I love this family, they are so cute together, you can feel the love for each other and love how they play with their sweet little one. This session took place in this beautiful wooded area in Ripon, CA. I love this location, is like an enchanted forest out of a children's story book. Tall grass, Old thick wood trees and different type of trails and paths making this a little hideaway gem in this beautiful town known by their almond orchards in the heart of California's wine country.
I had so much fun during this session, we played peek-a-boo, we made silly faces, we played with bubbles and ran around this beautiful and enchanted forest. What I love the most is seeing my clients grow and captured their most important moments throughout the years, can't wait to see them again later this year.
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10 perfect little fingers and 10 perfect little toes!. I had the awesome pleasure to work with such a beautiful little one, she was just adorable and so sleepy and so easy to work with. Here is a little sneak peek on what you can expect when you book a session with me :).
Isn't she adorable?. I love the little pants, hat and layering blanket mom picked out from our newborn prop selection. During every newborn session parents can pick out their desired props they would like me to use, I also guide them through the selection and help them pick the color palette.
I pay close attention to the safety of all our newborn little ones. Prior to the session everything is sanitized, all props are freshly washed with organic detergent free of dyes and harsh chemicals and I take a shower right before each session and do not use any lotions, perfumes or wear any jewelry during the session to avoid our beautiful delicate clients to have any allergic reactions to new products or accessories.
I make sure all poses are done safely and no pose is done before thoroughly learning how to achieve the pose without any problems to make sure the safety of our little clients. I also have all the tools necessary to make this poses possible from the right layering blankets, to posing pillows to an assistant when needed.
During the pre-session consultation I talked to all my clients to start building the session according to all the wishes and need of each family like matching the nursery color palette to the props being used during the session. During the session the parents can relax on the studio while the session takes place, I have yummy snacks and drinks, a comfy couch as well as complimentary wifi.
I hope you enjoyed this beautiful images as much as I enjoy creating them, looking forward to my next newborn session and I hope is yours :).
Focus on the learning and not on the gear when starting out!.
A lot of people ask me what camera they should buy when starting out in their photography journey, I am talking about those that haven't had a dslr before. I am a canon girl and I highly suggest to start out with a crop sensor camera. They are affordable and with a good lens they can go the distance!.
The image above was taken with a Canon T2i and canon f/1.8 lens, when I was just starting out in my photography journey. The gear does help but what helps the most is learning how to utilize every piece of gear you have. You can achieve great images with just one lens and one camera. You don't need tons of lenses, accessories and spend a lot of money when starting out. You just need a camera, crop sensor or not, a good lens, a lot of practice, research and the will to learn how to shoot in manual mode.
So I asked fellow photographer friends to share their images taken with their crop sensor cameras and how far along in their photography journey they were when they took the images below. Showing how beautiful and well crafted images can be using a crop sensor camera.
Image Credit: Sarah Brown~ ©Sarah Brown Photography~ Nikon D3200 35mm 1.8G DX ~ Taken March2016
~ 1 year professional in my Journey ~ www.sarahebrownphotography.com
Image Credit: Jessica Insley Green ~ Sicabelle Photography ~ This was taken with a Canon T2i with the 18-55mm kit lens.
When you feel comfortable enough with one lens and camera is when you should start looking at adding one extra or accessory at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. When you buy multiple accessories and lenses at a time you will not be able to take enough time with each one to truly learn how to use each accesories at it's best. Due to having to share your time between different lenses or accessories like flashes, etc.
Image Credit: Judy Hurley ~ Nikon D7000; 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 ~ Taken June 2015 ~ 15 months into my journey; 2 mos after starting ps.
Image Credit: Kelsey Freeman ~ Nikon D7000 ~ 1yr before I upgraded to my D800 ~ Nikkor 50mm 1.4 ~ Facebook.com/kelseyfreemanphotography ~ Kelsey Freeman Photography
Starting out with a crop sensor camera is not only smart but you can save hundreds that you can use to further your photography learning by having more money to spend on photography books, classes or mentoring with a local photographer. You can get a good used starter canon dslr camera body and great lens for as low as $300! New would be around $499 for the T2i with the brand new 50 f/1.8 lens. If you get the T2i bundle with the kit 18-55mm kit lens it would be $599 on Amazon. You could save up to $299 dollars buying used and $199 new. You will not only save on a great camera and lens but you will get a lens that you will be able to use for years. Rather than a lens that you will use during the first few months of the photography learning curve.
Image Credit: Michael Pohl ~ Canon t3i ~ 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II (Kit lens) ~ May of 2014 ~ 5 months after I got my first dslr, www.michaelpohlphotography.com
When I first started I was told my camera manual was one of the best resources, I was a bit skeptical!. After all, who reads the manuals?. You normally play it by ear or just search the trusty google to answer all your questions. But the reality is that your camera manual not only teaches you about all your camera functions but also teaches about photography as well. It will not be an in-depth photography manual but it does teach the essentials on how to start taking images the right way and puts you on the right track.
Image Credit: Emma Pardon ~ Canon 1200D ~ 50mm 1.8 Lense ~ One month into Starting photography ~ www.facebook.com/Emma-Pardon-Photography
As you can see from the above images kindly provided by fellow photographers, you can achieve beautifully crafted images with a crop sensor camera as long as you learn how to use your camera and lenses. The main focus should be how to properly learn the shooting basics, from reading your camera manual and having it at hand for any questions you might have. You should not only invest in your camera gear but also in good photography books, classes or mentoring session with local photographers.
Thank you to all the image contributors that shared their images and a tidbit of their photography journey: Sarah Brown, Jessica Insley Green, Judy Hurley, Kelsey Freeman, Michael Pohl & Emma Pardon.
Wishing you the best on your new photography adventure, and don’t forget to comment with your suggestions, thoughts and feedback.
Patty Schmitt is an Award Winner & Published Photographer residing in the Wayzata & Twin Cities, MN area. She specialises in fine Art Portrait & lifestyle photography.