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Featured Photographer : Adaleah Webster


Located in Sarnia, Ontário CA


Name: Adaleah Webster

Representing: adaleah lacey photography

# of Years Experience: 7


I love this pose with dads. It really shows how small and fragile newborns are within dads hands. To me it shows how safe and gentle a new dad is with their precious baby.

The amount of props you have does not determine your talent, you don’t need tons of “things” to shoot newborn photography.

Tell us about yourself. What do you love doing in your spare time? What inspired you to newborn photography and do you photograph other genre’s in your business?

I honestly enjoy spending time home with my husband and dog! Love family time with my siblings too. I am currently 31 weeks pregnant and I find myself “nesting” right now, I know once baby is here they will be my full time and my spare time and my most enjoyable time. At such a young age I started baby sitting, I have always LOVED kids and babies and have always been really good with them. I will admit I was scared to hold other peoples newborns when I started. I always let parents lay them down and I just would photograph them sitting there. I got more and more comfortable and extended my knowledge with safety, posing and soothing techniques. I surely enjoy it and love meeting new moms to chat with.

I photography a bit of everything, weddings, family, baby’s first year, engagement, couples. I like doing a bit of everything. I would get bored if I only did one thing.

How would you describe your photography style? What inspires your work?

I think my style is pretty “organic”. A lot of my props are vintage, textured, layered and fringed. I love bonnets and old school style. As I purchase items for my own baby, i see myself leaning in the same direction style wise while choosing outfits. I love nature stuff and plants, succulents. When the weather is nice I love to bring the newborns outside.

Who has inspried you and how did you first come across their work?

Rachel Vanoven and Erin tole have been use role models. I have learned a lot through rachels e-workbook. I purchased this and studied it on the computer and had it on my ipad. I watched it before every newborn session years ago.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?

Workshops, e-workshops, etc will get you farther than any “photography school.” The amount of props you have does not determine your talent, you don’t need tons of “things” to shoot newborn photography.

What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?

I have three cameras. 5M2, 5M3, 5DM4. I am currently using my m4 for all sessions and my m3 as a back up. I use my m2 on vacations etc. I have the following lenses: 85mm, 50mm, 100mm, 24-105mm, 135mm, 35mm. I shoot 90% of my newborn sessions with my 50mm and then use my macro for detail and close up shots.

What is your favorite place to hold sessions and why?Where do you photograph most of your sessions? (in studio? on location?)

I photography most of my newborn work in the studio. I have a studio in the central part of my city. When the weather is nice I will take them outside during june,july and august.

What (if any) photography training, mentoring or workshops have you taken?

Rachel Vanoven
Erin Tole

Tell us about starting your business, and what played a key role in developing a profitable income.

I started my business around 17. I photographed my first wedding back then. The wedding was perfect for a first time photography, but they were not my ideal client. I invested in good equipment, youtube lots of editing videos, practiced on friends and family. My photography actually started in highschool doing prom photos. It eventually turned into a career after college. I invested in a studio as I was so tired of bringing my items to peoples homes for newborn sessions. Raising my pricing to what I am worth and providing good quality work that matches that price.

Growing pains: tell us about some of your challenges you have faced in your business, and how you overcame them.

I think making the decision to get a studio was a major commitment and risk that I either needed to do or quit. It was a big decision when photography was and is your only income, so you know you have a monthly bill to pay on top of your mortgage at home, car etc. Once i made that jump my business really boomed.

Same pose but a different angle. I love seeing her unique little features as the light comes from behind her.
My favourite part of newborn sessions is mommy and baby photos. I always remind mom that baby will never be this small again and it always makes them tear up and really cherish how precious their baby is! This pose shows how small baby is, and compliments mom as well.
Potato sack! I do this pose every session. I LOVE how squishy and round they look!
When baby doesn't sleep, using that time wisely is so important! of course sleeping is ideal, that isn't always the case. If baby is happy and content, getting as many angles/poses is key. I used my 100mm macro to focus on this little guys face.

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Session Spotlight: The Tiniest Princess

This little Princess came into the world weighing just over 4lbs. I shot her fresh 48 session at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto January 10th 2017. She just seemed like she was smiling through the whole session. I knew she was going to be a perfect little model for her Newborn session. Twelve days later she was in my studio weighing just shy of 5lbs. Coming into this session I knew her mom loved colourful images. This baby had such amazing skin tone, I really wanted to incorporate natural vintage looking colours and textures as well. This little lady didn’t disappoint. Sleeping through most of the session with still just a peaceful face just as in the hospital. This was definetly one of my favourite sessions.

Daddys little princess, she had him sighing and gasping at her sweetness through these photos.

