Portraits & Family

Kelsey & Ava | Mommy & Me | Oakdale MN Family Photographer

The bond between a mother and a child is unlike any other. One that can be beautifully captured with a camera. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera and hardly ever in the photos. Client’s have said that even when they have family photos professionally taken, they are always too busy worrying about everyone else and don’t get to relax and enjoy the photo session.

I’ve recently been reminded that life is truly precious and filled with moments we sometimes take for granted. I know that I, for one, want to be in more photos and this is why I have come to realize how important my Mommy and Me photo sessions are for my clients. Now is the perfect time to capture memories with your children, regardless of where you or your kids are in life.

Mommy & Me Photo Fall Photo Session taken at the Oakdale MN Nature Preserve

Some Tips for a Great Mommy & Me Session

For most clients, our mini session is a perfect fit. You will only have to set aside 20 minutes of your day (we can all find 20 minutes to spare) and you will get to keep 5 professionally edited digital photographs.

This isn’t a requirement but feel free to bring along anything that will make you all feel comfortable and will help you spend some time together. For example, you might want to bring a blanket and some of your child’s favorite books so that we can capture your snuggles and storytime. Maybe you want to bring along a game that you both enjoy playing. This is all about creating a space where you can enjoy being together so that we can perfectly capture these moments for you.

If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional family portraits, the Mommy and Me portraits are ideal. While a family portrait can be a wonderful way to capture those special moments of you and your children through the years, it does require some extra effort to get everyone together and in the same place. A Mommy and Me photo session is easier to style and coordinate.

Mommy & Me Photo Fall Photo Session taken at the Oakdale MN Nature Preserve

I love that Mommy and Me portrait photography is intimate and sweet with very little fuss. These sessions don’t take very long and will free up your schedule to spend more quality time together. These sessions provide a space where those natural interactions and emotions can play out, resulting in a mini time capsule of your current relationship. You might even want to make this an annual tradition so that you can beautifully document the relationship with your children.

Not sure what to get mom for mother’s day or mom’s birthday? I have a lot of Dad’s who purchase gift certificates for Mommy & Me sessions. Many of us don’t have a lot of wants in our life but I’ve never heard anyone say that they wish they hadn’t spent the money on a quality professional photography session.

Thanks so much for considering me for your family sessions. If you would like pricing for our family sessions, please click here. We also have a great post on some of our favorite places to take photos near St Paul Minnesota and what to wear for your family portrait session. If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me about scheduling a session, send me an email to

Looking forward to hearing from you!

XOXO, Kristen

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

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