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I had the privilege of attending and capturing the Shasta Bell Introduction to Calligraphy Workshop in the winter (see the images HERE). It was so fantastic, that I knew I needed to continue in my calligraphy learning! She asked if I wanted to attend and capture her Intermediate Workshop as well. And yet again – I was in awe!

The workshop was held in her new and GORGEOUS studio in Northeast Minneapolis, the Fisk Collab. When I say gorgeous – I am not stretching it. The studio is amazing! White everywhere. Which is my absolute favorite – the absence of color! And the LIGHT. As a photographer, the light is of the utmost importance. So when I walked in for the first time, my jaw dropped. It is so dreamy.

Not only did I get to photograph a workshop in such an amazing space, I got to capture such lovely people. Shasta and her workshop attendees are so sweet. Shasta’s spirit makes her a natural born teacher. She is so open and honest about her craft and business – it is so refreshing!

My main goal in taking her workshops, was to be able to be able to somewhat nicely write on our chalkboards and chalkboard wall at home. I have the worst handwriting. It is so inconsistent. Shasta shared a little secret; her everyday handwriting isn’t pretty either!

Calligraphy is not for the faint of heart! It is a slow and methodical practice. But if you can get into a good groove, it can be therapeutic. And the new, more modern calligraphy is so whimsical and beautiful, that you don’t need to worry so much about consistency.

Check out Shasta’s upcoming workshops – you won’t be disappointed!

P.S. I owe my new found obsession with peach tea to Shasta and her workshop! It is divine and addicting!




The 2016 Mini Sessions are booking now! There are two opportuntities this year that we know you are going to love! Perfect for your family portraits, Christmas cards or just because! Contact us to book your mini session today!

Fall mini sessions will be held on Sunday, October 2nd at Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater. Have your photos taken and make a day of it! Apples, cider, wagon rides, oh my! Aamodt’s offers many varieties of apples and goods in the Apple Barn & Bakery. There is also wine tasting in the adjoining winery, St. Croix Vineyards!

Winter mini sessions will be held on Sunday, November 20th at Hansen’s Tree Farm in Ramsey. You can even pick out your Christmas tree while you are there! Cut your own tree or choose from a pre-cut selection – they have it all!  Hay rides and free beverages to warm up to are also available.

Sunday, October 2nd at Aamodt’s Apple Farm
Sunday, November 20th at Hansen’s Tree Farm

25 minute session
25 edited high-resolution images
Digital download of images
Print release
Online gallery
Investment: $300

Contact us to book your mini session today!

Sunday, October 2nd (Aamodt’s Apple Farm – Stillwater, MN)

9:00am – BOOKED

9:30am – BOOKED

10:00am – BOOKED

10:30am – BOOKED

11:00am – BOOKED

11:30am – BOOKED

Sunday, November 20th (Hansen’s Tree Farm – Ramsey, MN)

12:30 pm – BOOKED

1:00 pm – BOOKED

1:30 pm – BOOKED

2:00 pm – BOOKED

2:30 pm – BOOKED

3:00 pm – BOOKED

3:30 pm – BOOKED

4:00 pm – BOOKED

Contact us with your first and second preferred session times. A contract and $150 non-refundable retainer is due at booking. Once your contract and retainer is received, your session time is secured. The remaining balance is due 3 days prior to your session.