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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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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.

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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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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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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!

 

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Cayden: {2 weeks old} | Woodbury MN Newborn Photographer

August 16th, 2019

Earlier this year, I started seeing a trend in newborn boy color requests – navy and cream. Now I’m seeing a trend in newborn girl color requests – pink, cream, and gray. No matter how many times I photograph little girls in pink, I never get tired of it. Pink is so lovely on a […]

 

Earlier this year, I started seeing a trend in newborn boy color requests – navy and cream. Now I’m seeing a trend in newborn girl color requests – pink, cream, and gray. No matter how many times I photograph little girls in pink, I never get tired of it. Pink is so lovely on a lot of skin tones. Sweet and simple sessions continue to be my all-time favorite to shoot. They allow the focus to be on the babe instead of the background. When I shoot a newborn session, I always start out by wrapping baby up very tightly in multiple wraps and then photographing them on a beanbag. Wrapping baby nearly always calms them down. Even if photo day ends up being the worst day of their life, I know I can for sure capture a few shots in this pose. Once baby feels more comfortable and goes into a deep sleep, I then begin unwrapping her; posing her in harder and harder positions until she tells me she’s had enough.

 

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Recently, I started incorporating a newer form of newborn photos in with my Heirloom package – digital backdrops. As beautiful as this pink feather wreath is, it would be nearly impossible to use something that cost that much money enough times to make the purchase worthwhile. And as much as I love props, I also need to keep costs down in order to make any sort of profit. So one way to do so is to use digital drops. Digital drops are not created equal. I highly recommend doing research before making the investment. It also takes both a high level of lighting and editing skills in order to make a digital drop look authentic. Light sources must match, as well as shadowing, color tempurature, and sizing and posing of the baby. Offering this does cost me more in time but the outcome is gorgeous.  I hope to eventually become good enough at editing more elaborate digital drops to be able to offer them as add ons. Stay tuned…

 

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Another new addition to the studio is this gorgeous cream couch. If you don’t know, I work in a very small studio. I’ve had 4 studios over the years and this one is by far the most cramped. It can be frustrating at times and does limit what I can do but the convenience and cost savings of an in-home studio is incomparable for both myself and my clients. Adding in this couch has allowed me to photograph families much more easily and comfortably with the space I have to work with.  I found this on sale at overstock.com. This family was phanominalto work with! They requested simple sets with pink and gray and let me run away with it from there. Also, can’t you just feel the love they have for their daughter and each other in these photos? Awe!

 

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Riley: {2 weeks old} | Oakdale MN Newborn Photographer

June 5th, 2019

In the past, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for pink sets for little girls but it feels like it’s been forever now since my last one! I’ve said this before but nearly every time I photograph a newborn, I change my mind as to what my favorite sets are. Simple versus neutral versus bright […]

 

In the past, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for pink sets for little girls but it feels like it’s been forever now since my last one! I’ve said this before but nearly every time I photograph a newborn, I change my mind as to what my favorite sets are. Simple versus neutral versus bright colors versus elaborate… I love them all. This mom requested pink and purple for this little girls session and I think that the pink perfectly matched her beautiful skin tones.

When I do newborn sets, I always try to shoot for three different looks. One routine of simple sweet poses on the beanbag, one set in a basket or bucked posed on a backdrop or wood floor, and then the third being either family or sibling photos or a more elaborate backdrop set. To be honest, maybe only 50% of newborns let me get this much variety before they’ve had enough – but we always try. In order to attempt to have the best session, I always send out a list (very long list) of recommendations to help prepare baby for their session. Some of these things include:

  • Keeping baby awake in the AM so they are extra sleepy when they arrive
  • Choosing an AM session time
  • Allowing baby a bottle and nuk for use during the session even if you’ve never given one and don’t plan to. Allowing me to care for baby instead of letting baby smell mom nearly always leads to getting a lot more photos
  • Letting baby feed until they get milk drunk
  • Letting me know a few days ahead of time what they want for their session or plan to bring so that EVERYTHING is set up and ready to go before they arrive and they don’t have to give up shooting time waiting for me to set up

