Hello! My name is Christy Bode, owner and photographer at Christy Bode Photography (although that’s probably pretty obvious :)). I’m glad you’re here! I grew up in the small town of Nicollet, just outside of Mankato, and after returning home from college and meeting my now husband, eventually landed permanently in North Mankato where myself, husband and three boys (Connor, Grayson and Oliver) now live.
I have always loved photography. I always had the camera. I was always taking pictures. And I never deleted a picture. “There is no deletion of a picture, only compilation of the good ones” I believe was my motto while studying abroad in Scotland in college….but I digress. The thought of becoming a professional photographer, ie doing something this FUN for a living, NEVER crossed my mind. Not until 2012 when I had enough people ask me to take pictures of their kids that I took the plunge, made a ‘logo’ (if you could call it that, ha!), and started a Facebook page. My desire to improve became pretty intense, taking classes, hours spent online researching and lots and lots of practice. I have so many clients that were there in the beginning and are still with me today and for that I am so grateful, it is because of them that I am here today. In Spring of 2014 I made the leap to full time status, leaving my corporate job behind me. I feel so blessed to be able to do something I truly love and be able to spend more quality time with my family. My husband also thought this meant he would get less frozen pizzas for supper………..that part of the transition hasn’t quite happened yet :) Someday! I continue to invest in training and education and have attended several in-person mentorships with several of the best newborn photographers in the country, world even and of course have a prop purchasing addiction :) Never want my props to feel ‘old’! (don’t tell the husband…)
Arizona Photo Credits: Jesica Watkins Photography
My photography journey has really been everywhere which has been so fun. From babies to families to weddings and more. As I learn and grow, I know in my heart that being a Mankato Newborn Photographer is where my passion lies. I love babies. Always have, always will (come on hubby, we can have one more, right?!? Kidding. Totally kidding). It gives me no greater joy than to create beautiful images of your brand new baby that you will cherish forever. We all know that babies don’t keep, but the photos will.
I look forward to meeting you and your family. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or book a session!