Paul - Photo by Laine Torres Photography

This is what Carrie had to say about her session:

"Laine is very upfront and honest about her work, and is wonderful to be around. My session was fun, relaxed and personal, yet very professional. My favorite part was that I was able to have a glass of wine since the photo session took place at my home. Laine is wonderful at what she does and I will likely use her in the future for other photo opportunities."

 

Thank you, Carrie!

I love these photos because they are exactly how I see you. You are beautiful, inside and out. <3

-Laine

 

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Stylish Headshot Session with Sandy in Victoria https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/7/stylish-headshot-session-with-sandy-in-victoria I love how my clients open their homes to me. I enter their closets, meet their spouses, pet their dogs and cats and end up photographing their children, who I always "hire" as assistants when I am photographing. It's plain awesome. :)

My session with Sandy took place in her beautifully decorated home. I felt like I stepped into a page of a design magazine. The coordinated colors, the accent furniture and the ambiance come together to showcase her personality: Sandy is open, confident and full of style, just like her home.

When I arrived, her hair and makeup were impeccable, thanks to the talented Sarah Elizabeth. Sandy had her outfit choices laid out for me to pick from, and we talked a little bit about her company, so I could understand the kind of image that relates to her audience.

I learned that Sandy runs her presentation design company (Presentation Wiz) since 2001, and that she has earned an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award from Microsoft for several consecutive years. (Side note: There are only 9 people in the U.S. who currently hold this status and Sandy is one of them!)

Sandy told me how she got started and that the way she presented and carried herself made her stand out and get established as competent, professional and talented. I have to agree with that.

Here you can see how I created a session to match Sandy's needs. She will be using these images in her website and social media profiles.

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Stylish Headshot Session Session with Sandy Johnson - photos by Laine Torres Photography

Stylish Headshot Session Session with Sandy Johnson - photos by Laine Torres Photography

Stylish Headshot Session Session with Sandy Johnson - photos by Laine Torres Photography

This last shot is one of my favorites. As we were standing outside, with me perched up on my step stool, Sandy's husband Jeff walks by while tending to the yard. He did something funny just for her. I don't know what it was, but it made her laugh and then open up a big smile, which is what I captured. She then told me he always makes her smile. <3 How sweet is that?

 

Dear Sandy,

Thank you for having me in your home for your photos. You are such a kind spirit and I am glad we have met. Also thank you for keeping my step stool for weeks! (I had forgotten it at her house and finally picked it up yesterday.)

-Laine

 

Service:

Photos & Styling: Laine Torres Photography

Hair & Makeup: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry

 

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Headshots for Maria, a New Business Owner in Eden Prairie https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/7/headshots-for-maria-a-new-business-owner-in-eden-prairie Maria is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish (native), French, English and probably some other language I am forgetting to list here. She is polished, smart and speaks fast, always with a smile.

We had our initial consultation over coffee, where she told me about her recent move back to the U.S. (she was living in Portugal with her husband and two kids), her new company (Trip4Care) and the things we have in common: being latinas, we quickly relate on family stories, love for food and warm weather. We talked for a couple of hours and really hit it off.

On the day of our session, I arrived in Eden Prairie after a good drive south through a rainstorm. She helped me carry everything inside her newly-built and spacious home, where I scouted and picked the living room to setup my studio.

I met her youngest, Lara, who is full of life, and talks with passion. Lara told me about school, friends, instagram and all her hobbies, which includes dancing (just like my nieces). She gladly stepped into the role of Laine's little helper (a.k.a my assistant).

Maria's hair and makeup were perfectly done by a professional of her choice, so we went over wardrobe options, jewelry, and accessories, deciding on 3 outfits that were classy and timeless.

Her smile is contagious and lights up all the photos. While editing the images, I could not help but smile as well. Check them out:

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Professional Headshots for Business Owner in Eden Prairie - Maria Maldonado Trip4Care

Professional Headshots for Business Owner in Eden Prairie - Maria Maldonado Trip4Care

And here's a quick shot I grabbed of Lara, who worked hard holding my reflector :)

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Dear Maria,

Your positive energy is captivating. You're a pleasure to be around. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

Let's keep in touch,

-Laine

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Professional Headshots for Executive Couple in Otsego https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/6/professional-headshots-for-executive-couple-in-otsego When Jean told me she needed new headshots I got very excited to work with her.

See, I have met dozens and dozens of people, nearing a hundred, just through networking and photographing professional headshots, and it's amazing how everyone seems to know who Jean is, and not only that, they really admire her.

I had the pleasure of attending a couple of her speaking engagements and could tell she was good: very smart, always looks her best, and is one of the nicest people you'll meet.

Here are some of the shots from our session:

Professional Headshots for Executives in Otsego

Professional Headshots for Executives in Otsego

An Authorized Duct Tape Marketing Consultant with Marketing Systems by Design (her own company), Jean is also the VP and CFO of another company (The Janitorial Store), both alongside her husband Steve. As a team and with Jean's vast experience, they have worked hard and created a formula for succeeding in the cleaning business market, as well as enabling other small businesses to implement strategy-based marketing systems.

Professional Headshots for Executives in Otsego

Professional Headshots for Executives in Otsego

On a gorgeous Sunday morning, they opened their beautiful Otsego home to Chris (my hubby and assistant), Sarah Elizabeth (whom I recommend for hair and makeup for my photos) and I. The session was a breeze. They had great outfits selected, followed directions very well and we were all very happy with the results.

Professional Headshots for Executives in Otsego

Professional Headshots for Executives in Otsego

This is what Jean had to say about her experience with me:

"My session with Laine was fun, easy and comfortable. My favorite part was doing it in my home. After getting my hair and makeup done, all I had to do was change outfits and show up under the lights. Laine took over and I just followed her direction. And the results speak for themselves! Laine is a very talented photographer and somehow brings out the best of you in her photos. My husband and I both ended up with several amazing photos that we're thrilled with. I would definitely recommend her as a photographer."

Their new photos are up on their social media profiles, blog, websites and will soon be implemented into their marketing material. I LOVE how they turned out. Make sure you visit their website to read their inspiring life story and journey to success.

 

Thanks, Jean & Steve! It was my pleasure to photograph you both.

-Laine

 

Service:

Photos & Styling: Laine Torres Photography

Hair & Makeup: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry

 

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Updating Sheila's Professional Headshots in Maple Grove https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/6/updating-sheilas-professional-headshots-in-maple-grove On this post I would like to introduce you to Sheila. 

A super easy-going lady with a beautiful smile, Sheila needed to update her headshots, as we all change with the years and model new fashions and hairstyles. She called me up and we scheduled this fun session in her home, in Maple Grove.

We talked throughout the whole session and I learned a lot about her company (Simplicity Concierge), her commitment to mission trips and her family (she's a mom to two young adults). Her dog also tagged along and helped me setup the studio. :)

Sheila works with a number of clients and needed a photo that represented her professional and warm personality. Check out some of my favorite shots:

Professional Headshots with Sheila Johnson of Simplicity Concierge in Maple Grove MN Professional Headshots with Sheila Johnson of Simplicity Concierge in Maple Grove MN

Professional Headshots with Sheila Johnson of Simplicity Concierge in Maple Grove MN

Professional Headshots with Sheila Johnson of Simplicity Concierge in Maple Grove MNThis one is my absolute favorite! :)

And this last one was one of my absolute favorites! :)

Thank you for choosing me as your photographer, Sheila!

-Laine

Professional Headshots in Minneapolis & Saint Paul with Laine Torres Photography

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Emergency Headshot Session in St. Michael with Stacy https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/5/emergency-headshot-session-in-st-michael-with-stacy This was the 2nd time I have been called to solve a photo emergency! Read on.

Stacy sent me an email and said it was an emergency: she needed photos for her profile at her company's website. Everyone in her Chicago office already had theirs done, so she was left to come up with 2 shots that matched the concept that was created for the site.

When I arrived, she was all ready to go, and had also laid out a number of different outfits and accessories for me to see. (I love seeing what everyone has in their closets!) She also showed me how the website will look, and shared the idea behind everyone else's pictures. (They developed an awesome concept, by the way - can't wait to see it when all the photos are up!)

At the beginning of the session, Stacy was a little shy, but was also following directions super well. After I setup the studio, we shot some photos inside, with and without a backdrop, then moved outside, shot in the rain and on a little corner of the house where it was just barely sprinkling. She was such a trooper: changed outfits 3 times, changed shoes, dug out an umbrella, and pretty much rocked all I asked her to do. By mid-session she was super comfortable and told me she was really enjoying being photographed by me! :)

Here are some of my favorite shots:

Professional Headshot Session in Saint Michael MN 55376

Professional Headshot Session in Saint Michael MN 55376

Professional Headshot Session in Saint Michael MN 55376 Professional Headshot Session in Saint Michael MN 55376

Professional Headshot Session in Saint Michael MN 55376

Stacy is in the process of moving back to Minnesota, from Chicago. For now she's still on the road a lot, but is very excited to live here and work as the Executive Vice President & Controller for INT. She is a big fan of Formula One racing, which is a big deal in Brazil (have you ever heard of Ayrton Senna?), and she is an amazing baker (or so I heard - I made her promise to offer me a piece of cake sometime so I can verify this VERY important information).

Once I delivered all of her proofs, she told me it was super hard to choose, and that she literally spent all day on the phone with the personnel from the Chicago office, while they raved about her photos - now THAT'S a successful ending to a photo emergency!

Thanks for trusting me to be your photographer, Stacy.

I loved working with you. Enjoy your photos and don't forget about my piece of cake! :)

-Laine

Professional and Casual Headshot Session in St Michael MN 55376

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Kids Headshot Session for Show Audition in St Paul with Audrey https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/5/kids-headshot-session-for-show-audition-in-st-paul-with-audrey Kids Headshots for Show Audition in Minneapolis

This gorgeous girl above is my oldest niece, Audrey. She has a heart of gold, great student, dedicated sister and accomplished tap dancer (she has received several awards!). Oh, and she loves popcorn.

Audrey is 13 and the daughter of Andrea, my sister-in-law.

A few weeks ago she was invited to audition for a show at the Ordway Theater. She needed to tap and sing, and with a 2-day notice, she was also told to bring in a printed headshot at the time of the audition - which, I have to say, is quite a big deal.

<Enters moi> :)

Andrea let me know of the invitation, date, details, and that she needed impromptu photos of Audrey. I had to make some room for a quick session with her, but we made it happen.

Needless to say, we are in LOVE with these pictures.

This is exactly who she is, how she is. Andrea received TONS of compliments - like, people called her after I posted these on Facebook, just to let her know how much they love the photos. <3

Oh, and Audrey got a call-back after the audition. We're waiting for the next round. I know, she rocks!

Kids Headshots for Show Audition in Minneapolis

Kids Headshots for Show Audition in Minneapolis

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Dynamic Professional Headshot Session in Minnetonka with Sarah Day https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/4/dynamic-professional-headshot-session-in-minnetonka-with-sarah-day I will never tire of saying that every client is special, that every session is special. Because I create a unique concept and atmosphere for each and every one of my subjects - and I absolutely love what I do.

