My style is taking a step back and observing natural interaction waiting for the right moment to click the shutter. I am very honored to be part of a project taken on by some of the finest children’s photographers in the world called The Blog Carousel. As a professional newborn photographer, I am often asked how to prepare for your newborn photography session. It is always best to have your newborn photo session scheduled during the last trimester of your pregnancy.
Although newborns generally aren’t on schedules yet, please try to feed baby right before my arrival.
It is not unusual for baby to feed at some point during the session so please do not feel that it is an inconvenience.
Next stop on the blog carousel is the very talented Dena Robles Grand Rapids baby and Child Photographer Please stop by to see her interpretation of the theme, you are going to love it!
It is always a pleasure to photograph talented dancers and the photo shoot at the end of August was no exception. Rovigo, situated just 1 hour outside of the river city of Venice, was truly stunning with pear orchards and long grass fields surrounding the village. My wife, Christie Bell, a former ballet dancer and student of the Royal Ballet School, attended the photo shoot with me to help the aspiring student achieve a good classical line. Posted in Dance and tagged audition photographs, Ballet photographs, CV photographs, dance commercial photo shoot, dance photographs, promising young dancer, Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet images.
It was a pleasure to work with you on this and I would love to work on some new ones next year!! Once a month a theme is chosen and each participating photographer creates a blog post based on her interpretation of the theme.


It is always an honor and a privilege to be the newborn photographer chosen to photograph your newborn baby. Having advanced, approximate notice is important so that I can keep my workload manageable around your due date. You and baby will feel most comfortable in your own surroundings with all your needs close by.
For this I was commissioned to go to a little town called Rovigo, situated in the beautiful Italian countryside, to photograph a student who has just entered her final year at the prestigious Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge.
The sharing of her expertise and knowledge is apparent in the photographs on this blog, as she encouraged the dancer’s talent to shine through. I take great care in presenting you with beautiful images that you and your loved ones will treasure for a lifetime. I have a collection of blankets with different textures as well as hats that I will bring with me.
I will bring a space heater to help, but please turn up the heat 30-45 minutes before my arrival. Babies are very sensitive to the scent of mom which can often make them less relaxed and more anxious to feed again.
I’m working on another little project to share some newborn photography ideas with you, more specifically some ways to pose your newborn baby to make them look super sweet for taking some pictures of them.
As the client is still under the age of 16, I have had to wait for permission to be granted in order to show you the lovely classical ballet images we achieved on the shoot. After much deliberation through email and phone calls we decided that in order to get a variety of images we would spread the photo shoot over two different venues.
With the audition process fast approaching for the young dancer, Christie could help her with the hard task of choosing the right college and how to get noticed in an audition.


Because of this it may be necessary to ask mom to step away from the immediate shooting area when individual photos are done. One of my favorite lenses to use while I’m taking newborn pictures is my 100mm macro lens. I have now received this permission and am delighted to be able to share with you these wonderful images by a truly talented young lady.
The first was a studio where the client studied before attending the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge and the other, a charming little theatre in the centre of Rovigo.
They also talked for hours about how White Lodge has changed in the last 15 years, which was fascinating for me, as until recently I had never been to The Royal Ballet School.  We are now extremely good friends with the client and her family and will be following her career with much enthusiasm in the future. I will attempt newborn style sessions for babies up to six weeks old, though the sessions will be a little different and will require additional time and patience. It gets in nice and close to the baby’s little face, fingers, or toes and captures some beautiful images. I think it’s important to photograph the soft  flaky skin, the wrinkly little feet, and the paper thin finger nails. They grow bigger pretty fast, so this lens helps me document those details and capture those memories for the mamas.



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