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naples florida newborn photographers

Awww I love taking photos of newborns~ they are the most awesome subject to photograph. I cant emphasize enough that when wanting to take photos of newborns it should be within the first 7-10 day timeframe.  Remember that while you might be on a budget I always recommend splurging a little extra and hire a professional photographer. “What if my friend who is building her portfolio wants to take photos of my new baby?” While its fine that you are helping your friend out it is important to be aware that taking photographs of newborns is not an easy task.. Number one priority is the safety of your baby.. if your friend is starting out that leads me to believe she must not have a lot of experience with newborns. A lot of the photos that you might like to recreate are composites, which is really just an illusion that makes you believe baby is actually hanging from a branch or posing their hands adorably. Its all an illusion that goes beyond taking photos. Its a lot of photoshop! There are different poses that you would want to capture as well~Not only is safety a concern but also how taking newborn photos without waking up baby is important.  You need to be like a baby whisperer haha because some babies (mine included) wake up the moment you put them down.  It takes hours sometimes to be able to capture one shot. Patience is very important. Some babies are good and you can get a good shot within the first 15 minutes, others though you need to prepare in advance~ which is why I always give you a guide on what to do while preparing for your photoshoot.So please hire a professional, taking photos of newborns is like taking photos of a wedding. You only get one chance to capture this stage~ trust me this stage you will want to remember because it passes by soooo quick. :(  I love taking photos of the lifestyle approach as well, mom with baby on bed~ enjoying your time with your new arrival.  Moms not always want to be in the photos with baby, I always suggest its always a good idea for mom to take photos with baby because again this time will soon be gone and trust me no matter how tired you look you will WANT a photo of you and baby when baby was a newborn. It doesn’t matter if you have had no sleep~ that’s why there is photoshop :)

happy 11 day old ~

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Gift certificates naples and fort myers

Its beginning to look like Christmas! 

Six more shopping days left! So if you are scrambling to get the perfect gift for that difficult person~ look no more. How about a gift certificate for  a photo session.  There are not a lot of gifts out there that will last a lifetime.. this is one of them. I mean who doesn’t love photos? So the weather just now feels like the Holidays are here. It was beginning to feel the cold weather was never going to get here. I wanted to go and buy a tree but it really didn’t feel like Christmas, so I had to buy a tree while still 80 degrees outside. I don’t want to rub it in anyones faces, especially with the terrible weather up north.  All of my clients who are from out of town are really enjoying the weather. I usually would have to be all covered up for my beach sessions during this time but haven’t had to. Its been quite perfect.

Had a blast with the {S} family.. They had a blast and were so laid back and awesome!! I hope I get to see them again. :) Look at the fun we had. 5 boys and 1 girl… :)

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Just found this wonderful blog, check it out familytravelmagazine Where you will find information on any travel and tips for the family.

thanksgiving in fort myers

I just ready that it was the 8th hottest October recorded in history.. and yes I believe it is because its has been a very hot season. to think that we are at the end of November is crazy.. another month has gone by, it seems like I am always writing on how fast time has been passing, I just feel its a part of my life and I always feel like month after month passes by so quickly. I wrapped up a bunch of Holiday mini sessions~ it was nice seeing all of my clients that I have been photographing for the past years. LOVE to watch them grow. and I love how Loyal my clients are. :) BIG hugs to everyone out there!!

Here are some great thanksgiving ideas~

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Don’t they look delicious? Yummy

So while looking for good crafts for children so they can do at school or at home I stumbled upon this on pinterest

thanksgiving craft I have done this where we write these little notes and put them inside a mason jar, so Adorable! still have them from years ago. I like doing crafts that will last, don’t like crafts that are made of paper and we end up throwing away. I love meaningful crafts that we can all do and look back, so when the kids grow we can always have them.

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Talk about beautiful leaves… love and will be doing this emilyisabellejournal  great artist.. love!!

The colors she used for the leaves makes my heart melt. Check and follow her tumblr

I do love the choice of leaves she chose, they aren’t perfect, each leaf has a personality of their own~ simply adorable.

I love finding new ideas so I figured I am going to start sharing these ideas on here, although I am photographer I am a big fan of crafts! and would love to incorporate my love for the craft world on here since I only have time to write on one blog. I have no time as it is and having two separate blogs would be impossible for now. Might do this later in 2014, for now I am doing it here.. so if you are a fan of photography or a fan of craft ideas, we know that pinterest in king BUT looking through all the pinterest posts can be overwhelming at least for me it is, there is so much good information that I am narrowing down all of my favorites and posting some here.

