I am super excited to be able to have my very first guest blogger! I have been wanting to start this for a while but didn’t know where to start! So, amid the vast array of Facebook entries, I stumbled across Brienne Kristen Photography who is an amazing person and photographer. Her newborn photography was what caught my eye and what made me want to get to know her! She has agreed to be my first guest blogger. And here’s her photography story! <3
Who I am: Brienne Kristen Photography.
I am located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest area of Vancouver Washington.
How I got started in photography: We originally bought our first DSLR, a Nikon D40, for my husband as a Christmas gift. He was interested in the camera, and knew how to work it….I used it on auto. We both ended up learning how to use it, and outgrew it. So we purchased a used D80. I had a blog that I kept, and I updated it with pictures of my kids. We ended up having friends ask us to take family pictures. We eventually purchased a used D300, and last year I purchased my D700 new.
My favorite type of photography: I enjoy photographing newborns. I love working with sleepy babies, excited mommies, and new siblings. I do wedding photography with my best friend, and I also do family photography under a different business. But newborns are my favorite. Second would be styled first birthday shoots.
Preparing for shoots: For a newborn shoot I find out gender, age, and weight of baby. I then pull out props that I think that the baby would fit into, and ones that perhaps the parents have expressed interest in on my page in my albums. I make sure that the studio is about 75-80 degrees warm, since I primarily photograph babies naked. I do that because newborns generally swim in their clothing, and it is distracting. I often use a white blanket to begin shooting on, because I think it shows off baby the best. And then I rotate between the different colors I have, and then move to buckets and bowls towards the end of the shoot.
My favorite vendors: I have two. First one up, is Memorable Epiphanies. She contacted me earlier this year and asked if I would be willing to do a product trade with her. I had items from her in the past, so I knew her quality was fantastic. She puts a lot of effort and time into her items, and I can always combine her items to work together to complete the perfect set up. Barbara does custom orders too, so the sky is the limit with her. She made me the most beautiful purple mohair cocoon!!
My second favorite vendor is BelleeBee’s. She makes a fantastic little hat called the Bonnie. It’s a Bonnet that can be turned around and used as a Beanie cap. It’s perfect. I have her Bonnies as well as other items she makes, and her work is gorgeous. I love how unique her style is, and how versatile her Bonnie’s are. And like Barbara, Eva also does custom orders. Eva made me a purple pixie an legging hat set! It’s gorgeous!
These ladies have discount codes for you ladies as well… Memorable Epiphanies has special Photographer’s Discount. Here are the details: *Purchase 1 prop at full price, send me a portrait of the prop being used, tell me which prop you’d like next at 1/2 off and I’ll create a custom listing for you, send me a portrait of that new prop being used and you’ll get your next prop 1/2 off and so forth. Get the 1st prop full price, and then end up getting 4 props at 1/2 off by sending me the props in use, you’ll get a prop for FREE! After the free prop, the process starts all over again. (Sets are not included in this offer)
BelleeBee’s has a 10% discount code for you when you become her fan on Facebook: FBFAN. She is also doing FLASH SALES right now on her Facebook Page to clearance out her props to make room for all the fabulous ones she is currently making. Get them while you can!
Advice for Newbies: Don’t give up. Even if people are telling you that you suck. If you love what you do, don’t give up. Educate yourself, practice with your camera. Utilize YouTube, and CreativeLive. Find what you enjoy doing most, and learn all you can about it.
As far as Newborn Photography goes: Remember that with newborns SAFETY comes first. The majority of the tricky poses are composites, and baby is NEVER left alone at any time. It only takes a second for baby to startle, and launch themselves off, or out of, a prop.