Monday, July 30, 2012

Free From Tiny Prints! {Newborn Photography Announcements}

For a limited time, our friends at Tiny Prints are offering three free samples of any of their outstanding stationery products!

This includes their thousands of invitation designs for all occasions, boxed cards, announcements, labels, and more.

Just use the promo code 3FREESAMPLES when you checkout to get this incredible deal. Please note that the offer is limited to three samples per customer and you can only do it once, but it is a great way to try out their stuff. It is truly classy stationery.

Check them out today and remember to use the promo code 3FREESAMPLES to get them free =)






Sunday, July 29, 2012

Newborn Photography - Family of Four

I was going through some of my older work and came across this sweet family portrait with their brand new addition, I love to see families grow =)
*Hopefully this looks ok, posting from my laptop today ;)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fall Family Portraits at the Bitsy Baby Studio

FALL FAMILY PORTRAITS {Newborn Photographer Offers Family Sessions}

We have set the weekend for the annual fall family portrait event at the studio!!  I know many of you have been asking about this, here are the details.  This event filled up last year within a few days so don't hesitate to get your time scheduled, it's not too early.  I look forward to seeing all of you again =)

Details:
Date: October 20th, 2012 - rain date is Oct 27th
Time: Every half hour starting at 8:30am
Place: Bitsy Baby Photography Edgewater Studio, sessions are outdoors in beautiful fall foliage
Package Includes:

  • 10 high resolution digital images
  • Online gallery for sharing and downloading your collection 
  • Print release to any size
  • Access to our wholesale pricing for optional prints and cards!
  • Intro cost of $299 if booked in August! ($350 after 9/1/2012)
Ready to schedule?  Additional Questions?  Email me!

Session Details:
  • 3 individuals are included, additional persons are $25 each
  • babies must be 1 month or older
  • no clothing changes, arrive in your photo attire and layering/removing the layers is welcome ;)
  • sessions are petite 30 minute slots, please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled time
  • if you can not make it on time, your cost will be applied towards our regular session based on availability
  • you will be provided with high quality vendor information for products











Baby Steps Photography Workshops for non-professionals!

Baby Steps Photography Workshop
The road to photography improvement, one baby step at a time!

IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR YOU PARENTS!!!

Date: Saturday, Sept 8th, 2012
Time: 9a-1p Baby Steps Class + Bonus Demonstration Workshop
Cost: $199 Registration
This is the basics workshop covering the following plus a portion with a baby model demonstrating how to get those special shots at home using natural light and light modifiers!

  • 10 key elements for capturing impressive images
  • Elements of Exposure including ISO, shutter speed, and aperture
  • Depth of Field and how to get that amazing blurry background
  • Instruction on your basic camera modes - getting out of Auto!
  • Resources for printing and sharing
  • Intro to lenses and their capabilities 
  • Demonstration and tips on working with your own babies at home
  • Open question and answer


***If you have already attended the basics workshop and are interested in learning manual mode, post-processing or advanced topics Contact Me and let's schedule a one-on-one!!  The cost is $349 and parents booking a one-on-one workshop often use their own baby/child as our workshop model =)  

**This workshop is for non-professional photographer enthusiasts that want to learn more about capturing their family memories at home.  If you have a website for photography work, take photos for money, or will start your own photography business within the next year this is not open for your registration.  Please inquire about the professional photography workshops offered at the studio!**

**updated to correct event date/ cost!**

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Capturing The Moments, Fussy Babies {Baby Photography Workshops}

Capturing the moments, fussy babies.

When photographing the wee little newborns its more about capturing the season and the size of that brand new arrival.  Once babies are growing they are hitting milestones, experiencing life and photographing them becomes more about capturing these moments.  I have a plan for all my sessions, a flow for what I'll capture in the most convenient order to keep baby happiest and it works.  Most sessions do go as planned, we keep the baby content throughout and are able to achieve a variety of poses and looks.



But let's get real these are babies and there are many times in a session where the thought crosses your mind "ohno, this baby is fading fast".  Its good to have a backup plan and some tools on hand for those moments.  You know what I am talking about, baby is rubbing his eyes or outright fussing, he probably is getting close to a nap or lunch, maybe even teething but you need him to hang on for a bit.



So what do you do?
When a baby is starting to show the signs I usually ask parents if he may be close to a nap or feeding and just get an idea of where we are.  I typically recommend giving baby a dry snack, have a parent pull out a cheerio and see if that helps perk him up.  Then keep shooting, sometimes a cheerio makes it to the final round of images and thats ok too :) Next thing, if needed, I'll have a parent sing or play with him, this is a perfect time for family shots.  Their helping the baby stay happy and you are getting your gold as they all interact and look at each other smiling, laughing, singing...just prepare and be sure their in ideal light.