In this post, you will get a little glimpse of the super woman that is Sarah.

Let me start by saying that she is a mom of 3 who successfully manages her own business from home, while balancing baseball season, dance competitions, a travelling husband and (most often) daily homemade dinner on the table. She is also the eloquent writer behind the Parent Your Business blog (which I recommend you check out).

She shared with me something that is way too common amongst all the people I photograph: she is camera shy. She also said she hasn't always had the best of experiences in the past (with having her picture taken), so I knew I had to amp up my game and wow her.

We photographed mostly in her sunroom, living/dining room and - wait for it - kitchen! (But you would have never guessed that!) :)

Well, without further ado, here are the results of our dynamic session:

Professional and Casual Headshots for Women in Minnetonka. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional and Casual Headshots for Women in Minnetonka. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional and Casual Headshots for Women in Minnetonka. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional and Casual Headshots for Women in Minnetonka. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional and Casual Headshots for Women in Minnetonka. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional and Casual Headshots for Women in Minnetonka. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

I am happy to say that Sarah was thrilled with her new photos, and most of them are already up on her blog and social media profiles. Here's what she said about her session:

"I love the photos and have already referred you to a friend of mine. Thanks for a great experience. It was so nice to look at the photos you took and see the person I see when I look in the mirror. The session was fun and comfortable and I heard over and over that the photos are beautiful. You're the best!"

And here's my little note to her: <3

Dear Sarah, it was a pleasure to photograph you! I absolutely love your photos! Enjoy them!

-Laine

 

Service:

Photos & Styling: Laine Torres Photography

Hair & Makeup: Sarah Elizabeth Artistry

 

Professional and Casual Headshots in Minneapolis.

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Special Newborn Session in Blaine with One Month Old Baby Odin https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/4/special-newborn-session-in-blaine-with-one-month-old-baby-odin Newborn sessions are very special to me for obvious reasons (baby fever, anyone?), and my last one could not be different, especially with a cutie like Odin.

Remember when Kelsi's friends got together and surprised her with a gift certificate for her baby? Then I went out there to meet everyone and photographed the baby shower? Well, not long ago, it was finally time for me to photograph the little guy who brought everyone together. <3

Ladies and gentlemen, meet baby Odin Robert, on his first photo shoot at 1 month old:

Newborn Photo Session in Blaine by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Newborn Photo Session in Blaine by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Odin was super alert throughout the whole session, falling asleep only when held:

Newborn Photo Session by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

And the new happy family: Dan, Kelsi & Odin:

Family Portraits in Blaine by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Family Portraits in Blaine by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

And my favorite shots of the new parents:

Newborn Photo Session in Blaine by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Newborn Photo Session in Blaine by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Newborn Photo Session by Laine Torres Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a fun shot of the boys with matching shirts: like father, like son.

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Dear Kelsi and Dan, thank you for allowing me to photograph your little and very special family.

Enjoy the photos!

-Laine

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Professional Headshots for Office Team in Maple Grove MN https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/4/professional-headshots-for-office-team-in-maple-grove-mn What a different Friday it is, for a regular office, when I come in with lights, backdrops, cables and all kinds of gadgets to photograph everyone! They get to dress up, enjoy the treats I bring in with me, and, at the end of the day, receive high quality images they can use pretty much anywhere. :)

I was recently called by the Financial Dimensions Group in Maple Grove to photograph professional headshots of some of their staff. They will be using these new photos on their website and marketing materials, which makes me extra happy because I love to see when the pictures go live!

I really liked how the office looked. It didn't look like an office, more like a home. It was warm with large windows (the offices in the back also had a gorgeous view), and it was very inviting. I found a mid-sized reception area by one of the entrances, moved the furniture around and setup the studio. We already had the line up, so we did some group shots, and then moved on to individual headshots. Once we took care of business, we experimented with a more creative setting, which can be the perfect look for when they get featured on a publication, for example.

Check out some of the shots they selected, along with some of my favorites:

Professional Office Staff Team Shot. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Professional Office Staff Headshot in Maple Grove. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

This last shot is my favorite of Amy, who is an Independent Financial Advisor with the Financial Dimensions Group. And, to her, my big thanks!

It was great to meet your team, Amy! Enjoy the new pictures!

-Laine

 

Laine Torres Photography provides professional headshots for successful professionals in the Metro Area. Contact Laine now to book your session.

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Week Vacation in Florida (Bonita Springs & Key West) Part 2 of 2 - Travel Photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/4/week-vacation-in-florida-bonita-springs-key-west-part-2-of-2---travel-photography This is part 2 of 2. Click here to read part 1!

The second part of our vacation resumed in Bonita Springs again. We enjoyed downtime and relaxing in the house. Watched movies and ate our way through the fridge - that's what a vacation entitles me.

The weather was not cooperating, but we decided to bundle up and brave it while taking a charter out for fishing. I tell you - the first and last time I went fishing, I must have been 8. I was excited and ready to reel in a big one*:

Fishing with a charter in Naples, FL

Ok, it wasn't big. Neither we kept or ate it, but we did feed it to the eagles. :)

Bald Eagle flies over backwater in Naples, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Bald Eagle flies over backwater in Naples, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

We also encountered some dolphins - which was my favorite part of the ride. The captain would go on deep water and slowly raise these waves that would make the dolphins jump and hit the water with a loud splatter. It was so cool!

Dolphin jumps in backwater in Naples, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

And we also saw some more critters in the backwaters:

Pelican in backwater in Naples, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

After a couple of days, the weather got a bit warmer and we decided to hit the beach.

There are quite a few options from where we were staying, but few things beat free parking, so we went to the beach we usually go to: Barefoot Beach. It's small and full of shells. I always find tons of things to photograph when I'm there.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

And last but not least, our last sunset at the beach:

Sunset in Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved. Sunset in Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Sunset in Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Sunset in Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs FL. Photo by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Now back home. The snow awaits.

Thanks for reading!

-Laine

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*Photo taken by Chris

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Week Vacation in Florida (Bonita Springs & Key West) Part 1 of 2 - Travel Photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/3/week-vacation-in-florida-bonita-springs-and-key-west---travel-photography This is part 1 of 2. Click here to read part 2!

I was born and raised by the ocean. Growing up, when on vacation, I would wake up, change from my pajamas into a bikini, and change again at the end of the day, from the bikini back to the pajamas. So moving from Brazil to Minnesota was anything but natural. Actually, considering this last Winter, it was borderline insane. But back to the *praia story.

When I get any downtime, vacation, holiday, sick leave, you name it, it's there where I want to be. Not always Brazil (or Recife, to be more specific), because it's so expensive to fly there, but for sure by the ocean.

The first time I went to a beach that was not in the Atlantic, I was in Naples, Florida. I went to the beach and saw - also for the first time - the sunset in the ocean. It is beautiful. Because it's something I had only seen in movies (like snow), it was just like I was in a movie. And people clap once the sun is down. It is so cheesy, and there was I, clapping along. :)

When March arrived, it brought all my expectations and tiredness in one vacation package. We went to Florida again, to be near the sand and salt.

The first night was about decompressing. We just went out for dinner at Cheddar's and enjoyed the cool breeze without jackets.

The next morning was lazy, sunny, and begged us to get out and enjoy it. We went out for breakfast at Toast (nice hearty breakfast - very popular too!), and after quick phone calls, decided to go for an airboat ride at Lake Trafford. That was fun:

Lake Trafford Airboat Tours in Immokalee, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.Alligator seen during Lake Trafford Airboat Tours in Immokalee, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Lake Trafford Airboat Tours in Immokalee, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Lake Trafford Airboat Tours in Immokalee, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Lake Trafford Airboat Tours in Immokalee, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

After the ride, we went out for dinner at Pizzaro's. Very laid back with great food.

The next morning we headed for a couple of days in Key West. I was so excited! The drive was about 6h long, but we stopped to have lunch at Marker 88. It officially felt like vacation.

Marker 88 in Islamorada, Florida Keys. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Marker 88 in Islamorada, Florida Keys. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

We arrived in Key West close to sunset. Just enough time to see it. Beautiful, just as suspected.

Sunset in Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

After sundown, we set out to explore the city. What was there to see, you ask? So much! :)

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Key West, Florida. Photo by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

Day 2 began with some pre-planning. We had breakfast at the Southernmost Beach Cafe and rented a couple of bikes to visit the Southernmost Point of the United States, and Hemingway's House. The house was very interesting and had a lot to see, especially the cats, obviously. <3

Hemingway's Home in Key West, Florida. Photos by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved. Hemingway's Home in Key West, Florida. Photos by Laine Torres - All Rights Reserved.

I confess I knew very little of Ernest, so I had an intensive lesson on his life and work, right then and there. And bought a few books, too. What was not worth it, honestly, was the bike rental. Too much traffic with motorcycles, mopeds, other bikes, too many people walking and crossing streets from every angle... It was stressful.

We turned the bikes in and went for a sunset cruise with a schooner from Appledore, in the Gulf. It was awesome and rendered some of my favorite photos from the trip:

Appledore Sunset Cruise in Key West, Florida. Photos by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved. Appledore Sunset Cruise in Key West, Florida. Photos by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved. Appledore Sunset Cruise in Key West, Florida. Photos by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

And this is as much as we could see on the way back: the lights on the shore reflected in the water. Appledore Sunset Cruise in Key West, Florida. Photos by Laine Torres Photography - All Rights Reserved.

After the cruise we had a great dinner experience at the Conch Republic Seafood Company, and decided to walk all the way back to the hotel. On Duval Street, we came across a quaint restaurant tucked in under a lit up tree. I was drawn by the ambiance and we promised to come back to it.

And so we did it. The next day we had breakfast at the New York Pasta Garden. It wasn't as special but still very pleasant. We had great food and service. Bellies full, we hit the road back to Bonita Springs.

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Some photos taken with my iPhone.

*praia means beach in Portuguese :)

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Valentine's Day Weekend in Red Wing, MN - Part 2 of 2 https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/2/valentines-day-weekend-in-red-wing-mn---part-2-of-2 This is part 2 of our weekend in Red Wing. Check out Part 1 here!

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This is the right way to start the day: 9 a.m. again and we were downstairs, excited to find out what would be served for breakfast. This time I made sure I had my phone on me, since I knew what level of deliciousness we would be facing.

The first course was a cup of fresh berries, crisp and plump, and a warm and soft muffin. The second (and main) course was a homemade, mildly sweet, crepe with a strawberry puree topping and two slices of Canadian bacon. It was different than anything I had ever tried - divine. And last, but absolutely not least, the dessert: apple crisp with kiwi slices, granola flakes, brown sugar, cinnamon and heavy cream (again, don't quote me on the ingredients - it's all memory-based!). It was so warm and fulfilling, I would have eaten by the pound. This rates as one of the best desserts I have ever had.

