Hasn't it been absolutely beautiful outside the last couple of days?! I love it. Unfortunately on the day of this shoot it was ridiculously cold and Hank was just not okay with smiling TOO much because his hands were too cold - I really can't blame him. Fortunately, Hank will be a big brother soon and we don't know if he will have a brother or a sister! How exciting, right?!
I'm so excited to capture Hank and the new addition this summer, I guarantee Hank will be the best little model with some sunshine, trucks and a new little buddy. :)
Congratulations, Danielle, Matt + Hank! I can't to meet the new addition when he or she arrives!!
Hey guys, it's me again!
It has been a little longer than I'd like, I don't know about you guys - but January was a blur, I can't believe it's almost over. I have news! I am absolutely crazy and took on another part time job this month. It's not a hard job by any means, I just wanted another source of income to really start saving, my goal is to have my own place by June!
I have been working a ton of hours between my two part time jobs while dreaming of all of the things I can't wait to work on, on my days off. The to-do list is never ending and the doubles just keep.. well, doubling. I am thankful for my wonderful employers and I am very lucky to enjoy my jobs so much, I'm just so ready to invest as much time as I wish into what I love most.
Anyways, this is life and I'm doing the best I can. . My schedule is crazy, I've been forced to quickly learn just how well and precise my time now has to be managed and its a wake up call, but I needed it.
I have so many different things planned for this year that I am SO excited about. Stay tuned :) I have huge goals for myself and the only thing that is going to get me to those goals is hard work and long hours, but it will be so worth it.
In the meantime, the sun is shining today and I am so happy about it, I'm going to share a beautiful day from this fall with you guys! Here are some precious kiddos I got to photograph this fall. I wish I could explain to you all just how unique and uplifting this little family is, but whatever I type would not do even a little bit of justice so I'm just going to let you know that meeting Andrea and her children has been a big blessing in my life in Willmar.
Look at these cuties :)
Happy Monday, everyone!
Since I failed to blog and post for a majority of 2016 - I'm going to start sharing my shoots from last year! Today I am sharing one of my favorite senior sessions of 2016. Hannah, her mom and sister met me half way in Redwood Falls - and I'm so glad they did! I'm truly thankful for clients who are willing to travel to me or meet me half way, especially my Watonwan County homies! It gives you pictures that stand out from others in your area and could also be a fun adventure to a new place!
Exploring locations that are new to both you and I is always a great way to connect and get comfortable. I love it because I not only get inspired by the places we find but to hear someone else say, "That looks like it'd be a nice place for a photo!" feels great and is so helpful. This means I can get an idea of what you are really wanting your photos to look like and do what I can to serve you the best to my abilities!
Back to Hannah - Let me just let you all know that this girls style is ON POINT. Hannah's session was a photographers dream. I truly didn't want the session to end. Hannah is unbelievably naturally gorgeous. From a straight face to the biggest smile, she can pull anything off. Not only is she beautiful as it is, her style inspired me. So unique and bold.
Hannah, I hope you'e having an amazing senior year - only a matter of months and you will be a graduate from high school! Have fun and enjoy it while it lasts no matter how badly you want to be done. ;)
Want to explore with me? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5076210190 and let's plan an adventure!! :)
I hope you all have had a smooth and productive Monday!
Today I’m talking about my goals for 2017. I’m really hoping I can take control and make this a successful year!
1. Find a studio space
• I’m not rushing into anything because I would like other things to happen before I commit to a studio. But I hope to find the perfect studio by the end of this year that will be stylized for seniors and boudoir photography.
2. Move into my own place (I currently have roommates)
• Don’t get me wrong, I love my roommates. But I am quickly growing out of this little apartment, I am so cluttered and ready to find a space to call my own that will motivate and inspire me.
3. Blog at least 3 times a week
• I’d like to start posting blogs more often because I really do enjoy writing and creating them, I have tried many times to get into a blogging routine but I was always so nervous about saying the wrong thing, I would over think it and I felt like my blogs were awkward. I’m just going to try to not worry about sounding all professional and just talk how I would to anyone. We’re all friends here, right? I don’t need to sugar coat things.
4. Post more frequently
• As I said in my last blog, I have not been consistent at all this year and that’s something I really want to work on. I think its very important as a business owner to stick to a schedule and set deadlines for yourselfand its something that I really need to work on in every aspect.
5. Grow my boudoir portfolio
• Boudoir is something that I have always dabbled in but never posted about, I’ve noticed that its finally becoming popular and I’m hoping to photograph a handful of beautiful women, really focus on self empowerment and do all that I can to bring out confidence in women and create the perfect boudoir experience for them.
