Baby Holly visited the studio-pod today for the second stage o her ‘Baby’s First year’ photoshoot. I offer these fantastic short sessions at 4 months, eight months and twelve months. Session one sees baby lifting their head and taking an interest, session two and he or she is sitting up, and session three is usually a cake-smash with our big figure one in the background!
Frequently I shoot the second session on Greenscreen (Chromakey), as with this session. I used the Fujifilm X-T3, F=47mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125th sec on ISO400. Two Elinchrom studio lights (flash).
Baby Molly visited the new ‘Studio-Pod’ at Ballygowan (aka ‘Man-Cave for retired photographers! LOL) for the first visit of her ‘Baby’s First Year’ photoshoots. What a lovely subject she was. To maintaining social distancing and good practice, her mummy had to do all the hard work, moving props, and posing her – but it was fine, and we got the studio visit over in around 20 minutes.
In the studio I used the Fujifilm X-T3 camera, fitted with a Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R, LM, Wrlens. Before the visit the fabrics and floor were washed and sterilised, hand sanitiser, masks and gloves were made available, and afterwards all fabrics went straight into the washing machine. As we all say – “When you pod – Pod safely!‘
Some exciting news for the Lockdown Log today! My new Studio-Pod is finally finished! The pod had been ordered back in January when I was first considering the long-term future of the studio at Dundonald and before we even had heard the word ‘Lockdown’ mentioned! My original plan was to close the studio around the end of July, when all the outstanding vouchers were finally redeemed. That would give me time to formulate a plan and get organised. So work was to begin on the Pod around March, with installation before the end of that month.
Then came the virus and the Lockdown and everything changed.
But this week some of the construction industry went bak to work, and among them the firm who had already pre-fabricated the Studio-Pod, and it was erected on site in two long days… Here it is!
First images of my newly built Studio Pod at Ballygowan!Just wait until the restrictions are lifted, and I’ll welcome pets, babies, passport photos etc etc.It’s not a full sized studio by any means, not even big enough for a decent family group, but it will serve its purposes very well. It’s all fully insulated, with heating and air-conditioning built in, double glazed and wired.
It’s wood lined and comfortable, and waiting for the lights and chairs etc.
So – some really good news in the midst of the gloom.
Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS!! You have entered a new and wonderful phase of your life. You have this wonderful, precious addition to your family. Life with your baby will have it’s ups and downs – but mostly they will be a delight and wonder.
Studio photography is great fun! And one of the best sources of enjoyment is when parents bring their baby into the studio for a ‘Watch-Me-Grow’ Baby’s First year Package. Its great to see them develop their own little personalities, and to help their families remember those exciting early days. Weston has just finished his ‘Baby’s First Year’ and he s=ceebrated with a fantastic Batman themed photoshoot, complete with a batman cake!
Here’s James, who has just began his Baby’s First Year photo-package at our Dundonald Studio. He’ll get a studio visit at 4 months, 8 months and 12 months, and a beautiful frwmed piece of wall art, a photo from each of his visits framed in a triplicate frame. What a great deal, and great fun as well.
What a delight it is to welcome little babies (and their parents of course) to our Dundonald Studio to make memories that will endure. Especially when they are there for a ‘Baby’s First Year’ photo-package. It’s wonderful to see the babies throughout their first year of life, and watch them growing.
Today Baby Alice came with mummy for her 4 month + session, and what a lovely girl she was…
At our professional studio at Dundonald, we have a variety of posing aids and props to suit all ages, including Sydney – the Studio Snake. Snakes are well known for mesmerising their victims, until they are under their influence. So when baby George came in for his second ‘Baby’s First Year’ portrait appontment, he fell under Sydney’s charm and soon was totally spellbound! Here they are together…