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For Photographers | Tips on Newborn Safety

February 15th, 2014

I am a huge advocate on educating aspiring newborn photographers on the importance of safety during newborn sessions. Here are a few quick tips on newborn safety. If you are a photographer and wish to learn more about proper newborn posing and safety, please click here to read more about our newborn workshops and 1:1 [...]

 

I am a huge advocate on educating aspiring newborn photographers on the importance of safety during newborn sessions. Here are a few quick tips on newborn safety. If you are a photographer and wish to learn more about proper newborn posing and safety, please click here to read more about our newborn workshops and 1:1 mentor opportunities.

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2013 Year in Photos | Pacific Northwest Photographer

December 31st, 2013

This has been such an incredible year! It has been so fun to meet so many new clients as well as all of our returning clients. I thought it would be fun to share a fun look back at 2013 and all of the fun sessions that took place as well as a few behind [...]

 

This has been such an incredible year! It has been so fun to meet so many new clients as well as all of our returning clients. I thought it would be fun to share a fun look back at 2013 and all of the fun sessions that took place as well as a few behind the scenes shots captured along the way.

I wish you all a very Happy and Wonderful New Year!

I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

Blessings to you all!

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Michelle Newell Photography | October Newborn Workshop

August 27th, 2013

As photographers, we all start somewhere… My journey started before my daughter was born in Wedding and Family Photography and then shifted after she was born. I engulfed myself into everything “newborn” surrounding photography and was hungry and passionate to learn how to pose these wee ones safely and efficiently. I love the challenge that [...]

 

As photographers, we all start somewhere… My journey started before my daughter was born in Wedding and Family Photography and then shifted after she was born. I engulfed myself into everything “newborn” surrounding photography and was hungry and passionate to learn how to pose these wee ones safely and efficiently. I love the challenge that surrounds photographing newborns and yet using simplicity to capture these babes in the safest way possible.

In 2011 I wrote my Baby Safe Newborn Posing Guide and launched our Baby Safe Photography website that has helped educate newborn photographers around the world on the importance of safety. I love seeing how it has impacted photographers lives in providing them with confidence to photograph newborns with safety as their #1 goal. We also use this website to feature other photographers who have joined the bandwagon in teaching on safety, which I love. Along with our website I have also had the wonderful opportunity of being featured on multiple websites that have also helped further our efforts in teaching on Newborn Photography.

I love teaching, and over these past 6 years have had the wonderful opportunity of teaching numerous photographers in our private 1:1 Mentoring Sessions. It has been so great to meet so many photographers who have traveled from as far as Boston Massachusetts to local Seattle photographers. And I am excited to announce that this year we are launching Newborn Workshops which will provide small class opportunities to start building {safe} posing skills and techniques that will help continue {or start} the journey as a newborn photographer.

During the Workshop with me, you will learn everything from the basics of proper lighting {using a soft box and natural light}, composition, newborn soothing, to safely posing newborns as well as build your portfolio. Limited spaces available.

Newborn Workshop with 3 models | The White Space Studio in Monroe, WA (*approximately 30 minutes from Seattle, WA)

2013 Tuition Rates: $995 USD per person

*1:1 Mentoring also  available please click here for details

Attendees: limited to 4 photographers

Registration: $395 USD retainer to reserve your spot and is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remaining balance is due 1-week (7 days) prior to the workshop date.

Date: October 26, 2013 Time: 9am – 4:30pm

What’s Included:

Michelle Newell Photography’s Baby Safe Newborn Posing Guide PDF & Newborn Session – What to Expect Client Guide PSD files.
Michelle Newell Photography’s Skin Smoothing Action
Workshop Outline & Newborn Posing Idea Book PDF

Lunch & Snacks also provided

What You Need:

It is recommended that you own a DSLR and know your camera. It is also assumed that you are comfortable shooting in manual mode and have a basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. Michelle will briefly go over settings and how she goes about exposing an image for color and black & white. However, please note that this is not a course on learning the functions of a camera.

