#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, more for a motivated Momma 😉

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
They still need to be in a specific size, and color but willing to work with you on the color 🙂 OR if the sizing and color doesn’t work out for my closet, buy it from them and sell it back to them! Look up their buy back program.

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.

Below are all the beautiful gowns I have:

  1. Flowy blue

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2) White lace

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

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4) Mustard

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5) Nude, off the shoulder, jersey knit:

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6) Pairing of lace top and pale pink flowy skirt:

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7) Steel blue boho dress:
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8) Merlot (deep red) color bell sleeve gown with extended train:

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9) I also have this identical dress in hunter green color same, bell sleeve gown with extended train:

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10) I recently added this pretty white lace dress:

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11) I also recently added this pinky-peachy dress:

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12) ‘Miriam’ Ivory dress, I’ve only shot it inside so far, but can’t wait to shoot with it outside:

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13+14) These gowns below I’ve just purchased and will photograph as soon as they reach my studio! The below are not images: (the left is coming in grey, and right in navy blue)

 

#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

In the fall months I feel like I become a meteorologist. Always checking the weather, will it be cloudy, or sunny like we want?

What happens if it’s overcast? Well we don’t have that beautiful light 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!

I personally would like to reschedule. I think 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!

These following three images are all with overcast lighting:

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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 🙂