Some other tools I have (or have parents bring) for troubleshooting in a session are:
  • a bright glittery pinwheel to wave around 
  • a sound machine - sometimes the bird sounds can be interesting enough 
  • a silly parent to jump around - I don't know why but this is usually Dad
  • funny random noises - usually it is me making these but a squeaky chicken can work too
  • a favorite toy or lovey 
  • a bottle or breast (not mine, Moms of course!)  

If you are still needing images and have worked through your fussy baby arsenal of goodies now is a good time to head outdoors.  If you have been working in the studio or in the baby's home just seeing the trees and getting some sun can recharge the unhappiest of babies.


So how do you know when you are done?
I never base sessions on any amount of time, all babies are different, sometimes it takes 30minutes others an hour.  Generally, babies in their first year do not last much longer than 45 minutes to an hour in front of the camera.  So either the baby has already let you know their done and they are sleepy and/or inconsolable or you have a full collection of images.  The definition of a full collection will vary, for me it is enough to create a beautiful coffee table book, 25-35 unique images.


Having a plan or a vision for the images you will capture is key, then once you "got it" you can move on to the next set-up or shot.  Do not waste too much time on one set-up, your image variety will surely be lacking if you do this.  Have a few tricks up your sleeves and remember you have a limited amount of happy baby time.  Make the most of every moment and capture them!



About the Artist:
Rita Lawrence is a professional baby photographer specializing in the season of newborn baby portraits to the one year old birthday milestone. Through her baby photography workshops she also teaches photographers how to start and run a profitable Baby's First Year business such as hers. Workshops are in a small group setting and offer curriculum for business, session/model experience, and post-processing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baby Photography Workshops East Coast USA


We have a few seats available for our next baby photography workshop at the Bitsy Baby Studio in September!  And we have decided to add on a second optional date for more of your baby's first year experience.

Day 1: Newborn and Sitting Stages plus business ($900)
Day 2: Maternity, Smiling, and Standing stages (+$500)

Please visit the website, the photography workshops tab, for more information on what is covered in our workshops.

Visit the website for details 
www.bitsybaby.com


About the Artist:
Rita Lawrence is a professional baby photographer specializing in the season of newborn baby portraits to the one year old birthday milestone. Through her baby photography workshops she also teaches photographers how to start and run a profitable Baby's First Year business such as hers. Workshops are in a small group setting and offer curriculum for business, session/model experience, and post-processing.







Baby Photography Prop Vendors {Workshop Sponsors}

I have a list of baby photography prop vendors I'd love to share with you.  These guys are so faithful to keep the studio armed with the latest and greatest on the market for all things for our baby sessions.  These are all quality hand made items I use in my photography workshops and with all my clients regularly; I highly recommend these shops!


And though they specialize in professional photography items, many of their products are adored by the every day baby needing a new hat or accessory too =)

Patrycja Baczkowska Photography - handmade with love - bonnets, headbands, wraps 

Emerald Photo Props - Hand knit photography props

Baby Bliss Photography Props - Custom handmade photography props

So Cuddly Creations - Charming photo props for the professional photographer

Emmy*Sew*Happy - photography prop hats and bonnets of all kinds

A Bit of String - Hand knit and crocheted accessories

O.Love.Via Boutique - Sweet photography accessories 

Just Josie - Handmade hair accessories

Prop Me Up Props - Newborn and baby photo props, knit and crochet hats, headbands

Ivy Lane Hair Accessories - Gorgeous accessories perfect for photographers and everyday wear

Shabby Dreamer Photo Props - Handmade photo props 

Rabbit Kisses - Newborn Photo Props

If you are interested in becoming a studio workshop sponsor, email me here for details!  Please include the link to your online shop and Facebook page.

If you are a photographer don't miss the amazing Photographer's Baby Bundle Giveaway going on HERE!!!

Here are some of the vendors creations in action, more coming soon!!



 Emmy*Sew*Happy




 Just Josie



 So Cuddly Creations



 Emerald Photo Props

A Bit of String

O.Love.Via Boutique



Prop Me Up Props

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bitsy Baby Newborn Photography Studio

We're having an awesome summer over here at the Bitsy Baby studio.....lots of awesome news coming this week in our e-News, be sure you are subscribed to be the first to know =)  =)



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Photographer's Baby Bundle Giveaway by Bitsy Baby Photography

 Photographer's Baby Bundle Giveaway

So summer is here, we have reached 3K fans and we are ready to celebrate!  This ultimate bundle of prizes has a value of nearly $3000....amazing ha!!  It includes session props, accessories, mentoring/training, business services, and so much more!!  This will be the stepping stone for a new photographer or a building block for the established business.  I am thrilled to have such an amazing bundle package here for you, thank you to all our contributing vendors!