What to Bring:

50mm prime lens (24-70mm lenses also work well). Michelle primarily shoots with a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens for all newborn sessions.

A macro lens – Michelle uses a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

If you have any questions please e-mail at info@michellenewellphotography.com

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Newborn Safety | Washington Newborn Photographer

March 18th, 2013

I love my job as a newborn photographer. To be able to capture a new life just a few days old is an extreme honor. I also love the opportunity that it provides to be creative and capture fun shots for my clients. Doing this job is a true passion of mine. Along with being [...]

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I love my job as a newborn photographer. To be able to capture a new life just a few days old is an extreme honor. I also love the opportunity that it provides to be creative and capture fun shots for my clients. Doing this job is a true passion of mine.

Along with being creative and having a passion for these sweet little ones, I also have a great passion for advocating Baby Safety. Baby Safety doesn’t just stop with newborns either… but that is an entirely different post all together. 

With as popular as newborn photography has become, many aspiring newborn photographers are still learning how more complicated shots are done; and unfortunately, attempt poses and props without proper safety measures. I want to help educate and shine a light on HOW to do shots like the one below safely…

Here’s how I did it:

  • Dad is sitting on the floor with his legs criss-crossed and draped in a black sheet.
  • Under the sheet I have stuff blankets inside his legs and also on top of his legs to help support baby once I’ve transitioned baby over.
  • Baby is positioned prior to being transitioned. NOTE: baby needs to be in a deep slumber in order to attempt more complicated shots like this.
  • After positioning baby onto ball and with my hands still holding baby, I have mom place one had under the black sheet supporting baby’s body and the other supporting the baby’s head. PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE always support a baby’s head and never just “balance” it.
  • Once baby is set up I pull back and take the necessary shots, which takes under 1 minute.
  • In post I composite two separate images for the final image.

Message to Photographers:

Please do not attempt poses if you do not feel that you can confidentally keep baby’s safety number 1. It is OKAY to say “NO” if you are presented with a request from parents. I have said “no” on multiple occasions… The other option that I provide is to attempt a composite, in which the baby is never actually on the prop, but composited in post production.

REMEMBER: You have a great responsibility in protecting the precious LIFE that you are photographing, which is NOT a prop or doll.

There are many outstanding professional newborn photographers who have dedicated their time and talent in helping educate aspsiring newborn photographers in proper posing etc. Seek them out, invest, and learn.

Message to Parents:

Sweet parents, if you feel that the photographer you have chosen is attempting a shot that you are uncomfortable with or are not taking safe precautionary measures, please know that you can say NO and ask them to do something else. Your precious little one should never be left unattended on a prop without someone within arms length.

 As mentioned above, my love for photographing these sweet ones is a true passion of mine. Educating aspiring newborn photographers is just as great! Happy SAFE shooting!

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Photoshop Composites… A Photographer’s Best Friend

April 24th, 2012

I love Photoshop for many reasons. It can definitely be misused and abused, but it is also an incredible tool for creating fantastic images. If you have ever tried photographing siblings together, you know you have a slight challenge ahead… And depending on the ages of the siblings, that challenge can either be easy or [...]


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I love Photoshop for many reasons. It can definitely be misused and abused, but it is also an incredible tool for creating fantastic images.

If you have ever tried photographing siblings together, you know you have a slight challenge ahead… And depending on the ages of the siblings, that challenge can either be easy or a little on the more difficult side.

At this particular session, I knew that I didn’t need to “force” both siblings to sit next to each other and try and get a smile from them… Instead, I shot them both separately, keeping space where the other would be composited later in Photoshop. Fun, huh?! :)

If you have been wanting to learn how to do composite editing in Photoshop, I highly recommend checking out National Association of Photographer Professionals at: http://www.photoshopuser.com/ It is an INCREDIBLE resource in learning all kinds of tips and tricks in Photoshop.

Happy Shooting & Editing!

