This is a special bunch because they are all related to me. These are all the kids of my cousins and they wanted to do a very special session for my Aunt for Mother’s day. It was
a surprise for her so that made it fun!! It was a big bunch but they all did great. We even managed to get the group shot which was enlarged to a 20×30 print for her for the
special day!! love it!!
Every once in a while, I am blessed with a session that restores my true love for photography. Every session is important to me but sometimes I have those moments where I think “this is why I do this” This is why I love photography. It captures those moments in your life. This mama had an older son, Daniel and a one year old little girl named Erin. Shirley told me that she didn’t have many pictures of Erin and this was her first professional photo session! (unfortunately I didn’t know her when she was born! LOL) She had also told me ahead of time that Daniel, her older son, was Autistic and he may not cooperate with doing a session. After hearing this, it made me really want to give this mama pictures with her babies! She is so consumed with the care of both children, it has been hard for her to get pictures done.
I am very aware of autism and how hard it is sometimes to connect with them. I have learned that the MOST important thing is to relax and not try to FORCE anything. I immediately bonded with Daniel. There was NO “say cheese” , NO “posing”, NO “you have to look at my camera” and in turn, he did look at me! He laughed with me….he hugged me, I loved it! First, we started the session and he was very calm. I sat with him and just talked to him. He showed me his Nintendo DS and he let me take his pictures. I was so excited. After we did a few shots of him by himself….it was Erin’s turn. I even think Daniel was a little upset when I stopped taking his pictures! lol My attention had turned to erin…and he didn’t like that at first….but he was okay when I showed him some pictures on the back of my camera. Then we let them all sit together and got some family shots 🙂
Erin was so calm and sweet…. just a sweet gentle spirit. It’s like she knows what her mom has to handle and she just goes with the flow! She was just so gorgeous too!! I am in love with this entire session. Not because of the beautiful shots (even though I love them!) It is because of the amazing interaction of them together that she will have forever, and that fills my heart with joy!
Thank you Shirley for letting me be there to capture these memories for you and your babies!
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I have been wanting to do a blog about this for a long time! Every year, I try to go to at least one workshop to improve myself. Many people don’t understand
why. Since deciding a few years back that I wanted to specialize in Maternity and Newborn Photography, it has been a constant quest for knowledge. I am constantly reading books, forums, online training, etc. There is SO much that goes into this type of photography. It is not just knowing your camera and perfecting your photography skills. When I dove head first into it, I realized how much there was to learn! First there is the safety of the baby. That is most important. Then there is how to run the session, posing, soothing, lighting, getting it right in camera. Newborns are not just going to sit and pose for you. You have to know how to properly handle them and photograph them. I have always felt a tremendous responsibility to the parents that have chosen me to photograph their tiny newborn. These will be the baby’s first pictures. They will never be this tiny again and they will have these photographs to love and cherish always. I guess that is what makes me want to learn more and more. I want to give them the best. That being said, I feel that as good as you THINK you are…you can ALWAYS learn more. You may think that it is a lot to spend but if I pick up ONE thing that makes me better, it is always worth it!
I chose last year to go to The Newborn Experience Workshop with Melissa Wells (of Melissa Wells Photography) and Alli Peck (from Glo Portraits by Alli) hosted by Michelle Korte (of Michelle Korte Photography) I was drawn to this workshop for various reasons. One, I admired Alli’s Amazing maternity images. If you haven’t seen them…they are Incredible! I LOVE the simplistic, classic organic style of her work. Second, Melissa and her Incredible newborn posing and how her sessions are so beautiful. I have admired both of these ladies for a long time and drooled over all their images. Just to learn from them would be awesome! The other thing that drew me to the workshop was the use of studio lighting which I now use for Newborns. I wanted to learn more….
Meeting Michelle was also a bonus, she was so inviting, giving and shared so much with us. (Although I am Uber Jealous of her studio!!) She has worked hard to build up her business and she has done an amazing job. She shared so many hints and ideas with us! Love her too!
These are just iphone pics but take a look at her amazing studio that we spent 2 days learning, laughing and having a blast.
Anyways, I am so happy to be able to share this with anyone. If you get the opportunity to go to this workshop DO IT!! It was amazing and I have learned so
much from them. After the workshop, the learning continues with a private on-line forum for attendees. I have learned so much from the group!
I wanted to show some before and afters for you. No, I didn’t pick all my bad images to show a difference! The photos I selected are actually all pictures I LOVED. But what you will notice are the “little” tiny things that improved my images. I learned so much that I can’t tell you (you have to go!! he he) but the things I can tell you are that I learned to sloooooow down, simplify my sessions, and perfect the ones that I do get. Little things in a photo make ALL the difference. The posing of the hands, the angle of the picture that is taken, the smooth blankets, etc. make all the difference. Here are a few examples and you will find all the links to the workshop at the bottom!
The Newborn Experience Workshop: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewbornExperience
Melissa Wells Photography: http://www.melissawellsphotography.com/
Glo Portraits by Alli: http://www.glowportraitsbyalli.com
Michelle Korte Photography: http://www.michellekortephotography.com/
This was by far one of my favorite sessions ever. I just love ALL the images so much…Baby Jackson had the prettiest skin ever.
Although I am not big on using a ton of props, we had to incorporate a little FSU into the session. I was told Daddy was giving
the thumbs up in the background during that set up 🙂
Jackson’s Mommy and daddy live by the water and that was his nursery theme so we added the boat……