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Do you #existinphotos with your baby?

Are you a mum who wishes your partner would pick up the camera more often and capture some special moments of you and your bub?  You know you need to be in more photos with your baby and your phone is filled with selfies that you set up for “candid” moments.  You want your child to one day know that you existed in those moments and weren’t just behind the camera.  You can see them growing so quickly before your eyes and you want to savour every moment forever.  The way they nuzzle into your neck when they “cuddle you”, the pointer finger they always stick into their mouth.  The chubby baby fat rolls on their thighs and back.  Their goofy, gummy smile before teeth arrive.  Their bald head starting to grow back soft, fuzzy hair.  The laughter in their eyes as you jiggle them up and down and they look at you like you are their whole entire universe… because you are.

Don’t regret not BEING IN photos with them.  #existinphotos

Introducing – The White Sessions – Mummy and Me

Taking place in the comfort of your own home, all you need is your bed and a window.  I’ll bring some white sheets if you don’t have any and then we will make magic happen!  Your room doesn’t even have to be clean!  Just throw all the junk into a corner and forget about it.  These sessions are suitable for babies from newborn to 12 months and include mum in the photos.  Give yourself permission to take some time for yourself and your baby to just be together, to cuddle, to laugh and to love each other.

The cost includes your in-home session, online gallery of up to 40 images, 15 high resolution digital files for you to choose (you can print and enlarge from these as much as you wish) and one 8×12 inch matted fine art print.

Total cost $449.

Upgrade to the whole set of digital files for only $199.  Professionally printed products also available upon viewing your gallery of images.

Refer a friend and when you both make a booking you will BOTH receive $50 off (total $399).

Fill out the form below to book your White Session.

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The best photos are the ones that make you FEEL something.  The ones that show a connection.  The ones that show the family as they are – loving, fun and free-spirited.  This is what I aim for in each and every session.

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I shared this #photographytip last week in my beginner photography group and thought someone out there may find it useful as well. Come and join the group here if you like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/816013531796364/

Beginner tip: Why choosing your own focus point is so important.

On all cameras, DSLR and point and shoot (even most phones) you can tell the camera where you want the focus to be in the image. If you think about a wide open area like a beach with a person on it, you would generally want to get the person in focus or to be the main focus. You don’t want a completely out of focus person and all the background lovely and crisp (ok you might, but intentionally is different to accidentally). If you have your camera set to “auto focus” then it will just pick a spot in the image that it thinks is the spot you want in focus. It can be very hit and miss.

Check out this example that I just tried on my own DSLR. The first two images I told the camera where I wanted to focus. In the first one I intentionally wanted to focus on the feet. The second I wanted the face to be in focus. In the last two image I set the focus to auto and let the camera decide. First it chose the feet and then it chose the arm/shoulder/shirt. How would it know where I wanted to focus if I didn’t tell it? It doesn’t, it just guesses and it puts a lot of our images out of focus or focus where we don’t want it. You could take a photo of the same thing a few times and depending on where your camera is positioned, it might choose a different focus spot 10 different times. I think when the camera is on auto-focus, it will generally try to choose an area to focus on that is in the middle(-ish) of the frame and a high contrast area.

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How do we stop this from happening?

We need to change the focus mode from automatic to a manual setting. You can either choose the centre focus point and use the focus and recompose method or choose a different focus point that will target a specific area in the image. To find out how to change the focus point for your particular camera just google “set focus point your camera model”.

See image 5 here where the middle focus point is chosen. The red box is where the camera will focus. To simply focus, point the red box (focus point) where you want the focus to be and press the shutter. For portraits, the best place to focus is on the eyes and more specifically, they eye closest to the camera. This is great if you want your subject in the middle of the frame. If you want to put them a bit off centre and show your skills with the rule of thirds, you will need to focus and recompose. To do this, you focus on their eye by HALF PRESSING the shutter button, then move your frame slightly to where you want to recompose, then continue to completely press the shutter button.

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This video shows the focus and recompose method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPz7wFpvuC0

Alternatively, you could choose one of the outer focus points where your subject is in the image/frame.

This video shows an example of a point and shoot camera and how to choose a spot within the frame to focus on.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ6I86dUe2Y

A few tips for choosing a photographer for your newborn baby.

1. One of the most important things is to look at the photographer’s folio of photos and choose someone whose style you fall in love with. There are “basically” two types of newborn photographers. One that shoots posed, curled up images which might include props.  If you are in Brisbane, I can recommend some photographers for you who do this type of imagery so well.  The other type is what we might call a “lifestyle” photographer who might do more of a candid session in your home without as much posing and more focus on “imperfect moments”.  This is the type of session which I offer and if you are looking for other photographers in this genre, I can also recommend a list of lovely ladies. For more information e-mail me at kate@kateveronicaphotography.com

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2. The skill level and resultant images you will find with different photographers will vary greatly. So again, it’s important to fall in love with their work if you are going to pay good money for these images.

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3. Safety of babies is most important! There are some newer photographers who may not be aware of how to safely pose a fragile newborn baby. Please make sure your photographer is experienced with babies and have a read of this information. If there are any poses that you feel uncomfortable with your photographer doing, speak up!http://blog.littlepiecesphotography.com.au/safety-first…/

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4. While we are talking about safety, your photographer should have public liability insurance.

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5. Ask friends and family for recommendations of photographers they have used before.

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6. Good work isn’t cheap and cheap work (usually) isn’t good. Just something to keep in mind. Professional photographers value their time and skill, and charge accordingly. If you need some options for paying the cost, just ask if they do payment plans or offer credit card payment. Most professionals do.
7. Book ahead! Some photographers book out months in advance. I’m currently pregnant and I booked my birth and newborn photographers pretty much straight after I fell pregnant.

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8. If you want to get to know your photographer better before booking them, have a chat with them on the phone. We are a pretty friendly bunch. 😉 Also, stalk their Facebook pages and Instagram to get a feel for how they work and their professionalism.
9. Read the reviews/testimonials on their Facebook pages.
10. Make sure you are aware of all of the costs when you are booking so that you are not surprised later down the track.

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11. If you find a photographer you love on social media, check out their websites as well! Usually there is a heap of useful information on the website including costs, FAQ, what to wear etc.
12. Your photographer will be able to guide you artistically.

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For first time parents it can be daunting taking baby home and realising that you have this whole new level of responsibility that has just been placed on  your shoulders.  Lauren and Mitch bought home their newborn son Levi, just hours after he was born, and they settled into “newborn life” with great calm and confidence.  Levi was totally chill-axed on the day of this photo session.  It still amazes me how small their breathing is when they are that little, like you have to really watch their chest to make sure they are breathing.  They are so peaceful.  check out the short video clip that follows the first image.  Tiny newborn details are the best!

You might wonder how you can afford newborn photos with all the other bills and expenses that come in around the time of having a baby.  Also, with the added expense of usually losing one income for the time-being, things can get a bit stressful money-wise.  I can offer affordable newborn photography for you, to give you one less thing to worry about.  I offer credit card payments and also payment plans.  Being pregnant myself right now, I have found it helpful to start paying off my photographers (I have a newborn and a birth photographer) BEFORE I even have the baby.  I wanted to know that at least half of my payments were made before we were reduced to one income.  That really took the strain off for me.  To find our more about the costs involved (no, you won’t have to sell your first-born) please see the pricing page here.

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