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“The Light That Shines” a cancer story | Hutchinson MN photographer

February 4th, 2013

There once was a beautiful woman with cancer.  She wanted to help others with her story.  Her dear friend reached out to a highly admired photographer/educator.  She was moved by Jill’s story and she along with many other talents documented Jill’s beauty and story in Paris.

Then a whole bunch of people were moved by Jill’s story too and helped spread her story.  They Facebooked, they blogged, they Tweeted.

And boy did it work.

They got responses from celebrities, national magazines, papers, and now a major network morning show.

Jill is still telling her story.

Here it is.

‘The Light That Shines’ a story for all from on Vimeo.

You can follow Jill’s journey on her Facebook page.


Get your Christmas gift early for him! | Hutchinson, MN boudoir photography

October 7th, 2012

I’m so excited to offer a very special day set aside just for boudoir sessions – AND at a really good price!  **Ooh, and be sure to check out our new Sugar Session Facebook page for even more ADDITIONAL SAVINGS!!!**

Sessions will be on Saturday October 20th.  You’ll start out with professional hair & make-up and then begin your private photoshoot.  A little while after your session you’ll view and order your images on-line from the comfort of your home with your own password.

Ladies — it will be hard to pick!

Just think, you’ll have his Christmas gift done and it will be the BEST gift he’ll ever get!

To reserve your session, email:

Sessions must be pre-paid to reserve your photoshoot.  Because of the high-demand of these very limited shoots, please note that the session fee is non-refundable.



Vintage Glam Photo Fun | Hutchinson MN photographer

August 1st, 2012

A few months back I had the chance to hang out and meet a whole bunch of fun gals over at Vintage Glam.


The gorgeous, super kind and recently married (woot woot – congrats!!) owner Eryn was celebrating the one year anniversary of the store.  She had a craft station to make tissue paper flowers (ooh, I’d love to create enough to fill an entire wall – anyone want to come over and help??) and she also had a cute photo booth for her customers to have a fun picture of the day. A lot of the prom-goers from Hutch High School also stopped by and joined in on the fun.










Here’s a little video from the day and a sneak peak inside the store – enjoy!



Tuesday Inspiration

July 31st, 2012

Sorry for Party Rocking | Hutchinson Minnesota photographer

April 22nd, 2012

I’m a constant radio station surfer when driving alone.   It would make most people crazy (which is why I only do it alone).  I’ll scan stations at a super fast speed until I hear a tune I like.  I recently wound up listening to a portion of “Sorry for Party Rocking” from LMFAO.  And I say a portion because scanning stations like I do means catching songs mid way through.  Obviously if you don’t stay on a station long enough, you won’t hear a full song.

(Be sure to check out the very bottom of this post…..those with small children and LMFAO fans may find this entertaining)

So although my radio scanning has no relevance to this post, it did remind me that I needed to talk about some fun party-like activities coming up next weekend.

I’ve gotta say, the people (whether you live, work, or own a business here) of our little-big town of Hutchinson work hard to provide events for everyone.  Really, if you sit down and think of everything that goes on here, there’s a ton of variety.

Once more, another fun event is planned for this Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th and is sponsored by a local group of businesses (I’ll list them at the bottom of this post with links to their websites).

To get super deals at local businesses, you do need to register for the “Who Let the Girls Out Getaway” by visiting the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Along with being a sponsor, Vintage Glam (located in the Hutchinson Mall) is celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of the store.  Eryn who owns this awesome shop, has fun stuff planned for the day and I am so honored to be a part of her celebration!  I will be there from 11am-3pm manning (or would that be womanning??) the photo booth.  What a fun way to remember the day with your friends!  We’ll then post the photos to Rain Avenue Photography’s Facebook & Vintage Glam’s Facebook pages.

We all hope to see you this weekend!

Vintage Glam

Integrity Salon and Spa

CORE Exercise Studio

Heirlooms Tea & Special Occasions

Lillians of Hutchinson

The Village Shop


If you stuck through reading the post (thanks by the way!), I mentioned that LMFAO fans and those with small kids might get a kick out of this.  I think Weird Al would be proud, don’t you?


Story of a candy stealer | Hutchinson, Minnesota Boudoir & Beauty Photography

April 12th, 2012

Why hello!  I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written.  As usual, time seems to slip by, almost quicker than I can eat my son’s Easter candy.  Someone has to do it – I’m simply looking out for his well-being so it’s my role as a mom to eat his candy.  Yep, I can justify it.

