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Kimla Designs… Celebrity Vendor you WANT TO KNOW! Giveaway & Discount!

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 KIMLA DESIGNS

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Looking for whimsy…
flair…
fun & magic?

We found it… in  KIMLA DESIGNS overlays & textures!

Honestly… I was looking for a little extra fall magic for my recent sessions, and in my search, I found a fabulous and whimsical little shop.

 KIMLA DESIGNS

Overlays for leaves, petals, butterflies…
Textures with color, contrast and pop!

 KIMLA DESIGNS has me head over heals… and I couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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Super easy to use, just with a few drags & clicks in photoshop, and you are DONE!
So easy… even dorky me can use them!

Check it…

 

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More samples?
Here ya go… straight from  KIMLA DESIGNS
See the magic unveil… and get your own creative “wheels” turning!

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DISCOUNT ALERT!!!! 

DISCOUNT-ALERT

***20% off Discount to KIMLA DESIGNS shop
valid till 31/10
Just  use code:  PropInsanity on check out!

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WHO WANTS TO WIN?!
One lucky reader… gets the goods of a lifetime!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway a huge Bundle of KIMLA DESIGNS Textures & Overlays for 1 of Prop Insanity’s fan!

Worth over $100 and contains all KIMLA DESIGNS fall/winter overlays, new digital backdrops and Golden Hour texture collection.

Find MORE of this amazing shop in these great places:

Kimla Designs FB: https://www.facebook.com/kimladesigns
Instagram: @kimladesigns
Shop: http://kimladesigns.com/
Annabella Photography : http://www.annabella-photography.co.uk/

Being a Professional Newborn Photographer is Easy…

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… said No Newborn Photographer EVER!

That title peeked your interest?  You see the beautiful images of newborn babies, snuggled up and sleeping soundly.  Laying naked, tucked up in the womb-like pose, with tiny hands placed perfectly.  Yes, those are the images that make our hearts melt.  Babies, no more than just a couple weeks after birth… laying peacefully, while the photographer snaps away their tiny precious first pictures.  Looks simple, sweet & enticing…

THIS IS HARD WORK my friends. What looks like a simple job, most definitely is not…. babies are crazy! In a good way, of course.  Silly faces, tongues sticking out, arms flailing, coming unwrapped, screaming, and of course… potty accidents.  And that is just the tip of the “newborn photography iceberg”.

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If you are starting out, looking into being a newborn photographer, let me give you a few tidbits from the inside. As a professional newborn photographer myself, going on 7 years, I have seen most everything under the sun.   Before you leap in and buy the props, the gear & equipment, and test out your skills in the professional newborn photographer world… let’s chat.

Most important… YES, any newborn photographer should be PROFESSIONAL… meaning, you should have the skills & education required to not only use the fancy dslr camera, but also the knowledge on how to handle & pose a newborn baby safely & properly.  It’s not always a natural thing, and newborn posing requires the utmost skill & patience.

Many of us believe the #1 requirement is being good with children.  This is furthest from the truth. Yes, being patient and loving children is a MUST, however handling a newborn baby does not necessarily come with being a mother yourself… or a nurse, or any other profession that deals with babies.   Newborn posing for photography is a trade in itself.  IT IS NOT AN EASY TASK, nor one to take lightly.

THIS JOB IS HARD.. rewarding beyond wildest dreams… but a tough one indeed.

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My TOP 5 NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY MISCONCEPTIONS:

  1. ALL NEWBORNS ARE SLEEPY. Babies do not just “sleep”… when you undress a baby, naked on a blanket.. they wake up. They squirm, flinch, roll, flail, you name it. Newborns do not pose themselves.
  2.  You are a good mom = all babies love you.  There is so much more besides being nurturing & loving.  Newborn posing & photography is much more.
  3. Props are all you need for newborn photos. Props do not count for posing.  A cute wrap, headband or basket will not cover up a bad pose or uncomfortable baby.  In fact, it will only help showcase the awkward shot.
  4. Newborn sessions are quick & easy.  Furthest from the truth. In fact, many professionals will take upwards of 30-45 minutes to perfect one single pose… for one single shot. A typical newborn session can be upwards of 3+ hours… and that is by an industry professional.
  5. Having a DSLR means you will get a great shot.  Not by any means!  It just means you have the capability to, not the guarantee. Newborns can have blotchy skin, jaundice color, and awkward poses.  DSLR is just a small part of the full equation… you need to learn to use that pretty piece of equipment to it’s fullest.

