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Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe not… but it’s been SUPER quiet all over my social media accounts. The truth is, we’ve been busy prepping ourselves for something super exciting and scary,  but never-the-less, a HUGE adventure.

This week, Kyle and I will celebrate a whopping TEN years together. I cannot even believe it. Sometimes I think that ten years is a LONG freakin’ time, and sometimes I think WOW that went fast.

I can even remember the moment he awkwardly asked me to be his girlfriend my sophomore year of high school. I hope that I never forget that!

We’ve been through pretty much everything together. In no particular order; we’ve lived apart, moved in together (and moved apart again), graduated high school, suffered a LOT of loss, graduated college, got married, got jobs, type 1 diabetes diagnosis, bought a house, welcomed new life with our families, and have raised some pretty amazing dog babies, and FINALLY. . . This summer (July 21st to be exact), our sweet first baby is due to arrive!

We are sooo stinkin’ thrilled to finally say, that our Minnesota “Babe” is on the way!

pinimageWe could not be any more thrilled, and are overwhelmed by all of the love and outreach from family and friends. Our journey to now has been tough. Struggling with gaining better control over my body after being thrown the curveball that is Type 1 diabetes,  the All Day Sickness (better known as ‘Morning Sickness’) for longer than the average pregnancy (a story for a different day <– but I PROMISE this is something I will share), and of course the constant ups and few downs that come along with our life changing plans!

We met with the wonderfully, talented, Olivia from LIV Photography to celebrate the occasion earlier in January. Check out these wonderful images.pinimagepinimagepinimagepinimagepinimagepinimage

Stay up-to-date on all things ‘Baby Figgins’ follow along using #thefigginsfam or follow @emmajae on instagram!

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2016 has been SOOOO good to me AND Emma Jae Photography.

Tis the season for giving – I thought I would keep the tradition alive, and give away some of my favorites during the Holiday Season!

You can find them, and how to enter below!

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1. Love Your Melon Beanie

Because, it’s the season of giving, and this gift gives back! LYM’s mission is to provide every child battling cancer, with a hat. As well as supporting other nonprofit organizations who fight against pediatric cancer.

You can visit Love Your Melon here: https://www.loveyourmelon.com

2. $25 Starbucks Gift Card

My personal favorite is that Iced Green Tea Lemonade, but am also partial to the Carmel Macchiato.

You can visit Starbucks, and view their menu here: www.starbucks.com

3. A Minnesota Goodie Bag

This gift is SO fun. Minnesota. For. Days. Some of my favorite local Minnesota goodies bundled together.

You can see some of my favorite Minnesota Prints, which I  have displayed on my wall at home, here: http://www.emmajaephotography.com/2015/11/23/minnesota/

4. Fujifilm – Instax Mini

I can’t go anywhere exciting, without bringing this instant fun camera along!

You can check out all of the exciting feature of this instant print camera here: http://www.fujifilm.com/

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HOW DO I ENTER?

Great question! It’s easy! AND a chance to enter more then ONCE! Follow the steps below:

First Entry, Instagram:

1.  FOLLOW EMMA JAE PHOTOGRAPHY ON INSTAGRAM : @emmajae

2. FIND THE POST FEATURING THE GIVEAWAY IMAGE AND DOUBLE TAP AS WELL AS COMMENT WITH YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS!

BONUS INSTAGRAM ENTRY! Share a photo on your “Holiday Photo” on Instagram and use the hashtag #emmajaephotographygiveaway2016 and tag @emmajae so I am sure to see it!

Second Entry, Facebook:

3. LIKE EMMA JAE PHOTOGRAPHY ON FACEBOOK: Emma Jae Photography

4. FIND THE POST FEATURING THE GIVEAWAY IMAGE, LIKE IT + SHARE IT

BONUS FACEBOOK ENTRY: TAG a friend in the comments! (If chosen, this friend will receive a gift, too!)

***This is FOUR ways to get your name into the drawing!***

The contest begins on 11/27/2016 and a winner will be chosen at random on Monday, December 4, 2016 at 7:00pm Central Time, announced and contacted within 48 hours!

*** This giveaway is hosted by Emma Jae Photography ONLY. Facebook, Instagram and the above vendors have no affiliation with the 2016 giveaway.

This is giveaway is supposed to be fun. It is a thank you to my wonderful clients and the people that love them who have kept me busy doing what I love.

If you have any questions about the giveaway, please feel free to email: emma@emmajaephotography.com

HAVE FUN – and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

CHEERS!
Emma

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YAY! This is Lauren, a Grand Rapids High School Class of 2107 senior. Emily has such a kind, hard-working spirit. In fact, by the time she has earned that High School diploma, she will also have wrapped up her sophomore year of college credits. You GO girl!
I am so excited to share Lauren’s session with you all. It was an incredible evening! Check it out.

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It’s so much fun when I get to photograph family! Especially the littles. Meet Adalyn, my “almost THREE year old” old niece. We spent the day celebrating her final days as an only child. Cookies, lunch, swinging at the park, swimming in the pool, putting our toes in Lake Bemidji, and an instant dance party in the middle of the field when her mama started singing, “hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity-dog”.

This lady is going to be the best big sister and I love getting to be her Auntie! Fall is coming, friends!

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