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!

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Adventures in Cheesecloth

I've recently purchased 6 hand-dyed cheesecloths  from one of my newest vendors, Tiny Tops.  Cheesecloth is a very soft, fine thread cloth that you would use to wrap a newborn for portraits.  It can be used in several different ways not just with newborns, but also in maternity photography as well.  With longer pieces, you can create a custom newborn hammock.  The wonderful thing about cheesecloth is that it gives you a great splash of color to the image, which is something I'm really focusing on in my newborn photography.  It's also pretty affordable, so I plan to purchase many more colors in the future!  Some future colors I'd love to purchase would include eggplant, teal, turquoise, peach, and magenta, though my wishlist extends well beyond this!  I will be using these cloths in some upcoming newborn sessions and look forward to exploring my possibilities with it!

The colors listed from top to bottom:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wilber Newborn Sneak Peeks

The ultimate goal for a newborn photographer is to achieve sleepiness (in the baby, that is) so you can photograph them doing what they do best and is the best way to get those cuddly sweet posed newborn portraits.  This is best done between the ages of birth to 2 weeks of age.  But, each baby is different so you really don't know what you will encounter when you go through your session.  With all the newborns I've photographed, I've had very sleepy babies as well as babies that just did not want their picture taken!  lol  So when this happens, you take to plan B and figure out what type of portraits would be best with the newborn.  When I'm transitioning a newborn into a different pose or prop and they either fully awaken into calm alertness or into full crying mode, I will generally turn my focus to the parent/baby interaction portraits.  I find this works great, because then the baby will more than likely calm down and either fall back asleep or engage in sweet interaction with the parent as well as the camera.

Baby E woke up mid session and was as calm and content as can be!  She was a very sweet little girl with some of the greatest expressions.  Her eyes are just amazing!  I think this series of portraits featured in this post capture that interaction nicely.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Brooks Newborn Session Sneak Peek

I had a great time photographing 3 newborns over a span of 48 hours.  This little guy was the first of the three.  I've been really trying to accomplish new poses and techniques.  He was the first newborn that I was able to successfully pose in a head up position, which is very exciting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Style

I've been doing a ton of research lately into all aspects of newborn photography, to get an idea of what I think looks best, from depth of focus, to props, to color combinations, backdrops, and even floors.  I really want to find my style-something consistent that will make you think of DVP when you look at the image.  I'm currently going on location for my newborn work but will someday like to get a small studio either out of my home or somewhere centrally located, that will both house my growing list of props/backdrops/floors, but also offer the best in lighting as well.  I think a combination of natural and studio light works well when it comes to portraits, working with either one and/or the other to get the desired effect.

I'm currently looking into my options for portable flooring, because I think texture/color is not only important in the background, but also in the floor as well.  The majority of newborn photography takes place on the floor, usually in a prop such as a basket, bucket, chair, hammock, cocoon, scale, etc.  With my work on location, portable flooring/backdrops offer great versatility to the session and endless possibilities. 

Because of my desire to hone in on my newborn photography craft as well as build my newborn portfolio, I will frequently have specials geared towards newborn sessions.  Since I feel word of mouth is so important when it comes to photography, I will also offer incentives to those that refer new newborn/maternity clients to me.  Please be on the lookout for those specials in the near future!

My current special for newborns is focused around Spring and all the wonderful little creatures that come out to play!  I've partnered with an incredibly wonderful and talented crochet business, Calleigh's Clips ( in starting a line of crochet newborn props called Cuddle Critter Capes.  These capes are pretty unique and include a hat and matching, detachable cape (the body) that turns tummy posing newborns into adorable creatures!  I currently have a ladybug, bumblebee, caterpillar, skunk, hedgehog, bunny, giraffe, and monkey available for shoots and will be adding to the collection! 

Since I'm interested in getting product photographs for her business as well as build my portfolio, I'm looking for newborns to model these cute, cuddly products!  If you have a newborn session with me between April and June 30th, you will receive an on location newborn session with me (3 hrs max) and 15% of any portrait print package, which includes a DVD of all edited images (minimum 20 images), both low and high resolution.  I will not only do portraits with these products, but also will do a regular newborn session featuring my props as well as anything you may want to contribute!  Like I mentioned before, if you refer a newborn client to me, you will also receive a special deal! (Deal to be announced)  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Princess on Board! Sneak Peeks

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a couple that recently moved to the area.  We were able to capture quite a range of maternity portraits and I'm pleased with how they turned out! 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Combined Maternity/Newborn Package Now Available!

I've had several of my clients ask about combination maternity/newborn packages.  DVP now features a special package for my maternity/newborn clients that offers the flexibility of combining both sessions into one package,  allowing you to customize your prints, album, announcements, etc. to fit your needs.  For example, if you decide you only want a few maternity prints but much more prints/products from your newborn session, this package allows you to do that!  The maternity session consists of 2 hours on location while the newborn session is 3 hours on location.  Both sessions require a $50.00 session fee due at the time of each session, which is non-refundable.  (Total $100.00)  This is a $25.00 savings from the normal newborn session fee of $75.00.  The combined session fee will be credited back to your package at time of package order.

Instead of having two package review sessions, I will review both of your sessions on the same date and then we'll decide on your prints/product at that time.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for your session, please let me know or you can book your appointment directly at:

BELLY TO BABY ($375.00)
Total Hours On-Location (2 Hrs Maternity – 3 Hrs Newborn)
Total Sneak Peek fully edited images featured on my blog (10 per session)
Deluxe announcements (come in a variety of shapes and will include 2-sided UV coating.  Choice of smooth, linen, or pearl paper)
8 x 10 or 10 x 8 Hardcover Keepsake Album, 10 pages (20 sides) 
20 different cover types/colors to choose from  
**Additional pages - $2.00 per page
16 x 20 wall portrait, 3/4“ depth standout mount w/ black or white edging
8 x 10 portraits
5 x 7 portraits
DVD with minimum 40 retouched high/low resolution images with print release (both sessions on DVD)
***$50 session fee is due at time of each shoot and is non-refundable. (Total session fees due for this package: $100.00)  These fees will be a credit to whichever package you choose.
****Belly to Baby package offers you the flexibility to combine your two sessions and divide the prints however you choose. 
*****All prints in this package receive a lustre coating and texture finish, which adds a level of protection from fingerprints and quality to the print.

Friday, April 8, 2011

3 Brothers

I would say that the Smith family has become quite the seasoned pros in regards to modeling for me!  I've had the pleasure of photographing them while I was going through school and helped document their newest addition, baby L!  It's been sweet seeing their kids growing up so fast.  We had their session at their favorite park and the weather was perfect.