Archive for May, 2019

Reese: {one year old}

May 30th, 2019

What are the most fun sessions to do??? Sitter sessions! Sitter is defined as between 6 months to 1 year – once they can sit up on their own but before they start walking. Sitters are the best because they are so interested in everything! Sitting up is a new skill they are proud of […]

 

What are the most fun sessions to do??? Sitter sessions! Sitter is defined as between 6 months to 1 year – once they can sit up on their own but before they start walking. Sitters are the best because they are so interested in everything! Sitting up is a new skill they are proud of so they are generally really happy and they can’t run away from me yet! Miss Reese is the babe of a very good friend of mine. A friend who always loves any photo I take of her children so she gave me free rein to put together any sets and outfits I wanted – that’s like giving a gift to a photographer! I felt so gitty! I put together sets I’d want to do if it was my own child, and I had so much fun. I had too many ideas!

One-year-old sessions generally start out really happy during their session but then like only 10 minutes later, they are over it. LOL! So we have to move fast! This kind of sessions rarely lasts longer than an hour so I always tell parents to prepare themselves to be over the top silly and sweaty. I NEVER have to go to the gym after doing a session this age and I often lose my voice. Lots of monkey sounds, dog calling (don’t judge me), singing, and jumping up and down just so we can get one smile. Miss Reese was no different! By the time we got to the cake smash session, we had 5 of us trying to entertain her like a bunch of monkeys but she was so focused on her cake that we didn’t even get one smile! The girl knows what she likes.

 

one year old girl in pink on antique doll bed

But even after all that monkey business, we got GREAT photos! I’m super excited with how they turned out. A lot of variety and outfits, and several different facial expressions. So if you bring your little one for a sitter session (which you should) bring their favorite toys, download their favorite songs, bring bubbles, treats (as long as they aren’t messy or are in the photos), and maybe a few extra people. 🙂 And I guarantee you we’ll get some super fun photos!

All backdrops and wood floors by Intuition Backgrounds
Ouftits by Cora and Violet
Wings and cream bucket by JD Vintage Props

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Aiden: {2 weeks new}

May 27th, 2019

Nothing makes me feel more warm-hearted than when a client comes back for repeat newborn photos with their next baby. There are literally thousands of photographers in my state that photograph newborns and who are very talented. It’s an honor for any client to choose me but to continue using me for future sessions is […]

 

Nothing makes me feel more warm-hearted than when a client comes back for repeat newborn photos with their next baby. There are literally thousands of photographers in my state that photograph newborns and who are very talented. It’s an honor for any client to choose me but to continue using me for future sessions is so great. This is the second baby I’ve photographed for this family, as well as doing a maternity session and a whole family session for their grandparents. Not only that, but these clients moved 40 minutes away from me (on a good day) and continue to make the drive. With that being said, they now feel more like friends – which is also the best!

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Mom requested navy and cream from Mr. Aiden’s session to match his nautical themed nursery. How cute, right? However, photographing dark colored backdrops can be significantly more tricky. I’ve never photographed a navy colored drop so I did some google and pinteresting and loved many photos I saw so I had to give it a try. The first issue I ran into was that the back of my camera was not displaying the color correctly. It’s hard to describe but it basically made the dark blue look overly saturated and bright. Photography 101 is to never trust the back of your screen. It can be very hard not to when things look wrong! But I have learned my lesson that my hand meter and manual color temperature are never wrong but my canon LCD screen always is – especially when photographing deep blue, reds, and hot pinks. Sure enough, when I downloaded the images to my computer, they looked spot on.

Baby boy  in navy blue and cream on bean bag backdrop in st paul studio

Another thing to watch for is that certain colors reflect onto newborn skin more which requires additional correcting in photoshop. These are often dark colors or rich colors such as dark blue, red, hot pink, and bright green. Even though I try to spend as little time as possible in photoshop, I still spend a significant amount of time editing newborn photos. My exposure, lighting, and coloring are generally spot on so it isn’t my image quality I’m correcting – it’s the baby’s skin! Newborn skin is THE WORST. Seriously! I spend on average of 20 minutes per photo editing out (what I call) cottage cheese skin, peeling skin, scratches, red blotches from birth, fur (sometimes), jaundice or skin that is unnaturally too red or purple, and then color reflections from backdrops. It’s quite the process. I get asked a lot how I get my newborn skin to look so creamy and perfect. The answer is that I use an amazing set of newborn photoshop actions purchased from Greater than Gatsby – both versions I and II. The upfront cost isn’t cheap but it’s truly a game changer for newborn photographers.

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Baby Kittens: {6 weeks new}

May 15th, 2019

We all have life bucket list items, right? Some of us dream about visiting a really cool place in the world or skydiving or maybe even going to the olympics. Well, one of mine for the last decade has been to do a newborn kitten photoshoot. I’ve talked about it over and over but just […]

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

We all have life bucket list items, right? Some of us dream about visiting a really cool place in the world or skydiving or maybe even going to the olympics. Well, one of mine for the last decade has been to do a newborn kitten photoshoot. I’ve talked about it over and over but just didn’t know where to find myself a group of adorable little furballs before they were old enough to be adopted out. That is until one of my very good friends started fostering for Secondhand Hounds. Knowing how much I’ve always wanted to do this, she contacted me as soon as she found out she was getting the little furballs and I literally felt like a kid on christmas day. There was an extra special bonus knowing that these photos could help bring awareness to these kittens, as well as the organization. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect or how it was going to go posing these little guys, and I have to say, I learned a lot for when I get my next opportunity.

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

Kittens are a little more active than newborns… so the first 45 minutes of our session was mainly action shots as we tried to wear the kittens out enough that they’d let me wrap them up. My friend, their foster mom, is such an amazing caregiver. These little guys showed up with their own pack in play they could go chill out in if they needed a break from stimulation, as well as a place that contained all their kitty litter from getting all over the studio. They also had all their favorite kitten toys, fresh food and water in their own bowls, and even a brush to comb their hair. You could tell how comfortable these little guys felt around her and her husband.

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

Even though these little guys were more active than newborns, they were certainly easier to photograph! But the sweetest part was every time I’d sit on the floor to arrange the set, one or both of the little guys would get up from where they were and crawl into my lap to snuggle and fall asleep. It was insanely adorable! If I didn’t have two cats already, I would have probably wanted to keep them. These two are both boys and it is always harder to find cute studio stuff for boys but I couldn’t help myself and had to capture at least one photo with a girlie headband on. Shhhh! The photos ended up being a combination of my ideas and my friends. It was her idea to shoot the kittens while standing on top of glass, which I have to say, ended up being some of my very favorite shots.

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot

I don’t necessarily have any advice for photographing kittens that is any different than newborns beyond having lots of toys ready that will exercise them so they wear out. So instead I want to talk about how important it is to adopt your kittens from a rescue society and to never purchase them from a pet store. There are too many animals that get euthanized every day because there aren’t enough humans to adopt them all. It’s heartbreaking. Adopting from a rescue shelter means that you helped save a furball’s life that may have otherwise been euthanized. The world is overpopulated with homeless pets and adopting means you have helped to control the population. You also are adopting an animal that has received excellent and loving care and one that was not mistreated or neglected because its sole purpose of being born was for someone to make money. There are numerous shelters around Minnesota. Some of my favorite things about Secondhand Hounds is that many of the animals they rescue came from other shelters where they were at risk for euthanization. Many are then placed into temporary foster homes so that they can experience a loving home. If you aren’t looking to adopt a new pet at this time, or foster, consider donating to this wonderful organization and help more beautiful animals find their forever homes!

 

Secondhand hounds newborn baby kittens photoshoot