Meet Max! New babies and new parents are some of my favorite people to meet. It’s the love filled glassy eyes and ear to ear grins. I love hearing life with their baby is better then they expected. No one can explain the love you have for your own child, there are no words. Life gets turned upside down, the routine you knew is gone, love you were able to give seems to have exploded in your heart to amounts you never knew were possible. Life, specifically new life, is so fresh and pure.
Max’s newborn session was taken in their beautiful modern home in Portland, Oregon. Enough chat… on to the photos.
One of the beautiful things about digital photography is the versatility it brings. The same photograph can be color, b&w, printed, uploaded, shared, made into a canvas, standout, card, album, puzzle… and the list continues. I love to use my clients and personal photos to make fantastic products I can share with my family and friends for years! I’m more concerned with quality when it comes to photography, I believe it worth it and you can always tell the difference.
This year I’m actually planning ahead (gasp) for Valentine’s Day. I think seeing the holidays through the eyes of a child is thrilling and unique. My own mom did a wonderful job of making every holiday special with crafts, decor, little gifts, etc. This year I ordered Valentine cards for our family members who happen to be out of town. Cole’s Great Grandma keeps his photos on her fridge and enjoys then every time she opens the door. That motivated me to print some recent ones for her to enjoy and keep.
I ordered my card from Pinhole Press for my family. The quality and paper thickness is great, the same is said for the envelope. FIY, I always prefer matt paper for press printed products. It’s a great idea to also order for older children who exchange cards in a classroom setting. EASY! I also love the designs at Tiny Prints.
This was one of the longest projects I’ve ever tackled… so buckle your boot straps and plan ahead! I just completed my son’s baby book and was it a feat. Because I have access to many different printing vendors I’m happy to let you know what I did and why.
DIY Baby Book prep
- Jot down a handful of memories and/or baby’s firsts every month. I made a note in my iPhone so it was easy and accessible.
- Take a photo(s) of your child. This shouldn’t be hard, but make it a point to take ones that illustrate your baby’s milestones. Some examples include tummy time, sitting up, eating solids, smiling, bath time, crawling, playing, standing… etc. You can use any camera, this doesn’t have to be fancy, just make sure to do it.
- In the first year make it a point to do research on different albums. There are many options available online, it’s best to do this in advance in all your free time. Wink, wink. I choose to use my pro lab, Millers, but I recommend looking into Pinhole Press, Mpix.com, TinyPrints.com. I have printed from all of these places and like the consumer level quality.
Baby Book Design
- This book should have an intro page and monthly pages or spreads (a left and a right page). I have a intro page, a spread (a left and right page) dedicated to Cole’s face and monthly memories followed by a spread of images from that month. SO my book has 30 spreads, 60 pages…! At this point you might want to consider cost. Less pages equals lower cost. I made the mistake of designing first and thinking about cost later. But I don’t regret ordering more pages.
- Organize your photos into months and choose a handful for each month. I choose 1 full bleed image and a handful for a story-like feel.
- Design your pages. I use Photojunction for all album design but I don’t recommend it if you are not familiar, it has a high learning curve. Most companies will have a design element within the ordering system.
- Upload your images and order away!
I choose a 8×8, 60 page, embossed leather cover with lay flat pages. This will hold up over time- very important! I went this route because it’s more affordable then a traditional album but still has heirloom and archival qualities.The pages lay flat and that’s important to me because I’ve designed across the spread. I also added a gloss because I know Cole’s dirty fingers will be all over this album and I want it to wipe clean so we can both enjoy it!
It seems like it happened overnight. Last year, at this time, I had a newborn. Somehow we hit many milestones over the last 12 months; eating, sitting, crawling, talking, teeth, and walking have all been checked off. I now have a toddler and my heart explodes with love for him. I know it’s cliche, but your heart can love so much more then you initially give it credit for. I never thought I could love another person as deeply as I do my husband, but it’s possible. Oh so possible.
A few of my favorite phrases this year have been from other mothers… I’m paraphrasing here…
- “A phase never last longer then a few weeks.” This can be both good and bad.
- “The days are long but the years are short.” Oh how this rings true! I wish I could go back in time and relive those newborn moments minue the sleep depravation and hormone changes.
