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.
Since this opportunity is FREE, the images taken will be limited to:
Images will NOT include:
I welcome you to share/tag and even repost these images but please note that the images are required to maintain the PTP logo/website/copyright information on them at all times. Use of the images without this information is a violation of copyright.
Images will be made available to you for use on your business websites but all copyright information must remain intact for those uses as well. No printing rights are included with these features, but specific needs may be discussed with Lauren at anytime.
How to get started?!
Once you’ve read everything above and would love the opportunity to be featured on the PTP blog/Facebook page and getting FREE images to showcase your business, we need to get you scheduled!
Simply fill out the below questionnaire and return it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your feature month and schedule your shoot date.
It's always a privilege to be asked to photograph a family session. These are the photographs you will look back on in 20, 30 year's time. They are the photographs your children will be sure to take with them as they leave the nest, the photos they will show their own children. I can never really express how much I love what I do and how important my job really is.
I actually contacted Sarah a few months back, interested in having my own maternity photography session in her studio. After a few emails back and forth, we decided we'd seize the opportunity to get some up to date family photographs for Sarah & I get some personal maternity photographs for myself.
Now, those who know me know I am not the most patient person in the world, but I surprised myself with how well I waited for my session! I was 35 weeks when we did my session & a week later we ventured outside for Sarah's family session.
Sarah has 3 beautiful girls- two of which haven't been too keen recently to be in front of the camera so I knew I had my work cut out for me. On the day, the youngest, Miss S, was not keen at all & it wasn't until after the session, that night we figured out the cause which was a tummy bug. Despite Miss S not feeling 100%, we still got some lovely family moments!
Click here to be taken to Sarah's blog on MY MATERNITY SESSION!
Steph is due with her baby boy 2 days after I am due with my little girl. I gotta say, she's a much better model than I am!! haha! (I guess that's a good thing I stay behind the camera!)
Steph's hair and makeup were done by the very talented Tianne Harris from Lou Lou's. (Read our interview HERE)
All three maternity gowns Steph wore during her session were from Pips Photo Props. Pip is such a pleasure to do business with & I love that she is always trying to design unique gowns for photographers like myself!
Megan contacted me in early 2015, checking availability for their wedding in March 2016. It is usually part of my booking process to meet for coffee (and cake of course) but as James and Megan are based in Geelong, it wasn't until June where I finally got to meet them. It was then we also had their engagement session (which you can find HERE). They totally rocked the session & made me even more excited for their wedding.
The day came & it was just perfect! Megan purchased her exquisite dress from Pearls and Roses in Geelong & it just looked AMAZING on her!! Sarah's maid was in a dress by Reveiw & both their shoes were from Jo Mercer. Lisa Hooper (Maquilleur) did an amazing makeup job- as always & Talking heads styled the girls' hair. I was so in love with the bright bouquets by Janet Green Goddess. They complimented the girls dresses perfectly!
We can't forget the boys who looked strapping in their Rodger David suits. All 3 rings were purchased from Charles Rose Jewellers.
Their big day was held at Ampelon Gardens on their 6 year anniversary. I really loved this idea, especially as it means one less date to remember haha!! Annie Prideaux conducted the sweet ceremony before we roamed around the gardens for bridal photos, then headed to the marque (Mildura Party Hire) for the reception. Once there, we heard some heartfelt, funny speeches & ate some AMAZING food from The Gourmet Chef!! Just as the sun was setting I stole them again for a few moments to get some gorgeous photos before they went back to reception.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph your special day James & Megan. Thank you so much for making my job super easy with your laid back, fun attitudes!
Time to play a bit of catch up on my blog!
This little girl was the BEST sleeper so we got to play with a lot of setups!
I was super excited to try out my new fabric dream catcher I made only the week before.
This little cherub's great grandmother knitted her a gorgeous blanket which we added into a few shots!
What's your favourite image? I can't decide!!
Lauren Southwell | Mildura Newborn Photographer
This mumma was actually at the birth of my twin boys as a (very supportive) student midwife. At the time, I remember thinking how I would love to photograph a birth journey but it seemed I was a little bit preoccupied to do my own... When I heard she was expecting, I was so happy & excited for her & that same day Erin & I first discussed having me photograph the birth.
Erin and I bumped into each other whilst shopping one afternoon (and by 'shopping' I mean running around after my twin 11month old boys). She was looking beautiful, excited, yet totally over being pregnant (and who would blame her, the third trimester is tough). That night we talked again about photographing the impending birth and Erin said she would love me to be there (yippeeee!). It seems rather perfect to me that my first birth session was of her birthing journey.
It was only that next day that I arrived at Mildura Base Hospital, ready to roll. Baby Ruby was in no hurry to join us earth side so it had been a pretty long day for Erin & her support people. Nevertheless, they were all in great spirits, eagerly awaiting for the magical number 10.
As most people these days, Erin went to bub's progress scans & I don't know how they did it but Chris & Erin resisted the temptation to find out their baby's gender. Far too much temptation for me but they stuck to it until the end. Now I can certainly see the positives in waiting! Perhaps those labour pains will have a hint of added excitement to them & possibly during the pushing stage might just give an extra boost of energy for that one final push... And there's always that GREAT SUPRISE when bub finally comes out.
Dad's sometimes take a back seat and let the professionals (and mumma of course) do their jobs but Chris certainly didn't. He was a very active member of not only the support team to Erin but did a lot of the practical (awesome) things too. The first was the AMAZING opportunity to catch baby Ruby with his loving, gentle hands as she entered the world. It was a magical moment that I'm sure they will remember forever! He also got the job to announce they had a beautiful little girl as he placed his daughter into his wife's arms. And finally, cutting Ruby's cord, the lifeline that kept her safe for 10 months (who ever said pregnancy lasts 9 months is either crazy or in denial).
You could feel the joy & love in the room. Little Ruby was here at last. The images speak for themselves.
(I've had these images ready to go on this blog for a while now so please excuse my old logo)
Little Miss Ruby is actually my newest little niece. Ruby, her mum & sisters travelled to Mildura within her first 2 weeks of life so I was lucky enough to have a newborn session with her! She was a great little sleeper for us so we got through a few setups and got some gorgeous shots of Ruby with her two sisters!
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