Elsie | Styled Newborn Session | Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Miss Elsie was a dream to photograph!  She is just perfect in every way and her siblings really adore her!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from her newborn session <3

Mother’s Day Giveaway 2019

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Big news!  I am hosting my second annual “Mother’s Day Giveaway” where one lucky mom will not only win a Mother’s Day Mini Session, but she will win a 2nd mini session for a friend! That’s a combined $350 value!

To Enter:

1. “Like” Kristen Calgaro Photography on Facebook.
2. “Share” the ORIGINAL GIVEAWAY post on your timeline.
3. Tag a mom in the comments of the ORIGINAL GIVEAWAY POST and tell us why you admire her as a mom and why she rocks!

*You must follow all 3 steps in order for your entry to count.
*Winner(s) will be chosen at random and will be announced March 22nd 2019 at 9:00 pm.
*Mini sessions will be held Saturday May 11th in Hastings.
*If you’ve already signed up for a time slot and have paid in full, you can still participate! If you win, you will be credited!

There are still a few slots available for these mini sessions! Book yours now by clicking HERE!

Teagan | 6 Month Milestone Session

6 month milestones are one of my favorites – baby is sitting up unsupported around this time which opens up many new posing options!  They are also super smiley at this age as you can see from Miss Teagan’s face.  She is such a beautiful little girl and it was so fun to photograph her again.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from her session!

Now booking June 2019 newborns

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If you are considering a newborn session for a June 2019 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!

 

Savannah | 3 Month Milestone Session

Milestone sessions are one of my favorites because it’s such a great way to document your baby’s growth. They change so much in that first year, it’s quite remarkable!  I wouldn’t have recognized miss Savannah if I saw her on the street because she looked so different than she did at her newborn session.  She might have changed in the 3 months since I last saw her but she was still just as beautiful that’s for sure!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from this sweethearts 3 Month Session.

Mother’s Day Mini Sessions 2019

The bond between a mother and child is one of the most special in the world!  If you are anything like me, you are probably always the one behind the camera and rarely ever in front of it!  Now it’s YOUR turn to be in the photos with your children!  Just in time for Mother’s Day, my goal is to give you a gift that will keep on giving to you years down the road.  No matter where in life you are, or your children are, I’m sure it’s a perfect time to capture moments.

I am so excited for these sessions!  Formerly the “Mommy & Me Mini Sessions” the last few years have been a huge success and I cannot wait to do it all over again.  This year I am calling these minis “Mother’s Day Mini Sessions” and extending the invitations to mothers of all ages, not just to young children.

Saturday May 11th 2019
Hastings, Minnesota

Price: $175
20 Minute Session
15+ Digital Images
(available as high resolution via instant download)
Print Release

Click the button below to reserve your preferred time slot.
Limited time slots available.
Payment due at booking to confirm your slot.

Book Your Mini-Session Now!

Why hire a professional for newborn photos?

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You may be wondering, “Do I really need to hire a professional to do my newborn’s photoshoot? I can just take pictures of my new baby with my smart phone and they will come out great!” When deciding if hiring a professional to do your newborn shoot is the right choice for your growing family, there are a few things to consider.

  1. SAFETY:  You wouldn’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just anyone, and you should never attempt to put your baby in harm’s way for a photo.  Professional Newborn photographers are familiar with exactly how to hold babies safely, when and how to pose babies, and more importantly, how not to pose your baby. We are trained to treat babies safely and respectfully. No photo is more important than the safety of a baby! If you have certain poses in mind ask your photographer before hand if they have done it before and if they know how to do it safely. Most professional photographers will take several photos and merge them into a composite to achieve certain poses.
  2. EQUIPMENT:  Professional photographers spend a lot of money on good equipment.  There is a reason why the camera and lenses cost what they do.  Can you take pictures with a standard point and shoot camera? Sure.  Would the pictures turn out as good? Probably not.  The expensive cameras are able to catch better light and have more megapixels.  This allows for more detail to be captured and overall better performance.
  3. POSING, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, & PROPS:  A professional photographer will pay close attention to the details. With newborn photography, babies are posed right down to the position of their hands and lips. Blankets are smoothed out. Fabrics are ironed. Background clutter is removed. The time of day and babies’ feeding schedule are taken into consideration. The temperature and ambiance of the room is carefully planned. Every part of the image and your session is carefully planned to ensure that you get the best images possible. There are certain variables that a professional photographer knows how to manipulate to help ensure an easier and more successful session. You also get to access a professional photographers prop collection (such as mine) and won’t have to worry about purchasing your own props.

  4. EDITING:  Photographers carefully re-touch your images. We use products like Photoshop and Lightroom to ensure that your images are properly exposed, the colors are perfect and the image is polished to a professional level. I always aim to get the best possible photo straight from my camera, but every image can be enhanced through editing, especially newborn photos. Lots of babies have red feet and hands or may have yellow skin from being jaundiced. Most babies have peeling and flaky skin, baby acne, or scratches from their nails. Some babies even have bruising as a result of a difficult delivery. A professional photographer will know exactly how to edit your images to get you wall-worthy images of your sweet little one.  I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on my equipment (including my retina display computers and editing softwares).

Lifestyle Newborn Session:
If you decide to go with my lifestyle session, I am able to direct you in choosing the best light in your home and am trained to make suggestions based on what is available.

Styled Newborn Session:
If choosing a styled session, you will have access to many of my safe newborn props, wraps, blankets, and outfits.  If you want to include some things of your own, you are welcome to do so too!

The first moments with your new little one are going to be gone in the blink of an eye, and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to have those priceless first moments captured forever. In a few weeks, your newest member of the family will look so different, and you will wish you had those memories.  If you have any questions about newborn photography, feel free to contact me at 612-440-3031 or kcalgarophotography@gmail.com

Christmas Mini Sessions 2018

These minis are perfect for Christmas cards! I’ll have an adorable outdoor Christmas themed set this year as well as a quick turn around time so you can get your cards ordered!

$175
15 minute session
5 – 10 digital images
printing rights 

*Limited spots available (to ensure the quick turn around time)
*please note: package total due at booking to reserve your date and time.

Book your mini session now!

2018 Fall Mini Sessions

My favorite season is definitely Fall.  I love the weather, the colors, the fun outdoor activities, but most of all, the photos!!  It might be my busiest time of year but it’s all worth it to bring joy to others, meet new families, and connect with past clients.  It really is such a joyous season and I can’t wait for these mini sessions!

HASTINGS, MN

20 minute session
10+ digital images
print release

Weekend slot: $200
Weekday evening slot: $175

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

Book your session now!

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!