Senior Session Tips from Janice Freeland Photography

Today we welcome Janice Freeland Photography to the blog!  Not only did she provide us with a well-coordinated and thoughtful senior session but she also gives us some great tips to think about before shooting your next senior session.  Thank you, Janice!



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Creating Your Studio Space

This is a guest blog post by Erin Potter, owner of Captures by Erin located in Fort Worth, Texas.  Thank you, Erin, for an exclusive look inside your immaculate studio!


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When creating an inviting space for your littlest clients, you should thoughtfully consider several factors.  Is it comfortable for mom and dad, soothing to the baby,  and practical for you as a photographer?  Size does not matter!  Utilizing those factors while making the most of the square footage you have is key!

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Photographing Your Own Family

If you’re new to photography and you’re wondering how to get started with photographing your own family/kids, then this post is exactly for you!  Brittany offers some great starter tips for photographing your kids right in your own home.  It’s easy, inexpensive, and looks bright, clean, and professional.  Those poor twins…three older sisters to fuss over them :)



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The 3 Most Important Newborn Photography Props You Will Buy

There is a lot of talk about newborn photography props! There are also a lot of props out there to choose from. However, you don’t hear as much talk about the props that you don’t necessarily see. That is what I’m going to talk to you about today. There are three important unseen newborn props that I bring to every session – backdrop stand, beanbag, and heater. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing one of these important props.

Backdrop Stand – You have LOTS of options when it comes to backdrop stands. You can also spend anywhere from $10 to $200. My personal opinion is you don’t need to spend a ton of money here, just get something that works for you. Here are a few ideas for backdrop stands.

  • Tri-fold Poster Board – Yes, a backdrop stand can be this simple and inexpensive. When I first started newborn photography, this is what I used for my first few sessions. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money and this worked perfectly!
  • PVC Pipe Box Stand – You can make these yourself or purchase one from Etsy (Shameless plug – I sell them on Etsy). This is my favorite thing to use as you can use it with a beanbag and have the backdrop fabric pulled nice and tight or you can remove the beanbag and have a basket set-up (see image).
  • Medal Stand – If a PVC made stand is not professional looking enough for you, then the other option is a medal stand. These come in lots of varieties and just about any of them will work. The one drawback to using a regular photography stand is that you have nowhere to pin the sides of your fabric to. This leads to wrinkled fabric and a little more post processing.

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Newborn Pullbacks and Tips with Michelle Thompson

My name is Michelle Thompson, I started my photography business on Jan 1st of 2011. When I started my business I had already known that I wanted to specialize in newborns so of course I had to beg all of my friends to let me take photos of their newborn. Now unlike some, I did A LOT of research on Newborn photography before I had my first session. I remember oogling over Keri Meyers’ beautifully perfected photos and wondering about all of the technical things such as which lens, natural light or studio light, what do you put under blankets, ISO settings?? And yes, I have no shame in admitting that I was even one to ask big photogs silly questions that they had been asked 14 times per day, we’ve all have been there right?

Welp ONE MONTH after I started my business I had my first Newborn session! Pictured below are two photos from my VERY FIRST NEWBORN SESSION. Original edits and all. Not too shabby right? Now I’m not going to sit here and say the WHOLE session looked like these two, (and sure his lips were a little mushed into the blanket) but I was pretty proud and I WAS HOOKED!

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