What does a Wedding Photographer do any day they're not shooting a Wedding?

Here we go: - Edit photos

- Blog photos

- Connect with my husband!

- Set up portrait sessions

- Tweet a little

- Follow up with clients

- Respond to new inquiries

- Set up workshops

- Work on Workshop teaching

- Edit some more...

- Facebook (business and personal)

- Take care of home and kids

- Edit even more!

- Design albums

- Order album, print, proof books

- Accounting

- Connect with Friends

- Return phone calls

- AND did I mention editing?

As you can see from the list above being a wedding photographer isn't all about shooting weddings...it's a lot of business stuff! But, even though it's a mixed bag of "things to do!" Don't let anyone tell you it's not the greatest job in the world. Here's what I'm working on today!

It's not too late to sign up for FOCUSED Photography Workshops!

Wedding FOCUSED Photography Workshop - 4 spots left!

Practical FOCUSED Photography Workshop - 8 spots left!

I'm so excited I just might burst!

What's happening at NoemiPhotography this summer?

Honestly there are so many incredible events and opportunities going on with NoemiPhotography this summer! I'm so excited! I'm doing a bullet point blog post and to let you pick and choose which ones are right for you! First up: Summer Mini Sessions June 23rd, 2012 If you need updated family photos this location is going to be AMAZING! There are a couple of spots left...maybe one of them if for you!

Wedding FOCUSED Photography workshop July 28th, 2012 I am so excited for this workshop! Have a mentioned it's going to be unlike any Workshop I've ever taught? I'm going to have 2 sets of bride and groom models - AND THEY ARE GORGEOUS! This workshop is going to be killer for portfolio building shots and learning how to tell a story through images. If you've just started shooting weddings, would like to shoot weddings or have been shooting for a while and want to break out of your system a bit...this is for you!

Practical FOCUSED Photography Workshop Aug 18th, 2012 I have taught this short but action packed class several times in the last couple of years and it's perfect for ANYONE with a DSLR camera wanting to learn camera basics, lighting, posing, and the ability to ask questions while you're shooting! I hope you are able to come!

Roundtable FOCUSED Photography Workshops Oct 20th, 2012 If you've taken a NoemiPhotography Workshop EVER you qualify for this workshop. The roundtable was designed for those of you starting a photography business and wanting/needing a place to have your work critiqued, ask questions, learn from others at the same stage as you, figure out pricing and branding...it's so incredibly encouraging!

Fall Mini Sessions - Oct. 13th, 2012! This is my first time posting about this and I'm just giving you the date so you have the "heads-up!" Registration won't start until the end of June.

If you're interested in learning some of the basics in photography but don't live near Minneapolis, MN please take a look the NoemiPhotography E-book

Enjoy your summer. I would love to capture it for you OR at least help you capture it! Please email me at info@noemiphotography.com if you have any questions.

Focused Photography Workshops, Minneapolis, MN

I have several inquiries about Focused Photography Workshops for 2012 and I'm so pleased! I love teaching photography workshops and I hope to continue for years and years. I'm working hard to put together a schedule and description of each workshop to help you better plan (and get excited) for what's to come. We sold out of the last couple of workshops that I did in 2011 so if you're planning on coming please register sooner then later. I keep the class sizes smaller to make sure you get the most out of the workshop!

Here the types of workshops I'll be offering this year: Wedding Focused Photography Workshop - Saturday, July 28th, 2012 Cost: $149.00 Level: Advanced (some prior knowledge of DSLR functions needed) Time: 2pm-7pm *Specifically for photographers interested in understanding the business of weddings and desiring to expand their wedding portfolio. Learn how photojournalism works...how to tell the couples story through pictures!

REGISTER NOW! Limited spaces available Practical Focused Photography Workshop - Saturday, August 18th, 2012 Cost: $99.00 Level: Beginner (no prior knowledge of DSLR camera needed) Time: 5pm-8:30pm *Specifically for photographers new to their camera and photography but, interested in knowing how their camera works and learning how to improve their images.

REGISTER NOW! Limited spaces available

Roundtable Focused Photography Workshop - Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Cost: $199.00 Level: Advanced (interested in moving your hobby into a photography business) Time: 5pm-10pm *Specifically for Photographers that have previously taken a Focused Photography Workshop and want to learn more about the business, develop their branding, and improve their blog/website.

