Your Baby Is In Charge of the Photoshoot | Sarasota Newborn Photographer
Did you know your baby is in charge?
When I photograph babies, I know that they are the ones that set the mood.
If the baby wants to sleep, they sleep. If they want to eat, they eat. If they want to be held, you hold them.
Just like us, they are unique and should be captured in all their perfectly imperfect emotions.
Ready to have perfectly imperfect baby-led photos? Get in touch. I would love to capture these ever-changing raw, natural emotions of your newborn.
The Differences Between Editing and Retouching
Have you ever wondered what is involved or what it means when a photographer edits and/or retouches the images after your photoshoot? Simply stated, below is a short explanation of how I use editing and/or retouching for images after a photoshoot.
Editing basically could involve correcting lighting, exposure, colors, cropping, even just converting a color image to a black and white image as well as creating my own signature touches to the images.
First, I will cull the images. I go through each and every image and determine which images are worthy of delivering. Those that won’t pass my test could be images with eyes closed, out of focus, etc.
I probably can speak for all photographers that we try to get the perfect settings at the time we are taking the photos to save time on editing; however, that may not always happen because of the environment we may be in or the lighting is not the best, etc. and, therefore, will need to edit and/or retouch the images.
If editing won’t correct what I want in order to create the most gorgeous images, I may do a little retouching. Retouching may involve removing blemishes, whitening of teeth, smoothing out skin or removing a distraction that may be in the background, such as a pole or wire.
Editing and retouching could mean different things to different photographers. From my perspective as your photographer, I just wanted you to understand that it’s important to know that what I will be delivering to you will be absolutely perfect and the most gorgeous images you will cherish forever.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and Family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the button below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. Patti only takes a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? She hopes so. Patti looks forward to hearing from you soon.
Baby Planning Timeline
It has been awhile since I have taken photos because of the Covid-19 situation, so I was very happy to get back behind the camera again.
I had the pleasure of documenting this little guy's 9th birthday by capturing this special day for him in photos.
I was excited to do these photos at the Celery Fields in Sarasota. As the name implies, this was a former celery field consisting of 360+ acres. It is a wetlands site on the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is dog-friendly. You can fish, have a picnic, walk various trails and view plenty of wildlife. It is also a popular site for photographers. I had never been there before and had been wanting to visit and shoot there for quite awhile. It did not disappoint. We didn't even get to cover half the area. I definitely want to go back and explore it more. It was the perfect place to take these photos.
I'm ready to take your photos here or any local outdoor area to capture you and your family enjoying the beauty of Florida's natural environments.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Inquire Now" button below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Worried Your Toddler Won't Sit Still? | Sarasota Family Photographer
Concerned about your photo session with your toddler(s)? You might be thinking:
As a Sarasota family photographer, I can understand your concerns with having family photos taken with toddlers. As a young grandmother of six grandchildren (with the seventh on the way), four of them being 3 years old and younger, I know exactly how you feel. You might be stressing that we won't get any great images with your toddler staying still or smiling at all. If this will be your first time working with me, you may be wondering exactly what to expect.
Since I am a lifestyle photographer, it won't bother me one bit if your toddler just wants to be a toddler. Whether that's running around, digging in the dirt, or playing in the water. They are being who they are at that moment, and that is what is important to capture and you will treasure forever. It does not make sense to me to EVER try and make a child be anything other than themselves, except how they are feeling at the moment I am capturing them. I don't photograph with everyone stiffly posed, forcing smiles looking at the camera. I may get one or two of those shots, but it will mostly be capturing emotions, connection and true life. I love candid moments. By hiring me as your photographer, this is what you want captured for you and your family. Capturing those genuine, raw, authentic emotions are what you are after. This may mean running around with your children, playing games or snuggling up on a blanket. I always strive to keep your toddler interacting and happy. This will, of course, mean you'll be happy which, in turn, will result in incredible images and a memorable photo session.
I will let the toddler sort of and/or let them think they are in charge of the session. If they want to sit down and play, we'll do that. If they want to run, we'll run. If they want to be all lovey and snuggly, we'll do that. May I suggest you not say, "no" or offer bribes? This may actually spoil the session. If you truly want authentic emotion and connection, this probably won't be the best way. I just try to keep it fun and laid back. I just want you to be with your children as if you are on an outing and I'm not even there, at least, for the most part. :-) I absolutely want to finish the session seeing how much you and your children had fun.
Excited to experience a relaxed, fun lifestyle photography session? Contact me. I'm ready to have fun. Are you?
What Time of Day is Best for Outdoor Family Photo Sessions?
