2021 Holiday Mini Sessions | Dayton Family Photographer

2021 Holiday Mini Sessions - Dayton Ohio

It’s that time again! The holiday season is just around the corner and that means it’s time for our 2021 Holiday Mini Sessions! Mini sessions are the perfect one-stop shop! We create a stellar set, you get an individualized photo session, you pick your 5 digital negatives, and design your card at your appointment. We order your cards and have them delivered to your door. It couldn’t be easier!

Our mini sessions will take place on November 27th and 28th, 2021. To directly book your session, click here.

Each booking is $300 and includes:

  • Individual Photography Appointment
  • Professionally Designed Set
  • 5 Full Res Digital Downloads
  • 25 Custom Holiday Cards *More cards can be purchased* 

Click any available time to book your session. The holidays are a busy time for everyone, make sending your holiday cards easy this year. Get your photoshoot and holiday cards done all at once! 

*BONUS* If you refer a friend and they book a session, you can receive 25 additional cards for each referral.

Check out some of our favorite sets from holidays past and book your slot today!

Frank Family California Mini Session | Destination Portrait Photographer

destination portrait photographer - carrs photography

Believe it or not, a few years ago offering destination portrait photography wasn’t even on our radar. It is crazy to think a simple conversation completely changed our vision.

Several years ago, some of our former clients moved to California, had a baby, and said, “I wish you guys traveled, we would love to have you photograph our family.”  The simplicity of that statement hit us like a ton of bricks. Why haven’t we been traveling for portrait sessions? We have clients, now friends, all over and we would love to be the ones capturing their lives. 

Out of that conversation, the destination mini session concept was born. We have gone back to California every year for almost 4 years and each year we add more families and more stops. We have added Seattle, Minneapolis, and Montanna to our destination mini session list. We absolutely love offering these sessions to clients. Destination photography isn’t just for weddings, engagements, and elopements! 

The Frank family has been with us for many years and they are such a joy to photograph. It is so cool to watch their family grow year after year! Each session we find a new location and explore a new area. We have photographed the Frank family at the Sutro Baths, Poplar Beach, and The Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco. I actually don’t remember how they even found out about our destination minis, but we are so glad they did. 

Photography has brought such wonderful people into our lives, it’s one of the many reasons we love this job. And if you have a destination in mind for a portrait session, don’t be afraid to reach out! We are always up for a new adventure. 

Clients for Life | Alberto & Anne

Carrs Photography Client for Life Minnesota Family Photographer

Since the day we started Carrs Photography almost 15 years ago we have told our clients that we want to be their photographer for life! We love shooting engagements and weddings, but that is just the beginning. Your life will be full of adventures – new homes, new babies, new jobs, birthdays, graduations – and they all deserve to be documented with beauty, style, and rockstar photography!

Alberto and Anne are one of those clients who immediately captured our hearts. You know when you just have a connection with someone? When things feel easy, light, and comfortable? That is exactly how we feel working with Alberto and Anne! They live out of state so we didn’t meet face to face until their engagement shoot, but from our first FaceTime call we just knew that they were special people. 

For their engagement shoot, they graciously hosted Michael in Minneapolis providing a tour of the city, taking him to some of the best food spots in town, and serving up some amazing looks for their session. This is a couple that epitomizes grace and style. Their outfits were inspired by a recent trip to Europe and everything about this shoot gave us a romantic Parisian vibe. It was also one of the most acrobatic shoots we have done at Carrs Photography with Michael hanging off the edge of a bridge to snag this epic canoe shot. But the resulting image was 100% worth it. 

Not surprisingly, their wedding was just as perfect. This couple always looks good! And their first look might be one of our all-time favorites. You can’t fake the emotion on Alberto’s face when he saw Anne – pure happiness and joy. It doesn’t get any better. 

Fast forward a few years and many visits and meals together, we got the news that they were expecting. I know that we always say pregnancy makes you glow, but seriously, Anne was radiant.

When Avalyn arrived, we were immediately smitten. We know our little Posy and Avalyn will be great friends. And check out her amazing mop of hair! I think we have another natural in front of the camera. 

It has been such a gift to walk along Anne and Alberto in each of these life stages. It is a reminder of what we love about our job so much. Each time we pick up a camera we get to tell a piece of a story in someone’s life, the more pieces the better in our opinion. 

Did you work with us for a wedding? We have special Client for Life pricing for you as you move through new stages of life… don’t forget about us! 

Timeless, Elegant Stories In An Uncertain Time: The Best of 2020

It’s hard to overstate the challenge that 2020 was for all of us. It was a year full of uncertainty, instability, and unrest. For a lot of our friends and couples that meant postponing important life moments, or preparing for conditions they had never expected on the biggest days of their lives. For others it meant facing incredible tragedy and hardship.

As photographers it is years like 2020 that we feel the weight of our jobs most clearly. Photos can be so dear, and sometimes their importance is only understood long after they could be replicated or repeated. We’re so grateful that you trusted us with those moments this year. It is hard to overstate what that means to us, and it’s our prayer that these are photos that you carry with you for a lifetime. 

We got to hear so many of your stories in 2020! And despite the conditions: It was a year full of bold love, joyful bonds, and beautiful creativity! Check out our favorite shots of the year below!

In Memory of Aidan Clay

In February I had the amazing opportunity to take some photos of a local musician and artist: Aidan Clay. Aidan was one of the nicest, most generous, people I have ever met. We connected over music and songwriting and he gifted me the beautiful 1920’s grand piano we used for the shoot. 

In December of 2020 Aidan passed away. It’s hard to overstate the light that the world lost with him. I experienced a great deal of joy over the course of our brief friendship and I know that so many others felt the same. I was blessed with the chance to do a session with him and his fiancé a few weeks prior to his passing. 

Sharing in Aidan’s story for those few months highlighted, to me, the importance of being a person of grace and generosity. His was a life well lived and I look forward to the chance to pick up where we left of on the other side.