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Maddie | Breezy Point, MN Senior Photography

Maddie is a senior at Rocori High School this year.

She loves playing basketball, softball, being on the water and spending time with her family and friends.

When I asked what her future plans were, she said one of her bucket list items is to start a charity. This girl is going to make waves and change the world!

I met up with Maddie and her mom at their cabin in Breezy Point, MN last month. We photographed on their property and at the Breezy Point Wedding Chapel; the first time I’d ever explored that hidden gem. It was the perfect day!

Maddie + Heidi – Thank you guys so much for choosing me to photograph Maddie’s senior photos!! I had SO MUCH FUN exploring, talking and laughing with you guys. Maddie, you are absolutely stunning and I know you will do huge things in this world. Enjoy you senior year and good luck on your next adventures! xoxo, Laura

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

Senior Photography | Senior Portraits | Brainerd, MN photographer Laura Radniecki

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Fall Leaves, Camping + A Book Sale | Gratitude Friday – V.16

Happy Friday! As I type this, the sun is shining brilliantly outside my window and the sky is almost neon blue. Remy is anxious to take a walk and explore, and I’m excited to breathe in more of the crisp fall air.

This week, I’m thankful for:

 

1. Fall

It’s now officially Fall, and while I’m shocked to see September 26th when I look at the calendar, I’m loving the fall weather we’ve been having. It’s been warmer than normal and NO ONE is complaining!

 

2. Colorful Fall Leaves

The leaves on the trees are GORGEOUS right now! Some of them still haven’t turned yet which means we’ve still got some time to soak them in and appreciate them. We don’t have many maples on our property but we do have at least one that turns bright red. As of right now, there are only a couple of leaves that have turned red; the rest are still green.

I like to think of the colorful leaves as God’s paintings.

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3. Our Annual Radniecki Camping Trip

Last week, Matt and I took Remy on a short 2-night camping trip to Crow Wing State Park. It’s less than 20 minutes from home, but neither of us had camped there before so it was a brand new experience. It was almost completely empty with only one or two other campsites full in the whole campground, since we were there mid-week.

The first night, the temps got down into the 30’s – SO COLD. The next day warmed up a lot and that night was much more comfortable. Then, we packed up quick on our last morning just in time to beat a big rain storm that moved through the area.

I intentionally left my DSLR camera at home and used my phone. I’ve got an ancient smartphone which explains the quality of all these images but I was leaving behind any pressure to take lots of pretty photos and just soak up being there with my family.

Gratitude Friday - Laura Radniecki

Gratitude Friday - Laura Radniecki

4. Library Book Sale

Yesterday, I went to the opening day of the local public library’s book sale. I got there maybe 8 minutes after the doors opened and there was a line all the way out the front door! I should have expected it, but I was surprised actually. I never go Black Friday shopping, but to me, this felt like that. Except everyone is searching for their favorite books instead of fighting over TV’s.

I’m planning to go again tomorrow for the $2 bag day – you can fill a whole bag with books for only $2! Even though I don’t typically buy fiction books and rent them from the library instead, I can’t pass up a deal like that! Plus, my sister wants to have a library in her house someday so I’ll pass my books along to her to help fulfill her dream. :)

Gratitude Friday - Laura Radniecki

5. New Ideas and Projects

I’ve developed an entrepreneurial mind in the last handful of years, so I’ve almost always got a couple ideas circling around in my mind. It’s both exciting and exhausting because often, I have trouble sleeping when I’m thinking about new ideas.

I’ve got a particular idea that’s been planted and growing lately, and I’m having fun researching it and nurturing it. What it will amount to is unclear so far, but for now, I’m appreciating the process and loving the energy that comes with working through something new.

P.S. I know it’s annoying when people are vague about ideas like that. Sorry to do that too, haha. If you’re the praying type, I’d welcome prayers for this new idea. More info if/when it continues to evolve and become more concrete.

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How are you today?

Have you been soaking up the leaves too? If so, I’d love to know – where is your favorite place to look at colorful leaves in the Brainerd area? You can leave a comment or email me at hello @ lauraradniecki.com [delete the spaces before sending the email]. I’d love to hear where your favorite spots for beautiful leaf drives are!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo,

Laura

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Kayla + Danny | Arrowwood Lodge | Brainerd, MN Wedding Photography

Kayla and Danny met while going to college in Mankato, MN.

