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Taking Easy *AWESOME* Baby Photos {Tiny Prints Review and Giveaway US 4/14}

March 27, 2013
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When the teen was born it wasn’t very common to send out birth announcements. I think we just put an announcement in the newspaper.

When we had the toddler 2 years ago it was something I had to do! I took some pictures in a mini photo shoot. As she grew we had many of these photo shoots. As I did with the teen as she grew. Now we have a third “subject” with all new masculine possibilities for photos. Creating a great announcement with Tiny Prints is easy and inexpensive especially when you can take your own photos!

I am not a photographer by any means. I have had an interest in photography all my life. When I was 13 I won a video camera by entering a photo into a contest for Beechnut baby food! Which not only sparked the photography bug but the contest/giveaway bug too 🙂 These are some tips that I have gathered through my own experiences and research. These tips come from a mom who photographs her own children (and one family wedding).

Lighting. You don’t need special equipment when the sunshine is free! For a newborn or small infant I prefer to stay indoors to avoid loud distractions, flying objects/insects or weather. Open a window or a door. The lighting will be different depending on whether it is directly across from the baby or coming from the side of the baby. Try both, but you really don’t want the light behind them.

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Timing. Of course you want to see those adorable peepers! Everyone wants to know what color baby’s eyes are. BUT I’m sure I’m not the first to say “They look like angels when they’re sleeping”. Those sweet angelic moments are ones you treasure most when they are screaming at night or when you are trying to wake them up for high school. New babies are easy to move and position when sleeping as well. Time your photo shoot for shortly after a feeding. Have your photography area set up prior to feeding. Then you are ready once he falls asleep. If you are lucky and patient, you may catch a sleepy smile! Take sleeping shots then he will likely wake up and cry! Cry shots are also precious!!

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Angles: Get down to baby level. Shoot from above. Lay out a solid colored blanket as your backdrop. I these photos I used a black furry blanket. I laid it over a been bag chair for shots from above. I used clothes pins to attach it to the crib rails so it would hang behind the basket. This wicker basket is a gift from my mom (when I had the toddler). I tossed a blanket (my mom made) inside and dressed him in a coordinating diaper.

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Be prepared to take a break and continue later. Or even another day. You have time!

Close ups! If you are familiar with the macro setting on your camera use it! It’s easy, zoom all the way in and set it to macro. In most cases you wont be able to zoom back out while in this setting. Macro will allow you to get in closer without physically moving in closer. Take close ups of feet, hands, nose, eyelashes and toes! Even little belly buttons!

Now that you have taken your awesome photos it’s time to make some announcements! Here are the announcements I made:

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These are the Charming Hello: Oasis announcements. The back of the card is striped and says “Hello sweet baby boy” with an “XOXO” on the bottom corner. I like the stripes for writing a little note on them. Some I used as a “thank you” for some gifts!

The quality of these cards is amazing! Don’t let the lighting of my photo fool you. The colors are vibrant and accurate! I chose to have a matte finish on my cards but you also have the option of glossy cards. I think matte finish on them effected my photos a little bit. But I prefer matte because it looks very fancy and seems to last longer.

The paper used by Tiny Prints is very sturdy! I also love the rounded corners option! Normally the corners get bent anyway so having them rounded not only adds to the “fancy” factor but also keeps them looking new longer.

The ordering and creating process is very easy. Just fill in the detail information and drag and drop photos! They even have an option to have a design specialist look at your work to provide feedback before they print them! This option is FREE! It takes an extra day to get them delivered when using this option so I didn’t do it.

Overall I had a fantastic experience ordering these announcements from Tiny Prints! I would recommend them to anyone looking to create personalized birth announcement, grad announcements, party invitations, holiday cards, business cards, photo books, custom mugs or wedding invitations! They even have moving announcements!!

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Check out the selection and order yours HERE!

Giveaway!!

Tiny prints is going to give one lucky reader a set of 20 announcements! Open to US residents only 18 or older. Enter the “Secret code” found HERE on the rafflecopter below! Good Luck!!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM!!!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne N. permalink
    March 27, 2013 3:08 pm

    I would love this for my sweet newborn girl.

  2. April 1, 2013 11:57 pm

    I wasn’t sure what you wanted to know but I live in Los Angeles, CA!

  3. rod jackson permalink
    April 3, 2013 3:45 pm

    I will soon be an aunt again

  4. Angie permalink
    April 13, 2013 7:49 pm

    I’ve got 4 little girls! And I love TinyPrints – they do great work! 🙂

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