How Far I’ve Come – Studio Lighting

How Far I’ve Come – Studio Lighting

Introducing: Rachael Venema Photography How long have you been in the business? 5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This one was my first newborn session in 2012. I knew I loved newborns and wanted to photograph them. A friend let me practice and take some photos of her newborn son. I didn’t realize at that time how much I had to learn about newborn portrait photography. At the time, I thought these had turned out pretty good.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? I see so much that could be improved with this photo. The white balance is way off, so the baby looks blue as does the white backdrop. I should have shot at an aperture of F 2.8 instead of an F 4.0, so that the focus would go to the baby’s face and the backdrop would be less in focus. The posing could be so much better, and also the angle in which I took the photo. The lighting is coming from the wrong direction so it does not fall down the baby’s body as it should. My editing needs a bit of work, too. Baby’s skin should have been smoothed a bit, and the skin tone is way off. Can you tell us about this second picture? This newborn photo shows my most recent work in 2017. I’ve now learned studio lighting, so I can control the way my light flows. I also have mentored under another newborn photographer, so I have learned posing techniques...
How Far I’ve Come – Flat Lighting

How Far I’ve Come – Flat Lighting

Introducing: Elise Travis Photography How long have you been in the business? 2.5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? Oh goodness! This was one of the first newborns I worked with. She was such a sweet, sleepy baby, and I can remember thinking I had totally nailed her session – and this pose. I’m still not sure which pose I was going for! I had converted a part of my dining room into a makeshift studio, and with the help of my husband, built a newborn stand out of PVC. I was ready to take over the newborn photography world!   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Aside from the perfect, beautiful baby in this image, there isn’t a whole lot that is right about it! The lighting is flat and one dimensional. The best part of photographing a tiny newborn is capturing the little details of their face, all of which are lost in this image due to the flat lighting. The white balance and skin tone are all over the map, and I committed the sin of limb chopping! I’ve also learned that less is WAY more in terms of using props with newborns. Can you tell us about this second picture? This image was captured on a warm summer evening, just as the sun was beginning to set. This is still to-date one of my favorite images. There is something about the way the little boy is smiling so brightly from his eyes that really draws me into this...
How Far I’ve Come – Capturing the Moments

How Far I’ve Come – Capturing the Moments

Introducing: Jenn Floyd Photography How long have you been in the business? 3 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This young lady was a student at the school I worked for, and after I took the school portraits, her mom hired me for a session outside of school. She has a diagnoses of mild autism and has a will stronger than most adults I know. I was unaware of just how resistant a child could be. I knew at that point that I needed to step up my game to be successful when capturing the moments of a child.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? This image is a perfect example that some children cannot, and should not, be posed. I was still in the frame of mind that direct sunlight was my friend, and still learning the manual camera settings.   Can you tell us about this second picture? This is the same beautiful young lady. Her mom hires me every spring for pictures in the wildflowers. Mom mentioned that she would love to find some sunflowers one year, and this year I did. I have learned that she behaves much better without mom around, so, because mom trusts me, I asked to have her one afternoon and we drove an hour away to the sunflowers, after we stopped at a boutique to purchase the perfect outfits. Over the years, I have become one with my camera, and how to make the sun your friend! Mom said it was the...
How Far I’ve Come – A Better Brand

How Far I’ve Come – A Better Brand

Introducing: Lafotography How long have you been in the business? 5 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? This was my first attempt at Senior Reps two years ago. It was a very overcast and cold day. My girls chose their outfits and hair and makeup, and I was shooting with a Canon Rebel. I had done just a little research, and honestly, was flying by the seat of my pants.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? OH MY GOSH! That yellow hue – YUCK – My girls are very overexposed, out of focus, too yellow, and they blend into each other to much with the outfits. Nothing stands out! And my watermark…not so great! Can you tell us about this second picture? This picture was completely styled. I had both girls with a hair and makeup stylist using airbrush makeup for a flawless look. I teamed up with a boutique to have my girls in coordinating outfits, and I was in charge of this session from day ONE!   What is one of the biggest things that contributed to your growth as a Photographer? Upgrading my camera has allowed me more focus and better range of lighting. However, the main thing that has helped, is learning from other Photographers. I have finally (just this year) put myself out there for constructive criticism, asked questions, and INVESTED back into my business! I even have a better brand and watermark, too! Thank you for sharing, Lindsay! Beautiful improvement. Want to get published? Do you want...
How Far I’ve Come – The Challenge

How Far I’ve Come – The Challenge

Introducing: Tiny Bear Photography How long have you been in the business? 4 years. Can you tell us about this first picture? Well, I had honestly no idea what I was doing. He was four weeks old, and the room I formed into my studio was lime green (seriously). So, I had major color casting. He had a rash on his bum, so he was not in the mood to even be touched. I can’t blame him! I thought it was going to be easy, putting babies in baskets, and I was thinking when I first started how easy to pose them. I was wrong.   Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? Everything is wrong with this image. I shot up the nose! Oh my gosh! The hands are not correctly placed, and the basket wasn’t even weighed down! What was I thinking?! The light is way off, the focus is…well…over. There is too much shadow. And honestly that this photo is the only one out of the hour that I had with him that he was sleeping and not screaming. I didn’t even warm the area I photographed him in. FAIL! Can you tell us about this second picture? After I invested in so many workshops and 1:1 mentoring, I learned about lighting, safety, posing, and to not shoot up the nose! I also wasn’t scared of babies anymore. I know that sounds silly, but I literally thought that you can put a baby down to sleep and they just pose. But getting them to...
How Far I’ve Come – Boost in Confidence

How Far I’ve Come – Boost in Confidence

Introducing: Ashley Harrison Photography How long have you been in the business? About 2 years, but I’ve been “doing photography” since high school. Can you tell us about this first picture? Oh boy. This is one of the first newborn sessions I did, about 7 years ago. It was a family member, and I did it on top of a bed, utilizing a boppy, a blanket, and a bed sheet. I had no posing knowledge and really struggled to get her looking comfortable and relaxed. Now that you are more experienced, when you look at this first picture, what would you say is wrong with it? What isn’t wrong with this picture?! For starters, the focus was off! I also didn’t know how to use aperture to my advantage to give me some background blur to hide some of the wrinkles in the sheet. The lighting is flat, and I did very little editing in post processing. The baby doesn’t look comfortable, her face is poorly propped and her fingers and toes are squished. I didn’t know how to shoot at flattering angles, and the baby’s diaper draws my focus away from the subject. Can you tell us about this second picture? Compared to my first image, I think it’s obvious that I have come a long way since my early days! This was from one of my recent newborn sessions. I went into the session with a very clear plan in my mind of what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. It went flawlessly, and I was able to deliver a gorgeous...