When I began photographing newborns, I spent endless hours soaking up every bit of information I could find on how to do it effectively. I learned and lived by the rules, which was an important first step in my journey. Rules certainly have their place, as they create a safe place to explore new territory and learn. Yet, as we grow, inching our way closer and closer to the boundaries of the rules that have been set, sometimes those very rules that shelter us can thwart our progress. At that point, it’s time to examine the rules, determining whether it makes sense to alter some of the rules, or even abandon them entirely. How and when is up to each individual person to decide.(…)
You have probably heard many times already that lifestyle newborn photography is THE new way to photograph newborns if you are a modern photographer.
Let’s face it: lifestyle is a trend, and as any new trend it might last… or not. And even if it lasts, it doesn’t mean that the market for other types of newborn photography will disappear. The variety of tastes and styles will remain!
So today I’m not here to explain why lifestyle newborn photography is the IT thing. I’m just trying to offer a new perspective, based on several years of practice, which might convince you to embrace this shooting style just because it feels right for YOU, and not because it’s what the cool girls are doing.
Let’s consider a few things you might not have heard yet about shooting newborns in a lifestyle way:(…)
Breaking into birth photography can be difficult. Birth is such an incredibly intimate experience, and when that first mom invites you into her birth space it is a wonderful feeling! But then you start to worry about whether or not you can even do this. Believe me, you can. That is a normal feeling and I’m not sure I know any birth photographer who stops getting those butterflies before a birth, no matter if they’ve documented 10 or 100.
I remember my very first birth clearly. My youngest was only three months old, and still nursing. I had just basic gear; a Nikon D5100 with a 35mm lens (and not even the good glass). I learned many lessons with my first birth, and I am so thankful it was for a friend.
I’m hoping my lessons learned will help someone just starting to document births.(…)
When I first started working with newborns, I was always worried about when would the baby fall asleep? How would I get them to sleep? What if they didn’t sleep at all?
Any photographer who has worked with newborns knows that having them asleep is ideal. Alert babies will flail their arms and legs and show you how strong they can be, they are less likely to curl up into a pose. The muscles in their eyes are not very strong or coordinated, which can result in crossed and rolled back eyes, and they cannot maintain focus on any object very long.(…)
You just had a baby, and whether you are inspired to pick-up that fancy camera for the first time or you are a seasoned pro, chances are you want to take a gazillion pictures of this new little soul who has just entered your world. Baby Bieser number four arrived this year and I know exactly how you feel. I also know that you are tired, overwhelmed, hormonal, and scatterbrained (at least I hope I am not the only one!).
I am here to help you out! Here is a list of 11 shots to get during baby’s first month of life. Check these off your list and you will be off to a great start documenting your new arrival.(…)
There is nothing quite like the first few months in the life of a new baby.
Getting to know this new little person in your life is an amazing thing, and if you’ve been through it before, you know just how fast it goes. They almost seem to change before your eyes. My goal in photographing these first few months is to be able to transport myself back, to almost be able to smell that new baby smell just by looking(…)
In March of 2013, a group of CM members who all live relatively near Mill Creek, WA (that’s just a little bit north of Seattle!) decided to meet up on a location scout. It was a gorgeous spring day at an amazing field nearby us all. We instantly clicked and felt friendships forming while we photographed the field and each other’s children. We knew we had to meet up again and soon.
The Photographers (from L-R): Brigette Rebol, Emi Halvorson, Lexie(…)
My Photography Journey by Jenni Jones
My journey really began after finishing business school in 2010 – I purchased a Nikon D90 to take with me while traveling (as a way to decorate my walls….because I was cheap). I owned Lightroom at the time and applied some lovely presets – therefore…I was an amazing photographer. LOL!
