Minneapolis Newborn Photography Studio

A peaceful setting for a peaceful session

This is my dream newborn photography studio, and I am thankful for it every day. It was hard work to put together, but so worth it (by the way, if you have the opportunity to marry a custom woodworker, I highly recommend it!).

A peaceful atmosphere was the most important element for me as I planned the studio. Parents and babies alike should feel relaxed and ready to create some gorgeous photos. I wanted comfortable chairs for exhausted new parents and a fully-stocked changing table for the little ones. It should be safe for curious toddlers, yet capture their attention when I need it. Best of all, it needed to house my extensive props, wraps, accessories, and backdrop collections!

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

This corner is by far my favorite spot in the studio. It makes me smile every time I look at it! It displays my favorite baby headbands and tiebacks, most of which are handmade (I have an Etsy problem, I admit it). My favorite aesthetic is a natural one, with jute bands and tiny flowers in colors found in nature. I have tried to overcome my soft spot for purple and be fair to all the colors.

Below that are my mohair baby bonnets and bloomer sets. So soft! Most newborn babies are visually overwhelmed by clothing, which is why we photographers so often prefer a “natural” (i.e., naked) look. But these sets are a wonderful way to capture timeless photos and keep baby covered at the same time.

And at the bottom, a selection of wraps for keeping baby cozy and secure. Some are individual, and some are part of a set with matching backdrops and tiebacks. Again, I aim for natural fabrics, and only the softest touch, exactly what I would want for my own baby.

On the right is a cute little French provincial mirror, perfect for last-minute touch-ups before parent photos.

And finally, some lacy frills for dressing up little sweethearts. These are more suited to sitters and toddlers, however, so pick your favorite at the newborn session and come back in 6 months!

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio
Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio
Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio
Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

And here is where the magic happens! Good lighting is essential for a newborn photography studio. You can see my Jinbei Soft Ball light in the corner, one of my great splurges in this endeavor. It’s the only constant light in the world that can provide such a high wattage.

Why should that matter to you? Because it allows me to shoot without using a flash. I researched lighting extensively before investing, and I came away still uncomfortable with the idea of flashing bright lights into newborn eyes. I have wonderful natural light in my studio, thanks to the north-facing windows, but I wanted professional lighting to allow me to shoot in any season, in any weather. Enter my Jinbei! It traveled here from across the world and it has lived up to all the hype and more.

I can choose from various wooden backdrops for corner shots, or pull down one of my seamless paper and canvas backdrops for different looks.

I have also invested in professional newborn photography studio posers, which are basically fancy beanbags at heart. The fancy elements keep them safe for babies and ensure that they don’t sink too far into soft fabrics. My backdrop stand allows me to take photos with seamless backgrounds that keep focus on the baby.

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

Here’s where that woodworking husband came in handy. We spent weeks talking over design concepts and the best ways to store and display my things, especially the cloth backdrops. While I have several brightly colored and pastel backdrops, as well as furs, I have lately shifted toward more natural colors and textures. I wanted clients to be able to see and feel them all freely, rather than having them folded or rolled up on shelves.

Life Remembered Newborn Photography Studio

He ended up designing and building a custom shelving unit that included 40 articulated bars for hanging fabric, each one with the ability to move independently. Brilliant! I love trailing my fingers across the soft fabrics as I walk by. And I was able to lay out the shelving to fit my specific props so everything has its own place.

There you have it! I’ve worked hard to create the best environment I can imagine, so that I can do my best work and deliver truly stunning portraits. Please reach out to set up a visit and see for yourself!