Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Photographing children

When we talk about young children being photographed there are some photographers that have "Baby Grow With Me" packages consisting of 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. We prefer to have the sessions more developmentally based. We can, of course, photograph a child at any time, but these are the best times...

• Newborn, meaning within the first ten days (after ~10 days they are still babies but not newborns anymore, they do not sleep as soundly, they are not "all curled up", they get baby acne, you cannot get those "miracle shots" which require a soundly sleeping baby.

• 2-4 months, when they can hold their head up on their own (tummy time, gerber baby poses, etc.)

• 5-8 months, when they can sit up on their own but are not moving around yet. This is a fantastic age photographically!! We can get very creative with this session!

• 9-11 months, when they can stand up, but not walk; often they require something to lean on and this makes adding in a photo prop very easy.

• 11-13 months, this can also be a great time for "the birthday cake" session with them just in a a pair of shorts (or a tutu) and a cake with icing, icing, icing!

• 1-3 years old, You will want to capture your toddler and child again at milestones in their life. We encourage twice a year from 1-3 years old.

• After 3 years old, time appears to slow down a bit now and they do not change as fast, so many choose to have a session once a year, but some still remain on the 6 month time frame until their kids are teenagers.

I have NEVER heard a parent complain that they have too many pictures of their child!

Many families take advantage of our themed specials like Teddys or TuTus, Feet, Silhouettes, Just Like Daddy, Mommy N Me, Threee generations, Valentines Day, Easter and other Holidays, etc.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Aja came into our Studio for two model portfolio builder sessions. We always ask people to bring their iPODs with their music to the Studio with them, well she brought HER music -- she signs and writes!!!  It was a pleasure getting to see that side of her. You can view more images from her sessions online here.

The above photos are on a new background, love it but it is small


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

KimE more

I just had to post a few more from Kim's session!

This first picture is one of my favorites! Wow!

For this next one I just loved the image on the left that Kim chose for her portfolio, but when I was editing it I decided to have some fun and make her into a mirror image. I just took the left side the the picture and duplicated it and flipped it and brought it together. Kim's beautiful symmetry allowed me to do this. Interesting...

Part of modeling is posing and if you look up posing in the dictionary you see that it actually has to do with acting rather than sitting perfectly stil, which is how some people define "posing". Kim was excellent at posing and acting and scenarios which allowed her images to be editiorial and storyteeling in addition to fashion.

We cannot wait to get Kim back in front of the camera!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pooja -- A model

We had a lot of variety with this classical and contemporary model, here is Pooja! We started out in some traditional Indian outfits and migrated into some modern outfits and a bathing suit. It was quite refreshing to be working with someone with dance experience -- it showed in her hands especially, but in her overall poise. You can view more images from her session here in her gallery on our website. Check out the versatility with this young lady! Pooja was also very good with expressions, which after hands is the next hardest aspect to master.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


We photographed Shanika and Tony a few months ago -- she came recently back in for more photos for her portfolio. She was well prepared and we had a lot of fun with her in the stairwell. We will see even more images of Shanika soon because she just came in for another session!

This session was all done with of-camera flash in the stairwell near our Studio. I love the graphic quality of these images. You can view more images of Shanika here in her gallery on our website.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Carolyn brought a bunch of great outfits and we really tried some different backgrounds with her, from barnwood athletic to hi-key fashion with a red dress! You can view more images from her session here on our website.

Her red dress rally POPS on this white background.
Check out the relection in her sunglasses, LOL!

I love the purple on her too...
She has great flexibility and poise with her hands, hands are the hardest for a model to pose naturally, I am always saying in these blog posts to practice your hand poses if you want to be a model!

Love the FAN! and the hat.

Have to get some B&W images in too. She was really good with expressions, again an area that you can practice in. Many models have two or three expressions, but in reality there are hunderds or even thousands and the more versatile you are the better your chances!

Love the althetic look. Not many women can make this Joel Grimes lighting look good. She had a wonderful "intense look" too -- loved it!!

So many facets to this young lady! Wow!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cheramie -- Radiant mom-to-be

Cheramie was a lot of fun to photograph, calm but radiant, glowing and happy!  We tried a new Ana Brandt maternity outfit on her, a brown split mama love gown. We also got some class silhouettes but alost tried an outlandish moon over the forest trees background with her. You can see more images from her photo session here in her gallery on our website. We had a lot of fun with Cheramie during her maternity session! She is going to make a fantastic mom!

I just loved when she laughed and threw her head back and her nose scrunched up.

Check out this new background, we have only used it a couple of times but this is the first for a maternity session! I love it, something different!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Samantha -- almost 6 months old!

Remember Samantha? We photographed her when she was in Mom's belly and when she was five days old.

Here she is at almost 6 months old, isn't she the cutest little thing? You can view more photos from this session here on our website. Such a happy baby! This was such a good time to photograph her too, lots of tummy time...love the expressions!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Take a look at KIM -- wow! She was wonderful to work with. Love the hair! She had lots of outfits and lots of ideas and lots of energy. You could tell that she has experience modeling and that she practices her posing! You can view MANY more images from her session here in her gallery on our website. We wish her a lot of success in her modeling career and look forward to working with her again!

Monday, May 2, 2011


We just had a short time to photograph Sangene, like 20 minutes, but we were able to create some powerdul images in that short time and both Tom and I were shooting click to click. I think that you will see more of her from us in the future. You can see more images from her session here in her gallery on our website.