1k Giveaway!!! {For Photographers}

First, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for being sooooooo supportive helping me educate aspiring photographers on the importance of Baby Safe practices. It is so awesome to see so many professionals joining the bandwagon in sharing their knowledge with others, that I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway to say THANK YOU! Here are the rules in how to enter.
** THE RULES**
FIRST ENTRY (required) – Leave a comment below!
SECOND ENTRY (required) – Please “like” the shops’ Facebook pages. Commenting is NOT required, but of course everyone likes a kind word :)
PLEASE NOTE: Facebook WILL block you if you “like” too many pages at once. There is not a magical number, it is never the same. Facebook will also block you if you comment too many times. Please take your time when “liking” pages. If you are blocked in any way this is not my fault.
BONUS ENTRY – Share giveaway on Facebook. Tag the Baby Safe Newborn Posing Guide Facebook page in your share and then come back here and comment that you have done so.
Don’t know how to tag? You MUST “like” a page before tagging. Start typing @Baby Safe Newborn Posing Guide and a drop box will come up, you should see our page and be able to click it…and you just tagged!
There will be one winner who will receive all the fun prizes below! The winner will be announced Wednesday, February 8th at 9:00PM (PST). The winner will receive an email from me, {michelle newell} with contact information to claim their products from the vendors listed below.

Let the fun begin!!!!

Newborn Posing Beanbag Facebook Page
Newborn Posing Beanbag Website 
The winner will be receiving two adorable products from Room to Grow!
Room to Grow Facebook Page 
The winner will get to pick one item from Bumble Kids’!
Bumble Kids Facebook Page
The winner will receive this adorable tie back headband!
lilian.grace facebook page
lilian.grace store

The winner will receive: Custom Newborn Sack Hat & Newborn Cocoon
Haff it Your Way Facebook Fan Page 
Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/haffityourway
 
The winner will receive 1 (one) PDF copy of the Baby Safe Newborn Posing Guide (click here for details)
Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide Facebook Page
Baby Safe Website
Special thanks to the vendors who have contributed products and have helped spread the word on the importance of teaching aspiring photographers Baby Safe Photography!
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FEATURE: Danielle Loxton ~ South Australia Newborn Photographer

I am excited to introduce to you another fabulous photographer who is joining the Baby Safe Photography Community of helping educate and inspire new photographers entering this crazy love we call Newborn Photography. Please give a warm welcome to Danille Loxton, owner and professional photographer of Words are Not Enough Photography.
I began my business a little over 2 years ago. When starting out I knew I wanted to be a sought after Newborn Photographer, this was to be my niche!
I have always loved children, babies in particular, and have 4 beautiful boys of my own. Combined with my love of photography from a young age and previous experiences with Photographic Studios and studies, I knew this was my calling.
My first newborn session was with a 4 week old baby boy and still today I love the images, simple images of baby in Mum’s arms and all curled up, no baskets or buckets and not hanging from trees, just natural and as beautiful as the little baby was himself.
It wasn’t until I attempted hats and props that my work didn’t look as flattering, I wondered why this was? This is when I decided I needed to do a workshop.

