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My hospital session includes a newborn session. The newborn session is typically before your baby is ten days old.  Lindsey and Stephen have settled into parenting newborn Ellie quite well. She eats. She sleeps. She uses quite a few diapers throughout the day and night. She cuddles. These are some of my favorites from the session. Enjoy!



Sleeping Ellie, she has this down!  …and she knows it!



So. Ellie’s Dad LOVES Ellie and Ellie’s Dad LOVES basketball. I have a feeling Ellie already knows that and she is just fine with it!


In her father’s arms…a shot I always get. I think she likes it!


Ahh…first time parents. Love their expressions here.


I have a feeling this is an expression they might see Ellie make for many years to come. It’s the “What do you mean I can’t have a puppy?” look. 


Peacefully sleeping.


A personal favorite from the session. That  dimple in her chin!

Ellie received this adorable book from Stephen’s mother, Ellie’s Grandmother.


I always try to capture all the details of a baby’s face. Actually, most of the details of their adorable little bodies. I like to create a collage for parents…it’s a wonderful keepsake.


One of the last shots of the session. Babies have a wonderful way of letting us know, that’s it! I’ve had enough. I love it when props used in an image are special keepsakes. The silver rattle was a gift from Ellie’s Grandmother, Leslie.




I have known Lindsey since she was born and when invited to a baby shower recently in honor of the birth of her first baby, I could think of nothing more fitting than to gift her with a Baby’s First Year package. I had just gotten home from shooting her sister, Kelsey’s wedding and the phone rang. Lindsey and Stephen were at the hospital. I arrived this morning. It is such a joy and honor to document this very special time. I only share my favorites. Congratulations to new parents, Lindsey and Stephen and Welcome Ellie!  xxoo





I arrive. Today, the nurses were a bit curious.


Kelsey stopped by the hospital in hopes that Lindsey might deliver before she and Craig leave for their honeymoon. I wonder if Ellie will cry like this?


Nope! This is the way Ellie cries!


The expectant parents. So cute! Ah, life will never be the same for these two. How exciting!


Family surrounds these two with love and support.


Soon to be a new mama. Oh my! I love this shot of Lindsey.




One last selfie before Ellie arrives.


These two are going to be wonderful parents!


The happy soon to be first time grandparents, Stephen’s parents.


Today is the day!


I think Stephen was getting a bit impatient.


This was the view from their hospital room. It was a beautiful Sunday on the day Ellie was born.


Soon to be first time Grandmothers, Mother-in-law and Mother taking care of Lindsey during labor. These two were so sweet and so much fun!


These two were so excited!  You can feel the LOVE.


Seeing the Ellie’s head for the first time was pure joy.


These two were Coaching Lindsey throughout the labor process…


I don’t think I have ever seen Leslie so excited.


With every birth there is always a bit of worry. Everything went perfectly, but I know two Grandmothers that were very happy and thankful when Ellie arrived.


Just after delivery, Lindsey got to meet her sweet little Ellie.


…and Leslie got to meet her sweet little Ellie, too!


A picture says a thousand words…


That special relationship between a father and daughter begins today. …as well as,  that special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. I can only imagine the fun Ellie will have!


I don’t think Leslie took her eyes off of Ellie for a second after her arrival. So sweet!


Just after birth. I love her already!


Probably on of my favorite shots of a birth session. For some reason, I always get the funniest faces.  Ellie did not disappoint. LOL. What they heck? Just born. Put me on a scale and then document it? Absolutely LOVE her expression.


Tamie, Ellie’s paternal grandmother is just as sweet as can be. She was so excited to meet her granddaughter.


Proud Daddy! Congratulations Stephen!


A close look after the general assessment. I’d say, she already LOVES her sweet little Ellie.


A family of three! How sweet is this?????


A First Kiss


Technology has certainly changed the way we celebrate with family that can’t be present during those special once in a life time moments. Kelsey joins in the welcoming of Ellie via FaceTime.


Happy Lindsey! Feeling blessed, I am sure.


I could do an entire series on the expressions of this new Grandmother. Let the fun begin! xxoo


The day after.  Always something I try to do after a birth session.  Their new reality is settling in and everyone is becoming more acclimated to each other.




Ellie chills in the hospital bassinet…



Grandparents. Nothing is sweeter.


Ellie is checking out her Granddad while he checks her out, too.


Day 2. I think Ellie has her parents wrapped, what do you think? I love her sweet little lips.


