6 Reasons why my newborn photography sessions are now held outdoor instead of in studio. | Mildura Newborn and Family Photographer
As I was sipping my coffee from Nash Lane for my Tuesday morning ritual, I had a lightbulb moment.
I was thinking about photography & my business, as I often do, of course. I thought about future sessions & what direction I wanted to head in, in regards to newborn sessions.
I knew that I loved capturing newborns. Their little wrinkles, long lashes & chubby cheeks make me goo and gaa for days. I felt so honoured to be able to see and snuggle brand new babies, sometimes before the most important people in the family's life had even met them.
Here are the main reasons I now only accept outdoor newborn sessions:
An element was missing.
Nature. Purity. I guess it made sense -after all, my business name is Purely Taken. My Art and imagery needs to reflect my passions, my soul
It looks amazing on your wall.
I want to create those perfect family portraits of you with your new squish in the most beautiful backdrop there is. - Pure nature! Why would I want to shoot onto a plain backdrop when I have miles of gorgeous sunlit backdrops available.
I know I would much rather have my portrait taken with space and fresh air instead of feeling cramped & awkward in a studio. I have found dad's especially LOVE the idea of going outdoors for their portraits.
I can still offer Newborn Props.
When I first thought about it, I had very black and white thinking. "I would need to choose between continuing to offer styled newborn sessions, or sell all my amazing props and shoot outdoor lifestyle imagery instead." Thankfully though, I realised I can have the best of both worlds! When shooting outdoors, I can make it more relaxed, more fun and a lot more creative AND you can have a touch of lifestyle portraiture whilst bub is wrapped in a gorgeous rayon wrap & matching headband!
I want to give my clients the BEST!
Newborn Sessions In-Studio would usually take 4hrs. This was purely shooting/feeding time so didn't include setting up and packing away. By the time the last of the blankets were hung out to dry, the day was over. By moving outside and focusing less on blankets and props, I have more time to give you- not only during our portraits, but prior to and after.
Cleaning my entire house
Ok, maybe this was one of the perks- it actually forced me to make my house presentable. haha. But in all seriousness, I would spend hours prepping the house in case someone went outside/in the kitchen/bathroom/toilet. I don't know about you but with 3 kids, a spotless house doesn't really exist.
Getting the whole family together in the same place is a rare occurrence and can take some time to plan, but when it happens, it's the perfect opportunity to book an Extended Family Portrait Experience.
The family session that I am sharing today was exactly the kind of session that I love doing. Kym’s adult children knew that she yearned to have professional images of her beautiful family on the walls, so for Christmas they gifted her with a full session!
Mildura was a central meeting point for this family so we set up a Skype call for their introductory consultation & prepared for their portraits via email.
There was a very small window of opportunity as they were only in the area for a few days, so when the day of the portraits arrived and it was blowing a gale, I was worried we wouldn't be able to get the much desired portraits they were after but luckily for us, the weather was amazing the next morning and we had these gorgeous images in no time!
I am a huge fan of supporting small and locally owned businesses. It not only helps the local economy and the employment of local people but I find often the customer service is so much better.
As a small business owner myself, I understand the struggles that come with trying to keep up with the rising costs of advertising and trying to increase traffic so I want to play my part by helping to increase your exposure. Being a professional photographer, I have a great opportunity to really show off and spotlight your brand from my imagery to my public blog posts.
I’ll be featuring one local business each month (currently planned for the first Tuesday of each month) on my blog and Facebook page. I am excited to spotlight others and provide my readers with a little something new.
We need images to feature your business so I’ll spend up to 30 minutes at your shop/studio/boutique/office/etc to collect these images.
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I photographed Luca's big sister when she was a newborn and feel so honoured to be able to capture this next chapter of E & C's lives.
We spent a lovely afternoon together taking turns to snuggle Luca (although if I'm honest I would have loved to hog all the cuddles the entire time)
Together we designed the most beautiful album that I am sure will be treasured for many years to come.
Below is a selection from Little Luca's Newborn Portrait Session.
After 10 years & four beautiful children, Bec & Richard gathered their closest friends and family together to renew their vows in a simple, yet beautiful ceremony. I loved how various parts of their special day were replicated from their original wedding, including Bec's wedding dress. (I'd love to still squeeze into my wedding dress- and that was only 6 years ago!)
Richard & Bec were very clear about their vision; in that they wanted their day to be all about and for their kids. That's exactly what it was. Not only did their children each have important roles in the day, they were apart of the wedding party.
I decided I needed to practice what I preach. Well- more. I have had my own photo shoots in the past with various local photographers, but it was definitely time to update the walls.
Last month, I asked my good friend Bronnie to capture my family in an outdoor setting. It's always odd for me being in front of the camera instead of behind it, but Bron made it so easy. We laughed, we played, we tickled and ran.
I wanted to share some of my favourite images from my session as well as offer some tips that helped me- from a client perspective.
A HUGGEEEE thank you to my beautiful girl Bronwyn for these priceless images! Go check out her website here
1. Don't prepare them to "smile". I can instantly tell the children who are told "make sure you smile at the camera" - And yes, it is beautiful when I capture an authentic smile but a clenched teeth grin isn't the same thing. Sure, absolutely prepare them- tell them your friend Lauren is going to take some photos whilst you play and tickle and run around together. Tell them she will likely dance, make silly faces and run along too. Then on the day, let me work my magic. I don't need you to tell them to look at me. If I want them, or you to look at me, I will tell you to.
