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Minneapolis Family Photographer :: Win a Free Session

Look at that, why don’t you… the lake is open. Free of ice. Goodbye shoe gazers… hello friendly smiles! As I write this, I can feel the warm breeze through the window and I’m daydreaming of a family dinner at Galaxy Drive-In tonight. Spring has arrived and I couldn’t be happier!

I thought I’d share my happy mood so I thought I would have a spur of the moment contest! I would like to give away one session ($200 value!) to one lucky family! And it’s super easy!

Here is what you have to do….

You must be a “fan” on my Facebook fan page. Once you are a fan, you must leave a comment on the wall. You will only be entered to win if you leave a comment. It can be about the weather, what your Easter plans are, a joke or a simple hello. Once you leave a comment, you will be entered and I will randomly select a winner by pulling the name out of a hat. Easy as pie! Um… pie. Did someone say pie?

You can only enter once but you can have your husband/wife/child/grandmother/cousin/best friend/dog… or whomever you know with a Facebook page enter. Then you can fight amongst yourselves who will take the session. 😉

The details, the stuff I have to tell you… yada, yada, yada….

You have until 5pm on Tuesday, April 6th to leave a comment on my Facebook friend page. Tell your friends. Tell your family! Spread the word!

You will receive one session with me, Michelle Tanner. You can have a family picture done (up do 5 people), engagement pictures, senior pictures, pictures of your kidletts, your dog, your cat. I’m game. The session will be on location within 20 miles of Minneapolis. We can discuss the perfect location! And the session must be redeemed by June 1st, 2010.

Oh, ok. You want more? Ok. Twist my arm. The winner will get a FREE 8×10 gallery wrap! This is totally awesome! Huge value ($100) and super fun to hang on your wall. You will also receive copies of low res images (15-20 images) on a disk to use on blogs, Facebook, Myspace or where ever it is cool to post your pics nowadays.

If you would like to buy professionally printed, archival quality pictures of any of the images from the session, you are welcome to do so. My rates are very reasonable (4×6=$5, 5×7=$7, 8×10=$15, 11×14=$20)!

Ok, what are you waiting for? Why are you still reading this post? Go over to and drop a comment! Then share this with all your friends! I’m totally excited! I hope you are too!


darcieApril 1, 2010 - 2:04 pm

oh! I’m running right over to comment! I love love love your work and have been waiting for the right time to book a session…winning one would be fantastic!

Mnchester portrait photographer - richard priceApril 23, 2010 - 7:55 am

I love the colors in these shots. What post production did you do?

Mnchester portrait photographer - richard priceMay 4, 2010 - 11:00 am

In my previous comment I made an error with my link can you please change it to.

Thanks Richard

Minneapolis Photographer :: Starbucks Gift Card Winner!

Drum roll please…

Congrats to Jessi Meyer! (Please excuse the quality of the above picture. It was taken and processed with my iPhone) And can I just say… WOW! When I asked people to post comments on my blog, I had no idea I would be getting comments that would kick my ego in high gear! Thanks everyone! I would like to continue this giveaway. Comment on any blog post I make during the week and every Friday morning I will use the random name picker website to pick a new winner. Now, I do love hearing good things about my work but feel free to leave any kind of (nice) comment. I just want to know you are stopping by. And feel free to leave suggestions on where you would like a gift card from. I’m all ears!

On a personal note, I’m living out of my car. Sounds fun doesn’t it? When I image someone living out of their car I think of a free spirit, a songwriter with a guitar, long hair, bare feet and a location somewhere the sun shines. Certainly not Minnesota. But add rain inside your house, an active 19 month old toddler, a musician and a photographer (artists to the full extent of the definition), living out of your car isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Thankfully our insurance company hooked us up with one of those extended stay hotels but, man, do I miss being at home, sleeping in my own bed,  and not living out of brown grocery store bags and having all my things in one place.

