I wanted to share an article I wrote that was published on DPS today. It’s Newborn Photography with my LIFESTYLE twist! Yeeha!
I’m a city girl, but thought the “yeeha” was appropriate for some odd reason.
Anyhow, if you photograph babies or are about to have a baby and want to do a newborn shoot, you’ll wanna read this. Enjoy.
Animals and children are a lot alike. They can be shy, curious, excited and playful! They all have unique personalities. They all have a story. And they all need boundless love, warmth and companionship.
That’s why a pet owner’s veterinary choice is so important. You choose one whom you trust… one whose primary concern is getting your baby well from an illness or injury and helping them stay healthy. The staff at Bishop Ranch Veterinary and Urgent Care are all of these things!
In fact, my husband and I brought our little Henry there for many years until he passed away last year. We received enormous support there, beyond what we expected. So when Bishop Ranch contacted me about a photoshoot (not knowing I had been there before), I was elated.
It wasn’t my intent, by the way, for this blog post to sound like a client testimonial! haha. Raves naturally poured out when I had to think about what to write!
Anyhow, see for yourself. Below are a few images from last week’s Commercial Photography session. You can feel the pride in the staff and that there is care and love all around!
I have had this article topic in the works for probably 2 years! That’s taking procrastination to a whole new level! Oh boy.
Well, as they say, better late than never, right? ;) Hope this article (not the procrastination) will inspire someone. Happy shooting! ~annie
If you don’t read DPS (Digital Photography School), you should go check it out! It’s one of the top Go-To websites for photographers who want to keep learning!
My list of interesting locations where I’ve had client photoshoots continues! Click here to see Part 1.
[Some of these images have my old logo as the watermark. Sorry for the inconsistent branding in these 2 "Interesting Location" posts. I don't have the time to redo all of them with my new logo and thought you wouldn't mind too much. Thanks, guys!]
Train stations are great photography locations when you are with kids who love them. You can watch the trains go by….
…or walk on the tracks. (Just listen out and be careful, if it’s an active track.)
Tunnels have great light. You can shoot people inside for a silhouette or just outside the tunnel to light them up.
If that’s where your little one wants to hang out, then that’s where I’m gonna shoot!
Teams of Architects put a lot of thought into the design of school buildings and campuses, which make schools a great place to have a shoot!
It could be a small school…
…or a large university.
Ice Cream or Gelato Parlor
Be it a bookstore or an antique store, you can get unique images from the colors, textures and natural props.
Next time you are deciding on a shoot location, you may want to think beyond the typical ones.
Let me be clear. There is NOTHING WRONG with shooting in a place that is considered “common”. I love shooting in parks, gardens and client homes! My point is, don’t be afraid to mix it up once in awhile. Step out of the norm. Be adventurous.
You may find that you love it. I know I do!
I believe you can have an incredible shoot anywhere. What makes a successful shoot isn’t as much about being at a picturesque location as it is about having your subjects feel comfortable and relaxed….and of course, having great light.
Most of the time, I don’t choose an atypical location right away because I realize my clients will probably think I’m kidding or worse, think I’m crazy. Rather, my crazy/weird ideas usually come up during the shoot.
It usually happens when I spot “good light”. To me, it doesn’t matter where exactly that spot is because good light is good light! Maybe it’s in the little “island” in the middle of a busy city street (see first photo below).
If a client tells me they want to shoot in an atypical location, I would welcome it. In fact, I’d probably do one of those jumps where you clap your feet to the side. I have many talents!
Middle of the Street
What can I say?!! The light was perfect and cast a beautiful golden tone on her skin.
The next two images are examples that beautiful plots of land could be right next to where you park your car.
I stepped around broken glass by a dumpster to capture this shot.
My father-in-law (cute older gentleman below) probably thought I was nuts for stopping here for our 3-generation image.
Whether you are inside or outside, museums usually have beautiful architecture, sculptures and artwork that are beautiful backdrops for images.
[Note: Some museums don't allow photography inside, so you will want to check first before heading there.]
Whether you’re getting in the car…
…sitting inside the car…
…playing outside the car…
…or people are divided inside and outside the car, car images can be a pretty fun place to shoot!
Stay tuned for Part 2! (The list was too long to fit all in one post!)
What’s small AND luxurious?
My new product: The Mini Storybook!
It’s a handcrafted leather-bound book. It’s mini and cute, just like your little munchkins. It is professionally press-printed and is hinged for easy flipping. The Mini Storybook is cuter than a bunny!
5×5 of Deliciousness
These books come with 20 pages (total of 20 images), which makes it a perfect size to tell a short story.
The colors resemble photo paper, and the paper feels like a high-end magazine.
Each photo extends across the entire page — edge to edge — to maximize visibility of your beloved photos.
