Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Props & Preparation for a Newborn Photography

Although I only shot one time for a newborn; I am ready to take my newborn images to the next level.

When I was shooting  Emma Grace, I was not very lucky because Emma did not want to cooperate all the way through the session. First of all the shooting was at my home. Emma was almost 2 weeks old. When she arrive with her parents she was sound a sleep as newborn baby supposed to be. But as soon as the mother try to change her or try to take off her clothes she started to cry. From then on; she just won't stop crying unless the mother give her a bottle or the father hold her for a little while. Then when we tried to put on the head bands, she started to make a face as if she is trying to say she does not want to be dressed up. So the session was just not completely successful like I planned. It seems to me, Emma did not want to be photographed. Period. At this point, her mom and I gave up. Most of the time, her mom handled her. I was just touching her softly on her forehead to put her to sleep. She did quiet for a short period of time but then when we tried to move her to make a pose she moaned again. I did have a soft toy with a mechanical part that make a soothing sound like rain, ocean, etc. for her to sleep positioned next to her. But this did not help either.

Anyways, if you curious about the result you can check it here.

My heart and favorite are always photograph newborn, maternity and senior. If you ask me. But I photograph anybody simply because I love interact with people. Direct them to make a pose, try to create a good composition including style them. This is my passion. I am an artist. I am a painter before starting the new photography business. And I do still paint in my spare time.

I am also a crafter. I love working with my two hands; gluing, tearing, cutting, sewing them together to create a DIY piece from something. This is my nature and got these traits from my mother who is a seamstress and a good cook. 

It is only natural that I created these little head bands for newborn baby girl. Some I created from a vintage silk flower and some from a new silk flower. I tried to get the 'EllyaPhotography' look for my newborn photography. Although like Emma's mom; she brought her own props and head bands. So in the end; I did try mine and the clients'. If only I could get Emma cooperate.  In any session; let it be a senior I always like to work together. I want my client to have fun too. We discuss about everything in advance. And I answered all questions before hand. 

I enrolled myself on how to learn to photograph a newborn on an online course in the past. Nothing intensive; it was a short course. The rest I learned from youtube or reading from other photographers' blog about shooting a newborn. In this course I learned on how to handle the baby (oh, I am a mother of a 28 years old by the way and I love kids) from keep on washing your hands with anti bacterial wipes, a trick try to put the baby to close her eyes and finally fall asleep.  And of course the shooting itself and the kind of props I should have. To be honest; newborn is the most intensive labor job in photography. Simply because you have to have a lot of props with you all the time. Ton of blankets,  head bands,  hats, and sometime the heater during winter. Not to mention the photography equipment like, tripod, backdrop stand, umbrella lighting when the house has limited  natural light coming in. So it is the most labor intensive work like, carrying, setting up, etc. Although in the end it is not difficult at all. Unlike shooting a senior, they are an adult. They can carry stuff to the location and most of the time they know what to wear and pose. But the basic principal it is all the same.

I  sewn and stuffed my own little pillows to support the baby to make the poses. These pillows has it's own function. Two to create a butterfly pose while the other to create a frog pose. And the rest just to support her little legs and arms. They are all position under the blanket where the baby lay on.

So here are my equipment and props.

On below pictures I used 'the soothing sound toy' as a baby model. These are the positions that I was talking about with pillows under the blanket to support the baby to create poses. Of course there are so many positions for the newborn to pose. I am using a stiff toy who can not be posed accordingly.  I love seeing the part of face is sharp and the back of the toy's body is blurred (bokeh). This effect will occur to a human baby as well.

The color of the images are endless. Recently, I am trying to get the look of a roll of film effect of pictures. It might not look good for a newborn, there is no way of knowing until I have a real human baby. But then again, I can create so many effect in color of images through Photoshop Lightroom 5 with or without presets. So I am super excited about my next newborn session.

These are the head bands and tiny vintage flower crowns for the newborn baby girl to wear. I do not have a lot for baby boy since they are not wearing flower on their heads; I am going to start to look and collect some hats for them. I think they are so adorable. Last seen here. I love fashion and I love vintage, since I was a young girl I always try to look different. I do not like to look the same as what others are wearing. This is just me. So I always try to create and style my own signature styling.

These are blankets and baby wrappers. I still collect and buy new baby wrapper when I see something pretty and suitable my budget.

