Sep 07

Shooting on railroad tracks, pretty but ILLEGAL?

I’ve been seeing more & more railroad pics pop up lately. I myself have shot sessions on railroads tracks in the past. But I’d like to pass along a couple things I’ve learned, and why I no longer shoot on railroad tracks.

1. All railroad tracks (live or dead) are private property. You’re trespassing if you’re taking pictures on them, yes even if they cross a public street. It’s illegal.
2. It’s not worth the risk to get “the shot”. There are so many instances where pictures have been taken on RR tracks and someone has been injured, or worse.. someone has died…

There is a group Operation Lifesaver Inc., dedicated to awareness of taking images on Railroad Tracks, and I encourage you all to think before you shoot.

Roughly every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. -Operation Lifesaver

Need more? Here are 6 reasons the FRA’s “Operation Lifesaver” lists as to why you should never have a Portrait Session on the Train Tracks.
Trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
An optical illusion makes it hard to determine a train’s distance from you – and its speed.
The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet.
Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and rights-of-way are private property.
No tracks should be assumed to be abandoned or inactive.
**People in your community mimic your behavior.

“Well, what about those tracks that aren’t being used by trains often or at all?”
Those are called DEAD tracks. And as it states on the FRA’s website, ALL tracks, live or dead, are PRIVATE PROPERTY and you are ILLEGALLY TRESPASSING by doing anything other than legally crossing tracks via a marked roadway, etc.

It’s the same thing with any client from newborn to adult. As a photographer our clients safety during a session is our responsibility. We’re sure to have a spotter for newborns (if not you should!), Let’s be sure to be just as safe with clients of all ages.

How important is the shot, really? I encourage you to think outside the box, and impress your clients with your creativity OFF the railroad tracks, away from danger whatever it may be.

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May 06

2000+ Fan Giveaway! {Minnesota Portrait Photographer}

WOW! Blessed doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel! 2000 fans & counting on my facebook page, THANK YOU!

To celebrate, I’ve put together a little giveaway with some very TALENTED & Generous vendors that I LOVE!

Below are the prizes:

A Digital Art File & 10×20 Wall Hanging from Captured By Maggie

You are to my proof


Trio of Poppy Headbands from Captured By Maggie 

Set of Poppy Pins

6-12M Owl Hat (as pictured) from Dee’s Crochet Desyns 



NB-3m Stretch Lace Headband (as pictured) from Dee’s Crochet Desyns 



Chevron Swaddling Blanket from Baby Night Night Boutique 



Mary Kay “Queen for a Day” (if a Local Winner) AND a $20 Gift Card from Jayde Schoh – Mary Kay Cosmetics



Trio of Headbands (as pictured) and $10 Gift Card from Aj Designs



Slouchy Crochet Hat from Ladybugs N Lilypads Boutique, you choose the size & colors. Free shipping to US, $5 shipping to Canada.



“Chocolate Diamond” Headpiece from CBella Couture



**And the Details & Legal Stuff:

Giveway runs from Today (May 6th- May 20th). Winner to be announced on this blog, Winner will be drawn randomly and will have 24 hours to claim prize package, or new winner will be randomly drawn.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this blog and not to Facebook.


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Mar 19

A look back at 2012, and the blessings… {Portrait Senior Baby Family Newborn Wedding Photographer- Minnesota}

2012 just flew by, and 2013 is flying by as well!

2012 brought pregnancy #4 for me, and a Autism diagnosis for our daughter, and with that I decided to cut back on weddings and focus more on portraits while we got into the swing of things (I am now back to my Full time schedule, and booking Weddings for 2013 & 2014!).  But, Little did I know 2012 would be my busiest year yet! THANK YOU!

As I do my annual behind the scenes work, taxes, updating blogs, facebook, client info, back up photos & files… just to name a few. :) I’ve been looking back at sessions from 2012 and am overwhelmed by my return clients of 2012!! Nothing blesses me more than a return client, trusting me to capture their memories over & over, and also the relationships we’ve developed…many I consider my friends.

I wanted to share some with you.. in no particular order!

