Ending the Year on a Very High Note!

A Year of Successes

As the year ends, we take a look back at our work and think about what we want to do for the New Year that is right around the corner. I have to say, 2017 was more than a good year for Lemonshoots. It was Outstanding! I'm blessed beyond words to have new and repeat clients who have trusted me with their memories. I've been lucky to attend conferences and workshops to learn from the best talent in the industry. I got accredited as a Newborn Photographer and I published my first book! I'm happy to say that I crossed many items off my 2017 Goals list. There is one that I just checked off my list and I would love to share it with you...

I'm proud to say that these two beautiful images won the 6th version of the Outstanding Maternity Awards!

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Outstanding Maternity Awards - lemonshoots newborn photography alameda

Award-Winning Photographer

My heart skipped a beat when I got the email saying my images had won! I feel so happy and proud, but most of all, I feel thankful to the two set of parents of these cute little angels, for letting me photograph them. I thank you for allowing me to be creative during our session and I share this huge success with you!

As I prepare to end this incredible year, I look forward to what 2018 has in store for us. I'm looking forward to working on my Goals and start checking more items off this list! Thank you to all who make Lemonshoots possible. Without hopeful bellies, cute babies and happy families, my lens wouldn't have a reason to be here. I wouldn't have any story to tell. I'm here for you. To capture your moment. To tell you story. This is what I do.

Happy Holidays to all of you, and the best for 2018!

- Marcela Limon


Always Keep Learning

When I began focusing in newborn and maternity photography, it was very hard not to spend all my earnings in the perfect vintage bucket, the cutest mohair bonnet or the most gorgeous maternity dress. Ask any photographer: prop shopping is a serious addiction we live with! But when you take your business seriously, you can't just go and buy every cute little thing you find online or at trunk shows. You have to make budgets and stick to them. I tried to cheat and set aside a big chunk for prop shopping, but then I had to cut back on very important things like Marketing and Education.

At the Paloma Schell workshop. Hands-on learning newborn posing and safety. Photo Credit: Nane Newton

At the Paloma Schell workshop. Hands-on learning newborn posing and safety. Photo Credit: Nane Newton

Did I spend all my money on props?

Luckily I was taking a Business 101 class that made me think about it twice. At that time, I heard one established photographer say something that stuck in my mind and has never left me. She said: "If I could start all over again, I would spend less in props and invest more in education". She was so right. No matter how big your prop collection is and how awesome that backdrop is, if you don't know the proper techniques to pose a baby, the photos won't be good enough. Needless to say I went back to my budgets and fixed them accordingly. And I'm so happy I did! Since that day I always think twice when buying props, but I'm more determinant when it comes to courses and workshops. 

Last year I was lucky enough to learn from two of the best photographers in the industry (Ana Brandt and Paloma Schell) at their in-person workshops, with very small groups of students. This was awesome, because it was like having the photographer all to yourself; an open book of knowledge and experience. These two workshops changed my techniques for the best. They have been the best investment from 2016. I want 2017 to be no different. It began with the right foot. Last week I attended Ana Brandt's workshop in San Francisco. This time not as a student, but as an assistant. Even though the info refresher was a good thing, I learnt most from optimizing and streamlining a session, how to have everything planned and ready for when you need it. I consider myself a very organized person, but there's also room for improvement! Also, working alongside Ana was a very unique experience.

Assisting Ana Brandt during her workshop in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Mishelle Villegas

Assisting Ana Brandt during her workshop in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Mishelle Villegas

Making sure baby was safe and adorable for the student photographers. Photo Credit: Ana Brandt

Making sure baby was safe and adorable for the student photographers. Photo Credit: Ana Brandt

What's next

To continue with my learning path, I'll be attending a Baby and Maternity Conference next May in Newport Beach. I'm so excited to learn from all the talented speakers that will be there! Some of them I've been following since my early days as a photographer. Some other names are new to me but their classes look so interesting! I'm also on the watch for a newborn safety workshop coming in the Fall.

I love taking photos of newborn babies and pregnant women. In order to continue doing so, I'll always keep learning and improving, making sure you find in me the best photography services for you and your loved ones.

"The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice." — Brian Herbert

Time for a Change

Happy New Year! ... is it still ok to say?

Hi everyone! The holiday season is gone and 2017 has kicked in at full speed. I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy time with family. I went back to Mexico for a few weeks and enjoyed every second of it. Nonetheless, I was eager to come back to the Bay Area and meet the beautiful babies that were ready to have their photos taken. I think you can be sure that you really love what you do when you're looking forward to coming back to it! ;)

Ok, let's try again...

In other matters, exactly a year ago I wrote my first blogpost. I would have loved to say that since that day I made it a habit and that you could find tons of baby related content in here, but... well, let's just say that my time has been consumed in sessions rather than in blogposts... (and that's not a complaint, I'm so thankful!). But this year I want to change that. This year I want to share with you my sessions and my experiences with clients. Last year I learnt so much from all my clients. Without knowing, they are constantly helping me to become a better photographer, offer better products and services and understand what's going on on the other side of our business. And I feel some of these experiences can help you too. I'll try to blog at least one of my sessions per month, so you can see how a session flows and what to expect for yours.

Some of my clients from 2016

Some of my clients from 2016

What's New!

At some point last year I told you that there were exciting changes coming to Lemonshoots. I've been working in these changes for months, and it is finally time to share with you a couple of news that make me very happy. First, you might have noticed my most recent website redesign along with the new color palette for my brand. This better reflects Lemonshoots' approach to maternity and newborn photography. Sweeter, more delicate. I also added new packages to choose from and thanks to the new design, they are better organized and easier to compare and decide. I really hope you enjoy all these new things! =)

Lastly, last year I purchased a SIB (Stand In Baby) and I named her Jessie. This is a big deal, since this doll was designed by newborn photographers with the purpose of helping other photographers practice poses in a safe way. I've only played with her a couple of times and I can already see the impact she will have on all my sessions! She will help me plan and practice my newborn sessions before they take place, so I make sure everything looks perfect. It is also a commitment to safety, since it imitates the newborn physiology and movement like no other doll does.

This is Jessie, helping me plan one of my latest newborn sessions.

This is Jessie, helping me plan one of my latest newborn sessions.

And talking about safety... last year I was certified as a Safe Posing Photographer! What does this means? It means I won't risk your baby just to get a cool shot. It means I know your baby's body limitations and how to handle him so he doesn't get hurt. It also means I know how to mix photos in post production so it might look like baby was posing alone, but in reality there was always a hand holding him.

So here's to 2017, 🍾 a year of change and growth, good things and love! I look forward to many round bellies and cute sleepy babies!



All About Bellies and Babies

This weekend I'm heading to Orange County, California to improve my technique on how to pose newborns and pregnant women from one of the best photographers in the country, Ana Brandt. I've been photographing bellies and babies for some time now and I want to perfect my style. This workshop will make me a better photographer to capture your emotions.

In the past weeks I've also increased my prop collection and I'm really excited to start using all the new items! Once I return from the workshop, I'll make some newborn model calls to put everything I'll learn to practice. If you are in your last stage of pregnancy or know someone who is, stay tuned!