Welcome Baby Stella / St. Louis Newborn Photography

Welcome Baby Stella / St. Louis Newborn Photography

So, I’ve been making some much needed changes in the studio. I added a bed last year for boudoir sessions but began to think about how versatile it could be for my other sessions.  I absolutely love to use it for my newborn and family sessions. I did my milk and cookies Christmas sessions on it and recently did a milestone session on it.

I’ve also moved my paper flower wall to the front and it is insanely stunning with mom and baby images.  Newborns. I love them so. I still have so much I still want to accomplish with them. They are the peanut butter to my jelly, my friends. I love how much the new studio set up is lending to making them even more what I love.

Meet baby Stella and her lovely parents. This is an example of the Signature Newborn Session. You get the best of all worlds: studio lifestyle portraits, a few traditional portraits and posed newborn portraits. If you are expecting in the St. Louis or Jefferson County, Mo. area, consider a studio newborn session here at Tara Price Photography. You won’t be disappointed.

By the way, all the outfits and headbands on baby Stella were made by me :). My husband jokes that since I like to sew many of own props my hourly wage is going down, but I love sewing. It’s my side love and it goes hand in hand with this, my first love, photography.

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How to get the best out of your newborn session.

How to get the best out of your newborn session.

You are so excited about having your new baby photographed! You want to make sure and capture those timeless, classic newborn photos. Did you know that there are specific things you can do to make it much more probable to have a successful session? There are!

Newborn photography is incredibly specialized.  Does your newborn photographer specialized enough to know how to help you get them most out of your session?  Well, here’s a little bit of what I’ve gleaned over the years of photographing the wee little ones.

1. Keep your baby up for a couple of hours before your session. What, you say? How are you supposed to keep a new baby awake when basically he or she generally sleeps then eats then sleeps? Well, it is possible.  You can undress your baby down to a diaper as long as your house isn’t too drafty. This might result in a bit of fuss but will keep your baby awake. You can tickle his or her feet and stimulate them a bit. Next, give your baby a bath. Again, depending on your baby, you might get a little bit of fuss. But it will tire them out sufficiently to get them prepared for being in a newborn session.

2. Feed baby just before coming to the studio or right when you get here. Between tiring your baby out, getting them full and then the lull of the drive, 95% of the time your bundle of joy will is ready to go for a great session. I sometimes have parents do a little feeding right as they arrive as well, if needed.

3. Dress your baby for session success. I do love to get some lifestyle onsie pictures, so a plain white onsie is great to start with.  You can then put them in a zip up sleeper for easy removal. Leave off the socks and loosen the diaper to avoid major indentations on their skin in the portraits.

4. Give at least 48 hours after circumcision before photographing him. Little guys are often uncomfortable the day or two after.

5. Allow a pacifier if needed. If you aren’t using a pacifier, you might consider allowing it in the event the baby is not settling during the session. It is only for an hour or two and should not affect breast feeding. I always keep new ones for situations where parents decide on the moment to go ahead use it.

6. If you are breast feeding, hold the caffiene and gas causing foods. Try to refrain from having caffinated beverages 24 hours before session, or make sure that you are feeding baby pumped breast milk sans the caffiene. Also avoid vegetables that can cause gas, such as brocolli, cauliflower, etc.

7. Make sure you have eaten! New parents often forget this. Newborn sessions can last a couple of hours. My studio is stocked with beverages to make sure you stay hydrated.

8. Prepare to be warm at the studio. Because newborns cannot regulate their body temperatures as children and adults can, the studio is kept at 76-80 degrees to keep them comfortable when undressing and posing them. This can make for uncomfortable parents, so I recommend wearing layers that can be removed.

9. Dress for success! If you are planning on being in portraits with your little one,  cooridinate solid tops. Also, if Dad can bring a solid black tee. It’s great to get hands holding baby shots. With newborn family portraits, it is okay to match solid white, grey or a tan tees.

10. Expect it to take a while. Newborns each have their own personalities and likes and dislikes. Getting a beautiful full session can take up to 3 hours. I recommend leaving siblings with a trusted person if they are not in portraits. The studio is hot and it’s a long time to expect small children to cooperate. If siblings are in portraits, I try and do family portraits first so that they may either leave and go eat with someone, or at least we have them done before they get too tired and do not want to be in the pictures. 

There you have it. Follow these tips and you have a successful newborn session. Enjoy this special time, roll with it, and get amazing images!

Tara Price Photography specializes in Timeless, Classic Newborn photos in the St. Louis and Jefferson County, Missouri area, with a studio just 30 minutes south of St. Louis, in Festus.



Love is in the Air with 2018 TPP Senior Models!

Love is in the Air with 2018 TPP Senior Models!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the TPP Senior model team! Valentine’s Day. I love it. I love pink & red. I love them together.  It’s a low key holiday, V-Day. It doesn’t pressure me, ya know? I love that it doesn’t require me to visit three houses in one day to keep everyone happy. Also, I’m reminded of God’s language to us is LOVE. I know, I know, it’s a manufactured holiday, but I still enjoy it for all the reasons above. I feel like it’s announcing that happy place we are soon coming too after we’ve suffered the cold dark winter. “It’s ok, be happy. Here’s some love to throw at you while you wait for spring to arrive.”

I’ve been wanting to do this model session them for a while, mulling it over in the back of my head the last few seasons. Finally pulled the trigger and I kept it simple. The dark backdrop and the light. So my models could shine.