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Dec 14

And 2012 goes out with a GIVEAWAY!!

As promised 2012 is going to go out with a giveaway!
Each and every one of you are a blessing to me. With out you, I wouldn’t be Captured By Maggie. Captured By Maggie allows me to be the best Mom I can be, it allows me to take my daughter to therapy, it allows me to chaperon my sons field trips, it allows me to teach dance. It allows me to watch my children grow and that is the best gift I could of ever been given.

As a Thank you to each & every one of my clients for another amazing year, I am giving away

1- 16×20 CANVAS to 1 lucky winner!

How do you enter to win? Easy as 1-2-3. Click below!

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One lucky client will receive a 16×20 Canvas (a $225 VALUE!)
Giveaway will run until Dec 22nd. Winner will be announced Christmas EVE!
*Winner has 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize. Image choice for Canvas must be submitted to me when prize is claimed.

16x20 canvas

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Dec 04

Week One: Angles & Perspective, Elf on a Shelf {December Photo Challenge}

It’s week one of our December photo challenge, and what better way to kick it off than to talk about perspective, angles and that cute little elf on a shelf?

There are some things to take into consideration when looking for interesting angles. Most people take a picture standing straight-on to their subject, and at their (the person with the camera’s angle). Now is the time to try something new!

Try shooting from above. This angle works great with kids. I use it a lot in my sessions, not only do they think it’s hilarious to see me standing on a chair, but I get a great perspective on their eyes & a great grin.

I also use it for adults, & maternity sessions.  This angle is very flattering and makes the face the focus of your picture.


Another vantage point that I shoot from a lot is on the ground. As my clients know I get right down and dirty and lay on the ground to get the shot. This comes in handy with young children and pets. it especially works well with children who can’t sit on their own but can push up on their bellies. You get down on their perspective and you interact and the photo’s show it!


Soo this week’s challenge is ANGLES/PERSPECTIVE try something new, and what better way than a Elf on a Shelf! Now of course if your home doesn’t do this new tradition, no worries! Any subject will do, just play with angles!


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Nov 17

Black Friday Sale 2012!

For the past two years, we have offered our own “Black Friday & Cyber Monday” sale; DOUBLE UP GIFT CARDS- buy yourself a CBM gift certificate (minimum amount of $100) for 50% off. (e.g. buy yourself a $1000 certificate for $500.
) It was popular, to say the least. People banked all kinds of credit for upcoming shoots, gifts, etc.

Of course, we’ll do it again. But you have to get on this early for the best deals …and, there’s a new twist.
-Before Noon: 40-50% off*
-Before 4pm: 20-30% off*
-All Day: 5-15% off*

**SHARE the link to this post on FACEBOOK between now and Friday for the higher savings. One simple click could mean $$$ lots of credits for you! The more clicks you generate, the more $$ you % you earn.

Here’s how it will work. Use the handy Paypal link below, to fill in the amount you want to pay. Let’s say you input $200. We will look at the time you sent it, and then credit your account in the appropriate amount. Say it was 9am, and you’ve shared this post on Facebook, you’ll receive a $400 gift certificate!

Last year, people used their certificates for portrait and newborn packages, canvas prints, albums, senior sessions, cards, and more!

Click here to buy! One for you, one for a loved one, maybe… (if you are purchasing more than one, please do separate transactions so that I can issue certificates for each recipient.) I will enter the recipient’s name on the certificate & include a CBW gift box if this is for someone else.

Gift Certificates

Q: Can I use the certificate in your designs shop?
A: Yes, but only on NON sale items.

Q: Can I use the certificate towards prints from my wedding?
A: YES! Now is a great time to think about canvas and fine art prints.

Q: Can I use the certificate for one of your workshops?
A: Yep!

Q: Can I use the certificate to purchase the Milestones for myself and new baby for 2013? Or towards one of your other sessions or portrait collections?
A: Absolutely!

Q: Can I give the certificate to someone else?
A: Please do, and get one for yourself!

Q: Can I used this towards my wedding album?
A: Kind of. If you have already purchase an album or have one included in your collection, you can’t use this towards what has already been contracted/paid for. You CAN use it towards upgrades, extra pictures, parent albums etc.