2. Try their clothes on well before the shoot. Not only do you want to make sure the clothes do indeed fit, if you have a child like my middle one, you may find it a struggle to get him to wear anything new. I got the boys to try their 'special photo clothes' when they first arrived, then every week up until our session. I know for sure this helped on the day.
3. Ask for help. Getting 3 kids under 4 ready to go anywhere is fun enough, let alone to a photography session where you want everyone looking smart (& clean). If you have anyone that can offer a hand- even if it's just to watch the kids whilst you get ready, ask them beforehand to help.
4. Encourage the littles to have a sleep. If you're fortunate enough to be stuck in that in-between stage like I am- you know, where kids think they are fine without a day sleep but still actually needing it- try to encourage a little nap or at the very least, a relax/quiet time. I found it works best when they are active in the mornings and encouraged to sleep a bit later than usual. - But don't stress if they don't. We will make the session fun enough to keep them entertained the entire time.
5. Feed them babies! I always tell my clients to make sure their child is well fed before their session precedes and to bring non sticky/messy food along to the session. My middle child especially NEEDS food or else he turns into one 'Hangry' beast, so we ensured to stock him up on Low GI foods before our session started.
6. Bring spare clothes. Although we didn't need them last week, we brought along a spare outfit for my little girl as well as one set for my twins. You never know which kid will jump into the muddy puddle (first).
7. Bring wipes. Kids get dirty - they seem to magically collect dirt on their face every 10 minutes whilst outdoors & you will be surprised just how much the camera picks up.
8. Don't stress the small stuff. Choose your battles wisely. Our oldest can get a little carried away when he's excited & we would usually try to tone it down. During the session we had planned to just let it go & (just as it usually turns out,) it made for some great moments. - Discipline can (and did) commence again post session.
9. Please don't stand behind me to get their attention- not unless I ask. This happens so often. I get it- I do it too- you want to help. You want to make sure you get them looking at the camera. The problem is, they aren't looking at the camera when you're behind me. They are looking at you. Sometimes- very rarely, I may get you to stand behind me but try keep to the side otherwise.
10. Bring along some of their favourite toys. We brought along the boys' basketballs but you can bring anything you like. I know I will love looking back and seeing them playing with these balls, remembering how obsessed they are with them ever since they watched their cousin play at the stadium.
I love capturing this moment in your life, exactly how it is - they won't last forever.
Ok, I know I said 10, but i sometimes get carried away...
11. HAVE FUN!
Above all else, you want to have fun. You want your children to look back on these images and remember what a great time you all had. You want to hear the giggles when you see that shot of dad throwing up your little one high into the sky. Don't focus on the session being about getting the right photo, but more about creating a memorable time for your kids & self.
What to wear to your spring family photo session with Purely Taken. Photography | Mildura Photographer
It's a question I get asked a lot by mums; "What should we wear?"
Often, parents have no idea where to begin on how to style for their portrait shoot and that's totally ok- your not a fashion stylist (except of course, if you are). I am here to guide & support you in planning your wardrobe; in fact a lot of my clients ask me to plan the entire wardrobe, which I absolutely love as it gets my creative juices flowing & is amazing when the session comes together
Your entire experience with me as your photographer is personalised; perhaps mum has a dress she has been wanting to wear since, forever. I can put together, not only a palette of complementing colours, but pick and choose actual clothing pieces from various Australian online stores and give a visual on how it will all come together.
I even provide prices and links for all, individual items.
Below you will see some of the sets from my Spring/Summer 17 Style Guide Collection which I have created for either myself, my clients or just for fun.
Which one is your favourite?
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Friday, August the 4th, 2017 was a bittersweet day for my family and myself. It was a day we laid to rest our "Pa" after a long and successful life.
At 95 years of age, Ted had accomplished so much; from marrying the love of his life, fighting for his country & running a successful business; but as he would often say, his biggest accomplishment and what he was most proud of, was his family.
Like many of us, Pa wasn't too keen on having his portrait taken; an aversion you kind of have to overcome with a professional photographer as your granddaughter-in-law. I often had my camera on hand at our important family milestones and one day, when my niece's baptism ceremony had just ended, I quickly turned around in my seat and took a portrait of Pa.
This portrait turned out to be one of the favourite images of Pa I owned. In fact, as it hung proudly on our wall at home, a lot of family members who saw it, felt the same. The thing was -it wasn't even the best image in terms of composition but no one was looking at that. It was a real moment of pure emotion. It was Pa.
I find it very hard to put into words the honour I feel, that this image featured throughout his funeral service. As I looked at this framed print of Pa, placed on his coffin, I was instantly taken back to the moment I captured it; I could still hear him laughing at me and remember the thoughts and feelings of love I had for him in that exact moment.
Not only that - I felt like he was looking at me - because, after all, when I had taken his portrait all those years ago, he WAS looking at me- and that print was then sitting on his coffin for his loved ones to see.
It was a powerful moment for me; what I do is truly important.
Over the next day, I was again reminded of the importance of tangible prints, as Pa's old photo albums came out for the family to see, touch, laugh and reminisce over.
Something happens to us when we see prints of our families. We well up with pride and want to show people; we travel back in time and can see and feel details long forgotten; we are reminded of what matters and how time moves too quickly, and to treasure the moments we have today.
Family isn’t an important thing; it’s everything – so let’s document yours!
Book in your introductory and planning consultation today.
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