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How to Protect Your Newborn Photos in a Scrapbook

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After you’ve finished with your newborn photo shoot, many parents choose to add the professional photos into a baby’s scrapbook for sentimental purposes. The ease of a scrapbook is going to be more involved than simply having copies of your phone or on your wall. A scrapbook can hold a timeline of your baby’s more important moments whether or not they are professionally taken. The importance of a baby scrapbook is to hold and protect your photos. If you think that your scrapbook is going to be at risk of ripping or other accidental damages here are a few ways to protect your newborns photos.

 

Plastic covers

If you are a scrapbooking then you might select a scrapbook that has large empty sheets of paper instead of plastic sleeve in which to protect your photos. However, even if you choose to decorate your own scrapbook pages with decorations and designs your photos can still be protected by laminating or purchasing plastic protectors for your own use. The plastic protectors are going to keep your photos from being damaged. If you want full protection many scrapbook stores will sell plastic sheets to go over the entire page so none of your decorations or mementos will be damaged.

 

Keeping the scrapbook secure

While your scrapbooking process isn’t going to be finished until your baby’s first year has passed you should keep the in progress scrapbook in a secure area until you can complete it. A baby’s scrapbook will be updated during every momentous event in their live and you want the scrapbook holding all of their memories to last forever. By keeping your unfinished scrapbook put away, you limit the risks of damages to your prized photos.

 

Digital copies

The benefits of digital copies of your newborn photos can give you the security of having a backup of the images you treasure. Newborn photographs are always something to be shared with friend and family, digital copies are going to be sent around as well as newborn announcements as a way to spread joy and pride of brining a newborn into the world. The importance of digital copies is the security that is given to parents whose lives are now becoming more and more hectic. Loosing track of things is going to happen more often with a baby in the home especially if it’s an addition to an already large family. By keeping a digital copy on hand you’ll have a backup of all of the printed copies that somehow got lost in between friends and family. The importance of peace of mind is what matters most.

 

Protecting your priceless photos is a concern many families have. The memories taken during their newborn photography session are ones that should be kept forever. However many family members and friends will also want to see pictures of your bundle of joy. The protection of printed photos is easier when you have backups and digital copies. The protection of printed photos can also be protected by plastic covering. The important part is that you have peace of mind when you are handing out your newborns pictures.

 

How to Soothe a Fussy Baby at a Photo Shoot

 

If you want your baby to take excellent pictures, then you will need him or her to be calm and happy. For new parents, you may not yet know how to calm down a baby, but here are a few great suggestions on possible tricks to soothe and prepare your baby for an excellent photo shoot.

 

  1. Utilize Gentle Motions

A fussy baby may be upset about any number of things, but one trick that helps almost every baby is the use of gentle motion.  Not any given motion will help every baby, so it is necessary to try different ones to see what works best with yours.  Here are a few motions that commonly soothe babies:

  • Patting the baby gently on the back (this may even help them burp, and solve the possible cause of the crying)
  • Seat the baby on your knees, and then move them back and forth in a side-to-side motion.
  • Hold the baby in your arms and make a gentle swaying motion with the shoulders and hips
  • Walk slowly around the room, as the rocking motion can soothe the baby

Remember not to exhaust yourself with too much motion.

 

  1. Make Soft Noises

Many babies find new noises distracting enough to forget that they were uncomfortable or upset.  These can be anything from shushing noises that start just louder than the baby and decrease in volume, to humming a soothing tune or singing softly. Some people have even found that tuning the radio to static or turning on the running water of a faucet can soothe a baby. Of course, nature sounds, or even other noises such as a running vacuum in a different room can help as well.

 

  1. Swaddle Your Baby in a Soft Blanket

Most babies were warm, safe, and comfortable while they were in the womb, but now that they are exposed to all the stimulus of the outside world, they find it confusing and scary. In order to simulate the warm, enclosed feeling of the womb, you can swaddle your baby.  To do this, take a soft and warm blanket and wrap it around your baby so that it snugly covers them from neck to toe.  This will keep the baby warm while providing that encompassing feeling they found so comforting in the womb.