Look at what I found, a great way to chart your little ones progress with a whiteboard, so we put the photo on there and then write the most exciting milestone.photo idea with whiteboard

I am kind of jealous of this one as my little one has not slept that long since he was born a year ago!!!

Anyways have a great Thanksgiving with the family and be thankful for all the blessings in your life…

xo

Natasha

holiday sessions in naples

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ONLY 40 days till CHRISTMAS!! The Holidays are around the corner, it will be thanksgiving in two more weeks! In 7 days my little one will turn one!! :0 WHERE did this year go? Babies should stay babies longer!!!! its not fair how fast they grow~ and well everyone outthere who has kids knows and knows exactly what I am talking about.

IT is that time of year for our Holiday mini sessions!! I am booking another round of these sessions since I sold out on my first round..  YAY, last year I was rushing to do these because I was going to deliver any minute. Now a year later and let me tell how this year has been the fastest year thus far. I am setting up my holiday mini sessions. SO get them while they last because these go extremely fast. I only do these once  year, since I only offer a few spots at a time it is first come first serve. Grab your little family, dress them up in cute little outfits but not too matchy. matchy, tell your husband it will only take 15 minutes out of his day. This is a perfect session for whoever is wanting a photo for their Christmas cards, gifts for the family, enlargements and canvases.

I have so many wardrobe options this year for you guys, I would be happy to email you the info so you can see all of these beautiful clothes!

Because I feel so Christmasy ( is that how you spell that?) I am giving  a lucky person a mini session! Ok so here is the deal ~ subscribe to my email newsletters and we will automatically put you in for our drawing. I will notify you via email if you are the winner.

You know what would be a great gift? A photo session ofcourse, it lasts a lifetime. I mean how many gifts out there can you say they are gifts for  lifetime? NOT MANY. So for that hard to shop family or friend why not give them a gift certificate. Oh and I am doing something spectacular this year~ I will be offering Mini session Gift certificates~ which means it will be cheaper YAY! I know the Holidays can be tough on your wallet so with this mini gift certificate you wont have to spend that much.  Email me and Ill be happy to email you all the details on this great GIFT idea!

I leave you with this great website you must check out annekata a great source on how to make tape! WE all need tape this holiday and WAIT until you see that you can make your own tape using anything ( like fabric) yep fabric.. AMAZING! in another life I want to be a crafter because I loveeeeee new ideas and making things. Although I don’t have time because I clearly don’t make time to do all these fun things.

Things to do in Fort Myers

Another Halloween has passed by~ and it will be November tomorrow.. YiKES!  Can you believe it? Ok so November is one of the busiest times of the year for me.  I know that there are a lot of tourists in the Fort Myers area visiting during this time of year. There is a bunch of things to do here. Downtown Fort Myers will be opening the streets on November 10~ its a way to fight obesity as they close the streets to cars and encourage people to walk. Streets Alive! was created to incorporate fun, fitness and food to promote healthier lifestyles by temporarily closing streets to motor vehicles and opening them for people to have fun and get active. A fun and festive setting where participants will be encouraged to have some human-powered fun — walking, biking, jogging, Zumba, hopscotch, skateboarding, street games, jump rope, yoga, dancing and more — along a 2-3 mile route.  Sounds like fun! I know that the weather has to be nice during this time. We have had a very hot season and today while trick or treating it was sooo hot that the kids where all in bad moods because the costumes were not helping. So I was working on this blog post last night but couldn’t finish it haha too tired from the days festivities. Anyhow it is November 1 today :( yeah not too happy about that one.

Here are a list of great things to do while visiting Fort Myers

If you are into wine Eden wine  is a great place, its a small local business that is family operated. There are six homegrown wines, including Alva Rouge and Alva White. Prices range from USD8.95 to USD10.95 for 750 ml bottles

Interested in doing a safari everglades style? this safari will be a picture perfect. Get up close and personal with Florida’s wildlife on a daylong Everglades Day Safari. Guides lead small groups by airboat, van, riverboat, and on foot.  The Safari can be long for younger children, so try the half-day safari.

Now if you rather see the everglades from ontop Gulfshore helicopters is pretty neat~The flights operate out of Page Field, which is south of downtown on US 41 (not Southwest Florida Regional Airport).

Manatee park  offers great sightseeing if you are wanting to watch the manatees. During the months from October through March, the manatees travel to the area, attracted by the warm water discharge from the nearby Florida Power plant.

