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I am so excited for the merry mini sessions this weekend. And in preparing for this, I wanted to revisit some images that I haven’t yet posted of the last mini sessions I did in May. O goodness, what a cutie-pa-tootie. Seriously love these images and little Avalie. She is a treasure!

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  • Alyssa FlatenNovember 18, 2013 - 9:31 pm

    holy moly cuteness! Christina and Terry have their hands full according to the cuteness barometer! makes me excited for the merry mini sessions this weekend!

  • Alyssa FlatenDecember 4, 2013 - 10:48 pm

    Happy Birthday to this little panda! Christina Strei Parkman Terry Parkman

Okay, if you haven’t heard about the DATE NIGHT shenanigans we are doing to help celebrate Scott and I’s 10 year wedding anniversary you can check out the details here at this post.  And just comment below with your super fun date night idea below to enter the Date Night contest.  You have until August…

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  • Samantha NiesJuly 25, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    A night in watching a movie on our projector (takes up a whole wall) with homemade shakes and homemade popcorn 🙂

  • mosaic photographyJuly 26, 2013 - 2:41 am

    win a free couples session…just tell us your most awesome date night! (scott and I will be taking notes 🙂 ).

  • Christy BitzJuly 26, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    We don’t venture too far from home often…so we have done a picnic in our pasture with a blanket and candles! The cows LOVE it! lol

  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 27, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Any lovebirds out there? I am looking to photograph some date night adventures like hot air ballooning, sunset at the amusement park, a beach picnic-you name it! Leave your idea here on the blog!

  • Tara BultemaJuly 27, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    There are so many fun date night ideas but one that I think that would be really neat to photograph would be building climbing. Jon’s Sister Chrissy and her husband used to climb buildings on dates…hey it’s free. Luckily they didn’t get arrested :)…Other fun date night (good photo ops)…Firework watching, ice skating, playing ping pong, Tubing/Water skiing, sledding, ice fishing, wine tasting tour, hiking, going to the races, going to a costume party, shoe shopping, slip and sliding, going to a dinner/mystery theatre, picking out a new pet, car shopping…I think you could make almost any date romantic when no kids are around :).

  • Kim Mack VoorheesJuly 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride! You could also have a picnic in a secluded area, tell each other all the things that attracted you to the other person then/now and dance to your “first dance” song (played on iPod, car stereo, etc). Another idea would be to rent/charter a boat and pack food for a picnic on the river. OR, you could split the cost with another couple and do a private sunset yacht cruise in Cabo (http://www.cabosailing.com/tours/sunset-sailing/) ;).

  • Nichole MoserJuly 28, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Finding an open area, starting a little campfire wrapping up in a blanket roasting marshmallows & hot dogs maybe a bottle of wine and just enjoying eachothers company 🙂

  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 28, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Loving the date night ideas! Join in the fun and win a couples session on your next date night!

  • Katie HollemanJuly 29, 2013 - 10:44 am

    This past summer, my boyfriend has introduced me to a hobby we both love doing together…fishing! Our perfect date night would be having a picnic on the pontoon while fishing the day away. (:

  • Stacy WalchJuly 29, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    We would love to go on a hot air balloon ride to also celebrate our 10 yr anniversary!

  • Emily BrooksJuly 29, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    My husband and I celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary on May 17th with a vow renewal with the same time, church, pastor, dress and candles as our wedding 10 years earlier. We’ve been stretching out the celebration and doing special things all year. I’ve always wanted to ride on a segway, so this year we’re doing it on Friday the 13th of September! We’d love for you to join us in the Twin Cities :.) http://www.segwayofminnesota.com/.

  • Aarie AdamsJuly 29, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    A day at the lake. Rent some paddle boards, fish, jet ski, wake board, ski, or just last on a floatie!! Gotta love the lake!

