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Carrie | MN Maternity Photographer

I have known this beautiful family since before we were married. I had the honor of going to school with Chris and being in the marching band together (yes marching band)! These two lovebirds have been together since forever just like Eric and I.

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As a MN maternity photographer I have been waiting for session as I knew they were hoping to add to their family. We have been praying that they would be blessed with another baby and are so happy for them as they prepare for their daugter Adeline to arrive.

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We had originally planned to hold their session at a local park but with this unpredictable winter there was not nearly enough snow to have the beautiful scenery I envisioned for this special session.

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MN maternity photographers often have apparel planned for their clients and I had special gowns all planned and Carrie put together these adorable outfits to go with either gown so perfectly! These beautiful gowns both came from ChicaBoo and I love their rich colors and flattering fit!

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I was hoping for trees dripping with snow and and the ground completely covered with a fluffy layer white.

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With the ground being mostly brown and the trees looking blah I reverted to a back up plan.

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We set out for Log Cabin Pines, LLC in Elko where there are plenty of evergreens! There was just enough snow to lightly cover the trees and it was a super cute tree farm.

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They had sleds for kids to get pulled down to get a tree in and to pull a tree back in and provided the saws for you to cut your own tree. If you are looking for a Christmas tree next year go check it out!

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We took family images first and then let Miss Reagan take a break so we could take a few of mom and dad and then some of mamma and her adorable bump!

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As a MN maternity photographer I wanted to take a million more pictures of this gorgeous momma but it was super cold and everyone needed to go warm up!

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Plus I had so many gorgeous images already! ...it's just easy to get carried away when you are photographing such beautiful people.

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Thank you for the honor of choosing me to preserve this special time in your lives!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Maternity Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing mothers safely and beautifully.

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Emmett | New Prague Newborn Photographer

Meet Emmett! He was a bit of sassy little man at first and just wanted to hang out with us all awake.

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It makes complete sense since as a New Prague newborn photographer my studio has all sorts of different things to absorb. There are lots of different lights and colors and sounds!

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Most babies find it to be really peaceful and ideal for sleeping but for an inquisitive little man like Emmett, it took a few minutes to learn about what was going on.

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To keep babies cozy warm and relaxed my New Prague Newborn studio has soothing sounds and is heated to the perfect temperature for a newborn baby.

I love this teddy bear style on the back because its the perfect time to get some close up images of these sweet features! 

Look at Emmett's sweet little lips and nose and toes! 

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After his pictures with mom and dad I swaddled this handsome man up to help him conk out. As you can see he wasn't quite ready to sleep. It didn't take too long though and this handsome little man was sleeping.

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Well mostly sleeping... a bit of peeking too...

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When I was styling Emmett's session I picked more neutral tones to not only coordinate well with each other but also to coordinate with Emmett's home.

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As a New Prague Newborn Photographer I always learn about my clients so that the images I provide to them they will not only love but fit well in their home.

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Towards the end of the session I really enjoy doing this pose "egg pose" and letting babies stretch out at relax so they are posed more naturally.  

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Emmett didn't want to stretch! It was so cute as I unwrapped him to stretch out he just curled into his wrap and let one leg relax out. 

It was such an honor to take your handsome little mans first images. Thank you for including me in this exciting time in your lives!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

 

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Finley | Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

This little peanut was quite the surprise to her mom and dad as she decided to join their family 8 weeks early!

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After talking with her parents I was so excited to meet this sweet girl!

 

We got along so well and had so many things in common. I knew we would hit it off and get to be great friends!

 

It was hard because this Lonsdale Newborn Photographer had to wait until Finley got to go home. Although I cannot imagine how hard the wait was for mom and dad as they waited for their sweet baby girl to come home with them.

 

Finley just had to get better at eating and put on some weight, which makes sense since she was born at a teensy 4 lbs 7 oz.

 

When Finley was discharged we scheduled her session right away as she was already 6 weeks old which for a newborn session is a bit later than I typically aim for.

 

As a trained newborn photographer I wasn't worried as I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve to help babies be extra sleepy and happy!

 

The day of her session Finley was such a sweet and sassy girl. She fell asleep right away and was super comfortable in all of her poses. Every time I moved her she would grump at me with loud shrieks and once I had her in position she would go back into a peaceful sleep. Every. Single. Time.

It was hilarious! You just have to love a baby with a nice strong personality!

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Mom and Dad were super relaxed and had a few suggestions for the session but all in all let me do my thing. I love this because sessions like this are where I can get creative and do what goes well together and with how baby is comfortable.

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As a newborn photographer when you find out Dad is a drummer you definitely ask if they are going to bring a drum.

 

According to Mom they were bringing two “gun metal bedazzled” drums!

 

That's quite the specific description and it was spot on!

 

They brought a tom and a snare and they were so much fun to incorporate into her session.

 

Thank you for including me in this special time in your beautiful baby girls life!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Butler Family | Burnsville Family Photographer

Would you believe by looking at these guys that they are a Florida family?

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They look warm and cozy and right where they belong!