- “The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.” Song for a Fifth Child by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton. I saw this on I someone’s instagram account and it’s been so helpful for me. Both my husband and I love a clean house but we have to let some of that go. Time is better spent loving on people then putting away dishes.
I’ve tried my best to take a few of Cole each month with my “real” camera in addition to snapping away on my iPhone. Now all I have to do is take the time (what is that?) to make his baby book. He starting walking right after Thanksgiving at 12 months, 3 weeks, right around the same we went to cut down our Christmas tree. It’s a Tomeoni tradition and I’m happy to say this year was a blast. I love seeing my boys happy together… and what mother couldn’t love that toddler belly button in the last image. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays from my family to yours! Thank you so much for being a part of my 2013, it was a fantastic year both personally and professionally. I watched my son grow into a toddler and I watched my business be blessed with many new and familiar faces this year. What a joy to be surrounded with happy people who value relationships and family just as much as I do.
I hope you enjoy the simple things that make this a beautiful and full life; laughter, cookies, hugs, kisses, conversations and love.
“Sisters, sisters. There were never such devoted sisters…” -Irving Berlin
It was such a pleasure to photograph these two sisters earlier this year at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. By the way, it’s my new favorite location… this and the Tualatin Wild Life Refuge. It’s so fun when you are able to relate to your clients. I am the oldest of three and my sister is the middle. It’s true- we faught a lot when we were younger. Mainly the high school years, of course. But now we are closer then ever. We were married to our husbands only 6 months apart, we also have had our babies only 6 months apart. It’s been such a fun blessing to have her as a sister in my life, I couldn’t ask for a more caring person to share live with.
Meet Oscar! This post is a little different from my typical posts– it’s all b&w!
There is classic simplicity that comes with black and white imagery. It’s romantic, it’s striking, it’s clear and clean allowing the subject to really stand out. I learned photography on b&w film, developed my own film and photographs in the darkroom for years so maybe it’s nostalgic too. I love it.
Mom and dad requested more b&w than color for their newborn session with Oscar, I was apply to oblige. In fact, they ordered Oscar on the chair as a 30×40 canvas! I only wish I could see it displayed. I love newborn babies. Why do they have to grow so fast?
Last year I did a write up on the importance of business portraits, specifically online. Today, even more then last year, you are connecting with new friends, old friends, and clients online first and more than you would be in person. Your online impression is not only important, it’s most likely your first and lasting impression! I, myself, always look online when booking professional services. It’s amazing what impression I make of a company or person when looking at their portrait… or lack of one!
Here are a few key idea about what a business portrait should “say”
- Hello, nice to meet you.
- Be welcoming.
- Be professional and polished.
- You want people to feel like they can work together with you.
- Appeal and connect with your key clients.
- A technically correct image is important to present professionalism.
What does your business portrait or profile portrait say about you?
Gallery walls are popular right now, the first one I happened to see was 10 years ago while I was studying in Italy. I believe it was actually in Belgium at the Groeninge Museum… all that to say they are classic and not going anywhere. Don’t be afraid of them! They just take a little thought, organization and planning and you can be well on your way to a cohesive wall of art. You can also see more inspiration in my pinterest board.
I love a good before and after post, don’t you? I love it in photography, furniture, outfits, hair or house renovations. The “before” is a great image, but I think it could be better. You can do this at home in photoshop with 5 easy steps. Read on!
1. Adjust your shadows. By deepening the blacks in your shadows it brightens color and places a higher contrast on your levels without changing your highlights.
2. Soften Skin. I’ll go into this at another time. It’s far too time consuming to describe here. Wiser women AND men appreciate this but I also use it on newborns, and seniors… and myself!
3. Darken the eyelashes. Annie has had her makeup professionally done and it looks gorgeous! However, makeup doesn’t show as much on camera as it does in real life. I like to darken the last line of all my females to make their eyes stand out.
4. Smooth blemishes and brighten under eye circles. You can do this with your clone tool in Photoshop. It’s my favorite. Simply select an area that is closest to the blemish and replace that color and texture by using the clone tool. It’s important to use a area that is close because of color, highlight and shadow gradations.
5. Brighten eyes. Eyes are the first thing we see when looking at the face. By brightening and erasing veins in the eyes it really draws attention in and makes the face look fresh and alive.
Try it and let me know how it goes!