REGISTER NOW! Limited spaces available

Using Available Light...cause it's always available :)

I have people ask questions about light all the time in my Photography Workshops so, I'm going to talk about it on my next two posts! I want to encourage you as a photographer that you can shoot anywhere! In fact, I think that's the difference between a beginner photographer and someone who knows what they are doing behind a camera. So first, I'm going to show you where we did the shoot. A perfectly normal garage. You can see I chose a space at the front where the light is diffused and soft with dark shadows in the background. I used the pile of wood and the sheet of metal that had rusted for my backgrounds. I used a reflector to bounce light for some of the shots but, most were done with natural/available light! So, you can do this!

What does a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer do in Vegas?

Go to WPPI! It's the biggest Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference and Trade Show around and I can't get enough of it! Seriously, I can't wait to start my season of weddings and portraits because I'm totally inspired and ready to push the creativity envelope! Here's my 5 day journey through the lens of my Iphone 4S! I took these photos over the last 5 days and uploaded to facebook (NoemiPhotography) and twitter (NoemiPhotograph)...Feel free to "like" me for future posts! Cheapest pro camera I've ever purchased!

First glance of the desert!

Looking for a Wedding Photographer? Come meet me at the Minneapolis Trade Show at the Millennium Hotel!

The Difference is in the Details! Come join us for an exclusive Wedding Open House at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis!

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012 Time: 11-4pm Millennium Hotel Minneapolis 1313 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN

Complimentary Admission RSVP Now! Whether you're planning an over-the-top reception or an intimate affair, Millennium Hotel Minneapolis embraces your passion for orchestrating a memorable wedding. Join us at our complimentary open house, a must-see event to help you plan everything from DJs to decor.

Click here for more details on the open house.

To RSVP or for more information, call (612) 359-2227 or email mspsales@mill-usa.com

*Space is based on availability.

Practical Photography Workshops - Minneapolis, MN and London, England

If you follow my blog then you know how much I love to encourage people in their love for photography. Workshops are one of the ways I can do that! i have 2 workshops coming up and if you're looking for a last minute Christmas Gift for a photographer in your life...this would be perfect! The Minneapolis, MN Practical Photography Workshop details:

Date – Saturday January 21st, 2012 Time – 1:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. Location – Meeting Location will be emailed to attendees. Cost: $99 (early bird registration)

After January 7th Cost: $119 (The cost includes the newly release E-book – $20 value)

And here's more on LONDON, England!

This is my 1000 Blog Post!

In honor of all my years of blogging (started in 2007) I would like to do a couple of giveaways! This is to say thank you to all the people who faithfully come and read my imperfect but heart felt blog!

Ohhh...This is going to be so much fun. Giveaway #1 - A free spot in the January 21st, 2012 Practical FOCUSED Photography Workshop! (Click here for the details)

Giveaway #2 - A free Mini Session in 2012! (the dates haven't been released yet but I usually do Mini Sessions March, June and September) Want to learn more about Mini Sessions - Click here!

There are several ways to win this giveaway – VERY IMPORTANT - please leave an additional comment for each entry in order for them to count.

1) Leave a comment telling me the Giveaway your trying for AND all the reasons of why you should win.

2) Post a link to this giveaway on Facebook.

3) ‘Like’ NoemiPhotography on Facebook (click here to do so).

4) Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to include my handle, @noemiphotograph, so I can feel the love!)

5) Follow me on Twitter (I’m @noemiphotograph)

6.) WANT TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES? Get friends and family to "LIKE" your comment on FACEBOOK! Cause if you can get 50 people to vote for you...it will make a HUGE difference when I randomly pick the winner! There's nothing like increasing your chances!

Good luck to all who enter! This contest will be open now until Saturday, December 31st at 11:59 CST, and the random winners will be announced on Monday, January 2nd, 2012.

P.S. All of my friends who are reading this thinking, "I can't enter because we're friends!" I'd like to say...this contest is open to everyone! Why not my friends too!

'Tis the season for fun presents and doing stuff to make people smile!

Are you trying to build a blog your truly love?

I know a lot of the women who read my blog on a regular basis either write their own blog OR would really like to start a blog but don't know how. I have the perfect course to help you walk through the process! This soul-stirring, blog-boosting online class gives you the motivation, insights and resources you need to turn your blog into a rewarding, fulfilling, authentic extension of YOU.

