I LOVE newborn sessions - love them! Let me give you some fun facts:
I believe that every mother deserves a set of gorgeous images of her baby. Carrying that baby inside you for nine months is no joke… it is HARD on your body. Then labor comes along… yeah, mommas, you earned those pictures!
When I shoot a set of newborn portraits, I try to incorporate any family member present – at least any who will allow me to include them. NO one looks their best after bringing a newborn home. Sleep deprivation sets in and everyone is trying to adjust. But you know what? You will never regret being in those pictures. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your babies, who will one day look back and realize how loved they are.
Confession time… those gorgeous images you see do not look like that straight out of the camera. There is a lot of effort after the session that goes into perfecting the images you see.
If you’re a photographer and you’re reading, hoping for editing tips, go ahead and watch the video. You can always hit me up if you have questions.
If you’re a curious parent or parent-to-be, then enjoy! THIS is why you book a professional ;)
...And Why You Should Discuss it with Your Photographer.
A large part of what goes in to making gorgeous images is skin retouching. I often ask myself a very simple question: Will it be there in two weeks? If the answer is no, then I remove it. For example, bruises and blemishes are a no-brainer! When it comes to things like moles, birthmarks, and scars, I generally ask my clients about their editing preferences. This is my own set of parameters. But every photographer is different and it’s important to make sure you and your photographer are on the same page.
Not all photographers edit their own images. Many choose to outsource the editing. When they do this, then anything beyond basic edits becomes an upcharge. That is how professional retouchers charge for their services. Blemish removal is usually part of the base fee, but “Can you make that arm slimmer?” might run you 50% more per image.
And then there are plenty of photographers who take great pride in editing their own images, myself included. I’ve been working with Adobe Photoshop for well over a decade and there is almost nothing that is impossible for me at this point. My goal is to make sure my clients get EXACTLY the image they desire – no upcharges. Retouching is included and so are special requests.
That said, every photographer edits differently, has a different skill set, and charges differently. Not all photographers know how to make the changes to an image that you’re hoping to see.
Here are some questions you may want to ask before you book:
You need to be up front with your photographer about the features you love about yourself, as well as the others in the images. You also need to be up front about what you’d rather not showcase (those things that make you self-conscious) – your photographer’s job is to make sure you get images that thrill you! It’s their goal, and input from you gets them there MUCH more effectively.
Want to watch me do an extreme skin retouching session? Enjoy!
Questions? Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
I’m a professional photographer with a full frame camera and a variety of awesome lenses. I’m also a mother of four who always has her phone in her hand or in her pocket. Guess which one I use to take pictures with the most? That’s right – the one that’s most convenient: cell phone!
And honestly, cell phone quality has gotten amazing! It doesn’t rival a full frame camera, but it’ll definitely do the job for social media or even small prints. And it helps us capture and share our moments. How often do you take a selfie with a friend? How often are you snapping pictures of your kids? Think about that first day of school… social media is littered with images of our kids all dressed to impress and looking their best.
So, without further ado, here are a few tips for taking a better picture with your phone:
Try these – they are game changers! Next thing you know, your friends will be suggesting that maybe you should be a photographer, because you’re the only one who takes good pictures of them… or their kids… or your kids…
Special thanks to my hubby for trying my tips and getting me these blog images ;)
Tried my tips? Leave me a comment and let me know how it went!!!
Why does New Year begin in January? This is something I've often wondered. January seems such an odd time to start a new year. January 1st isn't even the beginning of a new season. It would make more sense to me if a new year begin in the spring.
So whether you're wanting to update your look, clean your home thoroughly, get in shape, or finally showcase your family, there is no better time than spring!
Well, I finally did it... I opened an Etsy shop to offer some of my Photoshop actions. I've been using PS and creating my own actions for years. The ones I make for myself aren't user friendly and aren't labeled in any way that would make sense to anyone else, but I hadn't really planned on anyone else using them. It was actually my husband who planted the idea in my head. But it takes time to recreate the actions in ways that would be meaningful to others. And I wouldn't feel right about offering something without an accompanying how-to video. But... here I go! Wish me luck!
I've decided to keep the prices low, too. Most people starting out have already spent too much money on everything photography. And people who have been doing it as long as I have don't really have the need to buy actions - we make what we need.
