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Arlie: {3 weeks new}

November 20th, 2018

A few months back, I attended a newborn training session (because even after 16 years of shooting and even teaching others, there is still always more to learn) where I learned a new stylized workflow that promotes getting a larger variety of bean bag posing in a short amount of time. It’s a bit simpler […]

 

A few months back, I attended a newborn training session (because even after 16 years of shooting and even teaching others, there is still always more to learn) where I learned a new stylized workflow that promotes getting a larger variety of bean bag posing in a short amount of time. It’s a bit simpler than my usual style but the results are phenomenal. A few days ago, I got married. Yup! I scheduled a newborn shoot a few days after the largest event of my entire life. My brain still felt fried and Miss Arlie waited a few weeks for me to be free for her photos. Normally, 3-week olds can be a little tougher to photograph but thanks to Miss A’s calm personality and the training session, I think we nailed it!

 

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I also love when parents give me full rein to choose what colors and props I want to use for their session. Nearly always, I have super cute outfits and props on standby just waiting for the right request or ability to choose what I want to break them out. I got to do this for Arlie and put together a super cute teal set that was all based around the adorable teal outfit I have been dying to use!

 

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Here is today’s tip: Start baby wrapped up in a very tight burrito posed on a beanbag and then work towards naked and prop photos. When I say tights, I mean, use two wraps and make sure to pull it as tight as you can with each wrap around. Why? Because this nearly ensures you’ll always get at least a few framers no matter how unhappy baby may be that day. This also helps calm them down and feel safe which often naturally puts them to sleep!

 

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Aundraya: {2 weeks new}

October 28th, 2018

Look at the hair and gorgeous skin tone on this little sweet pea! I rarely get the opportunity to photograph babies or people of other ethnicities or mixed races, which saddens me because I think they are utterly beautiful! More recently I was attending a newborn photography class where they discussed why white photographers rarely […]

 

Look at the hair and gorgeous skin tone on this little sweet pea! I rarely get the opportunity to photograph babies or people of other ethnicities or mixed races, which saddens me because I think they are utterly beautiful! More recently I was attending a newborn photography class where they discussed why white photographers rarely get requests from other races (but there are acceptions) and it was very eye-opening. Two things were mentioned.

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1. There are too many photographers out there that rely on the back of their screen for exposure versus using a handheld meter to ensure accuracy. When you rely on your in camera meter, all the meter understands is how dark the subject is so for someone who is used to photographing pale skin in auto modes, the auto mode will produce blown out and over exposed skin tones. Due to this, so many darker skin clients have experience very poor blown-out images. So, then why wouldn’t you naturally gravitate to a photographer who either has a portfolio filled with similar skin tones to your own or who is personally of a similar skin tone? Which is reason #2

2. Many potential clients won’t even look into hiring a photographer who doesn’t have a portfolio showcasing similar skin tones and ethnicities to their own. So this begs the question; how does one begin building their portfolio then?

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With that in mind, let me take this opportunty to address a sensitive subject and tell you why I’m the perfect photographer for you, no matter your skin tone and ethnicity. First off, I totally understand these clients fears – I’ve seen it first hand. I’ve photographed two black couple’s weddings and each time prior to hiring they asked me my experience with photographing darker skin and wanted to know how I could assure them I’d produce accurate skin tones for them. The reason both couples inquired my services was based off recommendation. I haven’t ever had a darker skin toned couple approach me organically. The first time I was asked this, I was taken back. It was a time when digital SLR’s had just recently become popular and we were starting to see an increase in amature photographers taking on what was usually left to high-end professionals. Fast forward 10 or more years and interestingly enough, I now rarely meet a photographer who understands the fundamentals of metered lighting, let alone aperture, shutter speed, and film speed. As a highly educated professional – here is my secret. I NEVER guess my exposure! I never let the camera guess my exposure! Crazy right? I use this handy little handheld device that meters the light hitting my subject and then manually plug in the recommended settings to my camera. This assures me that no matter what, my client’s skin tones will be nearly 100% accurate every time. Is sounds like more work but the extra few seconds it takes can save several hours of editing in post process – which also is unable to produce as good of a result as an image that was taken correctly the first time.

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Matter-of-fact, something that surprises a lot of people is that my in-camera images versus my edited images don’t look very different. Most of my time is spent removing baby acne and peeling skin and correcting their commonly blotchy red or purple skin. Exposure and coloring rarely need any adjustment since I also use a device called an ExpoDisc to measure the exact color temperture.

