5 Must Have Apps for Parents | Northern VA Baby Photographer

5 Must Have Apps for Parents | Northern VA Baby Photographer

5 Must Have Apps for Parents | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Finding parenting advice and snapping baby pictures are two of the joys of being a parent! When it comes to professional portraits, you can rely on Ever After Baby Portraits near McLean, VA to do beautiful fine art portraits of your children. (You can also browse our blog for our helpful hints baby-advice posts!) But, why not also turn to technology as well? There are some terrific apps available for parents today. You can find valuable parenting advice, information, and even help with photography at your fingertips.

Here are several must-have apps for you to try:

Today’s Parents My Family: A free app from Today’s Parent, a Canadian company offering daily tips, recipes, developmental and health advice.

White Noise Baby: Fussy baby not falling asleep easily? No worries with this app to help relax your baby with looped ambient sounds. The .99-cent app also allows you to download new sounds as they become available. It also includes a shutoff timer and an event log to track baby’s sleep cycle.

Cloud Baby Monitor: Use this $3.99 app as a baby monitor with both unlimited range video and audio, including noise and motion alerts. It’s ideal for home and travel and works off of Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, and Bluetooth.

Sprout Baby: This free comprehensive app allows you to keep up with information on baby and child development. You can also track your child’s milestones and keep a health record with pictures and journal entries.

Mosaic Photo Books: Combine your baby photography into an easy-to-make print photo album with Mosaic’s free app. Use your snapshots on your phone, iPad, social media, Dropbox, or other online photo storage sites. (Of course, for an archival-quality professional album of any of our fine art portraits, contact us!)

If you would like us to capture your children’s baby pictures in the McLean, VA area, we’d be honored to have the pleasure. Please contact us to discuss our work and schedule an appointment.
 

 

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Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near the McLean, VA area in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

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Tips for Capturing Your Own Hospital and Labor Baby Pictures | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Tips for Capturing Your Own Hospital and Labor Baby Pictures | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Tips for Capturing Your Own Hospital and Labor Baby Pictures | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Although some new parents choose to have a hospital photographer present for labor and delivery, many don’t because it feels intrusive and – let’s face it – you’re not at your best at that time. So you don’t need to hire a hospital photographer to take beautiful photos right there in the hospital. Why not shoot your own mother and baby pictures in the hours before and after you give birth? As baby photography experts in the McLean, VA area, we can offer you some ideas for taking some memorable baby pictures.

While you can take some of the snapshots yourself, we suggest having someone designated to take over as you get closer to the delivery.

Why Not Hire a Professional Hospital Photographer?
Because during some of the most important hours of your lives, doing these intimate pictures yourself offers an emotional component and personal perspective. The pictures might not turn out technically perfect compared to a professional, but they will be so much more reflective of your experience.

There’s always time in the days following the birth for our studio to do professional, fine art newborn portraits for you! In fact, we encourage that to get poignant and special portraits of this wonderful new addition to your family, portraits which will become cherished family heirlooms.

But those hours in the hospital during labor and delivery are your special hours. All you need is a good smartphone or small camera to take a few baby pictures.

Here are some things you might consider shooting for the day:

Details of the Day:
The best baby photography begins before the baby is born! You can start shooting pictures before you leave for the hospital. Capturing the last day or hours of your pregnancy is a bittersweet and exciting time. The details of any important personal event are what add meaning.

To portray those final moments of your nine-month journey, we suggest photographing some key details in the hospital. When you later view them together, you will delight in the story they tell.

Consider capturing these details:
• mom and baby hospital I.D. bracelets
• baby’s hospital crib including the baby’s I.D. card on the crib
• baby’s weight noted somewhere
• baby’s first outfit before they put it on and once they’re wearing it
• your partner and you holding the baby
• your baby’s tiny hands and feet

But you don’t need to stop there. Here are a few more ideas:

Baby Bump:
Don’t forget to get one final picture of that baby bump before you give birth! If you’ve been doing themed-pictures as your belly grew throughout your pregnancy, you can continue. You can do it at home before you leave for the hospital or once you arrive. Either way, have fun with it! It’s your last baby bump picture before your sweet child arrives!

Labor & Delivery Room:
You should take a picture of your hospital room, the labor and delivery room or hospital’s sign. It documents the final stage of your pregnancy while offering visual context to the start of your labor and delivery.

Visitors:
Don’t forget to capture candids with special family and friends when they first meet your child at the hospital! And, yes, selfies can be cute, but do take some individual pictures of first-meetings and focus on their expressions! Don’t forget to have the visitors take snapshots of you and your partner with the baby! It’s the perfect opportunity to hand over the camera or smartphone and let someone besides your or your partner be the photographer.

Leaving the Hospital:
You don’t need to be a celebrity leaving the hospital to be photographed. Ask a nurse or aide to shoot some pictures as you wheel your way toward a new life together as a family. Take candid snapshots of the baby in his/her new carrier and car seat.

Your snapshots will help create a visual story of the final chapter in your pregnancy. You will look at them one day with deep fondness and gratitude for the gift of having those baby pictures.

If you’d like post-hospital, newborn baby pictures with a professional photographer in the McLean, VA area, please contact our studios. We would be happy to do your newborn’s fine art portraits!
 

 

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Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near McLean, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

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Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

Why Hire a Professional Newborn Photographer? | Northern VA Newborn Photographer

As experienced professionals in family and newborn photography in the McLean, VA area, we’d like to make a case for why you should hire an experienced newborn photographer.

We hope you would select us as we’d love to work with you and your baby! However, if you don’t choose us, please be sure to select another reputable and experienced professional with reliable references.

Fine art baby photography is far more than a financial investment. It is an opportunity to masterfully and beautifully capture your baby’s portrait to cherish for generations to come.