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Code of Ethics & Professionalism {For Photographers}

February 2nd, 2012

I have been really shocked at the lack of professionalism that I have been seeing lately on Facebook. The new thing amongst the photography community is to crucify and publicly humiliate an individual for a lack of understanding or poor judgement. Now, by no means am I condoning bad choices made by others, especially with newborn [...]


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I have been really shocked at the lack of professionalism that I have been seeing lately on Facebook. The new thing amongst the photography community is to crucify and publicly humiliate an individual for a lack of understanding or poor judgement.

Now, by no means am I condoning bad choices made by others, especially with newborn photography. Many of you know that I have recently written a Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide to help teach aspiring newborn photographers safe practices for these sessions. And to be honest and frank, it down right scares me how many unsafe techniques I see all over the place. However, instead of crucifying and publicly humiliating someone, I contact them privately in hopes to help equip them with a tool that will help them be safe.

As a member of the Professional Photographers of America, I agreed to a code of ethics that I would like to encourage the entire professional photography community to practice. Here are a few…

  • Use the highest levels of honesty, professionalism and integrity.
  • In all dealing with fellow professional photographers, students and others who aspire to be professional photographers, I shall share the knowledge and skill of professional photography.
  • Support efforts for and assist in the education of all interested persons the general public in the art and science of professional photography

My hope in writing this is to not offend anyone, but to be a voice of encouragement in raising the bar of professionalism amongst the photography community and that we would join forces and fight against online bullying. Most importantly, my hope is that we would always remember to be kind and be professional…

It comes back to what I was taught as a child: Treat others how you too would want to be treated.

If you are an aspiring photographer and want to grow your skills and be surrounded by an encouraging community of photographers, please check out Professional Photographers of America. It is a GREAT place to learn and grow.

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Behind the Editing Scenes {Seattle Area Photographer}

January 20th, 2012

I thought it would be fun to show you a sneak peek into how I go about editing my images. I try and keep things really simple and clean because I personally like my images to look as real and natural as possible. To purchase my Skin Smoothing Action, please click HERE. Anyhow – here’s [...]


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I thought it would be fun to show you a sneak peek into how I go about editing my images. I try and keep things really simple and clean because I personally like my images to look as real and natural as possible.

To purchase my Skin Smoothing Action, please click HERE.

Anyhow – here’s a 6 minute behind the scenes look at how I edit. Enjoy!

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Product Review | Happy Acres Farm

January 15th, 2012

If you are a client, you know first hand that I make funny noises to capture the adorable smiles of your little ones! I have no shame and know I sound incredibly ridiculous! But the outcomes are priceless! At my last couple sessions I couldn’t find my adorable Happy Acres Farm camera bling to help assist [...]


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If you are a client, you know first hand that I make funny noises to capture the adorable smiles of your little ones! I have no shame and know I sound incredibly ridiculous! But the outcomes are priceless!

At my last couple sessions I couldn’t find my adorable Happy Acres Farm camera bling to help assist me in the shoot. I even remember saying, “Where are my squeaky toys?!”

Well… Now I am NO LONGER in need! I just received two fabulous little assistants that will be joining me for my baby sessions that are just too cute! The first is Silly Giraffe who is even cuter in person!

The second is Rio, who is bright blue in color and loves being purched on my lens!

Both of my new lens bling assistants come with little squeakers that are already installed! YAY!!!! They also fit on my 50mm f/1.2 and 70-200mm lenses… So no need to worry if these will fit on Pro Lenses. These are also GREAT little assistants for parents to use on their DSLR camera lenses to capture fun shots of your kids. By no means do you need to be a “pro” to use these! =)

Below are a few other lens assistants which are available to purchase on Happy Acres Farm Etsy page. There are LOADS to choose from and are very affordable!!! Be sure to stop by both the Etsy page and Facebook Fan Page to stay up to date on all the cuteness that is happening!

www.etsy.com/shop/HappyAcresFarm
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My Top Editing Mistakes {Seattle, WA Photographer}

December 19th, 2011

Wow! It’s been a LONG time since I last looked at these images and did NOT realize how poor my editing was. It makes me cringe, yet at the same time, proud of myself for pushing past these Photoshop faux-pas and recognizing early on that there was a HUGE disconnect from how I was editing [...]