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The motivating factor behind this post is my desire to photograph more babies of other ethnicities. If you made it to the end of my post and that describes your little one, 1-year or under, mention this post prior to booking your appointment with me and I’ll take 50% off your sitting fee – through July 2019!  Contact me today to book your session!  kristen@herber.com

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Dolores: {newborn}

May 24th, 2017

Meet sweet Ms. Dolores. Because I love her name so much, I have to add in here that Dolores was named after her grandmothers on each family side. That right, both her Mom and Dad had grandmothers named Dolores. So neat! Ms Dolores is the daughter of a good friend of mine, as well an […]

 

Meet sweet Ms. Dolores. Because I love her name so much, I have to add in here that Dolores was named after her grandmothers on each family side. That right, both her Mom and Dad had grandmothers named Dolores. So neat! Ms Dolores is the daughter of a good friend of mine, as well an entire family I’m rather fond of, the Hecklingers. For Ms D’s session, I asked her Mom if she had any requests for the setup. Purples, greens, all natural / nature. The two green fluffs are from one of my favorite vendors Oh So Fleeting. They really are as soft as they look. The round basket is one that I’ve had several people contact me wanting to know where I got it. It came from Pier One probably 10 years ago, so sorry on that one. They are tough to find! The twig bed can be purchased several places, I went with Intuition Backdrops, who if you don’t know, also sell an awesome variety of props.

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Do note that the photo above is a composite. Mom was holding the baby in the background. Due to safety reasons, I highly recommend never letting young siblings hold babies on their own.

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That’s me and my new friend! Ms D was a perfect angel for her session… but as soon as we were done and I want to snap a quick photo with her she was like… no way lady, get me out of here! Hehe!

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Clara Irene: {newborn}

April 20th, 2017

Meet sweet Ms. Clara Bear! I’m so in love with those cheeks. Ms. Clara is the daughter of my friends Emily & Mike, whose wedding I also photographed. I’m always tickled pink when I then get the opportunity to photograph the babies of former wedding clients. I always love the clean pure look that cream […]

 

Meet sweet Ms. Clara Bear! I’m so in love with those cheeks. Ms. Clara is the daughter of my friends Emily & Mike, whose wedding I also photographed. I’m always tickled pink when I then get the opportunity to photograph the babies of former wedding clients.

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newborn baby girl in crate wearing cream and pinkI always love the clean pure look that cream brings to photos. It’s often my go-to color scheme for parents who are unsure what colors they’d like to use.

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It’s pretty rare that newborns smile, let alone that I just happen to have my camera ready to shoot the moment it happens! I just LOVE these moments!

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Oh my goodness! Clara looks JUST like her mama in this photo! It’s like looking at a flashback, eeek! <3

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Ms Madison: {newborn}

March 15th, 2017

Eeeeek! Sweet precious Ms Madison came to the studio for her photo debut with her gorgeous peachy skin tones and rose red cheeks. I was so excited to break out this quilt backdrop by Intuition Backdrops that I’ve been saving for a special little subject.  Madison was just a little peanut, which is extra fun […]

 

Eeeeek! Sweet precious Ms Madison came to the studio for her photo debut with her gorgeous peachy skin tones and rose red cheeks. I was so excited to break out this quilt backdrop by Intuition Backdrops that I’ve been saving for a special little subject.  Madison was just a little peanut, which is extra fun when picking props to use. I love using layers in my newborn photos and I find that you can discover new affordable layers just about anywhere. The lacy scarf was purchased from the world market on a day they had all scarves 50% off. I also locate a lot of fun layers in the scarf sections at used clothing stores such as Clothes Mentor and Style Encore, and sometimes even Goodwill.

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Closeup of newborn baby girl toes

I love to photograph the tips of baby toes! One of my favorite photos to capture – but it takes a very sleepy baby to get a sharp fine focus shot. If you are thinking about photographing newborns, one must own lens is a macro lens so that you can creatively capture all the little baby parts. Canon’s 100mm F2.8 IS L lens was used to photograph these toes.

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Mom brought along this super cute knit owl outfit. Kinda want a hat like that for myself!