This photo made me laugh, the lamb lovie was so little and it was almost the same size as she was.

With this little pout she will always have mommy and daddy wrapped around her finger.

My second time trying this pose. I was happy how it turned out, but I know theres still some fine qweaking to be done. (Not to be confused with quirking.)

The happiest mom ever. She was laughing and joking around through the whole session.

Dad was making me laugh through these images. He was saying.. " She's so confused, this morning when I woke up I was at home... now I'm in a bucket! Mom what are you doing to me!" I had so much fun with this family.

Yay I was so happy with this image. I think I nailed it.

So we tried so hard to get a picture with dad (which eventually we did). However, every time dad got close to Sophia she would cry. He was getting a bit of a complex.

This smile... hmmm they say babies don't really smile. This one seems very deliberate.

Sweet little angel face really made this session so easy for me.


Session by: Rebekah Anne Photography

“Those magical moments when your newborn arrives slip away so quickly.”

I was born in Montreal and raised in Northern Ontario in a bustling home of seven people. I learnt my love of photography from my mother , who never ceased to amaze me with her talent in the arts and creating beautiful photographs and paintings. I now live in Burlington Ontario and now have five beautiful children myself. I quickly realized at their young age, many memories are forgotten if not for capturing special moments through photographs.

Starting with my love of landscape photography, my style has over the years evolved into a special love for newborns and babies.

My passion is to help new parents capture the perfect moments of their newborns. With a warm friendly nature and a cozy comfortable setting, I try very hard to make your experience in my studio one where you can relax, know your baby will be well taken care of and will pour my heart into each and every experience.

Rebekah Anne Photography offers an array, baby, infant, family photography experiences and pours her heart into creating the perfect set, with beautiful outfits, backdrops and props. The perfect investment, to have these beautiful moments turned into long lasting memories for years to come.

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APNPI Image Competition – Meet the Judges

 

Meet the Judges!

 

Our premiere Image Competition deadline is quickly approaching and we’d like to introduce you to our Judges!

APNPI encourages participation in competition as a means of challenging, learning and growing in the art of newborn photography.  Competition with constructive critique drives photographers to a new level in honing their craft, and contributes toward their Masters Designations.  It’s also an exciting opportunity to gain world wide recognition!

We look forward to your entries!

 

Final Entry Deadline:  March 12, 2019

 

Our Judges for Round One of the 2019 Image Competition…

 

Dana Pugh is an internationally recognized, award winning family and children’s photographer who has been documenting families across North America since 2007. She was named the first ever NAPCP Child Photographer of the Year for her work in 2010. She has a quirky, emotional style that focuses less on her and more on the people who are in front of her lens. Most importantly, she is a mom to two amazing kids and a wife to wonderfully supportive husband. Together they enjoy traveling the world and experiencing new things. Dana’s studio is located in Okotoks, Alberta.

Lizzy McMillan is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer, PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and APNPI Ambassador with a boutique maternity and newborn studio in Downtown Mesa, Arizona. She has specialized in newborn portraiture for nearly a decade and has photographed over 1200 newborns. Her extensive work with newborn twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets has set her apart in the photography industry, garnered international acclaim and has earned her the apt moniker “The Multiples Whisperer™”. Lizzy is passionate about documenting family history and preserving the important moments in her clients’ lives. When she’s not snuggling newborns or teaching other photographers the art of photographing multiples, she and her husband are usually busy wrangling their three children or watching The Office on Netflix.

For more about Lizzy McMillan and her work, visit www.momentostudios.com

 

Julia Kelleher is a Nikon Ambassador, WPPI and PPA Master, PPA Master Artist and APNPI Ambassador. In business 13 years she specializes in newborn, children and family portraits out of her retail studio in Bend, OR. She is a seasoned judge and print competitor, having won multiple prestigious awards from all over the world. She is a passionate educator, teaching creatives how to strategically run their businesses with profitability and efficiency, while at the same time helping them balance family and personal obligations. She is a marketing guru, having helped multiple studios grow from in-home start-ups to 6-figure retail companies with steady, loyal clients and systemized processes.

 

Lisa Digeso is The owner of Milk & Honey photography & founder of The Milky Way ~ a Photographers Resource. As a photographer she has 10 years of experience working with tiny newborns, focusing and teaching on safety, posing, lighting & business. The Milky Way is the creator of The online Retreat Series, & The Joyful Photographer. Lisa loves to encourage, empower and educate photographers to create the business, Art & loves of their dreams. Lisa lives in Kamloops BC, white her hubby, son & 3 Maine coon cats.