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When the leaves started to change this fall they contacted me about a session. This was their first fall in MN and wanted photography of their family to remember the scenery.

 

Right away I knew we had to find a time quickly. Being a Burnsville family photographer I know how it can be golden and red one day and brown the next. I had an opening that worked for them and we quickly got it scheduled.

 

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I started scoping out areas that had rich colors and beautiful scenery and found one that I was so excited about. It was near Interstate 35 so it was easy to access and had so many spots that would work perfect for their session.

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The day of the session I was a little disappointed because it was a bit gloomy. Being a bit cast over is actually quite beneficial as a Burnsville family photographer because you can shoot anywhere without having the suns harsh glare. The downfall is that you don't get the rich warmth of the sun when it starts to set.

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While I was preparing for their session the sun came out and I knew exactly what I would do if the sun decided to peek out during their session. I warned them while we were shooting that if the sun came out I might freak out and yell for them to run. Sure enough when the sun came out we all went running, it was a bit goofy for a minute, but 100% worth it to capture this sun drenched warmth.

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I hope you guys have so much fun during your first MN winter back as a family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Burnsville family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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Budin Family | Montgomery Family Photographer

I love big families. No seriously LOVE them. I also love these guys because they are my beautiful sister in law, brother in law and my nieces and nephews!

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How blessed is our family to have 2 beautiful girls and 3 handsome boys?! It's a bunch of fun at a household with built in playmates.

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One of the most important thing with booking a fall photography session is selecting the right date. You never really know for sure what the weather will do but can get a good idea depending on when the leaves were at their brightest the previous year. The Budins contacted me in April regarding their session so we could start planning. Perfection!

Waiting last minute is never a good idea when you have specific requirements you would like to meet. For these guys they wanted this Montgomery family photographer to capture their family during the most colorful time of fall.

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I couldn't have been more excited in the weeks leading up to their session, I just knew we had pinpointed one of the best fall weekends. The leaves were orange, red, brown and green and perfectly represented a MN fall!

 

As a Montgomery family photographer I always head to my sessions prior to the start to really scope out the best spots for lighting, coloring and scenery.

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When the Budin's arrived I had a full game plan in order (which is super important with 5 kids)! I knew the road was going to be a key location as the colorful trees would frame their family and the road would be a beautiful line straight to them. Turns out it was more difficult than anticipated as the road was busier than normal! I know this because I grew up down the road!

 

It was worth the wait and this Montgomery family photographer loves making sure to get multiple family images as I know how stressful picture day is. My theory is: you worked hard to plan outfits, got everyone prepped and are dressed nice yourself. Get lots of the group! Afterall you can always get more of individuals quite easily but when you have more than a couple kids it's hard to get them all in one place and looking put together!

 

 

This Montgomery family photographer has so many tricks up my sleeves its crazy! During a session I make the silliest sounds, do super goofy things and bribe like a mad woman. Yep. I bribe. I am all about teaching good lessons and helping children grow, but on picture day... anything goes!

 

After piles of silly, lots of goofy sounds, gushers (for me too, I needed a snack!) and some dum dums this beautiful gallery remained.

 

Well not quite. There is a ton of behind the scenes that happens on my end but look at this gorgeous gallery!

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My heart feels so happy to present my sister and brother in law with these images of their family. Love you all!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Montgomery family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Lincoln | Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

Lonsdale is such a small town so you always know when new families move in. This summer we had the pleasure of gaining some new neighbors moving in. We knew the old homeowners and saw a young family moving in and I knew I needed to pop over and say hello.

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What a fun surprise to have a new young family in the neighborhood! Even better they have two little boys that are the same ages as our two boys. We had a great conversation where we discussed our love of geeky board games like Carcassone, Small World, Pandemic and Settlers of Catan. Anyone else a geeky board game lover? I love to embrace the geeky things that I enjoy (ie met my husband in marching band)!

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As a Lonsdale newborn photographer I always get excited when families are expecting new addition to their family. Babies are such blessings and as I have mentioned ten million times over I LOVE big families. Something about the dynamic between siblings I have always enjoyed. Kids in big families have to share, cooperate and also learn independence (it's pure survival).

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These guys were expecting their 3rd BOY! So much fun and so much energy!

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Lincoln was a sneaky little boy and decided to come before his scheduled induction! It was a tough day for mom and dad who recently moved from out of state.

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I honestly told them to give a call if they needed a last minute sitter because we live so closely to one another.

 

They had to pack up the boys and RUN to Burnsville!

 

 

 

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Luckily the nursing staff helped them out as they welcomed their newest handsome little man into their family. As a newborn photographer (and an experienced mother) I know how often this can happen and am just glad that they made it in time and didn't have to deliver their baby in the car!

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Thank you for including me in this special time in your handsome baby boys life!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Ava Jean| Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

Nothing makes my heart more happy as a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer than to get to know families during this amazing time in their lives. Bringing home new babies is one of the most amazing blessings my family has ever gone through and is so dear to my heart. 

