Fall Mini Sessions Day Four in Jupiter, FL

Our fourth and final mini session event is done!

Our final six families were captured for final Fall mini sessions of 2018! Due to popular demand we opened up one more mini session event and headed back to Dubois Park in Jupiter! A beautiful scene of the Jupiter Lighthouse, the inlet, rocks, grass, sand & a bridge all make this spot a gem! The weather was warm, sunny and windy by the water! Even though we fought the wind, everyone had a great time, while I did my thing and captured them :-) ! Check out a few sneak peeks from each session below :-)

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 The Jupiter lighthouse, the inlet and joyful families during family photo sessions at Dubois Park in Jupiter, Florida

Fall Mini Sessions Day Three in Jupiter, FL

Our third Fall Mini Sessions event went well!

Seven more gorgeous families graced our camera and were captured for Fall mini sessions 2018! This time our location had a little bit of southern charm and a whole lot of county fun out in Jupiter Farms! The all white front steps & porch were a hit for family photos and the tree swings were a favorite amongst the children. The weather was perfectly warm and sunny! Everyone had a lot of fun and didn’t want to leave their sessions :-) ! Check out a few sneak peeks from each session below :-)

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 Country charm and joyful families during family photo sessions at Jupiter Farms, Florida

Fall Mini Sessions Day Two in Jupiter, FL

Another successful Fall Mini Sessions event in Jupiter is in the books!

We photographed another seven beautiful families at another favorite location; Riverbend Park, in Jupiter! We enjoyed the forest look complete with oak trees & Spanish moss. The weather was a little rainy, warm, a little sunny and cloudy but made for some great light! Everyone was excited to be there and it truly showed! Check out a few sneak peeks from each session below :-)

Do you have a family session coming up?

If so, check out our blog post about what to wear for your next family session - https://www.athenascottphotography.com/blog/2018/10/25/what-to-wear-for-your-mini-session

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 Happy families during family photo session at Riverbend Park in Jupiter, Florida

Elegant and Adventurous Family Photo Session in Delray Beach, FL

I had the privilege of capturing this beautiful family’s annual photo session at the Delray Oaks Natural Area.

We have managed to capture amazing and adventurous sessions at some of South Florida’s most beautiful locations for the past seven years; for instance, Delray’s Japanese Gardens, Miami’s Wynwood with a broken leg, the Boca Resort & beach, Jupiter’s Historic Riverbend Park and Jupiter’s Lighthouse to name a few! Many of these locations now require a photography permit to photograph there. Every single year brought on a new look, a new location and another marveolus experience.

How To a Achieve a Successful & Adventurous Session:

  • Be spontaneous, adventurous and willing to travel

  • Contact your photographer many months in advance so you can schedule the session & have ample time to formulate a plan (location, wardrobe, ideas, etc.)

  • Schedule a regular 60-90 minute session because time is needed to cover ground

  • Communicate your ideas and vision in advance

  • Arrive at your session ready for an adventure but at the same time ready to capture natural & precious moments … you have to be yourself!

  • Be willing to take direction and trust the process, when you relax and give up control on what you think your kids should be doing at a photo session … only then can you relax and enjoy yourself and let the photographer do her job :-)

For the session below, I captured this family at a completely new to me location! We explored our surroundings on the nature walk and randomly stopped to capture photos, look at plants, examine berries, and the entire family even climbed a tree (in heels) to capture the adventure. Check it out below :-)

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Fall Mini Sessions Day One in Jupiter, FL

Our 2018 Fall Family Mini Session kickoff day was a success!

We photographed seven beautiful families at one of our favorite locations; Dubois Park, in Jupiter! We enjoyed the inlet side and a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse in the horizon. The weather was cool, breezy and cloudy but made for some great light! Everyone was happy and we captured so many smiling faces and precious moments! Check out a few sneak peeks from each session below :-)

Do you have a family session coming up?

If so, check out our blog post about what to wear for your next family session - https://www.athenascottphotography.com/blog/2018/10/25/what-to-wear-for-your-mini-session

*Are you interested in a family session? If so, Contact Us

 Smiling families during family photo session at Dubois Park in Jupiter, Florida

What to Wear for Your Mini Session

Many clients ask me for advice on what to wear for their mini sessions?

I always recommend coordinating 3-4 colors. I Iove all of the colors that this family decided to go with for their session (see below)! They coordinated pink, blue (light blue & navy blue), white & gray and it went well against the yellow house, wooden steps and green background. Always keep in mind your location and then coordinate some of your favorite colors (that match the style or theme of the location), don’t forget to add in the accessories ;-) I love when Mama’s and daughter’s wear dresses too! Layering clothing also looks great!

My logic is: you are getting professional photos done … do it up … get pretty, accessorize (earrings, bracelets, hair accessories for girls, hats, vests, jackets), do your hair and makeup … I will make sure we have fun and capture your best version of you and your family!

