Newborn Headband & wrap set | Photo Props

Hot off the camera! Love this gorgeous photo by the talented Kelley Ryden Newborn Photographer! Baby is not only sporting the biggest smile, but also the new matching headband to the {Organic Weave} mini blanket!  This set will be coming to the shop soon! Make sure you are a Baby Joy Member to get notified and to receive promos! Join for free here. Shop the mini blanket and more photo props here.

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In the Studio with Laura Gattis Photography | Photo Studio Tour

This week we are in the studio with Laura Gattis of Laura Gattis Photography.  Let’s take a look into this naturally beautiful photography studio tour.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

Where is your studio located? Tampa, Florida

Is your studio commercial or residential? How many square feet? Commercial, 150 square feet.

Do you use natural light, studio light or both? Natural light, all the way.

How long have you been a photographer?  I’ve dabbled in photography since college (10 years ago) where I used to develop my own black and white film, that is where my passion began. In late 2012 I left my job designing hands-on exhibits for children’s museums and after taking a few months to get everything pulled together, I launched my photography business in January of 2013.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
 How did you choose your space? I wasn’t looking and hadn’t planned on having a studio space when it happened (it was a far off dream) – it just kind of fell into my lap. My studio is located in an old cigar building in historic tampa which once housed over 1000 workers and cigar rollers daily. The original brick walls, oddly sized windows and wood floors tell an amazing story, but also posed many challenges as I wasn’t allowed to drill or nail into the brick. There was no central a/c and my space is super tiny (10′ x 15′). The challenges I faced with the space only led to a more authentic and natural feel, which I quickly fell in love with. I have a north facing 8′ tall window that I would have been crazy to walk away from. Shooting in my space is a dream, the lighting so clean and creamy. I’m located at the end of the warehouse where I share an atrium space with other artists, but now mainly other photographers. It’s been amazing connecting and collaborating with them and also having this amazing space to host events and workshops. The icing on the cake would be the original fire escape stairs that lead right up to our gallery space, a freight elevator from the early 1900′s and maybe a few ghost stories. The vibe, the feel, the warmth and authenticity of it all just adds to the experience for my clients. It’s unique and quirky. I’d like to think that I’m unique (and quirky). And I like that.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

In three words how would you describe the style and feeling your studio evokes? Raw, Authentic, Natural Beauty.

What type of photography do you specialize in? How has your studio helped you grow your business, if  it has? I specialize in maternity, newborn and family sessions, but my real passion lies in capturing the intimate beauty between a mama and her child. These moments are so sacred and fleeting–capturing that innocence and raw emotion of their connection is something I can never get enough of. It’s beauty is effortless, and capturing it in a natural form is something that makes my heart sing like nothing else.

What is your favourite thing about your studio space? What makes it special to you? The light. The authenticity. You can’t fabricate that, it’s there and knowing I’ve nabbed it makes me feel like one lucky girl.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props
Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

How do you keep your props organized and ready to use for sessions? Since my space is so small, my wraps and blankets are essentially part of the decor in my studio. I have a Serena & Lily ladder that I use to hold some of my more delicate wraps. I also have a large raw wood shelving display cabinet that I use to display my products as well as stack up my wraps, blankets and cloth nappies. Blankets can also be found laid across the bed, rocking chair and even hanging from a rope-wrapped brass hook on my wall.

Photography Studio Tour | Laura Gattis Photography | Interviewed by Baby Joy Studios Photography Props

You can view Laura’s photography work on her website and follow her on facebook.  Thank you so much Laura for sharing your gorgeous studio!

View more studio tours here!  Shop Baby Joy Studios Props here.

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Photographer Interview | Life as a Photographer with Delicate Impressions

Jennifer Wilcox

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props
This weeks photographer interview is with newborn, baby and maternity photographer Tonia Lariviere of Delicate Impressions.   I have loved seeing Tonia’s work since I began Baby Joy Studios 4 years ago. Such beautiful genuine work!   Make sure you have joined the newsletter so you don’t miss out on more photographer interviews and studio tours to come!   Let’s take a peak into the life of photographer Tonia…

Where do you live? Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

Tell us a bit about how you began your journey into photography. How long have you had your photography business?
I have always loved Anne Geddes (back in the day when she was the only newborn photographer around)…and as a child I used to walk over to the “baby hospital” and just stair in the window of the 4th floor nursery and watch all the babies. I loved newborns and always had a passion to work with newborns. I became a paramedic so I could deliver babies (after 14 years still didn’t deliver ONE)…and thus began my obsession with newborns and photography. I began in April of 2008 and finally feel that this past year I have grown to where I finally want to be.

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Describe your photography style. What invaluable lessons have you learned that helped you develop your distinct style?
My style of photography is simple. Less is more. Simple head pieces, simple pants for boys, simple props and simple poses. I feel keeping newborns in this type of simplicity makes the photographs timeless and beautiful. Lighting is the key aspect to keeping this style. Understanding lighting and why it works the way it does on subjects is crucial to a great image.

