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Welcome to the world Connar James!

Every single birth each time I get to attend, it reminds me of how much life is so incredibly precious. Sydnee and Will contacted me several months back to document a very special day in their lives. I’ve never had a mom who went all out for her birth, but I am glad she did because this mom is super gorgeous.

The week seem to drag on for her, the anticipation of getting her membranes stripped and hoping for birth. Monday February 13th, 2017 Sydnee went in to her doctors to get her membranes stripped. She had hoped to meet little Connar that night, especially with her husband Will being a first time father. He stayed by her side. But all the while, contractions did intensify, Sydnee was left with the hospital telling her to go home. We stayed near by in a hotel just in case little one decided to make his appearance.

Tuesday, Sydnee walked as much as she could to try and bring on Labor. By Wednesday, the hospital told her to come back and be admitted that morning. The excitement to meet little Connar was growing. Once we got inside a room, Syndee was checked vaginally where she was told she was almost 4cm dilated. We were making progress! As they gave her pitocin, she started feeling more and more contractions, they broke her water about 11:40 a.m. that morning.  Contractions didn’t take long to hit harder. Thanks to Will, her husband… she knew when they were hitting.

As contractions become more frequent and stronger, by 5cm Syndee decided to get an epidural. It shouldn’t be long now before her and Will get to meet their beautiful little boy.

As labor approached, the nausea set in. The more intense contractions became and  the more Sydnee felt exhausted. There’s so much that goes into labor with the body, the anxiety of meeting your little one, and the exhaustion you feel as you get closer to seeing him. Sydnee’s birth team was really attentive towards her needs, our nurse Heather was amazing.

Get ready, because here he comes! Sydnee was dilated to 9cm by 4:45p.m.! She’s ready to go.

Congratulations Sydnee and Will, baby Connar James Dailey is just gorgeous! He was born at 5:15p.m and is 7lbs 0oz, 18 3/4 long!

Daddy was just proud!

February 15, 2017 the world welcomed a precious baby boy

IPS Monitor Verses TN Monitor

Holy crap, I have never in my life been so blown away on how images can look. As a photographer we constantly obsess about color in our images. White balance is everything! Remember that
blue and gold/black gown that was a big topic in the media about a year ago? That was just because of lighting and white balance. The correct color of it was blue and black but the light in
the room set the white balance off, causing the image to look blue and gold. Okay Okay so our monitors when we edit and what we see in our camera is kind of the same thing. In our camera we set
the white balance, I use what’s called KELVIN. Usually the colors are right, but for a while now a few people have told me that my screen had a purple/blue hue to it.

It drove me nuts, I thought it had looked normal, in fact my prints were coming out normal. But, when I went to edit a session suddenly I found myself having a difficult time with colors. Spending nearly six hours on one image which is ridiculous! And then my entire tower had pretty much died. The hard drives were full, my graphics card needed updating but it couldn’t due to the lack of memory my computer had, it couldn’t update the drivers for my graphics card. It was lagging and just plain old. So I bought a gaming computer that had a high power graphics card, and tons of memory. Plus a few extra hard drives and that’s when I came across IPS Monitors.

In short Definition a TN monitor is actually the most common one and older one, but the worst. They are great for gaming purposes, but they are really bad for photographic use and shouldn’t even be considered. A Twisted Nematic (TN) panel can actually bring a lot of brightness when combined with LED backlighting. So even when we calibrate it, the colors are still going to be off.

There are a few bad things bad about the TN monitors. For one bad color reproduction and the second is the terrible viewing angles, as the colors will wash out when you view the monitor from the sides, above or below. TN panels also often operate with 6-bit or 8-bit, which is often just 6-bit with FRC and not true 8-bit. They can not show the 24-bit color range that most GPU’s offers you. (this is why graphics cards are important when choosing which monitor you get).

