Baby Cadence had me at “hello” :)!!!
What newborn wouldn’t capture anyone’s heart instantaneously! But Cadence not only was the cutest, so peaceful and huggable – but also smiled a ton. I remember the first time she smiled, I snapped a quick photo, put my camera down and proceeded to admire her sincere happy face. Her mommy enjoyed my reaction and then reminded me gently “Keep shooting” – DUH! Of course. I hoped so bad that little Cadence would give us even more smiles and she sure did not disappoint!
Cadence was my first newborn to capture before the age of 10 days. And what a difference it made! She slept during the whole time with the exception of this one cold wipe that woke her up a little. Newborns and what feels to us normal temperature do not go together. I always warn my mommies and daddies – get the temperature up in the room to 85F at minimum. If we are sweating that means baby is comfortable!
And even when she was awake, she just looked at us with eyes full of curiosity, stayed still and let me pose her and take the most precious pictures of her. Key to each newborn session – if you are serious about capturing your little ones as newborns, do it in the first 10-15 days. I am a mom as well, and I understand how HARD it is to even think about this once your precious one is born – there is no time for anything, you are sleep deprived and your world was just turned upside down. Make the arrangements for the photo session before the baby is here, so that you have a peace of mind. And block off ~3 hours for the photographer to be in your home – a little one cannot be rushed – they need to have full bellies, be dry and happy!
Here are some more images of this adorable little girl, and let’s not forget the tiny details that pull it all together.
I just think your photos are amazing! I have been looking for a good family photographer for my whole family with quality and great prices! How far in advance do I need to book an appointment?
Also, I take a lot of my families portraits, would you be willing to give editing advice?
Thank you for the compliment. I try to work with my customers schedules and usually can accommodate a week notice as long as it’s not during peak seasons. My openings are mainly during the weekends and on some Fridays. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about specific availability, pricing, specials etc. I will be glad to help you.
As far as editing – I try to not overdo it. My style right now is on the light and bright side, I prefer my images crisp and clear. Usually I would start by cropping the picture and removing any distractions and imperfections. Then adjusting exposure,hues, brighten shadows. For color enhancements I normally play with the contrast, whites, blacks, vibrancy in some cases, almost never touch the saturation. Skin colors are a guiding light for me – if custom white balance was not used and the light was not spot on, usually skin colors can be on the grayish side. On every picture I also touch up only certain segments – maybe the sky came out too dull when in reality it was blue and soft and complementing perfectly the field in my memories… As a finishing touch I may add a spot light using filters in the picture to bring the attention to my subject, or/and vignetting.
The most important rule that impacts my approach to editing is the set up of the picture. Most of my sessions are early morning and during evenings when the light is most flattering. I take the extra second to adjust my clients shirt or address a pose causing a double chin for example because no editing can fix the issue as well as preventing it in first place.