So here we are.. Take a knee, we’ve got a lot to talk about.


Truth be told, I’m not a very skilled writer. 

I use images and designs to reflect my thoughts, feelings and emotions because I feel that my words don’t do them justice. So what’s the big deal? If I can successfully use art as a representation (or extension) of myself, why bother with writing? Wouldn’t it make more sense to just focus on producing more images and designs?

Yes and No. Sure I want to create more art, what artist doesn’t, but I also want to grow in the areas where I feel I’m lacking- especially if it means giving more meaning to my work (even if its only purpose is for my own understanding and reflection).

I used to believe that images should stand totally alone (with the exception of a title) and that accompianing text detracted from the overall meaning.. And I guess to some degree I still believe that, however I think that an artist should do whatever it takes to challenge the viewer to think back on their own life. Not only does that help the work be remembered, but it also helps reinforce the value of the piece.

If the image alone strikes a chord to the viewer, job well done, but for some it takes more than just looking at a photo/design to feel connected to the piece. Words help to contextualize the aesthetics hopefully moving the viewer past the physical subject matter and onto looking at their own existence. And hell, if all else fails, words can be a minimal crutch to help them to make up a story that will somehow bring them a sense of entertainment.

To get into the boring geeky bits of it- (feel free to blow past this if you’re in a time crunch): Take the top left image titled Hint of Lavender- for example, it’s really a pretty basic image and I haven’t edited in the slightest but by pairing it with a not-so-obvious title I’ve attempted to trick the senses of my audience (and even myself) to get them to mull over the meaning.

“Was it a smell of lavender that made her take this photo? Is there lavender in the image somewhere?” Then you get the thought about how lavender relates to their life- “Grandma loved lavender..” and boom, there’s your connection. It keeps them looking at the image, rather than just scrolling past it. 


Geekiness aside- learning more about creative writing will help me to become a better blogger but more importantly, it will help me with my creative processes. 

With all of that now simmering in the back of your mind (hopefully I didn’t scramble your brain too much.. I may have whipped mine too hard)- I think it’s a good time to transition into some of the things I’ve been up to lately. I’ve begun creating a new brand (which will hopefully be launched by the new year- but that’s a very optimistic idea). I feel this new brand will be familiar enough, yet it’s one which will incorporate what I do more fully than simply saying “Haley Frost Photography & Design”.


I really liked my old logo, but I don’t feel that it truly represents who I am outside of fashion photography- not to mention the design flaws I feel stand out pretty heavily. 


This time around, I spent more time researching how brand identity functions before I started designing. I focused on what makes me who I am rather than what I thought looked the most like a statement. I asked myself a lot of questions and what I found was that I needed a brand identity that is as versatile as I am. I finally came up with the above design after many failed attempts with other logos (that were actually pretty cool). The reason I decided to use “Haley Frost Creative” was because it’s wide open so that I can incorporate other aspects without rebranding everything…again. 

It was so liberating to create something that I felt represented me, in all aspects of myself. 

I’m also going to take this opportunity to tell you all about a local band called Mourning After that I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph! They’ve got some upcoming shows you should check out: 

Dec 20-21 in Fergus Falls, MN @ The House O’Rock

Jan3-4 is at Hagges Bar and Grill in Mapleton, ND

Fargo @ Pickled Parrot on Jan 31-Feb1

I really encourage you to check them out!

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I had a blast working with them, they were super flexible, stood out in the frigid air (the night of a show) and didn’t complain once! Can’t wait til spring/summer to work with them again. 

The last thing I wanted to get into before I wrap this up (which has nothing to do with the client above, though I realize the placement of this section of the post wasn’t as ideal as I would have liked-sorry guys! ) was a really common question that I get asked from photographers who are just getting on their feet- “Do you get paid before you shoot, or after when the images are done?”.  That’s a hard question to answer sometimes, especially when you see the good in people and instinctually trust them.

That’s a nice gesture, but don’t I’ve recently been burned on a project that I worked my ass off on, and have yet to be paid for.. It’s not a good feeling when the client receives all of their files, and weeks go buy without getting paid. It might seem like an insignificant amount, but we depend on that money. We (as freelance artists) expect that if we’re professional, you better damn well be too. Especially when my images bring you business. 

