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Letter to My Son – September 2013 | Minot, ND Photographer

Dear Son,

You are starting to communicate more and more each month.  I love the honesty of children, you always know where you stand with them.  And at this age, my little boy, you are telling us how you feel often!  The professing of love, the expressing of anger, at least we are kept up to date on what you are thinking!  You aren’t as frustrated lately as you have been in the past few months.  I think you are starting to realize that you can do more and more if you try.

At the end of last month we had an addition to our family.  Our dog had puppies!  You have loved the experience of seeing them grow, feeding them and playing with them.

Some things we did this month: trips to visit grandparents (picking apples in grandma’s apple orchard), playing with cousins in Canada (although they are girls, so you play for 10 mins before retreating to your cars and trains) :), playing with friends and watching the puppies grow:)

You are starting to become more boy than toddler, I am missing my ‘baby’ every day, but enjoy watching you become a little man <3

I love you to the moon and back, baby boy.



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Apple Picking in Grandma’s Orchard


For more Letter’s to My Children, check out my friend Joanne’s letter to her son right here:


October 2, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Joanne - These are great – makes me want to go apple picking with my little boy! So fun!

September 28, 2013 - 12:17 pm

christina - Your images are beautiful as always! I love the one of him holding the apple with the little trail of bite marks in it.

September 27, 2013 - 11:53 pm

Sarah - Love this series Nicole…especially the half eaten apple!

September 27, 2013 - 3:31 pm

katie - These are beautiful!

September 27, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Tara - Oh my gosh – love!! Your work is amazing! Love the close up apple shot :)

Letter to My Daughter – September 2013 | Minot, ND Photographer

Dear Daughter,

Fall is here!  This month we visited family in Canada, got to play with cousins and grandparents and go to your first movie at the theatre!

You and I had a “girls night” and we went to see Smurfs 2 earlier in the month and then this past weekend we went again to see Planes.  You enjoy picking your outfit, putting on some jewelry and dressing up for “Girls’ Night”.  Seriously, some days I wonder if I have a teenager instead of a four year old!  And I am not sure where you get all this “dressing up” stuff from, because your mommy’s favorite outfit is jeans and a t-shirt.  And the last time I wore a necklace was 2011.  LOL.   My favorite moment was when you rifled though my closet to pick out MY outfit.  First the dress I wore to a wedding this summer, then the sparkly, beaded low cut black top and finally the shiny silk pink blouse.  All of which were beautiful, but I would certainly have been a little over-dressed for the Smurfs movie.  :) We finally settled on a casual, but flowy flower top with jeans.  You aren’t too bad at coordinating outfits, I must say.  You may be called upon to get me ready for my next date-night with daddy!

I love that you are such a ‘girlie girl’, since I am so not.  :) Your penchant for dresses (frillier the better), pretty shoes and jewelry makes me want to be 4 again!

One thing I didn’t mention in last month’s letter was the arrival of 6 new additions to our family.  Our dog had puppies!  It was a bit of a surprise, as we had just welcomed her into our family only weeks before this!  She came to us so skinny, so we put her on a high fat dog food.  Even then, she only gained a little bit of weight, not near enough for us to suspect what she was hiding in there!  It was a blessing though, we have embraced this new adventure and have enjoyed watching the puppies over the past several weeks.

A couple of your favorite things you did this month:  Playing at all your grandparents’ houses (they love taking you to the park, playing dollhouse, dress-up and swimming), visiting with your cousins (they just moved up this way from out east and are about the same age as you) and watching the puppies play and grow.

I love you to the moon and back,


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Playing dress up and picking flowers :)

For more Letters to My Children, please head over to my friend Kim’s blog for her letter to her child:

October 2, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Joanne - I love them all, I can’t pick a favorite!

October 1, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Sarah - Amazing photos Nicole!

September 27, 2013 - 11:28 pm

September Edition of Letters to our Daughters | Frozen Moments - […] sure to visit the rest of our blog circle and pop on over to my friend Nicole’s “Letter to Our Daughters” and check our her letter and beautiful […]

September 27, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Amanda - Nicole WOW! The pictures are so beautiful!!!!

September 27, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Tara - She is too cute – She’d fit right in at our house with all her girlie things!! Love this setting – beautiful shots!

Kids Were Here | September 2013

This spring the kids planted tomato seeds and enjoyed watching them grow over the summer.  Turning from flowers into little tomatoes and then into bigger tomatoes.  They were so excited to start to see some red ones emerge this month.  They ran giggling on to the deck to pick as many as they could see.  “Don’t pick the green ones yet!” I said.

Yup, they didn’t listen.  :)

Kids Were Here, September, Tomatoes

To continue on the “Kids Were Here” blog circle, check out my friend Tara’s blog here.

September 22, 2013 - 6:29 pm

christina - beautiful images, I love the colors and tones.

September 14, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Tara - These are fantastic – love the bright color!!

September 13, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Jenn - Gorgeous!! I love these beautiful images!

September 13, 2013 - 7:33 pm

September Kids Were Here | jennifer burnett photography - […] Oh the little things I’ll miss when you are not little anymore…  Thank you for clicking through the September blog circle for Kids Were Here! Remember to click through to see images from my talented friend Nicole Herda. […]

September 13, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Joanne Wagner - So cute! I love how kiddos get so excited to watch things grow and then pick them…even it they aren’t ready yet!

Take Better Pictures of Your Kids! | Part Two | Minot Photographer

Welcome to the second installment of the “Take Better Pictures of Your Kids!” series.

Today’s Tip:

Put down that pop up flash!

Let’s face it – It’s harsh, it’s unflattering….and then there’s the dreaded “red eye!”

If you have a compact camera, you can disable the flash.  If you have a DSLR, you can disable the flash buy switching to one of the manual modes on your camera.  If you typically shoot in AUTO, move it over to P (program mode).  It will do the same as auto, but the flash won’t pop up.

You need more light you say?  Move your subjects closer to a window.  At night, use what you have in the house!  Ipads and iphones make great light sources.  There is even a free ap called SoftBox for your iphone/ipad (there is a free ‘lite’ version or a paid ‘Pro’ version).  If you are using lights in your house, try some different settings on your DSLR to correct white balance.  Tungsten light is very warm, to avoid your image from being too orange, change your white balance to the little ‘lightbulb’ icon on your camera.  It should help balance out the color a bit better than auto white balance.  And if all else fails, convert to a moody black and white:)


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Look for window light!

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Use an iPad for light!

Weird colors in your photograph? Convert to black and white!

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September 22, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Christina - I’m loving these “how to take better pictures of your kids” posts. You capture such great images of your kids! Amazing.

Take Better Pictures of Your Kids! | Minot, ND Photographer

Do you struggle to get good pictures or snapshots of your kids?  Stay tuned to my blog for tips in the “Take Better Pictures of Your Kids” series.

Today’s tip:

Get down!

Yes, you heard me!  Get down on their level.  Not only will they appreciate seeing you eye to eye, they will probably give you some interesting expressions and some smiles too.  The viewer of your image also senses that connection with your child because the picture is taken at an angle that allows the viewer to look directly at him or her, rather than looking ‘down’ at them.

So get down on your knees, lie down on your belly and capture those great moments with your kids:)


Take Better Pictures of your kids

Take Better Pictures of Your Kids | Get down to eye level!


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September 22, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Christina - I just subscribed to your blog, such beautiful work.

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