I asked people on Facebook today what they’d like to see more of in 2012 and one thing that came up a few times from other photographers is they’d love to see more pull-back shots at our studio. It just happens I took a few at one of our last newborn sessions! I will try really hard to take these kind of shots at every session if this is something people are interested in! If you ARE wanting more of this please let me know… if this totally bores the heck out of you please let me know that too! I’d love to get more feedback this year on what you like/don’t like/want/wish we’d do/etc. 2012 is going to be a big year of changes for this little company and the more input I have the better!
One random thing was different for this session… normally we work on a table but since it was safer to do siblings on the floor we just kept going once she was asleep and didn’t move up to our table until she needed a feeding break. Also, what you can’t see is that behind Kim is our other heater and three baskets.
Basket number one is for dirty laundry. After each session one of us takes the dirty (peed/pooped/spit-up on) laundry home to wash.
Basket number two is for our “poop blankets”. These are receiving blankets we use to wrap the baby in between shots… blankets they can poop in and it’s no big deal. We also use them to shove in buckets if we need a little extra boost to to roll under the blankets on the bean bag to help prop a baby. We have at least 20 of these blankets and rarely go through all of them!
Basket number three is our “to do” basket. We trade photos for headbands with a few different ETSY owners and when we get shipments we put the ones we haven’t shot yet in that basket. Once they’ve been shot we move them to our headband stand and hat basket. We always ask parents to chose hats/headbands from our stash that they like but in addition to those we always shoot the ones we’ve been sent. It keeps us on task and constantly inventing ways to create new set-ups to match our new headbands.
Next time I’m at the studio working I’ll take wider shots as well so you can see all the other junk that goes into our studio work! Our unfinished basement studio at my in-laws might not be super glamorous but it works. It’s free, it allows me to grow the business in other ways without having to worry about making rent and really I kind of love it. It’s cozy down there in winter and sunny in the summer. We have good music or HGTV and we always have a blast at our sessions. Who needs a big huge beautiful space to create great images?
I honestly LOVED spending time in the basement studio. Totally comfy for me, the mom, and a perfect space for all your props. And having both of you felt like a total luxury– the baby-handling was so great and the whole experience was easy, calm, fun, and great. 🙂 And I love your pullbacks here!
I love this! Thank you so much!! Can I ask where you got the white pom poms??
I seriously appreciate this post SO MUCH! I love your work and it makes me feel SO much better that I am working out of my living room and unfinished basement too. I would love to see more posts like this 🙂 Happy New Year!
i LOVE that you show us these images and all the details behind the shoots!!! i would like to know if you are using studio or natural lighting?
I’d like to see pullback shots and have more details on your lighting setup! Your light is always so soft and perfect for newborns.
KEEP THESE COMING! Thanks so much for the post!!
I do love the back stage photos! I love to see how you do your magic!!! It is so much fun to see!! Thanks! Good luck and best wishes to you in 2012!
This is awesome!!! Thanks for this!!!
I am in your same ‘unfinished’ mode…. with my 10×20 white backdrop being used as a wall partition! LOL! Oh how I wish we lived closer to hang out because I really think it would be a lot of fun 😉
LOVE LOVE LOVE these type of posts Jodi and Kim – you guys are great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It makes the photography world less lonely!
My favorite post in a while. 🙂 I love seeing your creativity and I love seeing your ” behind the scenes”. Thank you for sharing.
First of all, I love your work. I don’t comment much but you blog inspires me so. Personally I would love more of these post, not only do I love the tips, but it really shows how real you are. Ilove your honestly.
I loved this post! I enjoyed seeing the before and after. I see Kim at school, but we never have time to just chat and especially chat about photography so this is a great way to catch up and see what you both do. You do awesome work!
Fantabulous! Thanks for sharing
These are awesome pics! I really enjoyed seeing the “behind the scenes” look!
Thanks so much for this post? Where do you get that fake wood rubber flooring? I’ve been looking for something like that!
Absolutely great!! Love your work! Also wondering where you get all your different flooring? It really looks like real floors! Thanks for sharing!
I LOVED seeing this! I am new to photography & have SOOO much to learn!
Thanks for sharing your tips. I love your work, it’s beautiful!
What do you use for lighting?
love this! where did you get the rubber wood floor mat? I see some on amazon, but yours looks so real!
Wow, its great to see behind the scene shots. Love your imagination is great but I will love to find out about the lighting since you are in a basement, I’m curious to know how come it looks so soft. Thanks much for the shots, they are awesome.