Featured Photographer : Amanda Puskar

Name: Amanda Puskar

Representing: Amanda Puskar Photography # of Years Experience: 6


Dad is active duty USAF. We wanted to show how important the military life and love for their country is. To raise their new baby with this same love.

Tell us about yourself. What do you love doing in your spare time? What inspired you to newborn photography and do you photograph other genre’s in your business?

I am married to the love of my life, Jeremey, and together we run Amanda Puskar Photography. He is my assistant and toy squeaker extraordinaire. We have 3 children, 13,11 and 11 and 10 dogs. Our business is so busy that we don’t often get much free time, however, when we do we like to travel (Disney fanatics) and spend time at home with our family. I started newborn photography on accident really. I had a friend who was expecting her 2nd baby and she allowed me to capture her maternity session as practice. I was just starting out the maternity side of my business so I needed all the practice I could get. Once baby arrived, she asked me to shoot her newborn session. So I packed everything I had and bought and took it to her house. Looking back on those images 5 years ago… whoa! Boy have I grown! But that is what you are supposed to do. Once I shot that session, I knew I wanted to continue in newborn photography.

How would you describe your photography style? What inspires your work?

I hate to use the words light and airy… but really, that is what it is to me. I like the light, pastel colors, the brightness, the softness. I don’t do much of super dark colors. I love cute little animal hats and tutus, and fancy headbands. I love to add in a little dash of color on a neutral palette. I spend time on Pinterest and I also love Etsy. Both places I find inspiration.

Who has inspried you and how did you first come across their work?

I love Maxine Evans. I came across her work on Facebook. She lives clear across the country from me and I have talked to her several times. She has a very clean and classic style. Her positioning is always perfect. I love that she uses hats and headbands too.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?

Education. Education. Education. It isn’t as easy as putting baby on their tummy and taking pictures. You must be safe at all times. When a parent brings a brand new baby to you their expect that you will protect that baby from harm. You must learn and educate yourself on newborns, newborn safety etc.

What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?

I shoot with the Nikon D810. I upgraded from the D800 last year. My favorite lens would have to be my 24-120mm f4. I find that during a newborn session, I can easily get up-close shots as well as wide angle shots all with out having to change my lenses. I also have a 35mm f1.8, a 50mm f1.8 and a lens baby spark.

What is your favorite place to hold sessions and why?Where do you photograph most of your sessions? (in studio? on location?)

All of my newborn sessions are shot in our studio. We have a controlled environment where we can control the temperature, the noise etc. We have everything we need right there for those sessions. Our first priority is newborn safety and in our studio, we are providing a safe place for baby by having everything controlled.

What (if any) photography training, mentoring or workshops have you taken?

I have taken the Milkway Newborn Retreat for 2 years, along with the maternity retreat as well.

Tell us about starting your business, and what played a key role in developing a profitable income.

I quit my full time job to take the leap of faith that this would happen. My husband worked full time still so we could only shoot newborns on the weekends. That really limited our business because people really only wanted Saturdays, not Sundays. So the business could not grow like I had hoped. So in 2015 we made the decision to do the business full time. My husband quit his job and we jumped in with both feet. That first week home, we shot a newborn every day that week. 6 Months after taking that leap, we expanded our home of 150 sq ft to studio to a commercial studio that is 1000 sq ft.

Growing pains: tell us about some of your challenges you have faced in your business, and how you overcame them.

I think the biggest challenge that we face is finding your target market. I believe now, after being in business for almost 6 years, we have found that market. Getting there was rough. Pricing also goes hand in hand with that too I think. It was a lot of trial and error really. Finding what worked for my business and my clients.

What should clients expect when working with you?

When you book a newborn session with our studio, I send out our consultation information. Each baby that comes in the studio, I consider my own. We take care of all the changing, cleaning, and feeding (unless baby is breastfed). We incorporate items that parents bring in to make their session that much more special. Our studio has 2 shooting rooms for newborn sessions. One room is where we shoot all of our prop sets and family shots and then we go into a smaller, much warmer room, that we shoot all of baby’s naked images in. We have a comfy couch for parents, who often nod off, along with refreshments and wifi. Your baby is taken care of by us so that you can sit back and relax. You are never far away tho! Mom and dad are always in the same room with us shooting.

This sweet little baby girl was just a ball of squish. Her skin looked so great on the pink fur. She was the perfect baby for me that day in our studio.
This little baby girl is truly and angel. During labor, baby had health concerns, so mom was rushed in for a emergency C-Section. While in recovery, mom crashed and was taken back in the OR for an emergency hysterectomy. This is their one and only baby.
Isaac was sound asleep as I changed him into his sleep set. It was just perfect for his bed time setup. He slept like a rock for his session.
Sawyer is the most relaxed baby I have ever met. He slept like a rockstar for his newborn session. Mom wanted something a little different for his session, so we did different animals. I think he makes a pretty cute lion!

