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How to prepare mommies for their newborn’s session

This is a special request blog from a follower. I do get asked alot what do I tell them to make things go so smoothly and organized.
Again, this is what I do and what I say so you will need to refresh this into your speech 😉

Once the session is scheduled, I have the mommies text or email a picture of the nursery. This is so I can plan out all my blankets and props. I then email them what I call an “outline” to read over before the session. I tell them that it will explain everything they need to know about the session and what they will need to bring.
1. I ask that they loosen the baby’s diaper for the car ride. This helps with the little red marks on their legs. Plump babies (over 8 lbs) will need this done but the teeny ones will not. Preemie diapers are still big for them lol
2. I ask that they dress them in a button down onesie. This is so I don’t have to pull anything over their head. We all know they hate that!!
3. I ask they collect any items they want to use in the session beforehand – family heirlooms, toys, monogrammed blankets, etc. I go through them with you to determine what will look best in the pictures.
4. I ask that they feed the baby before coming so they arrive with a full belly.
5.I ask that they bring a pacifier even if they don’t take it. Most babies don’t need it but babies do love to suck and I do have to handle them alot and sometimes they wake up. When a newborn is awake the only thing they know to do is eat, so sometimes a suck or 2 sends them right back into milk land 🙂
6. I ask that they decide if they will be in the pictures with the baby and have them dress accordingly. I recommend a black strapless shirt or tank top for mom. Black t shirt for dad. For those young skinny moms, I like to encourage them to let me wrap them so they are skin on skin.
7. I tell them that their babies can smell them from across the room! And ask that they wait in the waiting area. This isn’t to hurt their feelings I just want baby to dream sleep dreams instead of “where’s my milk” dreams.
8. I tell parents to expect the session to last 3 hours(this is worst case scenario-very rare) and to bring plenty of snacks, drinks, thank you notes to write or a lap top to play on.

This is all I do for my newborns as far as the parents go. I am at the studio the day before preparing all my set ups so I flow from one to the other.
I hope this helps!
xoxo,
Katie

Coming soon!!! Studio TOUR FINALLY!!!!!

How to prepare your parents for the session!

Coming on MONDAY!
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Prop shots!

I am no expert by no means on this! This (again) is what I do that works for me! I would love for you to comment and add suggestions! If I have a weekpoint (I have 2 actually) this is it!

First thing I wanna talk about is buckets, baskets or anything deep! Place a weight in the bottom toward the back!! The last thing you want is your bucket/basket tumbling over. Also, use a study prop. DO NOT use anything that will collapse and please don’t try and “stuff” a baby in anything!
Second-It helps to give your baby a shelve for their arms, hands etc. In the picture below, the yellow blanket has about 2 other blankets rolled up in it. Creating a firm shelve for her arms/head.
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Same thing in this picture. It can’t possibly be comfortable for a baby to lay on the edge of a wood bucket or stick feeling basket right?
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Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get the baby to sit right in the prop (look comfortable and most of BE SAFE). Have a back up plan! Stuffing a basket/bucket with blankets, placing the baby on top and then shooting from above makes a great picture and isn’t as tricky (except covering the you know whats with their feet lol).
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Remember, make it safe first. Have spotters, crop out parents hands etc. Images that you see floating around facebook have been photoshopped. I promise! I tend to do the simpler shots but every now and then I get these cool moms 🙂
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I would LOVE to here your suggestions or any tricks you have! I’m still trying to master the “prop shots” but again, I tend to like the simpler side of things 😉
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Props Props Props-blogging about it this week-stay tuned!

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Blog about how to get them in that dang bucket without them sinking!

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My newborn flow of poses

This is how I pose my newborns and what works for me. Hopefully it will be a start for you until you find your flow.

I have 5 MAIN poses that I do: side taco, feet under on belly, pray pose(these seen in picture below) and 2 “prop shot” poses (I will have a separate post for prop shots-don’t worry) Optional or upon request head in hands pose (makes 6).
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With these poses I get about 6-7 pictures all looking very different by changing my position and tilting my camera giving a nice tilt and don’t forget face shots. You can read more about how to get those 6-7 pictures out of 1 pose here:http://katieohardyphotographyblog.com/2013/02/16/on-monday-how-i-got-these-7-pictures-without-ever-moving-the-baby/

Here are some angle examples
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I also make sure to add headbands/hats and wraps to these poses and FLIP your pictures.
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From the feet under belly position it’s very easy change hand positions like this
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From the pray pose it’s easy to change hands to this:
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I do these 3 poses on 3 different blankets. Here is my set up with my blankets layered. (we will touch on this in another blog)
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I also use puppy pee pads (large) under my blankets with a blanket that I’m using in-between.
DOn’t mind my lil angels in the background 😉
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Again, I’m not the best writer but I hope I can teach you through pictures. I am a very visual learner haha.
Coming up this week: Prop shots!

Pullback and blanket fade how to!

I wanted to real quick show a pullback shot and the after edit shot.IMG_1280

And of course, after the edit.

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Here is how to do a blanket fade ( I don’t do this much-it’s a preference thing)

Make a new layer.

grab your dropper tool and click a light color on the blanket (I suggest behind the baby)

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Then with your paint brush tool (my brush  was set to 300) brush corners and top of picture (if your color you chose is too light choose a little darker). Then change your opacity to about 70%ish and move in closer around the baby.

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I even went around the bottom corners of the picture with the brush with my opacity still set at 70%

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xoxo.

Katie

 

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