They both recall talking to each other for the first time, and discovering that they were born and raised only 45 minutes apart.

From there, they began dating and became engaged in the spring of 2012 on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. We photographed their engagement photos late last year on a beautiful fall day, along with their pup Myla.

Fast forward two years to early September 2014; they stood in the sunshine in the courtyard of Arrowwood Lodge in Brainerd, MN and vowed to love each other forever. Surrounded by their family and friends, they became husband and wife – the new Mr. and Mrs. Anderson.

Danny + Kayla: I am so thankful that you chose me as your wedding photographer. Getting to know you throughout the last year has been so much fun! It was an honor to witness you becoming husband and wife on YOUR wedding day. Kayla – I know you have followed my work online, and I’m sure each post made you think ahead to your turn. Well, now it’s your turn. Your wedding day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in it.

xoxo!!
Laura

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Wedding Venue: Arrowwood Lodge in Brainerd, MN

Wedding Photography: Laura Radniecki Images

Flowers: Bridal bouquet was handcrafted by Kayla. Gerbera daisies from North Country Floral.

Cake: The cake was made by Kayla’s sister.

DJ: Pro-1 Sound and Light Show – Garrison Hunter.

If you are looking for a Brainerd, MN wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you!

Contact Laura Radniecki for Wedding Photography in Brainerd Minnesota

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Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Mel + Carl! | Grandview Lodge | Nisswa, MN | Wedding Photography

Today is Mel and Carl’s 1 year Wedding Anniversary!

On a beautiful fall day, one year ago, they pledged each other forever and became husband and wife in a lovely wedding ceremony. They continued the celebration at Grand View Lodge and danced the night away.

You can see their wedding blog post here.

Mel and Carl – I hope your first year of marriage has been more amazing than your wildest dreams. May your future be filled with many more just like this one! xoxo, Laura

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Katy + Ryan | Madden’s Resort | Brainerd, MN Wedding Photography

Katy and Ryan met while they were in college.

Katy was a runner for St. Ben’s and Ryan, a runner for St. John’s.

It was no surprise that years later, the majority of their wedding party and wedding guests were either family, or fellow runner friends from their high school or college days.

On the last Saturday of August, Katy and Ryan gathered together with their family and friends in Brainerd, MN for their wedding day. Both families are devout Catholics so the wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd, with a wedding reception following at Madden’s Resort.

The weather sprinkled on and off all day, but cleared up when it counted. Plus, as countless people reminded Katy and Ryan on their wedding day – rain is good luck. Not like they’ll need much of that – their devotion and genuine enjoyment of each other is clearly evident to anyone who watches them for three minutes.

Katy + Ryan: Thank you guys so much for giving me the honor of being your wedding photographer. Getting to know you in the months leading up to your wedding day and then walking alongside you on one of the greatest days of your lives is something I’ll never forget. I wish you a lifetime of love and laughter and know that the future holds great things for you too!

xoxo!!! Laura

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Wedding Venue: St. Francis Catholic Church and Madden’s Resort

Wedding Photography: Laura Radniecki Images

Flowers: Kate Kuepers with Bloom Designs

Cake: Friend of couple – Nicole Franta

DJ: Friend of couple – Josh McClure

If you are looking for a Brainerd, MN wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you!

Contact Laura Radniecki for Wedding Photography in Brainerd Minnesota

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Laura Radniecki

Hi! I am Laura Radniecki - an entrepreneur, inspirational business blogger and Minnesota wedding + family photographer, specializing in Celebratory Story-telling.

I'm married to my high school sweetheart, Matt, obsessed with our feisty toy poodle, Remy, and I believe fiercely in helping people create businesses that bless their lives.

I also have wild dreams of traveling the country in an RV and being the youngest Snow Bird in Minnesota history.

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Live with Intention

Balance business with home life, start living intentionally
and learn to enjoy the present moment with my guide:
10 Tips for Living an Intentional Life.