The way they present the meals at the Moondance Inn makes everything feel extra special. Take a look:

Breakfast at the Moondance Inn - Red Wing MN | Photos by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Breakfast at the Moondance Inn - Red Wing MN | Photos by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Breakfast at the Moondance Inn - Red Wing MN | Photos by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Breakfast at the Moondance Inn - Red Wing MN | Photos by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Even though the snow fell heavy the day before, today we had vast blue skies. So, after our amazing breakfast, we decided to head out to try and enjoy the sunshine.

There were quite a few things to do, but we wanted to do a little bit of hiking, and possibly shoot some wild life. Chris (the owner of the Bed & Breakfast) recommended the coveted eagle watching at Colvill Park.

We pulled in and saw a line of photographers who really meant business. They were dressed for the weather and had some impressive equipment. I was also all bundled and geared up with the best lens I had. Unfortunately it was no match for the eagles that were so far away from me. Here are some of my shots:

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

There were some ducks there, too. :)

Here's some wide views of the area. Almost a dozen eagles were flying around, fishing right in front of us.

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

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Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Even from this great of a distance, they still look so big and beautiful.

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

My photos, however, were nowhere near as good as some of the bird photographers whom I met there. Please check out their websites for truly beautiful really close up images of the eagles:

Scott Denny - Fotos for Phun (That is Scott's dad, in the picture above. They go photographing birds together.)

Jeff Weymier - Pixter Images (Also friends with Scott - they're both from WI and go out together when shooting birds.)

It started getting a little chilly for me and I decided to refer to these guys' pictures (instead of fumbling for my own) and cut the bird watching short. Before we left, we decided to stroll around the park, when I came across an eagle that was much closer and easier to photograph. :)

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

(Can anyone tell me whether that's a boy or girl? I have no idea, but I would love to pet it!)

And then we resumed walking:

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

I really liked how these logs looked, all stacked up.

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Eagle Wacthing at Colvill Park, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

After we left the park, it was time to cash in the vouchers we had for wine tasting at the Falconer Vineyards and Winery (which we purchased at the Moondance Inn - great deal!)

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Everything was frozen, so we couldn't tour the vineyard, but we got a glimpse of what it looks like in warmer days.

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Falconer Vineyards and Winery, Red Wing MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

After the wine tasting and great talk with Sarah, who served us, we headed to her choice of restaurant for chicken wings: Kelly's Bar. The wings are HUGE, though. We didn't know and ordered too many. They ended up being wasted, but they were good.

With our bellies full, it was time to hit the road. See ya, Red Wing!

-Laine

P.S.: Thanks for reading! :)

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Valentine's Day Weekend in Red Wing, MN - Part 1 of 2 https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/2/valentines-day-weekend-in-red-wing-mn-part-1-2 For Valentine's Day, last weekend, Chris and I had booked a room at the Moondance Inn Bed & Breakfast, in Red Wing, here in MN. I found it at B&B Finder, when we were planning our wedding back in 2008. Suffices to say, we ended up getting married in Vegas but, 5 and half years later, we finally got to visit this place. This post is kind of long, so I'm breaking it down into 2 parts. This is Part 1 but you can read Part 2 here!

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We arrived on Friday, right as the housekeeper was about to leave. Lindsey was nice enough to give us a call to let us know where the keys would be. When she found out we were just 5 min away, she waited for us, even though it was almost 1 h past her schedule.

We came in the side door and right away were taken by surprise by the exquisite high ceilings, dark and thick wood frames and copper wallpaper. Warm and inviting, with the fireplace burning and soft music playing, I knew I had made a great choice coming here. (They also serve appetizers and a nice bottle of wine, every Friday and Saturday evening.)

Main Living Room at Moondance Inn Bed & Breaskfast, Red Wing MN

This is the only picture I grabbed with my camera, actually on the next day (that's why it's light out), but make sure you check them out online where you can see all the rooms and details. If you have a chance to go there, do it! It's amazing!

After we checked in and toured all the spaces, including a cozy game room in the attic, the nice breakfast area and the main staircase (which is also beautiful), we headed out for dinner.

We made reservations with the only restaurant that still had an open spot on V-Day, but we're so glad all the other places were booked, because what was our last resource, turned out to be the best.

The restaurant is somewhat new (I think a couple years old) and is actually located about 30 min from Red Wing, in Lake City. We went to Nosh Restaurant and the atmosphere, service and food - everything - was perfect. We had a great time - I definitely recommend it.

The next day, we woke up headed down for one of the most private and indulging breakfast services I have ever experienced - and it beats breakfast in bed. At 9 a.m. sharp, Chris and I were greeted by the owners, Chris and Mike, who offer this luxury to guests every Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Well, I had no idea that the breakfast was going to be this phenomenal, so I didn't have any cameras with me...)

The first course was a serving of a juicy and almost bitter grapefruit with a scoop of a caramel topping. It was surprisingly delicious. The second course was a french toast that was left soaking into something else over night and served with a ricotta cheese spread, topped with fine powder sugar and original maple syrup and two small chicken sausage links - YUM. And then, yes, dessert for breakfast: a white chocolate mousse topped with a black cherry glaze. It was, again, delicious... (forgive me if I don't have the right ingredients, I'm going off of the memory of my taste buds.) They also serve their own coffee blend, fresh juice, tea and water. I'm a total foodie and heaven felt really close.

As we are eating, this couple who was sharing this experience with us, announces they are celebrating their 45th anniversary. Sheldon and Ursula met in Germany: him, American and serving the Air Force at the time, and her, German and with a disapproving father. After breakfast was done, we stayed behind and talked to them for over an hour. Also learned more about Chris, the owner, who is a professor and has traveled to more places than I can recount. It was lovely to meet random and very nice strangers. It felt like we were friends.

We parted ways as it was time to head out and see the city. With a map in hand, we decided on which things to do. It was snowing with gusto, so we bundled up pretty nicely and went exploring.

Here's downtown Red Wing on a very snowy day:

Downtown Red Wing, MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved Downtown Red Wing, MN | Snowy Church - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved Professional Travel PhotoProfessional Travel Photo

Downtown Red Wing, MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved Downtown Red Wing, MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

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Downtown Red Wing, MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

We walked around, braving the cold wind and visiting the shops along the way. I was wearing nice and long leather boots, but they were no match for the piling snow we had to walk through. Lucky me, we found the Red Wing Shoes store, with the world's largest boot.

Red Wing Shoe store, MN | World's Largest Boot - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Red Wing Shoe store, MN - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

They also have a little museum upstairs.

Red Win Shoe store, MN | Museum - Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Service was not great on the main level of the store, but the outlet store, downstairs, was awesome. I walked away treading in my new hiker & waterproof boots. Much more comfortable.

We stopped for lunch at the Subhouse and proceeded to the Pottery Place, which is a little mall area, inside an old brick building with restaurants and shops. The Pottery Museum is moving to just across the street from the Pottery Place, so they are currently closed. I think they'll open again in June. (We only came here because Sheldon, the Air Force man from breakfast, told us to. It was fun.)

The Pottery Place, Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved The Pottery Place, Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

The Pottery Place, Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

At night, also by Sheldon's suggestions, we got tickets to see a very humorous comedy show at the Sheldon Theater, with Pat Hazel (one of the original writers for Seinfeld) and Karen Morgan (who is a former trial attorney - just imagine how many jokes she has!). The show was really good and the theater has a successful story of overcoming the changes in technology and the mass-produced culture we all consume. Worth checking it out.

Here's the Theater (shot with my iPhone):

Sheldon Theater, Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Sheldon Theater, Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

Sheldon Theater, Red Wing MN | Photo by Laine Torres | All Rights Reserved

For dinner, we went to The Brickhouse Pub & Grille, where the comedians sat exactly behind us. Unfortunately, we could not hear their conversation - we tried... :)

This was my first time in Red Wing. Have you been there? What did you do? What did you think? I would love to know - leave me a comment below!

This is the end of the Part 1 (Friday and Saturday). Check out Part 2 (Sunday) here.

-Laine

 

 

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Colorful Headshot Session in Minneapolis with a Holistic Nutrition Coach https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/2/colorful-headshot-session-in-minneapolis-with-a-holistic-nutrition-coach Sunday was freezing, but also sunny. It was one of those cold days when the sun hits the snow and makes everything bright. And you most definitely need sunglasses. But then I got to Julie's.

I come in with some of my mobile studio equipment and immediately feel the warmth. Her house is full of color, plants and cats. It's full of life.

I meet her husband Barry, who is an artist with a Minneapolis studio (Deeper Arts), and he's asking what can he do to help.

I also meet Violet, Julie's youngest of 5 kids. She's friendly and confident, and, if you know Julie, you also know this is very expected. Violet offers to help too.

I met Julie at WIN, a networking group for women in business. We made a connection right away, and after a few networking meetings, we decided to work together.

So, after I come in with all my gear and meet everyone, I scout her house and brainstorm some ideas. To get started, we decide on creating a food display (all credits to Barry) to illustrate what she does.

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Julie is a holistic nutrition coach with unbelievably glowing and smooth skin. Just to let you in on a little secret, she does not wear makeup - neither wore it for this session (aside from mascara, light eyeliner and lipstick, at my request) and these pictures have not been edited.

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I always try to work with my client's natural beauty, and recommend that they have a professional makeup artist enhance their look, but, for Julie, I thought it was extra important to show her bare face and portray how she is the best ad for the work she does.

While Julie changed, I grabbed a few pictures of my little helper, the beautiful strawberry-blond Violet.

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We ended with some fun shots of Julie and one of her delicious signature smoothies - which I had the pleasure of tasting, after the session.

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There were so many great pictures to choose from! These were just some of my favorites. And this session was so much fun! Thanks, Julie, I loved coming into your beautiful home (meeting all your kitties) and photographing you! Enjoy your photos! :)

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Baby Shower for Kelsi & Dan with surprise photos by Laine Torres Photography in Roseville https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2014/1/baby-shower-for-kelsi-dan-with-surprise-photos-by-laine-torres-photography-in-roseville On Sunday I set out for a job that was a special surprise. The mom-to-be, Kelsi, is quite excited for baby Odin to join her and dad-to-be, Dan. They are ready for the baby and were obviously expecting the shower. What they didn't know, was that some of their closest friends had purchased a gift certificate for a photo session of the soon-to-be baby.

Angie, who was in charge of the preparations and did an amazing job coordinating all details of the party, is a bliss to be around - and I figured her friends would be too. So I ended up inviting myself to cover the baby shower as a surprise for the couple.

Kelsi and Dan have a ton to celebrate and look forward to. See, they just got engaged over Christmas, are expecting baby Odin in a month or so, and are most likely in full wedding prep mode.

Check out the pictures and I hope all the fun of the day came through in my images.

To the lovely couple, my best wishes of happiness and I can't wait to meet the little guy! And a big thanks to Angie for putting together a great party full of laughter.

L.

Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family. Baby Shower Photography in RosevilleKelsi and Dan enjoy a fun Baby Shower while awaiting baby Odin to join the new family.

Oh, the baby shower was at Grumpy's, over in Roseville.

