Category Archives: 365 Project 2012


Happy New Year and Thank You!

As 2012 comes to an end, I just want to take the time to thank all of you who have been following my blog!

I also want to especially thank all the wonderful clients I have had the privilege to meet and work with in 2012. I have had so much fun working with you all!! Here is just a little re-cap of some of the shoots that I have done this year:

It’s exciting to think about 2013 and what will be coming my way!
Happy New Year everyone!

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Merry Christmas!

Some celebrate Christmas on the 25th, some celebrate on Christmas Eve.
Since moving to Germany in 1990, we have joined the German traditions of celebrating on Christmas Eve.

Last night, one little boy in our household had a hard time going to bed. He is so excited for Christmas!

and now it is the 24th and he still has to wait until evening!

I just wanted to wish everyone who takes the time to peek at my blog posts a

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Wishing you all a blessed holiday time and joyous celebrations!

ps. remember to take lots of pictures! 😉

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365| 4th Advent

Happy 4th Advent!

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Third Advent


Today is the third Advent.
My heart goes out to those who are going through the pain of loosing a loved one this week.

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Sneak Peek | Neugeborenen-Fotoshooting | Fotostudio 67117 Limburgerhof | Fotograf Mannheim Ludwigshafen Speyer

Yesterday afternoon I took a break from my break
to photograph a super sweet little girl who was born on my son’s birthday!

Here is her sneak peek!

A lot of newborn poses and pictures are actually composites.
A composite is more than one picture that has been pieced together in an editing program such as Photoshop.
Newborn safety is extremely important!
Some poses or pictures can only be done with a parent or helper in the picture supporting and/or spotting baby.

For most newborn shoots I get asked to do my “hanging baby” hammock picture.
I do get some inquiries asking how we get the baby in the tree.
I really want to stress that I would NEVER hang a baby in a tree
and no one should try to copy this type of picture without realizing how it was done.

So I am going to post a bit about how I achieve this shot.
First of all, the baby never leaves the warm studio.
I have a sturdy branch in my studio which I set up using a step ladder and background stand to support it.
Additionally, I have a strong man holding onto the branch at all times to make absolutely sure it will not move.
I tie the hammock securely to this branch.
Under the branch is my large bean bag and it sits a couple of inches under the hammock.
Mom and I work together to place baby in the hammock.
The mom stays by baby at all times.
I ask her to keep her hand continuously on baby and move her hands down slightly as I take the shot.
When I see baby is relaxed in the hammock I will count to three,
mom moves her hands down for a second, I take the shot and she puts her hands back up.
If baby should be restless, start arching his/her back, or be squirming too much, we can not do this shot.

In order to finish the picture I need to bring the picture into Photoshop,
cut out the baby in the hammock and then place a new background behind the baby.

And here is a SOOC (straight out of camera) shot of baby in hammock on the left
with mom having moved her hands down for a second and the cut out that I then make from that shot:

Once I have the cut out, I can place a new background behind the baby.
Either a plain background that I make in Photoshop such as this:

or a more complicated background with the baby hanging in a tree such as this:
For anyone wanting to try this on their own, I would advise learning how composites work.
A composite is the only safe way to make this type of photo!

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