family : the tonnesons | an evening at home

I spent a calm, overcast Friday evening with the Tonneson family. Though Heidi and I hadn’t met in real life until our photoshoot, we grew up in neighboring, small South Dakota farm towns and she and Dave went to college together. We connected on Instagram – so fun, right? – and here we are! There is certainly something special (and humid!) about a Midwest summer, and my evening with the Tonneson’s was just that.

We danced and played, raced and searched for toads, swung on the swing set and had tickle fights in the grass. Would you believe these images were shot in their beautiful backyard? It was such a joy capturing this family exactly as they are, right now. Heidi – thank you for inviting me to join you! Your family is truly beautiful.

“Shanna was very accommodating to our busy schedule and busy kids. Family pictures can be so stressful with 3 little kids and I didn’t feel that way at all with her. There was no posing or forced smiles but more real life moments and interactions that she turned into beautiful pictures. She captured all the little details and perfectly captured our kids personalities. I will forever cherish every one of the pictures!” -Heidi Tonneson


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