I absolutely loved the work of Kelly Ryden and Tracy Raver, but flying to America to participate in their workshop just was not feasible at the time, so I began to search for Australian photographers who had attended the workshop.
At the time, there really was not a lot of information on the Internet about how to do these poses safely and a mentor was even harder to find. I decided to find a photographer whose style I loved and would want for myself and asked if she would mind teaching me. Lana Bell accepted and before I knew it I was on a plane to meet with my amazing and lovely mentor!
It took a lot of work to get to where I am today, lots of money, a lot of patience and many many hours each week of learning and practice. Today, I am still learning and improving. Even though I have defined my own style, I like to push myself to go a little further beyond my last session.
This doesn’t necessarily mean trying out the latest pose or prop. I don’t jump on to the latest craze, I like to keep things a little bit more natural and simple. Instead, I work on perfecting what I already know, trying out new angles and crops and trying new ways of using natural light. I felt that if I focused all my energy into perfecting what I learned at the Little Posers Newborn Workshop, my dreams of being a sought after newborn photographer would come true and they did!
It’s not so much that I had a great camera, or that I did workshops, it is because I worked hard to perfect what I learned in those workshops and had enough business and marketing sense that I became successful.
When expecting parents make the decision to hire a professional photographer, the thought that their baby could be at risk may not even enter their minds, but it is a very real possibility!
With DSLR cameras being so affordable, it seems everyone is considering themselves a ‘professional’. There is a whole lot more that goes in to newborn photography that both parents and amateur photographers may not know. I have made the decision to educate as many people as I can on the safest ways to photograph newborns.
This way amateurs will hopefully hold off on the tricky poses until they have found a true professional to train them and parents will know when their baby may be in danger. I want it to be known that parents have the right to question any photographer if they feel at any time their baby’s safety may be compromised and that if a baby looks uncomfortable at all… It probably is!
Parents put so much trust in us as photographers, we need to ensure that they are as comfortable and at ease as the baby we are photographing!
When it comes to newborn photography, the safety of the baby is paramount! When posing a baby on a beanbag, I ensure it is a full sized posing beanbag, it is firm, baby is placed in the middle and a parent or spotter is along side incase baby were to lunge forward or roll. Even at just a few days of age this is possible.
If you are just starting out as a photographer, it is best to keep to these poses until you have been trained, but even still, it’s not as easy as it looks!
When setting up I ensure the studio is warm. Keeping baby warm is important for keeping them comfortable and asleep, but it is more important to not overheat them. I use a wheat bag under a protective blanket under baby and in winter I also use a fan heater with a temperature gage. I set it to around 22 degrees celcius, the warmth and quiet hum continue to sooth baby. I never face it directly onto the baby, keeping it around two feet away and rotating. In summer, sometimes there is no need to use either, on really hot days I will have the air conditioner on in the morning and turn it off about 20 minutes before my clients arrive so it isn’t too cold, but it’s just enough to stop the studio from getting stuffy and humid.
Once baby is undressed, he is wrapped in a cotton wrap and gently lulled to sleep by me. I always start off with the beanbag poses and work my way to the props.
When using baskets and buckets I ensure I have ankle weights in the bottom to weigh it down to prevent it from tipping, but I still always have Mum or Dad spotting to the side just in case baby were to lunge forwards.
 
website: http://www.wordsarenotenough.com.au
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wordsarenotenoughphotography
blog: http://www.wordsarenotenoughblog.com
Thank you Danielle for joining the Baby Safe Community! I am so excited to see so many Professional Photographers willing to open up and share their knowledge and education with aspiring photographers. I would like to continue to encourage all of you, that when in doubt regarding newborn posing, keep it simple, keep it safe. ~ Michelle
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Keep it Simple, Keep it Safe… {Seattle, WA Newborn Photographer}

With as popular and complicated as newborn photography has become, it has brought me to a place of re-evaluating my work and re-defining what I truly love from my sessions. There is a LOT of commotion these days regarding newborn photography on Forums, Websites, Blogs, Facebook Groups, etc. that it has caused me to want to run the other direction and completely change what I am doing. So, for the first time, in my 5-year career as a photographer, I pulled every single newborn portrait I had ever taken and began critically evaluating my work. What I quickly recognize was the images that I loved and drawn to from my portfolio were “simple.”

I quote “simple” because even these shots take patience and time to set up… However, they aren’t overly complicated with props or poses.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love props just as much as the next newborn photographer and drool over photographers such as Milk and Honey Photography and Baby As Art because they do it so well. Nor will I completely get rid of props… But what I have recognized in myself is that the images that I love, and stare at, and drool over (not literally :) ) are the images that are simple.

Keeping things simple also allow for complete safety. There aren’t any rickety props that I need to worry about… No difficult poses that need heavy post production etc… Keeping things simple also allows for more parental contact with their sweet little one and capturing precious moments.

This past month I have been working on a personal project with my newborn sessions… I have been working up new concepts for myself in creating more parental contact and simplifying my newborn sessions in EVERY aspect. I have been reminding myself constantly before each session to KEEP IT SIMPLE… And trust me, this is VERY difficult for me to do.

I write all of this to say, if you are new to newborn photography, PLEASE KNOW, you don’t have to use complicated posing and props to produce beautiful images. Capture the beauty of connection. The simplicity of details. The creation of love.

Most importantly: Keep it Simple… Keep it Safe.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo de Vinci

 

 

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FEATURE: Jessica Higgins Photography {Connecticut Newborn Photographer}

I love Facebook for many reasons… Not only is it one of the hottest social networks, but it has given me the opportunity to connect and meet soooooo many wonderful photographers from around the world, one of those photographers being Jessica Higgins of Jessica Higgins Photography. It excites me that SO many professional newborn photographers are jumping on the Baby Safe banwagon to help spread the word and help educate so many aspiring photographers.

