This beautiful family joined me in the studio recently with baby Lylah. The kids were hilarious.. could not stop giggling at each other and I don't think they even knew why.
Lylah was a dreamy sleepy baby with a gorgeous little face and eyelashes! Her big brother and sister were so well behaved I let them eat my lollipops!
This session for me was great. I was relaxed and ready to experiment with posing light and shadows. The parents and kids were so chilled out with all my requests that I kinda just kept going making Mum and Dad's decision on culling photos really difficult! Sorry not sorry!
So anyone who follows my page knows I love a good black and white. I have modified my black and white action so many times over the years but I really think it's perfect now. Especially when a newborn is wrapped in the hands of their loved ones.. I don't know it just creates mood and emotion and makes your eye wander around the image in a different way to a coloured image.
In the passed few years I've learned a few things that really work for me and my style.
I love chopping heads off... sounds crazy but gone are the days when everyone posed looking at the camera with their hands in their lap (thank God) You'll find if you shoot cropped like this is focuses the attention on the baby and not the parents as much.. as important as they are it's the baby's newborn session and it's all about them.
There's a time and a place for negative space.
Okay so we can all see this is a particularly gorgeous looking family but with the bigger gaps in the children's ages I was excited to try new posing for families. I actually saw something similar to this on my friend's page Fox & feather. I knew this was the perfect time to try it. Sorry I didn't take a photo of their whole bodies to show exactly what I did here but Mum is sitting on my step, Dad is kneeling and so is big sister. No matter how a pose goes it's important to have everyone on the same focal plane and heads and hands touching.. this is a family.. they are close... don't be afraid to tell them to get closer and closer.
I always discuss with every customer prior to their arrival about what they like. This mum said she like neutral colours as her other children's newborn photos were very simple and neutral. I actually ask my customers to screen shot a couple of images that they like from my page.. this helps me at set up time so much... and I know they'll be happy. I then run through this with them again when they arrive and make sure they are happy with what I've set up. Many people comment on how excited they are after seeing everything set up when they walk in. You're creating a good impression right from the start!
If you follow me on my page www.facebook.com/bellarougephotography or instgram you'll know that I do love this pose. It's not easy to do though.
You must have a very confident Dad with big hands, a smaller baby, that's very asleep and even then you'll probably need a dummy to perfect that pose. My light is coming from the left to create those beautiful shadows across the baby and Dad's hands. The room is warm. I mean I'm sweating!!
* This pose shouldn't be attempted by amateur photographers.
This is always the first photo I take.. kids are usually shy at first but give it 5 minutes and they are pulling out all your blankets and props and spreading chips around the studio.
I'm not going to lie.. This is usually the hardest part of my day. Not this time. The younger the kids the harder it is. I bribe kids with lollies.. I'm not ashamed of that at all. Whatever works so that you can get the photo that the parents really really want. I've only not been able to do this once... but you've got to know when to call it off.
Anyway, alot of photographers do this pose on the bean bag but I'm short.. I could never get the right angles so I always do it on the floor on a flokati with a blanket under their heads (under the flokati) I tell them to be quite like little mice and stay really really still and tell them every 5 seconds they are doing a really good job. Sometimes a BOO! from behind the camera really helps to get a smile :D
Before you finish.. Even if you're stuffed. Take a photo of your precious little newborn waking up, yawning, stretching, looking up at the camera.. what ever they are doing.. These are often my faves of the whole session.
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Finally another blog post - I'm terrible at keeping the blog updated!
I had the pleasure of capturing this maternity session last week. Bonnie did make my job pretty easy. I've been trying to focus more on studio maternity sessions as I love the personal touch that I otherwise would not be able to capture in a park or at the beach, Also, there's not rescheduling needed for when the weather isn't being friendly.
Taking photographs like this didn't come easily for me. It's been years of photographing couples that gave me the confidence to make them come out their shells. It's so important to make people feel comfortable and welcome in your studio and I hope that's how people feel in mine. I try to treat every person like a friend. The truth is though that I do still get nervous before every session and I hope that never goes away. It makes me try really hard each time to capture the images that my customers are looking for.
Unfortunately, Bonnie is due the same week as me so I can't do her newborn session which devastates me!! I'd love to have newborn snuggles with their fresh bubby! Luckily I have some amazing photographers around me that I can trust to capture their precious moments.
I cannot express how much I love doing 6-12 month sessions. It's just the most wonderful stage that warms your heart completely. From the chubby rolls to the gorgeous smiles as they inquisitively look into the camera with just enough time for me to snap a photograph that draws you right into their eyes and your ovaries explode!
