Monthly Archives: July 2015

What to look for in your baby’s first photographer

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Your baby is only tiny once, and with each passing day your little one will grow more than you thought possible. In order to capture this precious time, most parents elect to hire a photographer that specialises in taking beautiful portraits of newborn babies. But how do you know you have selected the right person for the job?

Here is a list of the most important things to do when selecting the person who is going to be responsible for immortalising your sweet newborn’s face on film.

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions. While you may want to avoid seeming overly nosy or high maintenance, you should never let these fears stand in your way when it comes to asking questions. What are the photographer’s qualifications? Did they attend photography schooling, and to what level? How much experience do they have with newborn infants?
  • Scrutinise their work. Don’t be afraid to pour over their portfolio – have a look at the babies’ faces: do they seem relaxed and content, or stressed and frightened? Your photographer’s way with newborns will be evident in their results.

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  • Find out if they specialise in newborns and children. A wedding or pin up photographer may take absolutely lovely shots when they are in their element, but a bride and groom are very different than a screaming infant. If they are new to this subject matter, you may still elect to hire them, but ensure that the rate you pay reflects this inexperience – and plan for a re-shoot with a seasoned professional if necessary.
  • Meet with them in advance. This one is deceptively simple – but oh so important. Do you like them? Do they seem kind and gentle, yet professional? Do they dote on your baby – or your baby bump? They may have an excellent portfolio, but without a kind manner your experience will be a poor one. Make sure you get along with your photographer and share a similar vision for the finished product.

If you follow these tips and choose the best photographer for you and your family, you are sure to end up with a stunning result perfect for framing, engraving or turning into a 3D Crystal. Good luck!

 

Three Great Tips for Taking Photos in the Sun

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Summer is in full swing here in the UK, and with many sunny days ahead it is delightful to snap photos of your friends and family enjoying the beautiful weather. But why is it so hard to capture that great looking shot when the sun is out? It’s all about lighting!

Just as a professional photographer brings their own lighting rigs to a photo shoot, the sun can either be your best asset – or your worst foe. By paying attention to where the sun’s rays are landing, you can prevent washed out, blurry photos and capture your memories in stunning detail. Here are our top three tips to taking great photos in the sun.

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1. Avoid side lighting (unless you want a moody look) – For an amateur photographer, this angle can be very tricky indeed, and is best avoided if you are looking for a crisp, clean shot that flatters your subject without any lens flare. Half of their face is sure to be shrouded in shadow, and while an expert can often utilise this lighting for dark and moody portraits, for most of us it will just ruin an otherwise lovely shot.

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Keeping the sun at your back produces crisp images. (Photo via)

2. Make sure the sun is at your back…. – For amateur photographers, this is the safest and easiest way to guaranteed perfect lighting conditions. When the sun is shining down on your back, your subject will be nicely illuminated, creating an evenly lit shot worthy of a frame, a digital engraving or a 3D Photo Crystal.

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Backlighting your subject can be beautiful. (Photo via)

3. ….Unless you want a different effect! In that case, shoot facing the sun. While this angle can be tricky, if the sun is positioned just right you can often shoot an interesting photo that captures a soft glow around your subject. Rim lighting can be a stunning effect, providing that your subject is brighter and darker than the background behind them. Using an external flash (or adjusting your camera’s metering mode to ‘spot’) can really help you avoid a silhouette effect and instead capture a beautiful portrait in the summer sun.

Do you have any great tips for taking photos in the summer sun? Leave them in the comments section below.

How to take fantastic photos of your pet

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Our cats, dogs, snakes, ferrets and fish occupy a special space in our hearts – some people claim that they love their pets more than they love their human friends! Our pets are so important to us that we spend a lot of our time taking photos of them, and some people’s social media profiles are simply filled to the brim with images of their furry friends.

Taking photos of our pets seems like an easy thing to do, but capturing the spirit and essence of your beloved cat or dog can be harder than you think. A cuddly pal can all too easily turn into a blurry ball of fur when caught on camera. In order to help you take the best photos possible of your animal, here are some top tips from the experts.

  1. Head toward the light! Make sure that you take photos of your pet while saturated in natural light. In order to avoid the ‘blow out’ of back lighting, stand or crouch with your back to the windows (or sun, if you are outdoors). This natural lighting will highlight the fine details of your pet’s face that can often be made blurry in low lit settings. cat-216287_1280
  2. Avoid using the flash. Using the flash on your camera might scare your pet, and it is sure to give them the dreaded red eye. Fluffy is sure to look terrifying if his eyes are glowing balls of fire!
  3. Patience will be rewarded. Trying to rush a pet photography session will lead to disappointing images – it is best to chill out, relax and spend some quality time with your pet while you just happen to have your camera at the ready.
  4. Use your Macro setting. You don’t need to have a fancy, professional photography set up in order to utilise the different settings on your camera. The macro setting allows you to zoom in and take photos that include fine details that normally get blurred out. This can be perfect to capture the whiskers on your cat’s face or the expressive brows above your dog’s eyes.https://static.pexels.com/photos/1173/animal-dog-pet-cute.jpg
  5. Catch them doing what they love. You love your pet for their personality, and so you should always honour their quirks, kindness and silliness in any photo you take! The more humour, the better.

Of course, if all of this sees a bit too overwhelming you can always turn to a professional pet photographer. Once your photos are perfect, preserve them in a unique and interesting way – scrapbooks, canvas printing or a beautiful 3D Photo Crystal.