Your Life As Pop Art

Decorate for Spring and help a great cause!

Come join me on March 28th and 29th at The Country Friends Consignment Shop at 6030 El Tordo in Rancho Santa Fe.  I’ll have my mobile studio set up and be shooting your gorgeous babies, and furry babies, on the spot!

What you’ll get is a beautiful, professionally wrapped canvas and the pride of knowing you helped a wonderful organization!  The Country Friends!!!

If you don’t know The Country Friends, they donate to over 40 LOCAL Charities!

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Summer Time

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Schools out for Summer!!!!

 

With the long days, great weather and open schedules, it’s a great time to get those family photos and kids portraits done!

I’m running some family Summer specials starting at $200!

Call me or email me for details and scheduling!

http://www.jodylynnphotography.com

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4 Steps for “making” Better Baby Photos

 

When people ask for advice about how to photograph their baby, the first thing I suggest is to hire a professional.  Of course, I could be a little biased because that’s how I make my living.

But that isn’t why I suggest it.  It’s because taking pictures of babies can be extremely challenging, even for us trained professionals!  Hard to believe, right?  They’re so small, cute, photogenic.  “Can you even take a bad picture of a baby?”  Well the answer to that is, yes. Yes you can.

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Here are 4 pointers to make your baby’s pictures reveal the little model that they are.

  1. Set the stage

One of the biggest things about taking baby photographs is eliminating the distraction. Now I don’t mean the distraction for the baby. I mean distraction for the viewer. As a parent, our focus is on our beautiful angel of a child and not that pile of laundry in the background. And a viewer may not even notice the laundry; (one can hope, right?) they just notice that the image is not as striking as some others they’ve seen. And they don’t even know why.

Setting the stage starts with eliminating clutter. And for goodness sake… Don’t photograph your baby on that dark, loud patterned blanket from Nana! Sure, it’s a beautiful heirloom but it is hogging up your photo.

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  1. Let There Be Light

Lighting is often what sets the quality of professional photography apart from DIYing it at home. But lighting doesn’t come cheap, or easy for that matter. And with babies, there is a long-learned art to it. My suggestion is finding the spot in your home with the most amount of natural light and building your “set” around it. The result is a gossamer glow that sets off your baby’s skin, and the mama’s skin too. 😉

Now, “the most amount of natural light” does NOT mean the most amount of sun. Noooo. Very different. In fact, direct sun is the harshest light to photograph in. I mean light without shadows. A diffused, afternoon light is my favorite.

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  1. It takes a village

One of the hardest parts of photographing your baby is trying to do it yourself. In a perfect world, there would be a whole crew.

Person #1 could hold the baby or prop him up while Person #2 handed props in and out of the picture. Person #3 would change a diaper here and there and Person #4 would hold a rattle and shake it vigorously above the camera while cooing repeatedly as Person#5 actually took the picture.  As a bonus, (this is a perfect world we are talking about, remember) Person #6 could distribute glasses of wine to alleviate stress.

But if you’re short on help, at least one assistant will suffice. Just prep your set, props, rattles and glasses of wine ahead of time.

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  1. Wait. Just Clear Your Schedule and… Wait.

Because babies do whatever the heck they want! And that could mean pooping all over that white fluffy fur rug or deciding that naptime will be moved up today. If you have all afternoon, that perfect shot will show itself, even if after another nap/feeding/meltdown/diaper change/bottle of wine.

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Besides, the stress of trying to change a baby’s mind will make it an awful experience for everyone. Trust me. I know these things. I’m a professional.

It’s just like Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Happy Snapping!!!

Celebrating Teens

the teenage years... when life goes by one year at a time.

the teenage years… when life goes by one year at a time.

I just love this time of year…. it’s Spring, which represents new beginnings and growth.  But for all of my teenagers, it is time to move on, whether it be a monumental year involving a promotion or graduation or just moving up from one grade to another. It’s a time for receiving awards and recognition for a hard year’s work.

I love capturing teens, they are always growing, evolving and dreaming. They have a spark of curiosity inside of them, innocent, yet becoming wiser everyday.  Teens are the ultimate daydreamers who truly believe dreams can come true!

For more information on Senior Portraits in the San Diego area: http://www.jodylynnphotography.com