signature session


Signature sessions include family, maternity or baby/child sessions. The session typically last about 1 hour and includes up to 5 participants. Sessions may take place at Molly's studio in NE Minneapolis or at an agreed upon location in Minneapolis or the surrounding suburbs.

All session fees include an email or phone consultation, Molly's time and talent, and a proofed online gallery of images followed by an in person order appointment 1-2 weeks after your session has taken place.

newborn session


Newborn sessions take place at Molly's NE Minneapolis studio within the first weeks of your baby's arrival. Newborn sessions typically are 3-4 hours in length to leave plenty of time for feeding and snuggling your little one.

The session fee includes an email or phone consultation, instructions for how to prepare your baby prior to the session, Molly's time and talent, and a proofed online gallery of images followed by an in person order appointment 1-2 weeks after your session has taken place. All newborn sessions include individual poses of baby as well as family and sibling combinations if desired.

*Prints, products and digital images are purchased separately and are not included in the session fee*

Art is the expression of those beauties and emotions that stir the human soul.

- Howard Pyle -

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Erin Molly is wonderful to work with! She was patient, flexible, and produced so many wonderful images of my twin newborns.

It is also great because she allows you to order photos that will come to you already printed and ready to display.... because lets be honest, who has time to get those printed with a newborn :)
Emily Molly is such a wonderful photographer and is a true delight to work with. We just finished our fourth session with Molly, and I'm consistently amazed with the images she is able to capture.

These images will be with our family for years to come and are so special to us.

Already looking forward to our next session!
jessica Hi! Just wanted to let you know our photo order arrived today. Everything looks FABULOUS!!! We appreciate the quick turnaround in particular.

It was great having you walk us through the products in person. I am glad you offer those because so often it's easy to tell yourself that you'll do things on your own through Shutterfly, etc. and then suddenly it's been 3 years and you still don't have that wedding canvas done (speaking from experience...).

Thanks again!!!
Karli Molly was an absolute pleasure to work with for our family portraits!

We are a family of seven, with five boys ranging in age from 2-10. She did an amazing job keeping them interested and captured many incredible images that we will treasure forever. They are simple, clean and beautifully realistic - just what we were hoping for.

Thank you Molly!
RHEANNA Thanks so much for such a great experience. I am so glad we were able to capture our family before and after our little one came. I really appreciated how you also made it fun for our 2 year old. You were so patient with him and he is still talking about "Molly take pictures".

The photos look amazing, especially the album we purchased. It was worth it to upgrade to the larger book and the quality is wonderful. The grandmas loved their little accordion books too. They make great little brag books.

Looking forward to seeing you again this fall.
HEATHER Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for doing such a wonderful job with our pictures! When we got our photos back it was truly heartwarming to see how you captured our little girl on film. You have such an incredible eye!

Your genuine personality comes out, not only when taking pictures, but when you took the time to help us decide what pictures to choose from with all the phenomenal shots!

I can not stop raving about you! Thank you for everything and we look forward to working with you again!

frequently asked questions

Eeek! What should I wear?
Keep it simple, I usually recommend keeping colors to a 3 color scheme. Nothing too busy, but feel free to wear layers, textures, and accessorize with jewelry, scarves, etc!

Do you have a studio?
Yes! My studio is in NE Minneapolis. It has beautiful exposed brick and hardwood floors. It is very easy to find and has free on street parking available. The address is: Suite # 205, 79 NE Thirteenth Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413

What if I need to reschedule?
I am a mom of three kids so I definitely understand that sickness creeps up on you. I ask for a 24 hour notice if you need to cancel your session, but we will definitely get you in at the next available opening. Session fees are transferable to another date, but non-refundable.

How long is my session? 
All sessions (with the exception of newborn sessions) are about an hour long. Some sessions go closer to 90 minutes, but from my experience, kids are usually done after about an hour and I have gotten more than I need in that amount of time. Newborn sessions are 2-4 hours long. Each baby is different and I make sure to leave lots of time for diaper changes, feeding and snuggling!

What happens after my session?
You can expect to see a sneak peek (with your permission) on facebook! This usually happens within a few days of your session. Once I have proofed your gallery we will set a date to meet at my NE Minneapolis studio for your in person order appointment. At your order appointment you will get to see a slideshow of all your images as well as see the products that Molly Shields Photography offers. I will walk you through the different ways to order and explain any questions that may arise. You can expect to receive your products within 4-6 weeks.

Do I need to pay a deposit?
Your session retainer reserves your session time on my calendar. I do not take a deposit for your order, but all sessions have a $400 minimum purchase required. Your minimum order will be paid at the time of your order appointment which is generally 1-2 weeks after your session has taken place.

What kind of payment do you take?
Molly Shields Photography accepts cash, check or credit cards.