  • Julie ConnorsJuly 29, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    If there were ANY rock climbing around that’s what Kev and I would be doing on a date night, no doubt about it. In the winter…SNOWBOARDING! But right now, we’d love to find some really good horseback riding. 🙂

  • Ashley TrangsrudJuly 29, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    A fun date idea would be canoeing down a river with my husband and enjoying a wonderfully put together picnic lunch either in the canoe or stopping somewhere along the river to enjoy our lunch.

  • Judy FlatenJuly 29, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    Go to the Sky View Drive In Movie with a bucket of homemade popcorn and a vehicle without bucket seats! WooHOO!

  • Alyssa FlatenJuly 30, 2013 - 1:01 am

    From segways to canoeing, I am loving these date ideas!! Join the fun and win a chance to get your date photographed!!

  • Sara J. SchumacherJuly 30, 2013 - 11:09 am

    The perfect date night.. doing something he loves then something that she loves and ending with something u both love. For my man and I it would be going to a a place on his bucket list, such as a Notre Dame Football Game VIP style. After the game going to a great restaurant for wine and supper. Then ending our night in the beautiful hotel room with a Jacuzzi tub snuggle and a great bottle of champagne. Total “day of love” celebration !

  • Carissa HaugenJuly 30, 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Here are 3 ideas:

    Take a camera with you on your date. Keep on asking people to take your photo and make it a point to lock lips every time the camera clicks. On your next date, after getting the pictures developed, make a collage of your smooching day.

    Volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or nursing home. The experience of helping others will unite you and make you appreciate one another.

    Go to the Renaissance Faire in Shakopee, MN. Enjoy the jugglers, jousts, tankards of ale, and turkey legs the size of your thigh. Dress up in garb to feel brought back into the Medieval time. Challenge each other to talk in fake British accents the whole day.

  • Amy FranzJuly 31, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Something fun I want to do is take my husband out for burgers/root beers, laser tag and finish with a dessert date at a local restaurant. We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, as well as a pregnancy, sold our ‘too small’ home and moved into our new home, so we haven’t yet had time to relax and go out!

  • Amy FranzJuly 31, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Something fun I want to do is take my husband out for burgers/root beers, laser tag and finish with a dessert date at a local restaurant. We recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, as well as a pregnancy, sold our ‘too small’ home and moved into our new home, so we haven’t yet had time to relax and go out!

  • Kinsey AlbrechtAugust 1, 2013 - 12:05 am

    I would go eat at the walrus, then go to the zoo, then a play at the sleepy hollow theater, then some frozen yogurt at cherry berry, then maybe find a dark field to look at the stars

  • Eve Lynae KosteleckyAugust 1, 2013 - 2:24 am

    Something that I think would be a blast and spontaneous is first drop the kids off at my parents-roadtrip it to South Dakota-go for a long hike-eat a steak in Hill City at the Alpine Inn-camp out at the KOA(they have real bathrooms) than eat sunflower seeds the whole way home as we solve the worlds problems:) hehe

  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 1, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    LAST day to share your date idea and enter to win your date night paparazzi and photo goodness!

  • Jeremy WalthAugust 2, 2013 - 12:00 am

    Sunset plane ride over Bis! Maybe dinner on riverboat prior to that?

  • LauraAugust 3, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Hiking through Maplewood during the display of fall leaves! Ending with a bonfire and roasting marshmallows. Of course we’d have to wear plaid! 😉

  • Alyssa FlatenAugust 3, 2013 - 9:42 pm

    my blog got hacked so my site was down most of yesterday but is now up and running! which means I am going to extend the Date Night Photo Session Contest thru TOINGHT and the winners will be announced tomorrow. Last chance to join the fun: http://mosaicphotography.net/blog/?p=3113.

  • Bobbi SimmonsAugust 3, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Laser tag, target shooting

  • Lexie ThorsonAugust 3, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    Pack a picnic, rent a tandem bike and bike to the nearest body of water. Enjoy each others company while marveling at the beauties of outdoors. Would be even more special if you could watch the sunset and then star gaze after!

