Posts Tagged ‘Portraits’

Cayden: {2 weeks old}

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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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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Xander Turns One!

August 17th, 2014

Eeeek! I just love how Mr. Xander’s photos turned out! How handsome is he in this old radio flyer? Today we took some great family photos around Minnehaha Park. Every time I go to this location I find new awesome places to take fun photos. The sunlight today was also just great, streaming through the […]

 

Eeeek! I just love how Mr. Xander’s photos turned out! How handsome is he in this old radio flyer? Today we took some great family photos around Minnehaha Park. Every time I go to this location I find new awesome places to take fun photos. The sunlight today was also just great, streaming through the tree tops.  one year old in radio flyer at minnehaha falls one year old boy photography suspenders minnehaha falls one year old boy photography wearing cap and suspenders minnehaha falls

Oh my gosh! His mom brought along these super darling suspenders and driving cap. Too much fun! Xander was having a pretty good time taking his photos. Look at all the smiles we got. one year old boy professional photography st paul one year old boy with big sister minnehaha falls mn

Of course we needed to take a few with big sister Emmie. I just love this candid shot. As we were taking Xander’s photos, she went around picking wild flowers and just came up and asked him to smell them. How sweet are they? ♥one year old boy in wagon minnehaha falls mn

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<3 Samstad <3 {wedding}

June 18th, 2014

Such a beautiful wedding, on such a rainy day! Emily is the sister of my good friend, Monica. It was an honor to be able to photograph another special event for this family. Emily picked the most gorgeous wedding colors and added in beautiful succulents; her dress was stunning. The ladies got ready at the […]

 

Such a beautiful wedding, on such a rainy day! Emily is the sister of my good friend, Monica. It was an honor to be able to photograph another special event for this family. Emily picked the most gorgeous wedding colors and added in beautiful succulents; her dress was stunning. The ladies got ready at the St. Paul Hotel while the boys hung out at Hermes Haberdashery. If you haven’t checked out Hermes, I highly recommend. Great service and a super cute shop. The wedding took place at Irving Park, quite picturesque, and finished up at the Science Museum. I had a wonderful time. Hopefully I’ll get to photograph some more Hecklinger siblings in the future! bride and groom at st paul library mn beautiful wedding couple in lowertown allies st paul mn Bride and groom outside St Paul Hotel in Garden Kissing beautiful bride outside st paul public library mn Bride and groom outside st paul public library mn bridal party wedding at Irvine Park St Paul MN Wedding party in lowertown st paul mn breaker

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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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Jack: {10 Days New}

June 26th, 2013

 Jack: {10 Days New}  Meet Sweet Mr. Jack. He was pretty darn happy to get his pictures taken today and did a great job showing off my “new” old radio flyer wagon. Jack had the cutest baby fuzz ever! What a joy to work with ♥   Hope to have you back again sometime, little […]

 

 Jack: {10 Days New} baby boy in radio flyer

Meet Sweet Mr. Jack. He was pretty darn happy to get his pictures taken today and did a great job showing off my “new” old radio flyer wagon. Jack had the cutest baby fuzz ever! What a joy to work with ♥

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Hope to have you back again sometime, little man,
Kristen

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Kylan: {14 Days New}

June 7th, 2013

Mr. Kylan is so darn handsome and was a ton of fun to work with. We got great smiles and even managed to get a frog pose. I love this old wood crate that I found at an antique store in St. Peter, MN last month. Dad is big into photography so it was great […]

 

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Mr. Kylan is so darn handsome and was a ton of fun to work with. We got great smiles and even managed to get a frog pose. I love this old wood crate that I found at an antique store in St. Peter, MN last month. Dad is big into photography so it was great having him there as my helper. When I get little boys in the studio, I often learn about the family’s love of sports. Check out the super cute knit hockey skates that Mom and Dad bought for this little guy. ♥  beautiful newborn boy studio photographyNewborn baby frog poseNewborn baby wearing skates  breaker

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<3 Alexander Lee <3 Newborn Session

May 1st, 2013

Nothing is more heart warming than when parents come back to see me to photograph the newborn photos of baby #2. This little man is adorable Zander. We had a lot of fun and he was such a good little guy for me. It was also the first time in a very long time where […]

 

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Nothing is more heart warming than when parents come back to see me to photograph the newborn photos of baby #2. This little man is adorable Zander. We had a lot of fun and he was such a good little guy for me. It was also the first time in a very long time where I walked away from a long newborn session of a naked baby where I stayed clean! For this session, I tried out my new wood style rubber floor by Baby Dream Backdrops. I love how portable it is and I think it gave the photos a great texture. I’ll be exited to use it again in the future.

newborn photographer st paul mnBig sister was a good helper today too and had lots of fun getting her photo taken with her little brother.

baby and big sisterThis is one of my favorites. She did a very good job at holding on to her little brother. The dress that I put her in is from Baby Dream Boutique.

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Paige {Senior Session}

November 2nd, 2012

I LOVE photographing seniors! Especially CUTE ones 🙂 And I always have fun with girls because I can play with fun props and outfits. A few weeks ago I went out with Paige to Hudson, WI to a park that she picked called Birkmose Park which is also known as lookout park. As I was […]

 

I LOVE photographing seniors! Especially CUTE ones 🙂 And I always have fun with girls because I can play with fun props and outfits. A few weeks ago I went out with Paige to Hudson, WI to a park that she picked called Birkmose Park which is also known as lookout park. As I was driving there I drove by the most awesome orange rusty truck I had ever seen and became a gitty school girl hoping she was going to let me photograph her in front of it. Of course the weather just couldn’t cooperate. It was freezing cold, overcast, extremely windy, and there were some drizzles here and there. Pretty much the exact opposite to a perfect day. You really wouldn’t have known though by how the photos turned out, at least I think.

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Posing girls can be easy but can also be hard. Sometimes they feel really uncomfortable in front of the camera and their posture is very stiff so it is very important that you take the time to notice how everything looks in the photo from their hands, feet, head, back, legs, you name it. I often make people stand back up and then sit back down how they normally would and not think about the fact that they are having their photo takien to avoid trying to just unstiffen their limbs. This usually works quite well. Also having them take deep breaths is a good trick too to try.

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Since mother nature gave me an over cast soft box to work with my lighting was really even toned but flat so I used a 580EX II off camera under a softbox on a light stand and then used a device on my camera which allowed me to manually adjust my flash from my camera. Works pretty darn slick and when it is cold you don’t have a lot of time to monkey around so this method gives what I think to be fairly nice side lighting with very short set up time. Highly recommend!

senior girl with old truckHow fun is this photo? I’m surprised her skin didn’t get stuck to the metal of the truck though- it was that cold! I just love how the peach color of her dress matches the orange and rust colors of the truck.

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Once again you are seeing quite a few images taken with my favorite sexy lens, Canon’s 135mm F2.0. I just can’t get enough of it and won’t leave home with out it. It makes everyone look good. It was a ton of fun getting to know you Paige and I hope you love you images as much as I do! xoxo

 

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