Autumn and Beyond.

The sunflower sessions are open for booking! 

These 20 minute sessions begin on Sunday September 15 and are being held in my garden. There will be a large tent covering the entire site so we can go ahead with the sessions in bad weather. 

The sessions will be $40 and as usual I can edit 10 photos and email them or you can bring your own USB so you can take all your photos with you. I can edit up to 10 if you let me know which ones. You must get back to me within a week.

I am hoping the sunflowers bloom for at least two weeks and maybe longer if I can keep the flowers happy. We can take photos with some of the other flowers in the garden until the first freeze.

The sunflowers have tiny little pickles which might irritate those with sensitive skin. Consider wearing a long sleeve top. 

After the sunflower sessions I will be turning the site into an outdoor fall set up. These sessions will begin on Sunday October 20th until Sunday November 10th and will be 30 minute sessions for $40.

Christmas and Halloween sessions begin in the studio on Sunday October 20th.  Phew, busy times!
Birthdays and milestone sessions can go ahead all the way through Christmas.



Hi, My name is Mandy Stadther and I opened Richfield Portrait Photography with the goal of offering truly affordable, quality family photos.  

Hundreds of families now have memories that didn't cost a fortune and can afford to mark each and every milestone.


All 30 minute studio mini sessions are $40 

If your session is on a weekday you get 10 edited digital photos emailed to you THE NEXT DAY.  If your session is on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you get your photos the following Monday


If you bring a flash drive to your session I will load all the photos we took onto your drive while you wait. This way you get all the images we took, plus they lose no resolution through the email process which means they will be able to print up to 40 x 60 inches. You can keep bringing the flash drive with you each time you come or you can buy a 2GB flash drive from me for $10 which you can keep.  The photos will be un-edited but you can choose up to 10 that you would like edited.

The $40 fee is PER HOUSEHOLD.

If your family has special needs or you need more time for outfit changes, one hour appointments are available for $60.  These sessions do not guarantee more than 10 photos but we will certainly try.

You  are free to print or share. No further purchases from the photographer required! 

Booking is easy. A real time booking system allows you to check availability, book or reschedule if you need to.

​Just click on the blue buttons throughout my website.

Payment  can be by cash, check, PayPal or credit/debit card. Card transactions will be subjected to a $3 fee.

Contact me by email at mandystadther@yahoo.com

The Studio is in Richfield, two miles from the Mall of America.

2007 - Lemaire Channel, Antarctica



Mini Session 101

Click on the green button to find out what to expect from your session.

Read some tips for guiding your unpredictable little loved ones through the perils of a mini session!

The Props

I have collected numerous props over the years. Fake cakes and cupcakes, ride-along cars in pink and red, washtubs, a tee pee, furs, chairs, benches and seasonal items.

The Photographer

I have been doing this for a long time...more than 30 years in one form or another. 

As a senior journalist and chief reporter I have published hundreds of news, feature articles and photographs. 

I was born and raised in New Zealand but now call Minnesota home.

 I have traveled to remote parts of the world including the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. I have also spent time in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, India, Australia, Argentina, Chile and many European nations.

I am not a child whisperer. Most of the time I am desperately winging it just like you and hoping like hell we get lucky. So don't be embarrassed if your two-year-old loses it and flings themselves on the floor. It happens everyday and I often feel like doing it myself.

I am a Professional Photographers of America member and Richfield Portrait Photography LLC is a legitimate tax paying business.Type your paragraph here.

The Dog

She runs the place. You will see her at the door. She is the one with short legs being loud and bossy.  As long as you are attached to a people-puppy she will adore you forever.

The Smile

For most people the smile is the end goal. I respect that and try really hard to achieve it.

But what if the smiles don't come? Despite our singing and clowning around we end up with photos of a worried little face looking for an exit.

That's okay. A stunning resting face looking right into the camera is a hundred times better than a fake smile. Often a utterly ticked off expression or a huge frown can be funny....in a year or two. I love character even if it's glaring at me with all the attitude it can muster.

The Studio

I have a clean, fully equipped dedicated studio in the basement of my home.  There is a changing table, bathroom and plenty of places to sit.


The new year brings new birthday props and backdrops!

 I made 20 fake cakes and there are 10 new themes such as Tiffany, Mickey Mouse and dinosaurs.

Thanks again for your support.

Richfield Portrait Photography (LLC)

PPA (Professional Photographers of America)

The World....

...I have seen some of it. Check out Seven Worlds By Amanda Stadther. There are hundreds of images of places like Antarctica, New Zealand, Africa and India. There are also some travel articles I wrote along the way.

The Pretties!

Last year I had a headband making frenzy, the year before that is was chunky necklaces and birthday hats. Now I have hundreds to lend out - good luck picking one out! 

Spartan Stadium

Richfield High School.

July 2014.

This is  a High Dynamic Range (HDR) It is five photos of the same image taken at different settings and then merged together into one very large file.

This image was featured on the front page of the Richfield Sun Current on August 21st 2014.