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Cool High School Senior Photo Session in Minneapolis with Laura https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/9/cool-high-school-senior-photo-session-in-minneapolis-with-laura Just recently I saw this TV commercial about how your style says - in an instant - things you would take hours to convey, if solely speaking. The commercial was funny and way over the top, but it got the point across.

I always encourage my clients to wear something timeless for when the pictures show up at their wedding - or if they have the hopes of being proud and displaying them on their walls for generations to come. While it's fun to wear trendy clothes and follow fashion, the downside is that those really age a photo and may end up being the star of the shot, instead of the person.

See Laura, for example.

When I spotted her sitting on a bench just outside the St. Anthony Main Theater, I first noticed how classic and pretty she looked: Blue eyes, golden locks, a hint of makeup and a shy smile. She looked so fresh and genuine, comfortable in her own skin (which is a big deal, seriously. When I photograph high school seniors, I remember my dreams and ideals when I was that age - and it hasn't been that long - and I was nowhere near as confident and proud as some of the girls I meet! It is so fantastic to see that! Kudos to them and their parents!)

Then I saw her clothes: she had on the coolest sneakers, perfect fitting jeans and an all-american white top. She was exactly in touch with her age, style and trend, full of personality and timeless. Just what the doctor (or the photographer) ordered.

We started out photographing by this entrance to a trail, where we found some cool foliage, amazing light and some colorful graffiti. This was a new location for me, and, with the addition of Laura's captivating presence, I felt extra creative. We explored the surroundings and got the beautiful shots you can see below.

She had a few different outfits that complemented our second scenario perfectly: as we moved close to the Stone Arch Bridge, her understated style allowed her to be the main focus of all pictures, just as she should.

I absolutely enjoyed meeting and photographing you, Laura. You have inspired me to be extra creative and I love the pictures we came up with. Thank you, dear! Wish you all my best!

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Senior Photo Session in Minneapolis by Laine Torres Photography I loved photographing Laura. She inspired me to be extra creative and I love the pictures we came up with.

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Live Music: The Killers at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul - Photos by Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/9/the-killers-live---roy-wilkins-auditorium-st-paul-mn I LOVE The Killers.

About 5 years ago I got tickets to go see them, I believe at the U of M. I had purchased those months in advance and was so excited, only to miss out after Chris got sick on the day of the show and no one could attend in his place. I considered going alone, but ended up staying at home and feeling frustrated. Not that it was Chris' fault, (poor guy! He got really sick!) but because I do love them and had been looking forward to that show for a long time.

Well, guess who came back to Minnesota after what felt like forever? :D

The show was amazing! Yes, I was a fan and loved their music, but after seeing them live, not only am I completely hooked on several of their songs (and I mean I listen to them every single day! It could get annoying, but really, I just can't get enough!), I have also developed a major platonic crush on Mr. Flowers. <3

Laine Torres Photography - The Killers - Live Music - Brandon FlowersProfessional live show photography I sang along, screamed, danced, laughed and got a little frightened when all the pyrotechnics went off. The stage was on fire! It was exhilarating and smokey but I loved it all. To make all things better, this show was special to Chris and I as we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary while watching Mr. Brightside up there sing his heart out.

I have attended tons of concerts - it's one of my favorite things to do - and The Killers are, for sure, one of the bands I will come out and see every single time I can. If you get the chance, you should too. And as they play "For Reasons Unknown" (one of my all-time favorites), "Runaways" (my latest favorite) and "Somebody Told Me" (a classic!), please, oh please, think of me. :)

Take a look at some of the shots I grabbed at the show:

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Fun Kids Photo Session with Kenzie in New Brighton / Saint Anthony https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/8/fun-kids-photo-session-with-kenzie-in-new-brighton This is how much fun my job is: I get to hang out with the coolest kids, have mind-blowing conversations and make friends like this (snap fingers). Meet Kenzie, a freshly-turned 5 year old with soft blond curls and a keen ability to overcome shyness in 5 seconds.

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A draw of luck brought us together: Kenzie's mom, Katie, came to find me after I photographed the kids of two of her friends (and I had no idea!) She then entered my New Year, New Website, New Giveaway! earlier this year and won! We talked to arrange the details and decided to meet in Silverwood Park a few weeks ago.

I got there early and sat down by the parking lot. Later, I watched from a distance as this little girl comes closer, holding her mom's hand, wearing a blue dress and her hair lightly blowing in the breeze. We introduced ourselves and, as I said hi to Kenzie, she buried her face in the quickest shy moment I have ever witnessed. I kept on talking to her and within a few steps towards our first location, I asked her if I could hold her hand. To my surprise, she said yes and began to tell me all about how she had spent the day with her mom and about a friend she played with recently. 

We explored the park while Kenzie twirled in her dress and told us stories. You can see some images of our fun photo session below.

Needless to say, I loved photographing and specially meeting this sweet little girl. I hope I get to see her from time to time.

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Fun Kids Photo Session with Kenzie in New Brighton by Laine Torres Photography - Minneapolis Boutique PhotographerProfessional photo session

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I have found a love to call mine https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/8/i-have-found-a-love-to-call-mine We watch movies like The Notebook and Twilight (yes, Twilight). We (at least I) glue ourselves to the T.V. while The Bachelor is on. Read books of love, drama and happy endings (or not). We dream and create expectations - many times unrealistic ones. We're full of hope and exasperation and stars. We're all just trying to be happy, really. And love and be loved. Me? I have found a love to call mine.

Wedding Anniversary - Laine Torres Photography

Him and I met 10 years ago. And as crazy as it sounded (way back then), well before eHarmony and match.com, we met online. Drove our parents crazy. Others wrote about us for the newspaper, for the internet, told our unbelievable story to their friends. Nowadays it is commonplace, to meet someone online. When Chris and I met, it was not. It still is not - to meet someone so far away, from Recife, Pernambuco to Minnesota... I believe it because I am here. And we did it.

Wedding Anniversary - Laine Torres Photography

And we're not perfect. We're not oblivious to the difficulties of sharing a life, a house, bills and the DVR. Sharing the chores, the decisions and hard times. But we love each other. We always have.

Yesterday we celebrated 5 years of marriage. Wood, they say. To me, it means it's weathering - beautifully, full of strength, naturally. Wedding Anniversary - Laine Torres Photography

I have left my home, my family, my dreams. He made his home mine, his family ours and the dreams possible. And I would do it all over again. Wedding Anniversary - Laine Torres Photography

Wedding Anniversary - Laine Torres Photography

You're the most amazing person I have ever met.

Thank you for having me as your wife.

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Road Trip: South Dakota on a whim https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/8/road-trip-south-dakota-on-a-whim The holiday was around the corner (4th of July) and with all my in-laws away at a dance competition (my nieces are fabulous dancers!), I decided I would not spend it at home, most likely being a home bum, eating what I shouldn't and being a couch potato attached to my DVR. The search started: last minute hotel bookings are always the most exciting!

I knew (almost) nothing about South Dakota. Actually, before we decided to go there, I didn't even know where to go! I've been to Wisconsin, Illinois and most definitely up north, around the Duluth area. And I wanted something new. Within driving distance and with the time frame we had, our options were limited. Now having decided on SD, we were on high-gear-research-mode to know what to do, where to stay and how to make it all fit in a few days.

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Travel Day: Wed July 3rd

We opted for Rapid City, which, to my surprise, is quite larger than I expected. The drive was long, but with the time difference (1h less), we got there in time to check-in at the hotel and still be able to head out for dinner - even though we were the last ones at the restaurant.

Deadwood by Laine Torres Photography

Day #1: Thu July 4th

The next day was rainy and it was already the 4th - and we wanted to be at Mt. Rushmore for the lights ceremony and the celebration of the Independence with all that ton of people. So we headed to Deadwood - which I thought was going to be quick and simple (nuh-uh!). A bus city tour revealed a lot of the history and kept us from some serious rain - very fitting. After we hopped off, we decided to explore more of what was covered in the tour, but on foot. The food, casinos, shops, Saloon #10 and the Adam's Museum. By then we needed to rush to make it to Mt. Rushmore.

I love unexpected things, so we took an unannounced scenic way from Deadwood to Mt. Rushmore and came around this gorgeous little nook. I could not resist and got into the cold water. Loved it. 

Road Trip South Dakota by Laine Torres Photography

Upon arriving at Mt. Rushmore, the traffic jam was crazy. Obviously, everyone, just like us, decided to head there to spend the dwindling hours of the 4th. We walked around the trails, took some pictures and had a snack. At nightfall, we found a little space in a very cramped auditorium. We got to watch the video about why those four presidents were chosen (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt - my favorite because of all the parks he helped preserve - and Abraham Lincoln - close runner-up because of how good and smart of a man he was), but I still missed the fireworks.

Mount Rushmore by Laine Torres Photography

We headed back to the hotel super late, since it seemed there were even more people leaving the park then there were when we arrived.

Day #2: Fri July 5th

A friend had recommended that we go check out the Cosmos Mystery Area. We did, and while I thought it was cool, I also thought it was pricey for being so quick and small of an attraction. Kids would definitely enjoy it more. Heads up: you get super dizzy and out of balance. It's interesting, but overpriced. Right around that area, you can find most activities, so we decided to stay close by.

Our second stop was the Sitting Bull Crystal Cave. That was really cool! Deep, cold, as caves always are, and, since we got to tour with the (great?) grandson of the owner, we also heard first-hand some of the personal/family stories involving the cave. Totally worth it.

Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns by Laine Torres Photography Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns by Laine Torres Photography

Bear Country USA was surrounded by very high expectations. I heard about it, read about it and it was on the top of my to-see list. Aside from the incredible number of vehicles, the ride was so much fun! It took us some good 3h to drive through just 1mi of land, but we got to see elks, deers, goats, foxes, wolves, and, obviously, the bears. Once we made our way through the park, we stopped for a delicious burger and saw the bear cubs and other baby animals. It was very special to me. <3 Bear Country USA by Laine Torres Photography Bear Country USA by Laine Torres Photography

Our next adventure was at Fort Hays Old West Town & Dinner Show. It's corny, but we were tired and working up an appetite. We got there early and took some time to walk around the little pretend town, watched an experienced rope-maker at work and chit-chatted with some other visitors. When it was time for dinner, we headed inside, claimed our assigned spots and got served a simple plate and mug for your grub. The food was good (Chris loved the lemonade and I loved the beans, but there's no options for anything other than whether you want beef or chicken). As soon as you're done eating, the show starts. I can't recall the name of the band that played, but they were very good. The magician actually was quite good and covered a break. He really insisted that kids get his "magical coloring book". I'm not a parent, but disliked how much he insisted and teased the kids, especially considering how expensive the book was - something like $10 (!) Rain was coming down again and I had left the car open... so... yup. Car wet, butts wet, we headed to the hotel.

