All about Emile (written by Kelly…with no regard to fact checking). Ahhh, Em…my sister from another mister.  Not actually blood related…but we act like it…you’ll see 😉

Emile is pretty fabulous…not only is she a genius with a set of makeup brushes…but she has a gift for making people feel completely comfortable in her presence.  After 10 minutes together, you’ll both be BFF’s for life!  She has been in the makeup industry for over 10 years, and has worked on hundreds of high school seniors and brides.  She is our exclusive makeup artist here at the studio, and we are lucky to have her here!  If she ever leaves me to go to Hollywood…I will not be held responsible for my actions.  There may be a restraining order involved.  Perhaps some handcuffs.  Not sure yet.

Emile lives in Elk River with her doting (he gives her foot-rubs all the time, I’m super jelly) husband and her stud-muffin 12 yr old son (who also gives her foot-rubs)…have I mentioned that Emile is a queen?

All about Kari (written by Kelly…this is not gospel, people)!

Kari has been with our studio for the past 5 years.  She comes out to the studio once or twice a week and meets with clients to help them choose what to order. Kari has been teaching 1st grade for the past 20+ years and is well on her way down the road to sainthood.  She has more kindness in her little finger than I have in my whole body…I’m hoping she rubs off on me someday.  Kari’s an amazing pianist and has a wonderful artistic eye, which makes her the perfect person to help choose your portraits!

Kari lives in Monticello with her husband (he’s a high school teacher…who’s also applying for sainthood), and has 2 strapping lads in college…when she’s not working at school or out at the studio, you can find her planting flowers at the golf course or taking tickets at high school events.  Honestly, these two ladies are complete over-achievers!

All about Tera (written by Kelly…someday everyone will catch on and write their own ‘about me’ page)!   Tera is the new kid on the block and has been with the studio for one season.  She has taken over the scheduling for ordering appointments, and also meets with clients placing orders during weekday evenings.  She has been a wonderful addition and we are lucky to have her!

Tera lives in Monticello with her husband and two daughters…one is in college, and the other will be a senior next year, so she is on the same page as most of our senior families!  During the day, Tera works as a youth employment specialist working with at-risk kids through MN jobs & training services.  She is quiet and kind and has oodles of patience, she also loves noodles.  I think.

The about me page!  I’m a Minnesotan and a Lutheran, so right off the bat you know I’m uncomfortable talking about myself.  I’m a mom to 3 decent kids (see, no bragging over here), and a wife to my high-school sweetheart. I graduated from high school in ’96 (aka: the glory days).  The days before instagram and pinterest were invented to tell me that my hair was awful and my wardrobe was even worse.  Ignorance was definitely bliss!  After getting my degree in Mass Communications, I went right to work at a traditional portrait studio. I’ve been working as a photographer in some capacity or another for over 20 years. True, a lot of that time was spent posing people awkwardly on a white wicker settee…but hey~I was doing something I loved. I opened my own business in 2008, and it has been a wonderful journey so far!

My loves: coffee with heaps of creamer, pajama pants, escaping to the lake, shocking people with my lack of a filter, netflixing and watching my kids do all the things (sports, theater, choir).

I seriously have the best job.  I love meeting so many amazing teenagers and giving them a little boost of self confidence.  I think I’ll do this forever.  At least for the next 6 years when my youngest graduates..then I’m moving somewhere warmer. Adios. No worries, I’ll take my camera with–beach portraits for everyone!