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Blog Circle | Nature & Bokeh | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

This year marks the second year that my wonderful group of photographer friends and I will continue our blog circle.  This year, we decided to have different topics to shoot and along with these topics will be different photography techniques that we will employ in shooting.  We decided to do this in order to drive…

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  • Emily - Heidi these are stunning! Wow, though is it different there than here this time of year 😉ReplyCancel

  • Paula - beautiful images Heidi!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - That second image just pops, love it! What kind of plant is it? It’s gorgeous with its red color and the snow.ReplyCancel

  • Karthika - Love the vaseline reference – a great way to explain Bokeh! – The image with the trees is my favoriteReplyCancel

  • Marlo Yoshimoto - Wow. These look like cards, art, … .so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • carol - Love all of this images! I want to come visit!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - Such wonderful images demonstrating bokeh! I can feel the COLD and the isolation of the subject!ReplyCancel

How I view…Secret Santa | Cold Spring, MN photographer

Greeting and Happy New Year! A few months ago, our blog circle decided to do a secret santa project.  We all logged onto a website, registered and the site randomly assigned us a secret santa.  Our mission was to buy our person a gift, send it off and document it for our January blog circle. …

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  • Marlo - I love your gift a la New York!! And super hilarious that you took pictures of the gift you sent on the scale and with the postmasters!! LolReplyCancel

  • Camille - Thanks for organizing the secret santa activity, Heidi! This was fun and Im glad I participated. The shirt fits you perfectly! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Karthika - Love it! and love the smiling postal office employees….so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Heidi your documenting of this is fantastic – how fun! You look gorgeous in your new shirt. Wish I was there to throw one back with you!ReplyCancel

  • julie - Hee hee so nice to see how lovely you made everything look! Merry Christmas, I hope you liked my little mish-mosh of a gift, a sliver of NYC, you were so much pressure to buy for! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • nadeen - What a perfect gift from NY! I love that you documented the shipping of yours as well.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Mak » How I View… [Secret Santa] - […] guilty about sending a not-so-serious gift to my Secret Santa gift recipient!  See what I got her here.  And at least I can say it was NOT a calendar of naked NYC taxi […]ReplyCancel

How I view…Family | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

When I saw our topic for this month was family, I thought I could take pictures of my own family; we haven’t had our family pictures done since….Um…well, I think my youngest was a newborn.  We’ve had the obligatory church directory pictures done, and a snapshot here and there of us for special occasions like…

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  • Karthika - This is so lovely! – I love the family pictures – Your clients are so fortunate for having such an amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Heidi! I love your family shots 🙂 They are so full of life and love…now go get some pictures done girl!!!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - love your interpretation. you’re so right in how easy it is to push off those family photos, but they’re always worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - What beautiful images of all these families! I’d be so proud to hang a Maehill Studios portrait on my wall! Too bad we are about 1200 miles from one another! I feel your pain about not getting everyone together for a family portrait!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Heidi, you do such great work with families!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Mak » How I View… [Family] - […] Please follow the circle around to see how my talented friends view family.  Next up is Heidi Howard of Maehill Studios. […]ReplyCancel

How I view…Motherhood | Cold Spring MN photographer

What is motherhood to me? Where’s my glasses?  What’s for supper?  Cold hockey arenas. Lots of time in a car.  I need $20.  I need $5.  Can I have people over?  I have to be home by WHAT time?  Windy baseball games.  Thousands of dollars on sports.  How did this dent get in my car? …

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  • Motherhood. {Charlotte Family Photography} » Sunshower Lifestyle Photography | Charlotte Family Photographer - […] one that has an opinion on motherhood today!  Take a look at my friend Heidi’s blog over at Maehill Studios to see what she has to […]ReplyCancel

  • SarahL - Great opening paragraph! In my house it would go “go get dressed. Are you dressed yet? How’s the getting dressed coming along? Seriously? You’re not dressed? What do you mean you don’t have clean underwear??….” Maybe mine needs to do his own laundry too! 😉ReplyCancel

  • carol - They do their own laundry? I’m taking notes on that! 🙂 And you’re making me hungry! Love your post. You made me laugh!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Oh wow. Now I’m hungry for some eggs and sausage! I don’t cook and I can’t WAIT for my kids to learn to do laundry and dishes. So I’m pretty sure they will never think I’m the best mom ever!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - I think that is awesome that you have your kids do their own laundry! It teaches them responsibility. And you make breakfast every morning? You are the best mom ever! BTW your photos of breakfast are so pretty! You rock at lifestyle photography! Love your style!ReplyCancel