6. Save Money
• I’m a college student and I try to be as financially independent as I can. I can’t save money to save my life! Lets be real, its not easy to get started on saving but I hope to work my butt off this year to save a good chunk of money to invest in whatever my next move will be in life.
7. Read more
• I’ve never really enjoyed reading but every now and then I’ll see and excerpt from a book and think that I might really enjoy to read more of it. I’m hoping it’ll become a good time filler instead of scrolling through my phone.
8. Travel More, meet more people
• By travel I don’t even really mean to far away places. This year I’d love to travel to visit friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. I’m almost two years out of high school! Time goes by so fast that you don’t realize how long its been since you saw people you used to see daily. I think it would make me really happy to enjoy old friends company more often this year.
9. Pick my camera up for at least 10 minutes every day
• This year I don’t feel like I really picked up my camera unless I had to.. I’d like to document more of my life and possibly even start a youtube channel. If you’re an OG you know its been something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS… we’ll see.
10. Express myself, be healthier
• I can get so shy sometimes, I hope to shake that and just be myself all the time. I hope to be healthier all the time, make healthier decisions and fuel my body with good foods. Keep a healthy mind and spirit and really be aware of myself physically and emotionally! This year is I just want to focus on being a better version of me.
Alright, that’s it! I am excited to look back on this in a year and see how I did!!
Thanks for reading :)
Let me just start out by saying., I know I was pretty much MIA in 2016. I’m just going to give whoever is reading this a run down/ update about what life has had in store for good ole’ Linds (me).
(Let me just add that I originally was going to do a short, brief update on life annnd all of a sudden I spit out 5 pages of truth. Word. Have fun, good luck. You’ve been warned.
Let’s get started….
It’s a little difficult to write this blog trying to keep in mind that people that have followed my whole journey up until now and people that have only known me and followed me for less than a year will be reading, too.
This is going to be a mess, so bare with me.. I mean, if you have any questions, please ask!
So…. Where do I start?
For those who DON’T know, my journey to getting to this point has been ongoing my whole life – I’ve always loved taking pictures and videos of anything and everything since I was young. I have all of the awful pictures before puberty on Facebook to prove it, the ‘On This Day’ addition to Facebook is my worst nightmare.
Anyways, I’d say I officially ‘pursued’ this hobby when I was 16 and able to drive to the people that contacted me to ‘hire’ me (I don’t remember for sure, but I think I charged like $30.00 total for the longest time. I think I doubled it every year.) . Looking back, God Bless you all. You are all so beautiful inside and out for believing in me no matter how many bad editing trends I went through.(Haha) You live and you learn. I can’t even stand to look at some of my first photoshoots – NOT because of the people I photographed but because I knew absolutely nothing. And it showed!
There is a very special place in my heart for my first handful of clients who did nothing but support the crap out of me, you guys are saints. Trusting a 16-18 year old with no experience to take mediocre (at best) photos of them and never EVER complaining or pointing out that I REALLY didn’t know what I was doing.. Regardless of what I think of my work, past or present, I am very blessed to say I wouldn’t be where I am today had my little community not seen the love, passion and drive I had to practice and get better and make this my life. By choosing me to capture your memories and milestones you kept me motivated to work hard for what I want. Success and happiness – together, at the same time.
So thank you.
Alright.. So throughout high school I was contacted every now and then to take pictures. I knew I wasn’t the best, but the excitement in me whenever I was contacted wouldn’t let me ever doubt myself. Some photographers in the area might have seen my work and laughed while a few awesome ladies/photographers were always willing to answer my questions and help me whenever I needed. I’m sure plenty of people criticized me behind a screen – but I never really cared about what others might say. I made a fool of myself a number of times, but I did it proudly. I always kept in mind that the more I practice, the closer I’d get to being the photographer that I am still dreaming to be. Everyone starts somewhere.
By my junior year I had decided I wanted to make this a lifetime thing. The rush is unexplainable. The power to capture some of life’s most precious moments is priceless and I can honestly say that in the last 4 years this passion of mine that fuels a fire in me, has never been about money. I’ve been told my business will not succeed, I’ve been told that a photographers salary will limit my future and probably some other bullshit that isn’t worth remembering. (Excuse my French) But none of it ever phased me, no dollar amount compares to the look on someone’s face when you captured a money shot that they’ll cherish forever. AND above all, no matter who it is or the relationship you have with them, don't let anyone doubt you and get away with it.
So now it’s 2015 and I moved to Willmar to attend the Professional Photography Program at Ridgewater College. Finally! Let me just say, going to college was the best decision I’ve ever made. I have never been a school person. I’ve never really enjoyed it, I don’t like being told to do things that don’t interest me. Typical, right? I’ve just learned that its very hard for me to be interested or act interested in something that I just don’t enjoy. My high school teachers can back me up on that and now my college professors can, too. Its almost comical to me, I truly thought that going to school for photography would be the easiest thing because I already love it so much. Wrong. Turns out I just really don’t like school. I guess I need to keep in mind that since moving to Willmar, my personal life has been a wild… WILD ride. I don’t really like rides so you can probably guess how I’ve handled it.
