Bouncin' Baby Photography

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New Baby Announcement August 12, 2011

Filed under: announcements,custom design,Newborn — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 9:11 am

The edge around the ‘m’ is called scallop. Mmm sounds delicious, like it wants me to eat it! This is a new custom designed announcement I made special for very wonderful client. Because it is custom designed all elements can be changed and made perfect for your little one, boy or girl. What do you think?

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Choosing a midwife – Christy Francis, CNM in Ogden, Utah August 5, 2011

Filed under: Maternity,Ogden Regional — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 9:46 am

Another little bouncer is expected to join our family at the end of September. That will make this little man #3. Having gone to midwives for both of my first two pregnancies I knew I wanted to go to one again. Christy was an obvious choice for our family. Her office is inside Ogden Regional Hospital, she is knowledgeable and experienced, she is nice and professional. Those are all obvious things about her and her as a midwife. Those are all great reasons to choose her.  My criteria is a little more in-depth than choosing for obvious reasons.

Did you know she use to be a labor and delivery nurse? She is a Registered Nurse and has her MASTERS in Nursing, specializing in Midwifery. Christy is a wonderful example of someone who went above and beyond. She is not a lay midwife and that distinction should be recognized.

Here are a few reasons I have loved going to Christy:

  • With a pregnancy comes lots of appointments. I have two small children already who are not going to stay well behaved for too long. They get restless, they get rowdy. At Christy’s office I have never waited more than 25 minutes to see her, and that one day that I had to wait 25 minutes, she was assisting in a c-section. I was happy to wait, especially knowing, if I happen to need a c-section, she will still be there for me!
  • Closer to the beginning on my pregnancy I caught a really nasty stomach bug (I mean really horrible, up all night, I got to know my toilet intimately, stomach bug.) I texted Christy personally and asked a few questions. She responded right away and told me to come into the office for some ‘just in case’ IV fluids. I was very dehydrated and the IV fluids were wonderful! My color literally changed from the time I went into the office to the time I left. I was able to get the IV fluids I needed right in the office. Had I needed anything else Christy was right there to help. To me that experience alone was exactly how I would hope a caregiver would treat me. I feel like Christy not only cares for me as one of her patients, but also as a person.
  • Every time I have an appointment, I also get an ulta sound done. At the end I will have a CD of the ulta sounds for this little life that continues to grow. I will get to remember how he grew from month to month because there it all is on a CD. I didn’t realize how rare this is until I talked to other mother’s to be. I am very happy Christy offers this.
  • Everyone in the office is nice. With my son that is now 2.5 I went to 4 different midwives searching for a good fit. One of the first ones I went to had the worst office staff. Christy’s office has always made me and my family feel welcomed. Again, welcomed as a person not just a patient.
  • I could probably make a very long list of the reasons I chose Christy, but this last one is where I will stop. Christy has a calm nature about her. Currently my little bun is breech and while I was very concerned about what that might mean, Christy has made me feel very at ease about it now. She is not worried about it, especially at this point in my pregnancy, and has several things in mind we can try to turn him when the time is right. I trust her and that calmness puts my mind at rest. I know she has taken very good care of me and will continue to do so.

What do/did you look for in your CNM or Dr.?

 

Tips from a professional maternity photographer July 18, 2011

Filed under: Maternity,Prep,Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 10:46 am

Here are some tips for the do it yourselfer’s…

1 – Use a self timer and experiment! Set the camera on a tripod or a higher piece of furniture and work those curves.

2 – Rub that belly. Before taking pictures remove elastic on your tummy for 1-2 hours and massage the belly with lotion.

3 – Wear tight fitting clothes or break out the cute boy shorts and tank tops and strike a pose.

4 – Ask a partner to stand on an area higher than you and shoot downwards towards the belly for a better view.

5 – Photograph yourself in the mirror (no flash).

6 – Simplify your surroundings – remove the clutter so you can focus on the tummy.

7 – If you have other children, get them involved. Ask them to take a picture or use a self timer on both of you.

And if you go the professional route:

1 – Do your research and find a photographer who specializes in pregnancy portraiture – and newborn too!

2 – Don’t settle – find a photographer whose work you enjoy and don’t just grab anybody.

3 – Decide where you are most comfortable- home or on-location such as the park.

4 – Get plenty of sleep before the big day.

5 – On the day of the shoot, eat a great big meal and lots of water. Pregnancy sessions can be tiring. You want to be well-fed and hydrated.

6 – Rest up and don’t stand too much before your session.

7 – If the veins in your hands are bulging, raise them up above your head for a few minutes between photos.

8 – Grab your partner, baby’s sibling or pets and include them in the photo.

9 – Bring sentimental items such as baby shoes, jewelry, or items handed down from other generations, and include them in the photo.

10 – Have fun and relax. There is no other time quite like this!

 

Take your camera off Auto! – Part 1 – The camera July 16, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 6:32 pm

First the camera,

I often get asked what camera I would recommend, besides a point and shoot. I am a Canon girl so that’s what I suggest. Nikons are comparable but I have heard from others that Canons are more user friendly.  I would recommend Canon EOS Rebel T1i body, or if you have no idea what lens to put on it do the kit with the Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 lens. Start with that and as you become more comfortable, then try new lens. If you want to try out equipment beforehand, you can rent cameras and/or lenses from Pictureline.

The Canon Rebel was my first real camera. It was a long long time ago so when I had my Rebel it was a film camera. I actually still have it, I love it too much to say goodbye completely to film photography. A really great feature that the  Rebel T1i has is the ability to record HD video. A two in one camera! The Canon EF 28-135 lens offers a great range. It is a zoom lens that will allow movement when trying to fit a lot of into the frame.

