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10 TIPS ON WHAT TO WEAR FOR FAMILY PHOTOS IN THE TWIN CITIES

July 23rd, 2020

This is the first question nearly every family asks once they’ve booked their family portrait session. What to wear in their family photos. Dressing myself and my husband and looking pulled together can be challenging enough, I can’t even imagine the thought it takes into dressing an entire family! I’ve learned a lot over the […]

 


This is the first question nearly every family asks once they’ve booked their family portrait session. What to wear in their family photos. Dressing myself and my husband and looking pulled together can be challenging enough, I can’t even imagine the thought it takes into dressing an entire family! I’ve learned a lot over the years of helping my families with suggestions and from striving to keeping up to date with current trends. And I want to share my favorite tips for what to wear in family photos with you!

1. START WITH WHERE YOU PLAN TO DISPLAY YOUR PHOTOS

You probably wouldn’t have guessed that, right? Some colors look great together and some… well, not so much. Before thinking about what to wear in your family photos or what color scheme to choose for your outfits, start by thinking about where you plan to display your portraits. And where your portraits will be taken. If the wall where you plan to hang your family portrait is brightly colored, you may want to avoid brightly colored outfits so the colors don’t compete. Instead, opt for soft neutrals or muted tones. On the other hand, if your walls are neutral, pops of color in your outfits would look great! Really, anything looks nice on neutral walls. If the room is mostly warm tones, choose colors to match. If you have a lot of gray in the room, choose a color pallet that compliments gray.

In the photo at the top, I absolutely LOVE the color pallet this mom chose for her photos. She wanted to compliment the fall season while adding a pop of yellow to match her decor.

2. AVOID MATCHING – COORDINATE YOUR OUTFITS INSTEAD

If you want your photos to have a late 80’s early 90’s feel, all you have to do is have everyone wear white t-shirts and blue jeans. No! Don’t do that! Well, unless you are looking to create an awkward family photo haha! Today’s family pictures are more about coordinating than matching. Cue a sigh of relief! Ahhh! Everyone doesn’t have to wear the same color. Or dress in the same style! Each person in your family can dress in a way that fits their own personality. And you can still look pulled together in your family pictures.

I know that this can sound intimidating so here are a few general tips to get you started. Pinterest is another great medium you can use to find even more ideas.

4 Steps to Perfectly Coordinated Outfits

  1. Start by selecting a color palette. This is usually 2-3 coordinating colors.
  2. I usually recommend that mom picks her outfit out first. Pick something in your color palette that you fall in love with and makes you feel amazing. When you feel amazing, it will show! And you will look amazing in your family portraits.
  3. Select outfits for the rest of your family based on your color scheme.
  4. Use accessories to pull your look together and help each member of the family coordinate with others.

3. DON’T CHOP YOUR PICTURE IN HALF

Dresses really help prevent this from happening. There are two reasons. Dresses tend to be flattering on women and in photos. Second, using dresses helps to add variation to the overall image and avoid a strong horizontal line in your image. Imagine if everyone in your family wore a light-colored top and dark pants. If I took a picture of your family standing up, there would be a visual line at your waist separating the top half of the portrait (light-colored shirts) and bottom half of the photograph  (dark pants). By having different colors on tops and bottoms as well as using a variety of styles (skirts, dresses, pants, and shirts) you can avoid this dreaded horizontal line and create a much more interesting family portrait. However, if you HATE dresses, don’t wear one!

4. SKIP THE LOGOS AND GRAPHIC TEES

There are a few items of clothing that are best to avoid altogether. Graphic tees or clothing with large logos can look great in casual everyday wear. But in pictures, they tend to steal all the attention. So it is best to save them for another occasion. The same is true of any neon colors.

5. AVOID NEON AND SUPER BRIGHT COLORS

Unfortunately, hot pink, neon green, bright red, and other vibrant colors don’t photograph very well. Our skin is reflective, and bright colors tend to add strange, not-so-attractive hues to our faces and any exposed skin in photos.

If you aren’t sure if a color is too bright, look in a mirror in a well-lit room and hold the piece of clothing under your chin. If you can see a hint of the color on your skin, you should consider a different outfit.   

6. THE DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING

So far we have focussed only on the clothes. But it is the little details that can truly make or break a picture. Take a moment to pick out shoes to match each person’s outfit so an old pair of sneakers or flip flops don’t get thrown on last minute on your way out the door. You can also use your choice of shoes to add a pop of color to your outfit or to help pull two outfits together.

