December 2015

How to Protect Baby Photos From Damage Over Time

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Have you ever picked up an older photo and noticed that it was faded or you could barely see over the scratched? Unfortunately, photos do wear down over time and they can become ruined in a matter of no time. If you have photos of your baby, you want them to last forever and you already cherish them. To help you keep your photos in the best shape possible, consider the tips below.

1. First, photos scratch much easier than you think they do and depending on the type of scratch, the photo can be ruined instantly. It is important that you limit the number of times you handle the baby photos. The more you pass the photo around and touch it, the more likely it is to become scratched.

Any dust on the actual photograph will scratch the film as well and leave you with unsightly damage. You should keep photos in place once they are put away somewhere. Also, you should avoid stacking photos on top of each other without any form of protection in between.

2. When you are storing your photographs, you want to make sure that you keep them in a safe place away from the ground or any leaks. Water is an enemy of photographs and can cause them to bleed and ruin. You cannot always restore a photo after water damage so you need to take the steps now to keep them safe.

In addition, you should limit how much humidity your pictures are exposed to. Allowing them to sit in areas where humidity is prone will cause them to damage as well.

3. Lastly, you want to keep your photos away from light and sitting in the sun. When you store them, make sure the baby photos are put away neatly and out of the sun’s rays. Sun damage will fade a photo and cause the color to dim and drain from the photo.

If you have a bunch of baby photos, you should store them properly to ensure they last a lifetime. You can always recall old memories and share those memories with other family members through photos. If you do find that some of your baby photos have been damaged due to water, humidity, the sun, or dust, you can try and have them restored back to their original condition by a professional.

Mom and Baby Photoshoot Ideas

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Having a baby marks a special time in your life and sharing that moment with others is one of the most joyous things you can do. Mom and baby photos are beautiful and graceful and each photo is inspirational for other mothers. If you want to take a couple of shoots with baby, but you are unsure of what type of photos you want, consider the ideas below.

Mom and Baby Sleeping

One of the most precious pictures that you can take is of you and baby sleeping. Not only will it show off the size and beauty of your baby, you will be right there alongside of him or her. Love and the motherly instinct have never been more beautiful and breathtaking.

Mom and Baby Looking at Each Other

You can see the love in a mother’s eyes and one type of photo you can take with baby is shots of you and him or her staring into each other’s eyes. These powerful pictures show not only love, but trust and happiness.

Mom and Baby on a Picnic

If you are ready to hit the woods, consider a mom and baby picnic for your photoshoot. You can take the blanket, basket, and even have some cheese on the sideline for you and a bottle for them. The types of photo opportunities you have will be endless from you and baby walking down the path to get to you picnic spot to laying down the picnic sheet. You and baby can also lie down on the blanket and gaze at the clouds above together.

Playing in the Leaves

Another amazing photoshoot idea for mom and baby is to play in the leaves. The two of you can roll around and have a grand time while the photographer is capturing these memories. Consider tossing leaves into the air, covering your baby with a couple of leaves, you two laying in the leaves together, and more. You can even blow some bubbles and catch every moment.

Matching Outfits

One of the most common types of mom and baby photoshoot ideas is matching outfits. If you want to showcase you and baby in the photos, consider wearing the same outfit in a mommy and baby size. Not only will these photos look adorable, you will have an amazing time matching the outfits to each other. Hold hands for a walk or gently hold baby up into the air for a playful and loving photograph.

Have Fun with It

There are numerous photoshoot ideas for mom and baby. No matter what your preferences are, you want to simply have fun with the entire shoot and do not overthink it. Your love for your baby will shine through the picture no matter what activity you are engaging in or what outfits you are wearing.

If you need help thinking of some ideas or you are looking for an experienced photographer, call Couture Portraits today.

Questions You Need to Ask Before a Newborn Photo Shoot

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Before you go through with the newborn shoot, there are some things you need to consider asking before things take off. Whether you are new to the photography scene or not, it helps to understand how the process is going to work and what you can expect from the big day. Below, we will go over a number of questions that you need to ask your photographer.

What is Your Experience in Posing Newborns?

Let’s face it, a newborn is not naturally going to curl up into those cute position and rest his or her head on a fluffy turtle’s back. It is important for you to make sure that your newborn photographer has experience in posing newborns. Again, make sure the experience is with newborns as they are much different than a school-aged child. You should ask to see some of their portfolio photos to see the different poses and how well they look.

Do You Have Props?

This is another great question to ask because if your photographer does not have the props, then you will need to purchase some or go without them. Your newborn photographer should have all of this stuff on hand such as blankets, baskets, headbands, and stuffed animals. If not, you may want to consider hiring a more experienced photographer.

Do You Have a Studio?

Some photographs work out of their home or they travel to come see you in a location or your choice while others have a studio. Whether the photographer you choose has a studio or not is up to you. There is nothing wrong with a photographer who travels to you and you may even feel more comfortable in your own home. The choice is really up to you.

Can Parents and Siblings Join In?

Before you assume that your photographer is okay with taking pictures of the entire family with the newborn, ask first. Many photographers will not mind, but you need to make sure you let them know as well. Never just show up and surprise someone.

Do You Work Alone?

Lastly, you should find out whether the newborn photographer works alone or if he or she works with an assistant. The choice is up to you again, but a professional who has an assistant will be able to get the job done quicker than someone who has to stop after every photo.

Hire Couture Portraits

Before you just settle on one newborn photographer, speak with numerous ones and have them answer the questions above. These questions will help you decide whether or not the photographer you are talking to is right for you. Couture Portraits is happy to answer all of your questions and we look forward to capturing you and baby on film.

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.