#maternitypropcloset · maternityphotography · photography · sunnysunset

My maternity prop closet

When you schedule a maternity session with me you get access to my maternity prop closet! So much easier than having to stress about what to wear for your maternity photo session, when I already have so many for you to choose from! We can often fit in two dress changes 😉 (Sometimes if it’s just momma and partner (no extra family) we can fit in 3 changes… sometimes if all the stars align, but only set your heart on two 🙂 )

If you dislike the dresses below, I would suggest you shop here:  https://www.sewtrendyaccessories.com/
and you can likely exchange it with me for a print credit. Ask me FIRST though! Here is my wishlist with them: https://www.sewtrendyaccessories.com/pages/wishlist?from_user_id=137004&list=1542777973
Most dresses from sew trendy I have in size small or medium depending on the TYPE of dress. Again ask me first if you are wanting to exchange it with me for print credit.
If color and size doesn’t work out for my prop closet, sew trendy has a buy buy back program.

Also check out their RTS dresses for deals:
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In order to photograph with me you need a maternity dress for maternity photos. YEP. I have standards. You’ve hired ME for my professional opinion, trust it. I DO know what looks best. If you are doing both the newborn and maternity sessions with me, in order to qualify for the discount, as per welcome package keep in mind you need to use the dresses below (or from my sew trendy wish list).

Below are all the beautiful gowns I have:

I just got this one in Moss and I can’t wait to photograph it:
Corbyn Gown

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  • Kiara gown in navy blue

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  • Angela dress in pale pink

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  • Vanna gown in blue20190510_0003 copy20190510_0023_2WEB20190510_0037 copy

 

  • Two tone baby blue, chiffon skirt

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  • White lace

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  • Black lace (same as white lace, but one size larger)

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  • Mustard

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  • Nude, off the shoulder, jersey knit
    • this one is for a petite frame.

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  • Pairing of lace top and pale pink chiffon skirt

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  • Steel blue boho dress

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  • Merlot (deep red) color bell sleeve gown with extended train

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  • Dark green (same as above but different color) color bell sleeve gown with extended train

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  • Boho white lace dress

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  • Miriam Ivory dress20181125_0443_1web20181125_0468web

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  • Krysten Gown in light grey

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#familyphotos · #newbornphotography · printingphotos · wheretoprintphotos

Where you print your photos DOES matter

I believe strongly in a professional quality photo. This will be especially important for skin tones, which many printers won’t do properly.

Printing is a fine art, and is very complicated. They have to align their printer to the exact paper and document colors. Please do not print at places like CVS, Walgreens, Target, Shutterfly, Costco etc. the colors come out VERY POORLY especially skin tones can look quite green/grey or very orange. Printers have a particular hard time printing in black and white they often come out green or pink instead of black and white, just something to watch out for.

If you don’t believe me? do your own research! Just look at all the samples when I googled this same topic.

Here is a sample image I found that displays exactly what I am speaking of. So please choose a professional PHOTO printer.

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I recommend using a professional printer. But the problem with that is many only deal with professional photographers! Lucky you that you can print through me and I will ensure that you don’t get orange or green prints (gross!). And if you do I will send them back, and I will deal with the company for you!

IF you do find a reputable professional lab and deals with the public (I don’t know one), I would use their color correction if you aren’t using myself. I suggest choosing it, if you are not happy they stand by their color correction and will should reprint if necessary. Definitely speak up if you feel they the color looks incorrect.

For all options I choose luster, or pearl, not glossy or matte. Pearl and luster are in between glossy and matte. Luster is industry standard, it renders skin tones correctly and still has that semi-gloss pop, but doesn’t show all your finger prints like glossy does. Glossy is typically reserved for high fashion images. Matte often with fine art gallery imagery.

Another note if you choose to print yourself, my camera is formatted as a 8 x 12 dimensions. So that means when you go to print an 8×10, there will be some cropping. You can print them other sizes of course, but just be aware of the ratios so you get the whole image and no cropping occurs (or it’s cropping you want to occur). In most printing software, when you print, click on the image, and move the crop to where and how you want it, it will default to the center, which will result in poor cropping. Make sure you click on each image and choose your crops, if you are choosing to print a smaller dimensions than the formatted image.

As my contract and policies says I only guarantee images printed through myself, because I know they have been printed properly.

If I can help further, with choosing where to print or how etc, please do let me know.

 

 

#familyphotos · overcastlighting · photography · sunnysunset

Overcast lighting vs sunny sunset

Sometimes I feel like I become a meteorologist. Always checking the weather, will it be cloudy, or sunny, or partly cloudy….. ??

I find the weather is typically reliable 24 hours ahead of time. Even 3 days ahead of time it is sort of reliable, but 24 hours I can typically make a call of if it will rain or not. It still can change when we are out there and if this is the case, oh well, as policies we will continue to make the best of it. But if we can predict, we will do the very best we can.

What happens if it’s overcast? Well we don’t have that beautiful SUNlight for our images. Does it matter, YES I think so. But if you as a client choose to go through with your session anyway, then that is your choice. I just want you to make an educated decision!

Please note I am NOT in control of the weather. If you want sun for your images, then we might have to reschedule a couple times to get it so. But I am willing to work with overcast lighting too. But if your schedule is more important than finding the right day, and you are not willing to schedule around the sun, then we will likely have to shoot in whatever mother nature gives us. Unless it’s full out raining, I won’t shoot in the rain… I won’t get my camera equipment wet.

Often people prefer the images with sun in them are far more appealing than the ones without. I like giving you the very best, and my personal opinion of the best is SUN! I think the proof is in the pudding so to speak, here are some examples. Taken at the SAME location, with the same subjects. Just on a overcast day and a sunny sunset.

On an overcast day there are no shadows, no directional light, it’s flat lighting. The lighting is diffused and comes from everywhere. Look at the children’s eyes, and below to eyes… notice something? They have slight bags under their eyes in the overcast images that they don’t really have in the sunny/directional light images. Because the light is coming from all over, filling in all the crevasses, so if it’s doing that to children, how much older is it going to make you look? Food for thought!

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The following three are with sunny, you can likely tell, but just in case you can’t:

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What a HUGE difference don’t you think? The ones with sun have so much more pop and personality!

There is an in between, partly cloudy! So that there is light, less clouds more sky, enough to almost act like a sunny day. There has to be enough light that is casts a shadow so we can have strong directional light, so I can still get some images with light! If this is the case I will move up our session by 15-20 minutes if it’s going to be partly cloudy, because the sun will go behind the clouds earlier in this case. The risk with partly cloudy is that it can become completely cloudy, so we just have to watch the forecast, and watch the sky too.

Actually you like the overcast images better? Sure why not! These are your images, that will act as your memories. I just want to ensure you’ve made an educated decision. If you prefer overcast day, I’m always rescheduling due to overcast, so I can easily schedule on one of them 😉

Questions? Ask 🙂