Accessories and jewelry can have the same impact. A statement necklace can add a ton of visual interest, a pop of color, and can help tie a mom’s solid dress into her daughter or son’s outfit. Such a small accessory can really accomplish a lot for an outfit.

7. LAYERS & TEXTURES

Dressing in layers and choosing textures will add dimension and depth to your portrait. This is one of the biggest differences between sessions that look good and sessions that have that wow factor. During the cooler months, you may choose to add a tailored cardigan or jacket over a dress. This is the perfect opportunity to also add a layer of texture for even greater visual interest. For mom, this may be a light and airy lace shrug in the spring. Or a wide cable knit cardigan for the fall. The trick to pulling off layers is to keep them tailored so they look sophisticated rather than bulky. For little girls, textured tights under a layered skirt, paired with a top and a little denim jacket always looks polished and pulled together.

8. THINK ABOUT FAMILY GROUPINGS

Up until now, we have been looking at your family’s wardrobe as a whole. But if you plan to have a picture taken of just your children together, or a mommy-daughter picture, be sure to consider how those outfits look together as well. If your daughter has a flowered dress on and your son is also wearing a heavy pattern, it may be a bit too much when they are the only two in the picture. If this is the case, you could select a different outfit for one of them. Or you could choose to add a solid sweater, jacket, or cardigan to one of the outfits when they are paired together for a photo.

9. SNAP A CELL PHONE PIC OF IT ALL TOGETHER

Lastly, when you think you have your outfits selected and ready to go, lay them all out together and take a quick cell phone picture of it. When you look at the picture, do you love it? Do you see anything that needs to change? It’s funny how a picture can often show us little issues. Maybe there is too much of one color. Or one little splash of yellow that needs to be tied into other outfits. This allows you to make small tweaks or changes before your big day!

10. STYLING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The cooler weather of the winter season allows for some great accessories for your family photos. Think scarves, beanies and coats! Sweaters are very appealing clothing options for holiday family photos. Have the boys wear collared shirts with a sweater over while the girls wear matching cable knits. For a cute holiday twist wear matching pajamas in some of the shots. Add a pop of color to your outfit with a bright red lipstick perfect for the holidays.

Holiday Color Schemes:

  • Navy and Crimson
  • Glitter and White
  • Crimson, Tan, Denim
  • Red, Grey, Black
  • Plaids
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SOME FAVORITE PLACES TO TAKE PORTRAITS NEAR ST PAUL, MN

June 25th, 2020

Looking for an amazing spot on East Side of the cities to take portraits? Check out some of our favorite recommendations!

 

1. OAKDALE NATURE PRESERVE

Maternity portraits at OAKDALE NATURE PRESERVE Minnesota
Professional family portraits at OAKDALE NATURE PRESERVE Minnesota
Professional family photos at OAKDALE NATURE PRESERVE in Oakdale MN

2. AAMONDTS APPLE ORCHARD / ST CROIX VINEYARDS

Professional family photos at AAMONDTS APPLE ORCHARD / ST CROIX VINEYARDS stillwater mn
1 year photo shoot at AAMONDTS APPLE ORCHARD / ST CROIX VINEYARDS stillwater mn

Beautiful family photo location at AAMONDTS APPLE ORCHARD / ST CROIX VINEYARDS in stillwater mn

3. ST ANTHONY MAIN

Senior girl senior professional photos taken at ST ANTHONY MAIN by the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis, MN
Senior girl senior professional photos taken at ST ANTHONY MAIN by the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis, MN
Engagement photography professional photos taken at ST ANTHONY MAIN by the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis, MN Cinema
Senior girl senior professional photos taken at ST ANTHONY MAIN by the stone arch bridge by the mississippi river in Minneapolis, MN
Family professional photos taken at ST ANTHONY MAIN by the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis, MN

4. HASTINGS, MN

Senior girl senior professional photos taken in downtown Hastings MN
Senior girl senior professional photos taken in Hastings MN
Senior girl senior professional photos taken by the St Croix river in Hastings MN

5. HUDSON, WI

Professional guy senior photos taken near Hudson, Wisconsin
Professional guy senior photos taken near downtown Hudson, WI
Senior girl senior professional photos taken in downtown Hudson, WI

6. MINNEHAHA FALLS

Professional engagement photos taken by the mississippi river at Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN
Professional engagement photos taken by the mississippi river at Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN

7. STILLWATER

v=Professional engagement photos taken by the st croix river in downtown Stillwater, MN
Professional headshot photos taken in stillwater, MN
Professional 5 year milestone photography taken by the st croix river in downtown stillwater, MN
Professional maternity photography taken by the st croix river in downtown stillwater, MN

