Newborn Photography — Behind the Computer Scenes

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It’s almost Thanksgiving! I’m going out of town this week, so I thought I would do a series of blog posts to get caught up while I’m away 🙂

A lot of questions have been raised by curious minds lately, particularly about what all goes in to a photography session and why photography sessions are so expensive when done by a professional photographer. I can say that ALOT more than just a few clicks on a nice camera goes in to a photography session, but I’d like to show you guys one small(but also big) part of the art that is photography.

Newborn sessions will be the example for today. These sessions last about 2 hours long. But did you know that editing that session can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours? It’s true! After the actual session has come and gone, the planning and styling has been made, and the images have been taken, a lot of post production work takes place.

Newborns in particular take a lot of extra work to edit. I am not big on “airbrushing” photos. I take a deep and lengthy approach to editing photos, which gives an all around more natural appearance. I don’t edit out birth marks or scars, I leave mongolian spots and cute little newborn milk bumps. But they usually have blotchy skin, newborn acne, scratches from run ins with their tiny nails, peely skin, purple hands and feet, yellowed skin from jaundice, all kinds of stuff! Things that aren’t supposed to be there, that will go away with time.

Also, sometimes newborns are posed in positions that often require composites or extensive photoshop to create an image that isn’t actually there. There are many newborn photography poses that are not safely done on their own. So instead of posing Baby in a precarious situation, mom and dad’s are often acting as “spotters” during the shoot, with holding baby in to a pose or place. But they are completely photoshopped out of the picture. I’m going to show you guys both!

Here is an unedited, straight from the camera image. It’s dark, it’s not very sharp, and all around looks just kind of “meh”. It’s an okay image, but not something I would ever want to send a client. See how gray and plain it looks?

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Next is the same image, but after I have applied my color corrections and changes. Baby still has a lot of scaly pieces of skin hanging around, red patches, a little bit of baby acne, some scratches, and some of his face is a bit red in more areas than I would like. There’s also that big black shaded area to the far upper left corner from where my backdrop on my posing pillow ended.

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This photo shows all the corrections that have been made. Each little dot represents a pin in an area that has been fixed or edited to change the back drop, skin, and colors. FYI, this is an average amount of fixes for a newborn. Usually babies that are more than 10 days along have a lot more editing that needs to be done to their skin. Which is why it’s recommended that little ones have their sessions done between 4 and 10 days old. screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-9-49-51-am After some more skin corrections and color corrections, as well as post processing, this is the final image. The skin tone is light and dewy, it’s not red and blotchy. The little bits of peely skin have been removed, and baby acne has been corrected. The backdrop has been smoothed out with no distractions, and all that is left is a beautiful baby.

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Next is our composite. You’ve probably seen some photos on pinterest that show a picture of Baby in their room, just sitting atop a changing table by themselves. You may even remember the next photo from Gideon’s newborn session that I did a few months back. simply put, this photo is a fake. Mom is in this picture, but you can’t see her because she’s been edited out.

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See her now? A composite is when you take two or more images, lay them on top of one another in Photoshop, and edit around the areas that you want to keep or disappear. It takes a while to get it just right, but the end result is an image, showing no Mom, and just Baby hanging out by themselves. Both of the images below were laid on top of each other, so create the above image.

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And that’s it! I hope that’s a small look in to the editing window of photography. Can’t wait to show you guys more!

6 Month Lifestyle Session for Boston — Kokomo Indiana Photographer

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This past year, I had the privilege to welcome Boston as one of my first few newborn clients. For his little session, we focused on more of a “styled” look, with the various scrunchy newborn poses that we all know and love.

And now that his nursery has been completed we were able to work in a lifestyle session! He’s just reached the milestone of 6 months and it was the perfect timing. With his mommy’s tasteful design and Daddy’s structural handiwork, this nursery is straight out of a magazine. Take a look at their loving time spent together below.

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Considering a “First Look” for Your Wedding — Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer

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Often times when meeting up with couples to go over their wedding day schedule, the subject of The First Look comes up. The First Look is a private moment that happens just prior to the wedding ceremony, where the Bride and Groom meet in a private moment face to face, so see each other for the first time.

This can be done for many reasons, but usually most couples choose it because of it’s intimacy. Instead of seeing each other for the first time at the wedding alter, in front of hundreds of people watching your initial reactions, instead you share it together alone. Many couples choose to have this moment include the photographer to preserve the reactions and tears. This is also a great way to free up some time for your wedding portraits before there ceremony, so that when the ceremony is done, you can just head straight the reception instead of spending another hour taking photos.

About 40% of couples choose to have a first look, and the other 60% choose to wait until they get to the alter. But what if you could do a little bit of both?