I have a website that I recommend for help with styling & outfit coordination:

www.styleandselect.com ~ check it out for more tips & ideas to make the most of your family portrait session :-)

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Family Photography in Jupiter

Fall family photography is in full swing over here! Some families opt to capture their “children only” for their annual family portrait session! This can be a good option, as long as they’ve done the entire family in previous years ;-)

In this particular case, I have captured this sweet family for the past five years! I’ve captured their maternity, newborn, girls and family sessions multiple times. There is something so sweet about getting to photograph families and children as they grow older. These babies turn into toddlers who turn into kids and then teens … in the blink of an eye Mamas! I know how fast it goes by because my once little boy who used to snuggle in my lap is now 16-years-old and thinking about college and a career as a doctor!

So capturing images is more than just a “job” that I do. It is something I am passionate about … capturing the beauty and magic of childhood and family life, freezing the moments of laughter and pure joy so that when you look back at these times, you can smile and truly feel the memories as if they were only yesterday.

After sessions, my husband always asks, “so how did it go” and I usually can’t help but to smile and feel overwhelmed with gratitude as though my heart will come out of my chest because the fact is that I love what I do and it is such a gift to be able to do what you love and share it with people who will treasure it for years to come. <3

How to Take a Great Photo of Your Child Using Your iPhone

Taking a great photo of your child is not an impossible feat for the everyday Mama! The latest iPhones are equipped with the technology to capture beautiful photos of our babies. I for one, love to use my iPhone 8 Plus as an everyday camera at home or when we’re out and about. With its portrait mode, shallow depth of field & editing options it’s possible for anyone to capture amazing photos of their kids!

Many of my friends ask … how do you take such great photos of your kids on your phone? They chalk it up to the fact that I’m a photographer and while yes, I am a professional photographer, who is accustomed to manipulating DSLR cameras in manual mode, I’ll be the first to tell you that “anyone” can achieve awesome results with an iPhone camera!

I will give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to take a beautiful image of your kid using your iPhone camera and then how to edit it using the phone’s editing options (no other apps needed) within minutes!

Here’s an image I captured and edited yesterday, using my iPhone. I didn’t want to have to take out my professional equipment for a quick shot of my daughter! I will start with the finished product so you can see what you’re capable of creating if you follow these simple steps below!

 This is my 4-year-old daughter. I simply wanted a cute photo of her in front of this pretty tree with pink blossoms that’s in our backyard.

This is my 4-year-old daughter. I simply wanted a cute photo of her in front of this pretty tree with pink blossoms that’s in our backyard.

Most people think, I want to take a photo of my kid ~ so they whip out the phone and quickly click on the camera icon, snap really fast & then done, time to post it on Instagram. First, I took the type of snap shot that most Mama’s would capture of their child in this circumstance (see the image below). I mean, it’s cute right? The thing is, it will take a little more effort to get a better quality image!

Are you ready to learn how? Continue on below.

 I would consider this a quick snap and done. Notice how it’s dark, there’s a lot of negative space, everything is sharp, you can see a pile of unwanted items on the left, the gate is crooked. I mean its decent, but it doesn't wow you in any way.

I would consider this a quick snap and done. Notice how it’s dark, there’s a lot of negative space, everything is sharp, you can see a pile of unwanted items on the left, the gate is crooked. I mean its decent, but it doesn't wow you in any way.

Rather then take a photo in this hurried fashion, stop and think about what you are trying to achieve and then select the appropriate option within the camera mode. In this case, I knew I wanted a pretty photo of my daughter with the tree in the background but I wanted it to look a little bit more professional (without having to use my DSLR). If you select the camera icon on your phone you will see a few options; such as, video, photo, portrait, etc. (see below). In order to accomplish a more professional look I selected the “portrait” option (see below) and got closer to the subject (my daughter) so that she was much larger in the frame.

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Straight out of the camera phone the photo was decent but rather dull looking and overall pretty dark because it was a bit cloudy outside. So i decided it needed a little bit of editing to really make it pop. If you look at the top right corner of the image you will notice a blue icon that says “Edit” ~ click on it.

If you have selected the “Edit” option within your photo you will see a few icons at the bottom of your image. (see below) I selected the one that looks like three circles, then you will see different color options appear. I selected the “Vivid” option to bring out the color and contrast.

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The image looks more colorful but the horizon is still crooked so I selected the little “crop icon” at the bottom and straightened out the horizon by moving the line slightly to the right (image below).

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The photo is still dark so I decided to manipulate the lighting. I selected the “sun icon” on the bottom (image on the left). Then a drop down menu appeared (image on the right).

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The first option I selected was “Shadows.” Look at the bottom of the photo, you will see a bar that starts in the middle on a dot (you can move it to the left or right to add or reduce shadows). I moved it to the right to reduce the shadows, don’t go crazy here just move it to where it looks brighter but still natural.

