The Why Behind Black and White

With every session I deliver, I turn a portion of the photos black and white.  Here's how I determine what I turn black and white and why!

1. To focus attention

Sometimes there is a lot of color and elements going on in the photo and the black and white helps focus the attention back down to the person or central focal point of the photo.

2. To show the emotion

There is something about black and white that conveys an emotion and feels deeper and more timeless in black and white.  (especially if the subject is not looking at the camera)

3. Great contrast

If there is great contrast in a photo it is even more exaggerated in black and white and gives more power to the overall photo.  

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4. To hide bad lighting or color

Sometimes black and white is the answer to conceal bad or mixed lighting.  If the DJ goes too crazy with colored lights or there is a hard mix of warm and cool light, black and white takes away that issue instantly!

5. Give something a timeless feel

Black and white is often associated with "old" since that is once all there was!  Black and white often feels more timeless and that it could be 1800 or 2018 and if still feels the same.

Preparing for Your Lifestyle Newborn Session

You're baby is here and it's time for your lifestyle newborn session!  I absolutely love these sessions because nothing is forced- it's all about capturing the pure sweetness of your little one at home with you in those first few weeks as you are getting acquainted!

A little secret: NO session is perfect.  It will LOOK beautiful.  But there may be crying.  We may need to take a break.   Your baby will probably do everything different just on that day- because well, I think they know it's photo day!  

But it's NORMAL and okay!

I purposefully build in time so we can break and feed or change, etc if we need to.  Babies are unpredictable and we embrace that!  But no matter what we will get some sweet photos!

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your session:

1. SPACE

We will want to use the space in your house with the most natural light- so you can avoid trying to straighten your whole house (!) but focus on those rooms with really good natural light from windows, glass doors, etc.  The bedroom also works really well to get everyone sitting on the bed together!

 

2. WHAT TO WEAR

You can have a few outfits ready that we can change the baby in and out of.  Also just a swaddle can be really cute.  For mom and dad I would suggest solid colors so the baby stands out!  (no super busy patterns).  Textures, layers and accessories all play well on camera.  We'll also try to get a few shots of the baby in just a diaper to capture those sweet baby rolls!

 

3. RELAX

Your baby can pick up on your stress, so go with the flow and don't try to force anything.  If baby sleeps, we'll get some cute sleepy photos.  If baby is awake, we'll capture those sweet eyes!  Ideally we'll get a little bit of both, but the good news is your baby is cute either way!  And that is what we will capture.  

Rest assured I have done over a hundred of these shoots and will guide you and your baby to some adorable photos!