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Newborn for C&C and a couple of questions.

 
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Jul 25, 2010 00:32 |  #1

I have been practicing with newborns and I just had a session the other day. The baby was not the easiest to say the least. She was 9 days old. Everytime I would move her she would just start screaming and then think she had to be fed, she was not easy to settle at all. I've done a 14 day old that was easier then her. I was there for 4 hours and I got 11 keepers. I'm just starting so I've still got to figure out how to hit the 20-30 image mark. My question is when do you call it quits? Do you just keep going with a baby that is almost impossible?

Another question is how did you know when you were good enough to start charging? I have been doing the session for free with 5 edited pictures on a CD. I know there is a big debate about this but thats not what I am asking about. Everything over the 5 I ask for $10 an image, once again not looking for the debate. I am just asking when did you know you were good enough (and I hate using that because I will always want to better my images) to charge a session fee and such?

Here are some from the session with the baby I mentioned.


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Jul 25, 2010 00:42 |  #2

and a few more....

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Jul 25, 2010 08:59 |  #3

These are wonderful! I honestly think you could start charging now!


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Jul 25, 2010 10:10 |  #4

I think you did a great job, these are awesome. I am planning to do a baby shoot here soon and would love to get some pointers on what you did. What type of lighting, lenses etc. did you use? Also what types of PP did you use on these? Again I think they look great you would never know this shoot was challenging, your images make it look easy. Well Done!


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Jul 25, 2010 15:02 |  #5

These are fantastic! I think you did an excellent job with a tough baby. Since it was portfolio building, I think the shots you did get are wonderful. But it's definitely time to start charging a session fee :)

FYI, these are as good as a photographer I follow along in my area (blog wise) and she charges $400. I find her newborn stuff repetitive, whereas you are able to switch up props and the setup.

If you're having trouble doing posed shots, what about some more candid stuff and the tiny detail shots? Baby propped up on Mom's shoulder, little feet, eyelashes, fingers, even some outside shots depending on the weather in your location. Moving around and getting different angles will help produce more photos overall to help you worry less about getting quantity.

Do you have a website or Flickr page I can check out?


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Jul 25, 2010 16:03 |  #6

Amber they are great!! I love the one in that super colorful hat!! I don't like that really bright pink/red blankey, the photo is awesome, I just think the color is too harsh...

I want to know how you get the newborns to photograph! :) I am in a lull here.




  
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Jul 25, 2010 16:18 |  #7

Very nice. Time to start charging IMO. You are more then ready


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Jul 26, 2010 00:35 |  #8

laurenblair wrote in post #10599353 (external link)
These are wonderful! I honestly think you could start charging now!

Thank you!

dmax wrote in post #10599654 (external link)
I think you did a great job, these are awesome. I am planning to do a baby shoot here soon and would love to get some pointers on what you did. What type of lighting, lenses etc. did you use? Also what types of PP did you use on these? Again I think they look great you would never know this shoot was challenging, your images make it look easy. Well Done!

Thank you! As far as lighting it was done with all natural light, baby on a bean bag in front of a big window. I used my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens on my Digital Rebel XTi (still waiting for the Mark 5D II :D ) As far as PP, I am new to Photoshop so I am still learning that as well. I am trying my best to get correct exposure and WB in camera but sometimes I goof and have to fix it in Lightroom, then open up in photoshop. I go in and fix all of the little blemishes and such and clone anything like blankets or backdrops so they look right. Then I use Coffee Shop Rita's Baby Powder Room (free) to do a bit of smoothing, taking out red and such. Sometimes I will use an action ( Paint The Moon's freebies since I am trying not to spend before I make...lol) and adjust them to taste.

Thank you for the compliments! I was extremely happy that I got 11 keepers out of this session, she was something else!

Bodh wrote in post #10600809 (external link)
These are fantastic! I think you did an excellent job with a tough baby. Since it was portfolio building, I think the shots you did get are wonderful. But it's definitely time to start charging a session fee :)

FYI, these are as good as a photographer I follow along in my area (blog wise) and she charges $400. I find her newborn stuff repetitive, whereas you are able to switch up props and the setup.

If you're having trouble doing posed shots, what about some more candid stuff and the tiny detail shots? Baby propped up on Mom's shoulder, little feet, eyelashes, fingers, even some outside shots depending on the weather in your location. Moving around and getting different angles will help produce more photos overall to help you worry less about getting quantity.

Do you have a website or Flickr page I can check out?

Thank you! I know I have improved even in the last few sessions that I have done which is why I was doing them free. I wanted to be able to practice, practice, practice. I personally can see the dramatic improvement.
Do you mind shooting me an e-mail on the blog of the photographer you mentioned?

That is a good idea about the tiny detail shots. I did that in another session and they looked really nice so that would help fill in images. As far as a website I have www.amberrickettsphoto​graphy.com (external link) but it's more of a blog I guess and then I also have www.facebook.com/Amber​RickettsPhotography (external link) and Flickr is http://www.flickr.com/​photos/86058612@N00/ (external link) On there you can sort of look through and see my first session where only 5 pictures were worth keeping and the editing was not all that great.

ReenaG wrote in post #10601064 (external link)
Amber they are great!! I love the one in that super colorful hat!! I don't like that really bright pink/red blankey, the photo is awesome, I just think the color is too harsh...

I want to know how you get the newborns to photograph! :) I am in a lull here.

Thanks :-) I actually knit that hat the night before the session for her! Trying to save money so I taught myself to knit :rolleyes: Yeah the blanket does photograph pretty bright but the mom said that was one of her favorites! As far as getting the newborns I just posted an ad in one of the local online classifieds in the baby item sections that I was looking for newborns to photograph and told them what I was doing. So far I have done 7 newborns and have others scheduled.

HeleneD wrote in post #10601132 (external link)
Very nice. Time to start charging IMO. You are more then ready

Thanks Helene! I guess I just need to convince myself!




  
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Jul 26, 2010 08:41 |  #9

Amber I think you did a great job! My only cc would be each skin tone is different, one is pink, one has blue, one is yellow. Go back and fix that and I think you've got a perfect set!


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Jul 26, 2010 14:14 |  #10

I vote that they are beautiful, and go for it! If you need a few extra shots to bump up how many "good" images you have, #1, I suspect based on your selection here, that you probably have a few more that are good, just not PERFECT - remember that mom and dad might even WANT a few screaming mad shots. #2, maybe try a few B and W conversion.


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Jul 26, 2010 14:27 |  #11

I think they are amazing!!!


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Jul 26, 2010 15:08 |  #12

awesome pics, love all the hats!


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Jul 26, 2010 17:57 |  #13

Love them all.




  
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Jul 26, 2010 18:23 |  #14

Three and five are nice images that I would be happy to pay for if I were the parent.


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Jul 26, 2010 22:57 as a reply to  @ Bob_A's post |  #15

I like these alot!! Great work!! You'd never know that that baby was difficult!!




  
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