Thank you, Jessica, for being one of those photographers!

Can I tell you how much I love my job? I love it so much that it seems funny to even call it a job. Since I was a child I have loved babies {the younger the better.} I loved my “Honey Baby” doll as a little girl and loved babysitting as a teenager. I remember being in high school, senior year I guess, and trying to decide what I wanted to do for the REST OF MY LIFE. First of all, why ask a teenager to decide what she wants to do for the rest of her life? At that age, you have no idea what you want to do tomorrow, never mind for your adult life. Well, I remember talking to my guidance counselor about my interests: children, photography (I was taking a high school class) and maybe something that had to do with helping people, like teaching. Can you guess what profession I chose? Yup! Teaching. I went off to college, graduated and taught for 13 years. Along the way I loved what I was doing, but missed being creative and missed those babies. Then I had my own babies and I guess that is where my photography journey started and has lead me to this wonderful “job” that I can’t imagine not doing. I love the opportunity to give parents images of their precious new babies and I love the time I get to spend with the little ones!

There are so many things that I wish I knew when I was getting started that would have made my journey a little easier.  Three years ago when I was first starting, I remember looking at the work of professionals such as Carrie Sandoval and Brittany Woodall–two of my favorites–and just being awe struck. I can remember thinking, “Gosh, so that is what a newborn photographer does. Okay, well, then I need to be able to do that.” So, I did some beanbag pictures, some prop pictures and some parent pictures. But, you know what? I wasn’t really “good” at any of it. I wish I had just started out with the beanbag and stuck with that and really mastered it. Instead of trying to do it all. The people I looked up to, who were doing it all, weren’t just getting started and that was the point I was missing at the time.

There are many things you can do with a beanbag that will result in beautiful images. I often wrap a baby in a piece of fabric or knit and tuck their hands up to their faces.

Lately, I have enjoyed playing with angles and shooting from new, unexpected perspectives.

For example, I love the image of Dad with his son cradled in his arms. It looks as though the baby is suspended in his dad’s arms when, in reality, Dad is sitting with the beanbag in front of him with his baby in his arms and yet fully supported by the beanbag. The image captures a loving moment and is done safely.

When I was starting, like many others, I was trying to define what I liked and my style. Funny thing for me was, I had good taste, I could pick out things that I liked and I also knew what I didn’t. However, I needed to really practice my craft and work on bettering myself to get the images in my head to work out. This is something that I still do everyday. I have several people that I go to when I need an honest opinion on what I have done. I would define my style as soft, organic and natural. I tend toward simple, rustic props and more subdued and soft colors.

A great way to improve is to find people who aren’t your friends and family to help you critique your work honestly. I really recommend finding a group or forum that you can join. There are so many. This is something that has really helped me to improve and continues to do so. Other than forums and groups there are so many great videos on YouTube that are tutorials on how to safely do some of the poses that you may be wondering about. Search “newborn photography posing” and you will find many great tutorials. Once you have exhausted the YouTube videos, sign up for a workshop or find someone who mentors. I have a mentor who has helped me with all sorts of things, from my lighting setup, to the angles to use and not use–like no shooting up the nose.

When I work with props like buckets or baskets I always put a weight in them if I don’t have the baby way down inside. Depending on the prop, I often have parents spot the baby. I have a pea pod that I love. The baby is up on top, so I have mom or dad spot the baby like in the pictures below. Then with the magic of editing I put them together and get the image that my clients are looking for. For me risking the baby is just not worth it. Parents look to us as professionals and even if they aren’t completely comfortable with it, many will let you do what you want which could lead to trouble if you aren’t careful. Once you get used to doing composites, they really aren’t difficult and don’t take too much extra time. I just always think how upset I would be if a baby got hurt and the extra work doesn’t seem so bad.

website: www.jessicahigginsphotography.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JessicaHigginsPhotographyCT

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FEATURE: Jennifer Wilcox Photography {Washington Newborn Photographer}

I am very excited to introduce our next Featured Photographer, Jennifer of Jennifer Wilcox Photography. She is a fellow Washington Newborn Photographer that I have had the privelege of getting to know over Facebook and am thankful for her passion to product beautiful and SAFE newborn portraits! How long have you been photographing Newborns?

