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Feature with Dakotah Hendricks

by Kala Rath

 

 

 

 

About Dakotah:
Dakotah Hendricks is a United States Sailor turned professional photographer that serves Coastal Virginia's Hampton Roads. She enjoys iced lattes in trendy coffee shops, spending too much money at TJ Maxx, and making excuses about why she can't do the dishes.  
Connect with Dakotah:
www.dakotahhendricksphoto.com

 

 

 

Do you ever get tired of doing the same newborn baby wrap at every session and want to switch things up? I am so excited to share this easy wrapping technique to add to your newborn photography sessions. This wrap works great for both awake and sleepy babies.  Plus you can change your lighting and props for variety and really maximize your session. All you need is a long stretchy fabric wrap (approximately 15”x60”).  Lay the center of the wrap across your lap and place baby on top, with feet to you.  Tip: Leave baby’s diaper on for this wrap pose and you won’t have to worry about cleaning up any messes!  Pull a bit of fabric from either side of baby’s feet and tie a square knot, making sure your knot is tight and secure. Pull one end of the fabric across from the feet and over the shoulder to the back.  Do the same for opposite side, pulling tight as you go.  Repeat, making one more pass from each side at an angle from the feet to opposite shoulder, which will create a criss-cross effect on the front of baby.  Tip: make sure you keep baby’s feet tucked up towards body and cover the knot with your wrap.  Any excess fabric can be tucked behind baby.  Now you are ready to pose baby in your set up: laying on a soft flokati or simple fabric, or in the prop of your choice.  Don’t forget to capture those cute toes for a macro shot too!

 

 

 

If you would like to see all the final images head over to my blog for the companion tutorial: 1 wrap | 3 looks | 20 images http://wp.me/p94Ek9-1yc

 

Bio:

Tami Brundage is a dreamer. She is a wife and a mother of three. She is a portrait photographer specializing in styled newborn photography, and has been a small business owner for the past 9+ years. Tami lives a lifestyle that allows her to put family first, embrace sustainable living, and let her creative heart shine. Besides photography, she enjoys finding vintage treasures, cooking real food, permaculture design, the smell of fresh cut grass, camping, road trips, the beach, salted caramel everything, and sing-a-long music.  If she had to pick a theme song for her life it would be “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty.  Tami and her husband home school and raise a small flock of backyard chickens on their urban homestead; but plans to move out to the country are on the horizon.

 

Tami Brundage

www.ButterflyKissPhotography.com

https://www.facebook.com/ButterflyKissPhotography/  

Newborn lifestyle sessions are my very favorite to capture. I love the idea of a family looking back on photos thirty years from now being able to remember what life was like the very week they brought their new baby home. They’ll be able to remember not only the sweet baby details like the new wrinkly feet or perhaps the tuft of new baby hair but they’ll also get to reminisce about the indescribable heart bursting joy they felt that day, look back fondly on what may have been their first home together or reflect upon big brother’s reaction to a new family member. There is so much emotion present when welcoming a new baby and entering a family’s home to capture it is the utmost honor for me!

 This session was so special to me as it was for dear friends welcoming her newest little one. All photos were taken utilizing natural light in their home mid-afternoon with my Nikon D750 and the Sigma ART 35 mm lens. My f/stop was always 2.0-2.5 and my ISO varied from 500-1000 depending on which room of the house we were in. I upped my shutter speed whenever big brother was in the frame as well, as there isn’t anything calm or still about a 2 1/2 year old!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a newborn and family lifestyle photographer based out of Boise, Idaho. I find joy not only in documenting the love between my clients and their families but also from chasing my rambunctious 2 1/2 year old boy around with my camera as well. He is my inspiration for all things beautiful and good. Can’t they stay tiny forever? 

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Connect with Jessica DeMers

Website: www.jessicademersphoto.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessicademersphotography/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicademersphotography

 

You’ve probably heard that you need to blog to get search engines like Google to notice your website. Now you may be wondering: what should you blog about? How often should you blog? How do you get your blog seen?


The reality is, if you blog a few times a week and no one reads your content, it is of little to no use to your website. The key to successful blogging is to have great content that people will want to want to read and share. If you can get your pageviews and social media shares up for each blog that you release, then your web traffic, domain authority, and Google ranking will all increase. The following are a 5 easy blogging tips newborn photographers can use to create great content, get more visitors to their site, and increase their search ranking on Google.


Audience

Every time you sit down to write your blog, think about your audience. The mistake many photography bloggers make is to write their blog for everyone. The more specific you make your blog post, the better it is. Think about who you want to read and share your blog. Write for the audience you want to attract.


Quality not Quantity

It may surprise you to know that you don’t need to blog 2-3 times a week. In fact, if you blog too often, your audience might not be as engaged when you do release a blog. Focus on releasing quality blogs that cover interesting newborn photography topics rather than just pumping out a high volume of underwhelming blog posts. If you only write one blog a week or one every 2 weeks, then be sure to make it content heavy, as people are more apt to read it and share it.

 

 


Photos

As a newborn photographer, I know we’re all drawn in by photos, but if you bombard your blog with a ton of photos, your audience will get bored and move on. Put yourself in your clients’ shoes. Would you want to see a handful of gorgeous, jaw-dropping images per blog or 100 mediocre photos? Having a few beautiful photos per blog will not only attract visitors, it will also decrease your site’s load time, which increases your Google ranking.