So aside from my near candy-coma, I’ve been busy with the usual stuff.  And with the usual stuff comes some pictures, which we all love!  And I really love when clients give the O.K. to share images from their session.  That way, the rest of you can see their beauty!  Here’s just one image from a recent session.  I consider this style more beauty related, since it’s more about the face than lingerie.  Which by the way, for part of her session, she used a nicely pressed white dress shirt, fun colorful bra and jeans.  So it just goes to show that you don’t have to have lingerie to do a shoot.  She’s got a beautiful image here highlighting her — her beauty and not necessarily what she’s wearing.  Gorgeous eyes, beautiful hair color, flawless skin.  That is what is timeless.  It’s not always about the clothes.  ;)

And I cannot forget to thank the talented hair & makeup artist, Make-up and Hair by Jenny!  You can find out more about her on her Facebook page here.


Sneak peak! | Hutchinson, Minnesota Boudoir Photography

February 28th, 2012

I’m busy editing away at this beauty’s session but just had to post a couple from her session (with her permission, of course!).

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Her awesome hair & makeup were provided by Make-up and Hair by Jenny.

(Not to be confused with me, Jenny – the photographer, ha ha!)


Now tell me, isn’t she gorgeous?!


Did ya hear?

February 22nd, 2012

I’m very excited to announce that professional hair and makeup will now be included in the packages.




Get Ready for Valentine’s Day Event!

January 28th, 2012

I’m very excited to announce that Rain Avenue Photography has teamed up with a wholelotta (yes, wholelotta) unique businesses for a day of fun, food, and shopping.

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day Event! will be at Rain Avenue Photography on Saturday, February 4th from 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.


The following is a list of businesses that will be there:


Heirlooms Tea Room and Special Occassions

This local gem is offering a Sweetheart Valentine Dinner on Valentine’s Day.  Try out their their teas and scones at the event on February 4th, peek at their their menu and then book your Valentine’s Day dinner reservation!


Crow River Wellness Center – Massage Therapy

If you’ve never had a massage, then you don’t know what you’re missing.  It is absolutely amazing and we are very lucky to have Catherine and Gabrielle coming to the event.  This is your opportunity to find out how wonderful a massage is because these gals are providing complimentary mini chair massages at the event!  They will have gift certificates available for purchase for couples massages!


Wings of Flutter

If you’re looking for accessory pieces that no one else will have, you must check out these jewelry treasures that have been upcycled from vintage pieces by a local Hutchinson artist!



You won’t want to miss out on the goodies that’ll be here.  Designer jeans for women (including little girls and mens for online ordering), headbands, jewelry, and Jamberry Nails.


Makeup and Hair by Jenny

Many women have trusted Jenny’s talent to enhance their beauty with amazing hair and makeup.  Jenny can travel to you and provide either traditionally applied makeup or airbrushed!


Luxe Personalized Jewelry

Treat yourself or someone you love to beautiful hand-stamped personalized sterling silver jewelry that can be accented with Swarovski crystals and pearls.


Rain Avenue Photography

Curious what a boudoir photo shoot is all about?  Here’s the perfect chance to meet the photographer and check out the studio.  Gift certificates will be available for purchase (great V-day gift for your special lady!)

**We’ll be photographing any guest who would like a FREE FACEBOOK PHOTO!**

And no, the photo will not be boudoir :)

As a special offer, we are offering FREE hair and makeup with all of our boudoir photography packages.  But you must place your deposit by Saturday February 4th to get the current pricing and free hair/makeup.  Pricing is increasing the following day!


Rain Avenue Photography is located at 126 Oakland Avenue S.E., Hutchinson.  We’re at the corner of Oakland Avenue S.E. and Hassan St. which is basically inbetween The Coffee Company and 3M plant.  Parking is available (space permitted of course) in the dual driveways (Oakland and Hassan streets) and also parking on Hassan Street.


I know I can speak for all of the businesses that we hope to see you on Saturday!


Small Business Saturday Special 11/26 only! | Hutchinson, MN photographer

November 26th, 2011


Here’s your one day chance to purchase Rain Avenue Photography gift certificates at a special price, only offered one time a year!


These gift certificates are valid for NEW sessions only (cannot be used on previous sessions). These make great gifts for those hard to shop for people who seem to have everything.


Happy gift giving!

The Small Business Saturday Special has ended.