When I started taking newborn portraits I thought it was going to be simple. I mean they dont move so you place them and then take your shots and good to go , oh how naive I was. Newborns are about the furthest thing from easy there is but the result and the smile you see on mamas face when they see the images you have created for them makes it all well worth it. The shortest newborn session I have ever had was my first I was there for probably about 45 min (i mean it was going to be easy right I didn’t need any more time than that!) and looking back now I am super lucky Little Man was such an amazing baby! Even though those photos didnt turn out exactly like I thought they would It was still an amazing learning experience and I had done it for a friend for free so no one was out any money, and honestly little mans mom loved them and still has several on her walls several years later. The photo to the right is one of the shots from that fateful session.
When that didn’t go as planned I realized I needed to do much more research and practice so I started offering to do it for free for friends and family when they had babies. My second try was a bit better but still did not really turn out the way I thought it would either. I tried a more styled set of shots with little Mr D which got me a bit closer to the style I was trying to achieve. again I got really lucky and the little one was super content and didn’t cry but I came to realize that all those cutsy poses are really only doable when baby is asleep and that newborn wraps are a must for awake babies. The photo to the right while cute is not very technically sound and I knew I could do better. So I hit the books again.
After doing even more reasearch and finding an absolutely adorable outfit at a little boutique in Portland called Camp Hollyhock I put out another model call for a newborn. By this time I realized it is best to do these sessions within 2 weeks of birth so I specified that I needed them to be 2 weeks old at the most. At this time I also learned that there were some things that mom needed to do before the session such as heat the room that we will be working in to 75-80 degrees, and make sure little one has a full tummy and is in something that is easy to remove or better yet just in a diaper. that way we can do some of the more stylized and posed shots as baby will be more likely to sleep at that time. Baby miss Ks mama was a champ and when I arrived she was fed and snoozing and the living room was toasty warm. This is when I decided that if I am not sweating its not warm enough for baby. Things went pretty smooth at this session even though getting her to sleep was a bit of a chore. The shots that I got on this session were again a bit better then the last and prove that as a photographer you can never stop learning. These shots were a bit better technically but still lacked what I was looking for stylistically and in the editing. Now that I knew what I needed to do and practice with on posing and my camera it was time to start working on my editing style.
The next session I again let mom know what to do and what to expect with the photos and at this point felt comfortable charging portfolio building prices. I asked mom to pick out one outfit and something she would like to use as a prop and then the rest I would bring with. Little Man Fords dad loved baseball so we got to use his ball and glove in the photos. This was also the first newborn session that I was able to incorporate sibling and family shots into. This brought a whole new set of problems as I had to figure out how to keep a 3 year old calm and interested while I got little brother set up. This time I did not get quite as lucky with a content baby he was fussy and made me work for it but in the end I was able to make him feel secure enough to fall asleep and mom even called me the baby whisperer. As you may have guessed after this session I again hit the books! this time studying ways to work siblings into the shots and ways to help keep young ones involved and engaged.
I used my next newborn session (the recipient was the winner of a contest on my Facebook page) I used to practice my editing so I stuck with poses that I had already practiced a bunch on (not to say that I was perfect at them by any means they were ones I knew I had a good chance to get good shots that the parents would love. At this point I had also started looking for a newborn Mentor and entered a contest to win a 2 week mentor ship from an amazing photographer in California (Jen Dunham Photography ). These newborn photos were actually taken outside so I did not do any of the naked baby photos and he was also a bit more fussy than any of my previous subjects. this session taught me that you may have a plan and a schedule but a newborn doesn’t really care.
I ended up winning the mentor ship from Jen Dunham and after a couple sessions with her and her looking over my work I had another model call. Then because I could not purchase all the props I wanted I made a bunch of tiebacks and purchased scarves to use as wraps then keeping what Jen had taught me and I feel I made a huge improvement. I then took the photos home and shared them with Jen so that she could give me CC on them and she pointed out several other things that I could improve on. As a new photographer I can say having someone who is seasoned look over your body of work is one of the most intimidating and helpful things that you can do and I highly recommend it. There are also groups that you can join on places like Facebook that bring photographers together and they all learn off each other and give each other CC. My favorite is Pure Constructive Critisism run by the girls of Pure Photography and Design (AKA Pure Actions for photographers). If you are an aspiring photographer I highly recommend getting a mentor even if you pay for that mentors time and joining at least a local photographers group.
Once my mentor ship came to an end I kept my sessions coming by offering discounts or contests to keep growing as a photographer and eventually was able to start charging full price for sessions and still receive bookings. Any time I get an Idea for a concept Ill do a model call as I do not think you should use your paying clients to practice on. I still do lots of research and spent countless hours tweeking my style until I felt it represented me and what I want to offer clients.
Wether you are an aspiring Photographer or have questions about your own Newborn Portraits please do not hesitate to contact me on my website.
Being a mother myself I know how important it is to have photos to look back on of your children and your family so every year I offer a special for mothers day portrait sessions. These photos will be the ones that you look back on for years to come and remember that silly little thing that your little one used to do or how they would always pick the road side “flowers” and give them to you.
This year I am offering two different options, its your choice would you like Carnations? Or Roses?
20 Min Session
5 Edited images
with Print rights
$125 30 Min Session
8 Edited images on a disk
with print rights
2 – 5×7 gift prints
* both Sessions are single location and good for groups up to 5, each additional person is 10 dollars with no more than 6 per session. Non refundable retainer due at the time of booking via Pay Pal.