Feedings. Diapering. Napping. The new norm for this new family of 3!!!!


Did I mention napping?


Even more napping…


A personal favorite.


There is something quite cute about a crying baby…unless it is your crying baby, of course.


Another sweet kiss…

This happy family heads home tomorrow.  So happy to have had the opportunity to document this very special time in their lives.  I will see Ellie again at six months.  Can’t wait to see how she grows and changes.   What a blessing.  xxoo


A new baby girl. I had the pleasure of meeting Madeleine when her husband, Mike was deployed. They got married. They had a baby. Annabelle is a beautiful baby. Ten days old today. The perfect time to photograph a newborn. Hope to see her again once she is six months old. It is so much fun to watch babies grow and change. xxoo

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I love measuring the growth milestones of a child in silly ways. One way is to shoot your child using the exact same prop (this amazing sofa at my studio) to show just how much they have grown over a certain period of time. I like to photograph Babies at birth, on or before they are ten days old, six months and one year. I love watching my little clients grow and change over the years.



Such a sweetheart, even after a long night last night, they still LOVE her!


Checking out her Mama…


LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot. Ten days old and so alert. Ahhhh…that wonderful time. Everything is new. Everything is just about perfect. Can’t wait to see this relationship grow.


Another favorite shot from our session. New parents. I LOVE their sense of wonder and excitement.  Treasure this time.


This shot did not really go as planned, but I absolutely LOVE it. This is how Annabelle rolls. She yawns.  She stretches.  She shows  us those adorable toes and amazing lips. Thank you, sweet baby.


At every session, I do one or two shots just for me. Funny story about this driftwood basket. I got a text from my Richie saying he thought our ebay account had been hacked. “Some IDIOT bought a bunch of twigs for $30.00!” Yep, that would be me!!! I am still learning how to pose newborns. I hope I never feel like I have it all figured out, as it is so much fun trying to master my craft. Sweet shot of an adorable newborn sleeping…for about FIVE minutes!


I LOVE shooting birth sessions. I am always reminded of how fragile and perfectly beautiful  this amazing miracle is each and every time I shoot a session. Nothing is to be taken lightly. I arrive early and I stay late. I don’t want to miss a thing. I typically bring work to do just in case it is a long day and it gives me an excuse to stay behind the scenes and observe the happenings without really being noticed. Birth Sessions at Christ Hospital are my favorite because they have these amazing gluten free brownies in the cafe downstairs. I do need to avoid Christ Hospital for a while now, however.  As far as my birth sessions go, I do not share the session in it’s entirety as I think it is a very private and intimate session worthy of being a treasured moment for the family in which I am servicing. If they decide to share it, that is up to them. I do share some of my favorite shots and with captions, so here you go…

If you would like for me to do a birth session for you or someone you know, please contact my assistant, Cassie a  It is a very special session.  Hospital Birth Sessions come with an 8×8 book telling the birth story. Packages are customized to meet your individual needs.  xxoo



I love telling a story. A grandmother meets her granddaughter for the first time and in the back…a mother congratulates her “baby,” after she has given birth.


Cell Phones.  For a while I really did not like cell shots when I was trying the beautifully capture the story. Now.  I realize this is the story.  Sometimes.  Love it.  Proud grandfather capturing a proud grandmother.

Cell Phones. For a while I really did not like cell shots when I was trying to beautifully capture the story. Now. I realize this is the story. Sometimes. Love it. Proud grandfather capturing a proud grandmother.

Ahhhh...An Aunt and an Uncle.  How sweet is this?

Ahhhh…An Aunt and an Uncle meeting their brand new, just born niece for the very first time. How sweet is this? How LUCKY am I to capture stuff like this???? 

A First Look...another favorite from the session.  A father and his daughter begin that very special bond.

A Close Look…another favorite from the session. A father and his daughter begin that very special bond.


I wonder what he is thinking. I am thinking…remember this very moment. The years will pass by very quickly. Embrace and treasure each and every moment. Well. Almost each and every moment. There will be a few moments that won’t be what you signed up for, but overall, it’s a wonderful life.






I could do a series on the faces of newborns. Love their expressions.




It was very difficult to get even one shot of this adorable baby alone because everyone was so excited and patiently waiting their turn to hold her. I absolutely love her hair. I love her long fingers and her adorable feet. I love her cute lips and adorable nose. She is perfect.


A very happy grandfather!

A very happy grandfather!

