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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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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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Sweet Charlotte

It was just a few months back that I moved the entire studio 414 miles roughly to the panhandle of Florida (That’s northern Florida). Getting established again in a new area has been challenging. However, about a month ago sweet Charlotte came to visit us. This was my first client here (yay mom!).

Charlotte was so beautiful coming into her session, I felt that pastels and pinks would look best with her. The best part, was that she blessed daddy during her shoot!

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One of my dearest friends, and vendor came to see me as well. She lived in the town I moved from.  Who made one of the most beautiful dreamcatchers ever. I wanted a “rainbow” dreamcatcher one that has many meanings and uses to it.

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Now before I go on, I need to give a huge shoutout to My Lil Monster Boutique, because when Jennifer came up, she stayed up until 5 a.m. to finish this dreamcatcher I wanted. I have to say, photographers….. especially newborn photogs, give your vendors a HUGE shoutout on their pages because they sure do work hard at making us photogs happy!

So here is baby Charlotte, at 8 days old

Reverse Lens Macro

Years back I was told you can reverse your lens to achieve beautiful macro shots. Assuming you didn’t own EF-S 60MM
F/2.8 MACRO USM. Which I drool over. Secretly I want it. Anyways, you can easily reverse your lens on your camera. Just please be very careful doing this.

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The first step is to buy a ‘reverse’ ring for your specific lens. I have a 50 1.4mm and needs a 52mm thread ring (and filter size). So that’s the reversal ring I need  for my lens.

The first step is to take the lens off the camera. This is where you need to be very careful, the silver part is the electrical contacts and if they are damaged, the lens won’t work correctly when it attaches back to the camera. The next step is to take the ring and attach the part with the ‘red’ dot to the actual camera. Match red dot to red dot for it to connect.

The other part of the ring, you attach to the top of the glass, kind of like you would a ‘filter’. Then you attach the two together, this will make your lens backwards. This does expose the electrical contacts but again you need to be very careful with those.

Because the lens is technically not attached to the camera, it cannot auto focus or manual focus. You have to get close to the object you are wanting to photograph to catch the macro part. By turning the lens around, it’s basically (technically) a large magnifying glass.

Your settings, since I shoot in manual you can only set the ISO and the Kelvin. It’s challenging to get the right settings for this type of macro. But the images it creates are artistic texture types of images.

There is going to be field blur though because you cannot focus on your subject too much. However here are some macro shots of a rose, pamphlets, and wool.

The Newborn Photographer, What You Pay For

A few months back a fellow photographer had asked me what it takes to be a newborn photographer, as she was thinking of trying it. A few weeks ago, I had an inquiry of a new mother wanting her little photographed, she asked ‘Why are you so expensive’. And ironically about a week ago I was asked by someone in a facebook group to write a blog about what it takes to be a newborn photographer, what both parties (client and artist) pay for. Perfect timing.

This took a lot of thought, because art isn’t something that can be taught, I mean the basics can but the passion is what drives it. You have to love what you do to keep investing in it.  Being a newborn photographer takes patience, you will fail at it when you first begin. It’s something we all go through as photographers period. Being a newborn photographer IS NOT CHEAP, it’s an investment. However if you’re not defeated easily you will look at each image, and you will see what you can perfect, what you can improve on, and what you most love about it.

As a client’s point of view, you are paying for talent, and that quality of style that caught your eye. You are investing in that photographers art. You are paying for custom newborn photography, custom props (whether it be a tieback or moon prop), safety training, education, and more. Clients, we as newborn photographers do not learn overnight, it takes us a while. Most of us want to improve our skills so we take workshops from the greatest of greats, Amy Cook, Nicole Smith, Amy McDaniel, Meg Bitton, Kelly Brown, Robin Long, Julia Kelleher, Beyond The Milky Way, and my number one Jamie Anderson (who I took a few from). These workshops come at a steep price, and we as photographers invest in them to improve what we LOVE the most doing.  These workshops teach us how to bring out our creative soul, by newborn safety, editing skills, learning how to pose in such a delicate way, and so much more. (This is why it’s extremely important that when finding a newborn photographer, that you know who you’re investing in, is it QUALITY that you are looking for, is it QUANTITY that you want on who’s the cheapest?)

The majority of us newborn photographers invest in our education, and our glass first. The lens, ah…..these lenses are pride and joys. I treat mine like they are babies. Each piece of glass costs, some photographers put it on credit, and some of us build until we can pay. Our equipment is a huge investment for us. Octoboxes, Alien bee’s, triggers, battery grips, whatever we need.

I was asked to break down my costs, and truthfully some of my prop issue is because I work with incredible amazing talented vendors. These ladies hand create these props, they do such amazing work, how can we not go back for more! I need to work on this, it’s a prop addiction, and 99% of newborn photographers I’ve worked with have it.