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Imagine my excitement when this beautiful family scheduled both their maternity and newborn sessions with me?! Not only did I get to capture Amanda's beauty as a pregnant mother but I get to meet Amanda and Jon's sweet baby girl and spend some more quality time with them! Too much excitement!

The ideal time to start working with your newborn photographer is during the pregnancy prior to the 3rd trimester. This allows the photographer to leave room in their bookings for your little one and to prepare for your session. Which is exactly what Amanda and Jon did!

 

Knowing that Jon and Amanda were expecting a little girl was all too exciting and I may have gone a little overboard on new girl accessories!

 

....Nah! You can never have too many pretty headbands, wraps and bonnets right??? Well maybe don't ask my husband because I feel like his answer would be YES!

 

I personally love the versatility and being able to get creative and put together lots of variety in my clients images. 

 

As we progressed through their sessions this summer we really got to know one another as friends and I anxiously awaited some exciting news. Their sweet girl waited until she was ready and....

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Miss Ava Jean joined their family on Friday August 18th at 8:51 p.m.

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She weighed 8 lbs 7 ounces and was 21.25 inches of perfection!

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Her session was just perfect! I know the question you are all wondering and the answer is of course! I always get peed and pooped on! It's part of the job and it's okay! It's a good thing to have newborns frequently mess up the studio. It means that they are getting plenty of nutrition and are hydrated, and that is very important early on when baby and mommy are still getting acquainted to breastfeeding. After a bit of cleaning and nursing she was so good and I ended up using up my entire plan for her session (which never happens)! 

I usually plan extras because every baby is so different and not all poses work for each baby and things get dirty. Nope not today! Just all sorts of beauty with this perfect little doll. 

Congratulations Amanda and Jon, Ava is perfect! I couldn't be more honored to be trusted to preserve the memories of this special time in your lives.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

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Little Lucette | Burnsville Newborn Photographer

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I absolutely LOVE big families! There is something so beautiful about the dynamics between a family with more children. The kids grow up in an environment where they have more responsibilities and have to work together. They can be the best of friends and the worst of enemies but they will always have each other as they grow. Beautiful!

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It was so exciting to hear from Lucette's mom that they were expecting their sixth blessing. I couldn't wait to meet this beautiful family! 

 

 

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Even more exciting as a Burnsville Newborn Photographer I kind of get super excited for families when they don't find out the gender of their babies (I get excited when I know the gender too though)! What is really exciting about a surprise is that it is a surprise for me too! These guys had one daughter and a whole bunch of boys so I was hoping (like they were too I'm sure) for a beautiful baby girl! 

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Imagine as a Burnsville Newborn Photographer how excited I was to hear that Lucette was here. YES Lucette! Isn't that just a super cool, beautiful, different and individual name?! 

 

The boys were wiggly, obviously! They are two and three.

 

Big siblings were AWESOME helpers and I was so impressed by their loving guidance to the littles (like I said... big families kids are so responsible and loving)! 

 

Lucette was a complete doll. Even when she was wide awake she just hung out looking around. The session was fantastic and as always I had a hard time saying goodbye to this beautiful girl. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love babies and children. I love my job! Thank you for including me in this special time in your lives!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Newborn Photographer is the state of Minnesota. She is a full service Newborn Photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully. 

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Rezac Family | New Prague Family Photographer

We all have people in our lives that we cannot imagine our lives without. These guys are one of them for me. I know I have shared previously how we have met (which is so cool). I will give a brief reminder for those of you that don't know.

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The Rezac family started at almost the exact time as the Skluzacek family so I know their story quite well. This beautiful couple got married in the fall of 2009 and just celebrated their 8th anniversary this fall. In the summer of 2010 they found out they were expecting a baby and decided to wait to find out the gender after he/she was born (YES! Love it!).

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They took a birth class in early 2011 and stumbled into a lovely couple in the hallway/bathroom. The ladies were washing their hands in the restroom when they struck up a conversation. In class they had found out they both lived in Lonsdale and were asking each other where they lived. The girl said her street name and the other woman (me) knew instantly that it was the street behind our house! I couldn't believe that we lived so close to one another and were expecting our little ones just a month apart. The guys were in the hallway learning that not only did we live close but actually were backyard neighbors!

 

It was decided that we needed to get to know one another (which was a great choice). We started car pooling to birth class and just a short while later the Rezacs welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Kaylee, into their lives. The night before they left the hospital, we arrived, in labor with our daughter Lillian. 6 and a half years later the girls are the best of friends.

Their second daughter Emily was born shortly after our second born Odin and sure enough they are like two peas in a pod.

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We are connected in so many ways in our lives and I cannot imagine a life without these amazing people and beautiful girls in it!

How Emily celebrated her fourth birthday this summer still remains a mystery to me, but I am so honored to be the one to preserve the memories of this beautiful girl and her family.

As a New Prague family photographer I love getting families outdoors, moving around and having fun. A posed image is good but an authentic moment where I capture a child having fun and being silly is my absolute favorite! These are the moments that parents will remember and cherish (I know I do).

