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It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to chocolate, hearts… and kisses. Valentine’s day is just around the corner and we wanted to share a few ways to mark the occasion.
These ideas are simple, quick and inexpensive. (Who has time to build a complicated set? We’d rather spend our time snuggling up with our loved ones!) Grab a few simple items from around the house and off you go!
1. Paper hearts
A couple of sheets of colored paper and a clear section of floor is all you need to make this simple scene. Bonus points: let your kids do the cutting – it will keep them busy and it’s great practice for those fine motor skills!
2. Hugs and Kisses
Cutest thing ever? Qute possibly. Put siblings together for a snuggle, or plant a big, wet juicy one on your little kid. We’ve seen this taken to extremes with babies entirely covered with red lipstick marks. And yeah, it’s actually really adorable.
3. Candy Hearts
Don’t know about you, but for us, seeing a picture of these little candy hearts triggers a sweet taste in our memories. So simple. So iconic. So fun. Available everywhere. Cheap. And you can eat them after they have been photographed!
4. Red Balloons
Kids. Love. Balloons.
We hope this inspires you to mark the day in your own way. Other ideas for simple props: fresh flowers, paper flowers, heart-shaped doilies, ribbons, chocolate hearts, valentine’s cards, red crayons, glitter or sequins!
Happy New Year! With 2018 just beginning, we have many exciting things on the horizon here at APNPI. As we get started, we’d like to take a moment to ask our members to fill out our first annual Member Survey. The feedback you provide to us is invaluable as we move forward, and we thank you for taking a few moments of time to give us your input.
We’ll be sharing the results of our survey when it’s complete, and will use this information to prioritize items as we roll them out in the next few months. So this is a great opportunity to have a say in what is coming next! We very much appreciate your contributions. 🙂
Written by: Cara Hall
My journey with my camera has been a lifelong passion, one that I come back to over and over no matter where else life takes me. Like many other photographers, I honed my skills and opened up a business, partly because I was obsessed with photography, and partly because it seemed like a great way to fund my passions and desires to buy my dream camera equipment. It was an unfortunate paradox then to realize that I was spending so much energy on providing beautiful images for my clients, while being negligent in getting out the camera for my own family, and had little to nothing of my own children!
When I saw another photographer mention Shoot Along in 2015, I joined right away, I was eager to have beautiful images of my own family. My skills were mainly as a studio photographer, under controlled lighting and controlled sets. Lifestyle imagery and natural light was wayyy out of my comfort zone! Needless to say, with the purpose, the guidance, and a community to tap into and interact with, I took the challenges and pushed myself out of my comfort zone… the results? Images that I CHERISH and would never have taken on my own!
So if you’re still reading, you’re likely a lot like me in that you just LOVE images of your babies and your family. Whether you’re new to owning a camera, or have had one for a while but haven’t gotten around to learning all those functions at your finger tips, or maybe you’re just stale in your photos and looking for something more. Shoot Along 2018 is a great program for those looking to learn and improve, and to purposefully build a collection of beautiful images of your family!
If you’re interested in more information about Shoot Along 2018, visit here: www.shootalong.com
Below are some of my favs from my Shoot Along journey in 2015. 🙂
With the festive season upon us, photographers everywhere are working hard providing Christmas themed photos to their clients. It’s the most popular time of year to update family photos and to get those hard to capture sibling portraits, which means many photographers work around the clock during this very busy season!
It’s always fun to see what the latest trends are, so we thought we’d provide a peek into what our APNPI members around the world are up to this Christmas. To see more info and imagery about the photographers behind these beautiful images, simply click on the image itself.
Grab a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy!
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Members are considered in good standing once they have completed both their Safety Course and have successfully achieved their QNP Certification.
Members may not advertise themselves as a APNPI member in good standing until they have received their QNP Certification.
Written by: Rachel Brenke – The Law Tog
Yes, I know that they can be super cute – and it is okay for you to do to yourself but for a client? There may come a time that you want to draw the line in the faux snow covering your studio floor. Some actions are not worth the liability-ridden factor that comes along with them.
Since Pinterest has come around it has brought a lot of photography trends that many of us wish would..just..die. Right?
But that is okay.
Sometimes giving a little for the client is OK….but here’s some friendly legal advice. NOT WHEN IT HAS A RISK TO IT.
In fact, while I was researching for this article I stumbled across this article showcasing this light-wrapping phenomena, by one of my favorite blogs no less! The more I looked at the images though, I realized something. Wrapping yourself in lights may be dangerous – burns, lead, electrocution, but if you want to do it to yourself – by all means.
But for clients? We need to be a bit more professional and vigilant on protecting our businesses than jumping on board the Pinterest-photography-idea-wagon.
So I’m not here to slam this idea -if you want you can read about the dangers of wrapping clients in lights go here – I’m actually writing to shed light on potential liability ridden requests by clients and give a how-to on handling client requests that may be out of your comfort zone.
