Christmas Mini Sessions 2018 | Hastings MN

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$175
outdoor “Christmas themed” set
5-10 digital images
printing rights

Saturday, November 24th & Saturday December 1st – Hastings, MN

*limited time slots available and are first come first serve
*full payment required at booking to reserve your date and time

Now booking November newborns

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If you are considering a newborn session for a November due date, now is the time to contact me.  I only take a limited number of due dates per month and my slots are already half full.  Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!

 

Now booking fall newborns

Now Booking.pngIt feels as if the summer has barely started and I cannot believe it’s time to already start thinking about the Fall! My summer newborn spots are 90% full through August so if you have a July or August due date, now is the time to get on my calendar before I am not able to take any more.  Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!

 

Why Book a Newborn Session in Advance

DSC_6226-EditBooking a photographer to capture baby’s newborn stage is on the to-do list for many expecting parents, but not all the parents think it needs to be done in advance, before they even deliver the baby. I often get last minute inquiries asking my availability for their newborn baby.  Sometimes it is too late to book a newborn session after your baby arrives because I am fully booked at that point. So why book a newborn photography session before your baby arrives?

This is something a lot of new parents ask: How can I even book a session when I don’t even know when the baby is going to arrive? My baby could arrive early or late.” This is of course very true. Unless you will have a scheduled c-section, you won’t know exactly when your baby will arrive.

Here is how my system works to make sure I photograph newborn babies in time for all my booked clients:  I take a certain number of due dates per month, with 2 maximum  due dates per week. I mark my clients’ due dates on my calendar and once the baby arrives, we will schedule a firm date for the session. I want to make sure all of my clients have the opportunity to get an appointment at the best possible time, which is within the first 2 weeks after birth.

I also want to be able to be flexible for my booked clients. Some clients might need a few more days due to delivery complications. Some babies might need a few more days before their first photo session due to jaundice, for example. I always prioritize my booked clients. Occasionally I will have openings and I will try my hardest to squeeze new clients in if I can.  If newborn photography is something that you really want for your family, then I recommend scheduling ahead just in case.

I currently only have one spot left for June, one for July and am fully booked for the month of August.  I am now booking for September and October – so if this is where your due date falls and you are interested in learning more about my in-home sessions, contact me today!

Baby J | Styled Newborn Session

Baby J was a rockstar for his newborn session and I am so excited about how his photos turned out!  Enjoy a few of my favorites!

Fresh 48 FAQ | Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

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When Should I Schedule My Fresh 48 Session?
Scheduling is suggested as soon as you know you want one. I suggest 3-4 months prior to your due date to ensure availability. I typically only accept a few of these sessions per month.

When and Where Will it Take Place?
The session will take place at the place of delivery (hospital, home, or birthing center) They are scheduled within the first 48 hours after delivery during daylight hours.

What do you think makes Fresh 48 so special?
Fresh 48 is special because there are very few (if any) things more raw, important and emotional in life than having a baby.  For a lot of moms and parents the first couple of hours and days after delivery can be a blur because of all the changes, actual labor and post delivery. I want you to REMEMBER how beautiful the two of you looked as brand new parents. I want you to REMEMBER how it felt to look at your brand new baby and to DETAIL how fresh and new they looked just coming into the world. There’s nothing like it.

Do I need permission from the hospital?
In almost all cases your photographer will be treated as just a visitor so it’s generally okay.

Can I book a Fresh 48 and Newborn session?
Yes, please! They are perfect compliments to each other and one is no substitute to the other.  In fact, if you schedule a newborn session along with your Fresh 48 session, you will receive a 20% bundled discount!

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Do you do actual time of birth photos or just after?
Just after! Birth photography is amazing, but currently my schedule does not allow for me to accept birth sessions.

How long will you be there?
Approximately 1 hour.

When do you think is the best time for photographs?
I suggest trying to plan the photo session around baby’s first bath if possible.  Sometimes asking the nurses to hold off on doing your baby’s footprints is a good idea so I can capture that as well.

When should I contact you to come?
I ask that you contact me (or that someone does) after you go into labor or as soon as baby is born so we can ensure availability for the suggested time-frame.

