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Mankato, MN, Minnesota, United States
I am an adventure seeking cross between a Biker Chick & Sailing Beach Bum. Watch out for Mamma Bear because my family and friends mean the world to me! I love to wear high-heeled boots and flip-flops in the same day. Watching the sunset on a beach or sunrise over the mountains brings out my inner peace. The smell of Lilacs in the spring, sun shimmering on a calm lake in the summer and crisp afternoon air in October, makes living in MN tolerable, but I have to travel. People say that they can hear my laugh from across the room. I work until my eyes can’t be pried open with toothpicks or my body gives out, but play just as hard. I love meeting new people. A room full of strangers, truly are just a bunch of friends that I haven’t been blessed to meet yet. OH… and I say it like it is!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ask the Expert... Episode #1 "Should we have our family friend be our Wedding Photographer?"

Ask the expert is a video blog brought to you by Nissa of Ideal Photography.  Each episode will have new questions and information regarding Photography and the Wedding Industry. Nissa will be bringing in experts from other areas such as Cake Decorators, Event Planners, DJs, Videographers, and etc.  Be sure to leave comments and send questions or ideas for future episodes to nissa@idealphots.com or visit the Mankato Area Wedding Guide. Click Here: Mankato Area Wedding-Guide-2011


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mother, Grandmother and other Moms who help to raise me and my two crazy kids! In honor of you I made this quick video. "Rub-A-Dub-Dub... Two Nadines in a tub." Enjoy!  Love you! Thanks for all that you do.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Feather Extensions!

Ok gang! I was just informed/schooled on the newest trend... 
Feather Extensions!

I'm going to age myself here, but when I first heard of it I thought about those beads with the feathers hanging off of it! You know the 80's... When we braided the hair then wrapped string around it and it dreaded until we cut them out. PLEASE tell me you know what I'm talking about?  

Well... These are NOTHING like them. They are super cool and you can wash, curl and keep them in your hair as normal! Nicole is on this newest trend and getting them this week! Call her to make an appointment. I will post a pic or two when I get mine. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

2012 Marketing Models for Ideal Photography

In the Rock Star Theme, we had some great kids come for the Model Call for Class of 2012! We used Auto Detailer's garage and Nicole from Tangles kicked out some awesome hair and makeup. Some of these will become Ambassadors for the Studio and there are still some openings. We only take one boy and girl from each of the Mankato Area High Schools, so spots are filling up fast. DON'T wait. Ambassadors get their senior shoot for free including rep cards and incentives for friends who book under their card. A college scholarship is up for grabs as well!  Contact Nissa ASAP if you want to be an Ambassador.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Grady Man!

Grady is the cutest little man with sooooo much hair! This kid's smile just lights up the room. I couldn't help but to post some from his most recent session. He is certainly going to be a heart breaker. Way to go Todd & Amber!

On the Radio!

Many of you already know that I have started talking on the radio  Tuesday mornings. I love connecting with current and potential clients by letting them get to know me a little better. Radio gives me the outlet to reach a large group immediately. The feedback has been positive, but it is hard to gage its effectiveness. So, any feedback would be helpful! Feel free to comment below.

This morning around (8:40 am), I will be on our one of our top local stations KDOG with Brad & Sarah at 96.7. Last time we talked Little Black Book Sessions and had a blast. It is fun to be in the studio and seeing the DJs face to face. You never know what will be said with these two! Tune in and let me know what you think after. Looking forward to hearing from you.  


Friday, March 4, 2011

Our Valentine... Little Miss Emalyn

Josh and Ann have Little Miss Emalyn on the baby plan and I get to see how fast she grows! Her daddy couldn't wait to give her the puppy for Valentine's Day. They brought it with and they images turned out so cute!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hard Core Mamma

This maternity session was so much fun. Jessa and Chris were so open to the artistic side of photography. Jessa loved the idea of combining the elements of the Little Black Book Session with a standard maternity shoot. I love how these images turned out.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

TimeLine Episode 2

Now this is what I call "Shredding the Lines!" Simply Amazing. If you want to see more videos and CRAZY images check out the StokeLab Magazine. Click on link below to watch this video!

Click Here for Video: TimeLine Episode 2

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Crested Butte Trip

Crested Butte, CO

I have a wonderful friend who moved to Colorado in 1996. She has made Crested Butte her home and anyone who visits can understand why. As the years have gone by, we have both gotten married and now we each have two beautiful children. When Jen comes to Mankato, I take images of her family. We have talked about the possibility of my coming out and doing the same for her friends out in her neck of the woods. So...This year we made it a reality. 

Even though this first year was a short trip, we think it was a definite success! I had the privilege to meet some great families and created some fun images along the way! Hopefully we can continue this as an annual event with my CO Crew. I certainly love it out there and the beauty of it all takes my breath away.  

Here are just a few of my favorite images from my Oct. CO Crew trip:

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