One of my favorite shots of this session. A picture tells so much.  Looks to me like this grandmother is very relieved, and thankful that her granddaughter has arrived and her daughter is doing well.  Prayers have been answered.

One of my favorite shots of this session. A picture tells so much. Looks to me like this grandmother is very relieved, and thankful that her granddaughter has arrived and her daughter is doing well. Prayers have been answered.



So excited to launch the 2nd Kim Kruer Photography Cutest Baby Contest tonight! I love the excitement and buzz it creates. This year, I asked to photograph the babies myself rather than having everyone upload a picture of their adorable little one. It was so much fun! I am happy to say it went off without a hitch and everyone did splendidly. I knew the numbers would be down as it is so much easier to upload a picture than to make the trip to my studio in Montgomery, Ohio.  I so appreciate each and everyone of you that made the effort!  As a thank you, I will be sending you a special keepsake in the next few weeks. I wish everyone good luck and I can not wait to see who wins! Here are my favorite  pictures from last year’s winner. Miss Madison Faith!

Madison was itty bitty when she came into the studio for her first session. I realized rather quickly that I would need to see her again and again to get just the right pictures to create the adorable book she won as the Cutest Baby 2014. Each session was better than the last and we had so much fun! I hope to see Madison in the studio as she grows. xxoo WarmandSassyMadisonFaith-Edit KIM_5761-Edit-Edit-Edit KIM_5608-Edit-Edit-Edit KIM_5800-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit KIM_5783-Edit-Edit DSC_9533-Edit-2-Edit DSC_9502-Edit DSC_9808-Edit DSC_9565-Edit DSC_9556-Edit 001 DSC_7315-Edit DSC_7340-Edit DSC_7373-Edit

Oh my! Such a sweet family! What a lively session! Two adorable children.  Ella is 
very very busy and such a Little Miss Smarty at two years old. 
 We had such fun singing and playing. 
 Grant is six months old... such an adorable baby boy!

A Kiss

Oh, my! The JOYS of motherhood!!!!! LOVE!

Made in the USA. All American Baby.

Dads are so much fun to have in the studio.

Sweet Baby Boy!

A rest between shots.

Another Kiss

I love this shot. A quiet moment.

Another favorite…



Last year I had the pleasure of shooting Sally and adorable Harper.  This year, all of Sally’s Grandchildren were able to join in the fun!  It was a lively session with lots of action.  It is my hope with each session to capture kids just being kids. It was so much fun to see how much Harper has grown over the past year.  Last year she was new walker and today…well, let’s just say she keeps up with her cousins, just fine!


2 year old Harper…all she NEEDS for Christmas is a FisherPrice Camera and she is set to go!

Lolly Love!!!!

Such a sweetie!

Nana reading to the Grands!

Brother and Sister!

Such a sweetheart!

Documenting the birth of a new baby is something I have had on my professional bucket list for some time. I am happy to say, I can cross that off my list, only to add it to my MUST DO OFTEN LIST! It was incredible. This was my very first hospital session and I must say, I absolutely LOVED capturing such an intimate and very special moment in the lives of the Schmeing Family. I have been following Baby E, Elena since she was just a few weeks old. Now, she is a big sister at 21 months, welcoming Emma Renee. I created a slide show for the family to share with family and friends which will remain private. Here is a peek of the storytelling session. If you are not sure what a storytelling session is, please check my blog archives. Storytelling sessions are my absolute favorite sessions. It’s a way to capture life behind the scenes as it REALLY is/was and a priceless way to pass on the story in the years to come. Obviously, it is an on location shoot, the choice of color or black and white is the discretion of the photographer. Storytelling sessions come with the option of a book, a slideshow, and or prints. This is a very intimate, lovely genre of what I do, and I would love to share it with you! Oh! BTW, when I was waiting at the Hospital for Danny and Mel to arrive, someone asked me if I was there to shoot celebrities. My response was, “Of course!” You see, ALL of my clients are celebrities!

Arriving at the Hospital…the Big Day is finally here!

Checking in…LOVE this picture! Mel is an adorable Mama!
I wanted to make sure I captured just how ready she was to deliver!

Love this shot of Mel’s Family coming right around the corner on Birthday! So cute!

Mel’s Grandfather taking a first look…

Oh my! Elena aka…Baby E checking out her new baby sister!

Mel’s parents meet Emma for the first time. Love their expressions!

How lucky am I? I LOVE what I do!!!!

