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Lifestyle Newborn Photography - In the Home

Lesson 24 of 42

Gear List for Life Style Sessions

Emily Lucarz

Lifestyle Newborn Photography - In the Home

Emily Lucarz

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24. Gear List for Life Style Sessions


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1 Class Introduction Duration:06:18
3 Why Are You a Photographer? Duration:04:20
11 Ways to Contact Your Clients Duration:09:54
12 Step One: Plan Your Session Duration:20:37
14 Step Three: Guide Your Client Duration:04:04
17 Setting Up the Crib Shot Duration:07:23
18 Live Shoot: Crib Shot Duration:15:19
23 Images from In-Studio Shoot Duration:12:08
27 In-Home Shot List Duration:23:41
28 In-Home Shoot: Newborn Only Duration:22:18
29 Newborn Only Shot List Duration:12:03
31 Sibling with Newborn Shot List Duration:14:17
33 Mom with Newborn Shot List Duration:16:16
35 Dad with Newborn Shot List Duration:09:48
37 Pet with Newborn Shot List Duration:08:40
38 Shooting For Black & White Duration:06:17

Lesson Info

Gear List for Life Style Sessions

How we shoot our session. 'Kay, we're gonna go into the details about how we're gonna shoot our session. Gear list, lets start here. This is what I bring. I shoot with a Nikon D5, the reason that that is my primary camera, this was not my primary camera for a long time, it's because my ISO can go extremely high. This needs to be said, if you are planning on being a full time lifestyle photographer, and you plan on not using lighting equipment, you will need a camera that can handle high ISO capabilities, okay? I know the D5 is a very big, workhorse camera, it's really heavy, it's not necessary. My D4 broke 'cause my dog dropped it off the table, so it just kind of progressed into the D5, but the D700, which is not sold anymore, but there's the 850, there's some other really wonderful cameras, the same with Canon, there's some wonderful cameras out there that can handle a really high ISO before getting too much grain. I love grain, but there's, you know, you still need to be able to hav...

e a camera that can handle a really high ISO. So if you're shopping around for a new camera, it's time to get a new camera, that is the number one thing as a lifestyle photographer that you need is a camera that can handle high ISO. So for you newbies out there, make sure you write that down, okay? The Nikon 35mm 1.4 lens, this is my go-to lens, I rarely take it off. This is kind of like my storytelling lens. It does not distort the edges, and it doesn't require me to have to back up, okay? So let's kind of go back to camera 101 again. 50mm lenses, which is down here, the Nikon 50mm lens, that's a true focal length right? So if I'm standing here, you're standing here, with a 50mm lens, you will look as you look in my camera. With a 35mm lens, it backs you up a little bit. So the lower you go in focal length, so the lower number you go in millimeters, right, the further it backs you up, okay? So the lower the number, the further it backs you up. The 35mm lens, what it does is it backs me up enough, but not too much to distort those side edges. So that's why the 35mm lens to me is amazing. Also, I like to kind of get into people and kind of position them, and kind of tickle kids, and if I had my 50 on all the time when I'm storytelling, I'd be too close, because I'm very interactive with my clients. If you're a photographer and you're gonna to be using these lenses outside as well, and you're the type of photographer that doesn't like to be close to your clients, then you're gonna wanna have a higher lens, like the 85 or any of those okay? The Nikon 24, that's what I use for my crib shots, and you guys saw that at the beginning, but you saw what happened. What organically happened was mom was holding the baby next to the crib, and when we did those shots, it was distorting the side of her head a little bit. That can be fixed really easily within Lightroom, and I'm gonna show you how to do that, 'cause there's some times where you have your 24mm on, things happen, so if moments happen and you happen to have your 24mm lens on, and I know somebody bought it last, just a little bit earlier in the show because she was excited about the 24, make sure that you position your subjects in the center. Just be mindful of putting any people on the edges, okay? The 50mm, that's that true focal length lens, I love the 50mm lens, it's just a very beautiful portrait lens, and I also use this outside. And a fisheye, fisheyes are really fun to have. So look into good fisheye lenses, they're just fun to storytell with. You guys will notice all of these lenses are what? Prime lenses right? None of them are zoom lenses, and we talked about this earlier in the class, it's because I really need my aperture to be able to open right? I shoot wide open, and why? Do you remember why? To let in more light, right, okay? So that's why I have all of these lenses with that really low aperture number. They do make a 24mm 1.4, it's extremely expensive, so that's why I went with the 1.8. I didn't use it enough to justify getting the 1.4, okay? The 1.8's a perfect lens for what I use it for. Does anybody have any gear questions? I had a feeling. (laughs) So could you talk a little bit to whether you think people need a full frame versus crop frame camera with regards to these lens suggestions, or how would you think about it if you were on a crop frame? So crop frame cameras actually bring you closer, even closer to your subjects. The crop frame cameras are more of an entry level camera, and they don't have as high of an ISO capability either, so if you're really thinking about moving full time into a photography career, full frames are really the way to go, and it's actually what your, the distance is with these lenses. The crop frame crops it, just like a crop frame says crops, it crops it in a little bit, so it does bring you a little bit closer to your subject. Great. And so, what would you give a general recommendation about for cameras with regard to going to that high ISO? I know it depends on the camera, but would you, Katie is asking about, would you go all the way up to the highest ISO in general, or is that what you mean by something with a high capability? So you need to have a camera that can handle a high ISO, okay? A lot of cameras can go really, really high, but the images are extremely grainy. So you know, you kind of have to do some research, Ken Rockwell online's amazing, and he gives really good camera reviews, so I would go there, that's just a good recommendation. I'm not a camera guru, but we will show you here coming up, I took my camera up really, really high, higher than I've ever taken it for teaching purposes, it was painful. But I did it to teach this class, so we're about to get into that, and I'm gonna show you what ISO I took it up to to show you guys how to fix that in Lightroom, okay?