Two years.  I started out specializing with newborns and haven’t looked back.  I LOVE being a niche photographer.  I feel like I am able to focus all of my attention and assets at becoming “the best” I can be at what I truly love.  Before I ever picked up my camera to photograph a newborn I spent several years learning how to use my camera proficiently, studying software and learning not only how to be a business owner, but deciding what kind of business I wanted to run.  I think too many times people rush in.  I decided to be the Turtle in the race against the Hare.  I feel confident that my choice to produce slow and steady growth would help me win my race.

How did you learn to pose newborns safely?

Three things: study, workshops and forums.  First I read and watched every single thing I could get my hands on.  TAOPAN makes an excellent online magazine that was very helpful.  I watched endless YouTube videos and purchased tons of educational material.  I swear, after these last four years that I have put into learning I could start my own photography library.  I have SHELVES of books!  I purchased Jodi Otte’s newborn book and CD and learned tons from her.  One day I would love to attend a workshop with her in person.  I have had the pleasure of attending a “Baby As Art” workshop and that has been huge for me.  Watching Carrie and Brittany slowly and patiently pose their tiny models was a major spring board for me.  I came home from that workshop with a new goal to pay better attention to the details.  Not only does paying attention to little fingers, toes, and ears lead to more beautiful portraits, it adds to the comfort of your little clients.  Being a member of forums like “Click’n Moms” and “Learn Shoot Inspire” has been very educational too.  Often times they have offered step by step tutorials on how to safely accomplish tricky composite poses.  Education and patience is the key.  I promised myself as I started down this path that I would never put a baby in harm’s way.  If I was uncomfortable with a pose I would not do it.  I am a firm believer that you cannot practice on your clients as a professional.  When I try something for the first time, I have had many wonderful friends volunteer their little newborns to be my tiny models.  Working with them I learned how to safely pose using new props.

Is photographing newborns as easy as it looks?

NO!!!  Putting all safety measures aside…it is exhausting work!  After every session I head to the shower, take an Advil (it’s hard work on my bad back) and weigh the pros and cons of taking a nap!!!  Maybe I’m biased because it is my niche, but I feel like newborn photography is the most complicated in the field of portraits.  You are responsible for the safety and well-being of a tiny little person that can’t speak up for itself.  If you are a cutting off the circulation in his arm he can’t tell you.  If you are rotating her arm uncomfortably she can’t say a word.  And most parents won’t say a word either.  They trust you as a professional to not only photograph their newborn perfectly but to keep them safe and comfortable.  There is so much responsibility!  There are several poses out there that are popular with parents that are not safe unless they are done as a composite or with lots of preparation and assistance.  You cannot let parents dictate the session.  Unless you are prepared to take that unsafe pose and break it down until you have found a way to accomplish it safely, possibly as a composite, you have to have the strength to say no.

What would be your suggestion / recommendation to aspiring newborn photographers wanting to enter the field?

First, don’t let yourself become a slave to peer pressure, either from the parents of your clients or your fellow photographers.  You know your capabilities and limits.  If you know you haven’t reached the level necessary to create a certain pose, own up to it and have some integrity.  For example I cannot for the life of me create a “baby in a sling” shot where the baby looks comfortable.  So I don’t offer it to clients yet.  I continue to practice it with my models, but when I have a parent specifically ask for that pose, I am honest and we work on other ideas.

Second, stay true to yourself.  I know a few photographers who only do bean bag poses with their newborn clients.  This is the style they love and have chosen for themselves.  I admire that.  In a field where it has become increasingly popular to do all sorts of crazy antics with a brand new baby these friends and fellow photographers stay safe and classic.

Third, love it!  There is so much work that goes into newborn photography.  Staying current and educated is so important.  Props should be carefully selected for style and safety.  Marketing to a very specific demographic when the market is saturated is stressful and difficult.  To put it plainly, being a newborn photographer is a lot of work and will cost you a pretty penny (especially if you lack self control and have a prop addiction like myself).  Make sure you LOVE it, that it fulfills you and that it makes you happy.

Fourth, seek education and mentoring positions with tried and true professionals.  I have noticed an increasing trend for photographers to start offering mentoring sessions and workshops after only having just hung up their own shingle.  This is disturbing to me.  It seems like everyone is throwing in their hat for a chance to make a dime.  Being taught by professionals is invaluable!  Carefully and thoughtfully choose who you approach to be your mentor.