Many Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida families wonder when is the most opportune time to take family photos outdoors.
We are so fortunate to live on the West Coast of Florida where there are beaches, parks, trails, you name it, in which to choose the best location for an outdoor family photoshoot. All these places and more are so photogenic. However, since this is Florida, the time of day does matter when you want to capture the best and the most flattering natural light, as well as not get too roasted in the heat.
Golden Hour is Our Friend for Being the Best Time of Day
When is golden hour? It is the time of day about an hour before sunset where the light is absolutely gorgeous and "golden." This type of light ensures everyone will look fantastic! I LOVE scheduling outdoor family sessions during the golden hour. If your family session will include little ones (two months and older), I highly recommend they take a late afternoon nap, if at all possible, and feed them snacks or dinner prior to the session. This will help them be in their best mood possible.
However, you may ask, "What if I can't be out that late with my little ones?" No problem. I will be happy to accommodate you in whatever way is necessary.
If We Can't Do Golden Hour, Morning Time Comes in Second for the Best Time
I can certainly serve your family and still capture beautiful images no matter the time of day. So, if golden hour won't work for you, we can schedule your session during the morning hours, usually around 10 a.m. when the sun isn't up too high yet and the light isn't too harsh. The morning hours actually work best for newborns and toddlers.
Let me know when you are ready to capture your lifestyle outdoor family session. I would love to see you at the golden hour.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the button above or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon
What to Wear to Your Family Outdoor Photo Session | Sarasota Family Photographer
Next week, I’ll be able to photograph again. Yay! Outdoors only for now. So, you may be wondering what you should wear to your outdoor photoshoot.
There is no absolute right or wrong answer to what to wear. However, there are certain choices that will allow your images to look fabulous!
Read on for my suggestions:
With this time of year in our Florida weather, you want to keep your clothes simple, relaxing and comfortable.
I highly recommend solid neutral colors. It is best to stay away from red, neon and busy patterns. Earthtones – muted, not bright, will look very good in photographs. Think coordinating, not matching.
Wear you. If that’s jeans and a t-shirt, wear it. If it’s shorts and a polo, wear that. If it’s a skirt or a lightweight, long flowing dress, wear it. You do you. I just want you to be relaxed and comfortable.
Remember. These photos are for you, not me. So, it really only matters what YOU like. Looking like yourself is the greatest way to get fantastic photos that you and your family will appreciate and cherish forever!
Even though our area has begun Phase 1 of re-opening business during the Covid-19 situation, photography restrictions have not been officially lifted yet.
With the anticipation of possibly being able to re-open in June, I have written up my safety and precautions guideline for outdoor photoshoots. Click on the picture above to view the guideline or download it here. Not sure if by then we will be allowed in-home photoshoots, but will keep you posted.
If you are itching to get outdoors and get some great photographs of you and your family, I will start scheduling outdoor photoshoots beginning June 1 and beyond. Click on the button below to inquire about the details.
I can't wait to get back out there and start photographing again.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Inquire Now" button above or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
In a previous blog post, I wrote about what extra safety precautions I was going to take when taking photos of you, your baby and/or family. That was when all of this was just beginning and before the stay-at-home order was in place and I could no longer photograph.
Now, that we are getting prepared for the lockdown to gradually phase out and photographers will be allowed to photograph again, I wanted to inform you of additional safety precautions I will be taking at your photoshoot.
I want to ensure that you and I both take the maximum care and precautions to protect all of us as much as possible. Please take a few minutes to read the guidelines below:
For your part, please follow the steps listed below to ensure my well being as well as your own:
In the meantime, I hope you get a little chuckle from my photoshoot with Little Miss Clorox - it's their first pandemic!
Thank you so much! Stay safe, stay strong!
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book a future session when restrictions are lifted or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Future Session" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
5 Tips on How You Can Take Your Own Fresh 48 Photos During Quarantine | Sarasota Newborn Photographer
This is for all you mamas-to-be out there ready to give birth during this quarantine time. I want to extend my support by sharing with you some tips on how you can take your own Fresh 48 photos since professional photographers aren't allowed at this time.
You can easily take these with your iPhone or other smartphone.
After the quarantine has been lifted and photographers can work again by it being safe to come into your home, I can take your newborn photos, even if baby is a little older. That's the beauty of lifestyle photography. You will have the first priority to get on my schedule.
For now, rest, relax and cherish these last days of pregnancy.
Please feel free to share this with any of your pregnant friends so they can have these tips as well.
Take care, stay safe, stay strong.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. During this quarantine time, you can book a future session now. Contact Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click "Book A Future Session" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.