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!

 

Baby B | Styled Newborn Session

It was so fun getting to snuggle this cutie for his newborn session and to see the love that this family of 5 shares.  Mom and dad might have their hands full with 3 kiddos under 4 years, but surely so are their hearts <3

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!

 

Finn | Fresh 48 Session | Hastings, MN Newborn Photographer

There’s something about those hospital birthing rooms that bring such a warm fuzzy feeling when you enter them.  I could just feel the love that this family shared for this new little life and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this special time in their lives.  Baby Finn was less than 12 hours old when I got to meet him and I must say, he was perfect in every way!  I think his big sisters thought so too because they had a little bit of a hard time sharing him during the photos.  Enjoy a few of my favorites from this wonderful Fresh 48 Newborn Session!

Miss S – 6 Month Milestone

It has been so fun watching this sweetie grow the past 6 months!  I will never forget this particular session because we got SUPER lucky with the weather!  Even though it rained right before and right after our session, we got some great photos to document one of my favorite milestone ages! Enjoy a few of my favorites from Miss S’s 6 month session!

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!

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!

Ryker | Fresh 48

Mr. Ryker was so handsome!  It was a pleasure to meet him and his family for his Fresh 48 Session. Enjoy a few of my favorites of this precious little guy!