Here’s my advice in a nutshell – (scroll down to get the longer answer to each)
- You don’t have to take every client or request that comes your way
- Protect yourself against liability
- Always carry liability insurance
- Be knowledgeable
How to handle client requests
Guess what? You’re the business owner. You don’t have to do any request simply because it is requested.
True story. Nix that fear of having a client go the other direction and think – if my gut says no, then there is a reason. This can be the Christmas lights wrapped up, train tracks, or just merely an aesthetic choice that you aren’t into.
The key is to successfully turn someone away without making them feel alienated but protecting your business.
Key actions can include:
- Refer them out – “Unfortunately that isn’t a request that I can handle at this time, but I have a great referral for you” (but make sure you ask the referring photographer if they would be comfortable too!)
- Offer an alternative – How about we try X – I think we could really come together to create a great session getting close to that result as possible.
- Simply say no – If you are uncomfortable you don’t have to do it. “I’m sorry but I don’t feel comfortable with that idea. I would still love to be your photographer though!”
It is best to sit down and figure up ahead of time what your response will be so you aren’t caught off guard and/or feel pressured to do something you’re not into.
How can I protect myself against liability?
Again – you’re the business owner – so if you WANT to take on these requests just make sure you’ve put some protections around you. In fact, this liability protection list is for every photography business owner. In no particular order.
- Contract – Always have a contract in place outlining all of your policies and an indemnification policy.
- Carry liability insurance – Carry the proper liability insurance. There are a broad range of insurances that every professional should have, liability is just one piece of it. In fact, many wedding venues and locations will not allow shooting without proof of such insurance. (Companies include PPA, Hartford, Hiscox – I don’t endorse any of these over the other – merely providing the information for you to research on your own. Always look at the policy provisions!)
- Business Formation – Set your business up separate from your personal assets (such as an LLC or Corporation).
- Think before you act! Always make sure the surrounding environment is safe, you have informed your clients of all the requisite safety measures and are vigilant during (and immediately surrounding) the session.
If you absolutely must or want to engage in risk-taking behavior with clients make sure you sign a Release of Liability Waiver!
This article was originally published Dec 4, 2014 by Rachel Brenke, The Law Tog.
Located in Rapid City, SD USA
Their safety is SO important! Do NOT try posing a baby in a position that you are unsure how to obtain.
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?
Like many other photographers, I have always loved photography. I got my first camera when I was ten! That being said, having my own photography business was never a dream, actually. I had worked in some retail photography chains, and then in another studio as a wedding photographer. After several years of shooting weddings, I was finding myself missing photographing little people. We had some friends who had recently had babies, and I had them come over for sessions – and QUICKLY realized that babies were what I wanted to do! I always wish I had portraits like I take for my clients of my own babies – and that definitely inspires me. I don’t ever want anyone to feel like they missed out on something so important like I do!! (In my defense, newborn photography was not what it is today when my babies were babies!) I do photograph other genre’s when time allows – for instance, fall family portraits. But I do tend to stick mostly to newborns. Nothing better than snuggling a new baby, am I right?!
What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone starting a newborn photography business?
First… Practice, practice, and practice. And when you think you have practiced enough, keep practicing!!! Babies are fragile little creatures, and they need you to be perfect when handling them. Their safety is SO important! Do NOT try posing a baby in a position that you are unsure how to obtain.
Second… PATIENCE! So much patience is required for this business. There is absolutely no way to control a baby. You never know if you are going to get a baby who sleeps so well you are able to get your entire session completed in an hour and a half – or if you are going to have a baby who’s wide awake and wants to party with you for 4-5 hours!
Third… you really, and I mean REALLY need to LOVE babies. Yeah, everyone thinks babies are cute. But when they are pooping and peeing on you – its not always that cute 😉 But you have to be able to see past that and roll with the punches! If you don’t LOVE this I would imagine it would be super easy to get frustrated and burned out really easily.
What camera do you use? What are your favourite lenses and what’s typically in your camera bag?
I shoot with a Nikon D610 – and my 50mm lens hardly ever leaves my camera – unless its for a 35mm! 😉
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 held in my studio, where my clients and I have full access to my excessive prop-buying habit 😉
What (if any) photography training, mentoring or workshops have you taken?
I have attended the Living Dreams workshop, Son Kissed Photography workshop, and have attended the 2016 Baby Summit.
What should clients expect when working with you?
Each of my sessions is completely styled along with my clients to their own personal taste prior to their session. Once they arrive in the studio with their baby, I just want them to be able to sit back and relax, and enjoy the session! I handle everything except feeding ;), so for many moms it is their first time with their arms free since they had their baby! I encourage them to bring things to keep them busy – such as a book, tablet – or those thank you cards they haven’t been able to get out since baby arrived! My studio is always stocked with snacks and drinks as well to keep them comfortable!