Day #3: Sat July 6th

Our last full day in the area and so much else to do. First stop: The Crazy Horse Memorial. I thought it was just O.K. Since they're still working on it, the closer you can get to it is by taking this extra-charge bus. Even so, the bus gets closer, but not really as close as I had seen some other people get (I wanted to actually be ON the rock, not close, not by it, so I was a little disappointed). But then there's the museum, the shop, the outdoor areas and other things to do. I think the fact that they run all of that with money they raise from visitors and donations, without the help of the government, is great. Proves that you don't need to wait for anyone to help you out. You can always work on it and help yourself. I'm a big DIY myself. Crazy Horse by Laine Torres Photography

From there, we wanted to head to the Badlands National Park. On our way, I saw a sign pointing to the Needles Hwy and I just had to take it. It's a slow, beautiful, up and down drive through Custer State Park (I totally want to camp there!). We loved it! But we lost a TON of time. After we got out, The Badlands was our destination.

Custer State Park by Laine Torres Photography

From afar I could see this massive valley of rocks. Subtle shades of pink and yellow. I thought it was alien-like. It amazed me. We wanted to have arrived earlier, so I was sad for the little time we had before sundown. We visited the Gift Shop and Visitor Center, which were closing soon, and decided to grab a bite at the Cedar Pass Lodge Restaurant. I asked for a recommendation and ordered the Sioux Indian Taco - delicious. They even gave us the recipe to take home! This was my favorite stop. Campers come and go, people bike, hike, and just spend time admiring the Badlands. I loved it. The Badlands by Laine Torres Photography

We finished our meal and decided to try a hike ourselves. Have you ever done that there? It's crazy! I had shorts and my driving comfy shoes on - not necessarily dressed for hiking a rock mountain full of rolling debris and rough paths! I whined and whined. Chris carried everything because apparently I needed both hands and could not bear any weight while going up. I was scared but oh, my! Once I got all the way to the top of this mountain, all I could do was stare in awe. How beautiful. How peaceful. A picture won't translate that. A video won't. Me, telling you on this blog, even less. Chris and I made promises to come back someday and fully experience this place. It was amazing. Badlands National Park by Laine Torres Photography Hiking in the Badlands - Laine Torres Photography

Nightfall and we had a 2h drive back to Rapid City. Wanting to arrive so bad, but scared of animals on the road, we were forced to take our time and drive super carefully. Our bodies went to bed while our souls had gone to sleep a long time prior.

Day #4: Travel Back Home Day

We had a lot of fun on these quick few days we spent there, but it was time to go home. There was just one more place that was on our to-see list: The Chapel in the Hills. We went there first thing in the morning. Visited, talked to the guy in charge of the gift shop and learned some more about this replica chapel. Very pretty. Then it hit me. Chapel in the Hills by Laine Torres Photography

I wanted more. I wanted more of the Badlands. The paths we didn't drive down. The views we didn't spot. The animals that never showed up. We were heading home, coming closer and closer to the exit to the park, our permit still valid and our guts telling us "do it". We did it. But not before stopping super quickly at Wall Drug.

Seriously. If you are one teeny-bit as curious as I am, you would stop there too. The whole way you drive from MN to SD, all you see is sign after sign about all things in Wall Drug. Basically it's a place with restaurants, shops and kids activities. It's a money drain for tourists like we, but it was quite fun. Hectic and varied, you can do a little bit of everything there. I quenched my curiosity and we hit the road again.

We entered the park through a different area and stopped on tons of overlook spots. There were lots of people, from cars to campers to buses and motorcycles. We spotted deers the night before, but during the day we saw the prairie dogs, a mountain goat and tons of birds. We didn't have time to hike, so we just stopped here and there for pictures. We also had lunch at the same restaurant (Cedar Pass Lodge) and I repeated the order for that delicious Taco. The Badlands by Laine Torres Photography The Prairie in the Badlands by Laine Torres Photography The Badlands by Laine Torres Photography

After a LOT of miles and rain, we arrived home tired, but happy and safe. It was an unforgettable trip.

The Badlands by Laine Torres Photography

P.S. Let me know if you would like that Indian Tacos recipe!

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) laine torres photography road trip south dakota travel photography vacation https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/8/road-trip-south-dakota-on-a-whim Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:02:10 GMT
Amelia’s World and Animal Affinity - Photos by Robin Schwartz https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/amelia-s-world-and-animal-affinity It is no mystery that I absolutely love animals. Some terrify me, (like bugs and horses), it's true, but I still love watching and, furthermore, photographing them. So, while spending my endless hours on Facebook, I saw a post from a friend that linked back to Hypeness (in Portuguese), about a photographer named Robin Schwartz, whose daughter Amelia is also an animal lover. Robin's work reflects in pictures her philosophy that animals can be part of our lives (even the wild ones) just as much as we can be part of theirs. In her own words, about her photos, Robin says that "The animals in the photographs are living creatures, participants in the dramas that the photographs capture. The world that my daughter and I explore is one where the line between human and animal overlaps or is blurred, where animals are part of our world and humans are part of theirs." How amazing is that?

Amelia Amelia

Amelia Amelia

I took some time to read and see Robin's website from top to bottom, regarding this project, and found that, unlike me, Amelia was not taught to be afraid of animals. Robin explains: "The first question everyone asks me or Amelia directly is: "Is Amelia afraid?"  My answer is, Amelia was not taught to fear animals, her siblings are animals. She is comfortable with animals as part of her natural world. Amelia's answer is "No," but she does think it sad that other children and adults are afraid of animals." I love this encouragement and life lesson! I became afraid of bugs due to a bad experience when I was about 7 or 8 (a fire ant bit my pinky and it was bleeding. After I came inside I found several more on my clothes, which freaked me out), and, growing up, my relationship with horses was non-existent until I was about 11 (when I first met one and found horses are so tall and unpredictable - at least in my head - and have feared them ever since). I know how unreasonable it is. Unfortunately, it seems much harder for adults to change once a fear (even a silly one like mine) has been established.

Amelia Amelia Amelia

Amelia

Once I immersed myself in the images, it amazed me how Amelia can be so at ease in the presence of such powerful and beautiful animals. The result are surreal images, almost like poetry to me, and I have fallen in love with them.

These above are some of my favorites. Click the slide show to see some more, but make sure to check Robin's website for more info on her work and this beautiful project.

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) animals kids laine torres photography robin schwartz special project https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/amelia-s-world-and-animal-affinity Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:13:23 GMT
Deb's Head Shots https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/debs-head-shots Deb and I met a long time ago, when I first started working with WIN, sometime last year. We kept in touch all this time but it wasn't until a couple weeks ago that we gladly got around to working together.

She shot me an e-mail and booked her head shots at her own home, in Saint Paul. I arrived at the same time as this other lady, who remained in her car, despite me standing in front of her house. I thought it was Deb, just coming in from her previous appointment, so I waited just outside the home. Since she was on the phone, I thought maybe she hadn't seen me. After a while, I finally decided to go ahead and ring the bell, thinking maybe I was mistaken and that was not Deb. To my surprise, Deb opened the door! After we say our hellos, the other lady comes out of her car and, to my even bigger surprise, it was Deb's daughter, who resembles Deb and is a lovely young woman by the name of Alyssa. Soon after, she confessed she avoided me thinking I was a door-to-door sales person! LOL

We laughed this story off and Alyssa was kind enough to help me bring in the equipment, which I had left in the car until I could find where Deb lived. We hauled everything in and right away I met their two kitties - I love pets!

DebProfessional photo session

Deb was all ready, wearing the black top you see above, with her hair soft and youthful and her subtle makeup complementing her slim face. We talked a bit and had a brief consultation on what kind of picture she would like, what time of business she works with (Deb is a Rodan & Fields Independent Consultant) and browsed through some of her accessories.

Our head shot session was split into three different moments, with three different outfits (picked by Alyssa) and styles. Taken with all natural lighting and in her own backyard, we ended up enjoying some wonderful weather on her patio. I even got an awesome assistant to help me out - thank you, Alyssa! It was great to meet you! 

Dear Deb, I loved photographing you! Enjoy your photos!

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) laine torres photography photo session professional head shot https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/debs-head-shots Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:53:57 GMT
Alysha's Senior Photo Session https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/alyshas-senior-photo-session A couple weeks ago I met and photographed Alysha, 18, a high school graduate.

Shy but with a beautiful and contagious smile, Alysha and I met for the first time at a park nearby. Her mom, Traci, came for support and between stories and laughs, held on to Alysha's second outfit, a blanket and some other random things. We talked about future (Alysha is also a Registered Nurse - at 18! Can you believe it? - and is looking to get started on that career soon), Traci just received great news at work (congrats again!) and Chris and I were making plans to go on our next trip during the upcoming 4th of July holiday (we went to South Dakota and it was awesome! A post will be coming up soon!)

AlyshaProfessional photo session

We talked about TV shows and did the crazy dance to get the mosquitoes to leave us alone. We also witnessed this huge party in the park with loud music, tons of people and food (and no invitation to us! Darn!). So, as we made our way through the empty areas of the park, we took our time creating these beautiful memories.

AlyshaProfessional photo session

The weather had finally cleared up and the sun was going down on a lazy Saturday evening. Alysha, soft spoken and a little nervous, didn't know what to expect. Little by little she was coming out of her shell and showing a lot of her sweet personality. After a couple of shots, I immediately knew that the camera loved her. Her eyes, big and bright, gave me an idea for a shot that I absolutely insisted she picked (below on right).

AlyshaProfessional photo session

As we posed this and that way, Alysha let out that she was actually having a lot of fun! And, as I did, I knew she would love the images just as much!

I have just received a copy of the invitation she created with the pictures for her upcoming graduation party. I love it! I'm sure her guests will too! :)

Congrats, Alysha! All the best to you!

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) laine torres photography photo session senior https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/alyshas-senior-photo-session Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:39:46 GMT
Beka & Guga's Engagement Session - In Brazil! https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/beka-gugas-engagement-session---in-brazil Beka is one of my oldest friends from childhood. We grew up as neighbors and pretty much sisters from different parents. She just got engaged to Gustavo (Guga) while I was there in Brazil - it was actually a surprise engagement (to me!) They set up the whole party behind my back while I was invited for dinner at my cousin Aline's house (they live in the same building). I found out, upon arrival, that there was no dinner at my cousin's, but Beka & Guga's official engagement! It was a big surprise and my special gift to them was a one-of-a-kind photo session.

Engagement Photo Session by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session Engagement Photo Session by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session

Beka is one of those people who are absolutely beautiful inside and out. Guga is calm and quite shy, but was letting loose by the end of our shoot. They are very much in love and it's invigorating to watch how they interact with each other.

Engagement Photo Session by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session Engagement Photo Session by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session

These were all taken in Recife Antigo (Old Recife) and Olinda (the neighbor city to Recife). In some shots, you can see the ocean peeking through behind them. <3

Engagement Photo Session by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session

Engagement Photo Session by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session

Can you guess when the wedding will be? I will also be attending - so excited! So watch for more pics later this year, straight from Brazil!

Dearest Beka & Guga, congratulations on being in love and celebrating it! I love you both and cannot wait for your big day! Enjoy your photos!