My models did really great together for either not knowing each other or not well. Reagan I’ve known since she was a little bug, Abby I met four years ago and photographed her and her family. I also photographed Lexi’s older sister for her senior session 4 years ago. Small world and time flies, my friends. Like that and years have gone by…

Everything was shot in my little studio just south of St. Louis in Festus, Mo. My happy place.  I always have a running list of things I want to do, there. I’m always moving something, painting something, changing something. I’ve got so many plans for it, but I’m happy with it enough for clients as is. If you are in the market for modern, yet classic senior photos in studio or outdoors, in Jefferson county or St. Louis, I’m currently booking into 2018!


Hair & Make up for Raegan Staat: Brea Ellsworth

Makeup for Abbie Faultus & Alexis Alfod: Tara Price


If you would like more information on booking a senior session and a free copy of what to wear to rock it, please fill out the form below and I’ll be happy to send that along to you

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2017 Limited Edition Chistmas Sessions

2017 Limited Edition Chistmas Sessions

It’s that time of year again! Time for Limited Edition Christmas Sets! You want to get in on it early, so you can get a jump on those Christmas Cards!

Festus, Mo. Christmas Photos


20 Min Sessions for 3 childrens, with 6 hand edited digital files with print release, OR

30 Min family Session for up to 5 with 9 hand edited digital files with print release

2 Sets, Milk & Cookies (New),  Classic Fireplace set up (New)St. Louis Chirstmas Sessions




At the Studio, Tara Price Photography, 133- B East Main St. Festus, Mo. 63028

St. Louis Christmas photos





Appointments available through December 15, 2017

Christmas Photos St. Louis


How Much:

For up to 3 children ~ $160, each additional child is $25

For Family portraits up to 5 persons ~$249, each additional child is $25, $100 to book, remainder due session date


To Book:  

Call~ 314-779-8860 or email info@tarapricephoto.com to book an appointment.




My Favorite Fall Looks for Senior Girls

My Favorite Fall Looks for Senior Girls

So, have you been trying to figure out what to wear for your fall senior session? Well, have I got a treat for you. I’m starting a series to help you navigate getting those outfits together. I’m going to show you what my favorite looks the last few years are and why they work for camera and Senior photos. 

When you are putting together your senior looks it’s important to consider what time of year you are getting them done in.  If you live here in Missouri, you know that the weather is unpredictable. I just did a late September session and it was 95 degrees.  When considering fall, even if it’s warm out, it looks a little strange to wear a sleeveless springy outfit if all the leaves have turned. Keep it in mind as you choose. Also, Senior portraits are special. Make sure your outfits are your best! My personal feeling is that you should go dressier than the everyday. Even if you are going to wear jeans, there are ways to dress it up and make it special. 

Another aspect to consider in choosing outfits is how they will look together on the wall in a collage. Be mindful of the final product will look all together. 

Okay, let’s look at three beauties that did their fall style perfectly…

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Alex chose so well here. The fall tones are perfect for the time of year and for her skin tone. The scarves add beautifully and dress the outfits up a bit. She didn’t add too much other jewelry, but didn’t need it as the scarf is a statement piece. Although you can wear prints, solid colors are always a safe choice as prints can sometimes be distracting if they are too busy or add weight. 

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Alex’s last outfit is a patterned romper that says fall. To offset that it’s cooler out and she was in a shorts romper, she smartly paired it with dark nylons and knee high black suede boots. She did add earrings and the whole look works. Just a side note, as we begin photographing, I always look for places that are going to make the outfit shine. I love how the Stone and wood just looks like the outfit was made for this moment. 

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One trend I’ve been seeing over and over in the last few years is the giant shift dresses that have no waist. Although the look may be popular, please avoid it for your pictures. It tends to not be a flattering look in camera. A tiny girl looks like she’s lost in it and an average to above average sized girl will unfortunately look bigger than she is in it. Save that look for fun, not your portaits. With all the options out there, try and find something that has a waist to it. More fitted looks photograph the best.

Ellis choose a fitted jacket paired with dark jeans and a shirt for the first look shown.  I love the choice of olive green here and I found it photographed so beautifully in the red leaves. She also wore some great ankle boots with this, always a great choice.  I’m also in love with this wine color that has been really big the last few falls. Notice Ellis’s waist shows in it as the dress is made to have one.  The off the shoulder makes it a little bit dressy. She paired the dress with a long necklace, which polishes the look off.

11 Festus Mo. Senior PhotographyNext, let’s take a look at Lauren’s look. I remember this being such a cold day, but she knocked it out of the park with these looks. She chose a patterned dress, but the patterns on it are small black and white, so they don’t overpower her in it. The dress is an empire waist, but isn’t so loose that she gets lost in it. To dress it up, make it say fall a bit more, and pull in the waist even further, she paired it with a fitted black jacket. A pop of that wine color dresses the look up and says fall! She also wore high heel ankle shoes, which I recommend. A higher heel always lengthens the legs. She finished the look off with a long necklace and a pair of earrings. 

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You know you’re getting up there in age when you see the looks you used to wear coming back in style. Turtlenecks, higher waists, courderoy, and tights are all back. Lauren kept a polished look with all of it. The olive green color is in style and says fall. Solid black is always flattering, and the polkadot tights are a fun little pop of style. 

Well, I hope that gives you an insight on how to pull together your outfits for your fall senior session. Stay tuned for the next installment in this series.