laurenblair wrote in post #10599353
These are wonderful! I honestly think you could start charging now!
dmax wrote in post #10599654
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 ) 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
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.amberrickettsphotography.com but it's more of a blog I guess and then I also have www.facebook.com/AmberRickettsPhotography and Flickr is http://www.flickr.com/photos/86058612@N00/ 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
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 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
Very nice. Time to start charging IMO. You are more then ready
Thanks Helene! I guess I just need to convince myself!