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WORKING WITH NEWBORNS AND PROPS | TEACHING TUESDAY

Guest Contributor | Cris Passos 

 

Working with Newborns and Props

When it comes to newborn photography we can easily think about props! I am a "propaholic" and I bet most newborn photographers are too.

 

 We can find newborn props pretty much anywhere we go. For instance, I always find great treasures at Home Goods, Joann's Fabrics, thrift stores and some amazing vendors on Facebook and easy.

 

First of all you need to know your style and that of your clients.  Are going for a colorful shot or do you want to use neutral/organic tones?  One thing to keep in mind is that the props shouldn't take the focus from the baby, that new little bundle of joy has to catch the parents and viewers attention!
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-Hats and headbands are always welcome but sometimes babies have such beautiful hair that you can just go natural and leave the prop out of the scene.
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- Buckets, baskets and crates
There are so many variations with one single prop, for example: some crates can be used placing the baby belly up or belly down inside the crate, or achieving a completely different take by turning the crate down and posing the baby on top of it.
Use layers, furs, fluffs, blankets to style and add some final touches to the prop.
Receiving blankets and wraps can be very useful in supporting a baby's arms and face as you are posing them inside the prop.

 

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- Furniture
If you go to a client's house, it's great to incorporate posing the baby on a piece of furniture, such as a dresser, a beautiful chair, bed, coffee table… Just look around and see if you can find something interesting to give it a plus to your session.
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- Wraps
They are so many ways you could use a wrap to create beautiful shots, such as bundling the baby, and as a plus,  most babies will love the swaddling effect. You can also use the wrap as a blanket or cover, as a diaper cover up, or even to achieve  the "dream pose", the options are endless…
* wraps are very good when you have a baby that is not settling or a little cranky, most of the time it will calm them down.
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- Props and Composition
Hanging props, like a swing or sling, may produce beautiful images but these shots are hard to do and require more that 2 people to execute them. They  are normally a combination of 2 or 3 images, so don't try them if you don't know how to execute them, and be honest with your client if you don't feel comfortable with this kind of prop.
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-Safety is always the TOP priority
Check if the surface will have something that could hurt the baby's skin (even when you are buying an antique prop, try to find out if  the container was holding a chemical product as you don't want to expose the baby to some hazardous substances that might still be there.)  When working with deep buckets make sure to use weights inside the prop to make sure the prop will not flip over with the baby inside.

 Always have a spotter with the baby on a prop.

You don't need to spend a lot of money on props, try to think outside the box, get creative!
Thank you for stopping by,
Cris Passos

Join Cris on February 25th for a Live Critique of YOUR work!

live-critique-crispassos February 25th 2015 @ 11 am Central(1pm Pacific, Noon Mountain, 10am Eastern)In this 90 minute LIVE Critique, Cris will give feedback on YOUR image!

Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. A downloadable video recording is available for pre-purchase (below) & will be sent to you 48 hours after the live event.

Live Event: FREE for Chic members! >>REGISTER HERE!<<

You can check out more of Cris's work at: http://www.crispassos.com

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WHAT’S IN MY BAG | CRIS PASSOS

This month we are over the THRILLED to have Cris Passos of Cris Passos Photography!  She will be giving you a critique on your work on February 25th!  Want an unbiased opinion to help you improve your photography?  You don't want to miss this chance!   Get all the details HERE or just scroll down!

 

Cris Passos

 

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.

 

 

Here is what I carry in my bag:

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Canon 5dmiii
Lenses: 35mm 1.4L, 85mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8L (macro)
Neutral Expo-disc

 

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chocolate
stickers and lollipops
My wallet
My iPhone
Mac lipstick and gloss, a Dior BB cream, Powder and a L'occitane hand cream

 

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February 25th 2015 @ 11 am Central

(1pm Pacific, Noon Mountain, 10am Eastern)

In this 90 minute LIVE Critique, Cris will give feedback on YOUR image!

Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. A downloadable video recording is available for pre-purchase (below) & will be sent to you 48 hours after the live event.

Live Event: FREE for Chic members! >>REGISTER HERE!<<

You can check out more of Cris's work at: http://www.crispassos.com

 

 

 

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SUNDAY SPARKLE

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

 

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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com

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