I will be adding different things to do in the Fort Myers area every month. So check them out while you are vacationing here, there are lots of things to do besides the beaches.

Halloween crafts

yeah its October 22~mmm yeah where did October go? Who knows.. its my regular topic lately on how fast time passes by. So here I am scrambling to see what Halloween things, crafts, food etc I must do.. I have less than 10 days left.  AND I still need to find a good costume for my little ones first Halloween!! oh and get my daughters Halloween costume ready as well since its home made. Along with all these “Halloween” things.. I have about 20 shoots left to photograph.. :0 No pressure. The problem is that I really enjoy All these crafts but when I am so busy with other things.. I just don’t enjoy It when I am rushing and scrambling. I finally found a few crafts to do at my daughters class this year, gotta love Pinterest. If you are wanting a few ideas check these links out~ great way to decorate cookies. I will try to do this hopefully they will turn out http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/10/29/halloween-sugar-cookies/ A good website for crafts that you can easily make fast and easy http://theresjustonemommy.com/2013/10/12/3-kids-halloween-crafts/#comment-33821 Love those homemade pumpkins with the eyes and nose from magazines, I was thinking of taking photos of the kids and then have them cut out their own eyes, noses etc so they can make themselves a pumpkin that looks like them. That is too late for me to do, but will keep in mind next year. Now if I feel ambitious this would be fun http://www.instructables.com/id/Dexter-Blood-Slide-Suckers-Eat-At-Your-Own-Risk/ Check this out for unique games that look like fun http://www.ehow.com/info_8329527_fun-halloween-game-ideas.html WE will be playing the doughnut game, I remember playing this game in parties in Mexico. The game cat your tongue where you cant say certain words like “Halloween” “costume” so funny.

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How cute is this little fellow? The best part is that its healthy!

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fun action photography for the fall

How to Take Action Shots/ Fun Fall Action Photography Ideas

Shooting people, animals, or objects in action is one of the most interesting yet challenging aspects of photography. Candid shots are simply fun to take and capturing movement is just exciting. When there is a great moment you just want to capture every split second of it – but the question is how?

Action photography is difficult to take especially for beginners, not to mention, you also need to use the right camera (or settings.) Action photos can be anything from children playing, a couple biking to birds flying, etc. – the ideas are endless! Good thing there are certain things you can definitely try to improve your chances of getting more decent action shots. And note: it’s possible to capture action photos or action shots even with a standard point-and-shoot camera.

Here are some tips on how to take good action shots:

First, know your camera. Be familiar with your camera’s settings so you can move in capturing the perfect action shot. Note that every camera has its own lag time. Be accustomed to your camera’s lag time so you can perfectly time your action shots. If possible, get an SLR camera (although a good compact digital camera or point-and-shoot can also give you some decent shots). You want to get a camera that has the smallest delay as possible so you can capture the specific shot you want.

Next, define your goal. Do what you want to stop action and capture it on camera or do you want to emphasize speed and movement in your shot? If you want to freeze action in time, then you would need a camera with a fast shutter speed (1/1000 for instance). This is so you can get an image of your subject that isn’t blurred. You may want to set your Shutter Speed Priority to fairly high in order to allow your camera’s shutter speed to operate faster. You may also need to adjust your f/stop to a wider setting as you will be cutting down on the light that is let in through your shutter. The necessary speed and f/stop setting will vary depending on what you’re shooting and on the surrounding’s lighting. Alternatively, if you’re using a point-and-shoot camera, you can try setting it to Sports mode or Active mode.

If you want to blur action to emphasize speed or movement, then use a slower shutter speed. Using a slow shutter speed, pan or move the camera with your subject to keep your subject looking sharp at the same time, blurring the surrounding background. Start the autofocus by pressing the shutter button halfway down then push the button all the way down the moment you’re ready to take the photo. Track your subject through to make sure that you don’t stop before the exposure is even complete. You may need to practice a lot to learn perfect timing when panning. Alternatively, you can use the Landscape setting if you’re using a point- and-shoot camera. If your camera is rather slow, then snap the shot a few seconds earlier.

In taking action shots, remember to pan what is moving. Focus on a particular thing, person, or animal in taking action shots. Follow its movements. Focus on the faces most especially, the eyes.

Also, try your best to pick up parts of the surroundings that can explain what is going on in your action photograph. Every photo should tell a story.

So are you ready to try these tips? Here are 3 fun fall action photography ideas to get you started!

