Newborn love, props, and shots!

Another new experience for me was a little baby that came my way!  I do a lot of kids…but they are usually around a year old and up!  It has felt like such a long time since my 2 1/2 year old has been a baby.  I know how to work the toddlers now…. what works and what doesn’t.  And for the most part, if a toddler doesn’t want their picture taken, its not gonna happen if you force them!  This is one of the many reasons that I love shooting outdoors, because then they can just be a kid and I can follow them around and have them smile all on their own!  I went to the couples house because I feel that with a newborn they are more comfortable in their own environment and I know how hard it is to get everything ready, and get out of the house for picture day!  Although it is a lot of stuff to bring to them, it is just me, not bottles, toys, pacifiers, diapers, outfits, spit up rags, etc.  🙂  I have always gone to location but I found a newborn inside a little more difficult.  Going to a location I  have never been I don’t know the lighting or set up.  Natural light is key and this was a little difficult because we needed more space so we set up in the basement.  Overall it went well, but in the future I will do this in a studio that I am now renting from.  I will still always travel to location and try to accommodate in any way I can, but I also want to give the best results.  I was really excited about this little bed that I bought off etsy and got a little baby girl fever with all the fabrics and headbands and outfits, and just watching her with her mom and dad.  Newborns is something that I really want to have the opportunity to work on in the future.  Although she was amazing and slept for her all of her shots, I want to practice on my setup, and props, and poses for the future!  I am not really into posing babies into unnatural ways or using over the top props, so I am pleased with what we did.  We were able to capture them as a family, her in her daddy’s arms, her sleeping, and even with her dog!  I hope that I get to see them all again in the future!   ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Wedding Jitters!!!

Wedding jitters…. It wasn’t the bride or groom.. it was me! I have only assisted at one wedding and some great friends of mine asked me if I would come and photograph their special day. They wanted a small ceremony at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens with just their family and a few close friends. A simple ceremony, some pictures throughout the gardens, and a beautiful luncheon after. I said yes without hesitation because I was truly honored that they even asked me to do it! I was extremely nervous though. I am used to photographing kids, babies, families etc. If something were to ever go wrong, I could always redo it. With a wedding it is a one time, one moment, special occasion. What about is something went wrong with my camera? What if one of my lenses wouldn’t work? I started panicking. Then I had to push all of that aside and just went for it. I got there and checked out the beautiful gardens where they would be saying their vows. It was a cloudy day in October, a little chilly but it was too beautiful not to get married outside. I helped the bride get ready and then headed outside to my place. I waited for her father to bring her down the path and photographed the intimate ceremony between them. I then walked through the beautiful gardens with them and took some pictures that I later enlarged and printed on some canvases for them!! My favorite part of photographing anyone, but especially with a couple is to snap a picture of them, and then when they are not looking or paying attention snap again. I love getting the photographs where they are laughing and interacting and truly being who they are. If it were up to me… I would probably hide in the woods and capture pictures that way! I am a little shy and still getting used to telling people how to stand and what to do. I am learning how to handle all situations though and taking a lot from each experience!

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Baby Boy and Lots of Joy!!

This was my first adult/maternity shoot.  I wasn’t nervous because I had some ideas planned and a pretty spot, and a gorgeous couple!  I was really excited to capture the excitement and happiness of a an upcoming new life!  It made me remember my own pregnancy and all the things that come along with it!  I am very used to candid shots, and also just chasing kids around.  This was a new challenge for me.  I had to plan every picture, every pose, and tell them what to do.  Kara is 7 months pregnant and looked gorgeous so that was easy!!  Frank was amazing.  He would touch her belly, or look down at it, and hold her hand.  I was very impressed that he came and was into the shoot.  They were so cute!  You could tell they were nervous and I would say, ok its time to get a little intimate.  :-  My favorite shot is the one of just her belly with the bow and his hands.  This actually came out of a bad pic too!  Her eyes were closed and I had a previous shot that was similar so I wanted to try to make something else out of it… I could not have been happier with the result!  I am really happy with all the pictures and I know the couple is too!  I am so excited for them and she said she can’t wait to put the pics around their brand new apartment they just got together!  How exciting for them.  New apartment and even more a new life on the way!  I am going to their baby shower on sunday and am going to blow up some pics for part of their gift!!  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The First

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My First time touching and shooting with a DSLR Camera was helping a friend assist at a wedding of her friend.    She let me take the camera home a week before and play around with it.  I was instantly amazed and also felt like what the heck do I do with this.  I learned a little bit about it and went that day to help her!  I was sooo nervous, but she said I have seen your pictures with an iphone.  Just use that eye that you have and take some great shots.  I helped out in the church, photographing family members and other things that she could not concentrate on.  After the ceremony was over, I felt a sense of relief.  I was like….OK hopefully I didn’t miss anything and got what I needed.  Once we stepped outdoors, I felt like I could let loose.  I felt like I could get as creative as I want and just have fun!  I was not going to miss anything, or be forced to shoot something.  It is at that point why I never wanted to shoot a wedding.  Way to much responsibility!!!!  I love candid shots.  I like taking pictures when the subjects are not posing and just being themselves.  That is why I love photographing kids so much!  They are just a big ball of fun!  No worries, no stress, no pressure, just fun!