When I met Amanda and John at Starbucks to discuss their wedding photography I knew I wanted to make sure I photographed their big day for them. It didn’t take long during that first meeting for us to be telling jokes and laughing. They let me know that they were just having a very small back yard wedding at one of their family members homes in Washington. Ill admit I was a bit hesitant and worried if there was going to be room to do photos but this couple was so amazing they even created a virtual tour of the property they were using and again I was hooked. The grounds (I say grounds because yard just does not do it justice) could have been a venue if it wasn’t in a gated community. I knew we were going to be able to get some absolutely amazing shots for them. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
If you have any questions or need a photographer for your wedding in the Portland area please do not hesitate to contact me.
Every year I offer mini sessions at Wooden Shoe tulip festival in Woodburn Oregon. These sessions can be used for
anything from updated portraits of your Kiddos to quick engagement photos. The tulips make an amazing backdrop that can be romantic or dreamy, there is even an orchard onsite that provides a more foresty scene for a completely different feel. It really is like two locations in One. These mini sessions happen rain or shine so make sure to plan for the weather.
I am currently offering one 5:30 time slot Monday through friday for minis as well as 4 times in the morning on the 12th and 4 times in the Afternoon on the 18th. Please ask for availability.
This year I am offering two different sessions for my minis:
Option 1 : This option is quick and easy, and is perfect if you have a busy schedule.
For $75 you will receive a 20 Min Session that comes with an Online gallery of 8 images to choose from and 4 images emailed with print release for digital download
Option 2 : This is the most popular mini session option and comes with both digitals as well as prints.
For $100 you will receive a 30 Min session with an online gallery of 10 images to choose 5 images from which you will receive on a disc With print rights as well as 2 gift prints (5×7) of the pose of your choice.
**The first two people to book their mini sessions and mention this blog will receive an additional image at no extra cost
Please be advised the Woodenshoe Tulip Festival does require an entry fee. Details can befound here.
If you are in the need of updated Family Portraits, Fun Engagement photos or last min Senior Pictures you can contact me about these mini sessions or any session here.
I had a lot of fun shooting Audreys senior photos last month. We spent an hour or so at Oxbow Regional Park outside of Portland Oregon. This park has so many different photography opportunities from little meadows to a sandy beach on the river. I think Audrey and I spent more time laughing than shooting photos and we got so many great images I had a hard time Narrowing it down for her gallery. Here is a small sample of Audreys gallery Enjoy!
If you have any questions about Senior Portraits please use the contact me form on my Website, or contact me on my Facebook.
I am so excited that I was chosen to take this adorable little ones newborn photos. She us such an amazing baby and so easy to work with. I had so much fun with her mom and grandma, both were willing to help or just sit back and watch and were so relaxed which really helps with a newborn since they can sense tension. On top of the amazing family I’m not sure how I did it but I managed to choose the exact colors of her nursery, when I was choosing what props to bring with the night before! When I walked into her room I was just in Awe. You can see the love these parents have for their beautiful baby girl in the detail of her room. I really wanted to do a lifestyle type shoot at that point but alas this is not my style and not what I am practiced at so I stuck with my plan and could not be happier with the results! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking and editing them.
As always if you have any questions about Newborn Photography Sessions please do not hesitate to contact me here, or on Facebook. Newborn portrait session info can be found here.
Newborn photography has very quickly become my passion, I love being able to provide parents with photographs of these moments that are all too fleeting, from the tiny little toes to the wispy hair these things change way to fast. Newborn photography allows us to memorialize a time when our children change daily so that we can look back on it and remember.
I would like to welcome the new year in with a newborn photography special! The first person to book a newborn session this month( baby needs to be due this month) Will received their choice of my two newborn sessions 50%off! and anyone who books in January and is due in the next 9 months will receive 30% off. These prices are good for sessions booked with deposits paid in January only. My newborn and portrait collections can be found at this link http://dellamortphotography.com/portrait-photography
*special good for newborn photography only booked in the month of January 2015. To receive the 50% off discount you must be the first to book and pay your deposit for a newborn session in January with a due date before January 31st. 30% discount is valid for any session booked in January for a date in the next 9 months. Please contact me for more details. Other rules and restrictions may apply.
I have been working on a concept for a styled photo shoot for over a year now. I am very excited to present to you my modern take on Aphrodite. For this photo session I had two looks. The first was a more vintage classic Aphrodite look with a blush dress that hinted at a toga. For the second look I wanted a more modern take on the look so I put my model in a flowy white tank and darker skinny jeans. For both the looks I had a beautiful floral crown and bouquet provided by Giffords Flowers In Portland Oregon. We had a great day taking these photos, we started at Molalla River state park with the first look and then Headed down to one of the local swimming holes for the second look. My model was amazing and did her own make up and then I did her hair. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.
When Joanna contacted me to do her maternity portraits you could say I was a little excited. The location that she wanted to use was one of my favorites and she wanted to do an evening shoot which meant BEAUTIFUL golden light. We met up and in true me fashion I introduced myself and asked their names and made sure to tell them I am horrible with names (starting the session off with a laugh at my expense 🙂 ) we started out in front of a small waterfall and on the stone stairs that lead down the near the Oregon City elevator and then worked our way back up to the yard at the Mclaughlin House. I then made the suggestion that we use our remaining time to go over to the Promenade and I am quite happy that they said yes! The light on the bluff was even more amazing! I hope you enjoy these photos of this glowing mama to be and amazing daddy to be as much as I enjoyed taking them!
If you have any questions about maternity portraits you can contact me at email@example.com. My full photography portfolio can be found on my facebook page.
Summer just began but time is already running out to get your senior portraits. Many Schools require that you turn your portraits in for yearbook by November. I am currently running a special for the Class of 2015, If you still need your senior photos or have any questions you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook.