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    My name is Mandy and I am a photographer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I do birth, newborn, children and family photography as well as provide casual headshots for personal or professional use. I am primarily a natural light, on-location photographer but have a small St. Paul studio for newborn and headshot sessions.

    I also provide fun, casual school portraits for preschools and daycare centers. If your school is ready for something different, let's get in touch!

Next week is back-to-school for Glimpses of Soul Photography. Weather-willing, all schools will be doing their school portraits outside again. The great thing about being outdoors is that the background tends to go well with so many options. But in case you’re having a hard time deciding how to dress those kiddos, I thought I’d put together some ideas to get you thinking.

With the greenish backdrop of outdoors, bold and bright colors work great. Layers and textures add interest to any photo. Generally, kids who can sit in a chair are photographed from the waist up so you don’t have to worry too much about pants and shoes. Little ones who don’t sit at all or aren’t quite steady enough to be sitting in a chair will be photographed against a white blanket and may have more of their outfit in view so cute pants or tights can be fun.

Some general tips:

  • Make sure the outfit fits well. Gappy, droopy clothing isn’t flattering, looks messy and will “swallow up” babies.

  • A quick mist of hairspray might help hair stay in place a bit, although we know that’s generally a losing battle and do our best to comb right before.
  • Simple headbands are great to keep hair tidy and add interest but like clothing, don’t look great if they’re too big or constantly falling forward. Likewise, a simple headband with a small flower or two can add a touch of “girly” to the little baldies who don’t quite have hair yet but giant flowers can detract from their adorable faces.
  • Summer dresses are pretty but it can be chilly outdoors. Adding a sweater or shrug helps prevent goosebumps.
  • Baby oil is great for removing temporary tattoos. In case you don’t want Angry Birds in your photos.

Below are some pieces that would work great for school photos. Everything pictured is from Carter’s, Old Navy, Gap or Target. Click through for details on individual pieces.

Over the years, the preschool photography sector of Glimpses of Soul Photography has really grown. I love that the idea of fun, candid photos is becoming more popular for school pictures. Unfortunately, there are only so many schools I can photograph in a season and I’m also not always the right fit for every school.

But now you don’t have to miss out on fun-style school photos! If I won’t be at your school this year, you can sign up for a preschool mini-session where we’ll replicate a school shoot. These tiny sessions will be one setup only (a chair if they’re sitters, a blanket for those who aren’t) and straight-on, look-at-me-and-smile types – but with great expressions and a natural, outdoor backdrop.

mini sessions for preschool photos

Each child will receive 3-5 proofs to select from. Sibling groups are allowed and will receive 2-3 proofs. Sorry, no parents included in this one! (In fact, we might even make you wait out of sight.)

These sessions will run every 15 minutes so you must, must be on time! They’ll be held in east St. Paul. The price to reserve a preschool mini-session is $50 but that money may be applied towards the purchase of prints.

Currently available:






Want the rest of the family included in the photos? Snag the very last mini-session available or contact us to book your own full family session.

Questions? Ask away.

Before this little lady even existed, we did a session with her older sister when she was around this age. It was only fair, then, that when she turned two*, Miss Elizabeth got a session that focused mainly on her.

(*By “when she turned two,” I mean, “after she turned two and we waited through several facial injuries because that girl is rough ‘n tumble.”)

I’ll get to see the whole family again in the Fall, too, when we do their mini-session!

little girl in sunny field

little girl with crown

happy blonde girl

2 year old girl

Fall, of course, is the busiest season for family portraits. It’s a particularly beautiful time of year and a great time to get updated photos to gift to Grandma and Grandpa or custom holiday cards that impress all your friends. But that means that it’s time to start planning for Fall now…to be thinking about cabled sweaters and corduroy pants while you’re relishing the last few days at the pool or eating any of the 300+ foods available on a stick.

But the weekends are already filling up so if you’re hoping to book a lovely, colorful, family-filled photo session, snag a session time soon and then get back to enjoying Summer!

Contact Glimpses of Soul Photography to book your Fall 2013 family photo session.

Fall Mini Session Info

Mini-sessions are a great option if you’re looking for a few quick portraits or if a full session isn’t in your budget. They are 20 minutes long and you receive a gallery of 10-12 images to select from. Two packages (listed above) are available and additional add-on mini-session specials will also be offered.

Available Times:

Rain date will be October 6th. Please keep your time slot available on both days.

To book a mini-session now, just fill out this form!.

This family moved to Woodbury just a week before I did preschool photos last year so I got to photograph the older two. The littlest, though, is a new addition! She’ll be at school this Fall when I return but I got to meet her earlier when we did family portraits in the park.

family of five

brother and sister on box


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