IPS stands for In Panel Switching, Most IPS monitors are either 8-bit with support for 16.7 million colors or 10-bit with support for 1.07 billion colors. 8-bit with FRC (frame rate control). Meaning they are able to reproduce colors far better than TN monitors. The colors will not be washed out or shifted either when viewed from the angle, which is another very good benefit of IPS-type monitors.

IPS-type monitors can cost, but you can find one affordable. With our photo editing we do, we need one at least over 24 inches (27 is better). So to sum it up, choose a monitor that has either an IPS, PLS or AHVA panel as they mostly produce close to 100% to the sRGB color gamut. The best photo editing monitor will have an IPS panel of some kind. If you find one that does 99%sRGB and can switch to 1998 Adobe sRGB that would help a lot too. Most of us do not edit in Adobe 1998, it’s a huge huge color difference, especially with all the printers (which tend to be only sRGB)

When I learned about the color in the monitors, I found that my editing did look way way off. I did some comparisons to show how much they were off. Because my old TN monitor had the blue hues to it, I spent so much time taking it out of the images (when the images most the time were right on point with white balance/color), that it then turned my images ‘orange’ or in other words in our world… WARM. Blue is ‘cool’ and orange is ‘warm’.

That is a huge difference between the two. So when looking for the right monitor, definitely choose IPS! (Excuse the messy work area!)

Belly to Baby Ali and Jaylah

After moving the studio again, Ali was our first amazing mama to be in North Dakota. Ali wanted to bring Florida to North Dakota. Well if you’ve ever been here in the state, you know that beaches, trees, and mountains are something we do not have here. We do have fields and fields of….. things. Flowers of most colors, fields of wheat,horses, and we do have a lake. A few lakes actually, some like to call it a small beach. Making North Dakota look like a tropical place, sure! Ali wanted one of our popular sessions, Belly To Baby.

We purchased her gown at Sew Trendy Accessories, one of our amazing vendors. She wanted an elegant fitted gown in wine. I can say that her gown was super amazing and she looked very elegant in it. We went to a spot we both picked out to get the images we wanted. Especially the beach ones.

When she had little Jaylah, I was over the moon excited. Jaylah was in the studio about 12 days new.

This was our amazing belly to baby session! Thank you Ali, it was a pleasure meeting you and your family!

Birth of Savannah Breann

Birth is my absolutely most favorite to photograph, when moms eyes first meet her little one, when dad first gets to hold his little one. Could there really be any more heart warming moments! Which brings us to the Birth of Savannah Breann.

This birth was a lot of fun, what? Birth fun? Yes, actually it was. Michelle happened to be our contest winner for a free birth. However, when I met Michelle and her husband, I knew I loved them from the start! Her husband, being Navy had to go back to school and finish all the way back to Virginia, of course right when Michelle was due! Her due date was April 21st 2016. Her husband graduated April 22nd, meaning he could drive down to Navarre Florida to be with this wife and hopefully see the birth of his first daughter.

So did he make it? Well it was an intense week to say the least, we wanted little Savannah to actually be late for her birthday! Contractions set in, and we were all on pins and needles. Is this it!!!??? When Ryne, her husband isn’t here?

Well, actually no. In fact, Savannah didn’t want to come out now, over 6 days overdue! April 26th, we head to the hospital so we can hopefully get to meet her.

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Welcome little Ms. Savannah Breann. A big thank you to an amazing doula that I enjoyed working along side with, Sabrina with Lucina Gentle Birthing. What an amazing person to work along side with!

We all took turns in guessing the weight, time and size of Ms. Savannah. Well, Sabrina won!

1:58a.m. April 227th, at 6lbs 12oz and 19 1/2 inches long… she was born. The cord wrapped around her little head six times, but she was perfectly healthy!

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Captivations Photography Workshop

When you have a photographer contact you and say “Hey, wanna host a workshop”….. you say yes.. hands down you just say yes!

We had four attendees, and we had a blast. Community over Competition! Each attendee was at a different level of newborn photography, but learned a lot during our two amazing days with Ohio’s premier photographer Sarah.