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No matter the equipment, its the education that matters in newborn photography. Just because that baby is snuggled up in your arms, does NOT mean s/he will stay in that pose once place on a bean bag. Nope, nada, not what-so-ever.

It requires patience, education, and posing knowledge.  They do not pose themselves… none the less stay in the pose you want. And even if you are a professional photographer… newborns will give you a run for your money.  Babies lay awkward, crossed eyes… hands on their face (in their mouthes), and privy parts exposed. They are squirmy little nuggets.

Of course this is my opinion, but I believe many professionals would agree… this is a tough job.

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DON’T FORGET THE EDITING!  Newborn images, many times, require the most editing. Red blotchy skin. Baby acne. Diaper marks… you name it.

NOT TO MENTION… the accidents! Plan on getting pooped on… pee’d on… and mostly liked projectile vomited on.  Babies are tiny lil creatures, but their “movements” are not, lol.

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SO GET EDUCATED if you want to be a professional newborn photographer.

You can start here, at Prop Insanity.
Visit WORKSHOPS that we have featured… {click HERE}

And visit our WORKSHOPS Listing & Guide… {click HERE}

Ps, thanks to the amazing photographers who shared their out-takes and silly newborn images… this job isn’t an easy one, but it surely is most rewarding.

Magical Portraiture – Featured Celebrity Photographer

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Website http://www.magicalportraiture.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/magicalportraiture

1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

Website: www.magicalportraiture.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/magicalportraiture
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MagicalPort
500PX: www.500px.com/MagicalPortraiturebyOlesyaGold
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/magicalport
Instagram: www.instagram.com/magicalportraiture

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located?

My children were the first to ignite my passion for photography. I didn’t want to miss one moment, one smile. I wanted to capture it all!
I have been photographing children for as long as I remember since my oldest was born five years ago and on a more professional level for about two years.

Located in Central New Jersey.

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?

I shoot with Canon 5D Mark III and my favorite lenses are 70-200 2.8L II and 24-70 2.8L II

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)

I am not sure if this is considered an extraordinary talent but I am like a little kid with a huge imagination! Drawing and crafty activities have always been both, my passion and obsession :) I enjoy learning new techniques both on paper and digitally that feed my creative mind.

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5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share … in no order:

There are so many talented vendors out there that I appreciate a lot so this one will be hard. If I absolutely must narrow it down to a select few, here are some of my favorites:

Yarn Genie www.etsy.com/shop/yarngenie
Peek-A-Bootique www.thepeekabootique.com
Custom Photo Props www.customphotoprops.com
Mr. & Mrs. And Co. www.mrandmrsandco.com
JD Vintage Props www.jdvintageprops.com

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?

For client work, I shoot mostly in my studio where I have everything set up and ready. It has all I need to create the scenes that feed my imagination! That said, I photograph everything I come across ( outdoors and indoors). That helps me grow my library of images that I use for photo manipulations later. Sometimes it is the random image I take that inspires me to create something more vivid with it.

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.

The images I create are very intricate and require the outmost attention. Therefore, I hand edit all my work without the use of actions as I like to have control over every aspect of each image.

I am a fan of pop of color and contrast. Every image of mine involves a levels adjustment and dodging/burning.

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8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?

My favorite image is “Dress Up” where a girl is playing dress up with the bear. What child doesn’t love teddy bears? It’s a vintage idea brought to life in my own whimsy way! I also photographed that bear myself which makes the image that much more special to me.
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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!

Absolutely! I have a few personal projects lined up and I cannot wait to share them with the world! Hint: You will see more animals ;)

Also, I have been asked numerous times to create tutorials for my fine art pieces so that is something that I am considering for the future.

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !

Dear photographers, please master your gear and processing techniques before you charge! I cannot stress this enough! These moments cannot be recreated so please provide your clients with the images they’ll treasure for years to come.

I see so many images that are so similar that you cannot tell who the photographer is unless you read the signature on the image. Don’t be afraid to be different! Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself! Find YOUR unique style (and yes everyone has it).

Want more? 
Find MAGICAL PORTRAITURE on these sites:
Website http://www.magicalportraiture.com
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/magicalportraiture