Archive for the ‘Newborns’ Category

How to get the most of your maternity photoshoot.

November 18th, 2016

Pregnancy is an incredible time in your life, a Maternity photoshoot is a fantastic way to capture this. Here are a few things to consider to make your dream maternity photography shoot extra special. 1 Location. If you have a location that is very special, lets incorporate. This couple shared many special memories on the pier […]

 

Pregnancy is an incredible time in your life, a Maternity photoshoot is a fantastic way to capture this. Here are a few things to consider to make your dream maternity photography shoot extra special.

1 Location. If you have a location that is very special, lets incorporate. This couple shared many special memories on the pier at White Rock beach, so it was a must have location. It was very fitting that for all previous occasions, it was pouring rain and this day was no exception! They did a terrific job of huddling under the umbrella while I set up, then tossing the umbrella out of the frame as I took the photo. While the rain was not ideal, it gave some nice reflections and added to the memories.

2. Special clothing. Maybe you have an heirloom dress passed down generations, or your wedding veil, anything of importance. Escaping the rain back to this couples home for indoor photos, we creatively used part of her wedding Sari. First the belly shots then wrapped the sari around her for some beautiful backlight portraits of the stunning mom-to-be. 

 

3 Props and accessories can add interest to your photographs. This mom brought the flower crown. The flowers are removable, she added the flowers to a belt over her sweater to add cute definition to her belly bump.  The tulle skirt is in my wardrobe collection for photoshoots.  The skirt played up the romantic maternity photos.

4. An adventurous spirt goes a long way! This mom-to-be saw milk bath photos on Pinterest and mentioned it during our consultation. I was so excited to try! This talented mommy to-be made  the lace wrap for the bath photos. She has inspired me to make a few to keep on hand for future maternity shoots. We both love how they turned out. (Mom to be is wearing bottoms, they are edited out of the photograph and/or covered with the opaque milky water.)

 

Above all the consultation with your professional photographer is a great time to share ideas, and collaborate to make your custom maternity photoshoot memorable.

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Tips on what to look for in a Newborn Photographer

July 12th, 2015

Deciding on a newborn photographer can be difficult. There are many great ones, with different styles. You are best to start looking while you are still pregnant. This gives you an opportunity to have Maternity photographs as well, meeting and getting comfortable with your photographer ahead of time. Newborns are best photographed within the first […]

 

Deciding on a newborn photographer can be difficult. There are many great ones, with different styles. You are best to start looking while you are still pregnant. This gives you an opportunity to have Maternity photographs as well, meeting and getting comfortable with your photographer ahead of time. Newborns are best photographed within the first 10 days of birth. The newborns are accustomed to being curled up in the womb, therefore curl nicely into the adorable poses. Also, they are growing so quickly, they are usually very sleepy and are easier to get to sleep. Newborns can get baby acne, however it usually appears after the first 2 weeks of life. This adorable smiley guy was 6 days old. 

Ensure you ask the potential photographer about newborn safety. Hanging poses like the one below should be done by composite. Hands on baby, or baby just slightly touching the beanbag chair. (The baby is not actually suspended in the air, simply edited to look like it is)

Details! Baby’s have the most adorable dimpled little hands and feet,  be sure to capture all these little details before they grow. These type of photos also look great in photo albums.

Newborn photography is capturing a milestone in you and your baby’s life. Consider how you want to cherish these memories over the years. Ask your photographer about album, arcylic, canvas or fine art print options. If you would like a large prominent wall display, creative additions such as the hand painted backdrop or watercolour paint effect below add interest to a large print. Lots of people may tell you to get a CD or USB of the digital files. It is best to ask yourself what you will do with these files. If it is just to be able to share photos on social media, many photographers have options for this. You are paying a professional photographer to take beautiful artwork of your precious new child, I suggest having the photographer print the photos professionally as well. Photographers passionate about delivering high quality images have calibrated monitors, submitted test prints and know exactly how the photo’s colour contrast will turn out. Professional labs also have archival quality products with all albums, prints canvases lasting usually a minimum of 80 years.Print labs that do not cater to professionals will have vastly varying degrees of quality. Before I was professional, I had one of my prints printed at a reputable local lab. The contrast of the photos were so off, you could not tell the difference between my skin and dress in a black and white image!!! Yes, it was that bad!  I am now an absolute stickler about quality for my clients, searching for the best quality and price.  Prints last a lifetime, while digital formats change, degrade and fail quite regularly. I have a photograph that I recently restored of my mother when she was around 3 years old riding a horse with  my grandmother who is no longer with us. This is so precious to me and my children, especially since my youngest is around the age my mother was in the photo. This is what I want for my clients, for them to hand down incredible photos over generations!

I wish you luck in finding a photographer that suits your style and that you are comfortable with! And most of all enjoy this precious time with  your new little one. It is cliche, but they really do grow so fast. I can’t believe how time flies with kids!!