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I’ll let these pictures tell the story…

The Anderson family is packing up and moving!  Where, you ask?  1,697 miles away…to Minnesota!  We are ready to go back to our roots and live close to family and dear friends.  We have been in Arizona for 11 years and what a lovely journey it has been.

I will always keep AZ and all the amazing memories in my heart.  This is the place where we started our lives together….bought our first home…completed graduate school (twice)…battled cancer…had 3 babies…watched our children grow in their first years….made amazing friends…became part of a wonderful church (and preschool) community…developed through rewarding employment with Arizona State University….the list goes on. We were married 11 years ago and set out on this adventure 2 days after our wedding. It’s been a wonderful time of our lives and we are most thankful for the years that we have spent here.

Our move to Minnesota brings several exciting changes in our lives. We will be close to family and have the great benefit of sharing holidays/birthdays….events…outings…day-to-day life with the people that we love. Gone are the days that we have to fly home with 3 small kiddos just to see ‘our people’ (this is how my MIL describes family and I love the term)!

So…what does this move mean for my clients?

I will be offering sessions in Minnesota starting in October (statewide…please contact me for travel rates and info). I have had many requests for photo sessions in MN and so happy to finally accept any and all inquiries. It’s a dream to have amazing new locations in both rural and city surroundings. I will post info about new packages and also holiday specials within the upcoming weeks so watch out for that — and please contact me if you are interested in reserving a date. I will be located in the New London/Spicer area and available for travel.

Arizona friends, I would miss you terribly if I did not have an opportunity to reconnect with you for special happenings this fall.  I will be back in AZ for client work in Oct/Nov and will keep you posted on exact dates. My favorite clients have new babies arriving…1st birthday parties are in the works…holiday pics have been reserved…modeling contracts are waiting…

I am excited to come back to AZ to photograph all reserved sessions and will also be offering holiday specials.  I will share info on dates that I will be in the valley as soon as possible.

Also, I will continue with existing commercial projects and have the great luxury of using the beauty of my surroundings in 2 great destinations. What could be better?

About the pics…
I started to think about the images that I wanted to capture on moving day — the pictures that would document our task of packing the U-Haul and setting out on this journey. My head swirled with ideas and I started to wonder how I was going to have time to get all the pics taken when I was really supposed to be getting our life wrapped up in boxes. All the heavy lifting would really get in the way of my photo-taking desires. So instead of taking pics in the process of moving, I decided to plan a pre-moving photo session. It turned out to be such a fun project to document this big move and also a creative way to share the news that we’re coming home to MN. I asked my friend Megan (of Megan Papworth Photography) to come over and help me to make it all happen. She rocks the angles and pushes the standard rules of photography. Exactly what I envisioned for this shoot. Love that girl.

Megan, Thank you for surviving the HOTTEST day of summer with us! You did amazing work (as always) and I am so grateful. We are both moving in different directions and I will miss having you close!  You always amaze me. xo