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Session Spotlight: In Hospital Maternity Session- A Mama on Bedrest

The story behind this session…

I did this session as a creative project, a way to connect with mothers who are on bedrest. To show them that even though you are on bedrest, whether at the hospital or in your home, you can have that dream maternity session that you always hoped for.  Images that will tell your unique story. and one day will be so special to you. I am passionate about documenting these days that I know one day you will be so happy to have and look back on.  For this session I had a vision, I knew I wanted to show what it was like to be on bedrest in the hospital. I never wanted to hide any aspect of it. IV,s monitors, hospital bed and all.

I loved the idea of using what we had and making it beautiful. She was on bedrest so I envisioned her showing mostly skin and wearing something lacy and pretty that would contrast against the white hospital sheets. For this image I stood on a stool and reached my arms all the way above my head. I could almost touch the ceiling!

Being a "Mama Bird" is the idea of the selfless love and sacrifice that every mother makes for the well-being of her babies. Here she is in the hospital fighting for her and her babies well being. This shirt and intimate look seemed the perfect fit for her.

After I left her session, she reached out to me to say that this session was reviving. That it was fun and gave her that push to help her through the rest of her pregnancy in the hospital! I hope It will always be that fun memory, and a sweet day of her pregnancy to look back on!


Session by: Lo Photo

I am a birth, newborn and motherhood photographer located in west Texas! I am a storyteller, taking those most important moments in your life and freezing them in a moment that you can hold onto, and look back on.

 

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Featured Photographer : Geniann Elliott


Located in Franklinton, Carolina do Norte US


Name: Geniann Elliott

Representing: Geniann Elliott Photography

 

# of Years Experience: 2


“The one thing I wish I would have done sooner is a CODB (cost of doing business) so that I began charging what I needed to keep my business profitable…”

Who has inspired you and how did you first come across their work?

My biggest photographer crushes are Meg Bitton, who I origonally stumbled across on facebook and I fell in love with her dreamy edits and more specifically to newborns, I love Andrea Kinter and Dewdrops by Amy for their classic and perfect newborn sessions!

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?

My one piece of advice to anyone beginning in newborn photography is to think of the baby’s safety first and foremost. You will be requested to do all sorts of things to get a specifically cute photo of the baby, but before jumping into posing a precious baby in vulnerable positions, research the proper ways to do it! APNPI has a great learning program for anyone beginning or in need of a refresher course!

What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?

I use a Nikon D3s and I have a D700 as my backup camera. My favorite lens for outdoor photography is my Tamron 70-200mm and for newborn work in studio I love my sigma 24-70mm so I can always remain close to the baby. At any given time both of those lenses are in my camera bag along with bubbles for playtime with my clients and perhaps candy or stickers for bribery (I’m not above it haha)

What is your favorite place to hold sessions and why?Where do you photograph most of your sessions? (in studio? on location?)

I use to travel to clients homes but I was having trouble keeping my work consistent due to lack of studio lighting, props that I could bring, backdrops, temperature for baby comfort etc. So now I only offer in studio newborn portraits so I can control everything!!

Growing pains: tell us about some of your challenges you have faced in your business, and how you overcame them.

Growing pains are still happening and I have been in business for 5+ years now. Honestly the one thing I wish I would have done sooner is a CODB (cost of doing business) so that I began charging what I needed to keep my business profitable (or at least breaking even) but it took me a long time of overworking myself and tons of stress for me to finally break down and do the math making sure I charged what was needed.

Some of my favorite newborn images are of the simplest poses with baby as the focus and just a few sweet details to accent their cuteness!!

What do you do when baby is bright-eyed and not interested in sleeping? You swaddle her and lay her in fluffy peach goodness!

Awaiting their greatest adventure yet!

This sweet angel was named after her great-grandmother who recently passed before she was born. To memorialize her we included a few sentimental things in the baby's session...her great grandma's bible, quilt, and this beautiful chair that her namesake adored! I love including family heirlooms and sentimental props in my sessions!


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Session Spotlight: Unique

The story behind this session…

All babies are unique, not only in their personalities but also in their appearances.

This adorable baby boy was born with something that not many of us have……….a 6th toe on his right foot. Now how cool is that!!!! Talk about unique right!

When his Mom told me, at first I thought she might be pulling my leg, only because I had no idea this was even possible, and also because I had just finished posing his tiny little feet and hadn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary.