8. WHITE BEAR LAKE

Professional family photography session taken at Matoska white bear lake MN park
Professional 1 year milestone photography session taken at Matoska white bear lake MN park

9. DOWNTOWN ST PAUL

Professional guy senior photo session taken in downtown St Paul, MN
Professional Wedding photography taken in downtown st paul Minnesota
Professional Wedding photography taken in downtown st paul Minnesota
Professional 4 year milestone photography taken in downtown st paul Minnesota

10. WALTON PARK, OAKDALE

Professional Senior girl photos taken at Walton Park in Oakdale, MN
Professional Senior girl photos taken at Walton Park in Oakdale, MN

11. GAMMELGARDEN, SCANDIA

Professional Senior guy photography taken at Gammelgarden in Scandia, MN
Professional Senior guy photography taken in Scandia, MN

12. BATTLE CREEK PARK, MAPLEWOOD

Professional family photos taken at battle creek park in Maplewood MN
Professional family photos taken at battle creek park in Maplewood MN

13. YOUR HOME

Professional newborn photos taken at your home in Stillwater, MN
Professional family photos taken at your home in cottage grove, MN
Professional maternity photos taken at your home in Hopkins, MN
Professional 1 year milestone cake smash photos taken at your home in Lake Elmo Minnesota
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Stella: {One Year} | Mahtomedi MN Family Photographer

April 28th, 2020

Check out this super cute baby girl first Birthday milestone mini session with an added on Cake Smash.

 

One of my favorite parts about being a child photographer is getting to watch so  many little ones grow up into amazing little people. From newborn to first smiles to sitting up to standing to walking and first words… I get to witness it all and wow, is it an honor. Miss Stella has been coming to see me since she was still in her mama’s belly. At her newborn session, she was a perfect little angel. When she came to see me at 6 months, mom warned me that she was a bit shy when it comes to strangers but we got along GREAT! So many smiles and giggles. And now at one year, she is well on her way to first words, toothy smiles, and taking her first steps. Happy Birthday, sweet baby girl!

 

1 year milestone session using Melissa Intuition Backdrops in Oakdale MN

For Stella’s session, we did a mini milestone session with a Cake Smash added on. Look at the variety of photos we were able to capture in such a short time! The cake she used for her smash was a leftover slice from her first birthday party – a cake that her Dad make for her! Isn’t that sweet?

The backdrop we used for her photos is the Melissa backdrop by Intuition Backgrounds.

1 year milestone session using Melissa Intuition Backdrops in St Paul MN

If you asked me the most fun I have at a photo session it would be a Cake Smash!  First of all, the First Birthday Cake Smash marks a big milestone in a baby’s life!  In some ways that first year goes by quickly and at other times parents can say the days and nights dragged on forever (at least the sleepless ones!).  The arrival of the First Birthday is filled with excitement and joy!  I love getting to spend time with a one year old because at this age the true personalities are starting to show!

At the First Birthday Cake Smash, we always start with traditional portraits.  I believe in having that perfect portrait of this age which really show how much they have changed and how far they have come from birth to One Year old!  After the portraits comes the mess!  We save the cake smash for the second half of the session and there is always laughter and sometimes tears (tears from the laughter!).  It doesn’t matter how many cake smashes I do they always crack me up!  There is nothing funnier then watching a baby face plant into a cake!

1 year milestone session Cake Smash using Melissa Intuition Backdrops in Woodbury MN

Designed for 1st – 101st Birthdays!

How Does It Work?

A great way to capture your little one turning any age!

  1. We start with photos of the birthday child without the cake. These are just some clean shots that focus on the child.
  2. CAKE TIME! We will present the cake to them and encourage them to SMASH it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at anytime at kristen@herber.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Alverson Family: {The Front Porch Project} | Cottage Grove MN Family Photographer

April 18th, 2020

Tips for getting great front porch project photos with your kids and pets in St Paul and Minneapolis Minnesota.

 

2020 has seen a lot of cancellations and as photographers, we have had to pivot our business model and conduct portrait photoshoots from a safe distance. With all of the uncertainty in the world right now, I wanted nothing more than to do a little something (a safe something) to help my community smile! I chatted with neighbors and offered family sessions from a distance, and was delighted to have a few families who were excited to join me on this adventure! As a St Paul family photographer since 2002, I really missed being out in the field interacting with smiling faces. Here is one of my most recent front porch project sessions. These were taken outside a client’s home in Cottage Grove, MN.