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At this point, I have photographed over 100 newborns (I’ve officially lost track) yet I continue to learn new tips and tricks for sessions. I swear that even after all this time, I learn something new or learn from a new mistake or a client asks me a question about their session that has never been asked before. A great business owner is always adapting and learning. Some days I feel like I nailed it! While others I feel like I’ve totally dropped the ball – all based around client questions and reactions. But always always always everything is done with the best intensions and love – which is why I do what I do, I LOVE IT! So bring me your newborns!

Purple backdrop and wood floor by Intuition Backgrounds
Pink floral headband by Polka Dot Poppy
Pink outfit by Mia Joy Studio
Cream basket by Luneberry

Beautiful baby girl in purple on intuition backgrounds backdrop

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Reese: {one year old} | Mahtomedi MN Child Photographer

May 30th, 2019

What are the most fun sessions to do??? Sitter sessions! Sitter is defined as between 6 months to 1 year – once they can sit up on their own but before they start walking. Sitters are the best because they are so interested in everything! Sitting up is a new skill they are proud of […]

 

What are the most fun sessions to do??? Sitter sessions! Sitter is defined as between 6 months to 1 year – once they can sit up on their own but before they start walking. Sitters are the best because they are so interested in everything! Sitting up is a new skill they are proud of so they are generally really happy and they can’t run away from me yet! Miss Reese is the babe of a very good friend of mine. A friend who always loves any photo I take of her children so she gave me free rein to put together any sets and outfits I wanted – that’s like giving a gift to a photographer! I felt so gitty! I put together sets I’d want to do if it was my own child, and I had so much fun. I had too many ideas!

One-year-old sessions generally start out really happy during their session but then like only 10 minutes later, they are over it. LOL! So we have to move fast! This kind of sessions rarely lasts longer than an hour so I always tell parents to prepare themselves to be over the top silly and sweaty. I NEVER have to go to the gym after doing a session this age and I often lose my voice. Lots of monkey sounds, dog calling (don’t judge me), singing, and jumping up and down just so we can get one smile. Miss Reese was no different! By the time we got to the cake smash session, we had 5 of us trying to entertain her like a bunch of monkeys but she was so focused on her cake that we didn’t even get one smile! The girl knows what she likes.

 

one year old girl in pink on antique doll bed

But even after all that monkey business, we got GREAT photos! I’m super excited with how they turned out. A lot of variety and outfits, and several different facial expressions. So if you bring your little one for a sitter session (which you should) bring their favorite toys, download their favorite songs, bring bubbles, treats (as long as they aren’t messy or are in the photos), and maybe a few extra people. 🙂 And I guarantee you we’ll get some super fun photos!

All backdrops and wood floors by Intuition Backgrounds
Ouftits by Cora and Violet
Wings and cream bucket by JD Vintage Props

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Aiden: {2 weeks new} | Minneapolis MN Newborn Photographer

May 27th, 2019

Nothing makes me feel more warm-hearted than when a client comes back for repeat newborn photos with their next baby. There are literally thousands of photographers in my state that photograph newborns and who are very talented. It’s an honor for any client to choose me but to continue using me for future sessions is […]

 

Nothing makes me feel more warm-hearted than when a client comes back for repeat newborn photos with their next baby. There are literally thousands of photographers in my state that photograph newborns and who are very talented. It’s an honor for any client to choose me but to continue using me for future sessions is so great. This is the second baby I’ve photographed for this family, as well as doing a maternity session and a whole family session for their grandparents. Not only that, but these clients moved 40 minutes away from me (on a good day) and continue to make the drive. With that being said, they now feel more like friends – which is also the best!

