Fall Mini Sessions Are Here!

Fall Mini Sessions are here!  Your choice of two dates in two different locations. These sessions are for immediate family (up to 5 members, $25 each additional person).  Your furbabies are welcome to join us!

For $150 + MN sales tax, you will get a 20 minute mini session and your choice of 8 photos with a print release from an online proofing gallery.   The full session fee of $150 + tax is due upon booking along with a signed contract to guarantee your spot.  You’ll get a link to view your proofs online within 2 weeks.

Please see below for available dates and times.

Photo of a girl holding a golden leaf

Sunday, October 8th in a north metro location


Sunday, October 15th in St. Paul location

2 spots left – please fill out the form below with the times you are available.

*Rain date will be Sunday, October 22nd.

To book your session, please fill out and submit the below info:

Dear Mama – Get in the Photo

Dear Mama:
Don’t worry if you are hot and sweaty.
Don’t mind the color of your shirt against the trees.
Don’t think about the fact that you skipped a shower earlier.
Color photo of a dark haired woman holding a young boy on her lap.
Photo credit: my husband
Just grab your kiddo and get in the picture.
Your little ones won’t stay little long.  
Color photo of a mother reading to a small boy sitting on her lap.
Photo credit: my husband
And you know what?
They don’t care how you smell or what you are wearing.
They just want to be with you.
They just want to crawl up on your lap and share their excitement about snakes and other creepy critters with you.
So stop worrying so much about what to wear and spending too much time planning.
Just get in the photo.
I dare you to look at it later without getting teary eyed.
I know I can’t.
You see, the hot and stinky mama in this photo is actually me.
Color photo of a mom with a young boy on her lap looking at a book together.
Photo credit: my husband
I handed my camera to my husband today while we were picnicking in the woods today.
And you know what?
Hours later as I look at this, I don’t see the dark circles under my eyes. I can only see the love and for my baby here.  
And, if I close my eyes, I can smell the pine trees that whispered their secrets to us while we feasted on french fries and chicken nuggets.
Stop worrying mamas, and get in the photo with your babies.
Years and years from now, when you are but a memory to your little ones, they will need to feel your arms around them one more time.
And when they pull out a photo of you like this, they will feel your presence again.  Wrapping them in a love so strong, it transcends time and space.

7 Quick Tips for Styling Your Family for Your Photo Session by Jamie Cramble Photography

photo of mom with two young sons running around her
In 2016, I chose red, white and blue for our family photos with Melissa Soto Photography. What colors should we go with this year?

As a photographer and as a client, I have a few years of experience in selecting a wardrobe for a photo session.  I’ve learned from my mistakes as a client – like waiting until the last minute and then feeling self conscious because my jean jacket didn’t fit right. Or picking one of the kid’s outfits first and then having a devil of a time finding something even remotely coordinating for me.

Because if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  Or something like that.

Now that I know better,  I start thinking about it a month in advance and I start with my own outfit first.  Last year’s wardrobe (featured above) came together with no tears and I was really happy with it. I still get so many complements on our photos by Melissa Soto Photography!

So, before you sprint off to the mall or hit up your favorite online shopping hangout, please ask yourself a few questions:

-What feel do I want my photos to have?
-Where will my photos be taken?
-Where will I display and use these photos?  
-What do I already own that I love to wear?
-What do I know I want to buy for myself?
-Is our photo session going to have a theme? (i.e. Mommy and Me, beach session, tree farm session)

Photo of dad and daughter holding hands. Little girl is wearing red, white and blue handkerchief dress. Dad is wearing navy shirt and plaid shorts.
Red, White and Blue color palette and successfully mixing patterns

Let your answers to these questions guide your approach to picking out your clothes, accessories and makeup.  I include a presession consultation for all my full sessions.  Use that time to ask me for suggestions or share whatever plans you’ve made so far.  I also encourage my clients to text me photos of their choices if they are unsure or want some feedback.  Most take me up on that and share that they are happy that they took a few minutes to do that.  And of all the times clients have done that, they have been right on with their choices.

So, that said here are my favorite 7 quick tips to picking a great wardrobe for your next family photo session.

Color photo of family in a field of purple lupine at sunset.
Coordinated neutrals with pops of color.

DO – Start with Mama’s outfit first. If Mama feels beautiful and confident, she will be more relaxed and allow her inner beauty to shine through in the photos. Kids are usually the easiest, so that’s why I say to save picking their outfits for last. Pick things that are your style that you would usually wear. Don’t be afraid to pick a dress – something with a swishy skirt always photographs well. Pull together some light layers and you can have a couple different looks by adding/removing a layer.
DO – Shop your closets at home. There’s usually no need to buy brand new outfits for every family member. Start with some basics or accessories you already have and love. Then make a quick trip to your favorite store to round out what you don’t already have or to buy a piece of clothing you love.
DO – Coordinate your color palette, but DON’T be too matchy-matchy. Think neutrals as a base with a bright accent color. For our family photos 2 years ago, I went with blues and oranges. Last year, my family went with red, white and blue with solids for me and mixed plaids for my husband and sons. Also, avoid clothes that are too trendy. Opting for classic pieces will make your photos timeless. Add a statement necklace or earrings or scarf for a little pop.
DO – Take a little time with hair and makeup. Style it how you like it and be sure to wear a little lipstick to give your lips some definition. I like to go a little bit heavier on eye makeup myself to make them pop, but that’s just me.  Since family photos are not an everyday occurrence and are a luxury item, give yourself permission to splurge on your hair and makeup.

