Photo Baby Announcements

When you have a baby, your whole world changes and you may wonder how you ever survived without this precious, new little person in your life. You naturally want to show off your baby and let everyone know about that the baby has arrived. You can call everyone, or you can post on Facebook if you like, but one traditional and still popular way to let everyone know is to mail out photo baby announcements. You can do this after baby is born and when you can actually find some time when you are not exhausted. That is why it often takes a while for people to get them out in the mail.

You can make your own photo baby announcements or you can buy them through a company. What you want to do is up to you, though if you are not good with using photo editing software and if you do not want to go through buying photo paper and printing them out on your own, ordering them from a company may be faster and a lot cheaper. If you are feeling creative, go for it – otherwise, don’t worry. There are great companies that can do almost anything with your newborn photos to make a most impressive announcement that you can send out.

One thing that you must have before you can have anyone do up photo baby announcements is the pictures of your new baby. There are a few ways that you can go about getting the cool pictures that you want to share of your baby. Some use just one and some use three or four photos. You can take them on your own if you have a good camera and you can get the shots you want, or you can have a friend that has a good eye take them for you. You can also take your newborn to a photo studio to have them done by a professional. You may have to order your announcements through them if you do that, however, but they should have great options for you.

You can go with the traditional shots of the baby if you wish, or you can use whatever you want. You can use things like closeup shots of the baby’s tiny hands and/or feet on your photo baby announcements. You can use pictures of them sleeping, and many do because babies that have just been born tend to sleep more than they are awake. You can even do naked shots as long as you have them done tastefully. Remember to wait a week or two so baby has a clear face, as newborns often have some mild and harmless facial or head imperfections from birth.

Don’t stress about your photo baby announcements too much. You will get them done when you have time, even if they do not get to your friends and family until your baby is three or even six months old. Most understand how it is, and they will just be glad that you remembered to include them when sending out your most precious and exciting announcements about your new family addition.

Under the Bright Lights – Setting Up Your Own Photo Studio

The biggest problem with being a photographer is sometimes you just can’t control the conditions of your shot. This can be a bit of a problem for fashion photographers and glamour photographers. This is because when you need to bring out the best in a shot, you have to be a bit of a control freak. This means you have to control the lighting and the background which are the usual problems a professional photographer faces. These problems can all be solved by setting up your own professional photo studio.

It may sound outrageous but most photographers have access to a studio either on a rental or a permanent basis. However, this isn’t for everyone – you need to have skill in using professional photo studio equipment to make the shoot a success. If you don’t have the experience yet, it’s better to try to learn the ropes first before springing for a studio. Outdoor shots give you a chance to hone your skills on the requisite equipment; namely, the use of lights and backdrops to enhance your shots.

If you’re confident enough with your skill, setting up a photo studio is a piece of cake. First, choose between a ceiling-based or floor-based studio. Floor-based studios are cheaper because you just have to set up your light stands and you’re done – ceiling-based studios have overhead lights that you have to maintain. However, if you find such lights useful, it’s nothing much to add some extra money.

Next, you have to set up your lighting system. Having a good set of lights are important – your choice is between the standard hot lights – which are high-intensity bright lights that are always on, warm lights – the mid-range lights that aren’t as bright as hot lights, and cool lights – powerful flashes for your camera. Each of them has a different effect so choose carefully.

Finally, you have to choose a backdrop. Most clever photographers don’t have just one background sheet – they have several sheets or cloths they exchange to enhance the result of the picture. This strategy is probably advisable for you – just choose colors that fit with your style and you prefer to use. Including an all-white and an all-black backdrop is another thing I advise – basic black and basic white are probably the most useful colors.

There you go, a simple primer for setting up your own professional photo studio. If you find good bargains for your photo studio equipment, you’ll probably be able to create one for less than a thousand dollars. Better try it out!

Make Your Photo Studio Stand Out From the Crowd!

It seems that there is ever increasing competition these days among photographers and photo studios. To stay ahead of the game, you need to excel, to offer your clients what other studios can’t.

Let your competition pose their clients in front of dull muslin backgrounds; let them pray that it doesn’t rain as they plan a photo shoot in the park; let them buy expensive backgounds or lug heavy equipment to outdoor shoots – you, from the comfort of your own studio, can transport your clients to exotic places. You can offer them something truly different and all on a very small budget.

With only a green cloth, your computer and some inexpensive software, you can place your happy couple on a sunset beach in Hawaii, beside the pyramids in Egypt, outside the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

Using a green screen is surprisingly easy, with the software that is available now. You just shoot your subjects in front of a green screen. Then you load their photo and the photo of their chosen location onto your computer. Using the special green screen software, you replace the green background with their chosen scene. The software makes sure that your bride and groom blend naturally into the screen.

Now you have something to offer your clients that your competition hasn’t. Be sure to make the most of this advantage. Display it prominently in your advertising. Let everyone know that your studio can take them to exotic and romantic places without the expense and bother. Soon your studio will be the one to call for exciting wedding photographs, Bar Mitzvahs, graduations, family Christmas photos and many other events that can be enhanced with a little green screen magic.

With this green screen technique you are limited only by your and your client’s imagination. The world is at your fingertips. Any location on earth or even in Space can be used as a background.

Build up a portfolio of portraits in exotic locations and soon your client list will grow, and your opportunities will be endless.