As a final thought, let 2012 be a year of kindness and generous towards each other.  One thing I learned this past summer from my mentor, Jamie Schultz, is that you don’t have to be cut-throat in order to be successful.  My wish for all professional newborn photographers, including myself, is to help or continue to help educate aspiring newborn photographers on safe newborn practices.  Sometimes all someone needs is education and helpful advice to steer them towards a safer course.  We all want to be part of a healthy, thriving and enriching professional community.  So follow the golden rule, even with those that really are causing us to raise our hackles!

Below are some helpful tips on how I go about my newborn sessions:

I always start with my newborns on a bean bag. This is usually when my little clients are most cooperative. I pose them very slowly while they fall into a deep sleep. I always think that poses with props are what parents are really going to want. I think that those artistic images are more what we photographers love.

Almost always parents pick simple bean bag poses like these as their favorites.

Then I move on to props. I try to select props were baby can either lie on his tummy or on his back. Posing a baby in simple props like this is safe and simple. I have mom or dad sitting within arms reach of the baby at all times. I switched to using a 50 mm lens specifically so that I could be at arms reach of the baby at all times too.

I also really love buckets and baskets like this. I can pad in blankets in and around the baby to keep them snug as a bug.

Sometimes they can not keep their head just where I want them and I have Mom or Dad keep the baby’s head in position with a finger towards the back of the baby’s head so that it is easier to clone out.

Finally I capture images with Mom and Dad. These are my favorite. Mom and Dad make perfect props and can keep baby safe and sound at the same time. Plus I find that creativity for these kinds of shots is endless.

It has been a pleasure to share some little tidbits that might help you on your way.  Remember to find joy along the way and always be professional in every step of your path. ~ Jennifer

website: www.jenniferwilcoxphotography
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferWilcoxPhotograpahy

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FEATURE: Little Pieces Photography {Australia Newborn Photographer}

I am so pleased and excited to introduce our FIRST FEATURE with Baby Safe Photography! Kelly Brown first started photographing newborns 5 years ago and has a true passion for creating stunning images! Without further adieu, meet the creator of Little Pieces Photography!

I’m so glad there is more and more information getting out there about posing newborns safely.  When I first started photographing newborns 5yrs ago there wasn’t a lot information available – just amazing images on sites like flickr.  I researched as much as I could on the internet but knew I needed to attend a workshop to learn how it was done properly.  I attended my first newborn workshop just over 3yrs ago, and another one not long after that.  I now only photograph newborns and absolutely love it.

All of my sessions are done in my home studio (in Brisbane, Australia) where I have complete control over the environment.  I started out going to peoples homes but found lighting and controlling the temperature very hard at times.  I set the temperature in my studio to 28 degrees celsius (84 degrees ferinheite) and then turn it down as needed.  It’s important not to overheat babies as they can’t regulate their body temperature like adults.

I use a posing pod in my studio, it is quite firm and layered with blankets.  When my clients arrive I get them involved in choosing the colors they would like and ask them if there is anything in particular they would like from their session.  If I get a request for something I don’t feel comfortable with doing I will explain to them why and that the safety of their baby is more important.

A lot of my images are the result of cloning and composites, I would rather clone out a finger or put two images together in Photoshop then compromise the safety of a baby.

I don’t do many hanging shots as I believe I can offer my clients other images that aren’t as timely to set up and don’t involve any risk.  I also don’t offer the chin in hands pose during a session but if I get asked for it I explain to them how it is done and what a composite shot involves – I also tell them that if their baby becomes unsettled during it I wont push it and I will move onto something different.  Before posing the baby like this I make sure whoever is assisting me (dad’s are great helpers) knows exactly what they have to do.  Once I have posed their baby and moved back to take the shots it only take a few seconds and it is done.  Babies should never be left in this position for long periods.

When I’m putting a baby in a prop I always make sure they are completely settled and have a parent close by to spot them while they are in there.   And when shooting above a baby I never stand on an object in case I was to fall and I always have my camera strap around my neck.

Special thanks the Kelly for contributing to the importance of newborn safetly. Please take a few minutes and show Kelly some love by “liking” her Facebook page or checking out her website!

website: www.littlepiecesphotography.com.au
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Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide *** NOW RELEASED!!! ***

*** IT’s FINALLY AVAILABLE!!!! ***

I am SO EXCITED and PLEASED to announce that the Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guides are NOW AVAILABLE to PURCHASE!!!! It has been a long anticipated journey and I truly hope that these guides will help aspiring newborn photographers to grow in their skills as newborn photographers {safely}.