Creative live is doing an awesome online course to help beginners with the Canon Rebel T31.

What kind of camera do you use?

Coming soon… Part 2 – Starting  with 10 tips to better photos because you didn’t let AUTO decide everything

 

Tips from a professional newborn photographer July 13, 2011

Filed under: Home Visits,Newborn,On-location,Prep,Tips — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 11:08 am

1 – Get a professional photographer if you can afford one. If seeking a professional photographer, find one that specializes in newborns. Some photographers will go to the home as well (I do home visits!) so inquire about that. When going to the photographer’s studio, make sure they are prepared to work with newborns and have items such as blankets, wipes, feathers and other necessities.

2 – Have your baby photographed early. I suggest that clients schedule their babies within 1-2 weeks – or within the first 10 days of life. Remember to include siblings as well.

3 – Keep babies warm during the session, especially if your little one is naked. Crank up the heat!

4 – Noise machines work great for fussy babies. If you do not have one, download noise machine sounds to your phone or put a CD in your computer.

5 – Babies love to be cozy – getting warm blankets or materials and laying them in a basket keeps them happy and sleepy.

6 – If possible, turn off the flash and work in natural light. Put the baby in a basket by a window. (the light is coming from the right in the photo above)

7 – Try shooting in black and white – it is classic and timeless.

8 – Get the baby parts! Hands, toes, lips will never be this small again! Get really close!

9 – Get closeups with Dad and Mom (or partners) – it’s a very precious time.

10 – Have patience. When unclothed, babies will poop and pee and make all sorts of messes! A little patience and a paper towel goes a long way!

Hope that helps a little.

 

In-Hospital Newborn Photography July 11, 2011

Cortney Jones brings her experience as an on-location newborn portrait and maternity photographer right to your hospital room to create amazing portraits of the newest addition to your family. Often using the window to take advantage of that great natural light, the portrait session takes place right in front of you. While your baby is the star of this portrait session, any special blankets, hats, or accessories are a welcome addition during the session. Portraits with mom, dad, or other family members can also be accommodated.

If your hospital is contracted with Bouncin’ Baby Photography there is no need to arrange your photo-shoot ahead of time.  Your professional mini photo-shoot will take place in the comfort of your hospital room. Online viewing and ordering is available for 2 weeks to anyone with whom you choose to share your password.

If your hospital is not contracted with Bouncin’ Baby simply call 801.333.3384.  You can book and schedule a session then I will come to your hospital or home within a day or two of your baby’s birth.

PICTURES FROM FIRST DAY PHOTO MAKE A WONDERFUL, LASTING GIFT!

Most baby gifts are only used for a few weeks before baby grows out of them.  So, if you’re a grandparent to be, or a friend, consider giving a unique and thoughtful gift that will be enjoyed for generations.

Hospital newborn sessions are truly special.  The birth of a baby and the precious days that follow are full of breathtaking moments.  As parents, we know how precious those first days are and how quickly they pass, which is why we strive to document the tiny newborn features as they first appear.  Close-ups of baby, tiny hands and toes, and bonding moments with family are priceless memories that we capture during your session.  The newborn stage passes in breathtaking moments and upscale, professional photography will keep those memories flourishing for years to come.

SCHEDULING
Newborn photos are never scheduled too early. Call Bouncin’ Baby Photography if and when you know your baby’s due date to schedule an in-hospital appointment.  If you have a scheduled delivery date or for priority scheduling, please send me an e-mail at cortney@bouncinbabyphotography.com or give me a call at 801.388.3384 to let me know your due date and place of delivery. Add me to your list of people to call or text after the baby is born and we’ll set up the actual session.

If you would prefer to do your session in the comfort of your own home, newborn sessions should be conducted within 2 weeks of baby’s arrival.

PRICING
A $50 deposit fee applies to any newborn or hospital session, for immediate family only.  Additional session fees will apply to sessions outside the 30-mile radius of Farmington Utah.

TIPS for a great photo shoot
In order to best prepare for your newborn photo session, please keep the following suggestions in mind:

–  Bring your favorite baby blanket or afghan from home for use in the photo shoot. Textured blankets look great!  Fuzzy, fluffy and soft photograph very well, and the blanket should be a solid color or have a very simple pattern. Bring a blanket for use as a background or to swaddle your baby.

–  I love to include parent’s hands in our photos.  Wear clear or neutral polish on the day of your shoot.  I want your baby to be the focus of the photos.

–  Bring a solid black, brown or grey shirt or cami  for you to wear in photos.  We may photograph your baby in your arms.  These colors look great in both color and black and white prints.

–  Your baby’s portrait session will also be posted on our password-protected online gallery for easy sharing with family and friends for 2 weeks.

–  I usually photograph baby in just a diaper. Newborns tend to swim in newborn size outfits so there is not need to bring a outfit for your session.  Hats and headbands make an adorable addition to any photo.

–  Boppy® pillows or other support pillows can be a good positioning aid for baby.

 

Summer Mini Session – Poppy Field June 26, 2011

Filed under: children,Events,Families,Maternity,On-location,Specials — Bouncin' Baby Photography @ 12:12 pm

I fell madly in love with this poppy field so this will be the location for summer mini-sessions.

Details

•    20-30 minute session
•    Includes up to 4 people
•    10 high resolution images beautiful and edited on a CD, with print release
•    20% off print order
•    Perfect for those that don’t need a full session
•    These sessions can used for a quick maternity, but cannot be used for a newborn session. PS I’d LOVE to do a maternity session in these flowers. Can you imagine? Stunning for sure!