June 2015

Choosing a Frame For Your Newborn Portraits

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With the gift of a newborn comes a lot of excitement and the want to share the news. you have taken the pictures of your newborn and made it without a hitch. The overwhelming emotion and possibly tears you felt while looking at the pictures is not one you want to keep to yourself or forget. You want the pride and joy that is your newborn to fill the walls and furniture in your house for your own reminder and share. Choosing the frame for your newborn phots can be just as important as choosing the pictures themselves. If you are looking to choose a frame or plan to soon, here are a few tips for choosing the right frame for your newborn portraits.

 

  • Consider the Photo Sizes

 

This step in the newborn photography can be done before taking the photos or after. Knowing what frame to choose usually comes after having chosen what print size you would like. Smaller sizes will be more convenient for the smaller types of frames while some of the bigger sizes might not even need frames as they are designed like canvases.

 

  • Consider the Frames

 

With some many different types of frames available, it is important to consider and decide which frame is best for you. The photo size matters of course, but you must also consider the options. There are the classic frames that are available. The standard stand up frame you can place on your living room tables and furniture. There is also the classic wall frame that can allow for slightly larger sizes. There is also room to get creative with the frames by using overlaid frames that let you display more pictures. You get to choose what works best for you.

 

  • Other possibilities

Choosing a frame is simply choosing how you would like to display these pictures. While you can go traditional or get a bit creative with your frames, it can also be help to consider other options. However, it all depends on what may be your personal style. To save room on your walls and hallways, you can consider using other household items like photo cubes or shelves. You can pull out your inner repairperson tools and create a photo display that is part of your house. There is also the possibility of using other household items to facilitate hanging up frames, like coat hooks, or to add some flare to your photos.

 

  • Consider the Future

 

This will most likely not be the last time you take pictures of your child, professional or otherwise, that you would like to display. The excitement for your newborn and these first pictures might go a little overboard and leave you with more photos than you can count. Therefore, it is important that you consider and remember that there will be pictures in the future. Get frames then that can be easily interchangeable for future portrait options. It also allows you to consider how much room you have available for frames and pictures in your home and then plan accordingly.

 

Your newborn portraits are something you can treasure as your child grows up. Choosing a frame for the pictures can be just as important but does not mean it should be stressful. Remember some of these tips considering the sizes, frames, future photos, and maybe even some other creative possibilities. You can be on your way to creating a reminder of that beautiful moment.

 

 

Special Ways to Share Your Newborn’s First Photo Shoot

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Having a baby is one of the greatest joys in life and being able to share your newborn’s first photo shoot is even more special. Not only will you be excited, your beautiful bundle of joy will look amazing and this is the perfect opportunity to show your long distance family and friends the new extension of your family. If you are looking for some special ways to show off your newborn’s first photo shoot, consider the tips below.

Create a Beautiful Birth Announcement

One of the easiest and best ways to share your newborn’s first photo shoot is by creating a personalized birth announcement. The announcement can include multiple pictures from the shoot that you think reflect your baby well. You can add your child’s name, date of birth, and any other information you want. In addition, create a small section that places the recipient’s name somewhere on the birth announcement to ensure it is personal.

Share a Part of the Photo

Having mom and dad in the photo is a great way to make your baby’s first photo shoot special and it helps showcase the new family perfectly when you hand out the photos.

Use Online Albums

Although print announcements are great, some people do not have the ability to receive mail or you may not be comfortable sending your child’s information in an envelope all around the world. You can still share your newborn’s first photos by creating a locked online album. In the online album, you can make slideshows, include your favorite pics, make announcements, and so much more. The protection of a password helps keep your photos secure and the only people who can view are the ones you want to see.

Create a Tote Bag

Another great way to share this special moment is to take a collage of your favorite photos from the shoot and make a tote bag for everyone. Not only will the bags be useful, everyone will be reminded of your adorable child each time they reach for the bag.

Add a Small Gift to the Picture

You can create a small photo album with the best shots from the shoot and then include a small gift in the box along with the album. Whether it is a personalized silver pen, a new mug, or something you know your family will love, this is a great way to share your child’s special moment.

Christmas Tree Ornament

Lastly, you can place your child’s photo into a Christmas tree ornament and then hand it out to all of your family members. The ornament will be there to remind them of their little joy and even as your child grows, their picture will remain.