  1. A photo of your dog running and playing in piles of colorful leaves,
  2. Your children throwing autumn leaves, and…
  3. A person or couple biking in a park lined with trees.

Have fun! Remember, if all else fails you can always hire a professional photographer to do the job. Best of luck!

Fall Season! Outdoor Nature Portrait Photography

  Shooting with an On-Location Outdoor Photographer 

 It’s Autumn Season! The colors are vibrant again. Outdoor nature is especially beautiful during this time of the year. If you especially love nature, portraits, and autumn colors, perhaps you may want to get yourself – with your beau or your family (or pet!) – photographed amidst the backdrop of Mother Nature this season. It’s the perfect opportunity to capture the natural beauty of the fall colors and to have fun as well during your outdoor shoot.

I especially love to capture the warmth and laughter that prevails during this season’s special days and holidays. Happy and lively faces in their natural settings are my fancy. Whether the photos are for sweet-November-themed ‘save the date’ cards or the family portrait for Thanksgiving or Halloween, it’s the perfect opportunity to capture the moments in beautiful photos. Of course on-site wedding photography is my favorite too, and fall weddings are one of the best instances to deliver vibrant colorful pictures.

In terms of photography I’ve always loved taking shots of the ordinary and up-ing them a notch for creativity and interest. Real people and emotions are never a passé when it comes to art. Couple this with the perfect backdrop of natural scenery and natural lighting and everything comes into place. You probably get it – these are what make me ecstatic about autumn photography!

If you want to experience having your pictures taken on-location outdoors when the fall foliage are wonderful, you might want to consider getting a professional photographer to do it for you. The thing about outdoor photography is that maximizing the use of natural lighting could be a real challenge for novices. If you want the best pictures to come out of your shoot, coordinate with the best photographer nearest your area. I service the Fort Myers and Naples areas, Southwest Florida. I also do destination weddings and other on-location shoots in Captiva, Sanibel, and beyond.

Just a few tips when working with an on-location outdoor photographer like me. Prepare for the date of your shoot. Your clothing should be as comfortable as possible – in fact everything should be (extra) comfortable – since you are shooting outdoors. So prepare just as you would prepare for camping especially if you have kids tagging along. Everything should be perfect and everyone should be in their best moods. Get this right and surely you will get picture perfect.

Remember that most on-location outdoor shoots are done in the morning and/or late afternoons (or just after the rain) so make your schedule is available during these times. Lastly, just enjoy your shoot! Can’t wait to see the photos! ~Natasha C.

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Lovely photography session

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FEll inlove with this family~ (J) is a photographer and came down to Florida to visit. I LOVE photographing other photographers. I always feel honored to be hired by other photographers.

Thanks for letting me capture your beautiful family :)

I love going to Marco Island and shooting at the beach~ I have found my favorite place in Naples and Marco Island.  Some clients worry about weather but let me tell you in Florida weather is perfect most of the time. It will rarely rain all day, and if its overcast that is a plus. I prefer it.

things to do in fort myers

A lot of my clients come from out of town and I am constantly asked what can be done around this area.

Below are my top picks on what to do when you come and visit Fort Myers.  IF you are feeling adventurous and would like to do interesting things that are really not that touristy but yet they are fun while visiting this area. Then read on

Visit the Cypress Slough Preserve

http://www.leeparks.org/sixmile/

This place is a great place to take photos and to catch Florida’s wildlife, IT is a good place to go walking and just plain relaxing.

LAKES PARK

http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0101

I love lakes park, its a good place to have a picnic, to ride your bike. WE have parties here all the time and the kids absolutely love being outdoors. My favorite part is the lake where you can rent little boats, when the weather is nice renting a boat is sooooo good. love it!

Edison Winter Estates

http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/m/?use_layout=mobile

WEll this is a given.. haha you must go to the Edison home if you are in town.

A MUST.. Although it took me several years to visit this great place when I moved to Fort Myers it was worth the wait.  I shoot a lot of weddings here, great landscape and the old houses are very pretty.

 SUN HARVEST CITRUS

http://www.sunharvestcitrus.com/

This is a hidden gem!

Love this place, when you are hot and need a drink during those hot summer months stop by for a refreshing juice or an icecream!

Grapefruit juice is one of my FAVORITES!

They also have unique florida gifts that you can bring back home~ yummy keylime pie :)

Bunche Beach

One of my favorite beaches, very calming and relaxing. I like it because its nice ad secluded.

Good for bird watching as well.