Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Caroline's Newborn Announcement & Photoshoot

I'm a little late in getting this post together since Caroline is almost two months already, but better late than never! Here is a peek into our mini newborn photoshoot and our birth announcement!
We received several monogrammed diaper covers for Caroline before she was born and I knew they'd be perfect for her photo session. I wanted the shoot to be super simple -- bow and diaper cover and that's it! No crazy props or costumes, just a precious sleepy babe on a white blanket.

As for the photography, I looked into several local newborn photographers and was shocked at how crazy expensive a newborn shoot would cost. Not to mention, I couldn't find a photographer who didn't come with a boatload of animal wings, toys and fairy dust. So instead, I decided to break out my 50 mm lens and snap a few pictures using [this] tutorial and [this] tutorial. Before shooting, I picked out a few pictures on Pinterest to inspire my session. I really liked this shoot, this shoot and this shoot.

In short, here's 10 tips from my shoot:
  1. Schedule the shoot within the first 10 days after birth and at the baby's sleepiest time of day.
  2. Use an area of the house with the most natural light. For me, that was right under our biggest window in the kitchen.
  3. Set up the shoot and have everything ready before grabbing the baby. I used the pouf ottoman out of Caroline's room, added a heating pad to it to warm it up for a few minutes and topped it with a big white duvet, clamping the top to my laundry drying rack.
  4. Make sure the room is nice and toasty, especially if you're shooting an undressed baby. I cranked my space heater up on high and set it nearby (this is key to keeping the baby happy).
  5. Make sure the baby is extra sleepy. I fed her right beforehand. You can also use white noise so the baby isn't disturbed by anything during the shoot. I swear by the Relax M. app on my iPhone and use a combination of slow waves and rain to keep Caroline dreaming.
  6. Keep burp cloths and outfit changes nearby.
  7. To pose the baby, hold the baby tightly in the position you want until he/she relaxes (a handful of seconds) and then gently let go. The baby will magically stay in position for a few minutes.
  8. Use a camera lens you are comfortable with. I used my 50 mm lens and it did all the work for me.
  9. Shoot several different times until you get the pictures you want. I snapped a few pictures in the morning while Caroline was happy and then again during her next nap time later that day.
  10. Have a helper nearby. Thankfully my mom was here to help straighten the blanket and position Caroline's bow a million times while I stood back and snapped the pictures from lots of different angles.
After selecting which photo for the card, I sent it over to my girl Laura who designed the announcement for me. I absolutely love how it turned out (and so have our friends and family)!
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42 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - her little face!! You are a pro at this newborn shoot stuff.... so I now understand why the ones I did never seemed to work all that well. Genius.

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  2. She's precious! You're a professional at taking her pictures- these are beautiful!

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  3. The sweetest thing ever! Newborn shoots are a huge challenge, way to go!

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  4. You did such a great job on these photos!! Caroline is absolutely adorable, those the little feet shot. I completely agree that all of the crazy props can get out of control and I love the simple newborn pictures like these the best!

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    1. You did a great job! The announcement is beautiful! I'm in the process of getting ours together. We are local and have been using the same photographer for 6 years - she's done two newborn shoots for us (we also do 3,6,9,12 months). She's just what you described no crazy stuff (top blackout curtains) - just babies (and their families - you need to get in the pic too!). If you are interested her name is Tracey Bower (Bower Studio). I'm picking up our newborn photos this week!

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  5. You did an awesome job and I think you definitely made the right decision. I'm still bitter at how much I paid for our newborn photography session PLUS what we had to pay for the pictures and I didn't get rights to them. I'll never make that mistake again. They change so quickly that as long as you can get a few good shots like you did, you will be thrilled!

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  6. You did an amazing job on the photo shoot for Caroline! I plan on shooting my own newborn photos because of cost also. I paid for the wedding photos at a good price, but for maternity photos or even newborn photos, no thank you! I will try to do those myself! :) Thanks for the good tips!

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  7. These photos are beautiful, you did a great job!!

    Kristina
    medicineandmanicures.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow! I'm super impressed!! And I love the sweet and simple outfit you had for Caroline

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  9. We didn't do professional newborn pictures either. I had a friend with a fancy camera come and do them, then touch them up in photoshop.
    These are beautiful.

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  10. You did a great job! The announcement is beautiful! I'm in the process of getting ours together. We are local and have been using the same photographer for 6 years - she's done two newborn shoots for us (we also do 3,6,9,12 months). She's just what you described no crazy stuff - just babies (and their families - you need to get in the pic too!). If you are interested her name is Tracey Bower (Bower Studio). I'm picking up our newborn photos this week!

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  11. What an awesome idea!! & yes, baby photographers are insanely expensive!!! Her pictures turned out great.. Plus, she's absolutely precious so they couldn't of turned out bad anyways!!

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  12. These are so sweet, I love all of her little expressions! You did a great job, they look like prof shots! Absolutely love the one of Charlie + Caroline, he's completely smitten w. her.

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  13. sooo cute! love the one of her and Charlie!

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  14. Oh my word... precious. You could start doing it yourself :) Newborn photography is NOT easy!!!!!
    I love that you went with the simplicity look - that's always my favorite anyways.
    That dog with the baby is one of my favs :)

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  15. For newborn photos, these are just perfect! My sister is due in September and I have tried finding her a local Tampa photographer for a session, and I'm really surprised at their fees. This is a great idea, and seriously so adorable!

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  16. So, so precious! Such a sweet announcement too :)

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  17. She is so sweet. Beautiful pictures and announcement!

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  18. oh my goodness.... she is so sweet!!!! Love the photo session and what great tips!

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  19. She is absolutely precious! Where did you find that adorable diaper cover?

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  20. Aw love the one with the dog in it!! So sweet!

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  21. all of these pictures are SO sweet! Nice job on getting some really good pictures. The one with your dog melted my heart! Very sweet

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  22. You did a great job taking these pictures, sweet girl! Love them! And the announcement turned out great:)

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  23. These are amazing pictures. They really look like they are done by a professional. The announcement turned out amazing as well. The one with her yawning melts my heart.

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  24. Adorable! The last one is my favorite!!!

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  25. Well done, mama! You rocked it!!! And I so agree - simplicity is key! No props/fairy dust for the win. :)
    xx

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  26. This is great! I'm actually going to attempt to do ours tomorrow :) What did you use to edit these?

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  27. What sweet photos! Maybe you should moonlight as a baby photog and charge crazy photo shoot prices! :)

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  28. You did a great job on the photos!! I'm so impressed. That last one is my favorite. Professional photography is ridiculous!! I just had my son's 1 yr photos done and I'm embarrassed to admit how much money I just spent.

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  29. Such beautiful images - and well done mama photographer! We only did Ellie's newborn shoot yesterday as she was still so tiny and perm-looking... But definitely trickier at a later stage! x

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  30. So so sweet! She's absolutely precious.


    Xo,L
    simplylowcountry.com

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  31. She is so beautiful. And love the photo with the dog. He is looking adoring at her like "no worries baby girl, I'll protect you"

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  32. She is so beautiful! I love your DIY newborn photoshoot tips also! :))

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  33. She is absolutely precious! Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! <3

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  34. I absolutely love that you did this yourself and I love your tips! I've always imagined that I would take my own photos for announcements.. I just know that I will need assistance picking the final photo!!

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