Look at these two goofballs! This series of photos were my favorite from the whole evening. Not posed just being who they are.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Dawson Family | MN Family Photographer

Extended families sessions are so much fun!

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When Chris contacted me about a session for her kids and grandkids I was so excited. I was happy for a few different reasons.

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Number one: it is an honor to be contacted by families to take their pictures. The photography industry is a hard career to be in. You really have to put yourself out there and stand apart and every inquiry is a compliment on our art and that you enjoy the work we are working so hard to create.

 

Number two: I LOVE big families. I grew up just myself and a half brother while my husband grew up with three siblings and TONS of cousins. Seeing all these families and working with large families makes my heart so happy. The dynamics are so different with larger families but they are so special!

 

Number three: It is so hard to get big groups together. As a MN family photographer I was thrilled to know that I was available on the one day that these guys were able to get their kids and grandkids out to their lakehome to get updated pictures of them all.

 

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To get lighting that is ideal it is hard to keep the little campers happy so I started the session out with the handsome Dax and his brother. Adding individual images of each child is really nice to be able to update frames in the house, design an album that coordinates or just put together décor that all goes well together.

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Plus I really pride myself on providing parents with images that really capture their childs personality and ideally lots of happiness too!

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I couldn't be happier with these images. Dax was just so done with pictures before we even started and it can be hard to get this many people to be lit correctly and posed nicely.

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As a MN family photographer I really prefer to have images be more natural and not as stiffly posed. After all your images should really tell a story about you and not just be a 1920's still scowl portrait.

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Amber Skluzacek is a family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Daniela & Emilio | MN Maternity Photographer

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As a MN Maternity Photographer I was so honored for Daniela to contact me for her maternity session! This beautiful woman was expecting her first baby and her sister wanted to buy a session for her to document this special time in her life.

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What a perfect gift to give an expecting momma!

 

The reason I felt so honored was that these two were driving to visit ME from Rochester because they loved my style of maternity images. WOW! Thank you so much Daniela, that honestly made my heart so very happy!

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There's something about a maternity session and having lots of natural elements in the images. Since these two had a mermaid themed baby shower having a water feature only made sense! We chose Nerstand Big Woods State Park to hold the session. It made sense because it was midway between Rochester and Lonsdale and has so many beautiful spots!

One of the important jobs I do as a MN Photographer is to work with my clients and help them plan apparel. I actually do provide a handful of maternity gowns as well to help clients have something comfortable and flattering to their changing bodies.

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The day of the session I had the outfits we discussed packed and a few extras (just in case). I knew this beautiful cream gown would be perfect for Daniela with her gorgeous complexion and flowing dark hair, and it was!

When clients let my creativity run the show the results are just so amazing! Mid way through the session we were alone by the falls and it only made sense to take a few images of Daniela's beautiful curves without the distraction of apparel. Daniela agreed after we discussed that no intimate areas would show and it would be very tastefully posed.

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After a couple images we switched gears and took a handful more with the pink lace and tulle. There's something about lace that is so pretty. If you get to know me at all you would find out I love lace!

Congratulations on the birth of your sweet baby girl Stella! Thank you so much for including me in this special time in your lives, I am truly honored!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a MN Maternity Photographer. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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Haven | New Prague Family Photographer

Look at this sweet little peanut!

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Could she get any more adorable?

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Turning ONE is such an exciting milestone and since my kids are big for their age I absolutely LOVE hanging out with sweet little peanuts like Miss Haven!

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As a New Prague family photographer I love getting to know new families and document their memories. After chatting on the phone I knew that mom and I were going to get along so great. We had a great conversation and I couldn't wait to meet their sweet baby girl. 

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During our conversation I quickly realized that we live super close to one another and on walk one day stopped by to say hello!

As a New Prague family photographer I really value the importance of creating quality relationships and getting to know you and your family. It was nice to put a face to a name and to know who to look for at our upcoming session the next week.

We met at one of my favorite spots and I had our session plan all set! As a New Prague family photographer I have questionnaires and preparation guides for my clients. I knew ahead of time some of the special items that they were bringing, the outfits they were planning and the types of images that were most desired.

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It is so important with little kids to have a plan, and then a few other plans for when the first goes out the window because kids love changing plans!

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Your images are what are most important to me so I always connect so that I know what to expect and you do too! I always have lots of tricks up my sleeves and lots of fun things to bring out children's natural personalities. After all all a New Prague family photographer should be ready for anything!

I knew going into Haven's session that they were bringing a big balloon and were hoping to get images of her holding it. I planned a couple simple props and beautiful quilts to coordinate with their outfits. 

Aside from it being a breezy day it was gorgeous! The sunlight was beautiful and we had a great session!

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Thank you for including me in your beautiful families lives, I truly enjoyed our conversations and time together!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a New Prague Family Photographer. She is a full service photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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Baby Colin Turns ONE | Lonsdale Family Photographer

Milestone sessios are so much fun and so special. As a Lonsdale Family Photographer I get to preserve the memories of children as they transition from baby to toddler, toddler to preschooler and more. I love tickling, making silly faces and just hanging out with kids. It is truly an honor.

