Trystan | Destination Family Photographer

Trystan | Destination Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of hanging with this little guy in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  What a ball of joy Trystan is.  Here’s some of my favorites from our time together.  =D

Riesland Family | Duluth, MN

Riesland Family | Duluth, MN

I made the trek up to Duluth to visit this awesome family. These two kids and I had so much fun together. We were laughing it up the entire time. I love this family…and my job! =D

Lucia | Two Years Old

Lucia | Two Years Old

Lucia is such a little sweetheart. This is my second time getting to run around with her. We cruised around Harriet Island, played on the playground, and explored along the river. She could have stayed in the woods making leaf and rock piles until the sun went down. I’m not sure who had more fun, me or her.

Zachary | One Year Old

Zachary | One Year Old

I made the trip down to Mankato to visit Zachary just one day after his big birthday bash. We just hung out and let Zachary do all of his favorite things around the house. We made a mess in the kitchen, spreading oats all around. Then we made our way over to the books.

Naturally when we were done playing and reading the books we moved on to light sabers and other toys with big brother Max. I really love photographing kids in their everyday environments doing the things they love to do. These kinds of images mean the most in the future.

I also have to add how much of a little buddy Zachary is. He kept crawling all over me, laughing, and trying to wrestle me. What a cool little dood! =D

Gridiron Giving

Gridiron Giving

Today I volunteered my time at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.  My friend Ryan Thorman, former U of M Football Player, recently created a new 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization called Gridiron Giving.  It all started a few weeks ago with a personal Facebook post saying he’d match donations to give sick or needy kids toys for Christmas.  Ryan raised over $2,000 in no time, and the idea snowballed into something much bigger.

Ryan, along with his non-profit business partner Rod Ganther, and their U of M football buddies, delivered a bunch of brand new toys and portable DVD players to the recovering kids.  It was great to see the looks on the kids and parents faces.  I’m excited to watch this new charity grow each and every year.  Way to go Ryan!

Visit Gridiron Giving online at http://www.gridirongiving.com/
(their new website is in the works)

– Jackson

 

Carley

Carley

Carley is one cool kid.  She warmed up to me right away and we had a lot of laughs together.  We braved the cold and ran around in the woods.  She even brought her Christmas Fairy Princes outfit along to show off, just before the holidays.  What a good time.  =D

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