n the age of social media, it seems tempting to skip out on sending out holiday cards. I hope the holiday card tradition never comes to an end. I am not saying this because I am a photographer, but because I truly love receiving holiday cards each year. To me, receiving a card from a family member or friend is a gesture of love, warmth, and thoughtfulness. A post on Facebook can never replicate the actual feeling of holding a card in your hand. Just like the Christmas tree, the holiday card is a staple of holiday decor. I love seeing the way families have grown and evolved from year to year and I display the cards right in my living room area and we all love to look at them. I know for some, sending out the holiday card can be a bothersome task, but I am here to give you some tips to perhaps alleviate some of the stress.Read More
Tips and Advice
Like most New Yorkers, I eagerly await the arrival of Summer all year long. It is my favorite time of year and because the season is so fleeting, I try my best to enjoy every second of those eight precious weeks of warm weather and care free fun. Like most of you, I am busy building memories with my little ones and as a family photographer, I try my best to document as many of these memories as possible to authentically document the story of our summer vacation together.Read More
I am so thankful for all of the families who have hired me to photograph them this holiday season. I am looking forward to meeting all of you.
I would like to take a moment to offer some tips that can help to make our mini session run smoothly.Read More
When I had my two babies, I had the traditional baby photos taken of them posed with an endless array of headbands and props. The images are beautiful, but they don't tell the story of what those first few days home with my babies were like. They don't elicit the wide array of emotions I was feeling in those first few weeks, so for me, although they are beautiful, they feel meaningless. When I started to photograph other people's families, I decided I wanted to approach newborn sessions a bit differently. Your time with your newborn goes quickly; I want to help you to remember the emotions you felt in those first few days with your baby; therefore, my goal is to focus on the love and connection that exists within the family. Ultimately, that is what you want to remember and hold on to.
To photograph your new baby, I will come to your home and stay approximately 1-2 hours. I love the natural setting of a family's home and photos showing the perspective of those first few days of REAL LIFE with your new bundle of joy.
In the weeks leading up to the session, I will try to get to know you and your family. I will ask to see photos of your home, to gauge the light in your home and determine the best place to photograph.
On the day of the session, I will take a moment to explore your house and determine which rooms will be best for shooting lifestyle images. The rooms I generally focus on for lifestyle newborn photos are the master bedroom, the nursery, and the living room/family room, but I have shot in kitchens, dining rooms, and even bathrooms! Any room with good light is a candidate, by which I mean rooms with good natural light. I will not use any artificial lighting, so there is no need to turn on any lamps or overhead lights.
Depending on the layout of your home and the location of the windows, I may need to move some furniture around to achieve appropriate lighting for your family’s images. I might also move some other things around while shooting.. For example, I might open curtains and raise blinds, move books and clocks off a nightstand, or move diapers and wipes off the top of the changing table. Don't worry about the clean up, I will put everything back as it was before I leave. Don’t feel obligated to clean your home before I come over. You might want to take a few moments to tidy up the rooms where you think we are most likely to be shooting, by putting away items that you don’t want to see in your images, but beyond that, I love to capture your home and your family just as you are! Plus, you are a new mom, you don't need to stress about cleaning.
Lifestyle images are supposed to be natural images. So, don't worry about getting glamorous for the images. You should choose outfits in which you are comfortable and that represent your style. Neutrals such as cream, taupe, gray, black, etc. generally photograph best, so I recommend simple, classic outfits for your family that complement each other. Try to avoid outfits with too many prints and bright colors. This is because bright colors can cause color casts that are sometimes difficult to remove during editing. Logos, characters, slogans, pictures, etc. on clothing should be avoided because they distract from your family’s beautiful faces. For men (and often for women too), long pants generally photograph better than shorts. Try to choose clothes that flatter your body type for the best results. Clothes should also be comfortable and easy to move around in so that your lifestyle images will look natural and reflect your true personalities.
For lifestyle newborn images, there are a couple of options that work well for a baby. A simple white or small print onesie sized for a newborn is a good choice, as is a simple well-fitting footed sleeper (solid color or small print are great choices). Just a diaper and a receiving blanket (the Aden + Anais muslin swaddling blankets are my personal favorite) is also a great way to capture newborn lifestyle shots.
Having a warm place to shoot is important to a successful session. If you could raise the thermostat a bit before I arrive (or turn off the A/C in summer), that would be great. I love to get shots of baby’s hands, feet, belly button, etc., and we don’t want her to get too cold. I suggest the temperature being around 78 to 80 degrees, I know this is difficult for a new mom, who often feels overheated, but we need to keep baby comfortable to get the best images possible.