How sweet is this? Danny’s Mom holding Emma.

A first visit from the Baby Doc.

Oops! This shot is out of order. This is Mel, right before delivery. Isn’t she lovely?

I think E likes her…

A picture really is worth a 1000 words, isn’t it?

Telling the story…love seeing Mel’s Grandfather in the background of this shot. Not a perfectly exposed picture, but it is so much of the story.
A keeper, for sure…




One of my absolute favorite shots of the day. Look at Danny. So excited and happy. Mel’s Mom and E look on, Mel’s dad is busy messaging the news of Emma’s arrival.
Great storytelling shot, if I do say so, myself.




When I captured this shot, I could do nothing but smile. For the past 21 months I have struggled with the expressions of E and here we go again! Another adorable face… full of lots of expressions, I am sure!
How adorable is this new little darling?

When I saw this, I was amazed by how alert and wide eyed this new little person was just about an hour after being born. Wow! How cool is this?
I LOVE her sweet little pink face and that hair…all that hair!

Storytelling at it’s best, in my opinion. Meeting Baby Emma. Can you feel the LOVE?

Oh my. I can just see the adventure filled days for these two little girls.
E just has to be patient for Emma to catch up. It won’t be long…
Poor Danny and Mel…lol! Life will never be the same. In a good way.
A very good way. Two girls. Oh my!

I shared this picture on Facebook. Of course! A typical reaction to any girl at the thought of being weighed publicly, on Facebook, no less. A sign of the times…

Sleeping Emma

I would LOVE to know what E is thinking at this very moment…wouldn’t you?

This is Emma while being held by Danny’s Mom. So sweet. She is really checking her out, isn’t she?

Another great storytelling shot. In the hospital. Danny’s Dad is holding Emma. Danny’s Mom and Danny in the background.
I could have zoomed in on Danny’s Dad and Emma, but it’s the story I want, here.

Danny’s Dad holding Emma. HIs hands. Her yawn. LOVE.

Being a family photographer gives me the opportunity to really get to know my clients and share in the special moments in their lives.
It has been such a pleasure getting to know these two and such an honor to document Emma’s Birth.



I first met Emmie when she was just a few weeks old.  She has really grown the past six months.  I love shooting newborns before they are two weeks old and prefer to wait to shoot them again at around six months.  I find the three month sessions to be very challenging as most babies are pretty much stuck at the three month mark.  They just don’t seem to enjoy the session.  It’s a whole different story once they are six months old.  They are typically sitting quite well, some are trying to stand with assistance, their overall disposition is pretty predictable…they are either happy or miserable and have a wonderful way of letting us know that ENOUGH is ENOUGH.  AND…they are totally IN LOVE with their parents and the feeling is quite mutual.  I love these sessions.  I am so excited to share my new way of sharing a session.  Enjoy!

Sessions in the studio are always an option.  Sessions at a nearby park are always an option. But.  It’s always an option to have a session at  places that are more near and dear to your heart. I love to plan a session that will highlight a day in your life. The regular routines of your day. Your normal. Your now.  Your present perfect.  I call these sessions Storytelling.  I know life isn’t always as perfect as we would like.  Our homes are not always as tidy as we  would like. Children are not always picture perfect.  We are not always picture perfect.  But.  If you wait until the perfect moment, it might NEVER, EVER happen.  Perfect is NOW. NOW…is all we really have.

Sure.  I can give you what you think is perfect. But. I’d rather give you NOW.  P.S. This example is PERFECT 🙂 Xx00

Geez!  Do I wish I knew then, what I know now!  I would not have some of those interesting shots from JC Penney.  Oh well, there is always my future Grands!  Shooting babies is challenging, fun and very rewarding. It is  wonderful to be documenting such a precious time.   I love capturing the amazing joy, wonder and curiosity.   Brianna and I met at a photography workshop and I just loved her the instant we met.  Besides being a very talented photographer, Brianna is now a mama to seven week old Kenna Kay, affectionately named Baby K in the studio.  What a delight and honor it is to share in such a special time.  I want to thank Emily for mentoring to me during the last few baby shoots.   Amazing ideas are wonderful, but knowing just how to position and soothe the baby during the shoot is an art in itself. Each shoot is so different depending entirely on the baby.  This was a sleepy shoot!  So much fun!  I find it very beneficial to have an assistant at each and every baby shoot.  Hoping to shoot Baby K again in the near future. Enjoy!

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