Newborn Photography Show

http://www.thenewbornphotographyshow.co.uk/

I have just ordered my tickets for the Newborn Photography Show in May, i haven’t been to one before so i am really looking forward to it….tons of stalls with props and clothing and equipment to nose through yey ūüėÄ

They are also running a competition to win TNPS¬†Photographer Of The Year….and it’s a long shot but i am going to enter this one! I have until April 30th to get my image so i might submit one i already have or wait to see what others i get before then i’m not sure yet, I am in the middle of making lots of new outfits to use so i might just hang on a little longer!

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I attended the Newborn Photography Show with Kamila, it was a brilliant day out there was so many vendors there and i was able to have a look at all the different newborn props and accessories that were available … and also spent a small fortune on them!

We needed to find an album supplier and that was one of the most important things to do that day so that we could get samples ordered and ready for the opening of our Studio in July. After looking round all of them we fell in love with the products from Koylab, they had a beautiful finish and were really good prices so we have chosen them to order all our samples from.

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The Polaroid – Pecha Kucha

I would like to talk about the polaroid photo, frowned on by some for its soft blurry image quality yet loved by many for the nostalgia it brings.¬†It’s been with us since the 1940’s and even though there has been so many advances in technology over the years it’s still here.¬†So what gives it its charm, why was it so popular within the arts and will it ever be shunned completely?

The concept of the polaroid photo was created by Edwin Land in 1943 after he took a photo of his daughter and she wanted to know why she couldn’t see it straight away.¬†This opened his eyes to create something new and that same day he came up with the idea of the instant photograph and started the application to patent his idea.¬†This was the start of his journey into creating the Polaroid.

In the meantime, World War 2 came to its end in 1945b and there was a huge demand for cameras, families were welcoming home their soldiers and were wanting to capture their new memories together. They were moving on, putting the past behind them and looking froward to a better future so being able to take photos themselves was really important at that time.

After several years of development in the lab Edwin Land had succeeded in his goal to create the right photosensitive paper with the necessary chemicals to produce an instant photograph. In 1947 he stunned everyone at the Optical Society Of America Meeting with his new creation. This was a massive step for the world of photography.

By 1948 the first ever instant camera РThe Model 95 Land Camera had been produced. Polaroid were unsure of how popular it was going to be and concerned that it may have more of a novelty attraction so they only made 57 of them initially. These were released in a Boston department store and sold out within hours.

It was such a huge hit and revolutionised photography for the average person to be able to produce a developed picture within minutes.¬†It is estimated that nearly one million of these cameras were produced making it one of the best selling cameras worldwide of that time.¬†What made it so popular? It definitely wasn’t the price because it cost a lot more than the average amateur camera.

But by the 1960s, half of Americas households owned one. This was Polaroids connection to the art world. It provided the chance for people with no training to be able to create images of their own and was a medium for artistic expression.

After the 1950s lots of industries began to mass produce as consumerism took hold, the design of everything began to change as man-made fibres were introduced, more colours and sleeker designs. This shows in the design of the polaroid camera, by 1977 the One Step Land Camera was released and it was slightly smaller, had a plastic body and a much more modern look to it.

One of Polaroids biggest fans was Ansel Adams who was an American Photographer and Environmentalist. Famous for his black and white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park. By 1949 he had become a consultant to Land and would test out their new films and products.

Many of his most successful photographs from the 1950’s onwards were made on Polaroid film.¬†Although a devoted fan to black and white photography he also did work in colour and in 1963 when Polaroid introduced their first colour film he went on to work with this but never felt he became a true master of colour.

When Land saw how useful Adams was in suggesting improvements to their products he began Polaroids Artist Support Programme which offered grants of cameras and film to artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol to really test their products to the limits. This at the same time provided a medium for some very creative pieces of art to be made.

