Archive for November, 2019

When’s the Best Time for a Maternity Photography Session? | Oakdale MN Newborn Photographer

November 29th, 2019

As you can imagine, scheduling your professional maternity photography session is a bit of art and science – and I’m not just talking about choreographing the perfect poses and lighting. Babies have their own ideas about when they’re entering the scene, which can mean mothers can go into labor weeks before they anticipated the big […]

 

As you can imagine, scheduling your professional maternity photography session is a bit of art and science – and I’m not just talking about choreographing the perfect poses and lighting. Babies have their own ideas about when they’re entering the scene, which can mean mothers can go into labor weeks before they anticipated the big event.

While it’s never too late to take newborn photos, it’s impossible to capture maternity photos after a baby is born!

Maternity photo taken in Minneapolis, MN

Reasons to Schedule Maternity Photography Sessions Between weeks 32 and 37

For this reason, we aim to schedule maternity sessions between week 32 and week 37. There are additional reasons why this time period makes the ideal window for the most stunning and priceless images.

Special note: The best time to book your session is at the beginning of your second-trimester; and while you’re at it, you can schedule your newborn photography session!

Your belly is full enough to shine, but not so full that you don’t

The goal of a maternity session is to capture the most undiluted essence of your pregnant form – the glow, the bounty and the magic of a body that is able to grow and nourish a baby. This means we like to wait until the third trimester.

The tricky part about waiting is that most women find the third trimester a bit of a yin and yang. This yin is the first half (you still feel great, can move pretty comfortably and enjoy the ultimate sensations of your baby’s motions), while the yang shows up in the second-half when sleeping for long stretches is challenging and your body feels a bit cumbersome.

By aiming for that window between weeks 32 and 37, we celebrate the contours of your body – during a time period when you’re still feeling really great and not worried about going into labor, and…

You can move comfortably and safely

…you can move safely around the photography location. The majority of my maternity sessions take place in beautiful, outdoor locations around the Twin Cities Area (no light is better than that provided by Mother Nature). So, your physical comfort and safety are a top priority.

However, we do live in Minnesota so outdoor sessions are not conducive year-round. Therefore, we also offer in-studio maternity sessions.

I mentioned that third-trimester yin/yang relationship pregnant women experience. If your 36-week and onward belly feels too-big-for-your-comfort, you will have a hard time moving around and holding occasional poses with the same ease as you would have a few weeks prior (the typical maternity session takes about one full hour. And, since safety is always the priority, your solid footing is directly related to your ease of movement.)

Maternity mini session taken at the Oakdale Nature Preserve

Which photo package should I choose?

If you want a large variety of images and poses to choose from or more than one location then our heirloom package is the perfect way to go. We have some clients who want to take photos both inside their home and outside at a beautiful outdoor location. These types of sessions make a great keepsake album.

However, we also have numerous clients who just want a few photos to remember this special time which makes our mini session a perfect choice. Mini sessions can be taken within a few miles of our studio at no extra charge and one of our favorite places to take these is at the Oakdale Nature Preserve. If you haven’t already checked out our maternity session pricing, you can find it here.

If you are still on the fence about taking maternity photos, I can tell you that I’ve never had a client regret taking them – only regret NOT taking them. Some pregnant women feel awkward about their size during this time but with the magic of professional lenses, lighting, and photoshop, you will be amazed by how beautiful you will look in your photos. We also recommend you consider pampering yourself for your session and having your hair and makeup done by a professional.

Want to see what a maternity session looks like? Check out this session we did at a client’s home in Minnetonka, MN. You can see additional maternity photos in our maternity gallery on our website.

Another beautiful mini session taken at the Oakdale Nature Preserve.

I hope this has helped to answer any questions you might have regarding when to schedule your maternity photos with Kristen Herber Photography. Are you ready to book your maternity session with a professional photographer who is experienced, certified in newborn photography safety and techniques and who is passionate about mothers and their babies? Contact me, Kristen, at kristen@herber.com and we’ll make magic together.

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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What to Wear to Baby’s Newborn Photo Session | Eastside St Paul Newborn Photographer

November 4th, 2019

You’ve carried your baby for nine months, you’ve endured the pains of childbirth (totally worth it, but undeniably trying). You’ve brought this sweet bundle of love home from the hospital, had a few sleepless nights, and now it’s time for your baby’s newborn session. You look in your closet and you think what on earth […]

 

You’ve carried your baby for nine months, you’ve endured the pains of childbirth (totally worth it, but undeniably trying). You’ve brought this sweet bundle of love home from the hospital, had a few sleepless nights, and now it’s time for your baby’s newborn session.

