First things first, you are going to have a baby and that is the most exciting thing ever! Second, don't hesitate to call, text, or email me that you are headed to the hospital, in labor, or just had your little bundle of joy! SCHEDULING The earlier the better! When scheduling a session I typically put the due date in my calendar to give myself a rough estimate as to when baby will arrive. I then schedule a pre-consultation meeting to discuss any and all details pertaining to the direction you would like the session to go in - this means any themes, colors, outfits, backdrops, specific composites etc. Once Mom or Dad contacts me saying baby has made his/her debut, then we can solidify a time to come in and take all the fancy photos!!! Newborn photos are typically scheduled between 5-14 days after delivery (unless birth or fresh 48 session) and weekdays are preferred. Weekends tend to book up fast so if that is preferred I must know in well in advance. LOCATION My studio is located off Mainstreet in Downtown Ashland on the second floor in Studio B. 112 Thompson St. Ashland, VA 23005 Pre-Consulation and Reveal Sessions take place in Studio A on the main level. Clients are always welcome during the initial meeting to come take a look at my props, outfits, backdrops etc.! DAY OF SESSION PREP Please don't stress too much about this part. Some photographers will say you have to keep them away all the way up until their session or not to feed them until you get to the studio and that's not my style. I have found that the best time to schedule newborns is around 9:00 AM after they have been up a few times during the night (sorry Moms!). If they are hungry when you get to the studio, fantastic, feed baby! But if baby is wide awake, I will do shots where eyes open is fine such as parent and swaddled poses. I have all kinds of tricks up my sleeve to get them to sleep! Nothing is a guarantee however, so I will do my best to get baby to sleep for more advanced poses. If you can bring a bottle of breast milk or formula that is always helpful, but pacifiers are great too for soothing! The ideal clothing to bring baby in are pajamas that zip down. this eliminates any fumbling around with lifting a onesie overhead! I will have a heater on for baby throughout the session so if you run warm like me you might want to wear layers. There is a bathroom to change or breastfeed as needed. I will also have water and snacks available as some sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. Please plan for 4 hours to accommodate all posing, family/sibling shots, and feeding time just in case. If children are attending the session I recommend someone else be there to facilitate their needs. I may need mom or dad to help with baby so another individual who can help siblings is generally recommended. For family or parent photos I typically recommend neutral clothing. Bright colors can tend to have a color cast onto the backdrop or other individuals in the photo. If you aren't sure just ask and I would love to help! And finally, just relax!!! Enjoy the session, feel free to ask questions or come to me with an idea, and prop you feet up while I snuggle and pose your baby!!!
What is Fine Art Compositing?
Basically I cut and paste baby from one photo into another. Sometimes I will take multiple elements and paste them all together. These photos can be simple or elaborate, but all of them require a high level of technical expertise to make them look believable. Here are some before and afters to show how I make these happen!