  • kimberly walla - Love this! I can not wait until my kids can do their own laundry. I am right there with you; I have it. Oh man and I wish you would cook me breakfast everyday, looks delish! Your photos go right along with your post just perfectly. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Karthika Gupta - Heidi – I love the first para…I am going to try the breakfast every morning thing so I can get “you are the best mom ever” comment from kiddos. That must be the best way to start the day 🙂 – and the last image is totally making me hungry now!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - LOL I just read Brigette’s and Camille’s comments… we are all in agreement. Mom of the Year.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - You ARE the best mom ever! We eat granola bars in the car. Sigh… I’m cooking them breakfast for dinner tonight now. I can at least pull that off! Loved your commentary!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Wow! You are the best mom ever! I can’t wait until my son (and husband) learn to do laundry.ReplyCancel

  • Marlo Yoshimoto - I think we’ll all be heading over there for breakfast! LOL I love that image of your munchkin just peeking over the counter. Must be an everyday perspective of yours! So sweet. And I definitely love your perspective of motherhood with flaws – and how YOU deal with those – make them do laundry! Brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Morgalis - So real…I just love it! Your family is lucky to have you.ReplyCancel

  • Brigette - You *are* the best mom ever! My kids are lucky to get cereal for breakfast. 😉 I am so not a morning person. Your intro paragraph cracks me up. It’s so how it goes, right?! Love your photos too- that little one peeking over the counter is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Cam - You are the best mom! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I would love to have breakfast at your house. The eggs and sausages look really good.ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - I can feel the love and good for you teaching them to do their own laundry early!ReplyCancel

  • Julie M - Heidi you are giving me a vivid picture of what lies ahead! I am going to copy you and get my boys to do their own laundry. Also I haven’t eaten breakfast and you are making me crave for your eggs, sausage and toast. You get such beautiful light in your kitchen! I love the photo of your son peeking above the counter.ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - i loved your opening paragraph 🙂 and the fact that your kids do their own laundry?! genius! i’m taking notes.ReplyCancel

How I view…Literature Blog Circle | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

Literature.  It amazes me when I hear people say they don’t like to read.  I often ask why, what is it about reading that you don’t like?  Why don’t you like to be taken away to another time, another country, a situation that is so far removed from your own. I don’t really recall when…

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  • Brennan - oh heidi! I love love love love love love Anne of Green Gables…one of my all time favorites! The first shot is so amazing-I love it !ReplyCancel

    • HLHowarD1970 - Thanks Brennan! I love Anne of green gables too, so much!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Heidi, your images are wonderful and I so want to escape into a book right now! I was just talking today to a co-worker about how much literature provides an escape for my brain. Shame there is very little time for escaping these days!ReplyCancel

  • Deirdre - I so enjoyed this post. Thank you for mentioning it in the comment on my site, Heidi. I too don’t remember being read to (I was one of 9, there wasn’t much time for reading to kids) but both my parents were passionate readers themselves and I’ve come to believe it is just as important (if not more) for kids to see their own parents make time for books if we want our kids to be readers.

    Loved this peek into your bookshelves, both past and present. Hope you’ll continue to share when you find new books to love. Are you on goodreads?ReplyCancel

  • Karthika - Very well written Heidi! – I want to know more about the boxes with the words and what looks like herbs…seems like an interesting corner of your house 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I love you even more now! I didn’t know you were a reader. I loved Anne of Green Gables and The Bell Jar is one of my absolute favorite books! I just love that first picture, well done!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - Now I want to go curl up with a book and read! And I also loved “Judy Bloom.” You had me laughing about the snapping bras. Sounds like me and my friends at that age. Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth - This is so great! I laughed out loud when I read your line about Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret! Sooo many memories…And I see the Book Thief! LOVE that one! 🙂 Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Julie M - Heidi – what a beautiful and thoughtful post! I loved Kite Runner too. I also read the same books as you growing up – loved Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew and of course Judy Blume. You can tell your books are very loved! I love the different perspectives in your images. The first one of your son is my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Marlo Yoshimoto - absolutely LOVE your write up and photos. You brought me back to my teens as well!ReplyCancel

  • Brigette - We read a lot of the same books growing up! Your post is wonderful! I have one of each and haven’t pushed my daughter but I hope that she’ll grow up to love reading like the rest of us do.ReplyCancel

  • Camille - You read a lot! Good for you. I loved Nancy Drew. Beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • kimberly - Wow! I love your view on this topic. And you are so right about there being more to life than cooking, cleaning, and work. I think we can easily obsess over those things and not allow ourself time to do something we really enjoy. Great images and words!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - beautifully written post!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - We have a lot of favorite titles in common! I hope my son grows up to be a reader like your kids 🙂ReplyCancel

  • carol - omgosh! You brought me back to my teens with Judy Blume! lol I love it. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - This makes me want to sit down and dig in to a great read!ReplyCancel