Rhode Island Lifestyle Newborn Photography

rinewbornphotographer_096This beautiful newborn just had her first birthday! Happy Birthday, Ella!  Unfortunately, I won’t get to photograph her one year photos, because her family has moved to Australia (!!!). So jealous as I follow their beautiful beach photos Down Under while we suffer through the winter of all winters.

The first picture is one of my all time favorites…I just love how her mom is kissing her little fingers. These are the natural moments that I love to capture….and one of the reasons my newborn and baby business has been completely reconstructed. Last year, I sold ALL of my newborn props, and took a hiatus from photographing newborns. I wasn’t comfortable putting babies in baskets, sessions were stressful trying to get that beautiful sleeping baby pose, and I have to admit, I just felt mean.  Let’s face it, a baby has just endured birth, and now a few days later, here I am cramming them into a bowl naked! I just wanted to whisper, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” over and over again to these sweet newborns.  That’s when I knew that the ever so popular baby in a prop just wasn’t going to work for me and my studio. So, I took a break to figure things out.  I realized I was just really drawn to natural moments, and really drawn to timeless black and white imagery.  That’s not to say that I don’t think it’s cute when babies are posed so beautifully and it’s not to say that I don’t like the photos…I just know what it takes to get that shot, and I can’t bring myself to do it any longer.

So, what does this mean for newborn and baby portraiture at Caitlin Maloney Photography?  Well, everything will be natural. This means newborns will be photographed in their own homes, wearing clothes for the majority of the session, and safely cradled in their parents’ arms or on their beds.  Photo sessions will not be stressful.  Babies that aren’t sitting up will also be photographed in their homes, and babies that can sit up and walk will be photographed outside, weather permitting. I understand that many (dare I say most?) families want the “cute baby in the prop” photos, and that’s fine! There are some amazing photographers who do those photos, and do them well. They probably don’t find them stressful, and enjoy them….I am not one of them. So, if you are interested in natural newborn and baby portraiture, I am here….and if you prefer the baby in the prop style, that’s perfectly okay, I’m just not the best choice for a photographer for you and your family :) .

To view an in-home lifestyle session, take a look at little newborn Ella’s photos below:

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Folios

I am so excited to share this new product offering at the studio! As I move my business away from just handing over the digital files to a full service studio that prints your images in keepsake, heirloom product offerings, these folios seem like a perfect fit to display fine art portraits. Yesterday, I read a quote by a photographer, and it basically said, “I am not going to pass down a Facebook profile image to my children and grandchildren.”  Everyone wants digital images to share on social media, and even though everyone pledges to print their photos and make their own albums, many of my clients have confessed to me that it just never happens. Life is too busy, and things get in the way. Printing and hanging photos is put on the back burner.  There are some big changes coming to Caitlin Maloney Photography, because my job is to capture moments, and provide a service that helps you to get those moments on to your walls or into an album that can be cherished for lifetimes.  Because it does nobody any good when I hand over files to just sit on your hard drive and to never see the light of day. So, here is a peek at some new, beautiful products that will do just that…

 

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These folios come with your choice of 20 different fabrics and Japanese silks for the cover. You can order double folios, triple folios, and even quad folios! The image above is a triple folio with three images. These come in 5×5, 4×6, 5×7, 6×6, 8×8, and 8×10.  You can display them open on a shelf, on your desk at work, or fold it up and put it away in a drawer or on a coffee table.

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The image below is of a double folio in square format. I think these folios make fantastic gifts for grandparents, and perfect gifts for fiances/husbands/partners for boudoir!

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The next product is a presentation box.  It’s a bit of a large folio, and holds 10 images sized 5×5 in natural or black mats. The box fabric can be chosen from four different Japanese silks: green, gray, ivory, or black. These are also great gifts. I especially like the idea of these as a gift for boudoir, because you can either display the images on an easel, or put them away in the box.

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A Small, Intimate Wedding in Wrentham, MA

I LOVE small, intimate weddings! They are casual, usually low stress, and I have lots of freedom to move around to shoot since there are so few people in attendance.  This blog post is a good reminder that I photograph ALL kinds of weddings: big, small, first marriages, second marriages, all religions and cultures, gay and straight…love is love in my mind. This wedding took place at the beautiful Proctor Mansion last October. Just to get an idea, coverage for this small wedding was 2-3 hours, and included getting ready photos, ceremony photos, family portraits, a champagne toast, and cake cutting. These photos are also a good reminder of green grass and warmer temperatures…can’t wait for spring!