My style is very simple and classic so I do not generally use many props. However, I love to use items that have special significance to my clients, so if you have a particular item that you’d like to use (ex. knitted hat or blanket, family quilt, stuffed toy with sentimental value), please feel free to bring it out so we can incorporate it during the shoot.
I will do some directing in order to ensure that the light is flattering to you and baby, but I also like to capture some unscripted moments, so don’t be surprised when I am clicking away during a feeding or diaper change or while you are comforting a fussy baby. Those images are often my favorites!
Lastly, please don't stress out about anything. If the baby cries and is fussy, don't worry. We can stop for a feeding whenever necessary. As a mom of two, I’m very familiar with babies and how they operate. Crying is totally normal and temporary. I am not bothered in the least by a fussy newborn, so don’t feel like it is an imposition on me.
My turnaround time is about two weeks. I carefully select and hand edit each image in your gallery so that they look their best. When editing is completed, I will send you a link to an online gallery where you can choose your images and download the high resolution files. You will be able to share them with family and friends and on social media if you choose. I will also blog your session on my photography blog website and share a few of my favorites from our session on my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/teresagerghtyphotography). If we are FB friends I will tag you, if not please feel free to tag yourself. I also really appreciate it when clients share my posts on their Facebook pages.
If you are interested in a lifestyle newborn session, contact me.
What should I wear to the photo session? This is the most common question I hear from clients and the one that causes the most anxiety for some. Here are some helpful tips to help you to plan your wardrobe.
1. Just be yourself. Your wardrobe should be reflective of who you are as a family. You want to wear something in which you are comfortable and confident. You will see a lot of trends on Pinterest, but don't feel pressured to dress towards the trend, unless that is who you are.
2. Don't match , but coordinate. Try your best to avoid matching everyone's outfits. Instead, coordinate outfits by choosing a color palette. You can choose one person in the family and use them as your anchor. You can use that person to wear a bright color from your palette and then coordinate the rest of the wardrobe based on that particular outfit.
3. Add Texture. I love layers and texture in a photo, especially for Fall photos. Vests, denim jackets, and scarves all add great flair to your wardrobe and they can be removed to give your gallery more variety. Another way to add texture is to choose wardrobe pieces that already has texture. For example, a dress with lots of layered ruffles, a sweater wth an interesting texture, lace tops, etc.
4. Classic Never Goes out of Style. A classic wardrobe and palette will be timeless and the photos will look great on your walls forever. A classic color palette is one that is muted and soft.
5. Where Will you Display your Photos? When choosing your wardrobe, you want to choose a palette and style that matches the decor of the room in which the photos will be displayed. My home is filled with lots of pops of color, so when we take family photos, I tend to dress my girls in brighter colors to match the decor of my home. If your home has a traditional or classic look, choose a palette that works with that decor.
6. Clothing Can Sometimes Influence a Child's Mood. When choosing outfits for your children, choose materials and styles in which they will be comfortable. For little girls, I love free flowing dresses. Matilda Jane is my favorite brand for girls clothing. The fabric is soft and comfortable and the patterns and colors photograph beautifully. I also love Zulily for beautiful vintage style lace and crochet dresses for little girls. Boys can be bit more difficult, choose something that makes them comfortable and playful. Shorts and a dress top...bring along a favorite superhero accessory. I really love Old Navy and Gap for boys clothing. Hanna Andersson has great outfits for both boys and girls.
7. Mixing Patterns. I love patterns and they can look great in photos, when used properly. Try to use patterns on only one to two people in the photo. If you do use patterns on more than one person, make sure that patterns are complimentary to one another. Dressing one person in a pattern is a great way to pull the color palette together.
Photo from the Matilda Jane website
8. Keep the Location of the Photo Shoot and Season in Mind. Try to choose outfits that coordinate with the location of the shoot. Is it a rustic location, a field, the ocean, or urban? Choose outfits that are complimentary to those locations. Also, dress according to season. Layers are a great way to cover all of your bases and they can easily be removed if the weather warms up.
9. Avoid Casual Attire. You want to be comfortable, but not too casual. Clothing with logos, pictures, labels, and words on it are too casual and can be distracting to the image. Similarly, avoid wearing sneakers to a session, unless, they are cute converse or something that matches the overall look of your wardrobe.
10. Don't stress, ask for help. I will happily help you to plan, coordinate, and choose your outfits. You are able to contact me with questions or for ideas, so don't be shy and if you are struggling, ask for help.
If you are interested in booking a session, contact me.