Shadow Solutions 1.29.2015 {La Grange Park Newborn Photographer}

Creating a separate post for any photographer out there wanting to see some behind the scenes action that may not have seen this from Ethan’s blog post, and important enough that I thought I would include again.

So I am a lover of light, and it has to fall correctly on baby or else it can look dark and mysterious. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with shadows to enhance a mood or emotion, which you can see with Ethan and Mommy in BW in his nursery from my last post, but to me a newborn when posed should be pure, simple, and timeless which requires some even light. Take a look at these two pics… almost the same {apart from a slightly different angle}, but you can see some shadows on Ethan’s face in the photo on the left. Silly me setup the beanbag for his head to always be to my right since he had a little knot on his noodle from childbirth, then I forgot and setup the rest for him laying left. He was finally perfectly posed, but stirring, and I didn’t want to move and reposition to fix the shadows. What do we do?? Find something to use as a reflector to add fill light where the shadows are! So, I had dad hold up a white swaddling blanket and boom, resulting picture is on the right. Anything white or metallic can help if you are in a bind and don’t have an actual reflector. I will try to find some more examples but you can see my edit of the two below and the pullback shot:

 

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SOOC — Fixed Blanket and Smoothed his Knot — My Newbown Edit

 

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Hope that helps if you ever find yourself in a less than desireable shadow situation:)

Smooches,

<3 Kristin

Baby Ethan 1.14.2015 {Chicago Newborn Photographer | La Grange Park Photographer}

Little Ethan surprised us all and came a couple weeks early, which was ok with me since I was so excited to meet him after knowing his mama for many years. He was so cuddly, and I just love new baby smell and curling up with the little itty bitty ones! The gorgeous gray blanket was knitted just for him and I was so excited to use it. I always bring a ton of blankets and backdrops with me, but there is something so special about using a personal piece, so it is unique to just this little guy, and it’s something when he grows older and is carrying around mom and dad will remember how tiny he was curled up in to. *Gives me warm fuzzies*

Ethan allowed me a lot of poses and the wonderful gray blanket, but as soon as we switched he gave me a run for my money! Good thing I know how to work with it:)He was soothed with the cutest little pacifier, and it had a monkey attached! In the cream blanket pics, you will see his face as we pull away the pacifier… priceless!

Gorgeous nursery, gorgeous family, and so happy I get to capture this little guy over his first year!!

Photographers…. more info below too on how to help fix shadows!!

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Mommy Pics!!!!  Love the BW ones here!!

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And some fun stuff for my photographer friends, or any mama just wanting to photograph a little better…

So I am a lover of light, and it has to fall correctly on baby or else it can look dark and mysterious. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with shadows to enhance a mood or emotion, which you can see with Ethan and Mommy in BW in his nursery, but to me a newborn when posed should be pure, simple, and timeless which requires some even light. Take a look at these two pics… almost the same, and apart from a slightly different angle you can see some shadows on Ethan’s face in the photo on the left. Silly me setup the beanbag for his head to always be to my right since he had a little knot on his noodle from childbirth, then I forgot and setup the rest for him laying left. He was finally perfectly posed, but stirring, and I didn’t want to move and reposition to fix the shadows. What do we do?? Find something to use as a reflector to add fill light where the shadows are! So, I had dad hold up a white swaddling blanket and boom, resulting picture is on the right. Anything white or metallic can help if you are in a bind and don’t have an actual reflector. I will try to find some more examples but you can see my edit of the two below and the pullback shot:

 

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SOOC — Fixed Blanket and Smoothed his Knot — My Newbown Edit

 

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Hope that helps if you ever find yourself in a less than desireable shadow situation:)

Smooches,

<3 Kristin

Farrell 50th Anniversary {Oak Lawn Family Photographer | La Grange Park Photographer}

Oh the Farrell Family is one for the books! My husband grew up on the same street and when they reached out to me asking if we could commemorate their parents’ 50th Anniversary, I mean, you find a way to make yourself available! That is such an amazing accomplishment, and you know how loving and wonderful the entire family is just be seeing them all together. It truly was an honor to capture them, and I know how rare it is to get everyone all in one place at one time. And you can see that they are even more in love than the day they met.:)Something for us all to aspire to.
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Baby Jackson 6.6.14 {Wheeling Newborn Photographer | La Grange Newborn Photographer}

Ohhhhh Baby Jackson, where do I begin with how much I love you?!

Well, first I’ve known momma Gina for so long! She used to do my hair (amazingly I might add) and even did all the hairstyles for my wedding party! I love her! She has started her own AMAZING business too, called the Tastetress, and she’s amazing with yummy food ideas so seriously check her out. I was just so excited when she reached out for newborn pics, and OMG some of my all-time favorites are from her session!

Jackson was so laid back really allowed me to pose almost any way I tried. Mom put together the most adorbs nursery so we took advvantage of her styling and some things from around his room, and of course my obsession with backlighting continues here. LOVES IT!! My absolute favorite though is the first pic below with them laying on the bed… love the emotion, love the B&W, love the way the are laying/looking, just love it all.

Enjoy the session below! It’s just so bright and happy, just like this family:)

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Madhu Maternity Shoot 4.26.14 {Chicago Maternity Photographer | La Grange Park Photographer}

I just blogged their little lady, and realized I forgot to first blog their gorgeous maternity session! Madhu was such a sweet lady and wanted to make sure we captured her gorgeous bump with her hubby and their adorable little dog. We really wanted to do the lakefront for this spring session, and of course mother nature did not want to cooperate. You wouldn’t know this by just looking at the pictures, but it was FREEZING! Maybe 40 degrees with the wind blowing?? But Madhu ROCKED. IT. the entire shoot with her beautiful flowy dresses!

 

We were able to incorporate some adorable props and really showcase her beautiful bump.  I wish I had looked this good preggo!  Enjoy some highlights below:)

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