  • Alisha Nicole BaileyAugust 4, 2013 - 3:12 am

    I think if its a date night like, “Quick, let’s get a sitter so we can squeeze some ‘us time’ in”, and if I’m in charge of the planning, then it must consist of 3 components. 1. Food & Drinks. We gotta please our taste buds and connect without scrambling to stop kids from publicly embarrassing us or being interrupted 100 times, and just enjoy each other. The best talks always flow over good Eats. So whether this be a separate stop or in combination with the next components, a fantastic picnic with some good tunes, or a hip & fun pub, grubbing is key to a great night. 2. Competition. Matching wits is spicy and FUN and is sure to induce flirting, bantering, and attraction. The shooting range, miniature golf, or even a classic game of H-O-R-S-E. This is usually the best part of the date and totally capitalizes the Friendship of the relationship. Just getting to be playful and chuck the titles and roles we normally play and just PLAY! 3. Romance. I love knowing he purposely pre-thought about how to include this in our night. But, I get giddy when I plan this phase for us too. A top ranker would be grabbing a blanket, popcorn, wine, and a portable dvd player and driving to the middle of no where, (within 20 minutes of coarse), and setting up under the stars.
    Thanks for asking. Such a great topic.

PERSONALITY! Each one of these cutie-pa-tooties have so much personality. They braved the cold weather this last weekend too, so we could all get a peek at what our mini sessions will look like on May 4. Hooray! More details here.

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  • mosaic photographyApril 24, 2013 - 3:40 am

    a sneak peek of Melissa and her sweet peas and the Minis for Mamas on May 4! Book your session for a chance to win a $600 Mother’s Day Giveaway. And $100 of every session will go to Project Night-Light http://mosaicphotography.net/blog/?p=2936.

I. Am. So. Excited! Mother’s Day is coming and I have a lot of fun up my sleeves! I had a few brave souls who happily braved the cold weather so you could get a sneak-peek of what our “Minis For Mama” sessions will look like on Saturday May 4. Little Miss T, was one…

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BECAUSE OF THIS SILLY WEATHER WE ARE RESCHEDULING THIS AWESOME OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE MAMA SMILE THIS MOTHER’S DAY for MAY 4. Super excited to team up with some local businesses to spread some love this Mother’s Day not only to the wonderful women of our lives, but North Dakota’s Project Night Light….

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  • Casinda LangsethApril 13, 2013 - 4:03 am

    I love that this will go to a good cause! All my Bis/Man friends… Take a look!

  • mosaic photographyApril 14, 2013 - 2:55 am

    MINI sessions $25! + $100 donation to Project Night Light! April 20. Do it for Mother’s Day! Reserve you session.

  • Alyssa FlatenApril 14, 2013 - 2:55 am

    MINI sessions $25! + $100 donation to Project Night Light (includes digital files of your 2 fav pix to print as you please)! April 20. Do it for Mother’s Day! Reserve you session.

  • Alyssa FlatenApril 18, 2013 - 6:51 pm

    THOSE OF YOU WHO had a date conflict or don’t like chilly weather, bring your kiddos out on MAY 4–the MINIS for MAMA is rescheduled for May 4. But you must reserve your spot in advance. 🙂

  • mosaic photographyApril 18, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    THOSE OF YOU WHO had a date conflict or don’t like “sprinter” weather, bring your kiddos out on MAY 4–the MINIS for MAMA is rescheduled for May 4. But you must reserve your spot in advance. 🙂

Okay, friends. As my 2013 calendar fills, my spring fever grows! Reasons to get out and enjoy the lovely Spring (that is on it’s way) = the “WHO YOU KNOW CONTEST!”–the chance for you, and WHO YOU KNOW, to win free portrait sessions! It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is visit one of…

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  • Donalee SiepsMarch 7, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Ok, I have several that I know, so I will enter a few times! :o)
    I will start with Lisa Cagel and her sweet kids.

  • Donalee SipesMarch 7, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Next is the Strawn family.

  • Donalee SipesMarch 7, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    The Dan Peltz family

  • Donalee SipesMarch 7, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    The Mark Schlafman family

  • Donalee SipesMarch 7, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    And lastly I will mention Sweet Anna Dangerfield (and of course you cutie little munchkins are on there as well.) Can you tell I really want a chance at winning! HAHA!
    Very nice work!! :o)

  • alyssaMarch 7, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Nice work Donalee! I hope you win!