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Are you formally taught or self taught? What has been the best form of education you have taken (workshop, mentor, online classes etc) if any?
I’m a self taught photographer. Last year I started to attend some of my most favourite newborn workshops (1 left to go), and the workshops have been AMAZING!!! It’s the tiny details I thought I had, but didn’t, that really helped me grow over this past 6 months.

What is your favourite photography genre to photograph (newborn, maternity, family, weddings etc)? Hands down – newborns! 

If you photograph newborns what is your favourite technique to get them to settle and sleep?
Hot room, heated area they are about to be placed on, and a full belly. I always recommend parents bring a soother (but I have new one’s on hand just in case). But generally, warm, full babies always sleep for me.

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by Baby Joy Studios Photo props

Natural available light or studio lighting? Studio or on location sessions?
Used to shoot exclusively studio – now I am exclusively natural light. I do both in studio and on location sessions.

Nikon or Canon, other? Favorite lens?
Nikon D800 and 50mm f1.4

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by Baby Joy Studios Photo props

How do you find the balance between work and your personal life?
This is always such a tough question! Balancing both is critical for my family. My children are older, so it’s a bit easier, but trying to make a schedule and STAYING with it, is so important. If it were an office job, it would be a simple go to work, come home and be with family. So just because it’s a self-run, home business, why should it be any different.

If you had one piece of advice to give on how to co-ordinate and choose your props for a session, what would it be?
Take out props / backdrops the night before. Then find the outfits / wraps / headbands that match according to the props and backdrops you want to use. This was taught to me and has been so much better than wasting time during a session trying to figure out what I want to use next!

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What is your favourite Baby Joy Studios Product? Why?
I LOVE Baby Joy Studios headbands the best. The simplicity (there again – my style) is so beautiful and dainty. I love that the headbands don’t over power the image.

What is your favourite photo you have taken and why?
Favourite photo…oh gosh. I love babies so much it’s difficult to pick just one favourite photo. I chose this one (after looking over photos)…because I love babies with LOTS of hair. I love babies who smile, and I love that her little hand on her head just sat there comfortably. Mom ended up ordering this in a 20×24! I love when parents proudly display their images…

Photographer Interview with Delicate Impressions | Hosted by  Baby Joy Studios Photo props

What photographers do you admire and inspire you?
Jinky Art is probably the most amazing photographer I have ever seen! I also love Baby As Art, Pumpkin Pie Photography and Son Kissed Photography.

When you are not working, how do you love to spend your days? Hobbies, family, travel etc?
We love to travel. I love seeing the world. We are also movie buffs…I’ll watch a movie anytime day or night. My kids are teenagers now, so when we do get to spend time together (they are busy now)…we will do whatever makes us happy. Movies, television series, LOVE church! And Travelling. 

You can follow Tonia’s work on her website and facebook page.

Thank you so much Tonia for sharing with us! Keep on eye on your inbox for another interview coming in next weeks newsletter!  Shop newborn and baby photography props in the shop.

 

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  • August 12, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Mel - Thanks for the fab interview with Tonia. Love reading about other newborn photographers. How cute are those triplet bubbas? Love that shot, very unique. Mel :) ReplyCancel

Important new shop update! | Newborn Photography Props

Hi lovelies! Summer is well on it’s way and as some of you know I have been challenging myself to find a happy balance with work and my family. After a one week holiday with just my hubby (no kids!!) for our ten year anniversary, I did some soul searching.  I have decided to run the shop a little differently then in the past.

As many of you are mom’s, busy working two jobs etc I’m sure you can all relate! I want to enjoy the journey and the creation of my products I make for you. I LOVE designing new products! So to be able to have the time to be creative and inspired for new lovelies for you all the shop will be run like this:

1. Ready to Ship – There is a menu tab in the shop titled ‘Ready to Ship‘. Included in this menu is a small selection of essential products. The products in this menu will ALWAYS be available and ready to leave the shop to your studio! (With the exception of the Hand Knits.  Shipment times are posted in these listings.)

2. Coming Soon- There is another menu tab that will say ‘Coming Soon‘ or have the date included, ‘Coming July 23′ . This is where I will be adding new products PLUS previous products that are not available in the ready to ship menu. The products that now say ‘sold out’ in my shop will only be brought back as I have found time to pre-make them for select shop openings. Once they are sold out, they will not be available for a month or longer. So if you have your eye on a style this is the time to grab it as I can not say how long it will be until I offer it again.

So it’s win win! There were always be the essential ready to ship items in the shop for you and I will be able to have more creative time to make new lovelies for you all! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support over the last 3.5 years! xo Rebecca

NEW products coming to the next shop update this Wednesday, July 23rd at 7pm EST, 4pm PST! Here are a few sneak peaks! More peaks in the shop here!

Newborn Photography Props | Baby Joy Studios

Newborn Photography Props | Baby Joy Studios
Newborn Photography Props | Baby Joy Studios

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