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My 40 best Instagram shots (#40BestIGPics)


As many of you know, Instagram is one of my favorite apps and social networks. I use it a lot–mostly because I take most of my kids’ pics there (I also document our trips that way now). But also because I love photography, even though I’m very much an amateur.

Since I’ve been using Instagram now for almost three years, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite shots. My 40 favorite shots, in fact. I’ll be honest, I’m doing this as much for me, as I am for you 🙂

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In the top 40 you’ll see a mix of:

* Shots of my kids (the majority, really)

* Shots of our vacations (where I take the bulk of my pics)

* Shots of beer (I like my craft beer, but I rarely drink more than two in one sitting any more, just to be clear)

* Shots of locations around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Here goes–my 40 favorite Instagram pics. I’d love to see yours, if you’re so inclined. But, since I know 40 pics can be daunting, perhaps we start with something a bit more attainable–like #10BestIGpics.

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One of our many trips to the North Shore of Minnesota.


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 The camera always comes out at birthdays, and I try to capture more impromptu moments like this.


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 This is one of my favorite shots of my kids in recently memory because it just captures their personalities so well (always laughing and smiling).


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 This was my screensaver on my big iMac for a while. You can see why.


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 I routinely document our pilgrimmage to the Minnesota State Fair each year. One of my faves from our recent trip.


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 I had a phase where I’d take random shots of our house/neighborhood two summers ago. This was one of my faves.


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 One of the best shots I took at the local pool we frequent in the summer months.


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There’s nothing quite like a beautiful summer afternoon at Target Field (THE best stadium in all of baseball).


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Used to love to take pics of flowers–and these are right outside our window.


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Love me some beer pics! And, nothing says summer like Oberon, quite possibly the best beer ever made.


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The views from Lake Harriet near our home in South Minneapolis are near perfect…


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The first time my kids saw the ocean–great moment (and I love this shot).


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Probably my favorite Pacific Ocean shot of my daughter from that San Diego trip in 2011.


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OK, I stand corrected. These sundown shots are off-the-charts good…


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Took a lot of shots in the summer of 2011 as I traveled by bike that summer. This was among the best.


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Just love the sky in this pic–taken on the Hiawatha bridge in Minneapolis.


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Somewhere…on the North Shore…


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Wonderful sunset on the shores of Gull Lake, where I play golf with a group of guys each fall.

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This one’s even better. Same lake. Same night.


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So many pics of sunsets–but this has been one of the best sunrises I’ve captured over the last two years. While walking my kids to school.


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I still remember the way the sky looked this night over my son’s soccer field. Incredible.


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Mmm….donuts…with gummy worms…and Oreos…and Fruit Loops…


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My daughter skating for the first time!


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Lots of camping pics on file…


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Hate to see my kids in pain, obviously, but this one was just too good to pass up (and, truth be told, his teeth didn’t hurt that badly–he did great!)


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My brother and my son on the ice jump. Who looks terrified and who looks like they’re having fun?


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In case you haven’t noticed by now, I love mid-air photos…


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The iconic sign from our Seattle trip in June of 2012.


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I’ve risked destroying my iPhone multiple times getting these pics.


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Beer flights anyone? From my favorite micro-brewery in Minnesota (Fitgers in Duluth)


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The REAL Pebble Beach (on the North Shore)!


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This is why I love my son. Who would have thought of this?


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The wonder of turning 5…


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The best shot I took on our camping trips last summer (this one from Willow River State Park in Wisc.)


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SPLASH (from the wave ride at Valleyfair!)


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Great view from just outside Grand Portage on the North Shore.


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I’ll always remember this photo: The day I took my daughter to her first Gopher game, and also the day I put a good friend to rest (the range of emotions that day was off the charts)


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Boxhead for Halloween (I helped, but it was his idea…)


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Just something about this one I love (plus, I love those little Coke bottles).






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