In the last two years I’ve experienced many different situations, emotions, obstacles and a whole lot of change. I would say that I as a person have changed in every single aspect of my life… and I love it. I learn more about myself everyday and it really is the coolest thing ever to really get to know yourself. That may sound silly but that’s the only way I can explain it.
It’s just little things like realizing why my mom and I fought like sisters all through high school, because I’m a damn replica of the woman I always hoped to be nothing like. Now I realize I’ve got big shoes to fill. I pray to be even half the woman she is someday. I’ve realized what matters most to me day to day and I am very happy with the person that I am slowly becoming. I am finding what my photography style is and eagerly pursuing every opportunity given to me, there’s been too many opportunities that I’ve talked myself out of.. No more of that nonsense on my watch.
The year that has blown my mind from start to finish. Brace yourselves.
Speaking of my mom, she was diagnosed with stage 4 Ovarian Cancer in April. I’m already sobbing and I have only stated a fact (Nothing some kitty cuddles can’t cure). First of all, my mom told me the news in a text while I was getting my nails done – I’m still uncomfortable thinking of how uncomfortable I probably made my nail artist when covering my hands in boogers and tears while she frantically finished. Thanks, mom!
Well.. There’s not many good things to say about this unfortunate disease, besides that I am not only happy but so SO proud to say that she is still fighting hard and only getting stronger, I know she’s going to leave this stupid cancer thing in 2017. I will keep you all updated. The amount of support my mom and family have been shown in 2016 is almost hard to believe. We appreciate every kind word and prayer. If you’ve been one to keep her in your thoughts, thank you x1000000.
Okay, so. This is a little personal.
As you could imagine, my mom’s health threw my life for a loop. The depression and anxiety I have experienced this year has been crippling. And it’s weird because I’ve always believed that ‘it’s all in your head’ and I never thought of a mental illness worsening. Just wasn't something I ever thought about I guess.
I took some medication when I was young for depression but the last few years I was trying to avoid using ANY kind of medication – not even advil. I wanted to prove to myself that 1. I don’t need unnatural things to fix me and 2. Mental power over my body.
Long story short, I was against getting on any medications because I have a very healthy mind. But I was, again, listening and paying attention to my body and its patterns and I came to the conclusion that my anxiety has gotten noticeably worse to the point where I feel like my body is attacking me and I was losing control of my health. I used to be terrified of vomiting and now it’s a pretty regular occurrence because of anxiety attacks.
It was affecting my life, my schooling and the new relationships I was making in college. I am finding ways to deal with it better and thankfully in the last few months I feel like myself again. I have my weird personality back and sense of humor and I’m happy with the people that I am realizing are the people I need in my life. I have a job ( The Oaks ) that I love and at this point, I can’t leave because it is such a positive in my life. It took me FOREVER to come out of my shell at The Oaks, it was really fancy compared to what I was used to and I was really shy and almost afraid to let anyone get to know me.
Now we’re getting sentimental…. I can’t help it.
I went from sharing nothing with anyone to somehow feeling like I can’t live without my oaks family all within the last few months. I’m not sure what it took to finally show these people the non-resting-bitch-face-Lindsey but I wish it would’ve happened a long time ago. I have made friendships with incredible people that are irreplaceable. I really don’t think any of them know how important they really are to me, so if any of you are reading this… thank you. I feel extremely cheesy even to think to let you know you’ve all changed my life… But you all have in ways big and small. I don’t give many people the chance to impact my life but I have had no choice. My bosses, managers, coworkers, cooks, dishwashers..etc. Everyone has grown on me. I hope everyone meets people in their lives that make them feel the way I feel when I’m at work. Because days like yesterday (New Years Eve) I truly didn’t want the night to end and to feel that way about a job, it’d be stupid for me to leave. Some people may think it’s just a job and I’m a creep that’s obsessed with her coworkers but the happiness and joy these people have helped put back into my life is something I can’t explain or ever thank them enough for. The best part is I bet none of them even realized how much of a difference they were making on some of the hardest days. I think they were just so patient with me and didn't make me talk about things they knew were going on, just always made sure i knew they were there if ever needed. Some of my best memories of 2016 have taken place in that restaurant and it has become a place that I really care about and appreciate. I worked from 3pm to 3am on New Years Eve and although I know some of them think I’m completely crazy, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.
Wow, that was deep.
That being said – SURPRISE!!
