My Style of Photography in Pictures {Raleigh NC Newborn Photography}

January 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I've gotten a little behind with blogging about recent photography sessions.  The fall is always my busiest time of year.  I get so caught up in photography sessions and getting my clients their portraits quickly that it doesn't leave much time for blog it.  I can't believe that it's already January.  2015 was such a great year.  I have had my photography business for a little over 3 years and I am still so surprised when I think about how much growth I've seen over time.  What I really have enjoyed over the past year has been working on finding a style of photography that I love and that families can enjoy and appreciate.  In this industry, where there are many photographers to choose from, it can be a challenge to discover how I stand out.  I love to receive emails from expecting moms saying that they love newborn portraits that are natural, soft, neutral.  They tell me how they found my website and think I'm a perfect fit.  It feels good when families see the same things in my style that I do. 

What is your style of photography?  When you think of portraits for your family, do you love neutral colors?  Soft, earth tone colors?  Few props and more of a focus on your children?  If so, we probably share a vision.  Maybe this newborn session of a one week old baby girl will show what I mean by neutral and soft colors.  

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I love cream.  By far, my favorite color to put against a newborn baby is any shade of white.  It's soft, it's pure, it's timeless, and it allows all the tiny details of your brand new baby to be emphasized.  Look at her tiny fingernails and those cute little lips.  I have a wide assortment of props that I use (you don't have to provide a thing).  Not only do I love fabrics and blankets that are white, but notice the soft, delicate and pretty texture of this knit blanket.  It's not distracting but adds interest.  I love texture in photography, but only as long as it's not distracting.   newborn props baby photographer raleigh cary apex holly springs ncnewborn props baby photographer raleigh cary apex holly springs ncnewborn props baby photographer raleigh cary apex holly springs nc

I am also very particular when it comes to little headbands for baby girls.  What parent doesn't love collecting baby headbands?  You are welcome to have some ready for your session (I often use a baby's own headbands for her session), but you don't need to if you don't want to.  I have a whole collection.  I like headbands that are earthy, soft, and small.  Did I mention that almost every headband you'll see in my photographs is made by me?  I'll be writing another blog post just about my obsession with creating baby props.   I also knitted the pink mohair blanket that is wrapped around her.  I'm a girl of many hobbies, as you can see.  

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I'm also a firm believer in getting lots of shots without headbands or hats.  Some of my favorite newborn portraits are those where you cannot tell whether the baby is a boy or girl.  I believe that every single baby is beautiful.  There will be plenty of time to break out the tutus, sports jerseys, bright pink, and bright blue.  Enjoy the first few days of your baby's life and celebrate their beautiful details.  I love how this little baby has a swirl in her hairline.  Can you find it?  My oldest son has the same thing in his hair, and I think it's so cute.  It is details like this that you will want to capture in your newborn portraits so you can look back one day and admire your sweet baby. 

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It's so much fun to pose little babies into adorable positions that show off their cute little features, but nothing beats capturing a little bit of a baby's personality.  This little girl loves to sleep with her arms up. 

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The more babies I photograph, the more I discover that I really love monochromatic props.  This portrait, for example, features purple on purple.  I like to have multiple fabrics or props of the same color, varying in hue.  I believe that it brings focus to the baby while still including pretty, soft colors. 

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Peach is one of my favorite colors and this baby girl is laying on some soft peach wool batting.  It brings such pretty texture to newborn portraits.  It is as soft as a cloud, and babies adore snuggling up to it.  

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Another example of a homemade headband, soft textures, and monochromatic color palettes.  I love putting together combinations of fabrics, backdrops, headbands, hats, and other little props for your newborn portrait session.  But I also love receiving input from my clients.  I always ask families if there are colors that they especially love or ones they'd rather not include.  Sometimes, it's nice to coordinate a few portraits with the baby nursery.  By far, the most common answer I get when I ask about color choices is a preference for neutral colors...white, cream, gray, beige, oatmeal, taupe, brown, etc.  Some colors can be tricky to use with newborns because their skin tones vary so much.  Some babies are slightly yellow from being jaundice.  Others are very red or even purple, but neutral tones always seem to look beautiful next to a brand new baby.  

If you are expecting a little baby in your family soon, I would love to create beautiful newborn portraits for you.  Email me at erica@ericacourtinephotography.com and I would be happy to send you more information.  

 


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