Shooting Prep for the 1 Year Old "Standing Stage"
I'm so excited is going to be a good time way have to we have three different one year olds coming in and I really want to stress the different a stage, the stage of one year old and what to look for, but we have ah wonderful cake maker who has made from just darling charming cake for us to destroy this thing with a one year old this morning, so we're going to get right to it just a little bit of information some notes on the ages and stages first I want to review those seven steps to the baby plan we're going to kind of bounce back a little bit into creating systems and this again relates back to that shooting system and we're bouncing back and forth a little bit when it comes to shooting mainly because the babies are good in the morning, so we want to try to get them in before their naps a couple of them the first one we're going to bring in is his name is nick or nicholas and he's actually our jib operators son here, his name is alec so earth kind of excited about that he gets to wa...
tch his baby be photographed today, but he is about ready for his nap, so hopefully he'll be in good shape and we'll be we'll be able to kind of coax him through that, but we were quick clea to account for that so what to expect what to shoot for this is obviously gear that I use we talked about this yesterday but I just wanted to reiterate lighting systems here in the studio and I've had some interesting comments about folks going how do I do an annual product if I'm on location only? Well there's a lot of things you can do you can shoot in the client's home and shoot in the same space is like in the nursery over the course of one year or you know what I would do is shoot outside and highlight the different seasons and people are complaining like well I can't do that you know november through march here yes you can you could be quick about it doesn't take we're going to shoot nico superfast here it doesn't take longer than five or ten minutes to get that annual product shot that you need and in the snow all bundled up it would just be absolutely adorable to go to the same location every single time and capture that child through the first year of life in the seasons what a beautiful story that is so you can't do it even if you are on location so we're working with continuous light today we're working with the sweet light hybrid six system and were using the continuous part of it it does fit strobe zzzz well that's why it's called a hybrid if I do you strobes I use alien before hundreds for it but with the young children I tend to use continuous light because I don't want the flash going off in their face it does freeze the action more, which is a benefit to using strobes which can be of course good in a situation where you have a one year old running around however, I still really try to use continuous light even though I may get a slightly soft image here and there too make the situation not quite so overwhelming for a young child okay, this is props and sets stuff that I used you guys can kind of get a look at that as faras logistics for your shooting system keep it simple and make a plan three to four backgrounds three to four outfits procession you know within that we're going to do one to two buckets use a stool or a chair or a prop and shoot close medium and far. And if you kind of keep this plan in the system for your shooting segments your sessions you're going to end up with twenty five or thirty five different images for you to be able to show the client that are have variety and really allow you to focus in on that annual product or doing incremental product that build into an annual plan and make sure you think about that we're at the one year session now we've shot at least one session before this sometimes too depending on how you structured your plan so take notes on those previous sessions of what you shot so that you can create an image here at the one year session that echoes what you did before and works together if you're going to be doing an annual product that's built for the wall okay the standing stage this is the year milestone this is the moment when a mother becomes a mom and is the hallmark of what the baby plan is all about so the things you want to capture our the pulling up to a stand that kind of adorable awkwardness you know they kind of are just wobbling around on their feet not really steady there's tons of emotion, tons of expression at this stage and of course the cakes mash which we're going to do today crawling these kids are on the move so and crawling is such a milestone and it's such a short lived thing with a baby you want to capture crawling as well and then I always kind of ask you to consider do I want to put the family in this stage? If this is the last session that you might want to consider that problems separation anxiety can be huge at this stage, so be very careful with that and be aware of it very mobile they burn out quickly require naps they may not have any experience with cake keep that in mind I always tell my clients to make sure that their kid has had cake at least once or twice so that when they see a cake they recognize it and they want to attack it some babies are very tentative some babies air very go getem so you have to be prepared for either situation when you put that cake down in front of that child always get a butter cream cake okay that bond on that hard frosting on the outside they can't get into so you want messy so buttercream frosting is always the best in that regard and then finally don't do red velvet cake it will look like they will eat the red look like they ate an animal if you use red velvet cake so just unless you're going for the whole brains I'll be look go for it but just be wary of what color case can have an impact okay this image that you see here this child had enormous separation anxiety I shot it last week its a good friend of mine now she's a regular client I have shot with her firstborn and her second born shelby and shelby is eighteen months old now and has huge separation anxiety so that's the finished image this is what we shot I had to let her be in mommy's lap because she did not want to move for mommy's lap okay but I want you to know that you can shoot a session and get beautiful images even if you have tohave mom and frame okay so that's the raw image that came straight out of camera and this is the finished image that we ended up resulting in retouched we're going to show you how to retouch these coming up in the next segments so let's get started we're going to go ahead and white balance here again I tend to like toe white balance every single time I start a new shoot even though the color temperature of the light hasn't changed and of course doing a nice white balance also lets the crew here know that we're about to get started they could bring niko in so my white balance on my nikon is set tio I'm using a different camera today I'm like whoa different camera is set teo pre which is a custom white balance so I'm gonna go ahead and just fire away a nice white balance image and it looks like hang on one sec getting exposed correct here I'm using a different camera today some a little bit feeling a different movement different things going on okay I'm going to shoot a little higher oven I s o today yesterday I was around four hundred two hundred in that range today I'm going to pop up to six forty because they want a little faster of a shutter speed with my babies, because they're going to be moving around, so I'm going to get a good exposure first, that's, pretty decent, and now I'm gonna wipe out so pop in, fill my frame with gray, and we're good, okay, so let's go and I'm gonna take one more shot, make sure my color's good. No, you're good. It was my fault, I didn't tell you apologized and looks like color's pretty good. Okay, so now we're ready to go. That is a custom wife balance. I have good color now I'm ready to go, which is awesome, and there is little meeko.
A baby’s first year is a whirlwind of changes – making it the perfect time for photographers to partner with a families to document all of those meaningful milestones. In Baby Plans: Photographing the Early Years
, Julia Kelleher will teach you how to design a baby plan that highlights a new child’s growth and brings clients back into the studio.
Julia is a portrait photographer who specializes in newborn and family photography and in Baby Plans: Photographing the Early Years
, she’ll share her hard-won insights on building a baby photography business. You’ll learn how to:
- Develop a baby plan marketing strategy tailored to new parents
- Encourage repeat visits throughout the first stages of growth
- Shoot, light, and design images for each stage of growth
- Price packages so parents keep coming back
- Manage your time while maintaining relationships
Julia will share specific pricing, marketing, and selling tactics that will ensure your baby business is profitable and your parents are thrilled with their purchase. You’ll get tips on structuring your sessions so you aren’t throwing money away and learn about baby-specific products parents love to buy.
Learn how you can fill your appointment calendar with clients you know and love and who are willing to pay for your services in Baby Plans: Photographing the Early Years with Julia Kelleher