Carolyn Counihan Photography bio picture

    I am glad we found each other! I am an on-location photographer specializing in fresh, modern portraits for babies, kids, maternity, couples and families using natural light.

    If I told you that I was once an event planner turned aspiring librarian with a Masters of Library Information Science degree turned account manager turned portrait photographer, I would not blame you for the confused look on your face. I have a nice blend of relaxed professionalism and a joy of interacting with people of all ages.

    I love making photo sessions a memory that captures a story - whether it's the wrink-ly finger of a 10-day old baby, the go-to silly face of a 3-year old boy or the intimate hug of a newly engaged couple. Take a look around and let's connect if you would like me to help capture your story.

Celebrating a first year for Miss “I”

This little gal is as cute as can be. I mean, she even blew kisses to the Canadian geese that threatened to photo bomb her photo session. How sweet is that? ūüėČ
Little Miss “I” was on the move during her session with her mom to celebrate turning one years old. She was game for taking the balloons for a walk. She was game for seeing what lie at the edge of the pond. And she was DEFINITELY game for a cake smash! She was a little character teasing her momma with a piece of cake and taking it back!

I was thrilled to photograph these two sweet ladies. They have a wonderful bond that you can just tell by the way they respond to one another.

Happy 1st birthday, Miss I!


Newborn baby boy “J”

This sweet momma, Char, has a special place in my heart. Our paths have crossed here and there for the last 20 years, intersecting because we share a close friend (my best-friend-cousin), Jamie. We’ve been goofy and silly together as we’ve celebrated special occasions in Jamie’s life. We also share the reality that we have a baby in heaven. But this little baby “J” that you see here‚Ķhe’s here in her arms, with her husband and older son.


People‚Ķ.God is good! ¬†He made this baby boy possible and for that, I’m celebrating with this family.

Fall 2014 Mini Sessions


Now booking Fall 2014 Mini Sessions!

What you get:

~ $75
~ 25 minute session
~ 10 hi-res image files sent via instant download
~ Print release
~ Online gallery with up to 20 images for viewing images

* $25 retainer due at booking to reserve spot

When: (as spots are requested, a hold will be announced on this page so you can see what spots are still available)

Saturday, October 11th (morning) at a historic home and park in the west Minneapolis suburb area
8:30 AM – HOLD for Jenny T.
9:00 AM – HOLD for Amber S.
9:30 AM – HOLD for Celyn O.
10:00 AM – RESERVED for Tricia M.
10:30 AM – RESERVED for Becky O.

Saturday, October 18th (later afternoon/early evening) at a local park on a lake in the west Minneapolis suburb area
3:30 PM – HOLD for Emily V.
4:00 PM – HOLD for Molly B.
4:30 PM – HOLD for Beth G.
5:00 PM – HOLD for Hayley P.
5:30 PM – HOLD for Sarah K.

To reserve a spot, please e-mail me at  I look forward to seeing you and your families while enjoying such a beautiful time of year in Minnesota!

Here comes December

It’s almost Thanksgiving.¬† Thanksgiving is my second-favorite holiday of the year (Christmas being my first). I’m contemplating Thanksgiving, so indulge me for a moment while I go down the thankful road.:)

This year has brought some ups and downs. You, my photography clients, are my big UP.¬†¬† I’m thankful for meeting so many new, friendly, warm and fun people. I’ve been silly in front of you, but we’ve had fun, right?

My best blessings from God is my main squeeze – my wonderful husband, Jason – and my adorable, almost-four-year old son, Seth. I’m so thankful for them. They are (one of) the reason I’m closing my photography shop for December.

Oh, you’ll hear from me here and on Facebook.¬† But, I’m taking self-induced time-off.¬† I’m available to arrange future photo sessions in 2014, but I will not be scheduling any sessions in December.

Would you believe on one of my mini session days, I managed to slip away and get my fall family photo sessions taken??¬† Oh, yeah! I love the two gals that I use for when I need pictures of my family. If my schedule will not work with a client’s schedule, I have no problems sharing the love and recommending you check them out for their availability.

Yes, it was cold, rainy and windy.:)But, you bear up – because we’re Minnesotans – and when you get the pictures, you’re so happy you did.

Hope you all have good Thanksgiving celebrations!


This tow-headed little boy. I just couldn’t bear to cut his summer blonde locks until after our photo session. Hee, hee.

Move along, ladies. I’ve got to brag on my handsome husband. So, yes. Yes, I will un-ashamedly post his headshot picture. ūüėČ


Fall Mini Sessions

WHAT are Mini Sessions? 

-25 minute portrait session

WHEN and WHERE are the Fall Mini Sessions?

Saturday, September 28th and Saturday, October 12th: Henry’s Woods Park in Rogers, MN. There is a red sugar shack, un-groomed trails for short hikes¬†in the forest and a great bridge over a dry creek…all underneath a beautiful autumn forest canopy.

What times are available?  All sessions will be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis (space is limited)

September 28th sessions are available between 9am Р12pm and 4pm Р5pm. 

РOctober 12th sessions are available between 9am Р12pm.

How do Mini Sessions work?

– Sessions will start on the hour and the half hour and are 25 minutes max in length.

РAvailable to groups up to 5 people max (kids, families, couples, headshots)

– Assorted posed and candid shots (Feel free to bring a few props of your own)

Mini Sessions:

$65.00 plus tax for 10 images

– 25 minute session

– Online ordering gallery with up to 20 images from which you may choose 10 image files

– Option to purchase additional image files beyond your 10 select images

– All files will be delivered electronically

NOTE: Mini Session purchase is non-refundable.

IMPORTANT! To secure your Mini Session, please email me at with 2 details: 
– Mini Session date (Sept. 28th or Oct.12th)
– Top 3 times slots that work for your family (ex. 10am. 4pm, or 5pm)
I will connect with you after Labor Day confirming one of the time slots that you selected.  I look forward to spending time with you and your family on a nice autumn day!