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Minneapolis Baby Portrait Photographer :: Arlo & Belle by Erica Loeks

Winner winner, Chicken dinner :) I held a little giveaway a few months ago on my Instagram profile, (which if you aren't following, you might as well head over there now and give me a follow because I guarantee I'll be announcing another giveaway soon.) (hint hint). This darling duo's Mama was nominated by a friend for the Full Family Session giveaway and here they are, just two stunning sweethearts in the studio for a Baby Buns session. We did a Family Session outdoors earlier this summer, you can view that HERE. Thanks for spending the afternoon with me Arlo and Belle. 

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Baby Buns Sessions :: Minneapolis Baby Photographer by Erica Loeks

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I'm so darn excited to finally announce something I've been wanting to do for a very long time! BABY BUNS SESSIONS! I'm pretty much obsessed with how these baby sessions are turning out and can't wait to have your baby's buns in the photo studio to document this entirely fleeting moment in their first year of being a precious baby. 

Maybe you missed out on this type of session, maybe you are nearing your 6 month baby mark and want to take advantage of this Exclusive In-Studio session, I'm so excited to offer these and I've set aside the first of what will more than likely be an ongoing event because let's face it, babies have the cutest buns and it needs to be said, this is one of the sweetest moments! 

DETAILS :: 30 minutes in the studio for this simple, yet adorable session

DATE :: Saturday, August 18th

TIMES :: 9am - 3pm

INVESTMENT :: $75 includes session time and one 8x10 print, online gallery to view and order additional digital files, prints and or products 

Session is best suited for when baby can sit on his/her own, roughly 6-8 months. 

Click below to book your session today! 

Pros and Cons to a Family Mini-Session :: Minneapolis Portrait & Lifestyle Photographer by Erica Loeks

It's that time of year, Summer is in full swing and you're wondering what lake to hit up this weekend! If you're like me, I want ALL the Summer has to offer ALL day EVERY day! As we approach Fall, the thoughts are creeping in that you need to get a Family photo session on the books or it'll be turkey season before you know it and you've missed those awesome Summer evenings for great photos. 
 

Over the years I get asked to "Just take a few photos, nothing major." and to that, I've answered your prayers and created a limited amount of Mini-Family sessions for this year. They are 20 minutes and definitely different in timing than a regular session. 

 

Why book a Mini-Session and what are the pros and cons? 

PROS ::  

:: It's in and out, 20 minutes to get those smiles, you're in the zone and ready to go!

:: You receive 15 digital files, which are ready to print and create with

:: You save a bit of money, sessions are $300 

:: Perfect for the annual Holiday Card photo and a few extras to frame

 

CONS :: 

:: 20 minutes is the length of your session. If you're wanting a bit more in terms of a lifestyle shoot, you'd be better to go with a regular family session , which is roughly 90 minutes. 

:: Full Family sessions receive an online gallery of roughly 30-60 images to choose from 

:: Full sessions start at $150 for the session fee and products are purchased a-la-carte from there.

 

Which is the right fit, Mini-Session or Full Family Session? To be honest, they are both AWESOME because it gets your family photographed once a year and you cannot put a price tag on documenting your family grow. It really does boil down to timing and ease. 

Example of a Mini-Session done at an apple orchard. Pay off for those blonde bombshell smiles? Lightsaber sword fight with their Mighty Mama! :) 

What to wear for your Summer Family Photo Session by Erica Loeks

I love Summer! It's my favorite season of the year and I look forward to the heat, the humidity, all the good things that come with warm weather. That being said, choosing attire for your Summer session can be stressful, mainly because we want to look great, but we also want comfort! Being comfortable, yet stylish as a family is what I want for you and let's face it, we only do this once a year, we want to make it worthwhile right? :) 

So here are my Top 5 Tips for dressing for your Summer Family Session :: 

1. Don't dress everyone in the same color. 

Instead of going with one color, such as white, go with a color family instead. I'm fine with some patterns and solids and when you mix them together, you really end up with a whimsical and tied together story. And, it adds to your story. 

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2. Dress in comfortable clothing. 

It's so important that everyone tries on their clothing and makes sure they are comfortable. I can attest, if I'm not at ease in what I'm wearing, the inevitable irritation and agitation comes through and with your photo session, you want to be able to cuddle up together, sit down, stand up, walk together, have fun! Try your pieces on at home and make sure you all feel good, kids included.

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3. Dress for each person's personality. 

Once you have a great color story for your entire family, go to accessorize and play with each person's personality. Dad loves hats, let's bring his favorite to wear in a few photos. Your little ones hate socks and like to go barefoot in their shoes, nix nay those socks and roll the pants up. Mom loves her signature gold hoop earrings. Add those final touches so each member of the family is present in their own way. 

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4. Bring a few options

It never fails, a grass stained knee, a spilled juice cup, a mini-nursing session has left a milk stain. We roll with the punches and having a back up always helps you stay relaxed and on top of whatever mishap will pop up. And yes, there will be mishaps and we embrace them! 

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5. Choose staples over too much fashion

I love fashion but I also like longevity. I consider my closet a safe place of options that really never go out of style, that way, I can wear what I own over the years without looking dated. We've all looked at photos from our youth and had a good chuckle at what our Mom made us wear or that we would DIE if we didn't get to wear and now we wonder why on earth shoulder pads were even a thing! :) Try to give you and your family a photo that will be filled with options that aren't super fashion forward, rather a staples. 

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Arlo & Belle 6 Months :: Minneapolis Baby Photographer by Erica Loeks

What's sweeter than a dynamic duo, fraternal twin babies? Nope, nothing. These two honey-hams were scrumptious for an outdoor 6 month session. I want all the baby toes, ALL the baby toes! 

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