End of an Era

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog, Family, Personal | 4 Comments

I remember the first summer I spent on the farm – my dad and I drove up in his light blue 1972 Ford F150 pickup truck, parked it next to the house, and then he said “Let’s go see what’s growing in the garden!” We ran down to the bottom of the hill near the creek, and my dad rooted around for a few seconds in the overgrown patch and pulled out a ripe cucumber. He brushed it off, pulled out his pocket knife, cut off a few slices and handed one to me. We ate most of the whole thing, it was so good! My first taste of what a “real” cucumber should be like.

Then there were memories from other years too – there was the time a wasp got in the front door of the house while my dad was out working in the barn. I freaked out – normally I would call for my dad to help get rid of it. But since he was out of ear-shot, I proudly chased it outside all by myself with a canoe paddle.

There were the times my dad would let me sit on his lap to help “drive” the tractor while we were out inspecting the flood gates.

There was a time my dad and I were out in the fields and I happened upon a patch of wild strawberries that the birds hadn’t found yet. I ate every last strawberry I could find – I’ll never forget the taste of wild strawberries. I was still on the lookout for patches in the fields to this day, although I’ve never found one since.

There was the time the creek had flooded and there were practically enough branches to make a new tree tangled up in one flood gate. My dad had to climb into the swollen creek in water up to his chest and cut the entire flood gate apart to get the branches out, then had to reassemble and rewire a whole new flood gate. (It took a long time – that was the first time I remember getting seriously bored at the farm!)

There were times my dad had to go out and spray the huge weeds and thistles that would take over the pastures if not kept under control. I found one giant thistle while wandering around on my own at some point and I hacked it down all by myself. I couldn’t wait to tell my dad what I had done!

There were the times the cows would walk into the farmyard and graze around the house, and I was afraid of them (they were huge compared to me!) My dad would always just say “They won’t hurt ya!” And of course, you always had to watch where you stepped so as not to find your foot in a huge cowpie.

And there were all the times I picked rocks down by the creek – Kansas has a type of rock that is white with an interesting silver center in them. I had quite a collection going!

Today is the end of an era. The time my family spent with the farm has come to an end. The farm is going on to new hands – new owners who will care for it and let their cows roam free. Their kids and grandkids will make new memories here. I hope they have as many good memories here as I did.

I keep thinking how lucky I am to have been able to spend part of my childhood on the farm. As I imagine asking our daughter Lucia, “How many kids got to spend their summers on their dad’s cattle farm, especially one that has been in the family since 1880?” to which Lucia would reply “Not many!”

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Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photography by Carina Photographics
Joanna Carina and Carina Photographics are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joanna specializes in wedding photography, engagement/couple photography, and senior/graduate portrait photography. Coverage area includes (but not limited to) Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Blaine, and the entire Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Joanna will also travel out of the Twin Cities for an additional fee. Give her a call at 612 220 8227 or email her at joanna@carinaphotographics.com.

Amanda + Dan // Engaged!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, Couples, Photography | No Comments

Amanda and Dan were engaged in December, and they were excited to have their engagement photographs taken at the same location and time of year that they were engaged. We went to Centennial Lakes Park, as that is where Dan proposed to Amanda – more specifically, he asked her right on the beautiful bridge overlooking the lakes! We visited Centennial Lakes Park on a pretty blustery January day. We couldn’t complain too much, as the two days prior to our session saw another polar vortex closing the schools in Minnesota (the third time this year!) It was a “balmy” 24 degree day, but the wind really made it bitter. Amanda and Dan were champs though — they were great at throwing off their coats when the time was right to get our photos, they stood on the bridge amid the freezing wind, and they even laid on the ice, all in the name of capturing great photos! Here are just a few of their images to share. Thanks for working with me, Amanda and Dan — I’m so excited for your big day in August, and I’m pretty sure there will be no sign of a polar vortex!

minneapolis engagement centennial lakes park bridge Amanda + Dan // Engaged!

minneapolis engagement centennial lakes park bench Amanda + Dan // Engaged!

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minneapolis engagement centennial lakes park underpass Amanda + Dan // Engaged!





Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photography by Carina Photographics
Joanna Carina and Carina Photographics are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joanna specializes in wedding photography, engagement/couple photography, and senior/graduate portrait photography. Coverage area includes (but not limited to) Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Blaine, and the entire Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Joanna will also travel out of the Twin Cities for an additional fee. Give her a call at 612 220 8227 or email her at joanna@carinaphotographics.com.

Baby Beckett Made His Big Debut!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Family, Personal | 2 Comments

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our sweet baby boy Beckett! He was born on October 30th at 12:23pm, and was 7 pounds and 20″ long. Lucia is happy to gain her new title of Big Sister. We were surprised when he came along to find how much we had forgotten about newborns (oh, that’s right…they sleep A LOT), and we are having such a great time spending our days together as a family of four.

I tried my hand at Beckett’s newborn photos last week, although this is not normally my style of photography (I prefer lifestyle images to heavily posed…) But I still think they look great! That or I am just a biased momma, perhaps? Either way, welcome to the world Beckett!

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Minneapolis Wedding and Portrait Photography by Carina Photographics
Joanna Carina and Carina Photographics are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Joanna specializes in wedding photography, engagement/couple photography, and senior/graduate portrait photography. Coverage area includes (but not limited to) Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Blaine, and the entire Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Joanna will also travel out of the Twin Cities for an additional fee. Give her a call at 612 220 8227 or email her at joanna@carinaphotographics.com.

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