Category archives: artificial light

A few weeks ago I got to meet this sweet family at their gorgeous East Nashville Home. Baby Owen was so amazing and relaxed for his session and I had a great time getting to know his parents. Mom Emily is a pediatric dentist and she graciously put up with my many questions since my own crew was a few days away from their first checkup. It was so awesome to photograph these beautiful spaces and I hope to see this family again soon!

I was so excited when Katie contacted me abut a newborn session for her baby daughter. She is an extremely talented calligrapher and runs Bunny and Bear Paper, and it just so happens that she is the creator of my lovely logo! She also designed a stunning tattoo that lives on my husband’s shoulder forever, so to say I admire her talent is an understatement.

It was no surprise that when I arrived at their apartment that it was so thoughtfully styled and wonderfully decorated. I am so lucky to get to photograph gorgeous spaces like their’s! These are just a few of my favorites from their session. Hallie is such a beautiful baby and I hope to get to photograph her again soon!

 

2016 was a pretty amazing year for me when it comes to lifestyle film newborn photography sessions. I love love love these sessions and I’ve been so fortunate to be able to shoot such amazing families and houses. Coincidentally, three of my favorites for the year were all of baby boys named Henry! This sweet baby Henry came a little bit earlier than anticipated and was such a sweet little squish.

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Paige (Henry’s mom) and I had discussed her visions for the session in the months prior to his arrival, and I was completely in awe of their Clarksville, TN home when I arrived. The decor was so beautiful and every room was spotless, which Paige tells me was all thanks to grandma who stayed to help them during Henry’s first days. The best surprise was when I walked in to Henry’s nursery. WOW. Seriously, one of the most gorgeous spaces I have ever seen. It was so clear that Paige put so much time and thought into every detail of the room and it was so serene and calming. Even the book on Henry’s shelf ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ had significance as it is an homage to their last name.

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I have said it so many times before, but I really do love photographing lifestyle film newborn sessions at my client’s homes. Newborn sessions take a while, and babies this young usually eat somewhat constantly and need frequent breaks. Everyone is still healing, and it is so much nicer for mom and dad not to have to pack everything up and try to be somewhere on time. Plus you get to include your environment, which is so much a part of the memories of your first days together as a family.

I had a wonderful time photographing this session and I hope to see this family again soon!

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This at-home photo session of the Ward family took place in their Murfreesboro, TN home. Mom Autumn had a great vision for how she wanted her portraits to look, and she even painted her bedroom white while 8 months pregnant (!) because she loves a light and bright look. Baby Henry came a bit sooner than planned, but was thankfully perfectly healthy and precious as can be.

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I LOVE doing newborn sessions at clients homes. It is so much more relaxing for everyone, especially since newborn sessions can be a bit time consuming. This family also has a toddler, and it was great for big brother to come and go as he pleased and hop in photos when he felt like it. When he got tired he could wander into the kitchen for a snack and we just easily shifted gears into photos with mom and dad or baby alone.

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From Autumn:

“Leanne came into our home, put us all at ease and was so gracious with us being a little out of sorts due to the recent arrival of our second son— we had been home less than a week when we had her capture our family. We are so so so pleased with our family & newborn session. Thank you Leanne!”

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

black and white film dad and baby portrait |  www.leannevicephotography.com

black and white film dad and baby portrait |  www.leannevicephotography.com

bright at-home baby photography | tennessee film photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

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Where do I even begin with this session? Basically, it was a dream.

Newborns have a very, very special place in my heart. Lifestyle sessions are also some of my favorites, so this session was just the BEST.

As if a precious newborn lifestyle session wasn’t enough to make me go bananas, mom Kim is STUNNING. So, so gorgeous. I seriously could not take a bad photo of her, AND she is so incredibly nice. She made me lunch while I was in their home and was so helpful. Kim is also a local photographer so I was honored to take these photos for her!

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We started outdoors since the light was so soft and beautiful that morning. Then, went in for some lifestyle shots and solo images of baby Henry. This session was right around 4 hours long, which many people don’t realize is pretty typical for newborn sessions. I like to really take my time, make sure there are plenty of breaks for feedings – which Baby Henry definitely needed. He ate about every 30 minutes to an hour (poor mama!).

Kim rented an AMAZING dress from Rent the Runway, and after the lifestyle portion of the session was finished, she was able to change back into comfy clothes and kick back and relax.

I adore these kinds of sessions and I hope there are many, many more like it to come!

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beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

beautiful lifestyle newborn photos on film | nashville photographer www.leannevicephotography.com

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As any mother does, I love taking photos of my own kids. Since it is summer, we have taken lots of photos of the boys outside recently, so I wanted to change it up and do something I love doing for clients that we hadn’t done yet – a lifestyle photo session.

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Since all sessions are more fun for kids when they have something to do (and snacks always help!) baking cookies seemed like an obvious choice! We have lots of M&Ms around lately since we just finished potty training, so we made some yummy M&M cookies.

The boys love to help with everything at this age and they had so much fun. You should definitely these cookies out if you get the chance, they were delicious!

