{ Rachel Vanoven Newborn Workshop }

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending Rachel Vanoven’s Newborn Workshop in Jacksonville. I was the designated baby-spotter and master blanket holder.;)I, along with Rachel, and 8 other photographers made for a room full. Rachel made sure that we had the perfect learning environment. The room was the perfect temp and had beautiful, large windows that allowed for awesome natural light. She made sure that we were able to see, from start to finish, how she conducts a session. From the way she sets up styles for each session to  her interaction with the parents, to soothing the little one, to posing, and finally editing, she showed it all. Not only did we see how every little placement of Rachel’s hands made a difference in posing, but she also setup the perfect composition, even telling us what the settings were on her camera. She  made sure that we would walk away from her workshop having seen it “all.” 

Rachel didn’t “give away” any deep, dark secrets. First, the workshop isn’t free. Second, Rachel is teaching what she has learned over several years of hands on experience. Having peeked at her Posing Guide, I can tell you that it gives you a jump start for your newborn photography. It is filled with many helpful hints for working with parents, soothing and posing babes, and even her vendor list. Having made many wrong prop purchases over the years, I could have easily saved the cost of Rachel’s guide and then some.:)

Now, did I walk away from this workshop being able to conduct a session from start to finish AND produce the same results as Rachel?!? Absolutely not! We will all still have to practice, practice, and practice some more. I will still have to shoot on my own without Rachel’s guidance, but I did learn some invaluable information. Workshops are building blocks. You walk away with what you put in it. They are awesome tools to “light your path.” If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend attending one. If not, for a fraction of the workshop cost, you can’t go wrong with her posing guide, either.;)

P.S. Yes, I am aware that I sound like an infomercial. haha! But, I believe in giving credit where credit is due. Rachel has a great thing going and lucky for us, she has a teaching heart!


Tiffany - March 29, 2011 - 1:25 pm

Well said!! It was nice meeting you at the workshop :)

Sarah Davis - March 29, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Have really been thinking about getting Rachel’s posing guide. Since I’m in IN, I don’t think I’ll be attending a workship anytime soon. :) Beautiful photos, looks like you learned a lot there, and I’ll look forward to keeping up with your work!. :)

Kara Reese Photography - March 31, 2011 - 8:35 pm

What an awesome review! I found your link on Rachel’s FB page, and as I am going to one of her workshops in Indianapolis in September, I love reading reviews of other photographers’ experiences at the workshops :-) It sounds like a ton of fun and an invaluable experience!

Sarah — if you’re in Indiana you could definitely go to one of her ‘shops in Indianapolis! I’m traveling from Wisconsin to go! Hehe :)

{ Nest Full of Twin Sweetness }

I had the pleasure of photographing these gorgeous twins about a week and a half ago.  We had to put off their first photosession for a week or so because Sweet Miss had a little stay in NICU. At 15 days, they were champion sleepers. I hate to admit that, since I don’t have a lot of experience with twins, I ran out of things to do with these two bundles of sweetness!  Oh well, awesome practice and I look forward to the next set.;)

I rented the Nikon 105mm 2.8G for this session and I am SO IN LOVE with it now!!

No, I can’t resist tiny toes!:)

This shot was Aunt Anna’s idea. I think it turned out quite well!

We managed one shot of their VERY active big brother! ♥

Jenna - March 22, 2011 - 7:24 pm

These are my favorite yet! Gorgeous babies and excellent pictures!

Heather - March 22, 2011 - 7:50 pm

I just LOVE your newborn shots. Better each time!!! They are all sooo great it was too difficult to choose a favorite!!! :)

Beatrice Killam - March 22, 2011 - 7:56 pm

You did a wonderful job with these, Christy! I love the owl shot – too adorable!!

{ i ♥ faces } weekly challenge- sun flare

I haven’t participated in the iheartfaces weekly challenge in quite awhile. Actually, it’s been too long. This week’s challenge is sun flare.

Flare is particularly caused by a very bright light sources either in the image – which produces visible artifacts – or shining into the lens but not in the image – which produces a haze. Most commonly, this occurs when shooting into the sun (when the sun is in frame or the lens is pointed in the direction of the sun), and is reduced by using a lens hood or other shade.

As I was going through my external hard drive looking for pictures with sun flare, I came across the image below. It was a photo shoot for an awesome local band, The Wilson Family Band. They needed press material, as well as album (CD) art. This particular shot was a candid while the family was playing outside of an old, small, wood church. The church (to camera right) is truly gorgeous. Back behind the family is an old cemetery. As I looked at this shot today, I saw something that I didn’t see before. If you look just above the BIG E in my watermark, you will see a rainbow above a headstone. The next shot in the series didn’t have it. So, I thought this shot was pretty cool!

Go check out all the other cool shots at I heart faces!

Jan - March 15, 2011 - 9:47 pm

Great shot. I love everything about it.

{ Meet Rivers }

On Friday, I had the pleasure of playing with sweet, little Rivers. She is truly a beauty. I had missed working with newbies. I think it has been well over a month. I was a bit more excited because she was my 30th newborn. I didn’t realize that until January when I was going through my files. Wow! Where has the time gone? I hope to continue improving my skills. I have a long way to go to get where I want to be.;)

Anyway, Mom, I hope you enjoy the preview. There are lots more to come!

Jen Edalgo - March 14, 2011 - 10:21 am

WOW, I’m just so amazed, Christy. These are so beautiful, and I know I’m biased, but it’s really art…and my baby gets to be inside of the art! How incredible and what talent the Lord has blessed you with. My family has just been commenting to me how gorgeous Rivers looks in these…thank you so much Christy!!! I’ll be recommending you to everyone I know! The Lord will bless you I know!

Christy Quinn - March 14, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Jennifer, I am not biased and these are fabulous pictures!! She is gorgeous and the photographer is very talented. I know you are thrilled to have Rivers here and have fun with her. They grow so fast. I am sure you recognize that with the other two. God bless her and your sweet family.
Christy Quinn

Marianne Blaine - March 14, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Love these! what a talent and what a subject! Beautiful work both of you ladies-excuse me-all three ladies. Lots of love to you and yours sweet Jennifer!

"Mrs. Kate" Carpenter - March 19, 2011 - 6:42 am

Rivers is beautiful – Glory to God who created her. I’m thinking RIVERS OF LIVING WATER – May her life become that for Jesus and May God give Robbie and Jen the wisdom to raise her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. To the photographer: great job! Love the little hat and kept wondering how photographers clean up after diaperless babies!

{ Little Miss E }

This past Sunday afternoon, this cutie pie and her Mama drove almost an hour to come hang out and get some updated pics. I think the end result is amazing, but I must add that this little darling had gorgeous features to start.;)

Pam - March 1, 2011 - 2:41 pm

You were extremely professional and so great with Emma. I love the photos and will be recommending you to everyone I know.

Thank you!

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