 

Front porch project photographer in St Paul MN

Tips for Planning Front Porch Photos

1) Set up a time when your porch or the area of your yard that you want to use is shaded. My house faces west, so the porch is shaded from the from the morning to around noon. Shooting in shade is not only more pleasant for your family so they won’t have to squint, but all the colors in your image will be consistent. If you aren’t available during that time, late evening close to the golden hour is also always an option for less harsh light.

2) Capture your family doing natural things. My favorite images have been mom + dad snuggling their kids or the kids playing chalk or toys on the porch. Don’t worry about getting a perfect “everyone smiling at the camera” shot. Capture doing what you love during this crazy time.

3) Keep it simple. Don’t get all dressed up or stress about these images. Don’t buy new clothes or feel the need to have to coordinate outfits. Honestly, shoot your family as you are, sweats, messy hair, jammies – whatever it is, capture it.

4) Don’t stress! This should be fun (and will also make a great christmas card photo)!

Front porch photos taken at your home near Oakdale and Woodbury MN

Schedule a Front Porch Family and / or Pet Portrait


Session Fee – $100

Included in the session:

  • A private online gallery where you can choose your favorite photos.
  • 3 digital photos with print rights and a private gallery where you can order prints and canvases.
  • 20 minutes of session time.
  • Free travel within 5 miles of our studio address or $2 additional per mile after.
  • We will continue to offer these sessions until August 31st.

How The Portrait Session Works 

  • Pets and kids are encouraged to participate, but not required.
  • Within 7-10 days of the photoshoot, we will email you an online gallery with the best photos. You’ll be able to order prints and digitals via the online gallery.
  • For everyone’s safety, we’ll be at least 10 ft away and the session will be outside of your home. We’ll also text you when we’re close, so you and your family can come outside.

I can’t wait to team up with you!

I cannot wait to get back to work and teaming up with you ASAP! If you have any questions about our session options I am here to help! Feel free to email us at kristen@herber.com. You can also find our standard session pricing on our website.

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Natural, Neutral & Organic Newborn Sessions – less is more | St Paul Newborn Photographer

March 3rd, 2020

There are all styles of newborn sessions and it’s best to know what your preference is before you book your photographer – make sure their style can match yours. Today, more parents are asking for fewer props in their session and more simple poses. These images are taken from neutral sessions. Simple neutral sessions are […]

 

There are all styles of newborn sessions and it’s best to know what your preference is before you book your photographer – make sure their style can match yours. Today, more parents are asking for fewer props in their session and more simple poses.

These images are taken from neutral sessions. Simple neutral sessions are newborn sessions that are mostly without color, use little to no props, and truly focus on the baby. I love neutral sessions, the images are timeless, simple, elegant and keep the focus on your baby.  Using neutral colors is also a guaranteed way to make sure all your images will look great on any wall, in any room of your home!

For my newborn sessions, I always ask parents for a photo of baby’s nursery, and thoughts on favorite colors or colors they decorate with. Some parents decided on a mostly neutral color palette for their baby’s set-ups. I am LOVING Neutral Newborn Sessions these days.  The creamy colors look beautiful against newborn skin tones.  I usually do newborn sessions 5-14 days after birth.  The babies are so snuggly and sleepy and easy to pose at that age.  However, I always have a few tricks up my sleeve for those babies that come in a little grumpy.

Thanks so much for considering me for your baby’s photos. I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding what colors to choose when you have a newborn session with Kristen Herber Photography. If you would like pricing for newborn sessions, please click here. You should also check out our post on what to expect during a newborn photoshoot. We also have a great post on what parents should wear during their photos. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to Kristen@Herber.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Kristen

Kristen Herber Photography is located in Oakdale, Minnesota on the Eastside of Saint Paul and serves new families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas.

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Photoshop Composites | My Latest Obsession | St Paul, MN Newborn Photographer

February 18th, 2020

Digital Art is a new addition to your experience with Kristen Herber Photography! During your newborn session, we will take a few specific photographs purely to create these digital art pieces that are something a little bit extra special and exclusively designed just for you. We will pose your little one on a special mini […]

 

Newborn baby boy with train set – digital composite

Digital Art is a new addition to your experience with Kristen Herber Photography!

During your newborn session, we will take a few specific photographs purely to create these digital art pieces that are something a little bit extra special and exclusively designed just for you. We will pose your little one on a special mini bean bag called The Perfect Posie that is ideal for getting your babe into a super cute squished up pose. For certain images, we may add in cream fluff to match the composite.

Often, portraits like these are digitally composed together for safety, to ensure that your baby is never at risk of injury or harm, but sometimes, it’s just about expressing a creative art piece that can become a statement in your home. Many of our clients have blown these images up onto large canvases.