Q: I was holding out for a potential sale to purchase. Can I use my certificate towards that?
A: No. The sale items will already be discounted, and the certificate can’t be combined w/other discounts or special offers.

The fine print: this can only be used on NEW shoots/contracts/items. Gift certificates MUST be purchased on Black Friday, no early sales. (Sale starts at 12:01am) Discounted gift certificates may not be combined with other coupons, used on sale items, etc.

The Black Friday certificates will expire a year from the date of issue.

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Aug 21

Parents with Camera’s, Will Shoot. { Beginners Photography Workshop, Lewiston MN }

It’s that time of the year again! This year we’ve lined up 3 dates for our “Parents with Camera’s”, beginners photography workshops.

Do you have to be a parent? No. But this is for those who want to take better personal photos, NOT professional photos.

The details:

Sunday Oct. 7th 2-6pm** New date added!

Sunday Oct. 14th 2pm-6pm (Only 1 spot left!)
Friday Oct. 19th 4pm-8pm

*Workshop to take place at
Maggie’s home studio in Lewiston, MN
* Cost is $175, and includes
workshop, lunch/dinner, refreshments, workbook, pocket guide, & grab bag

Agenda & Details:

*Meet & Greet

-10 Tips for Taking Better Pictures
- Introduction to Exposure
-Shutter Speed
-Using your Camera’s Basic Settings
-Lenses & Equipment Overview

*Lunch/Dinner- Q&A, Discussion

*Live Models, shoot side by side with Maggie, learn to create “props” & set ups around your home.

To register for a workshop, click here.

Payment is due in full to reserve your spot. Your spot can be transferred, should you not be able to attend.

**The Oct. 14th date only has 1 spot left, and the other 2 dates are filling up fast as well. Don’t miss out we had a blast & learned a lot at the last workshop!

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Apr 28

Beautiful Miss Elliott {Newborn Photographer, Winona MN}

I met Miss Elliott’s mom & dad for a maternity session in March, and I was so impressed by their connection. The session was so easy, they fit together just perfectly and the love, joy, and anticipation in their eyes was undeniable. They couldn’t wait to meet their little one, and they got their wish 1 month later via induction.

Miss Elliott is perfect, 10 little fingers, 10 little toes and healthy!  She made us work for these sleepy shots, but she is a girl who knows what she likes… White Noise, Heat, and Snuggles. Once she was asleep not even her furry siblings could wake her up.

Here is a TEASE, of this beautiful little Miss.

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Apr 20

My own personal A-Team, my triple threat.

When you’re a parent to a child with special needs, it’s easy to talk about that child. A LOT. You become passionate about their diagnosis, you want to learn everything you can about it, all your options, every possible resource available for your child, you want to shout every milestone from the rooftops, good or bad.. It’s important to talk about your other children too. Did you know I have 3 children, and only God knows if that’s our magic number (It’s way to hard for me to commit to no more babies. ever. , so I just let go & let God with this). I know I tend to talk about Ava A LOT on here, so this post I want to introduce my other two children to you.

My oldest Ayden “Bacon” is 6yrs old, and he’s amazing. He’s my first born and my only son. He’s funny, smart, sensitive, kind, talented, & determined. He dreams of growing up to be a chef. To be specific, a Firefighter who’s also a chef. “So he can cook for all the Firefighters at the Fire house cause they’ll be hungry after saving everyone”. Smart kid. We’ve all heard the way to the heart is through the stomach. All the girls at school LOVE him (and they tell him everyday when I pick him up, with hugs and even some kisses snuck in there too!)…  and his little sisters ADORE him. The best part of my girls weekdays is 3:10pm. This is when Ayden comes home, hearing the “HI I-Dee” from Ava and the squeals of delight & “Hiiiiiiii” from Addie bring a ear to ear smile to his face. No matter what kind of day he’s had, that moment is constant.