 

  1. Let the Baby Suck on Something

Everybody likes food, and babies are no exception.  Since they receive all of their food through a nipple or a bottle throughout their first months, they can come to associate good feelings with the sensation of sucking.  While you do not want to break the feeding routine, you can simulate it by offering a pacifier, a corner of a blanket, or even the pinky finger with the nail downward.

 

With these tips, you can soothe your baby enough to have them calm or asleep for the ideal portrait opportunity.  For more tips on getting your baby ready to make the perfect memories with photography, check out the other blog articles or featured pages on this website.

 

Keeping Your Patience during a Newborn Shoot

Although it is a very exciting thing to have a newborn baby, and especially to have a photographic portrait taken of him or her, some people may find it stressful if they do not know what will happen beforehand. In order to keep your patience during a newborn shoot, you need to make sure you have plenty of time, that you understand the procedure of the shoot, that you keep your baby calm, and that you yourself stay relaxed throughout.

 

  1. Make Sure You Have Plenty of Time before You Schedule

Many new parents who have not had a newborn photography shoot before underestimate the time it takes to get a good portrait.  When many parents only schedule one to two hours for the shoot, they find themselves getting frustrated when the photographer asks for more time.  Be sure to plan for the photo shoot to take at least three hours, maybe four.  Also, be sure to schedule this time to happen first thing in the morning, as this will provide optimal outside lighting and will avoid the crankiness that can come in the afternoon.

 

  1. Know What to Expect from the Photographer

Many parents become frustrated because they do not understand the long process of taking photographic portraits. The photographer will need to have everything just right, which means that you may have to go through a lot of positioning of the props, such as cloths or pillows, and of the baby.  They may want to add just the right accessory to add color, or want to have the baby lay on the chest of a parent.  Just remember that the photographer is an artist, and for your baby to have a perfect portrait, you will need to be patient while they work with their medium.

 

  1. Keep Your Baby Warm and Soothed

One big way to prevent stress and frustration is to keep your baby from being fussy.  The calmer they stay, the less you will have to worry about pacifying them so that the shot turns out well.  To do this, you need to keep them warm, fed, and soothed.  Make sure the room is warm enough to keep them happy even if the clothing is removed, and feed your baby just before you start the shoot. Try using white noise or soothing, gentle touches to keep your baby content.  Search this blog for more articles on this topic.

 

  1. Stay Relaxed So that Your Baby Will Be Relaxed

If you are stressed, your baby will be able to notice it, which will make him or her anxious and fussy. Do whatever you need to in order to calm down.  Listen to your favorite music via headphones, or do yoga; whatever helps you keep calm.

 

With these tips, you should be better prepared for keeping your cool throughout the duration of the photo shoot. Check out the rest of this website for more articles on how to make the photo portrait of your baby perfect.

 

How to Keep Your Baby Calm during a Newborn Shoot

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In order for the photographer to find the perfect photographic portrait of your baby, you need to make sure your baby is and remains calm during the duration. Though it is impossible to prevent all problems that may arise, here are a few excellent tips on how to keep your baby soothed and calm during the duration of the shoot.

 

  1. Keep Yourself Calm and Happy

Even a newborn is more sensitive than you may think they would be.  If you are nervous or overly excited, then your baby will take notice of your increased heartrate, shaky hands, or sped up breathing, and he or she will get agitated and start to fuss. Do whatever you do to relax, such as deep breathing, to calm yourself so that the baby will also feel calm. If you can keep baby calm, you can enjoy the photo shoot.

 

  1. Help the Baby Keep Warm

For a newborn that was wrapped in a warm and comfortable cocoon for nine months, being cold can be a startling and unpleasant experience. Ask if your photographer can increase the heat in the studio so that the baby will be at a comfortable temperature even when posed with no clothing on.  If that is not possible, then try photographs while the baby is wrapped in a towel or blanket. Some photographers have even tried draping a cloth over the parent and then laying the baby on his or her chest so that the baby feels the body heat and heartbeats of the parent.

 

  1. Make Sure the Baby Is Full

Many babies cry or put up a fuss when they are hungry, so a prolonged photo shoot can be difficult for them. Make sure to feed the baby on arrival so that he or she does not have time to digest before the photography starts.  If you need to take time out of the shoot to feed a fussy baby midway through, then do not hesitate to do so, as it will likely calm the baby back down.

 

  1. Utilize Comforting White Noise

Just as heat helps simulate the warmth of the womb, so too can soft white noise simulate the sound of the organs of the mother, which had been a constant sound for the baby during its tenure in the womb. Try soft noises, like a running hair dryer, static from a radio, a vacuum in the next room over, or water running in the faucet.

 

  1. Gently Rock or Move the Baby

If none of the above work, you can also try utilizing soothing movements, such as gently rocking the baby, or patting its back in a gentle manner. You may try walking around the room with the baby against your chest, or moving your knees back and forth with the baby seated on top.

 

With these tips, you should have some good techniques to try when attempting to soothe your baby and keep him or her calm during the duration of the photo shoot.  Search the rest of this blog or the featured pages on the site to learn more about preparing your baby for the perfect photo opportunity.

 

Cute Backdrops for Newborns

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There is a lot your photographer can do and say with just a photo. However, you also can have a say in what you want your picture to look like. Photographers offer many options to make the picture your own through the props and backgrounds they have. With so many options, it can be overwhelming deciding which backgrounds to use. Despite the fact that either way, your newborn will look precious, it is still probably a good idea to consider what background options you have. If you are in the process of brainstorming and considering backdrops for newborns, here are a few ideas of cute ones you may like.

 

  • Blankets

 

This type of backdrop is simple but can still be very cute and even classy. Using a blanket as the backdrop for the photo allows a variety for colors and textures in your photo. They can also be comfortable for the newborn and make if only slightly easier for your photographer. The blanket backdrop leaves it simply so you can customize with props like headbands, little suits or bows. This might be a surprisingly cute but simply idea.

 

  • Nursery Rhymes

 

Nursery rhymes will soon become an essential part of your parental tools, so why not incorporate into your newborn photos. With so many nursery rhymes available, you are also left with lots of options for backdrops following these stories. The story of the cow jumping over the moon allows for the use of a cute moon backdrop and maybe some props related to cows can be a nice detail to add. There is also nursery rhymes related to other animals that can make for more “aww” moments while being cute. Nursery rhyme backdrops can also be gender neutral making it possible to be used with boys, girls, or twins of the opposite gender. This is a great way to narrow down the top backdrops for newborns.

 

 

  • Nature

 

The nature backdrop option can allow two main ways to go about it. You can have it outdoors in real nature or have the artificial backdrop. Depending on your photographer, you can have the photoshoot outside and use the natural light of the sun to make some phenomenal photos. It can also be possible to make use of backdrops in a studio to create the same effect while being more comfortable for you. With the nature backdrop, you can even use some props like flowers or leaves to add effect or make it specific to one season.

  • Holidays

This last cute backdrop tip leaves you with a few more options as well. You can keep it simple but you can also get creative with what holiday you choose. Sometimes it does not even have to be that time of year to be able to use a certain holiday’s backdrop. Using this backdrop also lets you be prepared and even get ahead on the next holiday season. You can backdrops with Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s day, among others. You can make the photos as cheesy or precious as you want them to be.

These newborn photographs you will most likely display and then cherish forever. For that reason, it is important that you choose the backdrops and props careful. Work with your photographer so you can ensure to be satisfied by the final product. Considering these cute backdrops, blankets, nursery rhymes, nature or holidays can get you one-step closer to that goal. Make sure your newborn photographs bring you back to that special moment to tell the story of your love and family.

How to Find the Right Personality Type for Your Newborn Photographer

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Do you want to take some beautiful pictures of your newborn baby son or daughter, but you do not have a good camera, and would not know how to take great photos with one if you did? Do you want more than just any old photo? If so, then you need a professional infant portrait photographer.  With so many choices available, how can you know which type of personality will work well?  Here are some traits to look for when searching for the best kind of photographer for taking baby portraits.

 

  1. The Best Baby Portrait Takers are Active Photographers

Firstly, there are two main kinds of photographers: passive and active.  A passive photographer works better with still subjects, such as landscapes, architecture, bowls of fruit, or other such things. While they can photograph people, their skills truly shine when they work with subjects over which they do not have much control.  For infant portraits, you will want an active photographer.

 

  1. Active Photographers are Extroverts

The first and most noticeable trait, of active photographers is that they are extroverts. This means that they are outgoing and love to be around other people.  Interaction with others energizes and inspires them, which brings out their best work.  Extroverts also tackle challenges by talking through the issue with others, which means that as they talk with you about what you want for the portraits, they will be working out how to perfectly accomplish it.  Likewise, they are usually very friendly and personable, which makes it easier for them to get along with during a long photo shoot.

 

  1. Active Photographers Love to Be a Large Influence in the End Product

Another big trait of active photographers is their love for control over the shoot.  They usually work in studios, where they are able to control the lighting, the background, the pose of the individual, and the angles of the shot.  They are at their peak performance when they work with people, and babies are no different.  In the end result, you will be able to see the distinct work of the photographer in the portrait they create for your baby son or daughter. On a related note, an active photographer will also have their own studio, which means they can regulate the temperature so that the baby does not get cold and fussy during the shoot.

 

  1. Active Photographers Thrive while Creating the Perfect Portrait

As opposed to passive photographers, who do their best work when they have little to do with the shot other than the settings on the camera and the way they position themselves, active photographers make their best work in the form of portraits of people, who they can direct, dress, and position how they see best works for the shot.

As you can see, you definitely want to have an active photographer for the portrait of your newborn baby.  Look around this site for more tips on what to look for and how to prepare your child for the perfect photograph.

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.

 

How to Share Your Newborn’s Photos With Family

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Getting photos of your newborn is a great way to capture an important stage in your child’s life. While this is an important part of being a parent, there are other people in the baby’s life that will want to remember this time as well. Sharing the photos with your family is a great gift that they will enjoy. Whether you want to choose to give them photos during a holiday or just after the baby is born, they will appreciate the offer. When it comes to sharing the photos, we live in a technology filled time that offers you many options. You can choose to share the files digitally or print them for your family. There are many different options you will want to consider based on who you are giving the photos to.

 

Digital Photos

 

One of the easiest ways to share photos with your family is digitally. This allows you to send the photos through the computer. Because most people have internet on their phones nowadays, they are able to get the photos instantly no matter where they are. From here, they can check out the shots to see which ones they want to print out. This is a good option for those who have family living in all different cities. Mailing photos can require a lot of money. You want to be extra careful mailing photos because they could easily get damaged. By sending the photos digitally, you don’t have to worry about special packing and paying for postage.

 

Printed Images

 

One of the best ways to provide photos of your newborn to family is by printed images. Here, you have several options to choose from. A lot of photographers will sell you a cd of the photo session so you can print however many images you want. You can also choose where to have the images printed. This means if you prefer a special place, you can go and get them printed there. Other photographers offer a printed option for you. This can cost you additional money, but it can save you time as well. The photographer will take care of the details regarding your photos being printed. You just wait for them to be completed and sent to you. Once the images are printed, you can decide who to give the extra photos to.

 

Social Media

 

Sometimes, all one needs is just to be able to look at the photo. By using social media, you are able to share images with people all over the world, especially family. Most people use social media to be able to connect to others that aren’t nearby. Sharing pictures on social media is very easy. It can be done in seconds if you have the images available online. With just a few clicks, your family will be able to check out your newborn pictures. This allows everyone you want to be able to see your precious newborn.