I was, and still am, totally amazed by this. It’s hereditary and has been passed down through their family for generations, also very cool!

I absolutely loved that Mom was all for documenting this amazingly unique quality that her sweet boy was born with. For in time, it will be surgically removed, and will be all but a memory had it not been for her willingness to capture it.

Here you can clearly see his sixth toe on his right foot, and how it looks so perfectly in line with his other toes, as though it's meant to be there.

Even as I made my way through the editing of this session it really didn't stand out to me at all.

I made certain to document all of his features, as I would any other newborn, and let's face it, I love using my macro lens!

I loved how this pose showed his unique feet!

I was so taken by his beautiful face that I didn't focus on much else when I first laid eyes on him.

I made sure to keep his feet open from the wrap as this unique quality had to be documented as much as possible.

That perfect profile was my initial distraction, no doubt! That tiny little nose, the way his cheeks fall almost as low as his chin. Swoon worthy little face I tell you!

Being a lover of baby feet to begin with, I always tend to overshoot in this area. You can just imagine how many different angles I captured of his unique feet.


Session by: From the Heart Imagery

My love of photography became heightened after the birth of my first child. My inspiration stems completely from him and the beautiful baby he was. I wanted to document every fleeting moment, save it in time, and over the years I’ve done just that!

I opened my photography busy 9 years ago and have dedicated this time to learning, sharing, and becoming a well rounded photographer so I may document your newborn in the most natural, organic way as possible. During this time I have also been recognized as an award winning photographer with the NAPCP association.

Capturing newborns in their first few days of life, and documenting their growth over the years has given me an incredible amount of joy!

My passion for newborn photography has become a big part of who I am. It’s certainly not just my job, or my hobby, it’s how I choose to spend my life……documenting yours!

 

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APNPI Accreditation – Judging Event Broadcast – April 2

Have you ever wondered how images are judged?

Come join us for our Accreditation Judging Event!  Follow along as our qualified judges provide critique and suggestions for improvement on our most recent APNPI Accreditation Submissions. Learn invaluable tips to improve your imagery from industry experts with an eye for detail. 

On Tuesday April 2, we’ll be airing our pre-recorded Accreditation Judging Event.  You’ll have access to the replays for 24 hours.

Best of luck to all of our members who have submitted for this round of Accreditations!

Our Judges for this round…

 

Patricia van den Bogaart – Specializes in fine art newborn photography that is pure, exclusive and timeless. Available in studio and location, working with natural light only.

Newbornphotography workshops & mentor focussed on quality not volume

Workshops & mentor van hoog niveau gefocust op kwaliteit, niet op volume

Bronze award BPP Germany
Silver Qualification the Netherlands
International Portrait Photographer of High Performance

 

Robin Long – Robin Long is an APNPI Qualified Newborn Photographer and Ambassador,
Multi-Award-Winning International Photographer, Speaker, Teacher and Author of the book, “Natural Newborn Baby Photography,” translated into five languages.She has captured Newborns and Motherhood portraits over the past 14 years and has educated
hundreds of aspiring and seasoned photographers all over the world.

Robin’s work is recognized in the industry by her woven-in-the wombapproach with an emphasis in capturing “womb-like” characteristics of a newborn baby that exemplifies the complexity of God’s masterful creation.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Psalm 139:13-16

 

 

Bryan Caporicci – Bryan is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fonthill, Canada. In 2014, he was awarded his Masters of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest Canadian photographers to receive this level of achievement. Bryan is the lead content creator at SproutingPhotographer.com and the host of the Sprouting Photographer Podcast. He teaches at workshops across North America, including industry-leading conventions and conferences such as WPPI, Shutterfest and Canada Photo Convention. Bryan is also the CEO and Founder of Sprout Studio.

 

Simone Silvério – Simone is passionate about motherhood kids, family and everything
surrounding this universe being herself a mother of four and recently a grandmother.

Despite having had photography as a hobby since her youth Simone had a very
successful 15-year career in the financial market with a Business Administration
degree and an MBA from one of the top Business schools in Brazil and later an
Architecture degree from the top institution in Brazil.

Since taking up the activities of her studio and becoming a full time photographer
in 2010 she has photographed thousands of newborns, babies and pregnant women,
becoming a reference in the Brazilian photographic market with online courses
published, repeated participation in all of the major events and conferences,
workshops throughout the country and a published book, “Baby Photography -Passion
and Technique” released in 2017 that became a key reference for all photographers in
that field.

Simone is also one of the founders and the first president of the Brazilian
Association of Newborn Photographers -ABFRN and a Certified Professional
Photographer of the prestigious PPA – Professional Photographers of America as well as an Ambassador for APNPI.