You’ll drool over in-depth interviews with 20 incredibly inspiring and successful blogging all-stars, from best-selling author SARK to internationally-known artist Kelly Rae Roberts to Tiny Buddha founder Lori Deschene {get the full list of contributors here}. You’ll flex your creative muscles and kick fear in the teeth. You’ll define your blog’s purpose, which will keep you motivated for years to come. You’ll dive deep with introspective exercises – there’s audio, video and creative worksheets to keep you on your toes. You’ll gain access to a private Facebook community full of fellow bloggers and potential new friends. You’ll create a blogging blueprint that’s unique to you and your sacred space on the web. You’ll learn how to lovingly leverage your blog to gain exposure, earn money, and build community. You’ll receive a 300+ page PDF of all class content so you can revisit it whenever you need.

Click here to view more details

This ecourse is ideal for anyone who longs for their adventures in blogging to feel more rewarding and fulfilling, whether you’re just starting out or ready to take your blog to the next level. Topics we’ll cover include…

How to define and enhance the purpose of your blog How to attract the best readers you can imagine {and keep them coming back for more!} How big-name bloggers have let their hearts lead them to great success {see all 20 superstar contributors!} How to write authentic, creative, compelling posts and never run out of ideas How to make sure your blog’s design reflects YOU {or your business}, including easy + awesome design tips How to promote your blog without feeling like a used car salesman How to prosper from your blog in ways that feel right for you {in-depth details on affiliate marketing, sponsorships, giveaways + more} How to realize your blog’s business-boosting potential {awesome for entrepreneurs + small businesses} How to decide where your blog should live {from domain services to blogging platforms – all are not created equal} How to build a super-cool, like-minded community of readers and fellow bloggers How to learn from my mistakes {I made a bunch of ‘em early on and don’t want you to do the same!}

When is it? This six-week course runs from January 9, 2012 – February 17, 2012 .

How does it work? A new lesson, exercise or interview is posted every day, Monday through Friday, on our password-protected site. You simply go to the site, log-in with your password and soak up the latest content!

Do I have to show up at a certain time? Nope! If you don’t have time to check in every weekday, you can follow the course at your own pace, whenever it’s convenient for you. However – it is beneficial to follow along if you want to connect with fellow classmates about each topic via the comment section and our private Facebook group.

How much time will this take? For those who want to stay on-track, it’s recommended that you reserve 2-5 hours a week for reading posts, working on exercises, watching videos, and connecting with classmates.

What if I fall behind? Don’t worry about falling behind! You’ll receive a 300+ page PDF at the end of the course so you always have access to the content! Past students have found huge value in this, so it’s now built into the course price.

Click here to view more details PLEASE JOIN US!

'Tis the Season!

What does this season mean to me? So much. Anticipation.


Dressing up.


Getting cozy.






Peace and rest.


I love this time of year. Have you put on your Christmas music, lit a candle, taken a bubble bath, read a book lately? Why not? 'Tis the season.

Just over 3 weeks til Christmas. Let's enjoy every minute.

Rachel's Holiday Boutique was a HUGE Success!

Not only did a few hundred shoppers come out to Rachel's Holiday Boutique and buy from Twin Cities Small Businesses, but we raised almost $4000.00 for the Michelle Project! I'd say that is a success! I was so happy to be a part of it. I took some pictures of the vendors. Here's a few of my favorite things!

Urban Halo Headbands

Wildruffle Accessories

Sewtroplolis Sewing kits

Anna Dvorak Skin Care - She is working really hard on a new website and I'll be featuring her site in the near future! Sit tight!


This first shot was taken at The Floral Studio table. Christmas is a beautiful time of year and this captures it perfectly!

Are you a Blogger wanting to build a better blog? (say that 5 times fast!)

I was involved in this incredible course earlier this year and I'm so happy to be doing it again!

If you are trying to build your business through your website/blog (which is pretty much every Small Business Owner I know) you will want to take this course.

When is it? This six-week course runs from January 9, 2012 – February 17, 2012 .

How does it work? A new lesson, exercise or interview is posted every day, Monday through Friday, on our password-protected site. You simply go to the site, log-in with your password and soak up the latest content!

Do I have to show up at a certain time? Nope! If you don’t have time to check in every weekday, you can follow the course at your own pace, whenever it’s convenient for you. However – it is beneficial to follow along if you want to connect with fellow classmates about each topic via the comment section and our private Facebook group.

How much time will this take? For those who want to stay on-track, it’s recommended that you reserve 2-5 hours a week for reading posts, working on exercises, watching videos, and connecting with classmates.

What if I fall behind? Don’t worry about falling behind! You’ll receive a 300+ page PDF at the end of the course so you always have access to the content! Past students have found huge value in this, so it’s now built into the course price.

Click below to find out more and to REGISTER!


