Thursday, January 12, 2012

Multiple Vendor Spotlight

As a newborn photographer, I do a lot of networking with businesses that make newborn props, backgrounds, etc.  I've become quite picky in choosing props as they are a very important part of a newborn portrait.  They determine color scheme, style, and even emotion of the portrait.  Because of this, I search for vendors that I feel closely match my style of newborn photography.  There are a few main categories of props that I search for: hats (mainly crochet), headbands, beanbag backgrounds/coverings, floorings, wraps, and items such as baskets/bowls/objects that the baby can pose in.  Over the past several months, I've come across a select few that I consistently use for my work because during the searching process, their work stood out to me and I find myself constantly coming back to them for my prop needs.  They are featured on my Facebook page  I would also like to take a moment and talk about each of them because I can't thank them enough for their quality, friendliness, professionalism, and simply addictive, gorgeous items!


I can't do a vendor spotlight without starting with this vendor.  This was my very first vendor relationship I formed when I begun my business.  In fact, I believe I started using her products even before I graduated from college!  Elisabeth has incredible customer service and has been such a joy to work with.  She is very talented.  Almost a year ago, we began discussion on a prop line that we thought would be beneficial for belly-posing newborns: Cuddle Critter Cape Sets!  A full example of this line can be viewed here:
The benefit to these cape sets is that you can place them on a sleeping newborn with minimal disturbance, transforming them into any type of animal/character you can think of!  She has had incredible success with this line and her design ideas for them have gone above and beyond what I originally imagined.


In regards to owning crochet items, I've become picky not just in the style of product but also with the type of yarn used.  When I came across Martha's business, I was absolutely blown away with the quality of her products.  She mainly uses non-standard yarns such as merino, brushed alpaca, etc. which really makes a difference with the look of the hat.  Her pixie hats are a huge seller for her and I've fallen in love with them.  When I shop for items, I only go for items that stand out and blow me away.  The problem with shopping on Martha's page is that ALL of her items blow me away!  I've had tough times narrowing my choices down!  She offers a Facebook sale at least once a month and there have been sales where I literally wanted each and every item.  She also takes great care in how she packages/presents her items.  It really stuck out with me how the items would arrive in a nice box with tissue paper and a sweet little crochet flower tag.  Just beautiful.  Here's an example of a hat that I purchased with a removable butterfly clip that I fell in love with.


Headbands for newborn girls can really add that little touch of elegance/style/color to the session when chosen wisely.  Lisa's business offers the most amazing headbands.  I have yet to see a business that has had a consistently large amount of high quality, very elegant, dainty, professional-looking headbands.  Her business really stuck out to me.  I've searched for a long time for a place that offered headbands like these.  Some of her bands offered I've never seen on any other site.  In particular, my big favorite of  her headbands are her fur bands, made from either mink or rabbit fur.  They're very dainty but OH SO elegant!  I have yet to find another vendor that offers these or anything like them.  I own almost every version offered in her shop.  Here's an example of one of the mink bows I own:

Lisa offers a "comment game" almost every weekend where she posts many gorgeous headbands, many are considered one-of-a-kind and the first person to comment gets to purchase it at a great price.  The majority of my bands have come from this game.  I've accumulated so many gorgeous headbands from her and pretty much consider her my go-to person for headbands.


Despite having resources such as thrift stores, garage sales, etc. basket/bowl/lay-in props are fairly difficult for me to find, especially locally.  It involves a lot of driving, researching, and looking around.  After time searching online, I came across Nadine's business.  Some of the items that I find so hard to find such as baby scales, trench bowls, wood floor mats, etc. I find on her site.  I'm excited over the access to many types of baby scales, which I plan to purchase soon.  They are pretty hard to find.  She features a lot of vintage items, all conveniently offered in one place.  She is a wonderful person to work with-very nice.  The products ship to me in a very reasonable amount of time.  


A lot of my newborn poses are done on a firm beanbag, which offers versatility in posing and comfort for the newborn.  To turn this into a gorgeous studio setup, I search for various types of materials, usually 2 yards in length to create a sweep backdrop which covers the beanbag.  Color and texture are super important when searching for materials.  A very popular and coveted type of fabric used by many professional photographers is the rosette fabric, which features ribbon shaped into roses and sewn into the fabric, completely covering it.  I've searched through many vendors to find this material.  When I found Photo Props Floors and Backdrops, I noticed that not only do they have this fabric, it's very reasonably priced, offered in many different vibrant colors, but they also have other styles of textured beanbag backdrops.  I find that I can do my shopping for these backdrops solely through this vendor and soon have a very large variety of backdrops which will offer gorgeous color combinations for my portraits and great texture.  The texture provides great drama with low depth of field portraits, the style of portraits mainly used in newborn photography.