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Vivienne: {9 Months Old}

May 10th, 2016

I don’t think that I have ever met such a happy kid before! Sweet Vivienne was so full of smiles. I love the colors and mom and dad picked out for her, she looks great in pinky-peach. See that gold metallic block she is holding? That was one of my latest DIY projects. I found […]

 

I don’t think that I have ever met such a happy kid before! Sweet Vivienne was so full of smiles. I love the colors and mom and dad picked out for her, she looks great in pinky-peach. See that gold metallic block she is holding? That was one of my latest DIY projects. I found wooden blocks on clearance at Target so I glued some scrape booking paper on there that I already had at home and there you go! Fun, stylish, baby blocks! Another great find was the teal bench – gotta love shopping Home Goods for baby props! (I’m kind of addicted!)

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Callie: {14 Days New}

June 7th, 2014

 Callie: {14 Days New} Sweet baby Callie came over to play with me today. Sometimes little ones have a tough time getting their pictures taken. It isn’t easy being so new to the world. Don’t worry, no matter what, we ALWAYS end our days with breathtaking memories.

 

 Callie: {14 Days New} sweet baby girl in old well bucketSweet baby Callie came over to play with me today. Sometimes little ones have a tough time getting their pictures taken. It isn’t easy being so new to the world. Don’t worry, no matter what, we ALWAYS end our days with breathtaking memories.

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McKenna: {10 Days New}

May 29th, 2014

McKenna: {10 Days New} Meet gorgeous baby girl McKenna. McKenna’s mom had one simple request- super cute over the top photos with lots of pink, pink, and pink. This I can do! I just love my new porcelain bath basin that I purchased from Design Revolution. ♥ It was a hot day in the studio today, […]

 

McKenna: {10 Days New}Newborn girl in bath tub

Meet gorgeous baby girl McKenna. McKenna’s mom had one simple request- super cute over the top photos with lots of pink, pink, and pink. This I can do! I just love my new porcelain bath basin that I purchased from Design Revolution. ♥ It was a hot day in the studio today, which made sweet baby girl very happy~ the rest of us… not so much 🙂 Hot sweaty baby = happy sleepy baby! Newborn girl wearing hot pink tutu Newborn girl wearing crown swing Newborn girl and mom tutu breaker

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{Emmie} 12 days new

January 20th, 2012

This winter I had the honor of photographing beautiful baby girl Emmie Lorah. She was just perfect, pink, and Daddy’s little girl. I have a love for hanging those little ones from the tree branches and for little Emmie I purchased and comfy new wrap for her to lay in. The branch is from from […]

 

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This winter I had the honor of photographing beautiful baby girl Emmie Lorah. She was just perfect, pink, and Daddy’s little girl. I have a love for hanging those little ones from the tree branches and for little Emmie I purchased and comfy new wrap for her to lay in. The branch is from from a birch tree that I cut down from out on the woods and drilled holes in to fit the tops of my light stands. All in all, I think it turned out pretty darn cute.

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Newborns are one of my favorite subjects. The trick to perfect newborn photos it to get the little ones in the studio when they are under 2 weeks old. The younger they are the more creative the posing can be. Sometimes mom doesn’t quite feel ready to leave the house yet in this time. That’s ok. Just let me know and I can bring my studio setup to you.

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And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again… accidents are going to happen. Little ones are going to have something come out of them from some angle at least a few time during the session. Don’t worry, I’ll be prepared and try not to feel bad. We got this cute pink shot above right before Emmie decided to water herself, the blanket, the floor, oh… and Dad. 🙂newborn baby girl st paul mn

Welcome to the world little Emmie Lorah! I can’t wait to watch you grow!  xoxo

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Alaina: 6 month Session

October 26th, 2010

Miss baby Alaina Jane is 6 months old already! And she is already sitting up too. It is so much fun watching these babies grow up before my eyes. It is now fall and time to start thinking about Christmas card photos so Mom and Dad wanted some outdoor family photo. Dad really likes weeping […]

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Miss baby Alaina Jane is 6 months old already! And she is already sitting up too. It is so much fun watching these babies grow up before my eyes. It is now fall and time to start thinking about Christmas card photos so Mom and Dad wanted some outdoor family photo. Dad really likes weeping willow trees and I really do too so they picked this lake because of the beautiful trees and it was a perfect idea. We had a great sunny day but a little bit of wind so I had a lot of fun getting my reflector to sit still. (even with a sandbag!) I love all the fall leaves all over the ground and the golden evening light on their faces. Makes me want to heat up a cup of hot cider right now! Isn’t Alaina so cute in that big pile of leaves! Mom’s idea- she is very creative and always come with lots of suggestions to add to our sessions. What a cute little pumpkin 🙂