These are basket and filler for the baby to be tucked in. The wood planks are vintage. Bought them from an old barn in Vermont. I styled them together to see how the over all colors are going to be with these vintage plank wood background. All I need is a baby girl and I think she would look, pretty  simple and elegant. Which the style I always love so much in any styling of fashion, photography and home decor projects.

These are the little pillows that I created. And the baby lamb soothing sound toy.

I do not have a studio just to dedicate for portrait or a newborn photography. But my home has so much natural light coming in. We have been in this home for about 6 weeks. The openness feel of the whole rooms what I chose to live in this home. I know it is good for my photography business while shooting in door and in my home. It is a photographer's heaven when they are able to shoot in this environment with a lot of natural light coming in. Don't be surprised if at first I ask you to come to my home for this particular reason. But I am willing to travel to your home as long as you have a lot of natural sunlight source coming in your room for me to shoot. We can discuss about this before hand. Other wise the umbrella lighting will solve the problem although they say it is not the same. I have yet to test this fact.

It is only natural we, beginner photographers learned from others who already in the business for a long time. And try to incorporate their style with your own signature style. Since the sources are so much out there; you won't go wrong with what you picked in the end. As long as you know it is appropriate for (in this case) a newborn baby girl and boy or a twin. Here are the example of other new born photographers.
Source; here.

Source; here.

This is not my image. But I love this style. Following to the newborn session; I would add a package for what I called 'the newborn is an older baby' package. This is good for Mom and her once newborn to be photographed because she is now a little older that she can be carrying and holding such a way to be photographed with the mom.
Source; here.

Ohhh....what a darling little picture this is. Now she is much older.

Well, just to update you on how excited I am to shoot another newborn. Hopefully she or he will cooperate this time. And from the bottom of my heart I thank Emma's mom for trusting me to shoot her newborn; Emma Grace.  The experiences was just beyond anything I could imagine. Because of her; I am much more confidence shooting a newborn for the future.

Thank you so much for reading!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Neena & Raj

There is something magical about capturing someone's glow when about to enter a 'motherhood' on the camera.  Her beauty and pure joy clearly radiant through out her presence. 

She looks happy, calm and comfortable in front of the camera.  I know these pictures will always be a part of the family for generations to come.

Thank you for reading!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Beautiful Vintage Bright & Bold

Beautiful Vintage Bright & Bold

Diamond pattern rug

Cream throw pillow

Black accent pillow

Brass home decor

Antique gold mirror

Nailhead furniture

Walnut furniture

Payne wooden end table

Tufted furniture

Low table

Handcrafted furniture

Brutalist Gold Leaf Horse on Marble Base

When I was received an email from Daphne, Community Manager at Chairish,  asking to do a styling board about a bright accent chair from their online store; I immediately jumped into the project.

 I love creating a styling board. And home decor is one of my passion. I picked a bright yellow spaceage tufted chair to build my styling board.   Since the chair is very bright in yellow color, I chose to put the neutral beige sofa and it's decorative pillows to anchor and tie everything together. As an accent I picked gold sunburst, ottoman,  industrial tear drop pendant lamp and small vignettes to decorate here and there. 

The duo rustic wood side table adds a flair the interior. Playing with different material of furniture while staying  cohesive and elegant is one element that I love creating in a beautiful modern vintage interior. 

Please do stop by at Chairish. Their vintage exclusive home decor collection are just beautiful. And for more gorgeous vintage accent chairs please click here.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week end Everyone!

"A Note"

I have a great news I wanted to share with You All.

My best friend from school more than 10 years a go is getting married. And she is inviting Steven and I to attend the wedding next spring in Lake Como, Milan. 

I never in contact with Dina for more than a year, well prior to that we never hardly any contact for almost 10 years but as a Facebook friend who were not active at all. In school, I would say our friendship had blossomed in to a best friend. Dina and I literally sat together in classes, did projects together and shared some personal stories together. We were like sisters. Just like typical young girls, we used to dreamt about our future; the man and husband we would love to meet, the kind of life we are going to have and the career we wanted  to achieve in the fashion business. But toward the end of school in 2003 I met Steven. We both got a job in the garment industry but my relationship with Steven had becoming serious. And slowly our friendship became far a part.  I did not think much of it then. I was busy building a relationship with Steven while Dina is single and pursuing a career. 