I like to recommend bringing your baby to the studio when they are sitting up and not yet walking. It's not imperative but certainly makes for a smooth session.
I have a selection of outfits and props to chose from or your can bring your own. Everyone also loves a good nudey bum photo!
If you didn't get newborn photographs do not fret because this is a beautiful time to capture your baby's cutest stage. Even if you did get newborn photos there is never enough professional photos you can have done in order to document this quick journey.
We all know, before you know it they will be all grown up however you will have these gorgeous photographs to cherish forever <3
I was very fortunate to capture these precious moments of Alexandra and her family when she was only a couple of weeks old. Her Mum has agreed to let me share these gorgeous images with you. This is generally what the final product looks like for a newborn session with Bella Rouge Photography.
The night before I spend about 1-2 hours setting up drops and props for the session. Depending on if it's a boy or girl and also on the conversations I have had with the parents as to what props they like and what colours will go with their home. I have a very extensive amount of props in my studio to use on the day so you don't need to bring a thing.
I like to start with sibling photos while the siblings are still a bit shy. I also do family photos at the start if the family already has children and photos of each parent with their new baby. I can do breast feeding photos too, you just have to ask me. Then I like to move into the newborn posing. Usually this is a great time for Mum to relax and watch her new baby rest beautifully in my many props and Dad takes the kids across to the park or out for lunch (sometimes Nan comes and pick up the big kids for a few hours too)
I have the heater blowing before you arrive and soft music playing as well as the sleep miracle - The baby shusher (I will show you when you come!! shhhh! shhhh!)
I usually do about 4-5 set ups depending on the baby, one on a rug, two in props and one of my beanbag (below) as well as Macro photography of all the baby's little features. It's really warm in my studio so I like to recommend parents dress in layers particularly in summer. My style is usually neutral with a bit of colour. I like dainty tie backs and soft bonnets. If baby is still sleepy at the end I like to get a black and white photo of Mum and/or Dad's hands holding baby.
So this is the final product after editing and a little brief on how a session usually goes. I spend about 5 hours editing each session and then order your prints and pick them up and package them up. I have gift surprises in my new packaging I am SO excited in giving out.
Your digital images in the bigger packages come on a wooden Bella Rouge Photography USB and in a Wooden box. The digital images come in colour and in black and white.
I try to encourage parents to go with the "Bella" and "Platinum" packages so they get enlargements or canvases. Too often with my old packages I ask parents if they got their newborn photos printed out and they say they haven't had the chance. So let me do it all for you! All my prints and canvases are printed in fine quality local labs that my editing is calibrated to suit for printing perfection.
I keep all edited images on a series of hard drives for your safe keeping. No matter what happens I aim to always have a copy of your photos here for you.
We had a gorgeous afternoon for Courtney and Tim's engagement session.
Courtney and Tim had their wedding booked with Bella Rouge photography but they won a complete wedding package at a bridal fair! LUCKY!
So they used their deposit towards some family photos and an engagement session.
I wish you both all the best for the future.
When I was in Toronto trying on bridesmaid dresses for my friend's wedding, I saw this pretty lady trying on her dress and she looked beautiful. I somehow worked up the courage to hand her my card... guess what? The next day she booked me!
I met Amy and Kerri a year or so ago when they came to the studio for their Newborn photography with little Meila, we kept in touch and I asked Amy and Kerri to be part of my photographic vision.
Unfortunately, in Australia despite the majority of its people supporting "Gay Marriage" (65% according to Fairfax media) Same-sex couples are prevented from marrying by the definition of marriage contained within the federal Marriage Act.
As a photographer I felt it was necessary to show my support by contributing to the vision that would normalise same sex relationships by seeing it on a regular basis reflecting it as genuine successful healthy relationships like any other.
Now, I could rave on about marriage equality but I'd prefer to talk more about this beautiful photo session.
Kerri gave birth to Meila with her partner Amy and isn't she the cutest little thing? I was so excited to hear that possibly sometime in the future Amy was going to birth their second child. Can you imagine sharing such an experience with your partner (a little jealous over here)
I searched through local dressmakers to find these gorgeous Dresses by Full circle vintage and somehow they fit perfectly. Their make up and hair was done by Black diamond artistry who even joined us for the shoot to help out! Flower crowns and flower bouquets were donated by the wonderful Cheryl at Rosehip Flowers (she's my favourite flower person ever)
The session was held at Lindeman's in the hunter valley and what a perfect afternoon it was. The sun beamed over the mountains to fall lightly on these two love birds and added perfect warmth to these images.
Thank you to everyone that contributed to this collaboration.