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CREATIVITY PROJECT | WEDNESDAY WINNERS

The Creativity project is a weekly challenge in the forum that will help you jump start your photography and help you slow down and think about what you want to be shooting and how you should shoot it. You can find the threads located under Current Events and Happenings and then it’s under the Creativity Project in the Forum.  Check it out HERE and join the fun!

Every week we will have a new theme that you can add one picture to. The nice thing about this challenge is that you guys can vote for the pictures that you like the most and those pictures will be featured both on the Chic Critique facebook page and also in the Chic Critique magazine. It is a wonderful opportunity for your work to be seen by others. Why don’t you check out this week’s challenge?  Can’t wait to see what you guys will share with all of us.

Here are some of the past winners:

NATURE - Jennifer Wyeth of Jennifer Wyeth Photography

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BLUE - Jennifer Sheets of White Daffodil Photography

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Just go HERE to see all the themes and get ready to share your inspired picture !

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NEWBORN SAFETY | TEACHING TUESDAY

Guest Contributor |  Cris Passos Photography
Cris will be the Chic Moderator in the forum all September long to answer questions, giviepeer critiques and post her amazing images!  Are you ready to “hang” out with Cris?  Not a member of the Forum yet?  Join HERE!

NEWBORN SAFETY

Newborn safety is always at the forefront of working with babies.   I can’t stress enough that as cute as Newborn Photography can be, they are tiny little babies and we need to be very careful with them.

 

Newborn photography has become a growing trend in last several years and parents sometimes don’t realize that the amazing newborn pictures that they see on the internet or at a doctor’s office most of the time is a combination of  photographer’s + assistant work and later on photoshop work, the cute poses are made with a composition of 2 or 3 images to make up that final image.

Here are some great examples of the shots and the final image.

Even thought the babies are in deep sleep, you should not leave baby unattended at any time.

Hands on baby ALL the time!

 

For the swing shot I have mom there the entire time looking at the baby, plus 2 more people holding the swing.

Respect the baby, not all babies likes some poses, so if they get fussy with a pose move on to the next one,

Keep the room warm,

Full belly – as a hungry baby will mostly wake up easily,

White noise are always a plus.

You can also check out great  Newborn safety articles on google. I added some of them here:

http://www.napcp.com/blog.php/2011/11/09/newborn-safety-week/

http://www.napcp.com/blog.php/2012/11/08/newborn-safety-week-2/

http://learnshootinspire.com/2011/11/09/newborn-safety-week-composites/ 

http://learnshootinspire.com/2012/11/05/newborn-safety-week-2012-day-1-with-stephanie-robin/ 

http://learnshootinspire.com/2012/11/08/newborn-safety-week-2012-day-4-with-jillian-kirby/

http://learnshootinspire.com/2012/11/06/newborn-safety-week-2012-day-2-with-brittany-woodall/

crispassos-bio Cris Passos is a natural light photographer located in South Florida and specializes in newborn, babies and maternity. Since launching her business in 2011, she has rapidly gained growth and respect throughout the photography community. Cris has been featured on various well regarded blogs and photography magazines. Magical settings, golden light, hand crafted props, all set the tone for her whimsical and romantic sessions.

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CRIS PASSOS | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW

Ever wished that you could just hang out with some of your favorite Celebrity Photogs? Tired of stalking their blogs because you just want to chill with them. Well now you can! Each month we’ll have different Celebrity Photographers floating around the forum answering your questions, giving critiques, talking about business and posting inspirational images. This month’s Celebrity Moderator the fabulous, Cris Passos of Cris Passos Photography.

crispassos-bio Cris Passos is a natural light photographer located in South Florida and specializes in newborn, babies and maternity. Since launching her business in 2011, she has rapidly gained growth and respect throughout the photography community. Cris has been featured on various well regarded blogs and photography magazines. Magical settings, golden light, hand crafted props, all set the tone for her whimsical and romantic sessions.

Cris Passos Photography | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | PInterest

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I think an honest critique truly helps improve your work and master your art.

Canon 5dmiii 35mm 1.4 L for newborns 85mm 1.8 for my outdoor shots.
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I remember when I was starting my business and was doing a mentoring class on editing and my mentor told me to always be consistent with my editing style.

Romantic, Whimsical and Fresh.

I find my inspiration everywhere; when I am watching my kids playing, my friends interacting with their families, reading magazines, watching tv shows and movies and of course following my favorite photographers.
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I try to have a little of discipline and set time limits when checking email or making phone calls, things I can do when the kids are at school. I think is important to have quality time and make memories with my family.

Be true to yourself, work hard on finding your style and don’t follow trends as they will pass quickly.

To say “no thank you, I cannot do that”. It’s very hard for me to say no, especially to my peers. People often take advantage of my kindness and I end up in sticky situations. I’m working on being more assertive.
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There is competition in every industry and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. On the positive side it makes us better at our jobs since we are constantly comparing our work to that of our colleagues and striving for that perfect shot that will impress our peers and our clients. On the other hand there are many so called “photographers” without proper training and consideration for the profession that come into the business and advertise products and services far below market price and of poor quality. These people really hinder our profession but they generally don’t stay in business for a long time. Because photography is my art I try to stand out by perfecting my signature style and doing a lot of my props and outfits, giving everything my personal touch. I think my customers really appreciate that.

Google search and Facebook.

Julie Paisley Photography, she was always very open to me and have helped me a lot during my journey, I can’t thank her enough.

Layflat books

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