I'm going to be taking the course and teaching the photography portion! Obviously I'm giving it my stamp of approval! Please let me know when you sign up cause it'll be fun to take the journey together!

Wildruffle Pop-Up Shop Extravaganza - Prior Lake, MN

Ohhh I had so much fun with the ladies who came to the Pop-Up Shop with Wildruffle and the vendors I met! Seriously, what's not to love! The sun was shining, the weather was perfect and we had tons of pretty things to look at and buy! I got a super cute "vintage" purse, hair stuff for stocking-stuffers, and a lovely top! Here's some of the pics I took that day!

Setting up! 8am-ishSome of the vendors brought "help!" Cate's Wildruffle table was so pretty! She's going to be selling this cute stuff this weekend at Rachel's Holiday Boutique and on her website!Some of our lovely shoppers! She's going to be selling this cute stuff this weekend at Rachel's Holiday Boutique and on her website! In full swing!

Mini Business Photography Workshop for the Magic Wand Collective

I host FOCUSED Photography Workshops a couple times a year...every year I have more interest and every year I add new types of Workshops. I teach on photography because I genuine love what I do and desire to inspire people to pursue their passions/hobbies and maybe someday turn it into a business. Workshops scheduled for this fall are:

Practical Photography Workshop - For anyone who has a DSLR and a smile! It's a couple of hours of learning about your camera, posing, lighting and a time to have your questions answered. There are only 7 spots left! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

Roundtable Workshop - For anyone who has taken a FOCUSED Photography Workshop in the past. This is the first time I've hosted this workshop and I'm really excited that it SOLD OUT!

But...now there's a bite size workshop for anyone available next Wednesday AND it's super cheap! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Longfellow Turtle Bread

Our new co-working location!

Turtle Bread Cafe: LONGFELLOW

4205 East 34th Street, Minneapolis 55406


Please note that we are changing our seminar start times to 10:30 am.

This week's group seminar/ discussion (10:30 am to 11:30 am)

Photography for Bloggers, Etsy Shops and More!

We'll talk about what makes a great shot for the web (or anywhere!)

*Focus, Light, and Details
*Knowing your camera essentials
*Adding photos to everything (website, blog, facebook, twitter)
*Q & A
Noemi's photography workshops typically range in price from $99 - $300.

Being presented by member Noemi Hedrick, Owner of NoemiPhotography and FOCUSED Photography Workshops

Author of The Focused Photography Bloggers E-Course

Focused E-Book


Cost:  $5 per person   Fees are payable directly to Magic Wand Collective on site. If you are paying with cash, please try to bring exact change. This fee includes unlimited coffee, tea and water. Additional food or drink purchases can be made directly at Turtle Bread.
Please note that the Magic Wand Collective is a community for women small business owners. Prospective members are welcome to attend one co-working session prior to joining the group.


About Co-Working ---------------------------- 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Feel free to work on your own, or to interact with other business owners.

Join us for fun and productive weekly co-working sessions.

Share ideas. Be motivated. Answer emails, write a book, or dream up a new product or service alongside other inspiring women. Come for the whole day or just for a couple of hours.Come once or come every week.


About the Magic Wand Collective  www.magicwandcollective.org

What happens when women wave a magic wand over their businesses, each other and the community?

The Magic Wand Collective brings Women Small Business Owners together to grow their businesses through sharing resources, supporting and mentoring each other, and contributing to the community.


What are doing for the next couple of weekends? Got plans? I do! (part 3)

November 12th will be here before you know and soon after that will be Black Friday and Christmas...how will you be shopping this year? Every dollar spent at Rachel's Holiday Boutique will be helping The Michelle Project! Gotta love 2 for 1's! Shop local. Find creative gifts. Enjoy the festivities. Make a difference. The 2nd annual Rachel’s Holiday Shopping Boutique will feature more than 40 local businesses and artisans offering a wide variety of unique products and services just in time for the holidays.

* Children’s Shoppe * On-site gift-wrapping * Coat check * Festive food and drink * Chair Massage * Tea Room

* Over $1000 in door prizes!

We can’t wait to see you and your friends on November 12th. Come join the fun!

"For the first time ever, I got all of my shopping done before Christmas Eve. My gifts were special, affordable and unique. Everyone loved them!" – Gail

"My five-year old daughter got all of her shopping done in the Children’s Shoppe, with the help of her very own personal shopper! She also got everything gift wrapped right away, and I opened my present on Christmas morning without ever having known what the gift was, and without having to take her to a mall! So much less work for me!" – Vanessa

About our Charitable Beneficiary: The Michelle Project Founded in 1996 and based in the Twin Cities, The Michelle Project is a 501c3 organization that mentors and supports families with financial need along their journey toward self-sufficiency. Since its inception, The Michelle Project has mentored many local families—the majority led by single mothers who have faced challenges in providing for their families on their own.