Andrea and Denver’s wedding this past July was held at The Barn at Kennedy Farm, and they decided to do something a little different. A letter swap. Instead of having a “First Look”, they met on opposite sides of a divider and swapped love letters. They talked, and laughed, and shed some tears during the swap, sharing an intimate moment without actually seeing each other.

The moment was perfect. It was the best of both worlds for sure. See their letter swap below.

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Baby William ~ Indianapolis Newborn Photographer

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Natural light is everything.

It makes all the difference in the world between a good session and a great session. Every natural light photographer knows how to manipulate and “chase” the light, to create and perfect their style of photographs. But I’m not going to lie, when I walk in to a home with big windows and find that it’s flooded with calm airy light, my heart sighs in contentment.

I met Michelle & Chad a few months back when they had their maternity session when they came to visit me in Kokomo, Indiana, where I’m based. They were(and are) adoringly in love and obviously anxious to meet their little one, who was to arrive just around the corner. Michelle wore a gorgeous wrapped floral print dress, and by doing so introduced me to Pink Blush(which I now HAVE to tell all of my maternity clients about because it’s amazing).

After their maternity session was completed, M&C invited me in to their home for a combination lifestyle/newborn session(my fav). And as soon as I walked in, I knew that my job was going to be very easy that day. Two new(awesome) parents, a squishy adorable baby, and all of the sun rays that I could have asked for.

Michelle & Chad, thank you for letting me in to your personal space during one of the most precious times of your life. I’m so so so happy with the preservation of these memories and you guys made it too easy.

See more of their session below.

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Fall-ing in Love with Nicole & Bill’s Wedding

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Last year’s Fall season was crazy busy. So much so, that there wasn’t time for much blogging even though I dearly wanted to blog this wedding. And well…if you’ve been on Facebook or stepped in to any store, literally anywhere, you’ve already seen the slow appearance of Fall rounding the corner.

Meaning that pumpkin spice everything is coming. Let’s all clap for that.

In spare moments, I have been scrolling through Pinterest this week, browsing all things Fall. Chunky knit sweaters, fuzzy flannel blankets, knee high boots, miracle pumpkin muffin recipes, all while listening to the tune of Fleet Foxes. And I couldn’t help but be reminded of this lovely wedding between two lovely souls.

In case you’re “Fall-ing” like I am this week, check out some of N & B’s wedding below at the Eagle Creek Hideaway in Indianapolis. Don’t worry friends. Fall is coming.
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Fall 2016 Mini Sessions Now Available!

This is it! This is the ***only*** time of year that I offer session bookings on the weekend. Fall is personally my favorite time of year, and it’s the perfect time for mini sessions. If you’re considering booking a session or have any questions at all, feel free to contact me here or at jessicabnewton@gmail.com

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The Sims Family ~ Kokomo Indiana Family Photographer

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Aren’t they beautiful? Aren’t we beautiful? Isn’t everything beautiful? Sessions like this catch my breath and remind me of why I so dearly love this career. Sweet smiles from little faces, with families that are smitten with each other in this crazy every day life.

The Sims Family woke up before dawn, gathered their little ones together, and met me for a sunrise session. Well, that sunrise did not disappoint. Loaded up on coffee, we started the morning together, and it was such an adventure. A friendly fisherman even discovered a turtle for us!

Thank you for hanging out with me guys! Here are some of my favorites from their session below.

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And of course we had to end the session by asking a passing semi to honk it’s horn. If you’re interested in scheduling your own sunrise session, you can contact me here. Thanks for reading!

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Taelor & Brent — Kokomo Indiana Photographer

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Loved absolutely everything about this maternity session. Brent & Taelor just moved all the way to Indy and are expecting their first little one to arrive shortly! In addition to them being adorably in love, it just so happens that we share a mutual interest in ice cream. Which basically means they are awesome. Because love + ice cream. See some of my favs from their session below.

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Thanks for coming out T&B!

Personal Foodie Blog ~ A.K.A. Things I do in my spare time

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When I’m not out and about photographing weddings or families, you can usually find me at home hanging out with my husband and kids. I’m an avid foodie and homemaker and often dive into the lifestyle that is all things “crunchy”. Not SUPER crunchy but definitely…well, a friend and I have coined the term “crispy” instead. Because we aren’t completely crunchy moms, but we are definitely crunchy-ish.

I’ve got my little cabinet of essential oils for every ailment you can think of, a pantry with sprouted organic cereal, and a counter that’s cleaned with a homemade vinegar concoction. We avoid processed foods, wheat, and sugar, mostly trying to stick to foods created by nature. But make no mistake, our pantry also has potato chips(like Lays, gasp!), and we frequent the McDonald’s drive-thru every now and then.

