The Beautiful Mad Hatter :: Anoka Minnesota Photography

Good morning! I still have a few challenge photos to post here; but, I wanted to pop in and share a bit of my shoot from this weekend, over at the Mad Hatter in Anoka. (Their website is here.) The Mad Hatter is such a fun place to have a camera–this session was, specifically, to capture some of the gorgeous Christmas decorating before it was taken down for the season, as well as to grab some images of their tea service. I got there a bit before they opened, and only planned to be there for a 30ish minutes–but, seriously, every time I turned around, I would see something new that I loved, and wanted to shoot too. After about an hour I finally had to rush out of there–before getting distracted again. 🙂

Here are a few shots from the morning…

If you’re looking for a little more information about the Mad Hatter, check out this clip from DeRusha Eats, on WCCO. It was filmed in less than a year ago. (Starting in a couple weeks–they’ll be staying open for dinner on Friday and Saturday.)

A Couple More Challenge Shots :: Twin Cities, Minnesota Photographer

Here’s day three and four of the #TCCChallenge2017. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about–check out my last blog. 🙂 )

Day Three : A Favorite Item Bought Locally
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Day three of the #tccchallenge2017, a favorite item bought locally. Hands down, the coolest thing I’ve bought, anywhere, in a long time is my hexagon shaped, repurposed, coffee table. It’s from one of the many flea markets at @thebigwhitehouse , in Anoka. (Flea market, or not, you will LOVE shopping in this old home. It’s amazing, and always changing.) The table is solid enough for my toddler to launch himself off of, and is hollow–which is perfect for stashing blankets, and random toys. (It was supposed to be for a pet bed area…but, my dog hates it.) The girls who sold it to me were thrilled to not have to lug it around anymore, and I was thrilled that it was only ten bucks. (So was my hubby. 😊)


Day Four : A Favorite Book Read in 2016Twin Cities Collective, Bloggers, Creatives, Website, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Melissa, Peifer, Photography, Photographer, Instagram, Challenge, 2017, New YearDay four of the #tccchallenge2017…a favorite book I read last year. In 2016, I did a lot of listening to old classics I hadn’t read before, but then I heard about a new(ish) book that actually began with creepy, vintage, photos (not a story). Obviously, I was curious. (I couldn’t care less if it’s a YA novel. If I want to read something, I do.) I bought the book and, about four days later, I was done. The images pull you into the characters even more because they are real; and that ending had me up until 3 in the morning–there was no way I was going to be able to sleep until I finished it. It was such a surprisingly fun read for me. I bought it for the pictures and ended up getting really into the story too…