Towards the end of the year, a friend asked me to take maternity and newborn photos…it was at that moment I learned what being truly obsessed with(…)
Bringing a new baby into your family is one of life’s most amazing and wonderful moments! The newborn days are so precious, yet so fleeting. As photographers, we can appreciate how quickly these days go by and how important it is to capture all of the sweet details of our new babies, while they are still little. While some may opt to hire a professional to photograph their baby, some of us are excited at the prospect of capturing our(…)
Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, series for you to get to know the CMpros a little better! What better way to learn about them than to ask them what their favorite things are, photography related or not? Next up is Alicia Gould sharing what she loves!
alicia gould’s favorite things
1. Disney World. That place really IS magical. Seriously. I will never forget the utter joy of my children (and my husband and I)! We went(…)
I am not going to lie, I spend a ton of time preparing for a newborn session. My goal is to keep everything cohesive, so regardless of the images a client chooses to display in their home, they will all go well together – AND – everything will match the color palette of their home.
My preparation begins long before the session even starts – in fact, it starts with the first inquiry. When a potential client emails me, one of(…)
by Frayda Breitowitz
The content aware fill tool in Photoshop is a very sophisticated yet very simple to use tool that has saved me countless hours of time in post production. It was new to Photoshop CS5, so if you’re using CS5 or CS6 and you don’t already use it, prepare to be floored!
Like it’s name suggests, the content aware fill tool fills in a selected area using a complex algorithm of the pixels surrounding it to remove the unwanted area.(…)
by Alicia Gould
I still remember my first complimentary newborn session I did for my portfolio 5 years ago. I immediately fell in love and wanted to do more! I quickly learned that each baby was so different and each session had its own challenges. I noticed with this journey (newborn), more so than with the other areas of my work, there was such a steep learning curve. For every step forward I took, it felt like I took two back.(…)
by Amy Lucy Lockheart
I often refer to Clickin Moms as one giant family. It’s true! And families take pictures of one another. What better way to document a birth than to ask a fellow Clickin Mom to photograph the entire event. There have been a number of CM members who have photographed the births of fellow Clickin Moms members, myself included.
The birth of a child is an experience that you will never forget. Indeed, it is one of the most(…)
by Bree Franklin
Newborn photography has become hugely popular in the last few years. What we once only saw in the books of Anne Geddes has now become readily available for everyone everywhere. And with newborn photography becoming increasingly popular within the photographic community so come the questions from photographers. How do you keep them asleep? How do you pose them? And biggest of all – how do you edit them?
No fear fellow photographer! I am here to rescue you from(…)
by Frayda Breitowitz
Have you ever wondered how to get the nicely blended backgrounds in newborn prop images without having to position your subject 12 feet from your backdrop and shooting at f/1.2? Well, there are always 100 ways to do one thing in Adobe Photoshop, but this is how I blend backgrounds in post.
First, we’re going to blend the main line separating the backdrop from the floor.
1. Open the image in Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS6, but this should work(…)
We just love photography interviews here on the CMblog and today we have Kelly Brown here, a newborn photographer from Australia. Kelly has a gorgeous yet simple style with her newborn portraits and we are thrilled to have the chance to ask her a few questions!
an interview with kelly brown
by April Nienhuis
Hi, Kelly, and thank you for joining us here today! First of all, we’d love to hear a little about your story and where your love of photography comes(…)
Are you interested in photographing newborns? Are you a new parent wanting photographs of your sweet baby? Newborn safety is very important in photography and educating yourself, both as a photographer or a parent, is key. When you purchase our Newborn Safety PDF Bundle (for as little as $5) by newborn photographer Megan Squires, we’ll donate 100% of proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Included in the bundle is a 17 page PDF for photographers on keeping baby safe during their(…)
A warm, quiet room, the soft lullaby of a white noise machine, a beautiful baby that curls up into any position and sleeps soundly, and the stunning photographer who’s making this all happen. It’s every newborn photographers dream! But it doesn’t always happen, unfortunately. Sometimes we get those dream babies but (at least for me), more often than not, we have to work for it. And even if you do get the awesome sleeper, do you really want to spend more time than necessary on the session? Nope. No one wants to waste a new parents time; we want to get in and out of there and get the shots, too!(…)
by Megan Squires
“I really love those images with babies in baskets and props. Can we try to get some like that?”
When a parent comes into my studio and those are the first words out of their mouth, I know that they’ve spent time researching my website (and probably several other newborn photographer’s galleries as well) and have a clear vision for what they want out of their brand new baby’s session.
And I love that. I encourage it, actually. Though photography(…)