20 August 2014

Waiting for Baby Number 2: Jessie

I'm so happy to have these wonderful ladies
that were willing to guest post for me while I have Jade/adjust to multiple motherhood!
Fisrt up is the lovely Jessie from Nelson Notes.
I LOVE Jessie.
She's seriously one of my favorite people on the entire planet.
Two little boys that are seriously the cutest
(I would like Rory to marry one of them someday)
and her photography skills are insane! ;)
Take it away Jessie!
5 tips for better newborn photos at home
^^My son Levi snoozing in his cradle at about two weeks old^^
Hi!  My name is Jessie and I am the woman behind the words on the lifestyle blog, Nelson Notes.  I am a wife to my best friend, a mother to two silly little boys, and I'm a photographer. 
 It's taken me years to feel comfortable enough to call myself a photographer, 
but that's what I am.  
I'm a Momtog and I am embracing it.  
I've even started a little business photographing my friends and neighbors. 
 I love capturing those little moments and creating photographs of my children that I will cherish forever.  
 Now that Ali is bringing home a brand new baby, 
I want to help her (and all mamas!) capture every precious detail in these fleeting days.  
You don't necessarily need expensive fancy equipment.  
A camera phone will do.  
All you need is a little know-how and practice.  
I personally shoot with a five year old Canon Rebel xsi.  
One of my favorite lenses is the 50mm f/1.8, also known as fantastic plastic ($98!).  
So here are a few of my tips and tricks for getting that frame worthy picture of your newborn babe. 
 ^^Taken at home on the living room floor.  Levi was three days old.^^
1.  Find the light.  Set baby down on the bed or floor beside some windows that let in a lot of light.  (You may be surprised that your bathroom has the best light!)  
Or open a door, stand outside, and shoot inside onto that precious baby propped up in his swing.  If weather permits, find some open shade under an awning or a leafy tree.  
All these places often provide beautiful light without harsh shadows. 
2.  Overexpose a stop or two.  I overexpose almost all of my photos; 
I just love the look of a bright photo.  
Sometimes overexposing can lend to that "dreamy look" you might have in mind too.  
Have fun and experiment!  
 3.  Keep it simple.  Toss those burp rags to the side and slide the laundry out of sight; you don't want any items in the background to distract from your beautiful baby.  
When laying baby down on a blanket, be mindful of the patterns and colors in the background.  Sometimes a white comforter or plain colored blanket is all the background you need. 
5 tips for better newborn photos at home
  ^^My neighbor's daughter on a new rug in my home one morning^^
 4.  Texture.  Now after you've kept it simple, bring some interest back into the picture with some texture.  
Wrap baby up in some lace or cheesecloth.  
Then add a cute headband or beanie.  
Use what you already have at home (or better yet, find a few pieces before the baby arrives).  
The combinations are limitless with a little creativity.  
Of course, sometimes a mama just wants a picture of her baby in that adorable newborn outfit from Grandma and that is equally cute. 
5 tips for better newborn photos at home
5.  Get close, then get closer.  Capture those precious details!  
Those lashes, peach fuzzy cheeks, and long tiny toes will be gone before you know it. 
 Document your baby in a way that will bring back a flood of memories.
 Please stop on by my blog to say "hi" and glean ideas for your own lifestyle photos.  
Congratulations on your sweet addition, Ali!  
Mills party of four, I'm looking forward to following your many adventures.
I told you she's the greatest!
And all of you should go be her friends now ;)
And her photography?! 
I die!!
I'm excited to try to do these with my camera for Jade and Rory!

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