I spend a lot of time in my studio doing Newborn Mentoring…teaching other photographers how to pose newborns, how to keep newborns asleep, what newborn photography props work best, and a LOT of other information that is sure to make them successful! Hands-on mentoring is key to my trainings. I LOVE teaching…I love the babies…I love to see the excitement on a client’s face when they master a pose! It’s all so gratifying to me. Here are some images from a recent newborn posing class. Enjoy!
I had the wonderful opportunity to provide both a Newborn Posing Class, as well as a Photoshop Post Production Class to a couple of wonderful gals! Julie and Jenna came for my 2:1 Mentoring classes in October, and we had a wonderful couple of days of intense learning and fun! I love providing photography mentoring to aspiring photographers! They have so much excitement and so many questions!! It thrills me to be able to teach and guide them…and then watch them bloom in their business!! Here are just a few of the images from the Newborn Mentoring. You can see we cover a lot of stuff in one day…but it’s so much fun! You can read more about my Mentoring here. Enjoy!
Don’t you just love it when open the door to find that your client will basically need zero touching up?! This mama came to me for her maternity pictures, and I couldn’t believe how wonderful she looked! I had done newborn pictures for her and her husband a few years back, and was lucky enough to have them return for pregnancy pictures for their second child! Baby pictures were taken about a month later…and I’ll post some of those too!
Today I am doing a Product Review on an incredible item that I recently came across. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon these photography backdrops,…but how lucky for me that I did! Baby Dream Backdrops offers an incredible product at a great price, and I’m so excited to share this wonderful product with you!
I, like so many other photographers, am continually searching out that new great prop….always looking for that new ‘something’ that I know will ‘wow’ my clients when they see their pictures. I’m also very particular with what I spend my hard earned money on. I want it to look great, be incredibly easy to work with, and bottom line, be affordable. I want something that’s going to last and hold up to me dragging it around and throwing it in the corner when I’m not using it. I’ll admit it…I want it all…and I want it perfect.
When I came across Baby Dream Backdrops…I was first drawn to the great variety of designs that were in their product line. I was looking for something soft, maybe vintage, to use in my studio for my newborn shoots. I was also in need of something I could use outside, to create a cool background within minutes when I was shooting older kids. As I looked through their gallery of products, I was truly impressed with what I saw. Lots of variety to choose from. Trying to figure out what I was going to get looked like it was going to be my greatest challenge, because I wanted so many of them! Then I saw it…these backdrops are TWO-SIDED! What a cool idea! I’d be able to get two-in-one! As I read on…I found out that they are also WRINKLE RESISTENT! No way! I have spent so much time hanging backdrops…trying to get the wrinkles to fall out…only to fold them up and toss them aside after a photo shoot, and then have to de-wrinkle them again. I’d heard about backdrops that were wrinkle free…in fact I purchased one a while back. Problem was,…the darn thing was so expensive, I had to go in on it with a friend just to make it affordable for me!! It was over $300 – and it was just ONE!! So, my next thing was to look at how much this incredible find was going to set me back. I was so surprised (and relieved), to find out that my double-sided, 50×60 backdrop was only $200! I placed an order right away for both a two-sided backdrop, as well as a matching floor. Baby Dream Backdrops also sells matching floors…and oh do I ever love the one I chose!
Once my order arrived…I checked out the backdrops to see if they met my expectations. Again, I was looking for something that was rugged enough to withstand my throwing, tossing and leaving in a heap style of photography, and still look great the next time I grabbed it! I’m happy to say that the backdrops were everything I could have wanted them to be. Good, hi-quality material. Durable, and yes, truly wrinkle free! The colors were bold and brilliant…and the quality just all around excellent.
Next thing I did was get busy in the studio with a newborn. I LOVE how the background looks in my set up…and the matching floor was more than I could have asked for! There was absolutely no glare whatsoever on either the backdrop or the floor, and the colors added depth and beautiful texture to my set up. Here’s a shot from inside, using my studio lights. Love, love, love.
I also wanted to post this next image to show you how the beautiful Baby Dream Backdrop floor worked with another backdrop I had. Specifically, the one that cost over $300 elsewhere!! Do you see over $200 difference in the two backdrops?! I certainly don’t!! That makes these Baby Dream Backdrops an incredible deal!! And remember…I still have a different image on the other side of the Baby Dream Backdrop! And, I know I can use this floor with a number of different backdrops. The coloring and tones are just perfect in so many ways!
Next thing I did was to drag my daughter out to the backyard to test them in natural light (bless her little heart!). I wanted to make sure they weren’t going to get transparent on me once they got outside…and I was excited to see how the colors would look. I chose my backdrops knowing I wanted great color…as this is what I love outside. These images were taken in my back yard, by simply throwing the backdrop over the fence. I didn’t have any problems with the light showing through the fabric, and the colors are simply beautiful! The cloth is a very hi-grade durable product, and I wasn’t worried about it ripping or tearing in any way. A simple shake, and any leaves or twigs that may have gotten on it were gone (I live in the Pacific Northwest!). I was thrilled with the results!
Bottom line…this is an absolutely wonderful product at a great price! It’s durable, convenient, easy and provides top notch results!! I highly recommend this product to anyone who may be considering purchasing a backdrop for their photography needs…for both studio, as well as outdoor use!
And…for the next 10 days…Baby Dream Backdrops is offering a 30% discount to anyone who purchases a backdrop or floor after reading about how wonderful their product is!! Simply use the code ‘laurie’ when checking out to take advantage of this incredible offer!! I’m off to purchase another set myself!! Code good until Friday, August 31st, 2012.
Baby Dream Backdrops has made the ‘top of the list’ for my best finds this year!
I had the pleasure of Mentoring Lauren Lawerence from Calabasas, CA during the first week of January. In fact, started off the New Year with two 3-day Mentoring Sessions in the first week!
Lauren came to experience a full day of Newborn Photography, a full day of Maternity Photography, and a full day of Post Production in Photoshop. We captured some great images during the workshop!!
If you are interested in learning more about our Maternity and Newborn Mentoring Sessions, click on the ‘For Photographers’ section of this Blog!