Friday, June 22, 2018

Baby Photography Today

The experience I have photographing babies is minimal.  The baby portrait today is very different from the baby portraits from 10 years ago.

Here is an example of today:

The goal is to swaddle the baby to resemble what they looked like in the womb?  This is a challenge!
There are classes for photographers that teach you how to do this not to mention all over YouTube!

I was a sucker and I bought a class so I too could learn this new art.
Here is what I learned:

  1. Swaddling a baby for photography is an art and will take tremendous practice.
  2. It takes a ton of blankets and little pillows to create that soft foundation of angles that prop the baby in the perfect bundle.
  3. The lighting is soft and low.  The aperture is low to add to the softness.  
  4. My 50mm lens is a bit tricky - I need to focus on the eyes...literally.
  5. The actions for photoshop that you can buy ARE WORTH IT!

My first attempt with King Louis:

The before shot:
He is hardly swaddled.  That is yet to come....I'm practicing.  But this is an example of what the photoshop actions help you achieve.  I see today that I need to warm the photo back up, just a little to "blue".   Notice the soft creamy skin...this will take a little time to perfect too.  Even though Lou was in a nice pocket, clearly I have to work with the little pillows to mold his little body into the perfect angles.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Perfect Baby Boy!

Perfect baby boy!

June 8, 2018 
Louis Michael Gartmann

8.4lbs  20 inches

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fifty Nifty United States

I always associate lilac time around the birthdays of both our mothers.
Today the back yard is filled with the romantic fragrance of lilacs.  Sweet fragrance of lilacs reminds me of a grade school program.  "Fifty Nifty United States".  I was Miss New Hampshire and I had to wear something that represented the state.  Lilac is their state flower so we pinned lilacs in my hair. I'm in the back row with pony tails, always a head taller than my classmates. And to this day I can sing and name every state of our Union in alphabetical order!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

To Imagine Is Everything

The simplicity of the one room school was my decorating inspiration. 
 Enter my craft room with schoolhouse charm!
 Love this so much - waiting for my next message.
 Urklegrew and Frederick sitting at the top of my shadow box display.
Framed school house photographs aside a 1960's rollup Minnesota Map.
 One of a kind Raggedy made by me several years ago.
 The kids grew up with this farm table.  If you look close yo can see their artwork and names pressed into the wood top.  It's been refinished but the engravings remain.
 Henry's new spot.
 Closet decoupaged with 12x12 scrapbook paper = sewing hutch.  Jelly cupboard rescued from the curb. Annie Slone paint with crystal knobs.

 Some of my photography equipment.
 This was such a great curb rescue!

The teacher's boot.

 Swiss dot cafe curtain with my childhood gum chain.  More handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy.
 Stripes is Tim's stuffed bear from childhood.
 A schoolroom is not complete without Sally, Dick and Jane.
 Bought the desk paint on a whim at Menards.  Love it.
 Craft storage is under control and well labeled.
 My version of the schoolhouse light.
 This clock chimes on the half hour.  Classic red cross stitch from the hands of my darling Amadeline : )   

 Schoolhouse charm.
 Beautiful braided rug.

My number 2 school house bell = best Christmas gift ever!!!
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