This summer I was able to add a couple of Twins to my Newborn Portraits Portfolio. I must say I LOVE working with twins and would love to do it some more so if you are in the Portland metro area and expecting twins and looking for a photographer feel free to contact me. Sometimes you get to shoot photos for a family that you just connect with. That was totally the way it was with this family. Only a few will understand but they are brown coats! So I got to have a total nerd moment and discuss scy fi and fantasy books/games while setting up. We ended up deciding to shoot outside as it was about 90 degrees that day. It was absolutely amazing! well… mostly… as happens with twins when one was sleeping the other wasn’t, when one was finally full the other was hungry. so we did not get many together photos but were able to get some great single shots. Then just when we were ready to get shots with big brother He fell asleep and we didn’t want to wake him for fear of a toddler melt down. Even with the ups and downs that come with two babies, I am quite proud of how these photos came out as it was only my second set of twins.
Baby Miss A really gave me a run for my money while shooting her Newborn Portraits. She wanted nothing to do with the camera and was REALLY not a hat girl. Her mama was so patient though and we prevailed. Eventually she did sleep and we pushed through as many poses as we could. In the end this has become one of my favorite sessions because while it didn’t go exactly as planned it still came out great and showed me that sometimes all it takes is patience.
If you have any questions or would like to book a newborn session please contact me on Facebook or my Website.
A few months ago I put out a model call for a little Boy newborn for a “nautical” styled newborn portrait session. I carefully prepared all my props the night before and headed over to meet this cute little guy after a long day at the office. When I got there I realized I had left my basket with wraps at home. His mama and I had a good laugh about it and then got on with the session. Baby K just never ceased to amaze me, he was less than a week old and knew his name. Every time I said it he would look right at me, then when he got tired he just went to sleep, as if to say no big deal ill just sleep you do your thing. I hope you enjoy the below images as much as I enjoyed taking them.
If you have any questions about Newborn Portraits please do not hesitate to contact me on my Facebook or website.
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.
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.
I am a Semi Pro photographer who specializes in on location photography, What does this mean? I do not have a studio and for the most part will use natural light. I love doing sessions that have a high style contrast like Glamorous senior photos in an industrial area or really rocky area and will do everything that I can to make sure your portraits are not “cookie cutter” that is unless you want them to be.
My style is more natural. I generally don’t do skin touch ups other than to remove large blemishes unless asked to. I feel that your natural beauty shines through in photographs. I also try to keep my edits crisp and clean on occasion if the frame screams sun flair or bright sunny day Ill add a little warm haze to add to that feeling or ill give things a little bit of a dreamy feeling with a matte look but even these are done with the thought that less is more.
I currently shoot with a Cannon T3i and have several lenses in my arsenal, as well as a flash that can be used on camera or off mounted on a tripod. I usually carry all my equipment with me except the tripod, though it is usually in my car. This allows me to be ready for most situations.
Some have asked me about back up equipment. I kinda have that covered as well, Once I approached my husband with the Idea of getting me a DSLR So I could branch out from just doing family portraits he grabbed the bull by the horns so to speak and helped me to research and then purchase “our” camera. A few short weeks later we realized that we do not share well! at that point we bought him an DSLR as well and he has since upgraded to a T4i thus I have a back up camera body just in case.
I relish every opportunity to take Portraits, So when My cousin told me that she needed some pictures of her daughter done for a modeling portfolio I jumped at the opportunity. This meant that I had to Photograph and edit the pictures all in one day because she needed the pictures by next weekend and I Leave to go to my sisters wedding In two days meaning the two days this week are going to be filled with packing and getting ready. We met up at a small park here in Canby and got the shots. 103 to be exact in less than an hour. Then It was time to bring them home pick the good ones get them edited burned and handed to her. I have never had the opportunity to edit with the client sitting right behind me and I must say it was nerve racking. All in all it was a great day and I am happy to present Miss M and just a few of her modeling Portraits.
Yep its that time again, Time to start thinking about senior portraits. Yes I know your thinking but its only January I dont need to have my Juniors pictures in until October of their senior year. This is true but why stress about it at the last min? If you start planning your portraits now. Senior Pictures can be expensive so you want to make sure that you want to get the best deal that you can for the best pictures that you can get, after all your Baby is only a Senior in High school once right! I am a Semi Professional Photographer in the Portland metro area, Because of this I am able to offer prices that are lower than some of the other photographers out there. Even though I am self taught I still strive to get the High quality pictures that you expect when you are paying for a photography session.
There are many ways to make Your senior pictures YOU! First is location. I have seen other photographers that have all of their posted pictures taken in only two or three different locations. I do not think that everyone fits into only two or three places, So rather than say you can choose one of these two places to do your pictures I am basically willing to go anywhere in the Portland metro area that I can take pictures without having to have extra permits to do so. This means that if you are the star quarterback we can go to the school ball field (assuming we can get permission) and get some shots of you in gear or just street clothes on the field and in the stands and in the end zone. Or if you are on the equestrian team we can do your Senior Portraits with your horse for no extra charge, it doesn’t matter what you like to do or what you want your pictures to say you need to make sure that the location fits you.
The next thing that you need to think about is clothes. This is another area that needs to fit you but also needs to stand out. If you say love rock climbing and decide to get your pictures done at Rocky Butte so that you can get some in front of the rocks you would not want to wear grey as you will blend in. Instead wear whites or blues and maybe greens. If you are a “rock star” who loves her Black skinny jeans and Black tshirt with hot pink detail you will want to Make sure that you dont want to blend into the background But you do not want to clash with it either.
Let me help you get the pictures that will help you remember the last year of high school forever. You can find my portfolio in many places : My Facebook , My deviant art and my website. My website also contains my photography prices.
Dont hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a Photography session for your Senior Pictures at My facebook account or at Dellamortphotographry@hotmail.com
If you need your senior pictures done please do not hesitate to contact me.
I love to take family portraits especially when there are young children involved. A lot of times it will go from a nice sedate posed session to chasing said kiddos around trying to get them to sit still “just one more time” or for “just a little longer”. While the running wild and screaming can be fun and lead you to get some really awesome candid shots of your kids sometimes you really want the nice posed formal picture. I have found a really good way to get kids to hold still for these shots (without any candy or cookies of any kind). Most of the kids I know love to pose for the camera so let them choose a pose for the family or one for just them and then pose them the way you want and repeat. you would be amazed at the poses some kids come up with. If posing is not your kiddos cup of tea there is also letting them be on the opposite side of the camera(with my help of course). I have found with several children that if you let them take a picture or two it will help them to become more comfortable with you and the camera and they will be more apt to do what is asked if they know that the will get to “play” with the big camera. If you are looking for a photographer but are not sure about who to higher why not contact me. I am a self taught photographer, and i love to take outdoor portraits in the natural light. You can find my portfolio in several places my Facebook, or my Deviant art, or my website . If you Have any questions or want to schedule a portrait session please do not hesitate to contact me either on my Facebook page or at Tabitha@dellamortphotography.com
These prices include sessions with up to 4 people. Each extra person in any session is an extra 10 dollars.
10 Fully Edited Images on CD
Option to add Professional Prints
15 Fully Edited Images on CD
Option to add Professional Prints
15 Fully Edited Images on CD
$10 Print Credit (Usable on any images taken during the session)
20 Fully Edited Images on CD
$20 Print Credit (Usable on any images taken during the session)