What if labor takes longer than expected? 
No worries at all! Just let me know when your little peanut arrives and we can schedule from there – regardless of labor length.

What if my baby needs to be in the NICU?
In this event we will stay in touch and it is handled on a case-by-case basis. We may need to work with hospital staff to find out what we are and aren’t able to do. In the event that I am unable to photograph the Fresh 48 as planned due to these circumstances your paid retainer will be applied to a future session.

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Anything special (regarding the photos) I would need to bring with to the hospital?
Babies look great in just a diaper or a white onesie. Pack an extra shirt for dad just in case (grey, white, black or neutrals look best) and if you’d like basic makeup. You certainly don’t need to wear makeup for the session but some moms like to freshen up a little.

What if I deliver early?
I try to be on-call and available to you for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date. If you deliver earlier than that time-frame I will make every effort to still be available to you.

What is your cancellation policy?
A $150 retainer is required to hold your spot, and if you cancel, this is non-refundable.

If you can’t make it due to strange timing or an unexpected emergency medical problem, will I get a refund?
Absolutely! A full refund of your retainer will be given in this situation or applied towards a different session type if you choose.

Will hospital staff be in the pictures?
My intention is to photograph immediate family only, so in most cases, no.

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Do you have a question that wasn’t answered?  Feel free to contact me!  I look forward to working with you and capturing these precious & fleeting moments as your family grows!

In-home Newborn Sessions | Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

DSC_4660.jpgWhat’s so great about in-home newborn photography sessions you ask?  As a mother of four, I can tell you that trying to get out of the house during those first few days is TOUGH! That’s why I make it easy for my clients and travel to you!  I want you to spend more time snuggling that precious little bundle rather than having to spend hours trying to pack up and drive somewhere.  With my in-home newborn photography sessions, you don’t need to do a thing other than make sure baby is nice and tired when I get there!  A feeding and good burping right before tends to do the trick.

Worried because your house is a mess?  Don’t be!  You just had a baby and some clutter is definitely expected.  Rest assured that right outside the frame of many of my beautiful photos is a pile of laundry that didn’t get put away, or some toys strewn about.  There is no need to tidy up as I don’t need much space and can shoot around any problem areas. All I need is some natural light, so by a large window or sliding glass door is perfect!
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Do you have other children that you would like to be a part of the session?  No problem! Little ones tend to feel more comfortable in their familiar surroundings and will usually perform better for photos in their own home rather than an unfamiliar studio.  Whether it’s snuggling their little sibling on the bed or holding them next to mom and dad, I will make sure to get some precious first photos of your child and the new baby that you will treasure forever!  Interested in hearing more? Contact me today and I’ll send you my welcome guide!

 

Miss H’s Cake Smash

Another one of my sweet little newborns turned toddler!  I remember taking photos of this little cutie while she was still in mom’s belly!  It is so fun to see how she has grown over the last year.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from her cake smash session!

Mr. O’s Cake Smash | Twin Cities Photographer

It has been such a wonderful year, watching this little guy grow!!  I remember as if it were yesterday, taking his itty bitty newborn photos and now look at this handsome toddler!  I had fun seeing him dig into his cake for his first birthday photos and I hope I can continue to capture milestones for this sweetie in the future!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from Mr. O’s cake smash session!

Now booking 2018 in-home milestones sessions

[NOW BOOKING 2018 MILESTONE SESSIONS]

Do you have a baby who is hitting a milestone soon?  Capture these momentous moments with professional portraits with the convenience and comfort of your own home!

3/4 months
Responsive smiles and belly pushups, this is such a fun time to photograph!

6/7 months
Sitting unsupported but not yet mobile, this age opens up tons of new poses!

9/10 months
Usually the most smiley of times, pulling to stand and learning to crawl, you don’t want to miss this milestone opportunity!

In-home Milestone Session – $249
– 30 minute session
– Planning and preparing of your session, as well as travel to your home 
– 15+ artistically edited digital images
– Online gallery
– Print Release
*Price includes 1 child only ($25 each additional family member)
*Excludes cake smashes
*Price includes homes & locations within 20 miles of Hastings. $0.60 per additional mile – up to 40 miles

Book your session now!