I can't believe its been a month since I've posted to my blog! You know that only means one thing....this is a photographers busiest time of the year! I need to get caught up and post some of my recent shoots so here is the "H" Family! We originally wanted to do the shoot on campus but a last minute change (OSU Beavers Baseball Finals) brought us to the beautiful historic Benton County Courthouse. I can't believe I've never done a shoot here! The historic charm paired with how well they keep the grounds was just perfect!
Scenic Family Portraits at Harris Bridge Vineyards
We happen to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth! The Willamette Valley has so much to offer when it comes to backdrops for family portraits. I was lucky enough to do a couple of childrens sessions out there last weekend and I can't wait until the next opportunity! If you're planning a session for your family you can't get any better than this! Harris Bridge Vineyards is located just outside of Philomath off the Kings Valley Hightway in Wren. If you're looking for a beautiful country drive you should go check it out and then call me to schedule your next family photo shoot!
Words can't even say how awesome this was for me. I drove past this location one month ago and have been dreaming of this shoot! Literally...keep me awake at night thinking of things to do and what time of day and WHO to shoot. I finally found these two cuties and their Grandpa Hank was more than happy to let us use his beautifully restored Ford 53 Truck. He just got it running last week so I feel so lucky! Oregon has so many beautiful areas for shoots and I feel so lucky to have a Family Photography business in the heart of the Willamette Valley!
I look back at my first newborn shoot where I thought I knew it all and just shake my head in disbelief. It was tragic. I've been practicing for quite a few years now and it still is one of the most challenging photo shoots you will ever do. I do however LOVE shooting newborns and photography prop huniting is one of my favorite all time pass times. People always look at me a little strange when I pick up a basket or bowl and say..."Can I fit a baby in this?". I'm used to it and its always fun to explain that I'm not some crazy physco but a Corvallis newborn photographer hunting for cool props. If you are expecting and interested in newborn photography here is some insight into the inner mind of a prop hunting junkie.
I prefer to do a newborn shoot within 6-10 days of its birth and I like to schedule that shoot at least 6 weeks ahead of time. Plus, this gives me time to go out and prop hunt for the special things I'll use for your shoot. I always ask the parents interests, sports teams, design interests and try to find something that they'll be thrilled with.
Standard props for baby photos include angel wings, baby blocks, or gender-specific items such as dolls and toy footballs. However, I always try to find something very unique that no one has every seen before and I always ask the parents to find things of theirs that are special to them and have them out when I arrive. (YES- I do house calls!) A prop with personal meaning, such as a blanket handmade for baby by a grandparent or a special teddy bear saved from your own childhood, will help to transform an ordinary picture into a special treasure.
My newborn shoots take around 2 hours give or take on if the baby needs to eat or get changed but I don't ever rush it. These pictures will be treasured forever and most likely be passed on to generation to generation. If you do book a session with me I always be sure to prepare the new parents with what will happen at their newborn shoot and let them know that even if I get peed on or pooped on I am fine with that. It happens almost every shoot with a baby so they can relax and not be stressed about things. If you are expecting or know someone who is please give me a call and we can chat about scheduling an artistic newborn photography shoot.