For Andy Warhol this opened up a whole new realm of taking pictures, he would document everything in his life, every social occasion he would create a visual diary. He built a vast collection of celebrity polaroid portraits such as Mick Jagger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolly Parton, Debbie Harry to the mundane stills of cabbage patch dolls and the iconic soup cans.

These were the starting point for his Pop Art.¬†He carried a polaroid camera from the late 1950’s until his death in 1987.¬†He was a true lover of the instant, one of a kind, moments capturing polaroid. He documented his life like Instagram using his polaroid camera as someone would an iphone today.

Which brings me to Steve Jobs and the amazing mind behind Apple, his true belief was to bring new and innovative products to the world. He had a huge admiration for Edwin Land and both of them had this ability to not invent products but discover them. They both said that their products had already existed, its just no-one had seen them before and they were the ones to discover them.

So there are many similarities between Apple and Polaroid. Both companies introduced innovative products that redefined the markets of their time, they emphasised good design and usability and were always one step ahead. But as far as the polaroid photo is concerned, would the prints ever reach the standards of more modern digital comparisons and would we want them to?

Polaroids have been used for casting shoots and models portfolios renowned for their instant nature, ease of use and close representation of the subject.¬†But at the same time they have been cast aside by some photographers, for example, Rankin who says ‘Polaroids are so slow’¬†He used to use them earlier in his career but like many photographers much prefer the digital alternative to shoot more frames per minute.

Polaroids have been used in films as well. the took a starring role in the film Memento.¬†They provided clues along the way as the story unravels itself. Leonard, who has no way of holding onto his memories anymore takes polaroids to mark events and places to help him find his wife’s murderer.¬†They were the closest thing he had to a moment in time.

So i think the Polaroids will be here to stay, everyone wants to take photos of every aspect of their lives these days and share it with the world via Facebook or Instagram.¬†And hopefully there will always be a place for the instant photo…something you can keep in your purse, stick on your wall or in an album.

It will always have its place on my shelf anyway thats for sure.¬†I will admit…i love digital photography, i love the accuracy and ability to be able to post process images quickly and easily on the computer.¬†But there is something that the Polaroid photo oozes when it is in your hand- and that’s its authenticity.

The light from that very moment has burnt the emerging image before you onto that paper and it is like as close as you can get to stealing a moment in time and for me that’s what photography is all about.

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, born in New York in 1926, was an indescribably¬†talented artist who wasn’t¬†discovered until after her death in 2007. The work she produced was so ‘now’ and outstanding for the time she lived in and it undoubtedly puts her at the forefront of being one of the best street photographers of all time.

She worked full-time as a nanny and kept her photography secret from everyone, occasionally when asked what she did she would call herself a spy. Whether this was for her own amusement to make people wonder or whether deep down this was how she seen herself. Her daily documentation of life in all its beauty and pain was like she was a reporter working for her own secret company.

The image i have chosen is one that i just fell in love with when i first seen it, i love so many of her photographs so it was hard to choose one and there is many others that show more grit and emotion and power but there is something about this photo that really stands out –

vivian maier pillars

It is amongst her collection of street photography which ranges from the 1950’s onwards around New York & Chicago. It’s so pleasingly composed, the vertical and diagonal lines make your eyes follow the woman to the leading point. It could even¬†be split vertically down the middle and create two separate perfect images. She patiently captures the exact moment when everything is in just the right place and is exposed perfectly.

 

 

BIG 2016 Website Plans

I have a website…

http://www.pmbs-photography.co.uk

Its a very out of date one, there isn’t much i like about it anymore.

Perfect Moments By Suzanne – i don’t like my logo and it is just too long for a start, i want a simpler more contemporary brand name.

‘Perfect Moments’ works well for my newborn & child photography and i think i will keep it for that. But i need to personalise my other work…..i wish i had a WOW name….Suzanne Ross-Hughes is a mouthful and doesn’t have a ring to it. I wish i had design wand to just magic me up something wonderful!

So my January – February 2016 goal is to have a website rebirth!

