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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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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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Peyton Rose: {10 Days New}

February 15th, 2016

EEEK! I can’t get enough of beautiful Peyton! Just when I think I love newborns in neutral colors, I have this mom request bright colors and LOVE LOVE LOVE! Flower backdrop by Intuition Backgrounds Save

 

EEEK! I can’t get enough of beautiful Peyton! Just when I think I love newborns in neutral colors, I have this mom request bright colors and LOVE LOVE LOVE! Flower backdrop by Intuition Backgrounds

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