If you are looking for great ways to share your newborn’s first photo shoot, the above ways are easy, simple, but speak a thousand words. If you need help with the photo shoot or you are looking for an experienced professional, Couture Portraits is the answer.

Three Things to Know About Choosing a Newborn Photographer

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One of the most priceless and memorable times in your life is the arrival of a new baby. This easily trumps many other big occasions in your life. In order to capture this exciting time, you want to hire a professional photographer to shoot some images of your newborn. Babies can grow so quickly and every stage is important. The newborn stage quickly goes away after a few months and all you have left are memories. When scheduling your newborn photographer to come take photos of your new baby, you want to make sure you hire the right one. If you choose the wrong photographer, you could end up with some bad pictures that do not capture the essence of your baby. Since you cannot go back and redo them, you will have to live with those images forever. Here are three things you should look for when choosing a newborn photographer.

 

Experience

 

One of the most vital components of choosing a newborn photographer is experience. Working with newborns is not like working with other people. Newborns require special care and a lot of direction. Newborn photographers have to be hands on. Since newborns cannot be readily available, they have to be able to maneuver them into the right poses in order to get the best shots. With newborns, you have to have a lot of patience. It is not uncommon for them to cry, get hungry, and go to the bathroom during the photo session. During these times, you have to be willing to take a break. Newborns require a lot of attention and time during a photo shoot.

 

Pricing

 

Because of the detail newborns require during their photo sessions, you want to make sure you are choosing the right photographer. The price for a newborn photo session can vary between each photographer. It is important to get an estimate of what the cost will be ahead of time. Many photographers charge by the hour and provide you a set number of photos included in the session. Other photographers may charge you for each picture you order. If possible, you will want to look into getting a cd of the session. This way you can order numerous pictures for family and friends.

 

Location

 

Carrying a newborn around can be very difficult. You have to lug around all their stuff that goes along with them including a diaper bag, stroller, and carrier. When hiring a newborn photographer, you want to consider the location of the shoot. Some photographers are more than happy to come to your home to capture the shots. Other photographers may have their own photography studio and will require you to come there. This is something you should consider before hiring the photographer.

 

By considering these three factors, you can feel confident you will choose the best photographer for your situation. Experience, pricing, and location all play a role in finding the best photographer to capture your newborn baby.

 

  When Is a Good Age For Newborn Photography?

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Pictures capture all the memorable moments in life and freeze them so you can cherish them forever. Therefore, why wouldn’t you want to capture your newborn’s birth right away? Any age is great for newborn photography. Most hospitals even offer a newborn photo session, while you are still in the hospital. Because of this fact, most people choose to wait to get a professional photographer for about a week after bringing their baby home.

The Ideal Age

If you are looking to find out the ideal age that most photographers suggest getting newborn pictures done, the answer is 5 to 12 days old. This time frame has given your baby’s skin time to even out to a nice flesh tone color ensuring that it is no longer blotchy. Another benefit to doing it between these days is your baby still sleeping a lot. Therefore, it is easier to capture all those sweet curled up position. These positions are great for props using baskets and bathtub poses. Most newborn pictures are done curled up in these items. Around 2 weeks, newborns start to opening up more when they sleep, making it more awkward to pose them in props.

Book In Advance

In order to ensure that you will be able to get your newborn photography done during this time, you need to book in advance. Many photographers’ who specialize in newborn photography are booked several months in advance. Therefore, you should book as far out as possible. Preferable in your second trimester. This is a moment that will not come back so make sure you book it so you can remember this precious time in your baby’s life. If you are worried about your baby not coming on its due date, do not. Many photographer will hold times for before and after due dates as well to make sure they are flexible enough to capture this special time.

Come Prepared

Accidents happen with children of all ages, even newborns. When getting your newborn’s pictures done come prepared. Some items to bring along with you during your newborn photography session are a pacifier and a change of clothes for you, if you are going to be in pictures. Since most newborns are photographed naked, you never know when you might accidentally get peed on. Another thing to bring with you is anything that has significant meaning, such as a small toy or a special blanket. Also, bring any outfit changes you want your child photographed in.

The worst thing you can do is worry that something is going to go wrong. Photographers do this every single day. They know how important this is for you and they will make it prefect. If your baby starts to cry, don’t rush to his side. Trust that the photographer can handle it. Sometimes it can be harder to settle them if parents get involved. Relax and know that you are in good hands and so is your newborn.