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) brazil engagement session gift laine torres photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/7/beka-gugas-engagement-session---in-brazil Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:02:27 GMT
Liam's 6-month Photo Session - In Florida! https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/6/liams-6-month-photo-session---in-florida I quickly told this story on my Facebook Page, but there were such awesome coincidences for this session to happen, I just have to retell it!

Cassie (Liam's mom) first contacted me for a newborn shoot of Liam, which we never got around to do, so, once, jokingly, she teased that she was going to Florida and would love to have family photos done at the beach. Coincidence #1: It so happened that I, too, was going to Florida, as a first stop on my way to Brazil! It was meant to be! So Cassie and I worked out the details and I was already thrilled to photograph Liam, even before I ever met him!

liam by laine torres photographyProfessional photo session

Coincidence #2: Fast forward to the day I was leaving. We were at the airport and I was sitting by the gate, waiting to board the plane. The concierge assistant started paging someone: "Ms. Cassie G., please report to the airline desk, Ms. Cassie G." And I was thinking "no way this is her! What are the odds that she's on the same flight as us!?" So I watched as no one showed up... Hum... I let it go. Then, a little later, a couple with a stroller arrives, saying hello to another couple that was already there. They went to the desk and introduced themselves. It looked like it would be them, but I had never met Cassie before, so, Sherlock Holmes I am, I pulled up my phone and looked her up on Facebook: "that's her!", I tell Chris. I was quite excited and wanted to jump up and down and say "Cassie, it's meeee! Laine!" I didn't though, thanks to Chris... He told me to keep my cool... (Geez...)

So we all boarded and, luck of the draw, Chris is sitting next to the gentleman that was travelling with Cassie, the one who was there before they arrived. I could not wait any longer: "Excuse me, that lady that showed up later, the one you are travelling with, is her name Cassie?" He says "Yeah, that's my daughter!" TA-DAAAH! At that point, I introduced Chris and myself to Cassie's dad, met her mom (across the aisle from us) and was told her seat (Cassie's) was the one next to us - coincidence #3, but since they had split her and Skylar, they changed seats with her parents so they could have their first flight as a family of 3 together! (How sweet is that?) :)

liam by laine torres photographyProfessional photo session

We talked and shared some stories during the 3h flight and, not soon enough, Liam came to hang out with grandma and grandpa! I got to see him close-up for the first time! I thought right away that he was the cutest!

Upon arrival, I finally met Cassie and Skylar in person, as we were all collecting our luggage. We said our short good-byes: we met again a few days later at Lover's Key Park.

It rained a bit, but then this beautiful sunshine came through! We photographed along the park's path that leads to the beach. Liam was dressed as a big boy - matching his dads clothes - and was all smiles when grandma and grandpa, who accompanied us, called his name.

Dad cuddled him after mom, and once rested, he woke up just in time for the sunset and the first time ever he had sand between his toes.

liam by laine torres photographyProfessional photo session

It was wonderful! It is so magical for me, as a photographer, to participate in any family - specially when I get to witness the love and the unforgettable moments they share! liam by laine torres photographyProfessional photo session

Cassie and Skylar, thank you for allowing me to be part of this beautiful day at the beach with your family! Enjoy your photos!

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) baby beach family laine torres photography newborn photo session portraits https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/6/liams-6-month-photo-session---in-florida Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:46:14 GMT
Lori and Britty's Photo Session https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/6/lori-and-brittys-photo-session After postponing our shoot due to the crazy snowfall we had in mid-may (!), I get to Lori's in the afternoon, after a 30min drive. She greets me from the outside, as she arrives from walking Mia - Britty's cute pooch. Her hair is loose and vibrant, ready for our shoot. She invites me in and helps me with my equipment. Britty is coming down the stairs and let's out a shy "hi". We shake hands and I can't help but notice how pretty she is.

Once inside, I noticed that Lori's living room is what you picture when you think "home": it's warm, welcoming and very tranquil. She asks if I would like a tour, and because I am extremely nosy, I promptly say yes. We walk around and see the large and open rooms, the soft light coming in from all the windows. The house is way bigger than it looks from the outside. Yearly pictures of Britty decorate one of the walls. I stop to observe how she matured from a little girl into a beautiful young woman...

Later, we continue by walking into the master bedroom, but get carried away by the fact that we are going to select their outfits and jewelry together. We started: Lori pulls out a professional suit, two bright shirts and a lacy dress. The dress catches my eye - I love it! We decide it needs an accessory and after a few tryouts, we opt for a beautiful beaded pearl necklace.

We move on to Britty's outfit. We look at some options and decide on a fun top and girly necklace for one of the shots. Ladies ready, we head outside. There's a light breeze passing us by, the clouds are filtering the light just right and, with nothing else to add to their beauty, we start shooting.

We tried out poses, clothes, all kinds of different ideas, and, once done, as I pack, I get an irrecusable invitation: dinner. And so we all sat down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. We talk and laugh and look through Britty's portfolio (she's a recent Graphic Design grad). I then learned how responsible and caring she is, and how obviously proud Lori is of her.

Lori &amp; Britty by Laine Torres PhotographyProfessional photo session

When these were out on the sneak peek posts I shared on Facebook, the feedback was amazing. I have to say, yes, I love these shots, but they show more than what you first see. They show the people behind the photo: their personalities, their energy, and that's why these were so complimented by Lori's family and friends. She is an admirable woman.

Thanks for letting me photograph your beautiful smile, Lori. You're awesome. :)

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) laine torres photography professional headshots https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/6/lori-and-brittys-photo-session Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:59:14 GMT
Taking my Gringos to Brazil https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/6/taking-my-gringos-to-brazil May/June 2013: It felt like a challenge: earlier time zone, hot and humid weather, exotic food, unfamiliar language – Brazil is different from the U.S. in so many ways! Some are wonderful differences and some others, not so much. I was so nervous to bring home 3 Americans! To plan a vacation for my foreign family, ensure their safety and well-being, their fun and relaxation. It was a tall order.

Chris and I packed* during 3 days. Gifts, check. Clothes and flip-flops, check. Documents, check. Cleaned the house, hired a cat sitter and set the DVR to record the Bachelorette, obviously. We headed to Florida for a few days, where we met Bill and Dianne (Chris’ parents) for the 1st part of our month-away vacation. We arrived full of energy and ready to take on new experiences. We unpacked* and went to the beach, took a Segway tour through Naples and dined seafood. The weather was beautiful. Slightly tanned, we repacked* to Brazil: 4 people with 7 suitcases and 5 carry-ons later, we drove to Miami Intl Airport. The bags almost didn’t fit in Bill’s truck – please note this is the way TO Brazil and no shopping had been done at this time.

Trip to Brazil

The 2nd part of our trip was an overnight flight straight to Recife, my hometown. It was bumpy, busy and lasted 7 hours. We arrived with messy hairs, in need of showers and slightly tired. My family was waiting and we headed straight to my mother’s house, where Deskt, my tiny Yorkie, was waiting for me. Unpacked*. I gave away gifts and emptied one suitcase. Repacked*. We headed to the beach front hotel, stayed on the 28th floor with a gorgeous view, almost a dream. Unpacked*. The following days were filled with meeting family and friends, casual dinners and trips to the surrounding malls. The shopping started (insert suspense track)…

After a few days, it was time for the 3rd part of our trip: we repacked* and flew to the southern-most state of Brazil – Rio Grande do Sul. A driver waited for us and took us slightly north, to the city of Gramado, where we would spend the next 5 days. It was cold, unlike Recife, in the mid 40’s. We arrived at this gorgeous bed & breakfast, the rooms were chalets overlooking the gardens. We unpacked*. Louise, a childhood friend of mine, had planned dinner for us and we left for a night out in the small and quaint German-inspired, city. Diets out the window, we went home (hotel) to a freezing room – no thermostats, no heaters and $10 for a bundle of firewood. We burned it like there was no tomorrow. Firewood gone, rooms cold, we had to find other stuff to burn. Chris and Bill sailed out for anything we could use: an unpleasant book Dianne insisted on giving up, logs and dry leaves. We burned it all and were still cold. By the next morning and unable to feel our extremities, we decided to move to another hotel. We packed* and left after breakfast.

Trip to Brazil

Finally the heater was working, the shower was hot and the bed was very comfy. We went to a steam engine museum, a Lavender field, a crystal factory, a cheese shop. We also went to a chocolate factory, a typical dinner show and a place called Mini Mundo:  where you see miniature replicas of random cities, churches, homes and parks. We saw mini traffic accidents, huge ships and trains and an angry father yelling at the tattooed boyfriend of his beautiful daughter. The shopping was in full-speed: there was no turning back and Dianne already wanted to move there! Time to leave Gramado, we packed* and headed back to Recife for the 4th part of our trip.

Back to the same beach front hotel, Chris and I stayed at the 33rd floor. The view was even more amazing! We unpacked*: my brother’s wedding was around the corner. Arrangements were made at the hair salon for the ladies, set up for the rides to and from church/venue and the last cases of whisky were bought. It was time – My brother married the love of his life, the bride was glowing with happiness and everyone else looked stunning, dressed to the 9’s. It was a beautiful ceremony, followed by an amazing party and I got kicked out of it at 3:30am for having too good of a time (my own dad shipped me back to the hotel). My brother followed us with his newly-wedded spouse. The next morning was full of laughter and stories, seasoned by our hangovers and cellphone pictures.  Too soon we had to say our goodbyes and embark into the 5th part of our trip: Porto de Galinhas Beach.

Trip to Brazil

We packed* lightly (flip-flops and swimming suits) and made the 1h trip down the northeast coast. We arrived and unpacked*. Again, we were at another bed and breakfast, also right at the beach. It had rained a bit but we were hopeful for good weather. Sure enough, we woke up to gorgeous blue skies. The sun was scorching hot, perfect for a lazy day at the beach. We overpaid for our meal, bathed in sunscreen and got carried-away by the waves. We shopped some more, at which point Dianne said she would now move to Porto (!). Bill and Dianne had a busy night with a broken A/C and, eventually, having run out of toilet paper, Bill went on a hunt at 3am to find more. He didn’t, and ended up raiding the beach bathroom at the lobby. Luckily he never got in trouble for that!

The following day was rainy and we slept in – everyone was also still tired from the wedding, and once the rain went away, we took a buggy ride to other beaches nearby, where we witnessed the most pristine and warmest waters. Upon returning from the buggy ride, we took a raft ride to a natural swimming pool, about 300ft from the shore. The sun was going down but the water was still warm. We swam with a bunch of little fish and took the raft back to shore. Dinner – more shopping – and bed. We packed*. Our stuff was already spilling out of the bags…

In Recife for the 6th part of our trip, we were now staying at the 26th floor of the hotel. We could see the beach and the people walking or playing soccer, the tide coming and going. This was one last step before coming back to the U.S. – the real life. The last visits by family and friends. It was the day trip to my grandparents’ city (Caruaru) - where Bill ate ants and goat - and the quick stop for a bit of shopping in Gravata.  It was the amazing visit to the artsy city of Olinda, where we shopped some more. We went to a museum (Instituto Ricardo Brennand) that tells the Dutch history of Recife and where you can see a collection of more than 3.000 weapons. It was the night when I washed my dog and ended up staying overnight at my mom’s.