I use other vendors as well and would love to include all of them in this posting, but thought I would feature the ones I use on a very consistent basis.  I know a lot of photographers through my time in college and I love being able to provide them recommendations for great newborn prop vendors.  As I approach 500 fans on Facebook, I look forward to networking with even more vendors, discovering all the new, creative products out there.  There's so much talent and I want to thank each of you for great business and products!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Elisabeth Ludvigsen - Senior 2012 Session

A few weeks ago when the weather was much warmer, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and photograph Elisabeth.  She was super nice and very open to my ideas.  Our session was at John Bryan State Park and I knew there were several great spots there since I've photographed there before, but never realized the treasure that I would find with this session!  We had a gorgeous field of wildflowers with the main color being a purple/lavender, which turned out great because Elisabeth had outfits that coordinated perfectly!  We continued our session and found very neat spots where we could incorporate the elements of nature.  Another wonderful spot within the park was a knocked down tree, its roots fully exposed, offering outstanding angles.  The following are my favorite images from this session.

Monday, October 17, 2011

October is Infant and Pregnancy Loss Month

It's been a while since I posted to my blog and I've been thinking of what to post.  The month of October is not only Breast Cancer Awareness month, but it's also Infant and Pregnancy Loss Month as well.  This cause sits close to my heart as I have a strong passion for newborn photography and I'm also an Affiliate Photographer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. (NILMDTS)

NILMDTS is an amazing volunteer organization founded in 2005.  The organization consists of many volunteer professional photographers that use their skills and knowledge to provide precious portraits to grieving families-families that lose their babies either during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after.

I started my venture with NILMDTS in November of 2010 and have since done three sessions.  I've done many newborn sessions with my business but I've never encountered a session that has touched me in the way these three sessions have.  I've come out of each session profoundly affected and the babies sit in my mind long after I leave the hospital room.  Editing these sessions is indeed emotional for me.  I felt an incredible sense of responsibility to honor that babies memory and provide these parents with the best portraits I could provide.  There have been moments where I wasn't sure if I could continue the responsibility of this position but my mind and heart keep going back to these parents.  They depend on me to capture that last moment.  For most of these parents, these images are the only portraits they will ever have of their child.  For some, it helps them with their grieving process.

I strongly encourage those that can to help contribute a donation to this incredible cause.

Besides the website listed, you can also learn more about NILMDTS by visiting their page on Facebook:

And finally, one of my favorite quotes:

"How very softly you tiptoed into my world
Almost silently;
Only a moment you stayed
But what an imprint your footprints have left on my heart"

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Product & Vendor Spotlight: Calleigh's Clips

A few months ago, Elisabeth from Calleigh's Clips and I ran through some ideas for a newborn prop that would utilize tummy sleeping poses for newborns.  That's when Cuddle Critter Capes was born!  These crocheted products are a variety of animals, super heroes, items, etc. made as a hat with a separate cape that lays across the baby's back while in the sleeping-on-belly position.  This product has become HUGELY popular for Calleigh's Clips.  She's come up with so many new and exciting designs to help add individuality/creativity to a photographer's newborn portrait session.  I currently own the ladybug, bumble bee, caterpillar, monkey, giraffe, sleeping owl, Mickey & Minnie mouse, skunk, rabbit, turtle, and beaver.  There are many others available in her collection such as butterfly, mouse, elephant, zebra, bear (koala, panda, and snuggle), Superman, Batman and Robin, candy corn, pig, cow, and many many more.

If you're an expecting parent-to-be and have a newborn session coming up with me, you can choose from any of these designs or any of my other crocheted products, also made by Calleigh's Clips.  If there's a particular animal/idea that I don't own but you'd like, you can request that before your scheduled session and I'll have it made.  I also have complimentary props such as a large mushroom, soft fur grass, baskets, etc. that look outstanding with these capes.  Below are a few examples of the product in action with some of my teeniest models!

I've been using her products for quite some time now and keep coming back because her quality is pretty remarkable, and she has very good Customer Service!

If you'd like to get some more prop ideas for an upcoming session, you can either inquire with me or visit Calleigh's Clips at:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rubeo Family/Senior Session

I've been photographing so many newborns lately (it's my passion, of course!) but have recently received a request for senior and family portraits.  I photographed her friend's son's senior portraits while I was in school, so it's always wonderful to receive referrals.  I consider that to be such a huge compliment and really appreciate it.

The seniors are twins.  I think the overall posing for this session was pretty traditional, but the location happens to be one of my favorites - Sharon Woods Park in Cincinnati.  There is a lot of variety there, not to mention a huge waterfall, which I've used on quite a few occasions. 

Here are a few of my favorites:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Product Spotlight: Ties for Little Guys

I mentioned before that I plan to spotlight various products (print-related) that I offer as well as props for newborns.  I recently won a contest on Facebook where I won some ties made by Kiwi and Kiki   They sell the cutest little ties & bowties, which are great for photography and in my case, newborn photography.  Their ties/bowties are hugely popular and I can certainly understand why.  Newborn girls have headbands which are specifically for that gender and boys now have ties!  They are just the right size for their little bodies and come in so many different colors and patterns.  I look forward to using these props in some upcoming sessions!  Thank you Kiwi & Kiki for introducing me to this fabulous new prop!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Ala Carte Now Available!

I'm excited to announce the addition of ala carte prices to my price listing! I have prices listed both with and without package purchase. Minimum order: $50 in product plus $50 session fee. Packages will be listed on my website and FB, but please make request for ala carte prices. I will be doing Product Features periodically in my blog, describing the many products I provide with pictures. Prints, gallery wraps, albums, announcements, you name it!