The cost of newborn photography props is no joke! An average heirloom session uses over $1000 in drops, floors, outfits, props, headbands…. and are often only used a handful of times each. Digital drops give us the opportunity to stage a single set that could otherwise cost $500+ all on its own, let alone setup time and design time. Digital composites cost a fraction of the price for both our studio and our clients. You can find our price guide by clicking here.

Highlight the holiday your baby was born near with a digital composite

We currently offer over 200 unique digital drops, with our collection ever-growing. Since it is extremely important that an image of baby very closely matches the lighting and color of the digital drop chosen, our studio will select which images to use during post-process. However, you may request certain colors or images you’ve seen prior to your session date and we will do our best to shoot for those images (but we can make no guarantee).

We offer very simple to very elaborate

Photoshopping these images together is a true art form and talent. It takes an incredible amount of photoshop skills to be able to make these images look authentic. A small percentage of photographers hold this skill which is one more reason why you should consider Kristen Herber Photography for photographing your newborn! Not only are we very advanced in photoshop, but we have taught classes in it for over a decade.

We have a large selection of options to celebrate rainbow babies!

Digital Art pieces take time and are an exclusive optional extra session add-on for you, a little extra service and love we pride ourselves in offering to every one of our clients and we hope you love them as we do! If you have additional questions about our newborn sessions, please check out this post on What to Expect During a Newborn Photo Shoot! Thanks so much for considering me for your baby’s photos. I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding digital composite images with Kristen Herber Photography. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to Kristen@Herber.com

Looking forward to chatting with you soon,

Kristen

Kristen Herber Photography is located in Oakdale, Minnesota on the Eastside of Saint Paul and serves new families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas.

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LOOK AT THOSE EYES! Meet gorgeous baby Aubrey! Aubrey was having a bit of a rough time adjusting to life outside of mom, so we ended up postponing her photos until the 6 week age. Photographing posed neworn shots can get a bit harry at this age but Miss A knocked it out of the park! It isn’t too often I get to photograph calm newborns with their eyes wide open – some of the most beautiful shots in my opinion! Not only that but because she was so alert, I enjoyed being able to have a conversation with her during our time together. With this session, mom let me choose what colors to use so I went with some that I love that almost never get requested. The dark cranberry color looked stunning against her skin tone! And I love the soft neutral tone of the sage. It’s very timeless and matches everything. If you are wondering where I got her adorable cranberry and lace outfit and her headbands, I actually sew and make a lot of my own newborn props! You can find the pattern at Props by Posies!

6 week old newborn baby girl photography wearing cranberry red in oakdale mn

Can You Photograph An “Older” Newborn? Yes!

Common knowledge within the newborn photography community is that newborn photo sessions need to be done within the first 14 (or even first 10) days. There are many reasons for this. Having come from a quite a small environment recently, they are able to curl up into those adorable curly and squishy poses with ease. Also newborns at this age tend to fall asleep and stay asleep, leading to a smoother and faster session.

That being said, sometimes parents do not come into the studio within the first two weeks. Perhaps they didn’t know newborn photos needed to be done so soon. Mom may have had a rough birth and is just trying to recover. Maybe the thought of packing up their baby and heading out of the house so soon is just too overwhelming (I know it was for me!). Whatever the case may be, does it mean they missed their opportunity? Absolutely not!

With patience and appropriate expectations (and a lot of milk!), I have successfully photographed newborns up to 8 weeks. We wrap them up, we can take family and sibling photos, we can capture the little details and more often then not, we can get those sleepy bean bag poses.

Yes, it is easier when newborn babies are only a few days old. However I could never deny a family beautiful newborn photographs because their baby is outside of the ideal window.

6 week old newborn baby girl photography wearing sage with little teddy bear in oakdale mn

So what are the reasons for parents needing to come in later with baby?

  1. Baby was born early and needs to be in NICU for a time – this is no issue at all, we will just schedule the time once baby is out of hospital.  This is especially common with multiples.
  2. Asian and Indian families (and no doubt other cultures) have around four to five weeks at home being looked after by family members and not able to leave the home.  I think this is an amazing tradition and so good for the parents so I’m very happy to schedule the shoot for when baby is 4-5 weeks old.
  3. If my schedule is full and I’m unable to fit them in for a week or two.  I have been so pleased when clients are more than happy to wait to get photos with me during my busy times.  And I can still get brilliant results for them at any age.
  4. Adoption can play a roll in when a family receives their new bundle of joy.
  5. If I am sick I won’t photograph babies so I will reschedule any shoots until I am well, and sometimes this may be over that 10 day mark or later.  Or the parents or baby maybe sick and unable to make the shoot when baby is under 10 days.  None of this should be an issue as the health of baby is far more important than the age at which photos are taken.
  6. I have to take some holidays throughout the year. I do my best to fit clients in where I can but sometimes this does mean waiting a week or two to get in, in which case baby is a bit older.