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Rhode Island Head Shots

 

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Everyone needs a good head shot! Head shots are good for:

Linked In profile pics

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus profile pics

Match.com or other dating websites

Actor/Dancer auditions

Overseas job applications

Business Websites

Personal or Professional Blogs

Bio pages for authors, artists, and other professionals

And more!

 

Wedding Album Design- RI Wedding Photographer

 

 

 

 

 

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This winter has been great for my business. Not because I’m shooting a lot of weddings, but because I have been spending nearly all of my time creating materials for my clients.  One of my goals for 2014 is to do a better job educating my clients, assisting them, and overall improve my customer service.  For so long I have been so busy, and have really just maintained things so that my business ran smoothly and my clients were satisfied.  But just being satisfied isn’t enough any longer.  I want my clients to be thrilled with their experiences.  Some of the ways that I can better the client experience is to help educate all of my clients, so that they are prepared for their session/wedding as well as afterwards when ordering products and albums.

This post is dedicated to album design.  Many of my wedding clients are from out of state, and aren’t able to visit the studio to view sample albums.  Therefore, I am posting an album entirely online!  So, how does one go about ordering their wedding album?

1). The first step would be to choose the style of album you’d like. There are many different kinds. This album is a flush mount album. In a flush mount album, the images are adhered to card stock. They are thick, but page thickness does vary from company to company. The album also lays flat when open, unlike a photo book. It is more durable and less fragile.

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You’ll also want to decide on the number of pages and cover material. Most album companies have swatches so that you can see the different cover materials. This album is from Red Tree Albums. They have a variety of leathers, silks, and fabrics. You can either have your names debossed on the cover, or have a cameo (small image).

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2). Next, you’ll want to decide who chooses the photos. Many of my couples choose the photos on their own, but I recommend letting your photographer choose them, and then doing an image swap during the revision if one of your favorites is missing.  Designing an album is an art, and while you may not think to choose photos such as reception table details, they really enhance the album, and are needed to help tell the story of your wedding day. Not to mention, it’s really, really hard to choose the photos for the album! It’s much easier for a photographer to choose them, since they design albums often, and know what will look great.  Keep in mind, the more pages an album has, the more you can include. This album has 20 pages, and I included getting ready photos, the ceremony, bridal party portraits, bride/groom portraits, and the reception.  If the album were 30 pages, I would have also included all of the family formal pictures.  If the album had 40 pictures, much more of the reception would be included. See the design below:

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Getting ready photos are the perfect way to open the album. It starts the album off with excitement and anticipation.  It also provides close up details shots of everything the bride is wearing, from her jewelry, to the shoes, to the dress and veil.

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Depending on how long the ceremony lasts (some ceremonies are 10 minutes, and some are one hour), the ceremony pages can vary, from two pages for a short ceremony to approximately 6-8 pages for a long ceremony. Ceremony and church details are also included here for both the story and for important details to remember.  The iconic shot of the bride walking down the aisle, as well as the first kiss and grand exit are included in my albums as well.

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Bride and groom and wedding party photos are must haves in the album. I also like including details of the bouquets, and details of attire. They are items that can be forgotten, so it’s important to include them….not to mention they look beautiful!

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These are the kind of shots a couple might forget to choose if they were picking their own photos. The shots of the venue and reception details are the little things that you forget, especially because the day goes by so quickly. But they are oh so important-  just think how much time you spent planning them (and how much money you spent on them!). Not to mention, they are part of the story of the day.

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I love this series! This is the part of the album where I include the guests. Photos of the guests dancing and enjoying themselves at the reception are always the perfect ending to the story of the wedding day.

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I often like to finish the album with either a night shot, or one of my favorite portraits of the bride/groom.

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3). After the images have been chosen, and the album has been designed, the couple is allowed to make one revision to swap out any photos that they’ve missed. After the last proof, the album is sent to print! Album production can take quite a bit of time, since your album is hand made to order just for you. It’s also another reason why albums are so expensive. Bookbinding in itself is an art, and these artists are making a specialty product just for you.  It’s also a beautiful, archival product that can be passed down to your children and grandchildren.  For this reason, I recommend every couple have a high quality wedding album.