Trip to Brazil

And so we said our goodbyes, hugged and wished Minnesota and Recife were closer. We started packing* at 11pm, the night before our flight back here. There were all those suitcases, all that shopping, all the stuff that had, somehow, multiplied itself. We went back and forth between rooms and fitting stuff between our and Bill’s bags. Almost all done, Chris realized he did not have his passport. “OH SH*T!” does not cover it. We started calling the lobby and asking if maybe the passport was on the 33rd floor. The room was busy and they couldn’t check until the next morning. Our flight was at 9:30am and we were leaving the hotel at 6:30am, there was no time! Then maybe it was left in the hotel in Porto, which would mean travelling to get it and absolutely missing the flight. At least we would retrieve it. I called Porto. Our previous room was also busy and, at midnight, they could not check on it. “Was it stolen?” We didn’t know. Maybe Bill had it in one of the bags we had been hauling back and forth. Chris checked. Nothing. “We have to unpack!*”, I said. Dianne comes over to our room to help. All 3 suitcases and 2 carry-ons unpacked*. Nothing. “Call the U.S. Embassy”, Bill says. Chris calls the hotline. No help. The old passport would expire on the 12th – the day of the flight – and had the Brazilian visa on it, but it was clipped, invalid. I called my dad: “what should we do?” He says: “since he does have a passport with the visa, even though it’s clipped, we can try and get him on the plane. If it doesn’t work, you two will have to postpone the return and get him another passport.” Devastated, we repacked* for the gazillionth (but not last) time – defying the laws of Physics, it all fit! – and went to bed.

6:30am, rushed to shower, rushed to breakfast, rushed to the airport. Check-in attempt frustrated, we were sent to talk to the Feds. One, two, three cops later, they call the U.S. Immigration Office. After what seemed a lot of no’s, they had authorized his boarding. That’s when I broke down in relief! Phew!

A day flight, completely empty, and a lot of cat naps later, we arrived in Miami. However, without a passport, Chris was held back at the Immigration, along with Bill and Dianne. I got in just fine and, unsuspectedly, called Bill over and over to know where the heck they were. It turns out that, since they were still inside, where cellphone use is not allowed, and while attempting to text me that they would be a while, Bill had his phone confiscated and someone kept an eye on him for not complying with the rules… Outside, I had to fend off a Russian guy who insisted one of the 7 bags I was hoarding was his. “My”, he’d say – with almost 0 English to show. I’d show him the tag: “Christopher Bartley - my husband, my bag.” To what he replied: “Moscow - my.” His wife came to his aid and they tried to take away the bag. I grabbed it from them. Russian guy: “open bag”, and I’m thinking “no way I’m opening my bag, just read the damn tag!” Finally he found his own suitcase – completely different than mine, tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to the bag with a smile: “my”…

Trip to Brazil

After we saw a couple in handcuffs and a drunk lady, we headed over to Bonita Springs and unpacked*. It already felt like home, the 7th part of our trip. We went to the beach, took a crazy golf cart ride (compliments of yours, truly) and watched the new Superman movie. Too soon again, it was time to pack*. One last thing: the beach – the day of the flight, one last time at the beach. And the quick 40min we had to spare became a whole 1h20min of bliss. Basically, we left the beach when we were supposed to leave the house to go to the airport…

Can you guess it? Yes, we missed the flight. Pedro, the Brazilian concierge attendant, said there were no more flights available that day. I squealed. Oh, he found it. Two hours later, via Detroit, the last 2 seats in the plane. Only one problem: 2 of the 3 suitcases were overweight (which meant a $90 fine for each!) I squealed again! Hold on a sec – unpack, repack*. Now we had only one that was overweight! $90 for the bag and a couple sandwiches later, we boarded. We went through Detroit and then Minneapolis, safely.

Trip to Brazil

In the end, I took my Gringos to Brazil and we had a very successful and safe trip, full of great memories and unbelievable stories I cannot tell here – they’re now family heirlooms. And after a month away, we came home tanned burned, tired and full of dirty laundry, to find a house with two needy and vocal cats, no groceries and what can only be referred to as “the kingdom of dust.” But we had fun. It was awesome! On Monday, we couldn’t make it to work. We had a bunch of chores to do and, finally, for the last time, unpack*.

*Did you count how many times we packed/unpacked? I lost count too…

PS. All photos were taken with my cellphone!

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booking@lainetorres.com (Laine Torres Photography, LLC) 2013 brazil family laine torres photography photo session tourism trip to brazil vacation https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/6/taking-my-gringos-to-brazil Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:42:42 GMT
Puzon Family Session Spring 2013 https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/5/puzon-family-session-spring-2013 The Puzons are one of the loveliest and busiest families I have ever met. Roberta, the mom, is from Brazil, and Elbert, the dad, is from The Philippines. They have four kids from the age of 13 (Gabi) to 4 (Sophia) and their home is always filled with love, friends and toys (with one cute kitty). The whole family is moving from Minnesota to Texas and this session was to celebrate the new adventure in which they're about to embark.

Roberta &amp; Elbert Puzon

Roberta & Elbert Puzon

The Puzon Family Session

The Puzons: Elbert, Esteban, Adriana, Gabi, Roberta & Sophia

We met at a park near their home and set out to photograph the love they have for one another - the kind of love that is so abundant in wonderful families. The kids got to play, climb trees and race each other between the areas where we shot. I love how much energy they have! Esteban and Sophia were so adorable and ended up composing one of my favorite shots to this date! :)

Esteban &amp; Sophia

Esteban & Sophia: lollipops and daddy's hat

Sophia

Sophia's contagious smile

I have photographed Sophia in the past (you can see her in some candid shots in the slideshows thought this website) and absolutely love watching her play and giggle! That's exactly how we ended our fun session!

Puzons

I wish them all the best and will absolutely miss them!

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It's Just Lunch Head Shots by Laine Torres Photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/4/its-just-lunch-head-shots-by-laine-torres-photography It was one COLD February Saturday when I headed downtown Minneapolis to photograph the team for It's Just Lunch!

We started out with setting up the studio at their front lobby: lights, background, removing furniture, plants and organizing everyone. I had brought some cupcakes with me, that I almost crushed while juggling heavy bags with all my equipment! Luckily, they made it! (I got them at Cupcake, by the way!) And so, one by one, my models showed up, gave me their awesome energy and we recorded all with my camera!

We had some corporate mandated guidelines, but we still managed to make this such a fun & dynamic session!

I just got word that these are now in the process of being uploaded to their website! Can't wait 'til they're up? Take a peek:

 

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Contact:

It's Just Lunch Minneapolis Location
(612) 376-7373
http://www.itsjustlunchminneapolis.com/
https://www.facebook.com/itsjustlunch

 

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Live Music: Muse & Dead Sara at the Target Center, Minneapolis - Photos by Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/3/live-music-muse-and-dead-sara-at-the-target-center-minneapolis---photos-by-laine-torres One of my favorite things to do is to listen to great live music. Over the years I have seen U2, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Foo Fighters, Alanis Morissette, The Smashing Pumpkins (1 and 2), Linkin ParkAdele and the list goes on (I found some of the pictures and linked them up if you'd like to check them out). This last Thursday it was time for me to see Muse again. I had first seen them many years ago in New York, when I wasn't even a fan yet. They sounded so good I became a fan on the spot! Interesting enough, the same thing happened while I watched Dead Sara, the opening band for Muse. They are so awesome I had to download their album while watching them play. Seriously, if you like Rock'n Roll, check them out! 

Enough said, here are some of my favorite shots! Hope you like them!

Dead Sara - Emily Armstrong

Dead Sara

Dead Sara - Emily Armstrong Dead Sara

Muse Muse

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Destined to WIN: It's Our Time to Fly! - Photos by Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/3/destined-to-win-its-our-time-to-fly---photos-by-laine-torres I have been a part of WIN (Women In Networking) since October last year, when I attended my first networking event and met Teresa Thomas, WIN’s Director. I have since become the “WINtern”, met the most amazing women, attended tons of networking events, helped with setup and take down and provided photography coverage to events, along with social media support.

Side note: I love being a part of WIN and just had my “WINternship” extended for another 6 months! How cool is that? :)
Teresa Thomas, WIN Director and presenter of the Keynote
Teresa Thomas, WIN Director and presenter of the Keynote
Destined to WIN 2013 Conference

Destined to WIN 2013 Conference

Destined to WIN, WIN’s Annual Conference, happened last Thursday at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, at the U of M in Saint Paul, MN, and provided over 150 women here in the Twin Cities a day packed with workshops (9 different themes), casual networking, presentation of several sponsors (click here to see a complete list) and the endless support to presenters, award winners and each other.

I, along with two other amazing photographers (Kristin Erb and Lisa Venticinque), have provided full coverage of the Conference, including attendees, presenters, awards and sponsors.

Attendee takes notes during workshops
Attendee takes notes during workshops
Attendees interact during workshops
Attendees interact during workshops
Conference Workshop Conference Workshop

Please visit our album with WIN on Facebook to view the images and if you saw me lurking around with the camera, let me know! Add me and like Laine Torres Photography on Facebook! I look forward to connecting with you there!

I would also like to personally invite you to attend an event with WIN! Click here to see upcoming events and enter the code 1stxguest to receive a discount when you sign up. I hope to see you soon!

Gift bags were provided to all attendees
Gift bags were provided to all attendees

More of my own photos here (name and e-mail required)

>> A little bit about WIN: Women in Networking (WIN) is a Twin Cities based organization in which women in business encourage one another's professional growth and business success. Our members are a mix of female entrepreneurs, business owners and key players in business to business services.

Website: http://mnwin.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WINWomenInNetworking
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Facilitated Networking & Training for Student/Alumni Mixer with Teresa Thomas https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/2/facilitated-networking-training-student-alumni-mixer-teresa-thomas Everyone seems to know the general idea of what to do when you first meet someone, professionally speaking, I mean. Yeah, it's supposed to be natural. Obviously, you're supposed to be polite and confident. And you know what you're supposed to say, right? But does it really happen as you expected?

It is no mystery that I am full of bloopers and faux-pas, I admit that with certain pride and attribute it to being Brazilian. But I'm open to learning and would love to minimize the embarrassing moments I get myself into. (I will not share my personal shame moments at this time, except this once, many years ago, when I meant to say that, in Brazil, I used to live at the beach, to which I mispronounced it and said I lived somewhere else, far less pleasant...)

I just recently have been introduced to the world of networking - I am talking REAL networking. I thought I had it in the bag. I'm quick-witted, far from shy and have no problem communicating. Well, that's not enough. You need to be assertive, you need to be creative and you need to be effective - all in about 30s, according to the "Elevator Speech (or Pitch)".

Luckily, this week, I got to watch Teresa Thomas, a professional connector, present tools, tips and exercises to help the students of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs network with ease. This is the 3rd year the School offered this event to the students with the support of the Alumni and the expertise of Teresa. Humphrey School Career Services staff said it is one of the best things they do for their students and alumni and plan to continue offering it each year.