And as a huge positive for photos of slightly older babies, you usually get lots of lovely eye open shots as well.

Internationally award winning newborn baby girl photography in woodbury minnesota

So please if you are considering having photos and worried about having to get them in those first 10 days, don’t fear.  I am very skilled at posing babies of any age.  Do I still recommend pre-booking before baby is born? Yes I do.  The reason being is that the communication between us has started and you can feel free to get in touch anytime to let me know baby has arrived and we can book the session date.  We might book the session date for when baby is 5 weeks old, but at least I know then to keep that date for you and you know you have a session date booked and sorted.

8 week old newborn baby girl photography wearing sage green brown

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What to expect during a newborn photoshoot

February 3rd, 2020

What to Expect During a Newborn Photo Shoot with Kristen Herber Photography Hello, and thanks so much for coming to my blog! This post will hopefully erase some of the mystery surrounding newborn sessions, and help you to understand what you can expect. I love getting to snuggle each and every baby that comes to […]

 

What to Expect During a Newborn Photo Shoot with Kristen Herber Photography

Hello, and thanks so much for coming to my blog! This post will hopefully erase some of the mystery surrounding newborn sessions, and help you to understand what you can expect. I love getting to snuggle each and every baby that comes to me, and I know your baby will be no exception!

Before the shoot:

I usually like to book newborn sessions after the 20-week mark in pregnancy. If you’re reading this and your baby is due next week, don’t worry! Contact me anyway. I’m sometimes able to make room in my schedule for another snuggly baby. Once you decide to book your session with me, I require a nonrefundable deposit of $50 that goes toward the cost of your session and secure your date. I book based on your due date, and then once the baby is here we schedule the date/time. I only book a select number of newborns per-month to ensure ample availability and room for unexpected changes in the delivery date. At this time, I photograph newborns on Monday – Fridays starting between 7:30 and 9:30 AM in my in-home studio located in Oakdale, Minnesota (if I have a weekend date open, you can special request a Saturday or Sunday for an additional fee). I prefer to work with babies when they are 5-14 days old, however, I can accommodate older ages – just note that not all poses and props are possible after 2 weeks of age. Once your beautiful baby is here and we have your session scheduled, I will send you my Newborn Prep Guide. It goes over the steps you will need to take to make sure that baby is super sleepy for our session. It does take extra effort on your part, however, it can allow us as much as 4x more photos than parents who do not follow the guide!

During the shoot:

To ensure that your baby is super comfortable, I keep my space set to around 78/80 degrees. I also have a space heater and a sound machine for extra comfort. When you arrive at my studio, I will ask that you allow me to handle your little bundle – after all, you also do deserve a little break! As long as baby is nice and sleepy, the session will begin. Once I have baby snuggled up in my arms, parents are free to sit by and watch and may even be asked to be a spotter once or twice throughout the session. Sometimes babies take a little while to get to sleep, but most of the time (if you follow the prep packet) they fall asleep pretty quickly. Depending on how sleepy baby seems, I may start the session with baby wrapped on the beanbag, or aim for something more difficult, such as the froggy pose.

Most newborn parents aren’t aware that much of their session time is taken up by settling baby, feeding, and waiting for them to go to sleep. As much as 75% of your session time – and this is normal. It is critical for most of our super cute poses that baby is sound asleep for safety reasons. Therefore, if you want a large variety of poses and props, be sure to choose our heirloom package.

I do several poses on the bean bag with baby. This takes up the first 1/2 or more of the session usually. Once we get through all these poses, baby is usually ready to eat again. After baby is asleep again, I use this next time to do more elaborate prop poses, siblings, and family poses – depending on the package you have chosen and if you want them. If you are incorporating siblings in your family photos, we ask that you try to have another family member wait to bring the sibling(s) until it is time for their photos. Please discuss with us if this is not an option. Due to safety reasons, we can not allow children to walk around the studio during session time.

beautiful newborn baby girl in pink wearing mia joy

Another favorite I like to incorporate into many sessions is posing the baby nestled in fur. Most of the time I do a simple wrap. I try to coordinate complementary colors from the beanbag and fur so that I can easily transition baby from one to the other.

St paul Newborn photographer
Newborn boy posed in the potato sack pose.