My youngest Adeline “Addie” (Sweet Adeline, Doot Doot Doot), is 17 months and is one of those babies that makes you want to have 8 more babies. She’s always happy unless she’s tired or hungry, she’s a social butterfly, and so so smart. She is my little model. She LOVES music, all animals (especially our 2 dogs), Dora the Explorer, and her big brother & big sister. She shares a room with Ava, and many nights when I go into check on them before I head to bed, Addie can be found in her big sisters bed snuggled perfectly into her sisters back (like they’re spooning). It’s pretty amazing that Ava lets Addie do this, since Ava is VERY sensitive about EVEN pressure, especially when sleeping (she sleeps with weighted blankets & a special lycra sheet).

Now don’t get me wrong, they’re siblings. They fight, yell, scream, kick, and even lick (Ava). Lately Addie has taken to copying everything the older two do. Today she decided to copy Ayden, and proceeded to LAY on Ava’s head, and “wrestle”. Surprisingly Ava didn’t  seem to mind, in fact she giggled.

Since Ava’s Autism diagnosis it’s been a whirlwind around here. We’ve implemented so many new therapy’s and routines at home, school & Stanley Jones. Now 6 months after the diagnosis we’re still making changes, but things are finally becoming somewhat a routine. I look back at the past 6 months, and 1 thing was constant. 1 thing got me through.

My triple threat. Ayden, Ava and Addie. My A-Team. They are my perfect balance, they are the perfect balance for each other. The ups & down, the good & bad. They get me through it. Seeing them together, their excitement to just be around each other. It’s humbling, and it’s heartwarming. And I get to be their mom.

I’ll say that again. I GET TO BE THEIR MOM.

Designed by yours truly, this is the closest I could come to describing in words what my kids are to me. :)
This is available for purchase through my Etsy shop. Just click on the image to view the listing. All proceeds from my designs are put into a special fund to purchase outdoor items for Ava.


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Apr 20

My little Ninja. {Ava Jeane, little pieces}

This story is a oldie, but a goodie so I had to bring it over to the blog. It will make you SMILE.

This story took place one evening about a year ago…. After putting our middle child Ava back into bed for the 3rd time, my husband Ron and I were chit chatting about our days, when we heard what sounds like SOMEONE in our house. Specifically in my photography studio, which is on the back of our home, and connects to our kitchen….

Being a woman who believes the husband is the man of the house (I will not repeat that, and will deny it if asked lol!), I of course shove (literally shoved- apparently, he didn’t get the earlier memo) Ron out of bed to check it out, which he reluctantly does, and he also turns on the bedroom light (which I might add is not a good idea to do in the case of a intruder, since you’re letting them SEE YOU when you CAN’T SEE THEM! ).

I could tell Ron’s heart was beating just as fast as mine was as he searched our bedroom for something to protect him (why don’t we have a baseball bat in our bedroom like they always do in the movies?! I mean even Ron’s golf clubs aren’t in the house!). He snuck out of our room empty handed into the dark house…  The sounds were coming from the kitchen now, it was the sound of a door creaking (which is scary considering our back door is in the studio, which connects to the kitchen, and I couldn’t remember if I locked it after letting the dog in..).. I finally released the breath I didn’t realize I’d been holding when I heard Ron say,

“Ava! What are you doing?! GET DOWN.”

That’s right NINJA.

Our Ava (who was 3 yr old at the time), is NOT afraid of the dark and moves with a stealthness only seen by trained Ninjas- was on the top of the counter, she’d gotten up there to grab the Popcorn Seasoning Salt (from I might add it’s new location on the top shelf, because she’d already snuck it 4 times earlier that day from other precarious heights & locations!). There was NO chair in sight, and not a sound was heard when she; got out of bed, opened the door to her room, came up the stairs, climbed the cabinet, then the counter, and opened the cupoard door. ALL IN THE DARK.


Needless to say, she was hungry. So I gave her a peanut butter sandwich (*sigh, those were the days! She won’t touch a peanut butter sandwich now) and a glass of milk. Then I tucked her back to bed for the 4th time that night and didn’t hear from her again until morning.

I’m only assuming she stayed in her bed, because unlike what my mother told me, Mom’s don’t have eyes in the backs of their heads, can’t see through walls, and don’t know everything. 

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