Once upon a time while poking around on Instagram, I stumbled across a face that caught my eye. Her smile was captivating, her countenance was bright, and her eyes were gorgeous. So I reached out to her. And a few weeks ago I met her for the first time...
Newborn photography is HARD work! It's one thing to take photographs of predictable adults who are even tempered and a completely different thing to take photographs of a newborn. Nothing about them is predictable. They cry when they want and you can't reason with them, you can try to soothe them but it may not actually work... They sleep when they want and they're awake when they want. Little Maylee was no exception. She's an extremely well tempered newborn all things considered. Statistically, most newborns cry on average 8 hours a day. Not Maylee. She's super content and super chill so the struggle wasn't getting her to stop crying, it was to get her to stop moving! Oh how Maylee LOVES to squirm! She likes to be aware and involved and just gets so excited to be ALIVE! So we spent probably half of our time trying to get her to zonk out.
After a long time, we had success. But then the next trick is all those little fingers and little details. A hand can make or break a photograph but every time a finger got moved, she'd stir! It just takes a lot of patience and time working with newborns. Having a nice warm room is super helpful too.
Here's a little sneak peek of behind the scenes:
I was getting a little more shadow than I cared for so I had a one flash set up, flash pointing straight to the ceiling with no modifiers to just create a little more light. A lot of the times we also used a white reflector. Under Maylee is a boppy nursing pillow. You can do so many things with one of those! We didn't use it for every shot, but we used it for most. As far as camera settings and lens... I shoot exclusively with the Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 and the Canon 100mm f2.0 and there's a pretty even mixture of both lenses in the gallery. And camera settings. The biggest deal is aperture. You set that where you want it and adjust your ISO and shutter to accommodate. The first few close ups I shot at about a f2.5 but the rest were at f3.5 or f4.0. I wanted all her facial features to be in focus and that just wouldn't be possible at f 2.0.
If I could use Aimee as my model all the time, I would be one happy photographer. She is SO incredibly photogenic! We had a fantastic time Downtown Salt Lake City at the Exchange Place. We braved the noon-day sun and went on top of a parking garage and got some AMAZING photos. I can't wait to do bridals or engagements up there. The Exchange Place is probably the top location in Salt Lake City for photos. There is such a variety of looks that you can get all within a block of each other.
Grace. Strength. Elegance. Determination. That is what it takes in ballet. Hours upon hours of hard work, perfecting the smallest details down to every finger. Everything matters. Incredible balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance are required.
Devin Larsen has been doing ballet for about 13 years now and for a brief moment in time, I got to cross paths with her. On Saturday I got to work with three different incredibly talented dancers at one of the top locations to shoot at in Salt Lake City Utah. Downtown at the Exchange Place. It has all you need in one spot! Different colors, textures, graffiti, parking garage, roof top, pillars, stair cases. It was absolutely perfect.
Just worked on some head shots for Anthony Limb. He's an artist, song writer, actor, musician, and singer from Clearfield, UT. Not only is he incredibly handsome, but he's also incredibly talented. If you're looking for someone to perform live at your wedding, he's your guy!
This was quite the project and it took several days. He wanted lots of different looks so we worked outside and in studio with shaggy hair and did the same thing after he got a nice cut.