I am looking for places to live in the Willmar area. Trust me, I never would’ve guessed I’d want to stay in Willmar after college. But sometimes you have to forget about that big plan in your head and listen to your heart.
If I was on track with the plan I’ve had in my head for the last couple of years I’d be moving to Minneapolis and more than likely hating it because A) I don’t feel financially comfortable to live in the city independently yet. B) I don’t have a reason to move there besides wanting to eventually live in a big city. C) I got insanely lucky and I can’t leave my job at The Oaks. Not yet. It took me months to build up the courage to apply and then months to adjust and now, as you can see, its more than just a source of income.
I feel so good about my decision and I’m excited to see what else I learn about life, love, and most importantly ME. I’m almost impatient to see what I accomplish in my business this year and I’m absolutely thrilled to meet more amazing couples and seniors and do what I love most. I’m looking at studio spaces and preparing new surprises for my 2017 clients and I’m looking forward to just enjoying life with great company, I don’t want to worry about what’s next for awhile, I want to see what happens when I don’t plan every step of my life like the maniac that I am.
Let’s wrap things up….
2016 wasn’t my year. It was in fact a very, very rough one. But my heart is still so full and I have so many reasons to be stupidly happy with my life. I finished 2016 strong and I am so ready to welcome 2017, I hope she’s good to me. I have a really good feeling about this year. NO ONE JINX ME!
Alright, guys and gals. Ladies and gents. If you’re still reading this, you’re crazy, but the kind of crazy that I appreciate. I know this blog contains tons of rambling and information that you may or may not give a hoot about but hey… this is my life.
This is the 411.
Whoever you may be and whatever our relationship is, I hope you accomplish everything you want to accomplish and so much more this year. Remember to appreciate every day you’re given whether it’s good or bad. Remind the ones you love just how much you love them. Laugh as much as you can, do what sets your soul on fire and enjoy this crazy life because it’s probably only going to get crazier.
I’ve got a long list of goals for 2017 that I’m anxious to reach. Stay tuned for the next blog where I’ll tell you a little about those and probably ramble even more. Yay!
P.S. I promise never to write a blog this long again, there was just too much to tell.
Disclaimer: The last thing I want anyone to think is that I wrote this blog and shared a scary amount of personal information to receive any sympathy or to excuse my lack of presence and content for Lindsey Kulseth Photography this year. This was really refreshing to reflect on the year and realize that no matter what I went through or what any of you went through that held you back or even better, pushed you forward… we are all given another year to make it what we want. Life is good, life is a sweet blessing.
Happy New Year, Friends
It's Tuesday, I meant for this blog to go up yesterday but I had some technical issues and it didn't work out!
Today I am sharing a photoshoot I did for an assignment at Ridgewater last year. Rica is working towards being a model, she is a natural beauty and kills it in front of the camera! I'm hoping we get to keep working together in the future to help build up each others portfolios. :)
Enjoy these images of the beautiful Rica.
Friday is finally here, and I work a double at this wonderful place called The Oaks!
When I first moved to Willmar, I wanted to try working in retail. I had worked a small cafe job throughout high school and I loved it! But, I wanted to try something new. Turns out, I hated retail. I love serving, especially at The Oaks.
The staff are the best, most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. Oh, and the FOOD is to die for! Our chefs are wonderful and create the most delicious dishes!
Not only are the menu items original and mouth watering, The Oaks has tons of options for tap beer and a large wine selection. Plus, the bartenders are funny sometimes ;)
The atmosphere is my favorite part, it is a perfect place for a low-lit romantic dinner in the dining room or a casual night out for drinks in the lounge.
If you ever find yourself in the area, I HIGHLY recommend stopping in and checking it out
• Event Specialties•
Learn more at www.theoaksateaglecreek.com
I hope to see some familiar faces popping in as the year goes on! :)
Happy Hump Day!
On Saturday I had the privilege of photographing a gorgeous country wedding! The weather was perfect for us all day long, it was a dream. The families I got to meet this weekend are some of the kindest, most loving people I've met + their support for Makaela + Dustin is never - ending. I truly believe that these two individuals were made for each other. There isn't one thing that they don't have in common! I am so happy for these two families, but more importantly, Dustin + Makaela.
Congratulations, you two. :)
Happy Friday! I have a busy weekend ahead of me, today has been spent preparing for tomorrows wedding. Makaela + Dustin are tying the knot!!! :)
It has been such a pleasure getting to know them during our engagement sessions, they are a great couple + I am so excited to capture their special day tomorrow!!
Brett + Nick
I've known these two all through high school & they've never been anything but perfect for each other. I would've never imagined that I'd be the lucky one that gets to document their big day but I am so happy that I get to!
Enjoy these photos from their two engagement sessions, both are gorgeous.