In a blink of an eye years went by so quickly. I never hardly had any contact with Dina but her name is on my Facebook friend's list. Not more than that. Sometimes I look at her profile showing her work and Dina has becoming a well known stylist from her country; Dubai. And her work got published in  and Marie Claire. Of course I am very happy for her. I know Dina will be a successful person because Dina was a very motivated young girl. She worked hard to reach her dream and she  determined to get what she wants. And Dina got it all. During those times I think I asked her once through Facebook if she met a guy, her answer was no, she wasn't. That's all.  

Remember, Dina is much more younger than me in age. In the back of my mine I was thinking may be Dina is not interested being friendly with an older person like myself. So I removed her name from my Facebook friend's list. Yes, it was a bold move from my part. {"I am sorry, Dina!"} I figured at this time of my life, I do not need a friend up in the air. I need a true friend. I would rather have 1 friend who can be a true friend to me than 100 friends who just watch me from the other side of the globe.  When I was much younger I used to have many friends. Friends was my life. But I learned my lesson. Now, I can count the number of what I called a friend; 1, 2, 3 only; may be 4. I figured if I have many friends who always get together, lunch here and there, meeting, like most Indonesian women do, I would have not achieved what I have achieved today. I would be busy with my friends day in and out. That is not the kind of life I want. 

Yes, I need to have a few friends but it is hard for me to open up to people these days.

Dina was the only friend I was able to pour my heart out to the most secret part. That was how close we were back then. 

It has been more than 10 years I have not seen Dina. And I have been completely lost contact with Dina for the past 1 year  since she is no longer a friend through  Facebook.

About 3 weeks a go, I woke up and found a note from Dina. She wrote the most sad and happiest words on my inbox Facebook. I remember she said:"..........perhaps I do not deserve your friendship........"
"I met a childhood friend who is from my country and we  are getting married in Lake Como, Milan, Italy and I would like to invite you and Steven to my wedding!"

Tears started to pool in my eyes. I know it was a happy tears. I am happy because Dina has found her true love. Or may be I am happy because we both now are married. 

Not long after that Dina and I became friends in Facebook again.  There we started to talk about our old days again. Then I remember what Dina said that I was her inspiration, her mentor and teacher. She continued saying that I very much influenced on what she has becoming today.  She also said that she is still reading my blog.

Oh....I got goose bumps when reading that. I am very happy for these words. It was truly an honor for me to have received such words from Dina.  It was the most beautiful words I have ever received from a friend. And I know Dina is very honest about this. I told Dina that after I lost Dina I never had a friend like her again until now.  

Then one day Dina called me from Dubai. Oh, I was so happy to hear her voice. Her voice just like I remember her when we were in school. It was like a dream. She was asking how's my Mom, Dad and my son Buck. How sweet of her.

When we said good bye I remember I smiled and told to myself I will not loose Dina again. And I am so happy that she remembers to reach out to me and invited me and Steven to her wedding.  Of course I told her that we, Steven and I will definitely attend her most important and happiest day in Lake Como, Italy next spring.

(Sorry -- I must add this.)
Dina told me that she will give me full access to photograph her wedding. 
Wouww, seriously....I can't wait.
It is my dream to photograph a wedding in Lake Como, Milan - Italy.
My mind is playing a thousand pictures of Dina as the most beautiful bride with the most gorgeous setting and background on her wedding day in Lake Como.
"Thank you so much Dina?"

A few days a go, the mirror tray I bought online from One King's Lane arrived. I love this tray very much. It looks a slightly larger for the coffee table but it still looks pretty. I love putting gold accent on my interior. I think gold accent; it can be a tray or picture frames can add drama, glamor and elegant to a room. Here I put the glamorous mirror golden tray on the rustic coffee table. I love combining rustic and luxury together.

Thank you so much for reading. Have a great week end Everyone?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Working Space (Part I)

Today I finally got to spent time working and organizing my working space. Steven finally put the working table from Ikea together. It is far from finish and I still have boxes laying on the floor. But at least I can sit and start working on a project on the table and in a room dedicated only for my crafts, sewing or painting. I love this room very much, it is quite large and bright. So it is good to create a little studio for my photo shoot as well.

In the future I want to put a sitting area where I can read and listen to  music as well. 


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