For my newborn website, i want it to be simple with a selection of my images, information & pricing. I am a fan of Kelly Brown and this is her website –

http://www.littlepiecesphotography.com.au/

And i like the colours of this website and the way when you hover over boxes text comes up so i would like to have that in mine also –

http://bellaandmoss.bigcartel.com/category/wraps

I want to have an established website for my child photography and then i would like to join an association, possibly BANPAS or NAPCP.

Kelly Brown – My Inspiration

I have followed Kelly Brown for years, she lives in Australia and is my favourite natural light child photographer, i think she is amazing. Its not just her end result photos that inspire me but its her approach to the whole procedure.

There is so much involved in baby photography, firstly safety is the most important thing then providing a nice cosy relaxed area for the clients.  A newborn shoot can take up to 4 hours so making everyone comfortable is essential. The happier everyone is the better the photos will be and Kelly Brown was my guru when i was learning, i was lucky enough to watch her workshops on Creativelive and it was amazing to watch her work, her professional efficient, calm caring motherly nature was exactly the same as what i wanted to convey to my clients.

Special Requirements

The week before christmas i was contacted by a lady who wanted to have photos of her newborn baby along with her little boy and daughter. She was concerned about having photos done because she wasn’t sure how we would do it because her daughter has cerebral palsy and is unable to sit up.

I did some research before telling her that i would be happy to do it and would find away to make the situation work to her advantage.

So after i read up about children with cerebral palsy –

I set¬†my studio set up with comfort and safety in mind. I cleared my living room and put a big fluffy rug, cushions and blankets for her to lie in the middle of and some music on to listen to when i was doing the baby’s photos.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/classroom/factsheet/cp-factsheet.html

Knowing that she would need to be lying down for her photos i had to make a padded area with a fluffy blanket that they could all lie on together so that i could take a photo of them from above.

I had Kelly Browns images in mind for this –

Because it would be flattering for them all rather than to try and prop them all up together.

It was a challenge because she can’t lie still and her arms didn’t stop moving and clawing at her face and she had to be carried everywhere, between her mother, father and Gran who had come along to help they were amazing and the whole situation really pulled at my heart strings because it must be so hard and i had to swallow a lump in my throat¬†throughout the session….yet her beautiful little smile made all the struggle¬†melt away.

The mum kept saying it was fine if i didn’t manage to get¬†a decent image of the 3 of them together and that she would be happy with separates but i was determined to make that happen…with the help of the wonderful photoshop i combined two and she¬†was so over the moon¬†happy with it……..and thats what drives me, that chance to make someone fall in love with a memory is just priceless!

I combined the first 2 images to make the third –

Baby Emmeline-14

 

 

2016 Project – Anglesey

New Year …. healthy eating (as much organic food as we can afford)…no booze for 2 months….5 week intense exercise programme….AND plans to cram in as many projects as possible and¬†experiment experiment EXPERIMENT! A bucketful of new years resolutions that i can’t wait for! ūüėÄ

I have joined forces with a couple of fellow equally mad photographers Roy & Kamila to possibly create the ‘ next internet sensation’ ¬†– Quote by Roy.

We met up with Marine Biologist Jess today and drove to Porth Dafarch Beach in Anglesey….After over an hour in the car together i was enlightened by her passion and knowledge of marine life. Her vision is to make documentaries ….but with a sexy twist. Bye bye to¬†old men hauling fish across the side of a boat and hello to pink haired passionate Jess doing the same in her bright and scantily clad fashion.

Arriving at the beach she stripped down to her pants, woolly jumper …and wellies (of course) and danced around the beach like an excited child whilst giving us a lesson about everything she come across….there could be a gap in the market for this…possibly?

We took some photos and videos and just generally wanted to see how she would feel in front of the camera….to which she was a natural.

Soooo we have lots of planning and discussing to do but the idea is to do¬†a series of Youtube documentaries¬†of her in different locations around the UK and possibly fishing trips etc….this should be fin! I mean fun! ūüėÄ