  • Sarah 'Wangler' PerdueMarch 7, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    I saw Amy Strawn, I know her!

  • Christy Thomas BitzMarch 7, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    OK! I know the sweet Rau family!

  • Christy Thomas BitzMarch 7, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    I also know the Heinle family!

  • Christy Thomas BitzMarch 7, 2013 - 9:36 pm

    I also know the Bakken family!

  • Patty Raube KellerMarch 8, 2013 - 2:37 am

    I know Jenni Boeckl!

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:41 am

    I know the Bakken’s.

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:41 am

    I know the Cagel’s.

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:42 am

    The Strawn family too.

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:42 am

    The Dangerfield’s.

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:43 am

    The Peltz family.

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:49 am

    The Simmon’s family.

  • Linda SchlafmanMarch 9, 2013 - 3:50 am

    The Flaten’s. 🙂

  • mosaic photographyMarch 9, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    do you recognize anyone on http://www.mosaicphotography.net? if so, comment here for a chance win a free session for you and WHO YOU KNOW!

  • Dana Schantz SchaafMarch 12, 2013 - 5:49 pm

    Hey Alyssa! Your work is absolutely AMAZING! I know the Duffy’s, Michelle Michelle Streitmatter Glasser, Dan & Shana Peltz family, Sam Geck(Nies is her married name I think?), Josh Skjoldal, Eve Lynae Kostelecky’s cute lil guy, pastor Strawn, Aurelia Knutson, and the Bakken’s….and last but certainly not least…The Flaten’s! 😉

  • Nikki RauMarch 12, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    I know the Kosel’s, Heinle’s, Bakkens, and of course Miss McKlayne Jae!

  • Nichole MoserMarch 13, 2013 - 12:25 am

    I know the Rau’s/Cutie McKlayne Jae, the Heinle’s, and the Bakkens!

  • Kayla BraunMarch 15, 2013 - 12:37 am

    I know the Simmons…

  • Kayla BraunMarch 15, 2013 - 12:37 am

    The Strawn’s…

  • Kayla BraunMarch 15, 2013 - 12:37 am

    The Parkman’s

  • Kayla BraunMarch 15, 2013 - 12:38 am

    And the Flaten’s ;).

  • mosaic photographyMarch 17, 2013 - 2:30 am

    win a free session by leaving a comment here saying WHO YOU KNOW on the mosaic websites! and the WHO YOU KNOW will win a free session too! Yipee!

  • Alyssa FlatenMarch 21, 2013 - 12:13 am

    do you recognize anyone at mosaicphotography.net? tell me here http://mosaicphotography.net/blog/?p=2773 to win a free portrait session for you and them!

  • Stacey SvanesSeptember 22, 2013 - 9:23 pm

    I know the Bakken and the Rau families.

Photographing Lisa and her spunky children was a blast! I just love the inquisitive, bubbly nature of her children. They were adventure-seekers and just thrilled with life! We had fun exploring. climbing trees. playing with bubbles. reading. leaping off of things 🙂 and laughing. “your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you…

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Oh my goodness! I had so much fun photographing all kinds of little beasts last week for our Little Beast Charity Event for Jazzy and Mumbo’s! Lots of little beast lovin brightened up my week along with all of you who generously supported this event; I hope this little video brightens yours!