And that’s a wrap for what takes place during the shoot. After I take my last photo, we get baby dressed and you get to go home. Most of my newborn sessions work this way. I make variations to this flow based on baby and what else is happening at the shoot. I try to stick to this flow the best I can because it works really well for getting the most out of the time baby is soundly sleeping. Most of my heirloom sessions will last around 3 hours, but they range between 2-4 depending on baby. Whereas a keepsake session lasts only 30 minutes, making is critical that you follow our prep guide for the best results.

Behind the scenes at Kristen Herber Photography

After the shoot:

My turn around times vary, but usually, it ranges between 3-4 weeks. I take the utmost care with your baby’s photos. I back them up immediately after our session. After I finish your gallery, I will send you a link to an online viewing gallery. If we got a lot of extra photos, you will have the ability to select your favorites or purchase additional images. From there the digital images are yours to do what you like. I would love it if you printed them straight from your gallery. The prints are high quality, and my screens are calibrated to the lab to make sure the color matches. However, you aren’t required to purchase prints through me. I highly recommend mpix.com or National Camera Exchange if you choose to print your images elsewhere. I also offer canvas options, announcements, and albums. I love seeing pictures of your baby hanging on your wall!

Thanks so much for considering me for your baby’s photos. I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding a newborn session with Kristen Herber Photography. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to Kristen@Herber.com

Thanks so much for considering me for your baby’s photos. I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding how to choose a newborn photographer. If you would like pricing for newborn sessions, please click here. You should also check out our post on choosing organic colors for your newborn session. We also have a great post on what parents should wear during their photos. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to Kristen@Herber.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Kristen

Kristen Herber Photography is located in Oakdale, Minnesota on the Eastside of Saint Paul and serves new families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas.

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Everything You Should Know When Booking a Newborn Photographer

January 7th, 2020

So you are expecting and are so excited to begin your journey as parents. It’s such an amazing and intimidating time all at once. Nine months seems like a long time. But somehow between doctor’s appointments, morning sickness, registering for and having baby showers and getting the nursery ready, time seems to fly by. There […]

 

So you are expecting and are so excited to begin your journey as parents. It’s such an amazing and intimidating time all at once. Nine months seems like a long time. But somehow between doctor’s appointments, morning sickness, registering for and having baby showers and getting the nursery ready, time seems to fly by. There are so many things to do from a planning standpoint as well. Like booking prenatal classes, parenting classes, checking insurance, registering at a hospital and booking a newborn session of course!

For many parents, this will be their first newborn shoot. Here are a few guidelines to help you find the perfect photographer to capture one of the most important moments in your journey to becoming a family.

WHEN TO BOOK

Each week I get emails from parents who have either had their baby already or who are due in a few weeks or days. It breaks my heart because I am typically already booked. There are exceptions if it just happens to be a slower month for me or if other clients delivered early. But generally, I’m booked up.

Most professional newborn photographers book about 2-4 months in advance and often have a limited number of newborns each month. So if you do have your heart set on getting portraits of your baby, make sure to start your research a few months prior to your delivery date.

BUDGET

When choosing a photographer there are several things to consider. First, the budget. How much are you planning to invest in these portraits? For me, there are three times in one’s life that you should invest in portraits – newborn, high school senior portraits and wedding portraits. Obviously there are other moments and milestones along the way. But these three are ones where it seems appropriate to have a larger budget. You can find photographers ranging in price from $250-$5000 and up depending on where you are located.

Also, pricing will vary depending on what the studio offers. Some photographers only offer digital images. Our studio offers digitals, traditional prints, heirloom albums, framed prints, canvases and more. So the value of what your spending may also depend on what you decide to order.

But remember, not all photographers are created equal. Newborn portraits are just like anything else – you get what you pay for. But if you have a smaller budget that is okay. Just go in knowing that you might be going with a less experienced photographer who is just starting out. Hey, I was there once and wouldn’t be where I am now without all of the clients who hired me then.

Once you have decided on your budget do some research and contact your top 3-4 photographers for their rates and availability. Then compare and go from there. You might end up spending a little more than you budgeted, but then again, this is a once-in-a-lifetime shoot, so it’s worth it!

STYLE

After establishing a budget you should begin searching for the perfect photographer for you. One thing to keep in mind is that there are two styles of newborn sessions. I refer to them as “posed” sessions and “lifestyle” sessions. Posed sessions are the ones you see of babies and all of those perfect poses laying on blankets with hats, headbands and other props. Posed sessions are often done in a studio setting, although some photographers do travel to homes and bring all the necessary props and equipment to achieve this look; we do not.

