Starting this year off right, Taking photos for myself, rebooting the website, and posting blogs again starting with my overview of the past year.
Here is a recap...
Happy with my location shooting. Working on improving images by making creamier bokeh backgrounds.
I photographed only one maternity session. Never did the model calls I wanted to do. Thinking maternity is not my thing. Instead I want to start focusing on portraiture in the studio using one light keeping images very simply.
I photographed a total of 14 newborns this year. Much better then in 2016. I still need to be consistent with my work. Bean bag and family/baby shots are my trouble areas. Purchases Meg Bittons 'Simply Newborn' & 'Newborn Family Session' and plan on creating a work flow similar to hers to help transitions in each session. I also plan on selling many of my old props & hats to make room for newer more professional "in style" outfits.
Spring/Summer was better then previous years. Buttercup sessions were a hit. Planning on scheduling watermelon minis, mud splash sessions, and back-t0-school sessions this year.
Need to find businesses to advertise my pet photography. Thinking groomers or pet boutiques in the area. I photographed the Rascal's Run fundraiser, but was disappointed in the lack of interest from the runners to purchase any of their images(funds from sales were being donated to AAC).
I took a big step and purchases a full frame camera. *Nikon D750*! Still getting use to it. Very happy with it so far.
Participated in a fall festival with a booth. Tried to sell my fine art prints (landscapes and smoke photography). Didn't sell any. Need look into better festivals and to work on presentation more for future vending.
My fall mini booking were good. Could have been better if they happened needed to be reschedules because of rain the first weekend. Need to advertise earlier (August?)
Finally, winter mini sessions were not a popular as I wished they had been. Need to advertise earlier in the year(Sept?). Also, new setup for 2018 will hopefully draw in more bookings.
Mr. Ezra here was not so new when he came to the studio
with his big brother Elijah. Love their names.
Both start with the letter "E" and not that it matters or anything, but I have now had a Charles and an Ezra in the studio during 2015.
Anyway, if you have no idea what I am referring to it might be for the best. It took a month after the season 5a finale to drop my Pretty Little Liars obsession, but it resurfaces when I see something that reminds me of the show like the names of newborns. haha
" Hello! "
What do you think of the bonnet? I bought these for boys as I don't have many
newborn boy hats.
I don't know.. is it too girly?
Another little boy. This seams to be the year of boys. I think I heard someone else say something about having nothing but boys in their studio this year too.
This session was also a model call. I did Charlie's mother's Maternity Session.
She originally answered my model call for a newborn.
Sweet baby boy, but once again didn't get to work on my taco pose.
The image below is most of what I got with baby on his belly.
He was not a fan.
So I moved on and used some of my new wraps and did laying on back pictures.
I was so excited when Mom said she wanted an album. We mixed images from both maternity and newborn session. She ordered the 8x8 hinged lay flat book which comes with a custom cover.
Baby Jordan came to me as a model call. He definitely made me work for these images,
but it was well worth it with this little red head little boy.
I didn't get to practice the taco pose like I wanted.
I did get these cute more natural looking poses instead.
Tried something new with this images. My favorite from the session.
Reminds me of a 3D or the new 4D ultra sounds.
Little Patience was such a doll. She slept pretty well for her session. Didn't like to lay on her belly or to be naked so we went with using her favorite blankie and for some simple wraps.
Please no screen capping. Thank you.
I am Lizabeth Carl, photographer and owner of Lizabeth Carl Photography. I am 30 years old and have lived in South Jersey my whole life. I was also probably born in the wrong generation because I am hippie at heart.