Posts Tagged ‘photography tips’

Riley: {2 weeks old}

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}

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}

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.

Baby boy  in navy blue and cream on bean bag backdrop in st paul studio

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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Mazin: {5 weeks new}

January 25th, 2019

Meet sweet Mr. Mazin! This little guy is the little one of a women I attended high school with, whom I later in life reconnected with when I photographed her wedding and now have had the honor of photographing her son. Mazin entered this world several weeks early, causing him to spend some much needed […]

 

Meet sweet Mr. Mazin! This little guy is the little one of a women I attended high school with, whom I later in life reconnected with when I photographed her wedding and now have had the honor of photographing her son. Mazin entered this world several weeks early, causing him to spend some much needed time at the hospital. 5 weeks later, when he was ready for his photo debut, he had grown to the perfect size and weight to fit into all my cute stuff!  Many photographers request newborn photos to be taken at under 2 weeks old. The reason is that their little bodies still feel natural being contorted into super cute and often unnatural looking poses. Following those two weeks, it quickly becomes more difficult and sometimes even impossible to achieve these poses. Mazin was a trooper. This was only the second time I’ve been able to get a babe of this age to achieve some of these poses. We didn’t quite get 100% there in some of these poses, his back no longer twisted enough to have his feet and elbows touch but it still turned out awful cute.

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Kristen Herber Photography

Kristen Herber Photography

Kristen Herber Photography

Kristen Herber Photography

Kristen Herber Photography

Want to schedule a newborn or milestone session? Contact me today!  Kristen@herber.com

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Sawyer: {10 days new}

January 5th, 2018

HAIR! Look at all that gorgeous hair! And those beautiful skin tones, too. Miss Sawyer was such a doll to photograph. Mom requested bright colors and they turned out so amazing against her skin tone.  I’m fairly certain I have more props and backdrops than the stuff I own in my entire house. I have […]

 

HAIR! Look at all that gorgeous hair! And those beautiful skin tones, too. Miss Sawyer was such a doll to photograph. Mom requested bright colors and they turned out so amazing against her skin tone.  I’m fairly certain I have more props and backdrops than the stuff I own in my entire house. I have an addiction! #propaholic When it comes to backdrops, almost every drop I own is from Intuition Backdrops. I just love her stuff.

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If you are looking at my work and loving it but looking at my pricing and feel like it’s awfully high for photos – remember that I am a stylized newborn photographer. I provide the drops, clothes, wraps, props, headbands, outfits, layers… on top of the camera gear, lights, and studio. For the average newborn session, the props used often retail a total of $500+. On top of that, I only use props a few times so that everyone’s photos are unique to them. I often say that I’m not sure if I make money off of newborns because I’m always buying new props! So, when you compare pricing between photographers, remember the extra value in my sessions, on top of the over 15 years of experience, years of teaching others, studio costs, and business costs. Anyone can take photos but it takes a lot of experience, training, and equipment to achieve this type of work.

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This has nothing to do with Miss Sawyers session except for the fact that I love all the props used for her session. They were expensive but oh so gorgeous! Sawyer was such a sweet pea today. She slept so well. Also, please note that I specialize in babies of all skin colors! Please bring me your Hispanic, black, native, Asian, mixed and everything in between, beauties!

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Pro Tip: Always heat your studio to be at least 80 degrees. Crazy, right? It’s like a sauna but the babies LOVE it. I have had so many parents leave their session to then go buy their baby a mini heater and report back how much longer baby slept. Win! In all my year, I have only ever met one newborn who didn’t like the heat.

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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.

Newborn baby girl in antique stroller

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.

smiling newborn baby girl in crate wearing cream and pink

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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Fawns

July 8th, 2015

Guess what??? Our neighborhood was blessed this spring with two twin baby fawns! I am SOOOO in love! Those of you who haven’t been to the studio may not be aware that we are located about a mile back in the woods between 3 lakes, also known as the tri-lakes area of Lake Elmo. We […]

 

Guess what??? Our neighborhood was blessed this spring with two twin baby fawns! I am SOOOO in love! Those of you who haven’t been to the studio may not be aware that we are located about a mile back in the woods between 3 lakes, also known as the tri-lakes area of Lake Elmo. We get some spectacular wild life here, considering we are located so close to downtown Saint Paul. These two beauties have been top photography priority for me the last few weeks. It was pretty hard to catch them away from mama. Also, I’m probably a little biased but we have the best yard in the neighborhood, the local deer pass through one to two times per day! Every time I see the babies, I run up to the window and try to sweet talk them into coming closer- hoping they will get used to the sound of my voice. They seem intrigued! But mama does not.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC-
In case you haven’t read some of my other recent posts, I am in LOVE with this lens! So sharp!

ISO: 2500!
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Crashed Ice, 2015: St. Paul, MN

January 25th, 2015

It isn’t often enough that I get to venture away from the studio and have the opportunity to photograph an incredibly awesome event such as Crashed Ice. This is an event I’ve been wanting to shoot for the last few years. The weather was even fairly cooperative. A steaming 20 degrees above zero. Here are […]

 

It isn’t often enough that I get to venture away from the studio and have the opportunity to photograph an incredibly awesome event such as Crashed Ice. This is an event I’ve been wanting to shoot for the last few years. The weather was even fairly cooperative. A steaming 20 degrees above zero. Here are a few of the many great shots I captured. High speed skating is by far one of the most difficult to freeze the action when shooting- so- here is a bit of my personal advice. Now, there are a bunch of different ways one could go about capturing this type of event, everyone has something that works best for them.