The recipe was adapted from Pretty Simple Sweet and Alton Brown’s chewy cookie recipes. The secret is melted butter, plenty of brown sugar (the darker the better), and only using the yolk of the second egg. Also, chill the dough or the cookies will spread.

Fun M&M Cookies

Yields 16-24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (bread flour is even better if you have it)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1.5 sticks of butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar (the darker the better)

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup M&Ms

Directions:

Melt the butter over low heat. set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Whisk in the egg, yolk, and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until well combined, but don’t over-mix.

Chill the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight (nap time was our perfect chilling opportunity). Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop rounded dough onto prepared baking sheet (parchment paper might be a good idea, but I didn’t use any). Bake between 12-18 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. Cookies are done when they just start to brown on the edges.

Cool, eat, and store leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container.

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Pretty much anyone who has an iPhone knows what they DON’T want flash to look like. Shiny skin, harsh shadows, the background way darker than the foreground.

As such, many photographers proudly advertise being “natural light only”. But what happens when the weather is bad? Or you want to have a newborn session indoors because mom is still recovering, or you’d like an in-home session but your house doesn’t get *quite* enough light?

Artificial lighting doesn’t always have to look, well…flash-y. Here are a few secrets to making artificial light look as natural as possible.

Shoot Film

Baby Dalton's session was shot on film at his home. Baby Dalton’s session was shot on film at his home.

Film offers a completely different look with artificial light because the dynamic range and highlight retention of film is so much better than digital. When you shoot strobes with film the result is a much softer looking light source, much like natural light.

Addie Kate's session was shot on film at her home as with a strobe and softbox. Addie Kate’s session was shot on film at her home as with a strobe and softbox.

Feather It

This photo taken during baby Jack's newborn session is an example of feathered light.  This photo taken during baby Jack’s newborn session is an example of feathered light.

Feathering is when you put your subject just behind or below the main path of light coming from your light source. Placing them in the outer, scattered light rather than directly in front and center gives a really nice, soft light.

Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

Ben's smash cake session was shot using a bare strobe bounced off of a white wall and ceiling. Ben’s smash cake session was shot using a bare strobe bounced off of a white wall and ceiling. A pullback from Ben's session. A pullback from Ben’s session.

Bouncing light is a great way to mimic ambient light. With every surface the light bounces off of, the light is scattered into a bunch of different directions. The effect is soft light that lights up your subject and the whole room.

Just be careful bouncing off of colors other than white as you can end up reflecting that surface color on to your subjects. For example, bouncing light off the walls of a wooden barn can make your images appear orange.

This photo of Jake was taken in the same room as Ben's session, with the strobe pointed at the top of the wall opposite the windows. This photo of Jake was taken in the same room as Ben’s session, with the strobe pointed at the top of the wall opposite the windows.

Mix with Ambient Light (when you can)

This (digital) photo was taken using a strobe + softbox and mixed with ambient window light during baby Charlotte's newborn session. This (digital) photo was taken using a strobe + softbox and mixed with ambient window light during baby Charlotte’s newborn session.

Using artificial lights on as low a setting as possible is a good way to make sure the light doesn’t become too harsh. Leaving the windows uncovered and working with the available light you have will help to keep your strobe or flash settings low.

A word of caution: strobes, flashes, and all lightbulbs are set to be a certain color temperature. If your bulb color temperature is different than the color temperature of your ambient light, you can end up with some funky white balance issues.

Use Soft Light

A large softbox was used for this photo of baby Jackson. This room had little to no available natural light. A large softbox was used for this photo of baby Jackson. This room had little to no available natural light.

There are just about a MILLION different light modifiers out there, and it can get super confusing knowing which one to use. Now, not all natural light is soft (during midday it is definitely harsh) but the late afternoon light that is the most flattering is typically soft.

When it comes to soft light modifiers, bigger is better. Also diffusion helps to soften the light coming out of the modifier. Softboxes, octodomes, and beauty dishes are great.

Also, the closer your light is to your subject, the softer the light will be (just make sure the power is low). Remember though, the closer the light the quicker the falloff, so keep an eye on your shadows and if they are too dark consider a reflector.

Another example using a large softbox is this image from Jack Henry's session. Another example using a large softbox is this image from Jack Henry’s session.

Another (somewhat surprising) soft light source is fluorescent lights! They are sometimes used by famous editorial and headshot photographers for the way they flatter skin and fill pores. You can either use pro-grade (and very expensive!) fluorescent lights designed for studio photography, or you can get them from your local home improvement store. Just be aware that you need to get T8 bulbs as T12 will flicker and limit what shutter speeds can be used.

This shot of Jake was lit with a fluorescent shop light and four T8 bulbs. This shot of Jake was lit with a fluorescent shop light and four T8 bulbs. In this image you can see the shop light reflected in the catchlights in his eyes. In this image you can see the shop light reflected in the catchlights in his eyes.

I hope that if you are considering an indoor photography session this has opened up the possibilities for you! Contact me today to book or inquire about a studio session or sign up for my newsletter to stay in the loop on all my events and goings-on around here.