Now, for a LIMITED TIME ONLY we have dropped the price and will be offering the Newborn Guides at 20% OFF the current value. To purchase YOUR copy, please CLICK HERE to be directed to our store!!

To view details & content information on the guide, please click here or in the navigation bar under Baby Safe Guide.

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Your Questions Answered | Smooth Skin Tones

QUESTION:
Hey there, I am just getting into photography, and have had a few newborn shoots. I get some poses, sometimes haha, but when it comes to finishing them up in Photoshop, I can never make the skin look nice, soft and even tones. Help ??

ANSWER:
Many times when sweet little newborns come to sessions their skin tones are still evening out and may come flaky or with blotches. But not to fear, there are in camera tricks and editing tools that can help with this.

Prior to editing, here are a few in-camera tricks that I do that help create soft images.

1.) Shooting wide open (around f/2.8 – f/1.2) while keeping your focal point right on your subjects eye.

2.) Shoot at a slight angle, which creates a beautiful fall off from your focal point.

{the image above was has had zero Photoshop skin retouching done to it. the fall off and softening were done in-camera.}

Once an image is pulled into Photoshop that needs retouching, I use the healing brush to take away any flakes or discolorations on baby’s skin.

When it comes to smoothing out baby’s skin, I personally try to not go overboard on this as it can make baby look fake and too smooth. There are, however, lots of fantastic tools out there that are readily available to photographers (Google search: Skin Retouching and Smoothing for additional information). I recommend checking out the following sites for skin retouching:

Imagenomic – Portraiture Skin Smoothing 

Totally Rad Actions – Pro Retouch 

Portrait Professional 

You tube is also a FANTASTIC and FREE resource for learning how to create your own Photoshop skin smoothing actions.

You Tube Photoshop Tutorials 

For other helpful Photoshop tutorials, please visit the National Association of Photoshop Professionals website.

I hope this little tutorial helps you in creating soft beautiful images!

Happy Shooting!
michelle 

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Then & Now {A humble beginning for a Seattle Photographer}

I photographed my first newborn when my daughter was born in 2009. I had SO many great ideas for her arrival and had become obsessed with Baby As Art’s newborn photography. In my mind, I was going to ROCK her newborn session. I mean seriously, it’s a newborn… it couldn’t be THAT difficult, right?

OH – HOW – WRONG – I – WAS :)

I had NO CLUE what I was doing as a new mom, let alone as a newborn photographer. I knew baby needed to stay warm and that the best time to do a session was before she 14 days old… But other than that – not one clue.

Looking back through my daughter’s newborn pics was painful… Ugh – the lighting, the posing… everything… painful. Thankfully, I was able to capture ONE image that we cherish to this day… It’s not “perfect” by any means… but we love it.

Before I ventured into newborn photography I primarily shot weddings, which is another love of mine. About year later after my daughter was born I had photographed my third “official” newborn and finally felt like I had a “successful” newborn session that gave me the confidence and push into what has now become a passion of mine. 

Prior to this third newborn session I spent LOT of time, energy, and studying to prepare. I love being able to look back at where my skills first began with newborn photography to where it has come.

During those first few newborn sessions I walked away frustrated and disappointed at myself. Like Ira Glass said, I had good taste and knew what GOOD was, but what I was creating was a disappointment. However, I didn’t give up. I wrote down in my photography journal the Pro’s and Con’s from each session and how I could learn from my mistakes… And now, when I look back on my THEN and NOW… I am proud of myself. Proud of where what I have accomplished, yet still SO EAGER to continue to learn and perfect the areas of my skills that still need refining.

In two short days I will be releasing my first Newborn Posing Guide for aspiring newborn photographers. I am so excited to share from my experience to assist those wanting to venture into newborn photography!

If you are new to this industry and just plain ol’ frustrated, but have a passion for {new life}… let me give you one piece of advice: Don’t Give Up.

happy shooting!
michelle

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Welcome To Baby Safe Photography!

Welcome to Baby Safe Photography!

I am so excited to bring a NEW resource for aspiring and professional newborn & baby photographers!

With the influx and excitement surrounding newborn photography, there is also a high volume of unsafe practices taking place, which I feel needs to be addressed. My goal and desire with this site is to educate new and aspiring photographers on how absolutely important it is to practice Baby Safe techniques when handling anyones newborn or child.

I will also be featuring photographers who do an excellent job on practicing Baby Safe Photography! Stay tuned for some EXCITING and EDUCATIONAL posts!!!

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