Lifestyle sessions are more about the family and are designed to capture the baby and family members in a more natural, less posed atmosphere. They are often done in-home, but you also can find photographers who design their studio space to accommodate lifestyle sessions. So take a look at both types of sessions and decide which works best for you.

newborn posed studio session vesus in-home lifestyle session
On the left is an example of a “posed” session done in the studio. On the right, a lifestyle session was done in the client’s home.

SAFETY

One of the most important things to consider when booking your session is the safety of your precious new baby. Sometimes people get so excited over images they’ve seen of babies in certain poses or hanging from objects, they forget to consider the safety measurements or lack of, involved.

I am also CPR certified for infants, children, and adults and keep my studio very clean. We wash and sanitize all of our items after each session.

Other things to consider are best practices. For example, I have taken multiple posing safety classes to help ensure I am not harming your child when putting them into specific poses. Not all newborns will go into the same positions and I would never force a newborn into a pose just to please myself or parents. I know how to properly pose their arms, legs and head to ensure they are not losing circulation among other things.

And also, I NEVER hang babies in props. I have images where it looks like a child is hanging, but they are composites of 2 images taken – one with the baby in the prop on the floor and the other of the prop hanging empty. Then using photoshop I compose the image together. So just make sure to ask some questions about safety practices when contacting potential photographers. No image is more important than the safety of your child.

PROPS

Most newborn photographers have a collection of props available for your use. If there are specific props you are hoping for, just ask and they can let you know if they can provide what you have in mind. Some might even purchase it for you. I like to provide a nice collection of wraps, hats, headbands, outfits, baskets and bowls for use so parents don’t have to worry about bringing or buying anything for their session. Also, take notice of the images in a photographers portfolio. Are they mostly neutral colors or do they use bright colors? Do they seem to use a lot of props, or are most of their images of babies on blankets or furry rugs.

This is important because if you show up to a photographer’s studio that displays mostly neutral colors and set ups, but you’re hoping for some bright colors and props – you may be disappointed. Our studio strives to offer a variety of both styles. I also offer studio tours so parents can come and see what I have available to them.

The photo on the left is of a simple color pallet, whereas, the photo on the right is a vibrant color pallet. Our studio can accommodate both, however, our personal preference is simple.

SCHEDULING

Most photographers who specialize in “posed” sessions try to schedule newborn sessions within the first 2 weeks of baby’s arrival. Newborns are typically the most sleepy, flexible and cooperative during that time. So make sure to contact them no later few days after your baby’s birth to set up your shoot. I have some clients reach out once they are in labor.

Now, things happen and there are circumstances when a session is not able to be booked within that time. That is certainly okay, just know that if your baby is 3, 4, 5 weeks or older, you may not get those sleepy, squishy poses you were hoping for. If you have booked with a lifestyle photographer, the age of the baby is not as crucial to a successful shoot.

PREPARATION

So now you have done your research and have officially booked your session – you’re so excited and can’t wait for your little one to arrive. Make sure to ask if there are any instructions you will need to prepare for your shoot.

I have an entire guide I send to clients once their session is booked so they can do their best to prepare their baby for a smooth session. Not every baby sleeps the entire time, but if you follow some simple instructions from your photographer, you will have a much better shot at having a successful shoot.

CONGRATS

Congratulations on your little one on the way. I hope you have found this information helpful. Thanks so much for considering me for your baby’s photos. I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding how to choose a newborn photographer. If you would like pricing for newborn sessions, please click here. You should also check out our post on what to expect during a newborn photoshoot. We also have a great post on what parents should wear during their photos. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to Kristen@Herber.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Kristen

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Our Favorite Swaddled Newborns from 2019 | St Paul Newborn Photographer

December 31st, 2019

If you would like pricing for newborn sessions, please click here. You should also check out our post on what to expect during a newborn photoshoot. We also have a great post on what parents should wear during their photos. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling […]

 

This season’s hot baby girls’ colors were overwhelmingly pink and gray!
Sweet & simple colors are always my favorite
This little guy was a premie who came in at one month and was one of my best newborns!
More pink & gray
The newborn photographers unicorn – a smile!
This year’s baby boy colors of the year go-to navy blue and gray
Can you tell how much I love these little hearts?
This was an in-home session and it turned out gorgeous!
More sweet and simple – LOVE!

If you would like pricing for newborn sessions, please click here. You should also check out our post on what to expect during a newborn photoshoot. We also have a great post on what parents should wear during their photos. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to Kristen@Herber.com

Looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Kristen

Kristen Herber Photography is located in Oakdale, Minnesota on the Eastside of Saint Paul and serves new families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas.