Getting Kids to Smile

Here we are with one of my favorite little ladies who has become a very shy gal.  I met with this sweet girl and her Mother at one my favorite photography hot spots, Mayfield Park, in Austin, TX.  Despite the rough drought conditions, this quaint little area is always lush, green, and perfect for little ones.  We had the perfect backdrop but our girl was not interested in detaching herself from Mom…soooooo…it was time to pull out the big guns and act like crazy fools for the sake of a smile.  OH! I just LOVE her serious faces!  Aside from my youngest daughter, she is a favorite to capture serious faces.

And here we get some smiles by doing one of the things that makes her laugh.  Of course her Mom was asked to do it AGAIN!! and AGAIN!! and AGAIN!!….well you get my point.  At least it made her smile and turned into a pretty cute shot.

I’ll take those in a size 7.5 please!  This super chic Mom always  knocks it out of the park when it comes to shoes!  I love capturing these little details during sessions.  No, it may not be frame worthy, but that is what coffee table books are for 🙂  Not to mention a fun memory of her sweet little feet.

Before and After

 

Here are some pics from the K family’s maternity session, and then the newborn session soon after.  This family liked a bit of the “slice of life” photography that I really enjoy.  Some people like to call it photojournalist style or lifestyle photography.  These types of photos, whatever you call them are one of the reasons I fell in love with photography. 

Of course, even with slice of life photos, I always squeeze in the “poses”.  Oh! and the sweet little feet!  Does it make you want another one??Thanks to the K family for letting me capture these beautiful first days at home with their beautiful baby.

Professional Prints vs. Mainstream Lab Prints

SO what’s the big dealio?? You just got digital images from your favorite photog and can’t wait to run down to the drugstore and print away.  Well, you may want to think twice on that decision, especially for the prints that will be displayed in your home.  Your fabulous photographer puts a lot of hard work into editing your photos by adding or removing contrast, vibrancy, and brightness among other things.  These minor touches that look beautiful on your computer screen may not come through on the print.  Why?  For one thing, professional print houses use high quality papers that will last a lifetime and not fade.  Also, when I send an image through, they can match the color profile on my images.  So, that beautiful turquoise floral hairband (that you custom ordered off of Etsy just for these family photos), may not come out looking like the pretty blue you thought it would. The mainstream print houses don’t always have the capability to match every color profile.  Also, in the new world of digital photography we have more than just black and white and sepia.  We have other monochrome options such as Creamy Chocolate and Velvet Cream (kudos to the CoffeeShop Blog and all her fantabulous actions for Photoshop) and do you really want that Creamy Chocolate to come out looking more like Greeny Chocolate?  Here is an example below of a black and white of the Two Reds. Please keep in mind that these are scanned in and then reduced for web sharing so not all of the differences are that noticeable. The image above was printed through a mainstream printer and although it looks pretty good, it has a greenish tint that I did not want.  It also took a lot of the darker areas such as their hair and eyes and mad it look like one flat color with no highlights.  The image on bottom which was printed through my favorite pro printer came out exactly like I wanted.  Their skin is nice and bright and on close inspection, I see the highlights in their hair and eyes.Above are examples of a black and white image of the Two Reds. Please keep in mind that these are scanned in and then reduced for web sharing so not all of the differences are that noticeable. The image on top was printed through a mainstream printer and although it looks pretty good, it has a greenish tint that I did not want.  It also took a lot of the darker areas such as their hair and eyes and made them look like one flat color with no highlights.  The image on bottom which was printed through my favorite pro printer came out exactly like I wanted.  Their skin is nice and bright and on close inspection, I see the highlights in their hair and eyes. My thoughts are, if you spent the time and energy perfecting your outfits, convincing your hubby that he would enjoy getting family pictures done, or even acting like a fool to get your 1 year old to smile, it is worth investing a little more $$ in the print that resulted from all that work.

 

Indoor Session

This was my first indoor session using a backdrop and lighting from my window.  The lighting was a little dark so I implemented a small shoot through umbrella. This little girl could not be cuter!  And you can see the little puff that we used to keep her happy.  I also want to mention that when your little one learns to sit up, it is time for a portrait session.  This is one milestone you do not want to forget.