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It’s always amazing to me to see baby planners when they come for their 3 month session when the last time I’ve seen them is at their newborn session. It shouldn’t surprise me how much a baby can change in 3 months…but it almost always does. Some babies I would never recognize from the tiny little wrapped bundle of just three months earlier. Even at just 3 months baby’s are developing their own personality and and sparkle. Little Izzy was already letting me know that she much preferred to be in her mommy’s arms versus being alone- no words necessary. She is a beautiful little girl and I look forward to seeing her grow and change and let me know even more things about her at her 6 month session.

Shirley Larsen on Facebook - January 27, 2015 - 4:56 pm

So precious!

Carrissa Haberman on Facebook - January 27, 2015 - 7:45 pm

She is a cute baby!

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I never win anything…

Are you the type of person who says “I never win anything”? I’ve heard that more than once as I am letting the winners of our “REFERRAL MINI SESSION” contest know there were one of our lucky winners. It’s pretty fun delivering good news.:)I think I was the winner though when Holly brought her three beautiful daughter’s in for their mini session. They wore their Christmas dresses and the navy and grey looks so classy and festive and yet, so timeless. Their dresses sparkled like their personalities.HS_001HS_053

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Seeing is(n’t) believing-

Newborn photography has really taken off in the last few years. When my oldest was born nearly 14 years ago…the thought of doing her professional portraits didn’t enter my mind til she was 2 or 3 months old. I regret now that those first precious weeks aren’t captured in professional images somewhere. Photographer Anne Gedes made it big with her creative styling and poses of babies looking like peas, chipmunks, blossoms and the like. It’s not uncommon for new parents to bring me examples of images that they found on a website of a baby curled into some adorable pose or situation and want to replicate it with their own baby. I’m always happy to oblige and put my own creative twist on things, but what many do not know is that seeing is NOT believing.

While these images look like a sleeping baby was set down in the pose and the photographer simply ‘snapped’ the photo, in reality the image was created by way of a composite. A composite is a compilation of different images merged together with post editing techniques. This process can be rather time intensive both in set up and in post production.

When Brinley’s mommy showed me the sample image she wanted to replicate…it looked like baby just decided to take a little siesta in her daddy’s fishing waders. In reality, the fishing waders would not stand up on their own let alone safely support the weight of a baby. It took nearly 15 minutes to position the waders themselves with both mom and I working together. Shots of these were then taken and the waders removed. Next baby was posed separately from the waders that would allow me to merge the images later in post shoot editing. This one shot probably took 20-30 minutes to shoot in studio and another 30 minutes to edit.

It’s important for not only parents to understand what might be behind the cute images they see, but for amateur photographers as well. It’s tempting to try to recreate the poses, but that could put baby in less than safe situations. A few years ago images with baby posed in vases and glass bowls were all the rage, but to actually pose babies in these breakable containers could lead to catastrophe! It’s important to understand how some of these images were actually safely created and for safety to always be at the forefront.

Keep in mind that some of the fantastical images you might find on the web took a team hours and hours to create- waiting for baby to fall asleep on separate occasions and shooting from different angles to achieve the right look for composites. Lighting plays an important part to create a realistic images so that shadows fall in valid placed. A lot can also depend on babies age, size, agility (some babies just bend better than others) and their disposition. Keep all these aspects in mind and choose a photographer whom you feel totally comfortable with.

Seeing might not always be believing in the world of portrait newborn photography… but seeing your precious bundle in his or her first newborn images will bring lasting memories long after they newborn session seems an eon in the past.


Heather Olson on Facebook - January 9, 2015 - 8:46 pm

great article alison!

Alison Stumpf Photography on Facebook - January 9, 2015 - 8:52 pm

Thanks, Heather Olson!

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Win a FREE session!

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I have a few shiny new certificates for a FREE mini session burning a whole in my…er, desk….and I’d love to send them off to a few people who haven’t experienced a session from Alison Stumpf Photography.
Don’t you hate it though, when places fail to reward loyal clients? I {heart} my LOYAL customers! So …’s a way for both current clients and future clients to participate to win a free session!

1. Like our FACEBOOK page
2. List your name under our contest post and state the kind of mini session you’re interested in
3. List the name of the current client who referred you (if any). If not…that’s okay too!
If you’re chosen receive a free mini session!

1. Like our FACEBOOK page
2. Share our contest post with friends and family who you know have been wanting to try Alison Stumpf Photography. E-mail em, message em, text em, shout it from your roof top…whatever works for you.
3. Have your interested friends follow steps 1-3 listed above.
If your referral is chosen YOU ALSO get a FREE mini session OR a 12×12 canvas from a 2014 session.

I will let you know one of our certificates is heading your way! Contest will end without warning…and number of certificates awarded will depend on entires.
So don’t delay!

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Today I wanted to share with you some images of a little sweetie named Archer. When Archer came for his session he had all the energy and spunk you’d expect out of a little guy. Archer is recovering from a burst appendix and will be spending some time in the hospital. A couple ER visits with misdiagnoses including scarlet fever and Noro virus delayed immediate treatment and all that toxin in such a little one’s system takes a while to recover from. If you’d like to read Archer’s story, take a minute to visit ARCHER’S SITE — and leave a message of encouragement, a silly joke, or simple hello. Even if you don’t personally know Archer or his family, the messages provide a much needed distraction for everyone for a long hospital stay ahead. (Some dr.’s have mentioned 30 days!). Archer loves farming and dogs and MICKEY MOUSE. Get well soon, Archer!


Lori Pomerenke on Facebook - January 8, 2015 - 12:16 am

Love it.

Amy Place Schlager on Facebook - January 8, 2015 - 1:59 am

He is one little honey! Will be glad when he is full of energy for his next photo shoot!

Jan Stammer Maschoff on Facebook - January 8, 2015 - 3:09 am

Thinking and praying for all.

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