To wrap up- I’ve got a lot of personal goals for 2014, expect more posts, more personal art, and a whole lot more fun. Please send me questions, I love to answer them, and I hope to be blogging more frequently. I love feedback too! 



Jessica Otto | Halloween Shoot

A few weeks ago I had a fantastic shoot with Jessica Otto, and my friend Jason from work came along! We all had a great time, despite the ridiculous cold weather. Though the shoot got cut a little short, I had some great images come from it! Check out this great set! ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Here I come real world!

I can’t believe it’s finally time for me to start working in the real world. I’ve been “busting ass” all summer to find a full-time job doing either graphic design or photography and thankfully I finally found something that’s a great fit. Marketing Ideas For Printers, here in Fargo, is a small company with big ideas, and I’m so honored to become part of their team. I auditioned for the position of graphic designer for around 3 1/2 weeks so you can imagine my excitement when I found out I had the job (For the majority of you that know me, you know how excited I will be to have a job from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday).  

This past summer I’ve also been working for Katie Lewis (Katie Lewis Photography) under her sister company Fate & Love Photography. There, I shoot weddings with my awesome co-worker Zach Davis (who also blogs regularly at The Open Window Exchange). When we aren’t off shooting our own weddings we are second shooting for Katie, which has been an exciting adventure so far and one I know I will continue to grow from. 

Needless to say I haven’t had a lot of time for personal projects this summer, outside of my graduation party (which was awesome) and the trip to the Boundary Waters in mid August. Time flew by this summer, however I did have time last week for one shoot…I think you’ll enjoy it. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Snow White | Kylie Howe

Here are some images from my Snow White collection featuring the fabulous Kylie Howe! She did a fabulous job portraying Snow in such blistering hot weather!

This was shot the same day as my Little Red Riding Hood shoot with Becca. It was quite the day and I’m so thankful I had Mandy with me!

I have so many more from this adventure, but that’s for a later date!

Happy Thanksgiving! | Ginger Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe!


Lets just start off by saying Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. I’m so blessed to have so many wonderful opportunities, family members (especially those extended family members and extremely close friends!), a boyfriend who is beyond fantastic, health, those who follow my dream of being a photographer and support it, among so many other things (in no particular order)!

I wanted to do something nice for those of you who take the time out of your day to follow and support me as an artist as sort of a Thanksgiving gift! It’s no surprise for most, who know me personally, that over the last month and a half I’ve been a baking machine. I’ve tested out multiple recipes, making Joe give me the final thumbs up or thumbs down for each recipe, and found one that is perfect for Thanksgiving day. I’d love to share this recipe with everyone as my way of saying thank you and giving back!

(This recipe makes more than 24 cupcakes, so you may need to cut it in half)

You’ll need the following items!


Also, preheat your oven to 350ºF!

Line the muffin pan. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a medium bowl and set it aside.

Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Making sure your butter is at room temp is key, or it will not aerate and change color to a lighter brown. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to incorporate fully. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Do only about a cup or two at a time. Place the batter into a gallon ziploc baggie, snipping the edge slightly. Begin squeezing the batter into the muffin pans until they are about 1/2 to 3/4 full!

Bake until golden brown and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack.

There are so many frosting recipes out there, but I seriously recommend something with a cream cheese base! I used Wilton’s 1M star tip along with a decorating bag to decorate the tops of my cupcakes! Then added a nice multi colored sprinkle to finish it off.

Here are some pictures!!




Fairy Tales In Reality: “Red Riding Hood”

Hey guys! Sorry this is late, but I’ve been crazy busy! As you can see this my newest installment for my Fairy Tale project; Little Red Riding Hood! (The image above depicts Little Red Riding Hood running away from the Wolf who is chasing her.) I only have one final image to feature right now because I’ve been focusing so much time on shooting while the weather has been good, but I’ll post more when the project is finished.

Featured here is the beautiful Becca Perry, who I met through my long time friend and very talented assistant Mandy! Becca hadn’t modeled before for such an extensive project, but she sure caught on fast with a little coaching. She really took to the camera well!

Here are some behind the scenes images!


Until Next Time!! I’d love some feedback!