Archive for the ‘Little Ones’ Category

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ava: {2 weeks new} | Stillwater MN Newborn Photographer

August 28th, 2019

It isn’t very often I get a request for in-home lifestyle newborn sessions, which is such a bummer for me because I absolutely love doing them! Especially with the white and gray trending modern homes we have these days – they really make the photos look light and airy. Even though I don’t post a […]

 

It isn’t very often I get a request for in-home lifestyle newborn sessions, which is such a bummer for me because I absolutely love doing them! Especially with the white and gray trending modern homes we have these days – they really make the photos look light and airy. Even though I don’t post a lot of sessions that look like this style, I actually do quite a few per-year except most are on a volunteer basis and take place in hospital rooms. Lifestyle sessions can be much more relaxing for families. There is no stress of packing up the house early in the morning to drive to a studio. Because we aren’t using any props, beyond wraps and headbands, the sessions go much more quickly. And, if you have other children, it is easier to keep them occupied during this kind of session.

When it comes to lifestyle photos, there are a few things that can make these types of sessions a huge challenge and there are some things you can can do to prepare ahead of time to ensure a great session. Here are my tips for a flawless lifestyle newborn session for both photographers and parents:

 

TIME OF DAY: Lighting can be tricky for this kind of session. Ideally, we want to rely on natural light as much as possible and turn off all indoor lights. When booking the time of day, observe what time of day lighting is the strongest in the area of the home you want to focusing on photographing in. If you aren’t sure, send photos of your home ahead of time to me so that I can help choose which rooms may provide the best look. It’s always ideal to get a sunny or mostly sunny day for this kind of session. Cloudy days are doable but I will likely need to crank up the ISO or use fill lighting. If the day is really dark and stormy, depending on your home, you may want to consider rescheduling. You can still do a session on this kind of day but fill lighting will be necessary which can give the photos a very different look, which you may not care for.

 

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PREP YOUR SPACE: Your home does not have to be perfect. I promise. It’s your home and it’s supposed to look lived in, and if you have little ones, it’s VERY well lived in.  You don’t have to hire a professional cleaning company before your session or redecorate the living room; I’m there to focus on you and the interactions with your new baby. Instead, focus on uncluttering your home which means just tidying up a bit and basically putting stuff in the room where it belongs (no coats on couch or towels on bed sort of thing) and just toss the rest in a closet until I leave. The less clutter showing the photos, the more airy the images will look. Giving windows or mirrors a quick wipe does go a long way because streaks or dust on these surfaces can be very obvious in photographs.

 

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CRANK THE HEAT: (or turn off the air conditioning). The adults may feel a bit hot and uncomfortable, but the baby will be toasty and happy (and as you’re learning, their needs come first haha).

 

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COLLECT: any items you want used in the session beforehand such as blankets or stuffed animals.  We’ll go through these together to determine what and how we can use the items in your session.

 

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LOCATION: I typically shoot a good portion of the session in the nursery so please have the curtains and shades open to let in lots of natural light. I also love to photograph baby with mom and dad in their bed, on the couch, anywhere comfy and snuggly. No need to clean, but just try and make sure the clutter has found its way to a closet in these particular rooms.

 

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BATH: Please be sure to give baby’s hair a wash the morning of the session. Newborn’s hair get’s greasy very quickly and clean hair photographs so much better.

BEFORE MY ARRIVAL: In order to spend as much of the session time photographing, please feed baby shortly before my arrival so we are ready to begin. However, if you’d like nursing photos captured, let me know and we’ll start the session by feeding baby.

 

If you are looking to book a lifestyle newborn session, contact me at: Kristen@herber.com

or you can find pricing here!