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Tioga, nd
Manhattan, KS

chelsy weisz

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Precious reached out to me earlier this year with the sweetest note. I had photographed a wedding late last fall for another company and Precious’s little guy, Carter, was a ring bearer. She watched me work all day and was blown away by how all the photos turned out. With their wedding just under a […]

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Precious + Alan Engagement / Family Session

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Precious reached out to me earlier this year with the sweetest note. I had photographed a wedding late last fall for another company and Precious’s little guy, Carter, was a ring bearer. She watched me work all day and was blown away by how all the photos turned out.

With their wedding just under a month out, we decided to turn their engagement session into a family session so I could meet the entire family! We had a great time! Cutter Keiana and Carter all have some pretty great dance moves which they clearly got from Alan!

When Precious and I chatted about locations for their session she mentioned that they would love to have more of an urban feel to their photos. We choose their hometown of Williston, ND, and headed downtown. I love the variety of images you can get downtown while staying high-end and modern even in the oilfield of North Dakota!

So without further ado here are some of my favorites from their session earlier this week!

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Officially Adopted

Family Photography

I met the Schell Family last year on a snowy winter afternoon. They welcomed me inside their home to photograph the newest addition to their family, brand new baby Emersyn. Emersyn was just a few weeks old and the Schell family was so thankful and excited for the opportunity to adopt her! Big sister Corbyn wasn’t sure what to think just yet, but I’m happy to report 8 months later she has grown into a wonderful big sister!

When Mari messaged me a little over a month ago about the possibility of photographing Emersyn’s adoption hearing and doing some more family photos I was ecstatic! It took some time to finally get a date set in stone but it was totally worth the wait!

I arrived at the newly remodeled Williams County Courthouse and told the security guards I was here to photograph an adoption as they ran my camera gear through the x-ray. They were surprised to hear that and said that photographers don’t come to photograph those very often in Williston, none the less they seemed to get caught up in the excitement of the day to as they pointed me in the right direction. Mari and Nathan’s family met us in the lobby and we all headed up the elevator to await the hearing.

Adoptions might be one of my favorite things to photograph now even though this was my first.  It is such a happy day. Even though this adoption was uncontested there still seemed to be a bit of tension in the air until the judge finally announced that Emersyn was officially part of the Schell family.

Mari was called to the stand first as a witness. She held it together pretty good until the end when she was asked if she promised to love and care for Emersyn as her own. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the crowd of the family at that moment. I know I was tearing up! As Mari stepped down from the stand two and a half year old Corbyn cheered her mom on saying “Good job mommy!” Everyone had a good chuckle and the room seemed to relax.

Judge Johnson approved the adoption, was all clapped and Emersyn smiled!  We then headed off to Williston State College to take some family photographs.

Mari and Nathan, thank you so much for inviting me into such a wonderful and sacred part of your life!  I can’t believe just how big Emersyn has gotten since I saw her last at her newborn session, and that smile of her’s is the cutest thing ever! Congratulations on officially becoming a family of four!

Scroll all the way to the bottom to see images from Emersyn’s Newborn Session!

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winter family photos
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Family Photo Roundup 2018 Novmeber​

Family Photography

Checkout the rest of the round up: October September and July

The final part of my family rounds up of last year. November!  We had to reschedule a couple of times but we ended up with some pretty great photos even if it was freezing!  I have photographed most of the Sheet’s family before, but it was fun to be able to get them all together.  Leigh even got her cat in for a few photos! I high school rodeoed with Sydney so it was fun to catch up!

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of scheduling photos for winter, its tough for everyone and my trigger finger is usually pretty useless by the end of the shoot, but looking back these photos did turn out amazing, and were worth the potential frostbite!!

Even the can got into the photoshoot!

Interested in getting your family photos taken this year? Booking goes live tomorrow! Sign up for the VIP Family List to get access tomorrow!

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Best of October Family Photo Roundup

Family Photography

You can checkout July sessions here, and September sessions here.

Part 3 of 4 for the best of family photos from 2018! October can be so unpredictable when it comes to weather in North Dakota! We ended up rescheduling the Knudson family’s session due to wind and snow, but as you can tell that snow didn’t hang around too long!

Moe Family

I have worked with the Moe Family since Jarrett was 3 months old, and now I’m capturing him losing his first teeth! Missy did such an amazing job with outfits for the entire family! Northern Charm Boutique of Powers Lake, ND for the win! We photographed this session just south of Tioga, ND at their home, which is actually just down the road from where my grandparents lived! Last summer my daughter Sky played Tball with Jarrett, so I got to hang out with Missy and Maci on the bleachers a lot last summer! It was fun to actually get to see Maci and Jarrett interact with each other and I think this second photo of them with the Tonka Trucks captures their friendship so perfectly! We made sure to capture these two in nice clean posed photos before letting them run loose in the sandbox, but I’m so glad we caught these two being who they really are!