How To Enter:

1: (required) Be a Fan of Bitsy Baby Photography on Facebook and Twitter

2: (required) Be a Fan of each vendor 
      *Click on the vendor names below and a new window will open to their page, take your time with this, Facebook can be touchy with liking too many pages all at once.
     *not required but requested to please be kind and post to their wall thanking them for participating in the Photographer's Baby Bundle Giveaway by @Bitsy Baby Photography 

3: (required) Sign up for The Bitsy Baby e-News (click here), where the winner will be announced!!
    
     *all required steps together count as ONE entry

BONUS ENTRIES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER

(bonus) Update your status message on FB or Twitter with: Go check out @Bitsy Baby Photography  #bitsybabygiveaway at www.BitsyBaby.com to enter the big Photographer's Baby Bundle Giveaway!!!
    *be sure to use the @ symbol

(bonus) Share this blog post on your blog or in a forum.

(bonus) Pin the first image from this blog entry on Pinterest

(bonus) Follow this blog by email, scroll down you will see "follow by email" on the Right


**After you complete each step, return here and post a comment separately for that entry stating what you did for that entry, such as "Made all required steps", "Pinned on Pinterest", posted in Clickin' Moms Forum", "updated status on FB", etc.  Each bonus counts as one entry**

ONE WINNER WINS THE ENTIRE PRIZE BUNDLE - WOW!!
Giveaway will run July 10 - Aug 3, 2012
Winner will be announced on Aug 6th, 2012

AND GET THIS.........YOU CAN ENTER DAILY!  
Just repeat any or all of the bonus entries each day.

OK now on to the Bundle of Prizes!



Prize: Group photography workshop seat and a follow-up Skype mentoring session
{Value $1300}

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Prize: $100 in prints

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Prize: Set of winner's choice {$85-$120}

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Prize: 8x10 frame of winner's choice {Value $48}

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Prize: $50 Gift Certificate

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Prize: Website Analysis
Book - Inbound Marketing, Get found using Google, social media, & blogs
{Value $50}

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Prize: $50 Gift Certificate

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Prize: Custom Branded Twitter Background Design {Value $350}

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Prize:  $30 Gift Certificate


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Prize: The Katherine Bracelet {Value $26}

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Prize: Bench Prop of winner's color choice {Value $55}

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Prize: $30 Gift Certificate 

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Prize: Two Tiny Bloom Headbands of winner's color choice {Value $26}

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Prize: Small fur and cheesecloth wrap of the winner's color choice {value $38.50}


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Prize: small fur and cheesecloth wrap of winner's choice {value $38.50}

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Prize: Flower Ruffles Fabric Bonnet  {Value $39}

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Prize: $30 Gift Certificate 

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Prize: 3 Pack Action Set {Value $55}

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Prize: Hat of winner's choice {Value $13.50}
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Prize: New Timeline Cover Design {Value $50}

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Prize: $25 Gift Certificate


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Prize: Two Tone Cable Beanie {Value $30}


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Prize: $30 Gift Certificate

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Prize: Rose Headband {Value $ 10}


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Prize: $25 Gift Certificate

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Prize: OOAK Merino Crocheted Bonnet {Value $38}

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Prize: The ever so popular Cheyenne Headband {Value 12$}

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Prize: $30 Gift Certificate

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Prize: The Ivy Lane Hair Accessories Signature White Love Heart Belly Tie {Value $18}

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Prize: 10 Cheesecloth Wraps {Value $60}

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Prize: $30 Gift Certificate 

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Prize: $30 Gift Certificate

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Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card

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**Official Rules and Important Information**
  1. Giveaway duration: July 10, 2012 through August 3, 2012
  2. Winner will be chosen through random drawing via random.org with a witnesses present
  3. Winner will be announced in the Bitsy Baby Photography e-Newsletter on Aug 6th, 2012 as well as the Bitsy Baby Blog
  4. Winner must respond within 48hours of notification or a new winner will be drawn
  5. This giveaway is also known as a sweepstakes, winning is by complete luck of the draw and/or hand of God.  
  6. Void where prohibited by law
  7. Contributing vendors are not eligible to participate in this giveaway
  8. Eligibility to enter this giveaway is not based on age, race, or sex
  9. All required entries above must be made, we will check that the required steps have been met.
  10. Each optional entry may be submitted once daily
  11. Winner will be responsible for shipping for some prizes
  12. A list of the contributing vendors and prizes will be provided to the winner and it is the responsibility of the winner to contact each vendor and claim the prizes
  13. There will be no returns/exchanges on items
  14. Items not redeemable for cash
  15. The group photography workshop seat is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2012 at zip 21037



Disclaimer:  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. Information collected is not collected by Facebook or Twitter but by Bitsy Baby Photography, LLC. In signing up for this promotion, participants release and indemnify Facebook and Twitter from all liability.

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