Can you see how amazing this was? Over the course of two days we had two littles in the studio. We had amazing little ones, we laughed, learned, giggled, and yes there were two pregnant photographers who attended the workshop. One was due at any minute! How exciting!

Workshops are worth it, education and investment to your photography business is beneficial to you. Plus, you get to meet amazing photographers and watch them grow. I am so thankful I met Sarah, she truly is a great friend.

Here are some images that were taken during the workshop of littles.

Creating a poser cover for fabric drops

I know, first hand as a photographer especially a newborn one it takes a lot of work trying to get that perfect image on the posers. Our fabric drops have a hard time keeping the wrinkles out of them, even with the layers we have on them.

This wasn’t my ‘invention’ so to speak, but I found a way for this to work for me. When I first started newborn photography, I had a cute travel poser I purchased off etsy. (I actually still have it). I built a pvc pipe stand for it, square stand (and have that too). That stand worked for a little while, but I wanted to invest in “Studio Baby” posers. Based out of Canada, I had been eyeing them for a while. It’s the perfect size so you and your assistant do not have to constantly bend over (it gets hard on the backs). At the time my assistant had a few back issues, so I purchased the large studio poser from Studio Baby. Then I bought a T’Stand to make this a little more stylish and easier.

While my T’stand worked fine, It was kind of annoying to keep trying to keep the fabrics and layers wrinkle free. This was bugging me. I am a perfectionist and when I see a wrinkle I can’t even…. nightmares!!!! So, this was customized to fit around my entire studio baby poser.

Poser Cover for Newborns

Now I know what you’re thinking, “oh my gosh PVC piping!”… haha I said the same thing. Here’s the thing, PVC piping can be round…. it can bend, they sell this at Lowe’s! (I didn’t know this either). I drew up my plans to make this, took this to Lowe’s, and Mr. Mathwize there was amazing at helping.

I purchased 3 10′ pvc piping round poles. I had the measurements, my poser itself is 27″in high. and about 32 wide. So my poser cover needed to be bigger than my poser. With the back being the highest for your depth shots.  Each side is 35″in even, the front (now we’re talking the pvc piping), is 28″in high, and the back is 44″in high. The width is 43″in now. I made the bottom of the cover SMALLER than the top, because it needs to cup around the poser.  I made it to where I can take it apart, and travel with it. The one thing I did though is the top round part and the bottom round part I actually screwed together, so it’s more stable. The middle poles in between that connect it, those aren’t screwed together. I did this because I wanted it to be stable, and strong.. plus easier to take apart when we transport and put back together if need be.

With all of this put together, it was done just in time for my clients newborn baby girl. The total cost was $28.00. This thing is stable, and holds weight, at least it holds 4 poser drops and 1 flokati.

Here’s a demo of my assistant Lisa (With Lisa Quadros Photography) with baby Kiera

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My Flokati is a 3×5, and it worked great to cup her up inside of there. Because this was designed off my poser that I have, I plan on using this as a blueprint and having a custom one made that’s out of metal. However this works just fine, and does the job. If you have a small poser, like a travel sized one, I don’t think this will work for you but you can always try it.

Here it is in use

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The one thing I love about this, is that it’s so convenient, it does not take up space in my studio what so ever, and it was SO incredibly easy to keep the wrinkles out of the fabric! I layer my posers with two fabrics, and a quilt or two. And then I put the posing fabric on (at least three). I was so impressed with this. Plus you can turn it (if you do natural light) to get more shadow or more light on your subject. (And yes I photographed a teddy bear).

So for $28.00 you can build yourself a cover around your poser for your fabrics. Totally worth it!

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Ohio Newborn Togs Workshop in Florida

Education is so important when it comes to photography, especially Newborn Photography. The first newborn I did, I honestly thought it was easy, but I was wrong.

I had a four week old little boy in my make-shift studio at the time, late in the day. He had already been through several shoots that day and I had no idea how to soothe him. Even though I personally have three gorgeous boys myself,  I had been lost on how to properly settle him.

