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Magical Outdoor Holiday Christmas Mini Sessions | Lake Elmo Park Reserve, St Paul MN

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Are we really going to talk about Christmas?!?

Yes, my friend, we are!!!


Because raise your hand if you’ve ever looked up at the calendar, it’s November, and you’re struggling to find a photographer you love to take your family photos, rushing to get your photos edited in time, rushing to get your holiday card order, finally buying them, then get busy, and end up sending those beautiful cards wayyyyy after Christmas, if at all?!?

Which is why I am so very excited to announce these magical outdoor Christmas Mini Sessions!!!

Who are these sessions ideal for? Ohhhh gosh! You name it! Couples of ANY age, engagement, family, just the kids, favorite pets, maternity, baby announcement, save the dates, proposal…

Date and Time

Sun, October 25th, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST

Monday, October 26th, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST


Lake Elmo Park Reserve
1515 Keats Ave N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
$7 Entrance Fee!

About this Event

What is included:

+ A 15-minute couple, kids, pet, or family portrait session
+ An assortment of quality festive decorative props
+ An online proofing gallery where you can choose which photos you want to keep – prior to editing – available to view within 1 week of the session
+ An online gallery of 5 edited images with the rights to download and order prints available within 2 weeks of us receiving your gallery picks

About the session:

+ Reserving session slots are first-come, first-served
+ Non-refundable retainer fee of $100 is required to reserve a session time. This is part of your overall session cost. We only accept cash, check, Venmo, Zelle, friends & family PayPal with no fees
+ Upon claiming your time slot, you will be sent a contract. The contract must be signed and payment must be received within 24 hours, or your slot will be released for someone else to claim
+ If your date or time gets canceled due to weather, me being sick, or some other act of God; a makeup session will be scheduled for November 1st
+ We understand that people get sick this time of year. If you or your child is sick the day of your session and you inform us at least 4 hours prior to your session time, you will be allowed to change to our indoor in-studio mini session date in November – date to be determined – at no extra cost
+ If you show up sick, you will be asked to leave and you will forfeit your payment. We can not risk infecting ourselves or our clients and take this very seriously

Things to remember:

+ Please arrive 5 minutes early to your session time. If you are late, your time slot will NOT be extended
+ If you are not a member of the park or its affiliate parks, there is a $7 entrance fee.
+ The remaining $250 for your session will be due prior to the start of your session time. Please do not show up to your session asking about payment because this will be subtracted from your session time.

I know you have questions!

+ Will 15 minutes be enough time? Yes!
+ What if my kid is crying? well, then you get to send out adorable crying Christmas cards, which I personally love. (No re-shoots) (Still only 15 minutes)
+ What if I’m late? I don’t recommend it, but I also don’t recommend being super early either. Please arrive as close to your time as you can. This helps the process go much smoother.
+ What if I want to book more than one time slot? Sure, you can do so, however, there is no discount.
+ Will you have more days available? If somehow magically all slots get booked up and I still have several requests coming in, I miiiight consider it but I love my husband and I like spending weekends with him so it’s a really big might. However, I will have a less magical but also cute indoor Holiday mini session in November.
+ What do we wear? Red, buffalo plaid, black, white, cream, silver, gold, gray, green, matching jammies would all look nice. Avoid too many patterns and clothing with wording on it.
+ Can I request certain photos? Yaasss! If you have a want, we want to know! Love the magical book photo? Just let us know either at the bottom of your contract or prior to starting your session.
+ What if I LOVE more than 5 photos and want to buy more? We will always take your money!
+ How will I know where to go? A week before the session, I will send out reminders along with a map of the park detailing where you should park and how to find me.
+ What about covid? The session is outdoors! If you arrive while other clients are in session, please keep your distance until they have left the area, as well as stay clear of any park visitors. I will be wearing a mask when I am within 6 feet of you. However, when I am shooting your photos and directing from a distance, I will not be wearing a mask because you and your kids will not be able to hear me; nor will kids smile when they can’t see my face. If you do not feel comfortable with this, please do not sign up for this session. We will have hand sanitizer on site for you to use if you choose after you have handled our props.


Have more questions? Email me at

Thanks so much for considering me for your Holiday Photos. If you would like pricing for our regular 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.

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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