Gear:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 135mm F2Monopod

ISO: 1600
F-Stop: f2.8
Shutter: 1/640

Here are a few tips. First, yes, I went with a fixed lens instead of my 70-200mm because I knew that it wasn’t going to be possible to zoom in and out and get the camera to refocus on subjects during the 1 1/5 seconds they would be flying past me, therefore, I opted for my sharpest lens. My 135mm never lets me down! With that insanely sharp outcome, I knew that cropping ability was going to increase drastically. I also new that I wasn’t going to get multiple shots at shooting these guys. Many of the teams are a one and done kind of deal. Even though I understand the inner workings of the Canon 5D highly intricate focusing system designed for high speed action, I wasn’t going to take a risk of relying on it. Therefore, I chose to pick where in the jump or area of the frame I was most interested in freezing the skaters and locked my focus in on the one spot. The outcome was better than I could have hoped for. With the Canon’s 5D Mark III 6 fps in full resolution capability, I was able to capture multiple tack-sharp, mid-air skaters with each run. Also, PUSH that ISO! You can always use the Canon software, or Lightroom to help reduce noise, but you can’t undo a blurry subject. I do like how my images came out, but in hynes sight I would have pushed my ISO to 3200 and stopped down my lens so that I could get a little more in focus. But, there is always next year, right? Last tip, get there EARLY so you are right by the track and when you find a good spot, covet it. I made the mistake of thinking I could walk around and jump in at another area of track but boy was I wrong. Any other area I found was open for a reason, last pickings!

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Love, Kristen

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Minnesota Zoo: Winter 2015

January 23rd, 2015

One of my favorite things to do? Go to the zoo and take my camera. I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals! This is one of my happy places. Over this last year, I have been blessed to befriend one of the zoo photographers, as well as his fiance, the tiger keeper. Yup, he gets to go […]

 

One of my favorite things to do? Go to the zoo and take my camera. I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals! This is one of my happy places. Over this last year, I have been blessed to befriend one of the zoo photographers, as well as his fiance, the tiger keeper. Yup, he gets to go photograph these fur-balls whenever he wants and she gets to hang out with tigers all day. Good friends to know! I learned something new this day, the zoo animals are most active in the morning when they get let outside, around 9 am, AND there are little to no visitors yet at this time of day. Win win!

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC
Canon 135mm F2

 

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Meet Nadia and Dari, two gorgeous tiger sisters! I have a confession to make. When these two were kittens, I would spend an embarrassing amount of my time watching them on the zoo cam. I was even able to get my boss and coworkers on board with this and every day, maybe a few times a day, the staff would stand around the computer watching these two beauties! They were so much fun to photograph. Let me just say that it was like 40 below zero, my fingers and toes became frost bit, and I didn’t even notice! I could have watched them all day.

Gear note: this was my first time taking out my new Tamron 150-600mm VC (which I sold my Canon 100-400mm lens to buy). The sharpness and clarity of this lens is magnificent! I instantly fell in love with my new upgrade. *mind you, this statement is coming from a Canon snob! 🙂

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Snowflakes!

January 23rd, 2015

If you have read any of my winter time posts, then you know by now that winter is my FAVORITE season!!! Yup, I’m one of the few weirdos who lives in Minnesota because I love cold and snow. This was the first year that I tried to capture some snowflake pictures. The adventure started out, […]

 

minnesota snowflake 1If you have read any of my winter time posts, then you know by now that winter is my FAVORITE season!!! Yup, I’m one of the few weirdos who lives in Minnesota because I love cold and snow. This was the first year that I tried to capture some snowflake pictures. The adventure started out, like many do, due to a very snow snowy day spent working retail. When you just happen to spend some of your week at a store that specializes in camera gear, there is no reason one should ever get bored! So, my coworker friend and I ran out side and ran around the parking lot like idiots, trying to catch perfect snowflakes. We got a few pictures snapped before the storm kicked into high gear.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC Macro- I don’t own this one, but I wanted to take it for a test drive, I have the Canon equivalent

SETTINGS:
F 2.8
1/800 Second
ISO 1600

Here are a few tips I discovered while photographing snowflakes. First, catch them on a dark background so that they really stand out. I chose to use my black gloves because that is what I had at the time. As you can see, there is a lot of detail in the woven gloves. In the future, I think I’d use black fabric instead because the knitting is a little too distracting for my taste. Trying to capture them on low branches and brush would be cool as well. Next, if you are going to hold the snowflakes in one hand and the camera in the other, make sure that your shutter speed is set high enough. I wouldn’t go below 1/500, personally. Lastly, I think that in this case, using the manual mode on the camera is going to give you the best possible outcome. The camera is going to go crazy trying to expose for black and translucent with a white sky. Once you have a good exposure, you will be set for the rest of your pictures. One more thing, if you can stop your lens down more than I did, do it (it was pretty dark out when I took these). I had to toss a lot of photos because when the depth of field is that shallow, even breathing is enough to move the cameras locked-in focus- out. Happy shooting!

minnesota snowflake 2 minnesota snowflake 3If you have any other tips, please share in the comments. I LOVE learning and trying new things!