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Going into Colin's session I was told he wouldn't smile and that he was a serious boy. So I shouldn't worry if he isn't smiling on picture day. I honestly thought to myself.... challenge accepted!

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Many parents desperately want the biggest of smiles during their session but if a child isn't feeling it there is only so many goofy things that can be done to get them to smirk, smile or laugh a bit. However going into a session more relaxed and just letting me do my thing works perfectly.

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I was prepared with all my best tricks and though Colin tried to stay serious he just had to share some smiles for his first birthday session.

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He had so many different facial expressions and just couldn't be cuter. I mean seriously check out these suspenders!

As a Lonsdale family photographer I just love capturing each person in their own special way and Colin's serious stare is my favorite look! Sure a beautiful smile is great to have too but mom and dad will always look back at these serious stares and remember how he acted as a baby.

I'm sure soon enough he will be a smiley giggly goofball! Especially since he is going to have a little brother or sister to play with! I just cannot wait to see if it is a boy or a girl. Waiting to find out is the best though and I highly encourage everyone (even random people I just met) to wait. It may be hard to do but this is a surprise worth waiting for.

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Happy First Birthday Colin! You are such a handsome little man!

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

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Amanda & Jon | MN Maternity Photographer

Glowing! That is always the term used to describe mothers when they are pregnant. I honestly can say with some certainty that many mothers don't necessarily feel it. I am quite confident with this, is that I have been pregnant four times myself. Each pregnancy I felt many different things ranging from gigantic to exhausted (and so many other things...).

As a MN Maternity Photographer my goal is to showcase mommas beautiful bodies. To highlight the amazing curves, their strength and their beauty. To do this I really focus on great preparation, natural posing and having lots of fun! 

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One of the most important jobs as a MN Maternity Photographer is to help mommas prepare for their sessions. After all I want them to be comfortable (or as comfortable as possible) and feel to their best. To help with this we talk ahead of the session so I can learn what are the important poses and images for each client and what style they are looking for.  We schedule ahead of time and make sure to stay in contact in case anything changes regarding the pregnancy. I also provide guidance in decisions regarding outfits and locations. Providing gowns that are meant to flatter a mothers body is also something I truly enjoy. I have a closet of client gowns that are very versatile and comfortable. 

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When I first met Amanda I was just giddy! After all she has this outgoing fun personality, beautiful long hair and the cutest little baby bump! Photographers dream right there!

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We started discussing the possible locations for their session and I suggested Minneopa Falls. After all I just just imagining flowing trains and beautiful curls in her long hair (my creativity was flowing).

Then she told me that her grandfather built the stairs at Minneopa State Park!

I think my jaw may have hit the floor and I very likely was bouncing with excitement.

What are the chances that the first place I suggested was the absolute one place in the state we HAD to do their session?! 

 

This romantic session between Amanda and Jon was meant to be in every way! We had so much fun and I was feeling pretty darn envious I never looked anywhere near this glamorous during any of my pregnancies.  

 

Amber Skluzacek is a MN Maternity Photographer. She is a full service maternity photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing safely and beautifully.

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Wild Kiddos | Lonsdale Family Photographer

When I say Wild kiddos I am actually referring to their last name and not their behavior whatsoever! Everett and Jocelyn are just the sweetest and pretty mild compared to some of the little ones I see.

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Mr. Everett fell asleep on the way to their session, being a Lonsdale family photographer I know better than to try to take his pictures while he was still waking up so I got started with Jocelyn's. As you can tell she was all about picture day and was full of happy, silly and wiggly smiles for me.

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It was so much fun playing around with her while her brother woke up a bit.

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Once Everett was ready to go we started getting some with him too! He was having fun escaping and I had to put daddy to work helping relocate him frequently.

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As a Lonsdale family photographer I just love capturing siblings together. After all it's one of the hardest things for parents to do on their own and I love seeing how the big siblings take care of the little ones and how the little ones get super sick of their older sibling holding them down!

Sometimes it's a smile, sometimes a frown. In this case it was a super loving hug that was a little intense but super cute too.

Everett is so blessed to have a big sister and Jocelyn is so blessed to have a little brother. They will always have each other to come back to and I am so honored to have photographed these two cuties together two times now.

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They have each grown so much and as a Lonsdale family photographer I love seeing these changes and presenting their parents with beautiful works of art to cherish for the rest of their lives.

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Wild family, your babies are beautiful. Thank you for the honor of being your photographer.

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale family photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service family photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing families safely and beautifully.

 

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Rhyan |Lonsdale Newborn Photographer

As a Lonsdale newborn photographer I love when clients book prior to their delivery! Not only can I guarantee my availability for their session but it also gives me more time to get to know them and prepare for them.

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Dana booked prior to the arrival of baby Rhyan so I knew that she would be coming in soon. Dana serves in the US Army and I was so excited that she would be bringing in her fatigues to do a special set up with her daughter. What a special image for their family!

