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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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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

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

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