Win-win photography

Katie sounded genuinely excited when I relayed to her the news that she was the winner of Anthologie's "No Foolin' Spring Photography" promotion. Truth be told, I was just as enthusiastic to make for her some great family pictures. That's because Katie is just the sort of person I love to work for — she's a  photographer.

Does that mean I relish the idea of a fellow shutterbug critiquing my creative work with a fine-tooth comb? Not exactly, though it does help to get constructive criticism. No, the reason I enjoy having photographers as the subject of my pictures is because, like me, they're never in any of their photos!

Katie and I go way back, probably 15 years or more. She was actually a classmate of mine in high school, a photo classmate to be specific, as was her husband, Stephan. I hadn't talked with the couple regularly in some time, and hadn't even seen them face to face in about a year, so it was a welcome surprise when their names were selected at random to win an Anthologie custom photo session.

We chose the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as the backdrop to their lifestyle portrait session. There, the couple's three children would be free to explore the grounds while physical space provided some meaningful context to the pictures, since the Stombergs live in the neighborhood.

It was a challenge to balance catching up with old friends while at the same time doing my best to be a fly on the wall for the kids as they did what they did best — play. What impressed me most was just how close all the siblings were despite their separation in age. When I'm working, posing for pictures is kept to an absolute minimum. All the images of the kids walking together, holding hands and enjoying each other's company was all real! And despite the ever-plummeting temperatures and bitter wind, everyone had a picture-perfect disposition.

Thank you, Stomberg family, for being such great models. This photography session was a win-win for all of us!

Four days left to reserve your session

Just like spring, this deal won't last forever. The No Foolin' spring photography collection absolutely ends this Friday, so be sure to contact us today and reserve your time at a special price. You then have until May 31 to complete your session.

Our No Foolin sessions are the perfect opportunity to get out and have fun with your family while we make the pictures. Planting flowerbeds, playing frisbee, or simply teaching the newest member of the family how mow the lawn are just some of the many ways to celebrate this time of year through photos.

Anthologie specializes in capturing your family interacting with one another without staged portraits. So sit back, relax, and let us do the work for you.

Learn more about this promotion HERE.

And the winner is ...

Congratulations to Katie Stomberg, the winner of our free No Foolin' photography session! For those of you who didn't win, there's still one more week to reserve your spring photo session at a special price. Katie, we'll be contacting you soon to set up a time and location to work with your family! Have a great — and warm — weekend, everyone!

Spring Giveaway: No Foolin’

This spring's giveaway from Anthologie: A free No Foolin' photography session. This collection features up to one hour of photography at a location of your choice. Perfect for those who enjoy capturing candid moments, Anthologie will work with you to create a fun and relaxing photo experience where you're free to hang out with family or work on your favorite hobby while we worry about making the photos. Check the main article on our website to learn more about this special offer.

To enter, click on the "leave a comment" navigation below and tell us: What is your favorite springtime activity? Double your chances by entering on our Facebook page. We'll randomly select the winner on April 8.

Mother Nature's cruel sense of humor

050910 The Bruce family figured that waiting until May was a safe bet for scheduling family photos along the banks of the Mississippi River (as did I). But as true Minnesotans know, you can't can't count on Mother Nature to cooperate.

As is often the case with our "No Foolin'" promotion — set to coincide with changing seasons — we found ourselves questioning whether or not the kids could withstand 30-miles-per-hour wind gusts, and if short sleeves were a good idea.

Despite the chilly conditions (ha!) and a bit of wintry precipitation (did I mention it was May), the Bruces decided the show must go on — both kids were nearing their birthdays and the family wanted their latest photo experience to pay homage to their summer tradition of boating along the river. Their determination paid off in the images, and I think the kids showed that they can be more resilient than adults when confronted with a cold front.

Thanks guys. You proved "No Foolin'" can mean "no excuses," too.