Inspiration of the Week

Mini-Shoot: An 8 Month Bundle of Cuteness from Liz LaBianca Photography

Some portrait photographers we feature have been in the business for years, while others, have only recently entered the profession. Often the latter group develop a passion for child photography and pursue it with great energy  — learning everything they can, from technical fundamentals and photography business skills to editing and everything in-between. Liz LaBianca is one of those participants in this broader community who has drawn inspiration and knowledge from others and who now returns the favor by openly sharing those kernels of knowledge that contribute to her success. That is the cycle I’ve seen time and time again and personally, find it so inspiring. Here is a session from Liz that really put a smile on my face. I hope it brightens your day as well. Please leave your feedback for Liz below!

 

 

Message from Liz:

This was a mini-shoot that lasted a mere 20 minutes – but produced images that melted my heart. I had hoped for that golden light of sunset – but unfortunately the clouds started to roll in around 3:00. I decided to change our location since the weather was a little dreary and I shot in two different open locations.  I was unsure how Baby Elise would be with me since I had met her the day before and I think my camera scared her.  So we got our set-up together before we got her out of the car. I  had my camera ready to shoot – mom quickly set her down and jumped out of the way. Well needless to say- she LOVED my camera this time.  I made sure to tell the mom to stand directly behind me to try and get Elise to look my direction. I find if you don’t tell the parent this – they tend to stand off to the side and you end up having a ton of images of the child looking anywhere but at the camera.

 

//  Liz LaBianca Photography  //

Inspire: 9 Month Old Portrait Session from Angie Healy

I am a huge fan of Angie’s work — crisp, vivid, and not overly processed. There is a complexity to her images that comes from the juxtaposition of soft skin tones against  rich textures such as golden velvet, elegant backgrounds or the coarse stone of a railroad track. Angie also really knows how to style her subjects in the studio or on location, so be sure to bookmark her blog for some ‘What to Wear‘ inspiration. Below she offers some valuable advice on photographing a 9 month old. As always, leave your feedback below!

 


From Angie Healy:
This session was such a fun session!
The little girl, Lily, reminded me of a happy little gerber baby, so adorable and squishy! We started in the studio, since it’s been an incredibly warm summer (and muggy) and then went out to one of my favorite locations nearby the studio. She was totally cool with sitting in the basket, basking in the summer evening warmth, with the sun setting behind her. It was just a beautiful evening!

A few tips for photographing this type of session:

– Take breaks when they need to, because it can go downhill fast if a 9 month old gets crabby and starts getting mad :)

– I love the awesome bokeh from my 50mm 1.4, but also love the versatility of my 24-70 2.8, so pack different lenses

– And of course, just have fun :) Don’t be afraid of jumping around like an idiot… it’s worth it! hahaha

Guest Blogger: The Tiny Light Foundation

This week’s guest post comes from one of the volunteer photographers at The Tiny Light Foundation, Samaria Kapcsos. The Tiny Light Foundation offers free professional photography sessions to families with children who have had a life-altering diagnosis. For more information about their inspiring work, or to submit an application visit www.thetinylight.com.

 

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished~  Michael Strassfeld

What does it mean to be a Tiny Light?  Though the title may conjure up an image of something small, minute, or little.  There is nothing miniscule about the strength of spirit, ability to inspire, or the depths of love each and every Tiny Lights possesses.

A Tiny Light, though often small in stature, is gigantic in heart, and enormously resilient.   Not the darkness of disease and  illness; nor  the differing of abilities can snuff the light inside these Tiny wonders, because just as the quote suggests, they give of themselves, and their light freely, never to be diminished.

A perfect example of the embodiment of what it means to be a Tiny Light is Kaden.  A handsome little man with an infectious grin, and a daredevil attitude, who lights up the room wherever he goes.

Kaden was born with Cerebral Palsy, and narrowing of the airway, making every breath a struggle and every movement difficult. But that doesn’t stop this little ball of energy from just being one of the kids with his 4 brothers and sisters, or from squealing with delight as his daddy playfully tosses him in the air.   Kaden has a zest for life like no other child I’ve ever met, and he exudes happiness, and love from every pore, lighting up the faces around him with beaming grins.

Written By Samaria Kapcsos of
Indi Claire Photography

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Inspiration of the Week // Silhouettes by Kimberlin Gray Photography

This submission by Kimberlin Gray Photography reminds you just how stunning silhouettes can be if done right.

From Kimberlin Gray Photography: If you like how emotive black and white photography can be, try experimenting with silhouettes!  The key to a great silhouette is to meter for the sky (so that your subject is underexposed) and pose your subjects so that their outline creates the drama.  Be careful that the bottom of their bodies don’t get lost – you might have to crouch down to get them more in line with the sky.  Don’t live near the beach?  No worries – you can still create silhouettes!  Just find a hill or high ground where you can be below your subject and their body is outlined by the sky behind them!

Then, don’t be afraid to experiment in post-processing to create an even more dramatic look.  You can change the white balance to make the sky warmer or cooler.  Sometimes the silhouette looks amazing with just shades of blue – other skies have gradients of the rainbow and you can get a saturated, colorful look. It’s all about playing with the blacks, saturation, and white balance to create the effect you want!

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Inspiration of the Week: Posing Senior Guys

In all of the features we’ve done since we started Inspire Me Baby, I don’t think we have EVER featured a senior boy session. For those of us who struggle with posing, here is some inspiration from Sara Welch Photography.

Sara shares some really great tips about posing senior boys below, so be sure to check them out! For me, posing ONE person is more difficult than posing a couple. Does anyone else feel the same way?

From Sara Welch Photography: Senior guys can be a little scary at first.  After all, how many different ways can you pose a guy?  I’ve found its actually easier than you think!

First, find out what they like.  What are their hobbies, interests, extra-curricular activities?  If there is something they are really in to, incorporate it into the shoot.  It really makes it more personal and fun for them.

Tell them to relax and just be themselves.  What I mean is, if I’m having him stand somewhere, I tell him where and ask him to just get comfortable.  Put his hands in his pockets, but naturally.  Some guys put them in the front pockets, some the back. Some just put their thumbs in, some the whole hand.   I think this is even more important for guys to keep them looking authentic.

For some guys, what works really well is to tell them to be very serious.  No, really serious.  Then wait for it and they will usually crack up laughing at you. Now careful, because there are those theatrical guys that will take that and give you utter stoic serious.  If you have one of these you can just cut to the chase and ask for the GQ vibe.  They’ll totally know what you mean!  Or ask them for their fake laugh and they’ll give it to you.  But usually the serious thing works wonders, and breaks some ice!

Keep them talking.  Talk about college, what’s going on at school, sports, their interests.  If they have a hobby you’re incorporating ask about how long they’ve done it, etc etc.

Here’s some go to ways to change up your posing:

  • Hands in pockets (front, back, just thumbs)
  • Arms folded and lean against wall (they will always love this because it accentuates their biceps!)
  • Arms propped on knees (vary it with arms folded, hands folded, arms crossed loosely)
  • Leaned back against ledge
  • Crouched in “catcher’s position (you can shoot this as a close up from above with a soft smile and they will be instantly dreamy!)

// By Sara Welch Photography //