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Makally Photography Opens in Maple Grove

May 10, 2016 01:14PM ● By Wendy Erlien

(provided by Makally Photography)

After three years of business in Elk River, Makally Photography has moved to Maple Grove.

“A lot of my clients are from around here…I’m excited to be here and be part of the business community,” Makally Photography Owner and Maple Grove resident Jodi Elkins said.

Throughout her life, photography has been at the forefront for Elkins. Growing up with a father who was a professional photographer, she decided to take photography coursework while studying at the University of North Dakota. After graduation and armed with a journalism degree, Elkins went into the travel industry where she toured with high school groups. Photography entered the picture once again as she journeyed to different destinations, often taking pictures of the students during their trip.

“I started focusing on the photography more and more,” she said, including traveling to workshops, going to clients home with props, and doing sessions out of her home. 

Eventually, the interest and demand for her work led Elkins to open Makally Photography and specialize in portrait and candid photography of newborns, babies, kids, and families. In her work with newborns, Elkins designs sessions to embrace a relaxing environment, including providing props and a pre-session preparation sheet to ensure a smooth session.

“I set no time limit on the session [for newborns] - I try to make it as stress free as possible” she said. “Most are three hours, but baby rules the show. If the baby needs to eat, we’ll take that time. It’s very laid back - it’s worth it to get that shot. They [parents] don’t have to do a thing.”

Seven years later, her business and passion photography continues to grow.

“It’s a fun job, I like it,” Elkins said. “I love my clients. Many are repeat, I’ve become good friends with many families. It’s fun to see them [children] grow, see them as a family.”

Makally Photography opened its new location in Maple Grove, 7056 East Fish Lake Road, in April.

For more information about Makally Photography, visit the website here:

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