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Lazy Day (Interrupted) ~ St. Cloud Pet Photographer / Lifestyle Photographer

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It’s raining/snowing…..again. Apparently Spring is just refusing to ‘spring’ this year. I miss my flowers and the sunshine. I miss walks with Miss Daisy – neither of us are overly enthused to get soaked walking around at barely above freezing temps just to take a stroll.

About the best thing to do on overly gray days like today is lay around and nap. Seeing as I have work to do, and am void of such luxuries, I figured I would at least photograph Daisy during her nap – you know, to live vicariously through her, so to speak.

She was not amused.

Shortly hereafter, she got up and wandered off to slumber in private.

How dare I.

Happy Lump Day.


~ Jen

Oh Mother Nature – Central Minnesota Pet / Lifestyle Photography

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Daisy and I woke up this morning to an April 20th Winter Wonderland. Needless to say, the big question on Daisy’s mind (and everyone else’s I would imagine) is “What’s up Mother Nature?”

Its already started melting, but still – really?

Oh Minnesota, we love you – even when you are full of crazy.

Happy Lump Day.


~ Jen

Paris, Pt. 1 – Central MN International Photographer

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Today needs a little peek of Paris.

About a week ago, I returned from an amazing week long trip to Paris. I attended Scott Robert Lim’s World Tour Workshop, and worked not only on improving my skills as a photographer and artist, but also on myself.

It was a trip of firsts. My first international flight…….my first flight alone. Its very interesting not traveling with Ben. I had never flown without him. To be honest, I was slightly terrified to do it alone. Well, that, and the ever present dread I tend to have that I’ll throw up (again…) on a plane. (Its happened, it was not a good time… you motion sickness!) On top of that, you have navigating by your self, especially in a country where you don’t speak the native language, and (sadly) hauling all your luggage around with no one to help share the load (note to self, pack lighter. You don’t need to bring 4 books with….besides the French dictionary, you didn’t crack one of them you crazy woman….)

But, anywho – I made it. It was amazing. I didn’t miss any of my flights, I got around on the Metro and RER, I experienced Paris and I had a blast! I’m proud of myself. I meet many amazing individuals in the SRL Community and look forward to seeing them again someday. I’m happy to have a mentor in Scott, someone I know will support me and help me grow my business and skills as I move on in life. I’m thrilled to have international colleagues to visit, bounce ideas off of, and say hey, I know people in Slovenia!

I love that I took this time to invest in myself. I’m not going to lie – I had a minor panic attack before pressing the button to book this workshop. Sometimes investing in yourself shakes you to the core. But in the end, you realize that if you let fear rule every decision you make, you really won’t make any decisions.

You won’t live you life.

I don’t want to wake up 20 years (hell 5 YEARS) from now and wonder, “What if….?” Do something for me today – take a little risk. Doesn’t have to be a big one. But take one, and do something you’ve always wanted to do, always wanted to try.

And know that it’s ok if it doesn’t turn out the way you expected. That’s life – and at least you’re living it. You really can never fail when you’re investing in yourself – whatever experience you have is always worth it.


“On to the images!” you say! Can do! For this first post, I wanted to share some of the amazing and inspirational art that is EVERYWHERE in Paris! Its amazing to walk down any street (with just ordinary buildings that are works of art in themselves – but that’s another post…) and be bombarded with art. Its lovely and makes be incredibly happy.

(She has a friend)

One of my favorites – So much going on, all under her gaze. Love.

More to come from Paris.


~ Jen

Ah Sunshine – St. Cloud Pet Photographer / Lifestyle Photographer

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Since being home, I’ve been playing catch up – while trying to enjoy some time with Ben and Daisy. And when the sun is shining, its hard not to take a minute to enjoy.

Its so nice to have the porch chairs out, sit outside as a family, and enjoy the sun shine. Perhaps I’ll even be able to wrestle her out of my spot…..
What a lovely dork she is.

Happy Lump Day.


~ Jen

Waiting – Central Minnesota Pet Photographer

Written by Jen on . Posted in Fur and Feather Friends, Lump Day, Randomly Jen, The Art of You - Portrait Goodness

Hello Hello!

I’ve recently come back from an amazing week of learning, photographing, experiencing, growing, and exploring Paris. Lots of amazing images to share from my journey – stay tuned! However, being away from home and internet access has resulted in some missed Lump Day goodness. Last week, I was photographing the iconic Eiffel Tower. Yesterday…… I just dropped the ball.

Blame it on a little bit of left over jetlag, rushing around doing all the things you need to do when you leave home and take a week long adventure, whatever you want to call it, Lump Day just slipped my mind until too late last night. So, I apologize, but hopefully a Thursday Lump Day will be just as lovely.

This morning, as in other mornings or times during they day when she is playing outside, I happen to glance out the door to find Miss Daisy gazing at me intently.


And it reminded me of all the waiting she had to do last week while I was away. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Daisy has VERY strong seperation anxiety. She does not like when we leave her, even if both of us just venture into the yard for a few minutes without her. She is always overtly overjoyed at our return, dancing with happiness and calling out how we should never dane to leave her side again.

So you can about imagine the week Ben had while I was gone. (To put it short, there were days he returned home from work and needed to physically sit and hold her for half an hour to reassure her she hadn’t been left behind – and that I would return home soon.)

I love her. I wish I could tell her that whenever we need to leave her, we will ALWAYS come back for her. No matter what. I wish there was a way to help her understand that. We are family – she’s stuck with us.

Mommy’s home Dase. Happy (substitute) Lump Day.


~ Jen

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