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The last option I selected was “brightness.” I didn’t add too much here, just a slight amount to give it a more sunshiny feel.

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It probably took me 5 minutes to take this photo of my daughter. She’s four, so as you can imagine she didn’t quite cooperate perfectly, she actually fell off of the stump and was being goofy, then my dogs were photobombing her. I took over 40 images until I got a few I really loved. Add another 5 minutes (or less) for the editing. Once you’re familiar with where everything is on the camera app and how it all works, it’s actually really easy to get a great shot and you can do it quickly. It doesn’t take a professional to capture an everyday moment of your child using your phone!

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When it Rains on Your Parade, aka Your Family Photo Session

Living in South Florida, it is impossible to avoid unforeseen rain storms! And when photographing families is your job … it can be a huge bummer! Most of the time we avoid the drama all together by calling off & rescheduling the session; however, sometimes it’s just not possible. Why? Clients only in town for that one day, no job flexibility with people who work demanding careers that require weekends or the weather forecast flat out did not show any rain … ugh!

In the case with this session, we happened to just arrive at our location and then the torrential rain started to pour on us. We sadly stood under a covered garage and watched it rain while trying to figure out what to do. We decided to stick it out and hope for the best because rescheduling wasn’t a possibility.

Here are Some Tips For a Rainy Predicament:

  • First and foremost, give the client a chance to reschedule for optimal light and sun!

    • make sure they are on-board with going with the flow and make sure they are willing to be ok with the results of potentially rainy photos

  • Have patience! The odds are the storm will pass.

    • we waited and it eventually stopped completely

  • Be creative! Is there a place for you to still photograph that is under cover?

    • in our case we found a covered parking structure and started our session underneath it, while it rained around us.

  • Be prepared! Do you have items that can be helpful for your session in this circumstance? (i.e. rain boots, umbrellas)

    • I was so happy that this client happened to have two adorable umbrellas that we were able to incorporate into the session.

  • When you are cool & calm, the clients will be too. So stay calm and carry on! :-)

    • We didn’t stress it, we went with the flow, we captured some amazing shots under the parking structure & guess what? The rain stopped, and we were able to venture around the area.

Check out the results of this situation below <3

Why Newborn Sessions Take So Long

On my previous two blog posts I described how the petite newborn session is a great option for capturing your newborn session completely at home or all outdoors; however, today I am going to explain why the full session happens to be my favorite option!

First of all, the full newborn session includes 3 hours of time (versus 90-minutes) and while this may seem like a tremendous amount of time to be taking photographs … I guarantee you, it isn’t! Many potential new clients might scratch their heads and wonder why soooo much time is needed for a newborn session.

*Here are a few reasons why a newborn session takes time & why a full three hour session is a great option:

  • Babies are unpredictable, you don’t know if they will be content or fussy

  • They will require several feeding breaks, which also includes time for burping

  • They will require one or more diaper changes, most likely even a diaper blowout

  • There will be clothing changes (whether by choice or if he or she happens to spit up on their clothing or even on you or your husband resulting in your clothing change)

  • Even if you opt for no clothing or just a diaper … time is needed for swaddling and re-swaddling

  • Now that you’ve fed and changed the baby multiple times guess what … we still need more time to settle them and get them to sleep for those adorable sleepy shots everyone loves … this is usually the easy part but some babies out there decide that they do not want to sleep for the first 2 hours of the session

  • Factor in extra time if you are wanting to use props and get them to sleep in cute accessories

  • If you have other children (especially toddlers), add-on more time because the odds are they might not cooperate like you thought, especially if they somehow missed a nap that day

  • If you’d like more than one look, as in …. not just in the nursery or not just at the park, but maybe you want to capture images indoors and outdoors as well, it will take a bit of time to pack up and maybe even drive to a different location

Check out this newborn session below. It was an amazing three hour lifestyle newborn session. We captured a variety of images in the nursery and Mom & Dad’s room, then jumped into our cars and headed to the beach which was only 10-minutes away. We were able to capture the family, the baby alone, the siblings, Mom with the baby, Dad with the baby and then do many of those same shots at the beach.

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Newborn Sessions with Multiple Siblings

I absolutely love capturing newborn sessions when older siblings are involved! It is so sweet to get to witness their absolute awe and wonder as they see their beautiful baby brother or sister, that’s been living in Mommy’s tummy for the past nine months. The focus is still the baby, so we focus on those images that show the other children loving on the baby.

Check out this sweet ALL outdoor newborn session at one of my favorite locations that incorporates three older sibling below

*My Must Have Sibling Shots are:

  • Holding & snuggling the baby in various ways (if the older sibling is old enough & trust worthy enough of course!)

