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Saturday morning I co-led a workshop through the Heritage Conservancy. We met at a local Conservancy property for a sunrise shoot. The morning was nothing shy of mystical and magical. As the sun rose and the fog lifted, three spirited horses galloped through the pasture.
To see this beautiful creature in black and white visit Monochromia for my Thursday post.
I recently did a newborn photo session with a baby that weighed over 11 pounds at birth. She was so precious. Below you’ll find a few images from the shoot. In addition to sharing photographs of the baby, I thought it might be useful to present a few tips on newborn photography.
1. Get to know baby. Hold baby, cuddle with baby and help the baby get comfortable with you. If you are anxious or nervous the baby will sense this.
2. Posing – To achieve the frog-like poses you often see, the baby should be between 5 and 10 days old. I like to wait until they are at least 5 days old so that the mother and baby have had time to bond and Mom is settled into the new routine of having a newborn. By about day five the baby too has acclimated to his/her new surroundings, although do not expect them to be on a schedule or predictable with their feeding/changing patterns. As you can see in my images I forewent the frog pose in this shoot. Even though the baby was only 8 days old, she was very big and not as “moldable/posable” as a smaller more flexible baby would have been. This is not a problem, you can still get a lot of cute poses and use props to capture the baby’s essence. Remember, you don’t have to use the scrunched up poses to capture the beauty of the baby. You can easily pose their hands and get completely different looks and moods within your images. Also, don’t forget to focus on babies unique features – fingers, toes, nose, ears, head – each one makes the baby unique and the parents will love having these precious little pieces of the love of their lives captured permanently. Also, remember that the baby doesn’t necessarily need to be moved and reposed all the time – you move; side to side, up and down, back and forth. It’s a work out but you’ll capture every inch of the little bundle of joy!
3. Time – Newborn shoots should take from 2 to 4 hours. As happened during this particular shoot, the baby needed to be fed twice and took a bit of time to settle after the first feeding. She also had to go potty several times and when babies are naked, you know what means! – My kids always think it is funny when I come home from a newborn shoot and tell them that the baby went to the bathroom on me. Needless to say, you don’t want to wear your Sunday best for a newborn shoot. And, be prepared with extra wraps and blankets to use in the event some are soiled during the shoot.
4. Flexibility – is crucial. I don’t mean the ability to be acrobatic, but to be patient and go with the flow of baby and baby’s needs. This is why you want to allow several hours for the shoot. You won’t be able to go from one pose to the next with prompt acuity. I like to have Mom stay near by too, just in case baby needs something or just to be another set of eyes in the event the baby decides to squirm.
5. Fragility – Newborns are fragile. Be very careful with them. Yes, they are moldable and posable, but they are also very delicate. Handle them gently and with great care.
6. Do your homework – There are plenty of Youtube videos out there on photographing newborns. Prior to attempting a newborn shoot, I recommend that you study newborn photography and watch some of the videos linked below.
Ana Brandt – I love all of her videos!
Of course there are more tutorials available, but I wanted to give you a start. If you go to Youtube and watch any of the videos I listed above, other recommendations will pop up on the right side of your screen.
Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to help. Enjoy the photos below of this little hunk of love!
This is by far the longest that I have ever gone without posting a blog. The good news is that my absence is for good reason.
I moved into my studio space today. I am beside myself with excitement and overwhelmed with the possibilities, as well as the logistics of settling into it. The space is beautiful and I hope to post photos soon.
For those of you interested in black and white photography, I did write a post on Monochromia for this Thursday. I encourage you to stop by and see it and please check in here soon for an update on the studio as well as more images from yours truly!
Oh yes, and a special thanks to all of my new followers as well as my long-term followers. I am grateful for your support and am thrilled to have you following me and my endeavors as a photographer. I hope I don’t disappoint and I welcome your comments whenever you visit. I will do my best to get to all of your blogs to catch up as soon as the dust settles here. Thanks for your patience.
All my best,
How many compositional rules can you identify here?
Digital photography has opened the door for many people to purchase a camera and call themselves a photographer. Some are enthusiasts or hobbyists, others amateurs making their way to become professionals, and others, true professionals. The question is which photographer is best for you and your needs? In this post I will outline some specific information you should evaluate before hiring a photographer to; do a family portrait session, take head shots, work with your children, or photograph your special event. Photographs can last a life-time if taken and printed properly so you want to be happy with your choice of photographer and their work. If you are unhappy with the final product, you will have wasted both time and money.
To begin your search for a photographer, collect names of photographers from friends and family members. Friends and family members can often direct you to photographers that they have worked with and have been satisfied with. If you can see the photographic work done for your friends and family, even better. From there, you need to be the judge of who will work best for your family and help you achieve your goals of hiring a photographer.
Once you have a collection of names, visit the websites of all photographers recommended to you. You will know at first glance if the photographer has attention to detail and has a style that you favor and that will work for your needs/desires from the photo session. When reviewing websites, here are a few things to keep your eye out for:
Once you have reviewed the websites, you need to narrow your selection down to a reasonable number of photographers to contact. Most photographers will have a contact page on their website. It is fine to email the photographer, but I encourage you to take the extra time to telephone them directly. Calling them will give you additional insight as to whether or not the photographer is someone you want to work with. Here are things to consider when speaking to the photographer you are considering:
Now that you know the photographers’ personalities, their skills, and their style you are ready to take the last step in finalizing your decision. The last consideration is going to be pricing. If you are working on a budget, and who isn’t these days, price must be a consideration. Below are a few considerations on pricing:
You have now done your homework and should be able to make a sound decision that you will be happy with for years to come. Enjoy your photographs!
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A small speckled visitor
Wearing a crimson cape
Brighter than a cherry
Smaller than a grape
A polka-dotted someone
Walking on my wall
A black-hooded lady
In a scarlet shawl.
~Joan Walsh Anglund
Oh ladybug, I wish you joy
As you complete your garden chores.
I’d like to put aside my work
And join you in the out-of-doors!
The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing….
A miniature orange kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, “The Little Buggers”