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Mom requested navy and cream from Mr. Aiden’s session to match his nautical themed nursery. How cute, right? However, photographing dark colored backdrops can be significantly more tricky. I’ve never photographed a navy colored drop so I did some google and pinteresting and loved many photos I saw so I had to give it a try. The first issue I ran into was that the back of my camera was not displaying the color correctly. It’s hard to describe but it basically made the dark blue look overly saturated and bright. Photography 101 is to never trust the back of your screen. It can be very hard not to when things look wrong! But I have learned my lesson that my hand meter and manual color temperature are never wrong but my canon LCD screen always is – especially when photographing deep blue, reds, and hot pinks. Sure enough, when I downloaded the images to my computer, they looked spot on.

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Another thing to watch for is that certain colors reflect onto newborn skin more which requires additional correcting in photoshop. These are often dark colors or rich colors such as dark blue, red, hot pink, and bright green. Even though I try to spend as little time as possible in photoshop, I still spend a significant amount of time editing newborn photos. My exposure, lighting, and coloring are generally spot on so it isn’t my image quality I’m correcting – it’s the baby’s skin! Newborn skin is THE WORST. Seriously! I spend on average of 20 minutes per photo editing out (what I call) cottage cheese skin, peeling skin, scratches, red blotches from birth, fur (sometimes), jaundice or skin that is unnaturally too red or purple, and then color reflections from backdrops. It’s quite the process. I get asked a lot how I get my newborn skin to look so creamy and perfect. The answer is that I use an amazing set of newborn photoshop actions purchased from Greater than Gatsby – both versions I and II. The upfront cost isn’t cheap but it’s truly a game changer for newborn photographers.

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Baby Kittens: {6 weeks new} | St Paul MN Newborn Photographer

May 15th, 2019

We all have life bucket list items, right? Some of us dream about visiting a really cool place in the world or skydiving or maybe even going to the olympics. Well, one of mine for the last decade has been to do a newborn kitten photoshoot. I’ve talked about it over and over but just […]

 

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We all have life bucket list items, right? Some of us dream about visiting a really cool place in the world or skydiving or maybe even going to the olympics. Well, one of mine for the last decade has been to do a newborn kitten photoshoot. I’ve talked about it over and over but just didn’t know where to find myself a group of adorable little furballs before they were old enough to be adopted out. That is until one of my very good friends started fostering for Secondhand Hounds. Knowing how much I’ve always wanted to do this, she contacted me as soon as she found out she was getting the little furballs and I literally felt like a kid on christmas day. There was an extra special bonus knowing that these photos could help bring awareness to these kittens, as well as the organization. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect or how it was going to go posing these little guys, and I have to say, I learned a lot for when I get my next opportunity.

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

Kittens are a little more active than newborns… so the first 45 minutes of our session was mainly action shots as we tried to wear the kittens out enough that they’d let me wrap them up. My friend, their foster mom, is such an amazing caregiver. These little guys showed up with their own pack in play they could go chill out in if they needed a break from stimulation, as well as a place that contained all their kitty litter from getting all over the studio. They also had all their favorite kitten toys, fresh food and water in their own bowls, and even a brush to comb their hair. You could tell how comfortable these little guys felt around her and her husband.

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

Even though these little guys were more active than newborns, they were certainly easier to photograph! But the sweetest part was every time I’d sit on the floor to arrange the set, one or both of the little guys would get up from where they were and crawl into my lap to snuggle and fall asleep. It was insanely adorable! If I didn’t have two cats already, I would have probably wanted to keep them. These two are both boys and it is always harder to find cute studio stuff for boys but I couldn’t help myself and had to capture at least one photo with a girlie headband on. Shhhh! The photos ended up being a combination of my ideas and my friends. It was her idea to shoot the kittens while standing on top of glass, which I have to say, ended up being some of my very favorite shots.