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Wow! It’s been a LONG time since I last looked at these images and did NOT realize how poor my editing was. It makes me cringe, yet at the same time, proud of myself for pushing past these Photoshop faux-pas and recognizing early on that there was a HUGE disconnect from how I was editing to how I WANTED to edit.

So here are my Top Editing Mistakes I made as a new photographer 5 years ago:

Photoshop Overload: When I first got Photoshop CS2 I was not only overwhelmed with how to navigate around the massive program, but completely and utterly “abused” my powers. =) Yes, I was a selective color editor… I know, I know, head hanging in shame. Ha! But don’t worry – it only lasted for a few months until I QUICKLY learned from having my images critiqued by incredible PRO’s on DWF (www.digitalweddingforum.com) that this was not only “NOT COOL” but so a product of the 80′s.

Blur Me Baby!: What?! You mean you DON’T want your images to look blurry on PURPOSE??

Vignettes & Radial Blur: Ahhhhhhhh – vignetting. How I DO love a GOOD edited or natural vignette… But this is often a tool in editing softwares that is typically the first to be abused. I also discovered the radial blur and thought I was being so cool … Oh how wrong I was.

Actions: While actions can be a GREAT tool and speed up editing, they can also be a distraction… And for me, that is exactly what they were. 5 years ago a brand new set of actions had just hit the market and were flooding DWF. I of course felt that I “needed” them to make my images look good and got completely side tracked from the direction I wanted to go and began producing images that looked like everyone else that purchased the same actions… Not really the direction I wanted to go. I lost who I wanted to be…

{And please note} I love these images and am forever grateful to everyone of these clients who hired me while I was still figuring out my editing style. And what I am writing does not depict how I feel about these images. I am proud of these images and the learning process it has given me.

Consistency: One of the biggest things I noticed while going through all of these images is that there was no consistency with how I edited the sessions. I tried too much. One image would be highly contrasted, then overly saturated, to SOOC, or looking grungy from some action I had purchased…

Now when I edit my goal is that EVERY image, from session to session, is consistent with the SAME look that I love, which is the feeling of being SOOC. The actual final edit shouldn’t be the main focus. In my opinion, it should highlight the subject and not be distracting in any way.  But it took me a while to get there. I had to try all of these things in order to get to where I am now.

Image Critique: I think the #1 thing that helped me get out of the editing abuse I was in was by having some of the leading PRO’s in the industry critique my images on DWF. I learned FAST that the direction I was heading was not a good one.

To this day I still have PRO photogs critique and give me corrective criticism. I feel that it is absolutely necessary to grow as a photographer and make it in this industry. I also knew that if I wasn’t willing to TAKE the CC and actually apply it and grow some thick skin, I might as well just sell my equipment.

So learn some lessons from me… Find your style and STICK TO IT. It may take a while, but once you get there… stay there.

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Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide {Available 12.14.11}

December 10th, 2011

The first of TWO booklets arrived for the Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide and will be up for purchase in just a few days on 12.14.11!!! The Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide Booklets teach aspiring newborn photographers the importance of safe posing techniques through tips, tricks, and photographic illusions as well as gives detailed information on [...]

 

The first of TWO booklets arrived for the Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide and will be up for purchase in just a few days on 12.14.11!!!

The Baby Safe | Newborn Posing Guide Booklets teach aspiring newborn photographers the importance of safe posing techniques through tips, tricks, and photographic illusions as well as gives detailed information on how to run a smooth newborn session. Both booklets are light weight and compact to fit easily in your camera bag for sessions.

Available to purchase at 20% OFF REGULAR PRICE {for a limited time} will be your choice of either a downloadable PDF for $130 or two Booklets for $150!! Stay tuned for the BIG reveal!!!

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