Baby O | Lifestyle Newborn Session

This little lady sure is loved already!  Have I mentioned lately how much I love my job?  It was so fun getting to watch this family of 5 snuggle their newest addition and I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from this beautiful lifestyle newborn session.

The J Triplets | Twin Cities Photographer

This was such a fun session!  Not only is it extremely rare to have the chance to photograph triplets, but the most gorgeous set ever!?  I love the colors that mom chose to incorporate into the session that day and I am in love with these photos of these 3 beautiful babies.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from my first set of triplets!

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

Baby E – Styled Newborn Session |Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Miss Emmy was such a sweetheart and a photographer’s dream!  She was asleep for her entire session!  Her big sister was such a delight and absolutely loved taking photos with her new best friend.  I can’t wait to see how these two are together in a few years.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from this gorgeous session.

Baby I – Lifestyle Newborn Session | Hastings MN Newborn Photographer

Meet baby Isla!  What a beautiful and precious peanut!  It was so fun to watch big brother interact with her during her newborn session and getting to know this sweet family since Mom’s maternity photos!  Enjoy a few of my favorite from their lifestyle newborn session 🙂

Baby C – Styled Newborn Session | Twin Cities Newborn Photography

It was such a delight to meet this sweet little girl.  I had met the family back when big brother turned one, so I was excited to meet their new addition!  Enjoy a few of my favorites from beautiful little Camille’s newborn session.

Baby J | Styled Newborn Session | Cottage Grove MN

Could this little guy be any cuter!?  Baby J was only a week old when I met him and he seemed so tiny!  I also remember that he slept through his entire session (a newborn photographer’s dream!)  It was hard to pick just a few photos from this cutie’s session to share but here are some of my favorites! Enjoy!

Spring cleaning your photos

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It’s time for spring cleaning around my house, how about you!?  I have finally gotten around to a few projects that have not only freed up space but has gotten my family more organized and it feels wonderful!! But this blog post isn’t about the spring clean we usually do around the house. This is about cleaning and organizing your photos. Yes, all of those photos you have on your computer and your phone and haven’t done anything with. Sound familiar?  Read on!

It may feel like a monstrous task that you just really don’t have time for, but when you break down the tasks and commit to just 10 minutes a day, it will get done! Everyone has just 10 minutes each day they can reallocate, like substituting 10 minutes of social media scrolling for 10 minutes working on organizing your personal photos so you can actually print and enjoy them! Here are some tips to get our started.

1 – Let’s start with images on your phone. Go through and start deleting. Yes, delete! You don’t need 5 images that are almost all exactly the same. So often, we are taking several photos of the same moment in hopes to catch one that’s good and then we never delete the bad ones. So go through and delete anything that you wouldn’t print in an album. It’s easier to go through older images once the moment has passed and you can better choose the best ones to keep and delete all the rest. For any images you want to keep on your phone, for whatever reason, make folders to store those so you have them organized and easier to get back to view or share them.

2 – The next step is to get those photos onto your computer. Plug that baby in and transfer those images over to your computer. Put them in a temporary folder to organize later. Then delete them off your phone.

3 – Now that the photos from your phone are on your computer, make sure photos from any other cameras that you use are on your computer too.

4 – It’s folder time. Decide what folder organization system you want to use and create those folders today. Personally, I have a folder for every year and then I have subfolders for each quarter and within those might be a folder for a vacation or special event. You might want a folder for each month or folders for photo type like nature/wildlife, landscapes, sunsets, etc.

5 –  This next step is optional but it’s something I like to do to help me keep everything organized better. I go through at add the date to the front of the filename of each image. So if the filename is xyz123 and it was taken on August 3, 2017 (when you click on the image you will see the date created in the file information), I will change it to 20170803-xyz123. You might just want to do the year and month, or label it with it’s category or location, it’s totally up to you. This is the most tedious and time consuming step if you don’t have a program that will allow you to export them with the date and filename. Remember, 10 minutes a day. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in 10 minutes!

6 – Next, move those files into the appropriate folders that you have created. This will be the easiest step if you’ve renamed your files.

7 – Go back through your images and delete any duplicates or not-so-great photos that you may have missed or that were from your camera instead of your phone.

8 – Now that you’re organized, it’s time to print! Everyone can enjoy them once they’re printed into an album and off the computer.  I recommend using a quality print lab such as Nations Photo Lab for best results.

9 – Stay organized by taking time once a week to go through your photos on your phone and delete the ones you don’t need to keep. Then, at least once a month, upload photos from your phone and/or camera to your computer and rename them and put them into folders.

I hope this helps you get your photos organized!  Don’t forget to print!

Abigail | Styled Newborn Session

I remember when I met this family a year ago; They were one of the many sweet clients that stuck out in my head.  Mom and big sister did a “Mommy & Me Mini Session” and we had such a wonderful time.  Fast forward to Christmas time and the family came back for minis again – this time with BIG news!  They were expecting!  I am so honored that I was able to do this sweet little girl’s newborn photos and to get to know the family a little better. It is one of the biggest joys of my profession; watching families grow and being a part of those memories.  Please enjoy a few of my favorite photos from Miss Abigail’s newborn session!

Miss Q – 3 weeks New | Twin Cities Newborn Photographer

Meet Miss Q! She was one of the oldest newborns I’ve ever photographed and I went into this styled session not knowing how she would do with the posing.  She totally surprised me though and was an absolute rockstar.  Even towards the end, when I thought she’d wake during an outfit change, she still stayed sleepy and content.  Enjoy a few of my favorite photos of this sweet and precious baby girl.