Links

Why are links so important to your website ranking? Google indexes websites by crawling through the various links that are all over the internet.They follow links from one site to the next, indexing and storing the information as they go. The more links your website has, the easier it is for Google to crawl, and the better your site will rank in their search results.


This is why it is so important to have other reputable websites linking back to you. As a newborn photographer, if you can get a website with high domain authority to link back to your website, like http://www.newbornphotography.com, Google will automatically detect that your website is important and relevant and your ranking will increase.


Keep in mind that Google isn’t the only reason to have links on your website. People follow links too, which is another reason you should always have links throughout your website and blog posts. Other good practices include: tying in your portfolio pages to your favorite blog posts, linking to your investment pages from your portfolio pages, and making sure to have “Contact Me” links at the beginning, middle, and end of your pages and blog posts. If you make it easy for your clients to find information on your website, then you’ll make it easy for Google to rank your website.

 


Blogging Ideas

The last and final thing I am going to touch on is probably the most important: what should you blog about? Yes, it is important to blog about your sessions so your clients can see your newest and best work, but you should also blog about other topics to increase website traffic and shares which are so important for site ranking.


Here are just a few ideas for newborn photography blog topics:

  • Newborn posing or editing tricks: Photographers love reading about any tips that will help them improve their craft. If you share your secrets, no matter how small, your fellow photographers will be more likely to share your blog. It can be something as simple as how to achieve the perfect froggy pose or how to change your background to match your subject’s headband. The best thing you can do is create a short editing video, upload it to your business YouTube channel, and link it to your blog. Having YouTube link to your website will increase your backlinks and when your link is shared, your domain authority will increase which will indicate to Google that your website is important and relevant. Make sure your youtube channel is associated with your Google business email account.

  • Special Sessions or Promotions: When you have a themed mini session announcement or when you’re running a special, write a blog about it. Then, direct your clients to your blog to book the session. Posting your promotions on your website will give you additional web traffic, increase your return traffic, and give the clients who read your blog a special discount so they’ll continue to read and follow your blog.

  • Newborn FAQs: Create an FAQ post specifically targeted to your newborn clients. The key is to showcase your expertise and personality in this post. Once you create this post, link it internally from your Newborn portfolio page so you can keep your clients on your website longer, thus decreasing your site’s bounce rate.

  • Your Photography Journey: Tell the story about your newborn photography journey. You can include where you were when you started with photography, who mentored you, how you got to where you are now, and how you overcame roadblocks. A blog post like this will showcase your personality, engage your clients, and help other photographers who may be curious about breaking into newborn photography.

  • Behind the scenes: Everyone loves to see how the magic is created. Ask your assistant or your clients to take snapshots of you working during a newborn shoot. Afterwards write a blog post about it. This type of post is meant to show the difference in what you can do versus what a smartphone camera can do, and it also gives you the opportunity to show off your work after the edits are complete.

  • Feature a vendor: A great way to come up with more material in your blog is to network in your town. Go out, meet people, local business owners, and fellow photographers, and make connections. Ask them if they would like to be featured on your blog. Bring your portfolio, business cards, and special discount cards with you to distribute to maternity clothing shops, lingerie stores, 3D/4D ultrasound offices, doulas, OBGYNs, private hospitals, and daycare centers, etc. Try not to ask your networking prospects for something upfront. Tell them that you’ve heard about their service from a neighbor or a friend, and say that you’re so excited about what they’re doing that you would love to feature them on your blog as a recommendation to your clients. Once you have a solid relationship with the vendor, ask them if they would mind placing the blog link on their website or sharing your blog link on their Facebook page. If they’re willing to link to you, rejoice because your backlinks, domain authority, and popularity with Google search engines will go up.  


If you have any other great newborn photography blog ideas, please feel free to comment below. We would love to hear your thoughts!


Written by Candy Hoehn

Founder and Owner of Sweet SEO Services


Connect with Candy:

Website: https://sweetseoservices.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweetseoservices

Instagram: https://instagram.com/sweetseoservices

 

I have been dreaming about this session for a while. This vision of serenity, expectation and quiet reflection, that seem to fill the air during long summer days, has been on my mind for some time. It has also been largely influenced by the works of two amazing motherhood photographers, including Jen Bilodeau, and Kala Rath. Their emotive portraits have been inspiring me and pushing my creative boundaries to try something new. I was only missing the right model. 


When I met Ansley, I was immediately drawn to her - she was kind, sweet, beautiful, and…. pregnant! I knew I had to work with her and that she would be amazing for this, so, after finding out that she wasn’t already working with a maternity photographer, I asked her to pose for me. She liked the idea and kindly agreed. Lucky for me, she also turned out to be a lifestyle blogger  and a style ambassador for Pink Blush Maternity, whose white kimono  we used in this session. 


We got together one Monday morning, at my house, and shot this session in natural (window) light with my Nikon D7100 and the 50mm f1.4 lens set to f2.5, ISO between 160 and 320 and shutter speed at 1/200. I am long overdue for a full frame body, but, if nothing else, this is a testament to the fact that it’s not the camera that makes the image, it’s who’s behind the camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Katya

I am a full service family photographer based out of Roswell, GA. I get inspired by the beauty of everyday moments that make up our lives, and aim to shoot unscripted lifestyle images with every session. I have been running my photography business for a couple of years now, and I feel like every day brings new ideas and inspiration from all around me, challenging me and my style. I also do marketing and graphic design on a regular basis as my main occupation.

Connect with Katya

Website: www.katyavilchyk.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katyavilchyk

Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/katya.vilchyk