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

I don’t necessarily have any advice for photographing kittens that is any different than newborns beyond having lots of toys ready that will exercise them so they wear out. So instead I want to talk about how important it is to adopt your kittens from a rescue society and to never purchase them from a pet store. There are too many animals that get euthanized every day because there aren’t enough humans to adopt them all. It’s heartbreaking. Adopting from a rescue shelter means that you helped save a furball’s life that may have otherwise been euthanized. The world is overpopulated with homeless pets and adopting means you have helped to control the population. You also are adopting an animal that has received excellent and loving care and one that was not mistreated or neglected because its sole purpose of being born was for someone to make money. There are numerous shelters around Minnesota. Some of my favorite things about Secondhand Hounds is that many of the animals they rescue came from other shelters where they were at risk for euthanization. Many are then placed into temporary foster homes so that they can experience a loving home. If you aren’t looking to adopt a new pet at this time, or foster, consider donating to this wonderful organization and help more beautiful animals find their forever homes!

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

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Stella: {10 Days New} | Oakdale MN Newborn Photographer

April 29th, 2019

May seems to be the month for babies this year… I think it’s because I’m going on my honeymoon to Egypt in May and that is just how things always go! lol, I can not remember the last time I had so many requests for the same month, so many so that I heartbreakingly had […]

 

May seems to be the month for babies this year… I think it’s because I’m going on my honeymoon to Egypt in May and that is just how things always go! lol, I can not remember the last time I had so many requests for the same month, so many so that I heartbreakingly had to turn clients away! Even ones that contacted me 2 months ahead of time. Sweet Ms. Stella was scheduled to make her debut while I was in Egypt but this beautiful girl couldn’t wait to meet her Mom and Dad and perfectly timed an early arrival so that I could capture her photos before leaving for my trip.

I generally try to make everything in a session coordinate so that when parents hang collages on the wall everything flows. I made an exception this time since Mom’s favorite color is purple but Dad specially requested a hot pink and gray backdrop. How can I say no to that? It really isn’t that often I hear an opinion from Dads. I’m not trying to stereotype here, it’s just fact. So when I do, it seems just so much extra sweet. And, I think the set turned out adorable so great job Dad!

So on this post, let’s talk a bit about session colors! This can often be a difficult decision for parents. I always offer my clients the option to choose a color theme, request a prop or backdrop of mine they love that I’ll match the rest of the session too, OR let me put together a set for them… the ladder being my favorite, of course! Funny thing that most people don’t notice is that in the newborn photography industry there are mega prop trends and they change very quickly. I spend a significant amount of time keeping on top of what those trends are (which also gets quite expensive). Here are a few popular trends of 2019:

  • Use the same exact color wrap and bonnet as the bean bag drop color (which does allow baby’s skin to stand out)
  • Burlap and jute mesh layers
  • Faux and real flowers, especially cotton stems and peonies
  • Natural and cream barn wood backdrops
  • Natural and cream wood dough bowls
  • Less traditional colors such as sage, mustard yellow, blue for girls, burgundy, navy blue
  • Fabric bean bag drops and wraps that have floral patterns
  • Potato sack pose on fur
  • Hand knit wraps and bonnets
  • Elaborate digital backdrops (I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet)
  • To name a few!


Baby girl in mauve wearing Mia Joy Studio Dress taken in Woodbury, MN

Quite often I question whether or not I actually turn a profit from newborn photos since each session uses roughly $1000 of props that I rarely use more than once or twice. So, when you’re looking at newborn photographers and notice that newborn photographers that provide props charge a higher cost for photos, this is one of the reasons why!  It’s crazy expensive to do so! So if you aren’t sure what colors you want your session to be – I highly recommend letting me put something together for you! I guarantee you it’s going to be on trend and different than all your friend’s photos. Otherwise, I often ask what the nursery colors are and recommend using those and then hanging baby photos in the nursery. Many parent’s spend a lot of time thinking about what color or theme they want their baby’s nursery to be so chances are you’re going to love the same colors for your photos!

The outfit in these photos is from Mia Joy Studio
Hot pink and gray backdrop is from Intuition Backgrounds

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