That said, if you need an action that will do something that you don't know how to do, feel free to email me!
Oh my gosh, this family was so much fun!
The Van Slykes booked a beach portrait session and, as the weather is often tricky by the beach, were hopeful there wouldn't be rain. We were fortunate that the rain held off, even though the temperature dropped right before their session date. What we DID have to battle was the wind - 26mph sustained!
They were SUCH good sports about the whole thing, though. Mom brought hair pins and bands, just in case it was too much, and they were all super cooperative.
It is often windy in Corpus Christi, especially by the beach. As a photographer, I find that the biggest challenge is keeping the wind blowing the hair out of their faces. But the Van Slykes took it all in stride and had a fun session!
What we DID have was an amazing set of colors in the sky. It was evening and clouds kept shadowing the sun and causing the most beautiful colors to bounce around the heavens. The sand was mostly compact from recent rains, and we still had soft, dry sand in places because of all the wind drying the surface. Sometimes the most difficult elements of an outdoor session are also what cause it to be beautiful.
The family did such a fantastic job coordinating outfits, too! Some solids, a pattern, and a consistent color pallet... it makes my job so easy when my clients also put some effort into the planning. This family was prepared and in a wonderful, upbeat mood for the session. There was a lot of interaction and input, something I love! It makes me happy when the kids have input and the parents welcome it. It makes me smile inside when I see a family work together so beautifully.
A beautiful beach sunrise! This gorgeous couple made it easy, but in order to make it flawless... it takes precision editing.
Enjoy and feel free to ask questions and/or comment! XOXOX
Newborn photography is one of my favorite genres, but each image takes quite a bit of time and effort to perfect. This is a small example of editing the skin. Even when the video ends, the editing is not complete (though it's close). Enjoy!
Tri Delt and Gamma Phi sororities both gave the top performances of the evening and the annual "Islander Revue." I brought my daughter to the performance and she was thrilled, despite the lack of judgment from whoever was judging. The best of the evening did not win and it became apparent that there was a bias against the Greeks, but it didn't stop the audience from enjoying a spectacular show!
Great job, ladies!
Here is a gallery of the Tri Delt performance. I also have a gallery I could share of Gamma Phi, should there be a request.
When Roda called me to book a newborn session, I was able to move around a couple things and get her booked quickly. Why such a hurry? Her sweet baby Sofia was already over two weeks old. The prime time for capturing newborn portraits is when your baby is 5-10 days old. The swelling has subsided and the baby is still sleeping like a dream. But friends, I'm here to tell you... it's not too late, even after 10 days. It may take longer, but with the right amount of patience, we can get you the images of your dreams!
One of the things that stood out to me from this session was how relaxed mom and dad were. First time parents are usually the MOST anxious, but not these two! They were calm and happy and it completely reflected in the mood of baby Sofia. She was calm and happy.
We made several attempts to get started, but each time, Sofia would wake and want her mommy. Roda would calmly rock her, nurse her, and get her back to sleep. This is very normal during a session, and momma handled it like a champ - not a worry or concern. This made my job super fun and easy.
When Sofia finally reached a good, deep sleep, we were able to capture her in various accessories and poses. My favorite images are always the ones that look like art for the wall. But I'm always happy to accommodate every wish of the new parents.
Note to future clients... I WILL insist you get into the images. No matter how tired you are or how much you don't feel like being on the other side of a camera, I will not allow you the regret of not being in an image with your new little blessing...
And mom and dad were really cool about my insistence. You see, I am busy with the baby, so this allows the parents time to get ready to be in front of the camera (you'll notice in the pictures... mom and dad didn't need to do much - GORGEOUS couple!)
I was thrilled with the images we were able to create, but more than that, I so thoroughly enjoyed working with this family. When my clients fully trust me, the world is our oyster - we can relax, have fun, and create art!
"Lori is an exceptional photographer, and was my first choice for capturing images of my son for his senior pictures!! She made him feel at ease immediately, traveled to the locations he was interested in, and captured who he is perfectly!" ~ Tonia R.
Lori Stead is a fine art portrait photographer in Corpus Christi, TX. She enjoys creating maternity, newborn, seniors, couples, family, children, and boudoir portraits. She is also a wife, mother of four, and adventurer.