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Newborn Family MODEL CALL!

I am looking for couples in the Waterloo/Denver/Waverly, IA area with due dates during March or with a 1 to 3 week old baby for in-home lifestyle photo sessions. Sessions would be scheduled during March on weekday mornings. In exchange for a signed model release, families will receive 10 complimentary digital files.  Interested applicants please e-mail no later than March 4th.


More Lifestyle with Lena

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Last week I was able to go back to get a few more pictures of Miss Lena.  She is such a cutie and when she is awake she is constantly moving!  They had beautiful dramatic light in this room, so we had to play around with it.

Tips to help you capture Lifestyle Images

First, you are going to have to get over feeling awkward pulling out your camera in public!  This is really easy if you are using your phone, because everyone is snapping pictures on the go these days and the cameras on phones are getting better and better!  I prefer to use my big camera, just because I can’t stand to give up control over my settings and my phone takes terrible pictures indoors, but even for a quick shot with your phone, keep the following in mind and you will have images that tell a clearer story and have more personality.

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  1. Shoot wide – this just means, back up (or use a wide-angle lens) and include the setting in your photo.  This gives the viewer a sense of the place, the reason for the activity, or a reminder of a favorite location.  Make sure it is still clear to the viewer what the main subject is.
  2. Instead of shooting wide, include something in the image that is unique to the setting so that the viewer can make an inference about where you are.
  3. Capture your subject involved in an activity.  This could be crafting, reading, playing a sport, or laughing with a friend.  This will give the viewer a sense of who the subject is.boys face framed in bead maze toy
  4. Be patient.  Find a great vantage point and wait a few minutes to catch action, a decisive moment, or a strong emotion.  This could be turning a page, shooting a basket, laying the last piece of the puzzle in place, a belly laugh, or a look of determination.
  5. Capture details too.  These can either stand alone, or add to the story set up in your earlier images.  Think paint covered hands, art supplies or toys, an award won, or the final result of an activity.

Lifestyle Newborn with Lena

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I spent yesterday morning with my newest little niece taking pictures of her and her adoring parents!  This was the first time I have really focused on creating lifestyle/documentary style images with a newborn, and it is quite a bit different than a newborn portrait session.  Basically, I followed her around for a couple of hours, from the nursery, to the changing table, in the comfy nursing chair, chillin’ in the crib, and snuggled up with her parents.

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What I was capturing was a glimpse into their life with a newborn; how they interact with each other, how they spend their time, and what their home is like with a new little one in it.  I hope to get back over there to get some beautiful portrait style newborn images as well.  I’d better hurry, they grow so fast!




Snowy Scenes & Exposure Compensation

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If you’re in Iowa, you know that the last few weeks we have had some beautiful snowy days (followed by some really cold weather)! I wanted to share a tip with you that will help you capture that snowy landscape or fun images of your kiddos enjoying the white stuff. One problem with shooting a scene with so much white, is that the camera expects the elements in a scene to average out to grey. If it looks at your snowy scene with large amounts of white and a few bits of color, it is going to darken those bright areas to make the average tone grey unless you tell it to do differently.

How can you do that? Most SLR cameras and many point and shoot cameras have an exposure compensation button marked with a +/-,  that will allow you to override the exposure (brightness) that the camera has chosen if you are in an auto mode. A good practice is to set this to +1, see how it looks to you and adjust up or down accordingly. If you don’t have exposure compensation, see if you have a scene mode for beaches or snow (my little Olympus Tough has this). Experiment with this and let me know what you think!