Friday, May 10, 2013

Creative Live - Kelly Brown Newborn Posing

One of my very favorite photography sessions  is the newborn session.  I love everything about it, the joy of a new baby, the light in the parent's eyes and the nonchalance of the siblings who are not quite sure they wouldn't prefer a puppy instead of the new little one that takes up so much of a parent's time.

When I saw Kelly Brown was going to present a class on Newborn Photography I knew i wanted to be a part of the experience.  Of course it would be wonderful to be in the audience but I had a million things on my plate and it seemed unlikely that a gray haired grandma would be chosen for the studio audience - but I was happy knowing I could set aside the time to view the class and learn how Kelly captured those precious images I saw on her website.

Day one came and I was busy ALL day.  I did not get to sit down at my computer until the evening (so glad CL has a rebroadcast).  When I did get to the computer I was absolutely blown away.  The first thing that struck me was how much Kelly handled the babies.  I'm so used to handing the baby back to the mom to quiet - but not Kelly, she kept the baby in her arms, shushing and rocking and calming the baby into a deep sleep.  It made sense immediately - giving the baby back to the mom to quite and then back to me is an extra transfer.  Lesson one:  Keep the baby in my arms until she is in a deep sleep and ready to be positioned.

The other thing that struck me was the slow methodical way Kelly worked to position the little body - so different than me.  Once the baby is asleep I'm concentrating on capturing "the shot" before the baby wakes up.  I don't give sufficient attention to all the details: fingers pulled out - chin resting on forearms - head turned toward the light.  Once those little eyes close I'm shooting.  Kelly, on the other hand is taking time to create the artful pose.  Lesson two: Don't hurry the process.  Put the camera down Cynthia, work with those little arms and legs and create the picture before you capture the image.

Before I went to bed I bought the course  - looking at day one again there have been so many more aha moments - lucky me.  Thank you Kelly for sharing, and a big huge thank you to Creative Live, for bringing Kelly Brown into my home.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Creative Live with Sandy Puc

Creative Live

I watch the Creative Live videos as often as I can the workshops are great and I always learn a lot.  This month Sandy Puc will teach a workshop on Newborn and Baby Photography and I decided to submit a video to see if I could be part of the studio audience.  There will be a lot of screaming and yelling over here if my names gets drawn - will keep you all up to date.   Little did I know it would be so difficult for me to create a video on my own.   I planned to say more about WHY I wanted to attend the workshop - and I certainly would have like to edit out that little tongue tick - every now and then.  Truth be told  I am just glad I was able to get something up on line - not great but done   ...My Video

I thought making the video was difficult - but uploading and Tweeting it was a challenge in itself.  Boy do I need help.

Friday, January 27, 2012


 Little boys are a delight to work with.  They don't sit still very long and if you want to work with them you have to turn up the energy and be ready to run, jump and have a good time.  I had a bunch of fun with Javen - never a quiet moment.

"God created boys, full of spirit and fun to explore and conquer, to romp and run...  "  
Author Unknown

Monday, January 16, 2012

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