by Lisa Holloway
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(…)
by Lisa Holloway
Lock up your wallets because we’ve got a fun, and tempting, new 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(…)
by Jenni Jones
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,(…)
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(…)
by Beth Orey
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(…)
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(…)
What a great year 2012 was for Clickin Moms! There was the introduction of Click Magazine, the addition of several new CMteam members, new photography workshops added to the CMU line-up, tons of new products added to the CMstore, and many new photographers joined CMpro. Not only that, but we had numerous brilliant blog posts here on our photography blog. Today, we are sharing a recap of the top 12 viewed blog posts written in 2012!
top 12 from 2012
by Michael Kormos
Like many family portrait photographers, we started off capturing newborns with props, blankets, swaddles, and accessories galore. Sophie loved the excuse for late-night shopping sprees on Etsy, and browsing antique stores soon became a weekly family outing. However, as we started getting more and more newborn bookings, we realized that something was missing for us. We’re both go-with-the-flow personalities, and with the endless attention to styling and perfecting tiny details, they’d sadly become our least favorite sessions. We no longer felt that butterflies-in-our-tummies(…)
by Christina McGuire
I’m just gonna put it out there: 3-month-olds are blobs. Cute little blobs, but blobs nonetheless. I’m not a huge prop-junkie, so posing opportunities seemed limited to me at this age. As such, I persuaded my newborn clients to come back to me at 6 months instead, when their little ones hit the beloved “potted plant” stage (after babies can sit up but before they can crawl/walk/run away☺). But with my outdoor sessions still a few weeks away,(…)
by Lisa Tichané
When it comes to photographing newborns, my heart definitely goes to natural, unposed images. So I am always thrilled when a client contacts me for a newborn shoot and mentions that there will be siblings involved as capturing interaction and emotion is my absolute favorite thing.
But a session photographing a brand new big brother or sister comes with its own set of challenges so you need to be well prepared.
Here are some tips that really help me make(…)
So many of us struggle to find what makes us unique in a sea of photographers. What is “my” style? What do I bring to the experience that is unique and memorable? CMpro Jenny Cruger, recently did some similar soul searching in regards to newborn photography and is sharing her journey with us on the CM blog today.
Newborn Photography | Finding My Way
by Jenny Cruger
It’s really easy to lose your way, or never quite find your way, on this photography(…)
It’s hard to believe that we’re almost near the end of 2011 – this year has flown by! We have our final CMpro of the month for 2011 and it’s only fitting that it’s one of our brand new CMmentors, the talented and inspiring Leah Cook, who will help us make Clickin Moms even MORE amazing in 2012. The CMteam is thrilled to have Leah join us and she’s already made herself an invaluable member of our team. Can’t wait(…)
Happy Monday, everyone! This week is Newborn Safety Week in the photography community. There has been a lot of discussion and controversy recently over images depicting such things as babies in glass bowls. We’ve all had glass shatter on us inexplicably so, for many, seeing a tiny infant nestled in a glass bowl makes us gasp in fear rather than “Oooh and ahhh” over the cuteness. And that’s just one example. Some of these images may be composites……but sadly, many(…)
Who doesn’t love a great pullback shot? We ALL love them! When I stumbled about this post by Sara Seeton, one of our rockin’ Clickinmoms Pros I knew I had to put it up on the blog. Sara posted some pullbacks from a newborn session along with some SOOC and edited shots from the session - so fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Sara!
Newborn Session Images and Pullbacks
2. several layered blankets
3. portable background stand
4. bean bag
5. boppy pillow
6. bag ‘o goodies!(…)