Class Description

Documenting the first days and weeks of a newborn baby is often as stressful for the photographer as it is for the parent. Knowing how to handle the baby, capture all that is in your shot list, and keep tired parents calm and happy is often overwhelming. Join Emily Lucarz, as she walks you through how to get started in newborn photography by taking the photo session into your client’s home. Emily’s passion for newborn photography will teach how to incorporate not only items in the home into your photography but also how to capture natural moments that document real memories in the baby's first few weeks. 

She’ll cover: 

  • How to photograph in natural light no matter how dark or bright the room is 
  • Prepping the parents before you get there so your photoshoot is relaxed 
  • Poses and safety tips that work great for the newborn baby and for the family 
  • Incorporating young siblings into your session 
  • Marketing yourself as you grow your clientele and your portfolio 
  • Pricing and Sales that don’t overwhelm new parents 

By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools and techniques to capture images that are not only memories but become art in your client’s home.  



Oh my goodness!!! This was such a wonderful class. Not only is Emily a very gifted pro, she is the personable mentor that makes learning simple and the fun big sis you want to be around. She is a wealth of information and a total open book about it all. Being in her studio audience was so much fun, and the time flew by way too fast. I highly recommend this class not only to newbies trying to find their style and refine their technique, but also to seasoned pros looking to tweak their art with a creatively authentic perspective. As a newborn photographer with an established studio business model, I cannot wait to infuse what I have learned into my style and incorporate her business genius into my session and pricing structure. Thank you Emily Lucarz for sharing your creativity, knowledge and uplifting energy with us both in the class and behind the scenes! You are awesome!

Jessie Fultz

Buy this course! If you are at all interested offering lifestyle newborn sessions, whether you are a new photographer or you have been in business for years, buy it! It's 100% worth your time and money and you won't regret it. Emily is so fun and genuine which makes learning from her such a joy! Not only does this course go over troubleshooting different scenarios that are bound to happen during some sessions, but Emily also gives all sorts of other tips that you wouldn't even know you needed to know until she offers up the advice. It's fun to watch her interact with her clients to ensure that she is able to make beautiful pictures in such a natural setting. Thank you Emily and CreativeLive for coming together to make this course happen! I am beyond thrilled that I was able to watch these last two days and learn SO much!!

Hiba Alvi

Emily is amazing! I love how detailed she is and tells you how it is. It is nice she shares her personal journey and what she does - which is great! Love it and would highly recommend this course! I don't have a studio, and normally travel to clients home to do photoshoots - so all the tips here are more than helpful! I am so excited to do my upcoming photo session this weekend - can't wait to put these tips to use!