You look in your closet and you think what on earth am I going to wear for this? Nothing fits! Nothing looks good! HELP!

Mommas… I get it. I know that the first weeks after baby’s birth is not really the best time for fashion. But I promise you, it’s not as painful as it sounds.

#1: You can wear sweatpants to your baby’s newborn session

Yup. I don’t care what you wear on the bottom half of your body. I promise I won’t let it show if it’s not what you want in your pictures! The images I usually take are centered around your head/torso and focused on baby.

(Now… there are exceptions to this, but I’ll get to that later.)

#2. Neutrals are usually a safe bet.

I have a few large backdrops in my studio – cream/beige, white, dark gray, white destressed brick, and a few soft neutral patterns. If you prefer the classic look of a simple black backdrop, I have that available as well.

Beige, cream, and white all look fabulous for your baby’s newborn pictures! Dark gray, black, blush, or brown are also good options. I also have black and white backgrounds available if you prefer that look. If you love color, pastels such as blush pink and soft baby blue are beautiful as well.

Soft, subtle patterns or colors are wonderful also, but be sure to keep them unobtrusive. We want baby to be the focus of these pictures!

3. Mom and Dad should try to match. 

I don’t normally suggest matching in pictures, but newborn sessions are the exception. If mom goes with light colors, dad should go with light colors also. If dad wants to wear dark gray (or black) it would be best to have mom in the same dark tones. This helps keep unity throughout the family pictures and keeps focus on the new love for the precious baby you are holding in your arms.

4. Think skin-to-skin. 

Babies and skin-to-skin contact go hand and hand… wearing a tank top, tube top, or belly band (pulled up over breasts) is a great way to make the what-to-wear issue a non-issue. Minimizing the clothing that shows in pictures ensures that baby is the focus! Dads can even remove their shirts if they are comfortable with the idea.

* Bonus tip: Moms, if you decide to go this route, a strapless bra is helpful. If you don’t have a strapless bra that fits (and I don’t recommend strapless nursing bras during the first weeks) then we can simply pull the straps of your regular bra down over your shoulders. Once again, we won’t be taking full body shots, and baby’s body usually covers breasts, however, shoulders often do show in pictures.

4. What should siblings wear?

For the most part, the idea is the same. Neutrals are best, match mom and dad, and for the little boys, shirts off can be super cute. For young girls, I will often take one of my newborn wraps and tie or pin around her torso to look like a tube top. This way she and baby can match.

When a sibling is holding baby, the baby will often stay wrapped, especially if the sibling is in the 2-4 year range (toddlers are wiggly!) My wraps are all different colors, so don’t worry about trying to match what I have… chances are I’ll have a wrap to match whatever big brother or sister is wearing.

5. What about baby? Should I bring special clothes for him? 

Most images are taken in nothing but a wrap. I do provide everything you need for baby’s pictures, but if you want him to wear something special for a few pictures, please bring it along. I’ve had clients bring along sweet vintage rompers that once belonged to Daddy or special little dresses that mean something to the family. Keep in mind that the clothing will look best if it fills well. And by fit well, I mean a bit snug. True newborn sizes or even preemie sizes are best.

6. What about in-home sessions? 

So do you remember when I said there was an exception to the no pants required rule? Well, this is it… If you are booking an in-home session, we’ll be taking a more lifestyle approach to the images (meaning less posed, more of you loving on your baby and doing the everyday things parents do with a baby.) Sometimes I’ll show a full-body image with these – of course, if you aren’t comfortable with full-body images or if you can’t find pants, we can work around that.

For in-home sessions, I recommend taking a look at your home and your walls and starting there. Wear clothing that you are comfortable with, and that matches your own personal style and your own home’s colors. Interested in an in-home lifestyle newborn session? Checkout more photos from our of our sessions here.

I hope this helps as you plan for your baby’s photo session! These first family pictures are so special and sentimental. They will surely be a treasure for generations.

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 parents should wear for the newborn family photos 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 choosing organic colors for your newborn 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.