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Rhyan was one of the best behaved babies I have ever had in my Lonsdale newborn photography studio. Not only did she keep it clean (which doesn't happen in newborn photography) but she also didn't stop to eat! Most newborns, especially breastfed newborns stop to nurse a minimum of one time during their session, sometimes more! Not Rhyan, she was a little angel and slept perfectly while I worked on documenting how perfectly tiny and sweet she is!

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Prior to her session I wanted to add some new earthy headbands to my collection for her to use and got crafty. Often photographers try to create some of their own props as it can save money and also you can create props that match your set ups more closely. As a Lonsdale Newborn Photographer  I often make props to accompany some of the props I have gotten from my favorite vendors. 

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This beautiful green headband is one of the most fun bands I have made in some time! I love how sweet and simple it looks on Rhyan!

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I also made Rhyan's lace wrap in this perfect tummy time pose and also her white bow headband in the next image.

Since I knew that Rhyan was coming in soon and knew the colors that appealed to her mom and dad I knew exactly how to style her session so that her images would look great in their home and look beautiful printed together.

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I truly enjoyed getting to know Rhyan and her family throughout their photography session and gallery premiere appointment. They were so kind to me and even bought me a gift. It was the most thoughtful gift I had gotten in a long time and meant so much. 

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Thank you so much for including me in this special time in your lives. I am so blessed to be able to spend all this time with beautiful babies and their families and couldn't be happier. Congratulations on your baby girl and thank you for the honor of photographing her.

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Lonsdale newborn photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully.

 

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Gorgeous Momma | Northfield Newborn Photographer

As much as I was enjoying my maternity leave I was definitely excited to receive the message asking about my services for a maternity session this winter. This Northfield newborn photographer was super excited about this session for a few reasons. One of the biggest reasons was that Catherine told me she would never forgive herself for not asking me to do her pictures! Talk about flattering me! I was more than excited and so honored to preserve the memories of her 4th pregnancy. 

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I met Catherine when our daughter was in an ECFE class. It was a wonderful ones class where Catherine was attending with her son Shea. We got to know each other while singing songs with our kiddos and discussing the rewards and difficulties of parenting during parent time. This Northfield newborn photographer immediately got along with Catherine very well. She is a fun, kind person with lots of great family ideas. How could we not get along well?! During this class I was expecting our 2nd child and he joined our family during the fall class session. At the end of the session Catherine shared that they too were expecting another member to their family (their 3rd)! Having our kids close really helped form our friendship. Fast forward a few years to now! Let's talk about her amazing session!

Catherine and Steve celebrated their 10 year anniversary this December (Congratulations you guys!!!), had Christmas and were expecting their 4th beautiful baby. What better way to remember these special times than to gift Steve a session of styled maternity images? I loved the idea and was thrilled to be taking these special pictures! 

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We planned to have her Northfield maternity photography session just a few short weeks before Catherine was due when our baby girl was just 3 weeks old! It was a bit of a time crunch but their sweet baby girl didn't surprise them by coming early and we got her images done in plenty of time to commemorate their last pregnancy. 

Catherine came to the Northfield photography studio on New Years Day and we got to business! I had her session fully styled after we had her pre-session consultation and I knew what she was looking for out of the session as well as styles and colors she preferred. 

For the in studio portion of her session I used dream lighting (backlighting) to really emphasize her beautiful belly and to create light and airy images that were all about her, and her pregnancy. 

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Catherine was a true Minne-snow-tan when it came to the outdoor part of the session! To get to the pond we had to hike through the woods to avoid the icy trail (gotta keep the momma's safe)! It was a bit chilly that day and she rocked the outdoor images with not a shiver. She said her years of figure skating helped her prepare and I'm guessing her little built in furnace helped too! 

This Northfield newborn photographer just loves these images. They not only are absolutely stunning and highlight this amazing time in Catherine's life but they also completely show her fun vibrant personality. What do you think?!

 

 

Amber Skluzacek is a Northfield newborn photographer in the state of Minnesota. She is a full-service newborn photographer that creates images and products that will be cherished forever. Her work focuses on using natural elements while posing newborns safely and beautifully. 

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How Do They Do That? | Northfield Newborn Photographer

We have all seen them. Those super cute, beyond adorable images of babies doing the seemingly impossible. How are they sitting up all on their own, holding their heads up like a little frog, perched on a shelf like a teddy bear or hanging in the air in the cutest of fashion?! Here is the perfect example with sweet little Jack in my Northfield Newborn Photography studio. 

I'm sure you are wondering how on earth do they do that? How did that photographer make that baby do that? Wow! That must be such a strong baby! That photographer is amazing at posing newborn babies! 

The above statements are all False! This Northfield Newborn Photographer has a few secrets to share with you today. 

The answer is quite simply newborns DO NOT hold their own heads up or sit up on their own (or should never be posed without support)! Newborns like all children are incredibly unpredictable. They may startle, wiggle and squirm at any time. As I work with newborns often and have had four of my own babies I can testify that newborn babies are feisty! Just as you soon as you get a baby exactly in the right position one of their favorite things to do is kick out his/her legs, throw his/her head backward or launch themselves forward. Babies should never be placed anywhere where they aren't supported or secure, it's never worth risking safety to get a picture.

