“A wise old owl sat on an oak;
the more he saw the less he spoke;
the less he spoke the more he heard;
why aren't we like that wise old bird?”
— Author Unknown
Hello There! I'm Gina Marie. I'm a born & raised Southern California girl, relocated to the mid-west small town of Minot, North Dakota. I've spent 9 years in this frozen tundra, & although I am far from my natural family, the friends I have made here are true through & through.
I'm a mom of 3 & wife of 1. All 4 of my children keep me on my toes. My favorite book is Fahrenheit 451. My only sibling is my sister, who is 7 years older than I am. I always need a straw in my cup. Purple is my favorite color. One of my favorite places on this planet is Mammoth, California. I have green eyes. I love books & nail polish, though I don't make time to read or polish my nails like I did when I was young. I love cooking. I cannot bake to save my life. My grandma passed away when I was 15, but I still ask her for advice when I find myself struggling to know the way. I love vacuum lines on carpet. I love pictures of sunrises- I'm rarely up early enough to see them myself. Sunsets are my favorite & I'm always awake for those. When it comes to tea, it should always be unsweet with lots of ice. I'm a die-hard Raiders fan, win or lose. I drive a GMC & a Ford. I also have a Harley in my garage. Only bribery gets me on that thing. I play on a women's rec volleyball team and I bowl on a Sunday night league. My kids are amazing- full disclosure- they did not pay me to say that. One of my all-time favorite gifts was a camera my husband bought me. Nana's porch with my dearest friend of 20 years will always be a special place. Grease, Grumpier Old Men, Fools Rush In, Second Hand Lions, Twelve Angry Men, The Truman Show, & Gnomeo & Juliet are some of my absolute favorite movies. Owls, humming birds, horses & turtles are probably my favorite animals, but if my local pet store ever has a dragon for sale, I'll own one! So enough about me. I'm looking forward to learning more about you!
I took photography in high school. I look back at some of those photos and think "what the heck!" Back when everything was film & you had to develop it or run it to the drug store for a one hour print job & hope it came out right. What a difference technology has made. Fast forward to today (how many years?? We won't say lol) & I've been specializing in Newborn Photography for almost 4 years now. I've expanded to offer maternity, milestones, birthdays, families & birth photography sessions too.
I'm always learning, always growing & expanding my skills & abilities. There's so much more to it than clicking a button.
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I run a legitimate business. I am not a hobbyist or a "mom with a fancy camera". I never shoot in Auto mode. I am licensed & permitted by the state, fully insured, vaccinated and am constantly taking safety courses to keep myself up to date and current on posing, wrapping and working with your precious newborn. It's always nice to quickly share snap shots on social media, but I want you to want photos from our session hanging on your walls. Images you love and want to see everyday. Images that put a smile on your face & a song in your heart. These images will tell your story. Make sure you choose the artist who paints it the most beautiful way possible in your eyes. I invite you to look through my galleries, both on this site & my facebook fanpage. If you like what you see, reach out. You can get in touch with me using either email, facebook or my contact form to discuss rates, scheduling and more.