Okay, so I admit that perhaps the first calls you’ll make after you see that joyful “positive!” on the pregnancy stick should be reserved for your spouse, family, OB or midwife. But, it still holds that it’s always best to book your newborn photo session during the second trimester of your pregnancy.Read More
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Earlier this year I decided to join PPA, Professional Photographers of America. I’m so glad I did, because last month I became a Bronze Medalist after their International Photographic Competition!
A few words about PPA
Being a PPA member has tons of perks, but the ones that mattered the most to me were the opportunity to participate in one of the most important photographic contests in the industry and to become a Master of Photography. The first one requires a lot of courage, since by submitting your images, you’re opening yourself for very detailed critique. The second one takes years of experience, dedication and proving that the quality of your images is consistent and superb.
Every year, PPA holds an International Photographic Competition (IPC). Each entrant can submit 4 images that will be evaluated by a panel of 32 judges and scored according to the 12 elements of a merit image. If the image gets a score of 80 or above, it’s considered a merit image and gets into the General Collection. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.
The International Photographic Competition
Last month, the IPC took place in Atlanta and I submitted four of my favorite images. I was a nerve wreak, since this was the first time I participated in an international competition of such importance. There were more than 5,000 entries! I’m very proud to say that all four of my images got merits! This brings me closer to my goal of becoming a Master of Photography and, since all submissions got merits, I’m now a Bronze Medalist of the IPC 2018!
The winning images will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Jan. 20-22, 2019, during PPA’s annual Imaging USA convention and expo event. I can’t wait to be there!
Thank you to my newborn clients
I’m so thrilled to have my four images merited and accepted into the General Collection that I want to do something special for my adorable clients who made this possible. If your baby is in one of the photos, make sure to contact me, since I have a little something for you! =)
Interested in booking a session with Lemonshoots? Get in touch to start planning your fine art newborn session!
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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!
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
You have several photographers in mind. You've compared their styles and their pricing. You've asked them about what products they offer and checked their availability. But have you asked them how do they make sure your baby is safe at all times? This is your little angel you're handing to them, so you want to make sure you're choosing a safe newborn photographer. What should you ask them?
I've always said that, for me, safety is paramount while working with your little newborn baby. But unless you've been my client and seen me work, it is hard for you to know that I do what I preach. In this blogpost I'll share with you some of the measures I take to guarantee your baby's safety, along with what questions you should ask your newborn photographer.
APNPI Safety Course
Being part of APNPI is a commitment to safety. Recently, they released their Safety Course and I'm proud to say that I completed it successfully. This course trains the photographer in topics like the newborn's physiology, important environmental considerations, how to communicate with parents and some other general safety information. Babies are not only tiny humans. Their body works different from ours and we have to know and understand those differences in order to handle them in a way that won't harm them or put them at risk.
- What to ask your photographer: Ask about their training and if they're members of any association. Their answer will allow you to identify a professional from an amateur.
Newborn babies have a very fragile immune system. A cold for us could mean serious pulmonar issues for a newborn. That's why being up to date with immunizations is very important when working with babies. I'm up to date with all recommended vaccines like HEP B, MMR and Td/Tdap and I get the flu shot every season.
- What to ask your photographer: Ask for their most current immunization records. They should share them with you gladly.
Infant CPR trained
About two years ago -right before I launched Lemonshoots- I took a CPR certification with AHA. This year, I decided that I needed to specialize in infant CPR to be ready for any emergency involving my tiniest clients. I took the class last month and although I hope to never have to use the tactics provided, I'm at ease knowing that I'm aware of how to act in case of an emergency mid-session.
- What to ask your photographer: Ask how would they address any emergency situation. Knowing Infant CPR is not essential, but you want to make sure that your photographer won't panic and will know what to do in case something happens.
Many final newborn images you see online are flawless and beautiful. You might wonder, how did the photographer achieved them? Some poses might seem like babies are defying gravity or that they are balancing by themselves, when in reality these looks are obtained thanks to post-processing and compositing. There are poses that are more challenging than others. Not knowing the limits of the newborn physiology can put your baby in a dangerous situation. A professional photographer poses with this in mind. But they also have to know their software too, in order to get stunning final results.
- What to ask your photographer: If you see any picture in their portfolio that shows the baby balancing by themselves, ask them how they achieved it.
Booking your Photographer
Finding a photographer that has a style that is appealing to you and that has fees that fit your budget are important. But now you know that considering safety when booking your newborn photographer is of supreme importance too. Ask your photographer about it. Our industry will be safer with your help, when you, the parents, start demanding safety measures. Now you're informed on what you need to know, so go ahead and start searching for the perfect photographer for you!
If you want to learn more about Lemonshoots' newborn sessions, click here.
But Who Will Publish My Newborn Baby?