We also had some extended family show up for photos at the end of their session, so you will see Grandmas and Grandpas below too! Everyone’s Christmas Cards turned out so awesome!

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Fall family photos country hwy 1804 Tioga ND Chelsy Weisz
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Post Family

Meeting the Post family at the McGregor Dam near their hope was awesome! I have never actually been to the McGregor Dam, but I’m definitely adding it to my list of new locations, so much variety in a really condensed space! Poor Gage was not having a great day, but we ended up with some pretty awesome photos at the end when we headed over to the playground!

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We had fun on the playground equipment at the McGregor Damm

Knudson Family

This was the first time I had met Abbie, but I actually graduated high school with Austin #smalltown right! I haven’t seen him in years, and I have to say seeing him with a shaved head was odd! Their two boys had so much fun looking for rabbits in the trees! We had actually rescheduled this session due to rain and wind, but I’m so happy we did! It was a bit chilly but so worth it! I loved the brown tights Abbie chose to go with her mustard dress to keep her warmer durring the session, such a fun fall acessory!

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fall Tioga family photos what to wear | Chelsy Weisz
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You can checkout July sessions here, and September sessions here.

Only one part left to this round up, and get ready for some snow! It was so cold in November! If you’re excited and ready to get your family photos booked click the button below to get yourself on the VIP Family List! The release of 2019 Family Session Dates are coming NEXT WEEK and booking links will go out the first week of APRIL! There will be less than 20 spots for family photos!


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2019 Family Session Dates

Family Photography

FAMILY PHOTO SESSION DATES

JUNE – start times will range from 8- 8:30 pm 

6th, 20th, 23rd 

JULY – start time at 7:45 pm 

10th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 

AUGUST- start time 7:15pm – 7:35pm 

12th, 26th

SEPTEMBER – start times will range from 6-6: 30 pm 

5th, 6th, 9th, 16th, 30th

OCTOBER – start time at 6 pm

3rd, & 4th

To checkout the best of last years family sessions round up by month!


Fall Family Photos Williston North Dakota

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Welcome Packet

The welcome packet is a digital packet that is full of information to help you prepare for your family photo session! You will find tips on outfits, choosing locations, what to expect during and after your session.

1-hour session at a location of your choice

– One hour is about perfect when it comes to capturing a wide variety of images including the large family group, individuals of the kids, siblings all together, and mom and dad together.  

-I love letting families choose a location that is special to them!  Maybe it is on the river because that’s where you love spending time as a family.  Maybe camping is more your jam! If you aren’t sure what to pick, don’t worry, I have some amazing locations I can suggest and we can work together to find one that is right for your family! I love to travel! Anywhere within 50 miles of Tioga, ND is included in your session fee.  If you want to go further then that, there is a 50 cent per mile fee.

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30-35 Images

Each and every one of your images will be retouched by hand. These are the best of the best images from your family photo session!  Your finalized images will be delivered to you via an online gallery.  Your online gallery will be emailed to you within 4 weeks of your session.

Optional Premiere Night

Premiere night is one of my favorite parts of family photo sessions.  This is when you will get to come into my studio, and view your beautiful portraits.  That night we will go through the complete ordering process together.  We can design your Christmas cards, and pick out images for an album or image box. The best part is you get to see what these products not only look like but what they feel like too. I have samples of the entire product line in the studio, and I’m here to help you through the entire process.  I won’t make you try to figure out how to navigate some clunky ordering website by yourself! If you choose to have a premiere night they are scheduled 7-14 days after your session!

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Cost

The cost for these full family sessions is $350.  This does include your digital images! If you decide to invest in products during your optional premiere night you will have a $350 credit towards the purchase of any of the collections.  If you choose to purchase a la carte you will get premiere night pricing which is a 25-50% discount from my website pricing. Collections start at $600.  Prints start at $30.

What happens if it rains on our session date?

If the weather is crazy we will reschedule! I want to be able to photograph beautiful images for you and your family. That means we need to ensure weather is as close to ideal as we can get.

How to Book

Past clients will have the very first chance to book a family session. An email will go out on April 1st at 10:30 am with a link to the booking website. Payment is due in full to reserve your session.

The VIP Family List will receive an email on April 4th at 10:30 am with a link to the booking site. If you would like to be put on the Family VIP List click the link below.



Finally on April 15th if there are any spots open a link to the booking website will be posted to the blog and shared on social media opening up sessions to the public. The bast two years these sessions have sold out and there has been a waiting list. Your best bet to snag a session is to get on the VIP LIST!

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