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Deborah King
 

First baby 'session'


 
  Baby on towels
Baby on towels
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  Grandma and mommy holding baby
Grandma and mommy holding baby
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  Cowgirl Selena
Cowgirl Selena
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  Baby looking at camera
Baby looking at camera
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This is my first baby and child session. First studio session actually.
I know I have a lot to learn still and that I've made many mistakes. But I picked the best. And I would love to hear opinions please. Thanks
Deborah King


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10/16/2005 8:22:45 PM

 
Christy Jackme
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/3/2005
  First of all Deborah, HURRAY on your first shoot! Isn't it exhilerating? And nerveracking?!!! Congratulations on starting something that you love. Never stop. And always keep growing.
Ok, I do have a couple of suggestions that I think will help. But don't get me wrong. The pics are beautiful and I know mom will want a lot!
And I am by no means an expert. I did managed a Picture People for five years, so I've done some studio work. And I just started on my own as well.
Shot 1- Very cute idea. I would maybe crop in a little tighter, or change it around a bit so your focus is more about the baby and less about the towels. You want your eye to go to your subject first. (but I am not a big fan of props, so take it with a grain of salt.)
Shot 2- i've seen this pose a LOT. and the one problem I have with it is that it looks like the baby is being pulled in 2 directions. To make it more cohesive, maybe lay the baby down on a beanbag, or something soft covered in your drop. Make sure the baby is curled up so there is no illusion of private parts.. And have them place their hands lovingly on the baby. The shot will look much the same, but the mood will be different.
3- Love it. Great comp. Like how you have her to the side.
4- Beautiful light and great in b&w. Change your angle slightly. Either tilt the baby on it's side so it is more toward the camera, or go over the baby with your camera. Otherwise, you are shooting up the babies nose.
I hope I have not offended you with any of these suggestions... I normally don't offer advice, but I think these tiny changes will make a world of difference. Something I used to make my employees do was practice on a baby doll. That way you can take all the time in the world to get your shot right, without all the stress of real parents and a real baby.
Best of luck to you. You are already great... And you will only get better.


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10/17/2005 6:07:23 AM

 
Deborah King   Thank you so much for your kind comments Christy, I really appreciate your suggestions. I will try the baby doll idea.

Thanks again,
Deborah King


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10/17/2005 4:46:57 PM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  Yep, I agree with Christy. Also, I wouldn't of used the green ribbon. Try and keep it simple. Don't forget the main focus is the baby, not how cute you can make the baby look by loading the frame up with props. I'm not a prop person either though.

But for your first shoot, you've done alright girl!!! Just think, you'll just get better and better.


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10/17/2005 4:52:24 PM

 
Deborah King   Thanks Natalie.... it's nice to know I'm on the right track!!

Deborah King


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10/18/2005 10:15:16 AM

 
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