DON’T – Wear any large logos. Again, you want to strive for timeless. Logos are a very distracting element in photos and it’s best to select clothes without them. Unless you want to give John Deere or Nike free advertising in your heirloom photos.  Or you want to add extra retouching fees to your budget.
DON’T – Be afraid to mix patterns. Florals and plaids marry well when they include the same colors and scale. Just be careful that the pattern isn’t overpowering.
DON’T – Be afraid to go barefoot.  After all, it’s summer in MN!  Going barefoot adds a casual and natural vibe to your photos. Just be careful where you are.  You don’t want to step on glass.

Whatever you select for yourself and your family, make sure that you feel great and are comfortable wearing your picks.  If something doesn’t feel quite right, swap it out!  You want to be able to look at your photos years from now and still love them and be happy you made the investment in them.

The Gift of Storytelling Photography

Photo of a small boy's hands holding a yelllow bucket with a tangle of earthworms inside

To you, it may look like a gross bucket of worms.

To me, it’s something completely different.
To me, it’s a precious gift from a sweet, blue eyed four year old boy who calls me mama.

I never want to forget his ever present curiosity.
His innate tenderness towards tiny creatures.
His love of playing in the dirt for hours on end.
His big imagination casting him as the hero saving the day.

When I look at this photo years from now, I want to remember the spring of 2017 with a smile.
All those days and early evenings playing in the backyard together.
The excited little voice giving a play by play of each new find.
The inch think layer of mud in the bathtub afterwards.
And yes, even the muddy footprints on the wood floors.

So look further. See past the tangle of earthworms.

The best gifts don’t come in big packages. Sometimes they aren’t even wrapped. They sing to our souls and lighten our hearts.

And the winner is…..

Julie Scanlon! Please join me in congratulating Julie on being the winner of the 2017 Rince na Chroi / Jamie Cramble Photography photo session giveaway! Julie was in the audience the night of the From the Stage to Your Heart performance and saw the contest QR code in the program.

Congratulations, Julie! I’m looking forward to planning your photo session!


Irish dancers all lined up sitting patiently on a bench wearing their ghillie shoes.
Some of the littlest Rince na Chroi dancers all lined up patiently waiting for their turn on the big stage at From the Stage to Your Heart at O’Shaunessey Auditorium on 2/18/17.
An artful look at the the audience begins to fill the auditorium
The audience begins to fill the auditorium as the dancers wait in the wings for their big show to begin.

Spectrum Inspired – capturing the spirit of children with autism

Spectrum Inspired is a project from the heart that sets out to capture the incredible spirit of children with autism.

It is a community of professional photographers  with passion and heart for serving others.  Spectrum Inspired is doing amazing things to make photography accessible to families with children on the spectrum. The vision is to shine a light on children who deserve to be celebrated, accepted and understood.  Since April is Autism Awareness Month, the time is right!

I’m so very happy to share that my application to join this project was approved! I am serving as the representative in Minnesota. To be accepted to serve in this capacity is indeed an honor and I am so humbled to be part of this incredible collaboration. But even more than that, it makes my heart so incredibly happy to be able to work with families who might not otherwise have access to or feel comfortable booking a professional session.   Continue reading Spectrum Inspired – capturing the spirit of children with autism

Life in 52 – Project 52 – Week 14 – Grow

One thing I do to continue to keep learning and growing as a photographer is a Project 52. It’s also a way for me to document my family, see my environment in a new way and try new techniques before client sessions.  The premise is simple – a moderator selects a prompt for the week and members of our group post their best photos from the week. At the end of the week, the moderator selects the best of the best for feature in a blog post. One of the things I love most about the project is seeing how others interpret and execute the theme.  Each week I continue to be blown away and inspired by the artistry and creativity that is shared.  Continue reading Life in 52 – Project 52 – Week 14 – Grow

FLASH SALE extended to April 15, 2016

Since I got knocked out of commission by the flu this week, I’m extending the Mama & Me Flash Sale another week.  I’ve already booked a couple of sessions, but I do have room for 3-4 more at the max.  A $100 retainer locks in your package and you have all of the rest of 2016 to schedule your session.

jamie cramble photography mama and me 1

Custom gift certificates are available and would be a PERFECT Mother’s Day gift.  Too often mamas are behind the camera documenting family moments.  Here’s your chance to gift her a session to get her IN those family moments.

Treat yourself – mama & me flash sale

Here’s a little peek at the necklace that’s included with all the sessions in the flash sale running now until April 8, 2016.

It’s a wooden scrabble tile with a clear finish and beads to match the photo on a silver ball chain. I also include a keychain adapter so you can choose between wearing it close to your heart or dangling it from your favorite purse/clutch.

photo of custom photo necklace designed by jamie cramble photography
Check out the previous post for all the flash sale details.   Ready to buy your flash sale session? Email me at jamie@jamiecramble.com.

FLASH SALE until April 8, 2016

collage of three photos of mothers with the children in black and white

mini session + gift
up to 30 minutes on location
10-15 professionally edited images
print release
one 8×10 archival quality print
custom convertible photo necklace/keychain for mama

 full session + gift collection

up to 1 hour on location
25-30 professionally edited images
print release
archival quality prints: one 8×10, two 5×7, four 4×6
custom convertible photo necklace/keychain for mama

 lifestyle newborn OR Fresh 48 hospital session + mini maternity session
2 hour Fresh 48 or 3 hour lifestyle newborn session on location
40-45 professionally edited images
print release
custom convertible photo necklace/keychain for mama
up to 30 minute mini maternity session on location
10-15 professionally edited images
print release

Terms: MN state sales tax of 7.125% will be added to each session. A retainer of $100 is required to secure the sale price. Sessions can be booked anytime during 2016.  Custom gift certificates are available!

Only a limited number of sessions are available during this FLASH SALE.
Email me to get yours – jamie@jamiecramble.com!

serving families, children & newborns in the Twin Cities & Up North parts of Minnesota