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

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

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Hot Air Balloon Mini Sessions 2018

These mini sessions were so much fun last year and I am so excited to do them again! There will be many more balloons this year too!  These mini sessions are perfect for milestones for kiddos ages 6 months to 4 years and a great way to get some unique images for decorating your home or giving as gifts.

Saturday May 12th 2018
Spring Lake Park Reserve
Hastings, Minnesota

Price: $149
15 Minute Session
5+ Digital Images
(available as high resolution via instant download)
Print Release

$25 off for returning clients! Contact me for code!

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

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How to prepare siblings for newborn photos

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Family photos are such a beautiful way to document milestones and a new baby is a big one! However, with all the attention on the baby it can be challenging for some older siblings. Often it can be chaotic when a new baby comes home – new routine, responsibilities and dynamic for all family members. Remember that a photo shoot is a new experience, too, and it’s a good idea to prepare yourselves just like you had to prepare before the newest bundle entered your family’s life. To make your newborn family session run smoothly, I’ve decided to share some tips, strategies and advice for how to prepare older siblings for a newborn session.

Fill out the pre-session questionnaire:

With all the focus on the new baby, some older siblings feel left out while others embrace their new role with authority and pride. It is a great idea to let me know a bit about your family and child(ren) prior to our session. (An informed photographer is a happy photographer). In the questionnaire that I send, you’ll want to tell me about the family dynamics and about your children’s personalities aside from just colors and props. I will want to know how they are dealing with their new family member, a bit about their temperament and even their favorite color, activity, game or program.

Make it about them too, not just the baby:
I like to talk to the siblings before I even get my hands on the baby, that way they feel like the session is about them too and not just their new family addition. I like to chat them up, talk to them about how the session is going to work and find our common ground. Eventually I will ask them if they’d like to introduce me to their new baby brother or sister. Sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t and that’s okay – children are unpredictable and if you are a parent I don’t need to tell you twice!

I always like to capture images with siblings first because then it’s about the siblings right away and their patience hasn’t been worn too thin. It’s also important to make them feel involved. I will ask their opinion and advice throughout the shoot such as “Which hat do you think will look best on ___?” or “What do you think the baby is crying about?” As a mother of four, I’ve learned that it is invaluable for cooperation if children feel like they are involved, that their opinion matters, and that they are cared for.

Practice makes perfect:

Try a mock shoot prior to your newborn session or have your family practice posing. Ask your child(ren) to lay next to the baby on the bed, lean in to kiss the baby or have older siblings practice holding their new brother or sister so that they are comfortable and confident. Not only does this encourage your child’s competence with the baby, it gets them ready to be in front of the camera (if they’re not already).

Plan ahead:
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours (also depending on which type of session you have booked) and patience is not always part of the package with toddlers or even five year olds. Therefore, I always  suggest planning an activity or have another family member available for the older siblings after their portion of the session is complete.

Planning ahead may also include a reward. This is completely up to the parents but sometimes it is helpful to have a little incentive for the siblings. You know your child best so deciding on what that may be is up to you but a little ice cream, game or other small token of fun can do the trick to secure some good family photos.

Go with the flow:
From crying hungry newborns to impatient toddlers it is easy to get frustrated or apologetic. Don’t! I (and all newborn photographers) know all too well that newborn sessions are dictated by the newborns and their siblings. This is okay. Remember to breathe and try to laugh and remind your family to do the same.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and I can’t wait to meet your little ones for their newborn shoot!

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

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Miss P – Cake Smash

The winter months aren’t going to stop us from celebrating a first birthday with a fun cake smash session!  In fact, I just love doing indoor smashes!  Children are usually most comfortable in their own homes so I gladly bring my setup to them!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from Miss P’s session.  She was such a joy to work with! <3

Miss A – 9 days new| Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Meet Miss A!  She was a rockstar for her newborn session at just 9 days new!  I was so excited to finally meet her after doing mom’s maternity photos a few months ago.  Super sweet and oh so adorable, this little girl is surely loved more than she’ll ever know.  Enjoy a few of my favorite pictures from her session!

Valentine’s Mini Sessions 2018

These Valentine mini sessions are perfect for babies & children as a fun way to document their current age as well as celebrate the holiday!  I will have an adorable Valentine’s themed set with a backdrop & several props to choose from.   I’m excited for these minis and I hope you are too!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Price: $125
Includes:
15 minute session
5 + artistically edited digital images
Print Release

*Price includes up to 2 children. $25 each additional child
*Location will be at my home in Hastings, MN

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Now booking 2018 milestones sessions

[NOW BOOKING 2018 MILESTONE SESSIONS]

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1st Birthday Cake Smash – $349
– 60 minute session
– Planning and preparing of your session, as well as travel to your home or location of your choice
– 25+ artistically edited digital images
– Online gallery
– Print Release
– Smash cake in your choice of theme/colors
*Price includes child only, formal & smash photos ($25 additional family member )
*Price includes homes & locations within 20 miles of Hastings.  $0.60 per additional mile – up to 40 miles

Milestone Session – $249
– 30 minute session
– Planning and preparing of your session, as well as travel to your home or location of your choice.
– 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!