Baby Elliott – Newborn Photography, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

I haven’t blogged for ages so decided to try and get back on top, and who better to kick back off with than the gorgeous Elliott,

Who came to me for his session in July and did a great job.

He travelled quite a way to come to me so when he arrived he was very awake but soon decided to

go to sleep and was a total superstar during his session!!

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Newborn Mentoring – 1-1 Training, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

So after lots of requests for me to do newborn posing training I am glad to say I now offer this service!

I have done 3 training days so far, and have more booked in and I absolutely love passing on my knowledge to other great photographers!!

My newborn training is done 1-1 giving us more time for questions,  more time for practice and more value for money!

My days are focused on:

  • How I prepare my clients and how to manage client expectations
  • How I set up the studio for a newborn session and the use of natural light
  • How I style my sessions and use of props
  • How to settle and calm newborn babies and how to keep them happy and sleepy!
  • How to master the different poses including the Taco Pose, Tushie Up, Head on Hands etc
  • Workflow and transitioning through poses
  • Newborn safety and how to make sure all sessions are safe
  • Basic camera settings
  • Lunch
  • A list of resources for props
  • My pdf samples which I send to clients upon enquiring

 

Here are a few words from recent 1-1 training sessions:

“I was nervous about the session but was easily put at ease by Jodie and her friendly nature. Jodie didn’t mind how many questions I asked and was good at explaining how to set up each pose and helped when it came to reviewing the shots in camera to ensure exposure etc. Post mentoring session Jodie has continued to be supportive and encouraging which has been worth it’s weight in gold. Many thanks Jodie”
 
“My mentoring day with Jodie was fab from start to finish! I saw and learnt so much. Jodie didn’t mind me asking questions all the time and always had an answer for me. I feel much more confident in photographing newborns now and her ongoing support is invaluable, thanks so much Jodie!”
 
 

For more information or to book in for a 1-1 Newborn Training Session with me, Just drop me an email – training@jodieleighphotography.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why is Professional Custom Newborn Photography so expensive?

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

I often get asked why professional custom photography can be seen as expensive, especially as we are seeing more photographers appearing who aren’t charging the right prices and so I wanted to share with you something I read and thought it may help people understand.

This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is published Professional Photographer Magazine.

In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time: How do professional photographers charge £20 for an 8×10 when they cost just much less online? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for time, expertise and investment that photographer has put into their business to create a successful business.

The average newborn session. First, let’s look at the actual work involved:

– Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
– 2 – 4 hours shooting the photos
– Clear up, and wash all blankets
– Load images onto a computer
– Back up the files on an external drive
– 2 – 4 hours of Adobe® Photoshop® time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs.
– 2 – 3 hours to talk to the client to create session plans, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule deliveries, and post.

You can see how a newborn session easily turns into an eleven-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a newborn photographer charging a £80 session fee for a newborn photo shoot, the client is not paying them £80 for just the 2-4 hour session.

Offering a professional photography service is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under £500, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

Most professional newborn photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, training / personal development, rent, utilities, insurance, etc.

In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed photo cannot.

Chain stores do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.

Consider the time and effort that a professional newborn photographer puts into photographs, compared to a chain store. Store sessions last just a few minutes. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.

Professional Photographers are just that— professional. A personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.

Maybe we need to help clients look at it this way: A pair of scissors costs £1.50 at the supermarket. Still, most people will gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional hair dresser to cut their hair. The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.

The added attention and quality that a personal professional photographer gives is worth every penny.

 

Hopefully this will help you understand why Professional Custom Photography is more expensive, In the long run you get what you pay for in this life. All photographer’s have different styles of photography, so not everyone will choose the same photographer, but just make sure you choose your photographer because you love their work, and not because they may be cheaper, Remember they are creating your memories which you will have forever, We want you to love your images as much as we love them.

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IPPN Bronze Award – Newborn Photographer, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire

While I have been catching up on my blogging I realised I totally forgot to blog my very first award from the IPPN,

I was totally chuffed to receive a Bronze award for the image below of the very beautiful Maisie-Lou!!

As always thank you to Maisie-Lou’s parents for bringing Maisie to meet me and allowing me to showcase her images.

If you’d like to read more about the IPPN, or if you’d like to see the other fantastic images that received awards please visit www.ippn.co.uk

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June 5, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Jolene Miller - How lovely well done to you! And this is my fave,absolutely love it just beautiful thank u so much xx