My second newborn was in 2014, (I started my business August of 2013, and my first newborn was October 2013). They drove from Orlando Florida to where I was living at. I tried my best, from what reading I could find online, but it was still not what I know I could do!

From that point on, I literally made it a huge priority to take every single workshop I could find in my area, even mentoring. So I did, I found an amazing friend who also needed my fertility help. (We are still great friends). She one on one mentored me with one of her newborn shoots back in 2014. I also took two other workshops, one I will be forever grateful for. I took mentoring and workshops online as well, everything I could get my hands on relating to newborn. And now.. here we are…. from Newborn number 2 to Last years newborn:

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Now these workshops come at a price, it’s not cheap. Why? Picture where you are at now, you need and want more education, you want to get better or achieve different things in your newborn photography…. you can only help yourself right? Well that’s how our teachers started, they had to struggle, and find their groove too. They are as far as they are now because they worked so incredibly hard at it. It’s something they wanted.

I can tell you, honestly that you will always find something else to learn about, you will always want to keep learning and going.. even when you’re images are perfect and everyone loves them.. you will find that one thing that you want to improve on or try differently. The knowledge is endless. But, it’s worth it. Put money into your newborn education IF it’s something you truly want, because once you do…. you will extend your business even further.

So here in Navarre Florida, we have an amazing Photographer flying all the way here from Ohio to teach a beautiful TWO day newborn workshop here in the studio. We will have newborn models, (cuddling), you will learn lighting, posing, business, marketing.. everything! It’s worth it, and I can personally tell you that this workshop being that it’s TWO whole days, learning EVERYTHING…..is at a great price… We will have a lot of laughs, fun, and amazing times.

Want to join Captivations Photography here in Navarre? Click on this link to find out more! If you sign up with a friend you get $200 off your tuition.. and there’s only two spots left as of now! bit.ly/captivationsflorida

Now offering Herbal Milk Baths

After giving birth, your body needs to heal. Often times we are trying to function with only two to maybe four hours of sleep a day, we are trying to do the best we can that we often forget about our own self. This is where an herbal bath will help relax you and your little one, it brings relaxation and bonding.

We live in a fast paced world that when our feet hit the floor we run as fast as we can, even after giving birth. Sometimes new mommies have no choice. Historically though, woman are encouraged to at least take a 40 day rest period where they were cared for by family in order to recover after birth. Afterbirth, mom’s time was to bond with her new baby, and allow her body to fully heal. Many times new moms weren’t even expected to get out of bed. Meals were prepared for recovering mothers that were full of nutrients and increased lactation and speed healing.

In most countries they still practice caring for the mother this way. The Western-modern way with postpartum now is based on mom’s health and energy being restored after a full 6 weeks of rest. However it’s not encouraged with today’s society by spending time pampering themselves and bonding with their baby. Unfortunately there are more mothers that are so overwhelmed, frazzled, no desire to breastfeed, and the increase of postpartum depression is on the rise.

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Many mothers, need the permission to take a much needed rest time to heal after the birth of their baby. Even if they are not able to take the full rest period that is encouraged, maybe we can work on healing the sensitive areas. This is why we have put together our Postpartum herbal milk baths.

 

Certified in Herbs, I have carefully put together some of the most import herbal combinations that are used with postpartum and healing. These are Grade A herbs, certified organic

I use;
Certified Organic Fresh Powdered Milk
Calendula Flowers: Which prevents infection and aids in the healing of the perineum.
Chamomile Flowers: This herb has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties so it soothes irritated tissue.
Shepherds Purse: This herb serves as a coagulant and vasoconstrictor so it helps the uterus to contract blood vessels and lessen the bleeding.
Lavender Leaf: Helps in relaxing new mother and baby.

All flowers are pesticide free.
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Our herbal milk baths are held at our home studio, in pure privacy. It’s a soothing, peaceful environment so baby and you can relax.

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