By Jenn Brookover
Happy 2011! We’re off to a busy start with our maternity photography and newborn portraits! We’ve also just returned from Imaging USA where we added some new product lines, including custom albums and new slideshow options.
Lately I’ve had a number of questions about the backgrounds on our website. They are all 100% client’s homes or on location (backdrops are only used for our mini-sessions at Nursery Couture). The key to using your home as a “backdrop” is in the use of creative lighting and the composition of the image. So, are all the homes I shoot in totally clean? (nope, I move stuff around) Are they perfectly decorated? Many are, many are “works in progress”. What they all are, though, is a part of your life right now, one that can be remembered in images even after the “things” change and the people grow.
I’ve also been answering questions about the perfect time to photograph your newborn. I usually recommend doing the session within the first two weeks if you want the curly, “baby in your hands” type of shots. But, there is no wrong time to photograph anyone (especially a baby!!). Maybe you aren’t quite ready for company or you want to wait until the baby looks a little more like what they are going to look like in the future…we can still do many of the sleeping poses (if they are good sleepers!) up to about 6 weeks. Our sweet newborn below is a month old and a perfect little model (and her sister is a doll, too!).