Okay so... babies don't hold their heads up on their own (or shouldn't) it's not safe, and babies can't sit up on their own either... How then? How do photographers create these mysterious images of newborns? I'm sure you are hanging on the edge of your seat with curiosity at this point.

It is actually much more obvious than you may think (if you didn't already know).

Many newborn poses are not what they seem. They are not a newborn baby suspended in the air but a baby sitting safely in an assistants hands. They are not baby holding his head up in his hands but a baby having his hands supported and head supported. Theses images are often an illusion or a compilation of multiple images to create the final product, or the picture we see. This is called a composite. As a Northfield Newborn Photographer I practice using composites with all images where a baby cannot support themselves naturally or safely. 

Composites can be done with multiple images of baby to create a safe environment for him/her or be done to create a unique style as well. Often photographers will take a different backdrops to create a special image with 

If you or a friend come to visit me in my Northfield Newborn Photography studio rest assured that your beautiful baby will be cuddled and kept safe and cozy throughout his/her session.

Here is just a little example showing Jack during his session, he never has a hand taken off of him, he is swaddled very securely and is also posed with support under/around him. All modifications to create the final image were done in Photoshop.   

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Hey, New Mom | Guest Blog Post by Brooke Drumm Photography | Seattle Newborn Photography

Guest blog written by Brooke Drumm of Brooke Drumm Photography

You’re doing great.

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Tell yourself that.  Over and over again.  You.  Are.  Doing.  Great.

When moms (particularly first-time moms) walk into my Seattle newborn photography studio, they pretty much all have one thing in common:  the “look”.  It’s a look that’s subtle, but it radiates from their entire body.  The look says “She will be the one to realize that I have no idea what I’m doing.  No.  Flipping.  Idea.”

At first, I not-so-humbly thought it was because they thought I was a baby expert since I see far more babies than many people.  The more I think about it though, the more I realize it has less to do with me and more to do with the absolutely unreasonable amount of pressure we put on ourselves.  To help you out, I’m going to tell you a secret:  when it comes to mommying, none of us have a clue if we’re nailing this parenting thing.  Not a single one of us.

As someone who sees at least 50 babies a year, I’m going to break it down for you one mom-shame at a time.  Buckle up (and you better be buckling up in a top-of-the-line bullet-proof military tank because nothing else is safe enough, right?).

Car seats

Let’s get this one out of the way now, because it actually is pretty important.   Yes, your baby needs a car seat.  Yes, it needs to be installed properly.  No, your baby won’t break a leg if they’re not in a $1000 car seat when you shut the door too hard.  A couple of things to keep in mind when purchasing and using your car seat:

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  1. Buy it new.  This is one of the few items that you really cannot buy secondhand.  Once a car seat is in an accident, it’s no longer usable (even if it has no sign of damage).
  2. Proper size for your baby.  This information can all be found in the owner’s manual.
  3. Proper installation.  Child Passenger Safety technicians will inspect your car seat installation, typically at no charge.  This is a great thing to do n your 7th or 8th month.  To locate a CPS tech near you, visit (www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/contacts/)

Honestly, if there’s one thing you take out of this post, let this be it: properly using a car seat matters.  That’s why I like to take your baby out of the seat:  I can make sure he’s positioned properly and am happy to help you out if not.  What doesn’t matter?  If you buy a $49 car seat at Target instead of a $1000 at a fancy baby boutique.  Do what works for YOU.

Boob vs. Bottle

Just uddering (see what I did there) those words is enough to start a civil war.  “I’m horrible for feeding my baby formula”.  “People look at me like a floozy for nursing in public”.  “My baby tried to nurse from our puppy”.  Listen.  Take these fears and drown them in a milkshake (except maybe the last one, that’s kinda weird).  If you’re wondering if you’re doing the feeding thing right, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my baby eating happily?
  • Is my baby growing?
  • Am I happy with the feeding arrangement?
  • Is my partner happy with the feeding arrangement?

If you answered “yes” to some or all of the above, tell anyone who questions your decisions to kick rocks.

Pacifiers

Oh pacifiers.  I remember being told with my first one that if I gave my son a pacifier that I should give up any hope of ever breastfeeding and he’d need it until he was twelve and I may as well let him suck on an open bottle of Jack Daniels.  You know what?  When I finally caved and gave it to him, he freakin loved it.  Which meant I loved it.  Which meant my husband loved it.  Which meant for the few peaceful minutes it was in his mouth, there was nothing in the home but love and a whole lot of dirty laundry.  But mostly love.  The laundry was always there, we just pretended like it wasn’t.

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With my second, I asked for a paci pretty much before he took his first breath.  He hated it.  I got frustrated that he wouldn’t take it.  My husband got frustrated that I got frustrated that he wouldn’t take it.  The baby got frustrated because (as we later learned) he’s a stubborn sweetheart who doesn’t want to be told what to do.