Since we moved, I tried to start a garden in our yard. And to be honest, it’s not doing so hot. Our yard is fairly shaded with not a lot of sun so I’m not sure what I was expecting. Thanks to my father-in-law I came across a local farm called Doc’s Organic Center located on the outskirts of Kokomo. It’s run by a local wellness coach and doctor who turned her beautiful horse ranch in to a haven of happiness and organic produce. Doc’s offers a CSA program where each week, you receive a box of freshly picked veggies from their farm. So since our garden kind of choked this year, I signed us up.

Last week they did a special on organic cucumbers by the bushel and I couldn’t resist. I bought an entire bushel of cucumbers y’all. And turned it in to some Ah-mazing treats. I broke out my favorite instructions for creating a variety of pickles, my Nana’s sweet relish recipe, and a traditional home and country recipe for bread and butter pickles.

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Bread and butter pickles are LIFE in the south. I’m from the Alabama/Florida line and I have dearly missed real bread and butter pickles. Store bought doesn’t quite count, so I wanted to share with you something that I do in my spare time quite often. Canning delicious healthy-ish versions of my favorite southern cuisines 🙂 Eventually these posts will be moved to Kokomo Mama, a lovely resource and blog for local moms on all things Kokomo and  all things, uh, “crispy” 🙂

Let’s begin shall we!

First you need a good amount of cukes. They can be organic or non, just make sure to wash them thoroughly.

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Once they are clean and washed, slice them up. I like my pickles a little thicker, but you can slice them according to your own preference. You’ll need 15 cups of sliced cucumber total. And while you are at it, slice up 3 onions thinly, discarding or compost the skins.

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Take your onions and cukes, place into a very large bowl and add 1/4 cup of salt, mixing well. You can add ice to the mixture and let sit on the counter for 3 hours, or if you are like me and don’t want to go buy ice because your ice maker is broken, just stick it in the fridge for 3 hours instead. Be sure to add some kind of weight on the top, like a couple of stacked plates. This salt mixture with the weight will help release excess juice form the cucumbers which is vital to the canning process.

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Once the three hours is up, drain and rinse the cuke/onion mixture and add to a large stock pot.

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Once in the stock pot, add 2 and 1/2 cups of cider vinegar, 2 and 1/2 cups of sugar, 3/4 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp of celery seeds, 1 tsp of whole cloves, and 1 tbsp of mustard seeds.

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I ended up using coconut sugar because of it’s minerals and lower glycemic index compared to regular sugar and a homemade apple cider vinegar(which is super easy to make!). You can certainly use regular white sugar and store bought apple cider vinegar.

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Heat this mixture on a medium to low heat until the cucumbers are wilted and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a boil or you’ll end up with soggy pickles. Also, see the large pot below to the right? Go ahead and fill up a large pot with water, and get it simmering. It needs to be big enough to hold and cover your glass canning jars with water.

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Once cooked, transfer the hot mixture to sterile glass canning jars.

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You can use any sized jar you like. I personally like to use smaller jars for this instead of the quart sized jars. I use anything from the 8 ounce jars to the pint sized jars, simply because I don’t want an entire quart of bread and butter pickles in my fridge at once because I’m the only one that eats them in this house 🙂

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Add the mixture and fill the jar completely, about 1/4 inch from the top.

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Add any remaining liquid from the cooked mixture so that it also reaches to the 1/4 top inch of the jar.

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Next wipe off the rims of the jars the remove any excess liquid or pickle mixture, and cap the jars with hot lids and rings. I usually keep my lids on the back of the stove at a constant simmer while everything else is going on, so they are nice and hot. Just pull them out and place one on top of each jar.

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When caped, add the filled jars to your “water bath” filled with enough water to cover the tops of the jars. Basically a water bath is a large pot with simmering water(as talks about above). You can buy a special canning pot for this or you can use a large pot with a cake rack placed in the bottom. This cooks the mixture, while in the jar, a little bit more and helps seal the jars for proper storage and gives them a long shelf life. Leave the jars for 15 minutes in the water.

Once done, lay out a dishtowel on the counter to catch the drips, and move the jars from the bath to the counter.  Let cool, and as they are cooling over a couple hours, you’ll hear the jars “popping” as the lid seals set shut. These will keep for a year, often times more(though I doubt they will last that long). And you’re done!

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Well…almost. Lots of dishes left over from this one 😉

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Slap those bad boys onto some bread with butter and you’ve got yourself a fancy snack.

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Hope you enjoy this southern treat as much as I do!

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Baby Gideon ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

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I’m ecstatic to finally share a few pieces of this lifestyle newborn session with you today! Sweet Gideon’s mama contacted me a few months back, discussing their future plans for their little one’s arrival.

She had mentioned that their family was “pretty goofy, but oober in love” and that couldn’t have been closer to the truth. This session speaks for itself 🙂 It was lovely, silly, colorful and creative.

Welcome to the world little Gideon!

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(psssst. this is a composite of multiple images, created in photoshop. Baby was never left unattended in the creation of this image)

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