I reviewed my Personalized Strengths Report today and I was shocked!

My TOP 5Activator - I was most happy about this one because it totally sounds like a SUPER HERO! Love that! Relator - Yup. I like people. Individualization - I like to figure people out and help them get to where they want to go. Strategic - I have an opinion and reason why I do things a certain way. When my reasons change so do my strategies. Communication - I like to talk and heart to heart is always best.

Learning about these 5 Strengths and how they work together has really helped me as I plan for my business and what I want to invest my time in over the next year or two. Reading through my strengths has really helped me to understand why I love doing Workshops. I like to activate/equip/encourage others to accomplish their dreams. In short, I am a butt kicker!

I love to own and run my own business because I love being able to create, change course, say yes or no to different types of photography, and inspire others!

Here's what StrengthFinders had to say about me:

How your strengths show up in your life and work You bring a spark of energy to every sphere of influence: family, church and work. People might say you are passionate and while this may be true on certain issues mostly, you are about action. As someone who naturally self corrects when a route doesn’t seem expedient, it is difficult for you to be patient in understanding how someone would elect a lengthier course. This speaks to how innate your gifting’s are. Your deep friendships feed you as well as your coaching and mentoring of others and you are deeply satisfied when your work gives opportunity to take photos which are tailored to help capture the essence of who people are. Of course your ability to use words to inspire and motivate others through stories and exhortation give you a powerful voice.

Aspects of business where you will naturally excel Inspiring, Motivating, Communications, Strategic Planning, Customizing Product

Aspects of business where you should seek support Research and Development, Decision Making Strengths to seek in partnerships Empathy, Adaptability, Deliberative, Command

Activator constantly keeps your feet on the move and mercifully it is linked with Strategic to help keep you moving toward a longer term goal. You learn by doing and may have the  tendency to fire before you aim, this is where partnering with a deliberative or input might feed you relevant information and useful tactics to put into play. Your motivation work hard comes from your strengths in the assisting others category. The amount of needs you see may lead you to sometimes feel overwhelmed or lonely in your efforts to help others.

While the “Influencing Others” quadrant is defined by strengths which promote leadership, your position and powerful combination of strengths give you access and unique ability to inspire and motivate others—a very effective form of leadership.

To understand your own strengths and have someone coach you through with a Personalized Strengths Report please contact my coach and tell her I sent you!

Jen Miller Life Coach Furthered Intentions jen@furtheredintentions.com www.furtheredintentions.com 952.888.1225

Practical Photography FOCUSED Workshop - Coming soon...

Workshops are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do! I have people inquiring all the time and I'm so honored to be able to teach and train photographers wanting to improve their skills...THANK YOU! A few days ago I posted about the Roundtable FOCUSED Photography Workshop and just to be clear the Roundtable is for anyone who has already taken a NoemiPhotography FOCUSED Photography Workshop and is ready to take their hobby or business to the level! There is only 1 spot left. Click here to register!

For those of you who are new-er to photography and looking for an introduction to camera, posing, lighting and well, practical training.

The Practical FOCUSED Photography Workshop is perfect for you to start with!

Who should attend?

Aspiring and/or established photographers who want to freshen up their portfolios and learn new technical and creative photography techniques.

Cost Includes:

- Over 3.5 hours of hands-on training with Noemi Hedrick

- Live styled models to add to your portfolio

- Signed model releases on file to ensure you have the rights to use the images you shoot

- Technical & Creative on the spot training

- Learn how to get consistently accurate exposures in changing lighting situations

- Interacting with models, natural posing techniques, capturing images with impact that will stand the test of time

- Q&A during and after shoot to discuss challenges



Bring your digital SLR camera and a smile:)

Preferred lens is a 70-200mm to keep everyone at the same shooting distance so we don't get in each other's way. You can bring other lenses as long as you are considerate and avoid standing in front of other attendees during the shoot. All gear should be stored on your person to keep you mobile. Bring paper and pen for on-the-go note-taking.

  • Date - Sunday, November 13th, 2011
  • Time - 2:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.
  • Location - Meeting Location will be emailed to attendees.
  • Cost $99.00 (The cost includes the newly release E-book - $20 value)
  • Limit - 10 spots

Register NOW!