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we are stoked about this charity event for Jazzy & Mumbos Animal Aid! & i amazed by the generosity of our community. we have a swag bag for each pet owner that schedules a session filled with goodies for people & their pets…everything from doggie walk bags w/ dispensers, animal toys & treats, to home…

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I love these dear girls…little F was born within weeks of my sweet pea so it’s fun to watch her grow and interact with Mama and her beloved G-ma. These three cuties came in for a 15 minute mini session during our Mama Mia Limited Editions event at the beginning of the month. Aren’t they…

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Oh my goodness! You know how some people are just extraordinary…how there are just some families that tug on your heart and radiate joy…families that press on through all that life throws at them, all the while smiling…I know a family just like this. Let me introduce you to Matt and Laura Holmquist and their…

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Laura attended one of our photography workshops a year or so ago. So I was excited to hear that she was going to come visit me again, but this time with her Mom! They heard about our Mama Mia event and thought Mother Daughter portraits would be fun since it was something they had never…

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Brag on your beast! Donate $30 & a bag of pet food or cat litter & in exchange we’ll give your pet a 10 minute photo session, one 5×7, & a Little Beast swag bag full of goodies on May 23-25! Your donations will benefit Jazzy & Mumbos Animal Aid in West Fargo. Sessions will…

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We have the wonderful opportunity again to support FARGO’S PERRY CENTER, a residential home for women facing unplanned pregnancies for our “Mama-Mia” short and sweet photo sessions. I am so blessed by what this organization does to help promote life! Please visit their website if you are not aware of all that they do to…

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Simplicity is definitely a theme I am exploring in my life these days. I am learning that multi-tasking is less productive, according to stats, and serenity comes in focusing on one thing at a time–I know, it’s a paradoxical theme for a Mother–but we are giving it a try. Along the lines of simplicity, I…

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from compassion international…a ministry that helps us support Anju Elisa, a 17 year girl from India! 15% of all sales goes to charities and organization like compassion, so thank you for helping us help others! http://api.mediasuite.multicastmedia.com/ws/get_rss/p_c590l609/thumbs_true/c590l609.xml

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Okay. Seriously. I don’t think I even have to write how lively, joyful, full of love, and just pure spunky this family is. Just look at these images. Laura is the principal photographer for lauraluphotography.com and she has been a side-kick of mine a number of times. She is so fun and spunky that working…

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  • Lynette NystromDecember 2, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Wow! I just feel happy inside looking at these pictures. Matt, your eldest daughter looks just like you! It is an inspiration to all who value family. Thank you for sharing your pictures, and your lives!
    Lynette

So, I haven’t exactly been keeping up on my blog concerning all the work we’ve been doing. But better late than never, right? Here is a peek of a live recording that Mira and I got to cover together. Music, Photography, and lighting–these are all art forms and it’s fun to watch these art forms…

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Little “C” is just full of antics! and you can tell Mom and Dad love every bit of him. Little “C” is a nephew of mine so it’s extra fun to take his photos. From ring around the rosies, to jumping, munching on Pez candies, and snorting like a pig, we had a few laughs,…

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We had several Mother’s Day sessions this last weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise support for a local non-profit–the Perry Center. Paula and her boys came up for the occasion and I could not get over the big blue eyes of her littlest guy, “C”, and the chocolate brown eyes of her oldest, “N”….

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I had the great pleasure to photograph four generations of family at our Mama Mia event on Mother’s Day weekend. Desirae was in a wedding we photographed last summer and she thought having a photo outing with her Grandma, Mother, Sister, and Son would be a lovely addition to their Mother’s Day weekend. Her little…

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  • DesiraeMay 14, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    Alyssa these photos are simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your talents to capture my family 🙂 We had so much fun!!

  • AmyMay 14, 2010 - 4:53 pm

    Great Pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

We are just finishing up our maternity leave and looking for 10 family/children/sibling combinations to photograph this coming weekend (a perfect gift for Mother’s Day). For your $150 donation to Fargo Perry’s Center along with a new or gently used baby item, we will give you an in-studio photo session and $75 to spend. We…

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This year I will celebrate my first Mother’s Day and in honor of Mothers, we, at mosiac photography, want to give back to our community. The Perry Center is an amazing organization that helps women facing unplanned pregnancies. Now, after having my own child, the value of the support and care this organization provides for…

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It wouldn’t be fair for me to not pass on the link to this Thank You video from our friends at Compassion International because if it wasn’t for your business we would not be able to support our 16 year old Anju Elisa in India. Take a look and smile…giving is such a blessing! Thank…

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