Covers come in genuine vintage leather or suede.
My favorite is this vintage leather (shown below) in the color “Aviator”.
Vintage leather colors (L to R): Charcoal, Camel, Saddle and Aviator
Suede colors (L to R): Rust, Burnt Orange, Cream, Olive Green and Midnight Blue
*More Info About The Mini Storybook*
This product is available for a limited time.
Currently, it is not offered a la carte. It is only available in an exclusive package for digital files. (Digital files are now stored on an eco-friendly bamboo flash drive, another new product for 2014!)
Please keep in mind that all photos will be cropped into a square dimension, 5×5″. Due to the tricky nature of a square design element, I will choose the best photos from your session for your storybook. If you have 1 to 3 favorites that you absolutely want to include (that can be cropped), let me know and I promise to do my best.
There is no draft to review; You will receive your custom-created storybook with the rest of your product package and know that it was all made with my care and love. <3
If you would like a book that contains images that are not cropped into a square shape OR want a book that contains more images OR prefer to have more input on image-selection, then you want The Book of Love. The Book of Love is a 10×10 Fine Art Book with super thick matte pages that do not bend. There is no gutter (a line in the middle of a spread) and thus, images can be printed up to 10×20 in size.
In comparison, the Mini Storybook is for telling short stories, like having a luxurious brag book, whereas The Book of Love is for telling longer stories, so you can enjoy more images from your shoot.
These limited-edition specialty frames are unique and chic!
The slightly distressed edges give them added character and enhance the distinctive shape. These beauties arrive fully-assembled and ready-to-hang. I know how hard you work. This is the least I could do!
[This Specialty Frame is a 12x12 Mia design in Antique White. I looooooove it!]
Check out these details:
~ There are 4 frame designs (named after my monkeys, of course) and 3 color choices.
~ The cost of the frame includes the professional print!
~ The print is mounted on a foam board to ensure it stays flat in the frame. Oh la la.
~ The necessary hardware — including black framing paper in the back, a metal wire, and rubber bumpers to protect your walls — will be installed. All you have to do is take it out of the box, unwrap, hang and enjoy!
~ Specialty frames come in sizes up to 16×20 and are perfect for baby, senior and family portraits.
Designs: (displayed left to right)
Ava (perfect circle), Mia (contemporary), Ian (classic edges) and Katy (sleek and modern)
Colors: All designs can come in Midnight, Chocolate and Antique White.
Sizes Available: 11×14, 12×12, 16×16 and 16×20 (For the Ava frame, sizes are 10×10 and 12×12.)
To order your Specialty Frame, simply email me with the image number, frame design, color and size.
I write articles for the pure pleasure of sharing knowledge. I love to teach. I love to write. I love to shoot. And writing articles for Digital Photography School (DPS) felt like an extension of blogging.
This week, I was added to DPS’ Authors page. It may not sound like much, but I am so excited about it!
Now, I have my own page on DPS where you can find all my articles in one place. You even get to see my very old (and pale — haha) mugshot instead of a DPS logo on all my articles.
[These are all screen grabs of the top section of the pages. To see the full list of authors or full list of my articles, click on the image.]
Being called an author makes things feel official after writing for so many years.
And get this: two of my articles were shared over 6000 times! WHAT?!! That’s just crazy.
I don’t want to be sappy and all, but… THANK YOU to everyone who reads my stuff. That is all. xoxo
I don’t know how it is already February (WHAT?!!), so I am a bit late in this… but it’s time to look back on 2013! I know I love oh-so-many images that it was hard to narrow them down, so luckily my Facebook readers voted on their favorites to come up with this list.
[If you haven't voted yet, hop on over to my Facebook business page, click on Photos, find the Favorites albums for 2013 and chime in!]
Below are the winners of the 2 categories as of today…
MOST DELICIOUS LIGHT OF 2013
To be considered for this category, I imagined how the image would be impacted had there been a different type of light. Most often, the light was one of the main elements in the imagery.
Tied for #7
FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2013
“Moments” can mean different things. It can mean a fleeting second captured or a special period of time. Or both. All of our lives, whether short or long, are made up of these moments. Some of them are from the simplest, smallest, everyday activities.
#1: Hip Hop Newborn
#2: Seeing Mom
#3: Rock Star Parents
Tied for #5
Laughing with a Mouthful of Food
Baby Giving His First Hug Ever
What do you do when you have an outdoor Lifestyle Photography session, but it is raining cats and dogs outside?
You can reschedule or….
Find your own sunshine!
The power of ASKING and the power of BEING NICE got together and made this happen…
Our very own floor of a historic building was opened just for us!
Later we migrated downstairs to have snacks, read books and hang out.
The F Family didn’t mind that it was raining. We changed locations last minute and made it work!
For them, their “sunshine” was having the family together.