Moral of that story?  What’s right for one family may not be right for yours, and what’s right for one kid may not be right for another.  Do what works for your baby, your family and yourself.

Vaccines

Yeah, I’m going there.  Personally, I’m a huge proponent of vaccines.  I think they’ve essentially eradicated most deadly, contagious diseases.  I vaccinate myself and my children.  I do it to not only protect my beautiful family, but to protect your baby who is too young for most vaccines.  I do it to protect the beautiful babies, kids and adults with cancer or other diseases that cause compromised immune systems.  I do it to protect those who don’t believe in vaccines.

I don’t make my decision in order to obtain a sense of moral superiority.

No matter what you choose, I trust that you’re doing what you feel is best and safest for your family and those around you.  Even if your decision is different from my own, I respect that you are doing what you believe to be the right choice, just like me.  If anyone ever questions you, remind them that you are making what you feel to be the best possible decision for your child.

Your appearance

Anytime you think you don’t look beautiful in your new mom life, remember that I spent pregnancy (and a solid year after that) looking like Danny Devito as Penguin.  Eat your heart out.

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In all seriousness though, do not come into my newborn photography studio worried about how you look.  You literally gave someone life.  Not in a sixteen year-old on Facebook screaming “ADELE GIVES ME LIFE!”, but in a “I grew you and brought you into this world” kind of way.  You created a human out of nothing.  And you love that little creature more than yourself.  I can see it in your eyes.  And if that’s not beautiful, I don’t know what is.

Love yourself, stop worrying, and trust that you will raise this tiny human to the best of your ability.  Whatever you choose, I will stand beside you and throw water balloons at anyone who questions your choices.

Brooke Drumm is an award-winning  Seattle newborn photographer licensed and insured in the State of Washington.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Seattle newborn photographer and focuses on creating images and products that will be cherished for generations.  She was trained by some of the best newborn photographers in the world, and focuses her work on photographing newborns safely and beautifully.

This blog was originally published by Brooke Drumm of Brooke Drumm Photography, and was shared with permission. The original post can be found here: http://brookedrumm.com/hey-new-mom/seattle-newborn-photographer

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Prepping for your session tips | Guest blog post by Chelsey Shaw Photography | Tacoma Newborn Photographer

Guest blog written by Chelsey Shaw of Chelsey Shaw Photography

Prepping for your session tips

I am always here to help you with all the planning and prepping for your newborn, maternity, senior or wedding to make the most out of this moment in your life. This guide will give you just a few tricks and tips so you know what you can do to prepare.  As always contact me anytime if you have any questions or need any help with any of these tips.

Tip 1: Plan and book your session ahead of time

Thinking about updating your family photos, planning a special session for when your newborn baby arrives, engagement photos, or you are recently engaged and planning for a newborn photographer? These types of events and moments in your life are important, but can easily be put off until the last minute. The first big tip for planning for a photographer is booking ahead of time. The last thing you want is to need photos for a gift or event and find out that your favorite photographer is booked out for 3 months, and trust me it happens! The earlier you can plan and book your session the better so that you can ensure you get your photos when you need them.

Here is a good timeline of how far to plan in advance:

Newborn sessions- 3-4 months before baby’s arrival

Maternity sessions- book around 4 months and plan for 28-33 weeks of pregnancy

Seniors- 2-3 months

Wedding- 6 months to a year (the sooner the better!) I would recommended after you have your venue and date selected then find your photographer

Portrait/family- 1-2 months

Tip 2: Prepare your outfits

No matter what type of session you are planning, what you wear will be one of the most important key essentials in preparing for your session. Coordinating outfits for just one person or an entire family takes some planning. You want to make sure that the outfits are a representation of you, is comfortable, and coordinates. My last personal family session it took me 2 months to find shoes that went together well for 5 of us! Not to mention clothes and accessories. Outfits for multiple people do not have to match color for color or pattern

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for pattern. In your pre session consultation or anytime prior to your session I would be happy to assist you with what to wear.

Tip 3: A Good nights rest

Do yourself a big favor and go to bed early and hydrate well before your session. You want to look your best, and you will look and feel your best when you take care of yourself. Yes Photoshop is magic and can help reduce the look of under eye circles, but if you are tired and not well rested that will show in your expressions and translate in the photos.

Tip 4: Everyone fed and napped prior to session for kids

This actually applies to adults too (well maybe minus the nap)! Kids will do their best with a full stomach and when little ones have napped prior to the session (depending on your session time). The same goes for me I make sure that I’ve eaten and am well rested so that I have the energy and focus to perform my best for your session.

These are just a few good tips that can help you make the most out of your investment in your photos. In your pre session consultation I would be happy to go over any questions about these tips or anything else!

This blog was originally published by Chelsey Shaw of Chelsey Shaw Photography, and was shared with permission. The original post can be found here: https://www.chelseyshawphotography.com/single-post/2017/02/07/Prepping-for-your-session-tips-Tacoma-newborn-photographer

 

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