If you are having your baby soon, this is your lucky day! How would you like to have your little unborn treasure be part of a beautiful keepsake? Something that will stand the test of time so you can enjoy it for years to come. Something you can share with all your family, friends and loved ones. Something that will feature your baby in a classic, timeless and unique way. I'm talking about having your baby published in a limited edition, high-end coffee table book. But who is going to publish that book? I am! So, if you want to have your newborn baby published, here are the three easy steps you have to follow in order to do so!
1. Have Your Baby this Fall
In order to have your baby in this book, you have to have a due date on, or before September 30th 2017. This will allow enough time for the book publishing company to work on the details to make it look super beautiful and have it ready on time!
2. Book a Newborn Session with Me
The book will feature the cutest babies in the Bay Area, all photographed by Lemonshoots. So the second step is to book your newborn session with me. Right now, I have a limited availability digital package at a great price, that will guarantee you a copy of this beautiful book. You're also getting a great deal in your digital files, since I haven't had a digital package at this price! Ever!
3. Wait for the Best Holiday Present
After your session, sit back and relax while we do our magic. The coffee table book will hopefully be ready by the Holidays. Could there be a better gift than your sweet bundle of joy looking so adorable and elegant in this beautiful artwork? I know you will love it!
Only a Few Spots Left
There are only a few spots left in my August and September calendars. If you would like to have your baby published, contact me today to have you scheduled! Also, the special Book Package will be up not for long, so call me today!
Buy the Book during Pre-Sale (and get a $40 Gift Certificate)
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Your bundle of joy is coming soon and you’ve booked a professional newborn photo session. Congratulations! You won’t regret investing in your memories. But now what? It is normal to have questions and to be unsure of what to expect. All babies are different, but being prepared can be the difference between a frustrating session and a perfect one. Here are five ways to prepare for your newborn session that will help you and your photographer get the most out of it.
Communicate with Your Photographer
I like to talk with my clients before the session to answer any questions and to hear expectations. Some parents want to be in the photos, while others do not. Perhaps they want a photobook, perhaps they have an empty wall they want to fill with beautiful imagery. All this makes a difference when planning for a session. Many details are chosen depending on what you would like. Talk to your photographer about what you expect.
If your baby was born with some complication, don’t be afraid to tell your photographer. You have to tell her. Photos can still be taken, but she needs to know so she can plan for poses that will not compromise your baby’s safety.
Watch What You Eat
If you are breastfeeding, everything you eat goes to your milk, thus to your baby. Babies’ stomachs get upset really easily, so watching your diet for a few days before your session is important. Avoid eating spicy food, along with these others:
– Vegetables and Legumes: Broccoli, garlic, tomato, artichoke, cabbage, beans.
– Dairy: Milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, any product containing casein.
– Allergens: Fish, eggs, corn, wheat, peanuts and soy.
Avoid Doctors Appointments
Try not to book a doctor’s appointment the same day as your session. It can be too much for baby and for you. It is best to have that day clear so you can relax and focus only on your session. Although it is a beautiful and fun experience, it can be tiring too for both you and your baby.
If you have a boy and plan on circumcising him, wait after the session to do so, or have the surgery planned for at least five days before the photos. Your baby will be very sensitive and the outfits and wraps can hurt him. Otherwise, talk to your photographer so she can plan for a session with diaper on the whole time.
Keep Baby Items Handy
Pacifier. If you are comfortable using a pacifier, they can help sooth a baby once they are posed. Sucking calms them. Having a pacifier handy can help your photographer put baby to sleep without moving him, thus allowing time for more pictures.
Feeding Bottle. If you are bottle-feeding with formula or breast milk, keep one handy. They are great to top off baby if he starts to wake up in the middle of a pose or set.
Burp Cloths. Spits happen, and having burp clothes nearby can be the difference between quickly cleaning and continue shooting, and having to skip the set altogether.
Relax, Be Flexible and Enjoy the Session
A photography session can be stressful. If baby is your firstborn, everything is new for you. If you have toddlers running around, you’ll be worried about them not behaving for the photos. We are newborn photographers. We know how it is. We love what we do and we deal with it all the time. Pee and poop will happen. Crying siblings and fussy babies will happen. We are prepared for that. So don’t stress over it. We have our dose of patience and some tricks under our sleeve to make everything run smoothly.
Try to be a little flexible with feeding breaks. Just as when we need more water when we exercise, baby will need more milk this particular day. Allow this day to be a little different from your regular routine.
And the most important advice of all: Enjoy the session. Your newborn images will be beautiful. They will be happy memories of this very special moment in your life. You chose your photographer for a reason, so sit back, relax, and enjoy watching her work her magic and create art for you. Art you’ll cherish for generations.
This blogpost has been featured in APNPI's website (Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International). This site is a great resource for parents looking to hire a newborn photographer.