  • Kissing the baby on the cheek

  • Gently touching the baby’s face or tickling their toes

  • Spending time with Mama who is holding the baby

Petite Newborn Session ALL Outdoors

Yesterday I spoke about the shorter newborn session (90-minutes vs the regular 3-hour option) and I discussed how it is great for an indoor shoot inside of the nursery. Well, this option also works well for an outdoor only newborn session. The time does fly by quickly ... considering the nursing and diaper change breaks; however, we are able to get a nice variety of images! I aim to capture the entire family in a few different scenes, mama & baby, dad & baby, baby alone & the siblings! When there are big brothers or sisters I also love to sneak in some photos of them alone (during the breaks) because they need to be documented too :-)

I captured this sweet family in their community area. There wasn't one bit of sunshine, only clouds ... but thankfully it didn't rain until after the session!! Their love towards one another was enough to light up a room. Check out some of my favorites below.

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Indoor Newborn Photography and a Little Bit of Grain

Many clients who inquire about newborn photography sessions often wonder and ask ...

Which session option will work best for me? (the full three hour session or a shorter 90-minute option)?!

I will explain the shorter time frame option here today. I created the shorter time frame for people who want a more simplistic approach to the lifestyle only option.  What does this mean? This means that you are getting 90-minutes of time, one general location & no newborn props! So the style is very natural, enduring and not "posed" or artificial. Photographing in the home & especially in the nursery only is perfect for this shorter session.  Some clients opt to do their entire time frame outdoors as well but the same rules apply (I will post about that next). 

Below you will see a lifestyle newborn session who opted for the 90-minute option. They decided to capture the entire session in their baby girl's nursery which was beautiful. It worked out wonderfully! We were able to capture a nice variety or family shots, mama & baby, dada & baby, and lastly baby alone. All of the items in their room become natural props (i.e. the crib, rocking chair, changing table & guest bed). It is perfect for documenting those first few days as a new family but also for documenting all of the details inside the nursery.

One thing about photographing completely indoors, using only window light ... is the fact that there may be some "grain" in the images. Since I am a natural light shooter the window light is sometimes not enough so I have to increase my camera's ISO to achieve that bright & colorful look that I so very much love. This added grain does not in anyway reduce the quality of these images, but rather it increases their character. 

Indoor Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle newborn photography is a unique niche that is up there among my favorites to capture. They typically take place inside (and or around) the home and aim to capture the organic dynamic and excitement that a brand new baby brings to a family. It is also a form of documentation because never again will this precious babe be so tiny and womblike.  The nursery is a good spot to capture some of the love and all of those sweet little details. Window light is a wonderful source of light when indoors because it's soft, even and bright when there's sunshine outside. On rainy days its harder to use window light, but still possible to achieve great photos with a little bit of grain & added character. Other preferred spots are the ones you frequent most.

So why do I love this form of photography? Because it's natural, it conveys emotion & evokes feelings of pure love and joy. It is just beautiful. Babies have a way of making us happy, so being on the other end of the lens is sort of a magical place to be because you can almost feel what they are feeling and rejoice with them in their new blessing from God, all while aiming to capture the most flattering angles, maximizing the use of light, capturing the atmosphere but also getting in close to vicariously bask in their delight. 

I had the privilege of documenting this new family for the first time. I spent a good amount of time with them, I'd say about three hours. We were able to capture a variety of shots in the nursery, living area and their neighborhood.  While the baby was a little fussy (I boiled it down to a growth spurt) and mama was a little anxious that she wouldn't settle; however, I reassured her that this was the norm at newborn sessions and you would NEVER know that by looking at these images. We had an amazing time <3 Check out some of my favorites below.

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Lifestyle Newborn Session

I have been meaning to get my blog site going for a while now but time always seems to escape me! Now that I'm all caught up on editing projects and product orders, my goal is to get it up and running on a consistent basis! First, I'm going to go back and share some of my most recent newborn sessions. Then, going forward I will use my blog to share "sneak peeks" and articles relating to newborn and family photography.

Here is one of my latest outdoor newborn sessions. We captured this family in their community area which is always sweet because it's familiar to them. Clients typically ask me for ideas on where to shoot their newborn session and I usually suggest staying close to home. I know how it is to be a new Mama and having that feeling of just wanting to be home after birth. So we headed down the street and hung out in the shade by the lake, the sunshine & light were glorious. The kiddos were excited to touch & hold their new baby sister and I was behind the lenses smiling while I captured their excitement and pure joy. What a gift! I'm thankful to get to do what I've loved since I was a young baby-loving girl with a manual Nikon camera.  

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Jupiter Newborn Photography

I was excited to arrive back from my photography conference with so many newborn goodies (including several flower headbands and swaddle wraps). Precious, 17-day-old, Everly Ann was the first babe to try out my new stuff and I was happy to try out a few new wrap techniques on her as well. We captured her right on my front patio :-)

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