Thursday, February 19, 2009

Newborn Session - Massachusetts Newborn Portrait Photography

Yesterday was the Newborn Session for the adorable Sawyer Lashua. With my daughter growing bigger every day (as they all do), there was something magical about holding a tiny, curling, sleepy newborn again. Sawyer was a big boy, born over nine pounds, but still seemed so tiny at only 7 days old. I couldn't believe how well mom, dad, and big brother were all doing. You will see in the sneak preview below how happy everyone in the family is to welcome little Sawyer into their world. I had a great time during this shoot, and as usual, I couldn't get out of Steph's house without being fed. Steph and Sam have been taking care of my tummy since the day we met five years ago!

Check out the cute props. My mom, the very talented knitter, has been working hard on some adorable newborn cocoons and hats for me. Luckily I have lots of newborn sessions coming up so you will be able to see all of her handy work soon!

Being the bad decision maker I am, the cute factor of this baby boy didn't make my job of selecting a sneak preview any easier... so enjoy an extra large one today :0)

Friday, February 13, 2009

What am I carrying these days? Massachusetts Portrait Photographer Heidi Hope Photography

Good Morning! First I'd like to share some very happy news. My good friend Steph had a healthy baby boy on Wednesday, February 11th. Congratulations! If you check back next week you will see a sneak preview of her newborn session.

I have had quite a few people this week ask me about my equipment, so for inquiring minds...

As many of you know, I have fallen in love with a new camera. After driving my older brother crazy for months with endless camera comparisons, he finally convinced me to make the controversial crossover from Canon to Nikon. I was previously shooting with a Canon Digital Rebel (now for sale if you're interested), but in January 09 I settled on the nothing-short-of-fabulous Nikon D700. I have been a very happy customer!

One of the biggest differences is that the D700 is a full frame image sensor. The image sensor is the part of the camera that records the light after it enters the lens and sends that information to your memory card to be stored. A full frame sensor yields higher image quality and better results with high ISO settings (I'll do an ISO lesson another day!). Basically you can take better pictures with less light (indoors for example) with a full frame sensor. This has made me very happy during this extraordinarily cold New England winter.

Here is a great lesson about the differences between full frame and cropped image sensors: Digital Photography School

Because of my brand switchover, I'm working on my lens collection from scratch. I currently shoot with the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens and I'm lusting after the Nikkor 70-200mm. That lens is what my dreams are made of. We'll chat more about lenses another day. If you have a specific camera question, email me with it and I'll try to help you out! I guess I have to scratch the teaching itch somehow these days.

Happy Friday!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Massachusetts Maternity Portrait Photographer- Connacht and John's Maternity Session

Yesterday was the Maternity Session for Connacht and John. Let me just say that I could have torn the two straight out of a JCrew catalog. That baby is going to have the most amazing blue eyes. Connacht and John were so laid back that I didn't even feel like I was on the job. I think I laughed through the entire shoot. From trying to get the dogs to stay on the bed (I think we managed a decent shot!), to John's "manakin face," my face hurt from smiling at the end of the day. I hope they had as much fun as I did. I absolutely can't wait for the baby to arrive so I can come and visit with my camera again. Here is a sneak preview... enjoy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine's Day

Well, I wasn't planning on doing a Valentine's Day shoot... until Nana came over last night with the most adorable red outfit for Giuliana. What better way to try out some of my new backgrounds than with my favorite subject? I had to break out these angel wings and take a few shots before she grows anymore. They were purchased as a newborn prop, but I guess I'm in denial that Giuliana is too big for them. I'm just sitting down to edit and here's one of my favorite shots (although I can't decide which version I like better. Maybe you can help me decide!)
Couldn't you just eat her up???

And here is one of my favorites in the red:

The whole batch will be on flickr soon:
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