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Here’s a basic breakdown the costs for all these beautiful props.  Here’s what I pay for as far as software, and such goes:

Because Photoshop CS6 is discontinued, and is almost a $2,000.00 value on Amazon, we now are offered CC (creative cloud) which is a month membership to see the latest and improved photoshop.

Studio organizing software. IPS (In Person Sales) software, Tax Software, Gallery Software, Video Software, and Music Software.

Memberships for our Photography, one I am a membership to is almost a $600 cost a year.

Education, Equipment (including the Wacom Tablet I edit with), Marketing Materials (this includes business cards and flyers), things to make our business flow smoother. The first year I was in business I maxed out and spent a lot in Marketing. (Yes social media like facebook, charges us small business owners for YOU the consumer to see us)

Insurance, I actually carry two. One for equipment and one for the actual photography business.

Email space, website (I design my own) costs, and storage space (I have 5 hard drives however I use backup blaze for a backup in case one fails or they all do at once.

And tons and tons of hours learning to edit, sitting in front of the computer for many hours. I hand edit, I do not use any actions. Actions are ‘premade’ editing techniques other photographers have sourced together, so on photoshop you install it and hit ‘play’ it applies the edits for you. It takes a while to learn to edit by hand, but once you learn.. you will never go back.

If you still want to be a newborn photographer, that’s great! But just understand there’s a cost for this. It’s not cheap, and depending on your own specific style (say vintage or shabby chic), there’s a cost to that as well. It’s called “branding” yourself though. If you make your brand to fit YOU, people will be able to recognize your work, and want it more. Just educate yourself, take your time, and ask for help! Some of us will try and help you as much as we can.

There are both costs between client and artist. To the client, am I, the newborn photographer worth it?  If so, you will understand why we put a price on what we do.  What we charge is not going into our pockets, it’s going back into our business costs. Not to mention, we have overhead costs from our families too.  I was taught in business class that it costs money to make money, yes. Yes it does. I was also taught that quality is what the consumer looks for.

This is primarily why I, as an artist sell my art. The beautiful newborn I photographed, which wore 4 different outfits, 3 different props on wood flooring, 8 poses on different fabric on the poser, and the beautiful parent shots with their little one….. is presented to YOU the consumer (my amazing client). I want you to be in pure awe of your new little arrival and purchase that gorgeous canvas to put above crib in the nursery, or that beautiful 8×10 print to put on your desk in the office or in a matte frame on the wall. Art sells, that right there… is what makes us newborn photographers so proud. (Seriously some of us shed tears on how much YOU love our work)

I do birth photography as well,  and this  means I am on call for nearly 4 weeks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means I barely sleep, I cuddle with my phone, most my time is away from my family once I get called to photograph a birth. One birth it took 15 hours, and I stayed two hours after. I am there when I am needed, even in a false alarm, I am there for mom and dad. I am there to document a very intimate special day in their lives.

BUT price shouldn’t matter, it’s the art you are seeing. The talent and trusting that photographer. As a client you are receiving gorgeous art pieces for your home, for your living room, for the nursery, which lasts for years!

Here’s a breakdown of the above: (ps. there’s more in the mystery closet, stars, wood planks, dreamcatcher, gowns….)

Win A Free Birth Story

Tiny Bear Photography-Birth and Newborn Photographer is giving away in the spirit of the New Year, and New Beginnings a Free Birth Story.  One beautiful expecting family will receive this precious gift of a lifetime.

Here’s an opportunity to have your Birth Story captured in a journalistic style. Life is such a precious gift, and I am so glad we can celebrate it together!

It’s been such a wonderful year, I have been blessed so much. I remember having my last little boy, suffering from secondary infertility and recurrent losses, we never thought it would happen .

Out of all this we ended up with a gorgeous little who is now 5! I had my own birth photographer during my cesarean section. I look back at those memories and I melt, I smile, I love and adore what images she had captured. I want to offer back entering the New Year, with amazing positive vibes.

Enter to win this amazing opportunity.

This is the first time ever. To enter please see below.

Be sure to read the contest rules, and details.

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Winner Of Free Birth

Little Aralynn

This session was special to me, it was my first for bringing a really awesome Great Dane into the studio. He was too cute! He was photographed with his new baby sister.

Meet Mr. Chief!

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Gosh isn’t he just so cute and corky! This tilted head, and to think he was just a little puppy! Very very well behaved. His owner is a paramedic. They were such an amazing family.

Photographing both sisters together though, that was amazing. Aralynn’s big sister  Annalise loves her so much! She is a proud big sister!

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One of my favorites was a behind the scenes I had to snap this one.. Aralynn blessed her daddy!

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I absolutely enjoyed photographing this amazing family. They are so blessed with two gorgeous daughters. Thank you so much Jones family!