To begin, we had a warm up session with students only, during which Teresa highlighted the importance of introducing yourself effectively and advised the attendees on planning before heading out into the real world of connections.

Teresa instructs students to now the type of event, research who will be there and work on your presentation accordingly.

Teresa instructs students to know the type of event beforehand, research who will be there and how to tailor your presentation to the potential contacts

Following Teresa's intro, students were given tools and cues on what info to include when formulating their speech. After a brief brainstorm session, the audience was paired to start practicing.

The exercise begins: Teresa created a laid-back environment, allowing the participants to interact with each other and try out different approaches

The second part of the event moved the students to a bigger room and provided them with an experience of networking with the alumni, where they had to work the room and develop a connection with 4 to 5 (never met) people. Larger groups were also encouraged as the room buzzed with new faces.

Students had to meet with at least 4 people during this exercise

Students had to meet with at least 4 people during this exercise

Before wrapping up, we had a very fun and insightful Q&A where Teresa cautioned attendees on the "princess" and "bone crusher" hand shakes. She also covered more challenging topics, such as "how to gracefully exit a conversation" and "how to follow up with a person of interest". Participants from different ethnic backgrounds testified on specific cultural behaviors when meeting someone new. I added that we, Brazilians, are touchy people and very personal - always revealing who we are at the first chance we get.

Teresa tells the audience to avoid the &quot;princess&quot; hand shake

Teresa tells the audience to avoid the "princess" hand shake

Q&amp;A with Teresa Thomas Q&A with Teresa Thomas

Teresa's expertise helped students build up on their networking skills while knowing that mistakes always happen and that it is always better to be genuine and flawed than to sound like a robot handing out business cards without developing a meaningful connection.

 

More pictures:

Online Gallery (name and e-mail required)

 

More info:

Teresa Thomas

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Facilitated Networking & Training for Student/Alumni Mixer with Teresa Thomas

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Nancy's Head Shots - Laine Torres Photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/2/nancys-head-shots---laine-torres-photography I rang the bell of this beautiful house in Elko, MN, to be greeted with a huge smile by Nancy. She has on a blue top that makes her eyes sparkle. "Through the garage?" she says, after we say hello and shake hands (mine cold from the short walk from the car to her front door). "Yeah, I have a lot of equipment" I say, not knowing I wouldn't need half of it.

Saturday mornings are extra special when they're filled with sunshine like this, and Nancy's house has windows all around, letting it in. The view of the golf course is stunning. I did not need my extra lighting, much less all my backdrops. There's tons of space and possibilities.

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We met through some mutual connections and talked briefly over the phone the day before. I could tell she was confident and full of life, but didn't know much else about her. We did some math on the distance, to which she said mileage would not matter. And so it was all set as I headed south for what seemed like a long way. All worth it: our little 20min session turned into a 2h conversation with stories, laughs, photos and the feeling you get when you like someone at first glance.

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Nancy is beautiful and very warm, like the sunshine we were kissed by this Saturday, and it was my utter pleasure to be invited into her home to photograph her joyful smile.

It was great to meet you, Nancy!

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Want to see more? Click here!

 

 

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Date For Life - Photos by Laine Torres Photography https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/2/date-for-life---photos-by-laine-torres-photography The very much anticipated Date For Life Event took stage last Thursday, February 7th, at the Graves 601 Hotel located in the heart of Minneapolis. I can testify that we had the presence of quite beautiful people! It was a fun, upbeat party that raised almost $60K for the Children's Cancer Research Fund - record breaking!

Attendees were welcomed and served cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while mingling with the bachelors and bachelorettes whose dates were auctioned at the height of the party. The silent auction offered endless options for the timidest of the crowd while presenters announced the schedule and instructions for the bidding.

Beautiful smile before the auction

Beautiful smile before the auction

Graves 601 Hotel - 5th floor Party Room Graves 601 Hotel - 5th floor Party Room

Providing meaning to the cause was the ever so gentle Lynn Porferl, whose daughter Katie bravely lost a battle against cancer and inspired the Date for Life's Committee (supported by It's Just Lunch) to put together a successful event of friends, singles and generous people in her memory.

Lynn shares Katie

Lynn shares Katie's story

Before the live auction, the audience was treated to a heartfelt live presentation of the latest media sensation Zach Sobiech, who has found comfort and peace in his music, while battling cancer at the age of 17.

Click to watch the official video for "Clouds" - the same song Zach played for us:

Bachelors and Bachelorettes were presented on the stage and announced their date packages to a room full of life. The bids were rolling in when the silent auction gave room to the live auction of the top 10 partricipants. It was loud, busy and very rewarding, with dates ranging from hundreds to several thousands of dollars!

Fun, loud &amp; busy

Fun, loud & busy: Tim's date package is up for grabs

Auction winners and their dates

After the battle, Tim and the winner for his date were photographed wearing huge smiles

Auction winners and their dates

Carly and the winner of her date package - she was also a presenter for the evening

Sara and the last auctioned date package with KDWB

Sara, one of the winners, and the last auctioned date package of the night, a star party with KDWB's Lucas

At the end of the night, Date for Life had it's best year yet, raising nearly twice the amount of funds when the event was first created.

I feel very fortunate to have been asked to come out and photograph the guests and winners, to see first hand how inspirational and plain amazing it is when you party with a purpose. Thanks to Carrie Eldridge, who dropped my name in the hat for this event, and to Lynn Porferl for her trust and support. You ladies are awesome!

See these and more photos below:

Click the links below to see images provided by the other amazing photographers who collaborated to cover this entire Event:

Studio Laguna

Minnesota Monthly

 

P.S.: Missed the Pre-Event? Check it out here!

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Creative Food for Kids - An Inspiration https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/2/creative-food-for-kids---an-inspiration I do not have a picky eater of my own, since I am not a mom yet, but I know many (have 7 nieces and nephews) and was a die-hard one myself. Growing up in Brazil, at dinner time, I would usually try to decide my menu based on colors and/or shapes of the delectables. I must have been 4 or 5, but had, since early on, decided that anything vegetable-like would not make the cut, no matter how colorful. It drove my mom mad that I would not go along with the family's healthy choices, especially because we would have mandatory homemade soup twice a week. Those two weekdays were my worst nightmare: I hated soup with a passion. I remember being told to finish the one scoop of bean soup before being allowed to leave the table. By the time I'd finally comply, the soup was cold and had tears floating on it (drama, anyone?) Somehow I now love soup... go figure!

So yes, I was a finicky, selective, drive-any-mom-crazy kind of eater, and I remember my mom's efforts: promises, threats, pleads, the old flying silverware disguised as a plane, funky multi-compartment trays (still love those) and the most memorable fun plates (my favorite was a square-shaped stainless steel unit with a girl, boy and dog imprinted on the bottom - kinda like this). I remember having fun finger food every now and then (fries are a hit in any culture, it seems) and all kinds of pretty and fruity juices with curly straws - all to no help for my personal diet.

Unfortunately, I have to say, little did my mom know that food could look so awesome. That the colors and shapes could play so well with any kid's imagination. Had she tried what these pictures* show, maybe things would have been different for little pain-in-the-butt Laine. But that was the early 80's, so she's forgiven. With the help of Google, moms nowadays are ON to picky eaters, no excuses.

When you think about it, all nice restaurants make foods for even grown-ups look extra special, so why not do that at home for the kiddos as well? Ok, it's highly unlikely that all you busy moms out there will be pulling masterpieces daily at dinnertime - and I know it's close to impossible to "shape" and dress up soup - but if your little guy really doesn't care for broccoli, comes broccoli night, you may want to surprise him with a miniature forest inhabited by carrot monsters and see his reaction. It's worth a try!

Who wouldn't want to devour these plates?

Pizza bento - parenting.com

Jelly flower bento - parenting.com

Lion bento - parenting.com

Cat bento - parenting.com

Sheep bento - parenting.com

*The photos used in this post are bento creations of Anna The Red. See more on her Flickr.

Her work was featured at Parenting.com and you can learn how to create them here.

 

These are just a few inspirational ideas. There are so many different ways to make food extra fun!

Make sure you look up "Cute Food for Kids" on FacebookPinterest as well - yummy!

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Learn More About Sarah Elizabeth Artistry - Laine Torres Photography Giveaway https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/2/sarah-elizabeth-artistrys-professional-makeup---laine-torres-photography-giveaway I have just launched a new Facebook Promotion to celebrate the new year and all the new things I'm getting myself into, and you, dear reader, are extremely invited to participate! You can enter the Giveaway here on the blog (see this post) or via Facebook (see this link). Each of the 3 winners will be randomly selected and receive a $150 Gift Certificate from yours truly and a gorgeous $100 Gift Certificate from Sarah Elizabeth Artistry.

Sarah is super sweet and talented and specializes in high end makeup for catalogs and brides. Her work is beautiful and she partners with several amazing photographers here in the Twin Cities. She is always super busy, so this is YOUR chance to get a stunning look from Sarah Elizabeth herself for FREE!

Here's some of her breathtaking work shown by other photographers. I cannot wait to see the three lucky people who'll take these prizes home and get to enjoy pictures just as stunning! Good luck!

Aren't they gorgeous? Make sure you check her website to see more of her magic. You can also join her Facebook page here.

See the Giveaway Official Rules and FAQ. Please enter here to participate!

Contact:
Sarah Elizabeth
Professional Makeup Artist
Ph: 763.587.5113
E-mail: sarah@sarahelizabethartistry.com
Web: sarahelizabethartistry.com
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Date for Life Pre-Event - Photography by Laine Torres https://www.lainetorres.com/blog/2013/1/date-for-life-pre-event---photography-by-laine-torres Date for Life is a fundraiser event that benefits the Children's Cancer Research Fund and takes place in Minneapolis. It involves the auction of dates with bachelors and bachelorettes with fun and exciting plans for a night out on the town. It was created in memory of Katie Jurek, who showed implacable strength and courage while battling cancer as a teenager. It moved me to know how Katie touched the lives of many, and, even though I did not have the chance to meet her, I was honored when I was called in to donate my time and photos to this cause.

And so, last week, Chris (my hubby and assistant) and I went out to the Graves 601 Hotel (Bradstreet Craftshouse) armed with tons of equipment to photograph head shots of the bachelors and bachelorettes who will be participating in the date auction. The night was fun and full of interesting people. It was great to meet some of them and hear first-hand what their dates are going to be like. You can check out the date packages and learn more about each of them at their profile pages.

I am very excited to also be covering the actual event on February 7th, and to showcase the winners with their soon-to-be dates.

Here's a big THANKS to DFL's Team for orchestrating such an amazing event and giving me the opportunity to be a part of something so special!

Check out the head shots I grabbed at the pre-event. If someone catches your eye, make sure you come join us and bid on them! You never know, you may end the night with a hot date on your calendar! :)

Bachelors & Bachelorettes above: Luis, Steve, Marji, Shara, Ben, Jessica, Tim, Anna, Ted & Gretchen.

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