Tomorrow we are off to Madison, WI. (Ah, the life of a rock and roll star. Ha-ha!) My husband is playing a wedding reception for a dear friend. Junior gets to hang out with Grandpa and Grandma while Mom and Dad take a mini tour of I94, then we will stay in yet another hotel and come home…to another hotel. But I think I’ll document our little tour and report back early next week with a cornucopia of tour shots. So stay tuned and start your comments now for the next drawing!

Peace and love,


Cynthia RobbMarch 12, 2010 - 1:20 pm

perhaps writing is a talent you should persue as well Ms. Michelle – very entertaining!

Minneapolis Music Photographer :: Ali Gray Live + Win a Starbucks Gift Card!

Hello folks! It’s amazing what a little sunlight will do for your mood. Sure, rain is in the forecast but that means the snow will melt faster. For this, I am thankful! I’m also thankful for one, Ali Gray.

I met Ali many moons ago when she joined the Martin Zellar Neil Diamond tribute show that my husband was a part of. Ali was the “new girl” that joined the band when the original back up singer moved to Los Angeles. We were skeptical. Ali was super cute (she still is of course!) and sang her heart out… but she was still the new girl… poor girl. Do you remember being the new kid on the block when you where a kid? Trying to make friends in an already established bunch of brats? But Ali is full of grace and has a big heart, something we all soon found out, and she blended in with the group and the wives like she had been there for years. As the years passed, I have become best of friends with Ali. We have seen each other through the good times and the bad times. Ali is a true gem. Last November Ali released her second solo album, Johnson Street. I was able to follow along with her in her journey as she recorded Johnson Street. Then I had the honor to photograph the CD release party at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. Words cannot express how proud I am of Ali and how blessed my family is to have her part of our lives. And I think that everyone should run over to CDBaby and buy her album!

I also want to do something new and fun with my blog. I want you to comment! So here is the deal. At the bottom of each blog post there is a place for you to leave a comment. Please do so! Every person who leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks. This is something I may turn into a weekly contest. So lets get started now. Leave a comment and your name will be entered. I will draw the winning name at random on Friday morning at 9am!

To find more information about Ali Gray and her music, please visit

Lisa FischerMarch 9, 2010 - 7:39 pm

These are gorgeous shots Michelle! Wow, she is SO PRETTY.

Cynthia RobbMarch 9, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Simply outstanding! Talent is busting out all over!

Lisa AnguianoMarch 9, 2010 - 8:06 pm

You are such a great writer Michelle. That piece was beautiful, as is Ali and the photos!

Melissa HemmingsonMarch 9, 2010 - 8:52 pm

These are really beautiful, Michelle! Love the way the lights and the color pop out in the color shots.

Paula DurkinMarch 9, 2010 - 9:03 pm

You are a fantastically talented artist.

Jessi MeyerMarch 9, 2010 - 11:12 pm

Great shots! LOVE!

Jessica TuttleMarch 10, 2010 - 6:59 am

I don’t think that she could be more gorgeous if she tried! Great work Michelle!

BrandieMarch 10, 2010 - 9:55 am

Ali Gray is not only gorgeous, but uber talented as well! I love her voice and her songs are always so intelligent. She reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan, you really have to dig into the lyrics because there’s always a story. Love her!

Karen IffertMarch 10, 2010 - 10:15 am

I remember when Ali first started singing with Marin… could she replace the gal who left? Would she be right for the band? Not only did she prove very capable, she won everyone over… and was beautiful besides. The photos are wonderful. Congrats on the CD, Ali and kudos on the photos, Michelle:o)

carmenMarch 10, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Love those photos–I never get that close when I go to concerts 🙂

Nate KinseyMarch 11, 2010 - 12:07 pm

Wow, these photos are amazing. I was at this show and you have captured the evening perfectly! I feel like I am back at the Varsity again! Great work!!!!

MIke MinnemaMarch 14, 2010 - 8:41 pm

I am pround and happy that Ali has done so well, one of those people that I met long ago and new that she was going to go places, very nicely worded.