DIY: Whimsical Frames

I had been wanting some whimsical frames from The Organic Bloom for a while but obviously they’re a little pricey. My next resort was to find someone to make them for me but it’s a little hard to find people … Continue reading

Baby Roger | Newborn Session

There’s nothing cuter than a newborn baby! Especially when he’s as grumpy as one of the dwarfs from Snow White! Baby Roger definitely had a personality of his own. Most of the time we advice moms not to feed their newborns until they get to their studio, but when I spoke to Baby Roger’s mom and we scheduled her session, she warned me that he was not like most babies. She said if we fed him he’d wake up and not want to sleep afterwards, well low and behold that’s exactly what happened, they got to the studio and he was knocked out but as soon as we put him on a prop he screamed, thinking he was hungry, his mom fed him and then we just couldn’t get him to sleep.

I felt so bad because a week before, I had done my Sesame Street Newborn Grouch shoot and Baby Roger’s mom wanted the exact same photo. Baby Roger was the perfect example that just because you see a shot done with another baby, does not mean it will be easily done with your baby. Not all babies are exactly alike, some hate the props, some love them, some want to sleep, some are wide awake, but in the end the baby’s safety is our main concern. If the baby does not fall asleep and is not manageable while awake we will not place them in certain props or positions where they may end up getting hurt. Therefore, we would like all of our parents to understand this and accept it.

In the end I managed to get a very adorable shot of Baby Roger with a Superman Cape. It seems to be a big hit so far!

Baby Superman

DIY Newborn Bird’s Nest Prop

Many of you have asked and I have answered… I had previously written an article on my blog on how to put together a Bird’s Nest for a newborn prop and later had to remove it for reasons that are far too complex to explain on here. I also wanted a better photo to show off the nest and feel like the one below is definitely one of the best shots I’ve taken with it.

This prop is definitely one of the most favorite props amongst the parents that come into the studio, whether it’s for a baby girl, baby boy, or even a set of twins!

The prop is fairly easy to make just requires a little bit of patience to get it to look as natural as a bird’s nest.

DIY Newborn Bird's Nest Prop

The materials you will need:

Two grapevine wreaths (I used the largest one I could find at Michaels, which I believe to be the 36 inch ones)

Scissors

Floral Wires

The instructions:

Each grapevine wreath comes with a floral wire/twig wrapped around it that holds it in place. I have realized that removing this will probably be the most difficult part of the process and that you definitely have to be careful while removing this, but I don’t get rid of mine. I use it to put both grapevine wreaths together and keep them in place at the end instead of using floral wires.

Once you remove the twig that holds each wreath together you place one wreath above the other and try to combine twigs from both wreaths together so that they don’t look like two separate pieces but start to become one whole piece. Carefully, spreading apart each wreath to make it look a little more fluffy and natural.

As soon as you get it into the shape you want it and to look as natural as possible you can grab the floral wires cut them into medium sized pieces and tie certain branches/twigs together to help hold everything in its place. I keep doing this until it all feels sturdy and that when you pick it up it won’t fall apart.

You can decorate the bird’s nest by adding feathers, a little bit of moss, and other little details to make it look unique. I actually love the aerial view of a bird’s nest prop (meaning I like to shoot it from above) but if you want more of a deeper looking nest you can add another wreath to it.

I also saved coupon’s from Michael’s to get the wreaths, so I probably ended up spending less than $30 on this prop.