Styled Photoshoot: Kelly Scholl Photography, Mankato MN

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. -Henry Ford

Nailed it, Henry! In the past few months I have experienced that very idea. Jenna and I came together first as mothers, then as friends, and finally as business owners. She approached me with the idea of a styled photoshoot incorporating her newly launched Bumbelou clothing brand alongside other local vendors, showcased in a beautiful location through gorgeously lit images.

I didn’t even hesitate. I’m a boy mom, surrounded by dirt and potty humor. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change a thing. But, the chance to embrace my whimsical, ruffled, covered in sparkle side?? Heck yes! We dug in, securing a location and models, as well as an impressive list of vendors who trusted us to pull the shoot off without a hitch. Minus one weather related reschedule, we did just that! Along the way, I made connections with women I otherwise wouldn’t know. Working together with other women who are juggling the same things I am is empowering. What a blessing to be able to build each other up!

Let me set the scene. Imagine, if you would, five little girls in the most adorable hand-made clothing you have ever seen. Add in hand crafted bracelets, necklaces, flower crowns, shoes, and fur hats. Picture their mama’s next to them clothed by a fashionable boutique with exquisitely styled hair. Envision some of Minnesota’s most beautiful scenery topped off by perfect glowing light. Now, watch that group settle down to have the most adorable tea party that ever was, complete with china and organic scented play dough biscuits. Do you feel like you are in a dream? I did too. You guys, it was magical.

The best part? The girls didn’t even realize we were “taking pictures”. They were so content to play and laugh with their mothers, chase kittens, and explore nature that I hardly existed in their minds. And you know what happens when I disappear? Amazing things, that’s what. Natural interaction and authentic moments are captured, and that’s where the real memories lie.

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Thank you to all of the incredible women who helped bring this vision to life!

Bumbelou: hand-made dresses and bows

Finch Designs: necklaces

Happy Little Fin: hair ties for moms

Heat: hair styles

Gallery 512: women’s clothing

Wisebirds Co.: children’s clothing

Minted Lane: necklaces

HarperAugust: necklaces and bracelets

Hide & Cotton: fur hats

Zdough: scented playdough

Honey & Hide: shoes

Little Design Co.: shoes

Supayana: children’s clothing

Gipsy & the Yarn: felt floral crowns

Gemma & Filo: bib necklaces

Bloom Theory: gold camera



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