Tips!

Correct Finger Positioning by Katie O Hardy Photography

Photographing newborns takes years of practice. There are so many tips involved from soothing techniques to posing tips. Just in the last year I decided to only specialize in newborns and offer family sessions twice a year. I photograph 4-6 newborns a month and I am still learning new tricks.  Over the years, I have learned one tip that has helped me perfect my images and make my newborns look comfortable, natural and relaxed.

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Harnessing Natural Light By Casey McGaffick

I am a lifestyle photographer working out of Western, NY.  For the past five years my work in this area and my amazing, trusting clients have taken me into all kinds of weather conditions … and I love the challenge it brings as I work – getting creative with whatever available natural light!

A bright overcast day provides the ideal soft even light that many photographers crave but more often than not … the offer is harsh sun, dark rain clouds, or in this part of the country even snow!  Regardless of what you’re dealt, the potential to create beautiful dramatic images always remains.

The topic of utilizing natural light is vast and though reflectors and flash equipment can at times be useful, I like to travel light. Over years of experience, here are a few suggestions that can take an ordinary photograph into the range of stunning.

Using Harsh light to create drama 

This is most certainly turning lemons into lemonade.  Harsh light can be very unflattering and is a perfect opportunity to get creative!  In this picture below, I loved the door and wanted to use it as a backdrop, but the sun would have been right in my client’s eyes, so by having her look off to the side I was able to create a much more interesting image.

In the next image, we were shooting indoors so that my beautiful little client could get a few images while in her dress on what was a cold fall day.  The afternoon sun was streaming directly through the window and was creating strong shadows. Towards the end of our time together she rolled over tired and I took the opportunity to grab this image while she was facing away from the light.

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Newborn Posing Tips with Kimmy Howard

I am so honored to be writing for Insipre Me Baby!!  Newborn photography has been my passion since day one on my journey as a photographer.  Like a lot of photographers, my journey began when my first child was born.  I have always had a passion for art (drawing, painting, sculpture), but the only camera that I had owned up to that point was just a shoot/point camera, so photography was never something that I vested my interest.  As a new mommy, I wanted to capture my little girl and remember how tiny she was, all her little expressions, and her joyful little spirit.  One day I came upon a custom photographer’s work and was blown away.  The idea of custom photography was completely new to me.  It was at that moment, that I understood exactly what I wanted to do.  Soon after, I got my first DSLR camera (yes, I decided that I wanted to have a photography business even before owning a camera!).  I knew from the beginning that I wanted to photograph newborns.  After exploring all kinds of photography (families, children, weddings, seniors, engagement, babies, & newborns), I found that for me, nothing compared to newborn photography.  In the past year, I focused solely on newborns and opened up for family sessions in the spring and fall only.  I anticipate becoming even more exclusive to newborns in the future.  In my 3 years of doing photography as a business, I’ve learned so much along the way.  At the top of my list would be this: Newborn photography is NOT easy.

As I started out photographing newborns, I always wondered how those “seasoned pros” got the kind of shots they did.  I could hardly get a baby to sleep and I couldn’t imagine having the baby’s diaper off for more than 5 minutes!  As I thought about what I’d like to share with you all today, a few things came to my mind.

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5 Tips for Amazing Newborn Edits in Photoshop

Awesome newborn photo editing only requires a few easy steps in Photoshop.  Let the girls from Digital Darkroom Secrets show you how!

1.  After opening my newborn image in CS4, I run a curves layer by clicking on  Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves.  When the curves dialog box comes up, pull the middle of the line up to brighten the midtones of the image, paying attention to how it is affecting the skin.  You want to brighten and lighten the skin, but not too much.  I use the layer mask in the curves layer in the layers palette and a soft, black brush to “erase” the curves affect off of the background.  I want to keep the background a little darker.  Then I flatten.

2.  Next I use the clone stamp tool at about 40% opacity to remove blemishes, red spots, and flaky.

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Photographers Who Inspire | April Nienhuis

by Liz LaBianca
Please welcome Tulsa photographer, April Nienhuis.  In addition to her photography business, April is also a mentor at Clickin Moms, the Assistant Editor of the CMblog, and is available for custom mentoring sessions. April’s generosity and advice in this Photographers Who Inspire interview is great example of the resources available to Clickin Moms members.  If you’re not already a member, be sure to join today.

Who was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?
Andrea Murphy (www.amurphyphoto.com) is and was one of my biggest inspirations.  I second shoot weddings for her and not only is she a wonderful photographer but she’s also a fantastic business woman.  She’s always generous with her knowledge and encourages me in business.  Other photographers I love are Jerry Ghionis, Bobbi + Mike, Elizabeth Messina, pretty much all the photographers in CMpro, and so many others.

What was the hardest part of starting your own business? What do you wish you would have known?
Pricing.  I spent so much time stressing over pricing only to realize a year later that I was charging way too little.  I wish I had asked someone for guidance with my pricing and held off on business for another year or two so that I could better develop my skills.

Tell us about your favorite lens and why it is #1 in your camera bag over your other lenses.
The Canon 100L is my absolute favorite lens.  Not only is it a great macro lens but it’s also beautiful for portraits.  The quality, color, and contrast is superior to many of the other L lenses I’ve used.  It doesn’t get near the praise it deserves.

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