Safety:
When you have newborn or baby portraits done, you are entrusting your child into the hands of, let’s face it, someone who’s likely a stranger unless you’ve worked with them in the past. A photographer will pose and handle your baby and use heavy equipment around them. It’s critical that they know what they are doing and how to do it safely and correctly. They should know how to handle newborns and how to ensure that any equipment in their vicinity is well secured. We realize that everyone needs to start somewhere (we certainly did) but the ideal newborn photographer is well trained and you’re not their first newborn portrait session!

Experience:
Experience matters when it comes to infant and newborn photography, as we’ve said. The more experienced a photographer is with photography and babies, the better the outcomes. Working with big and little humans is a dynamic process, and the technology around photography is always evolving. So, unless you know the photographer very well and have full confidence in their ability to handle your baby, you don’t want to be their first newborn portrait session.

Investment:
Fine art photography is an investment, both financially and emotionally. This means that you usually get what you pay for. When you are taking the time to invest in fine art baby photography, pay for the best you can afford. Do not select a photographer without first doing some research into their background, their style, and their reputation as a newborn or baby photographer. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask for references.

Pricing:
Most photographers set their prices based on several factors including their education, level of skill, equipment, insurance, business overhead costs including license, taxes, post-production editing including hardware and software, and services offered. When you select a newborn photographer, you are picking someone who’s likely factored all of this into their pricing. They will also need to factor in their profit margins to make a living. Please note that pricing doesn’t always equal quality. It’s not unheard of to have a mediocre photographer overcharging and a fabulous one undercharging. One thing you do want to see, however, is full transparency when it comes to their rates. There shouldn’t be any hidden fees and they, like us, should be willing to answer all of your questions before you hire them.

We hope you will call on us for your baby or newborn photography needs in the McLean, VA area! Our specialty is capturing today’s moments to create tomorrow’s memories.

Other posts might find helpful:

What to look for in a Newborn Photographer!

What should your baby wear for his/her Portrait Session?
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Newborn Photography

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near McLean, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Creative Ways to Share Children’s Photos with Grandparents | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Creative Ways to Share Children’s Photos with Grandparents | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Creative Ways to Share Children’s Photos with Grandparents | Northern VA Baby Photographer

How do you share baby pictures with family, especially grandparents? As McLean, VA area family photographers, we know that wanting to share photos and actually sharing them are two different things – with the former being easier than the latter! Social media aside, it’s easier and more creative than ever to share baby pictures of your children.

We, of course, encourage all families to have a professional family portrait done, one from which beautiful wall art and albums can be created. All of our wall art finishes are of museum quality and guaranteed for at least 150 years, and our albums are of the highest quality. However, if you have snapshots of your kids from years past, then you can use them to create memorable gifts online, especially for the grandparents.

Photo Calendar:
Spread the love throughout the year with a printed and customized photo calendar of your child. You can give one any time or as a gift. A photo calendar lets you assign one picture per month or create picture collages. You can create a photo calendar relatively easily online. Shutterfly and iPhoto offer two good options. In Shutterfly, you need to make an account, select a product (they offer many), and then upload pictures. To make an iPhoto calendar, you just open the program on your computer, click on File, and scroll down to Calendar, and select the photos you would like to use.

Photo Album:
You can create any imaginable style of album using your children’s or baby photography. You will need to account for both designing, production, and shipping time. Artifact Uprising offers some beautifully-crafted albums. Both Shutterfly and iPhoto also have customizable photo albums. For the creatively challenged among us, you can select from templates or auto-placement of your pictures. Shutterfly even lets you pay them to design your album. Our tip: Save your work as you go along rather than waiting until the end. You don’t want to lose any of it!

Ornaments:
You can give a pre-printed photo ornament or photo-insert ornament (usually less expensive). Pre-printed ornaments come in glass, aluminum, and other materials. Snapfish offers photos printed on glass, aluminum, and maple wood. Walmart offers pre-printed photo ornaments as well as ornament frames. If you prefer to make your ornament, here’s a tutorial.

Frames:
If you don’t have time to print and frame (or custom frame) a picture of your child, let someone else do all the work. Framebridge makes it possible with a few easy clicks. You just need to upload the image (or mail it in), select a size and frame, and voila!

Online Photo Sharing:
If rather than creating a product, you would prefer to share photos online with grandparents, there are plenty of options. Most start out for free with limited storage with the opportunity to upgrade for a fee. Dropbox, Flickr.com, and SmugMug are all well-known, reputable sites.

*Please note that we do not endorse any of these or other companies nor do we earn any royalties from other companies.

Again, we encourage you to schedule a family portrait session with us so we can create something truly wonderful for you, a portrait your family will cherish for generations.

If you found a wonderful way to share your children’s photos, please let us know! We’d love to learn about them. After almost two decades of shooting baby pictures in the McLean, VA area, we know how important these photos are to grandparents. The joy they bring is immeasurable!
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer, Baby Pictures

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near McLean, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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Tips for Traveling With a New Baby | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Tips for Traveling With a New Baby | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Tips for Traveling With a New Baby | Northern VA Baby Photographer

Our treasured baby photography in the McLean, VA area means we have the opportunity to talk about babies! How delightful is that?! Today’s blog post focuses on tips for how to travel with a baby. Traveling with a child is never easy, but it’s not so daunting that you should stay home!

If you’re the parent of a newborn, you will probably want to avoid unnecessary travel the first several months of the baby’s life. Besides the heaps of items needed for traveling with a baby, there’s also the idea of exposure to icky germs. Most pediatricians recommend waiting about three months before you head out on your first big journey with your baby. When you do head out, here are some tips to make things go a little smoother. (The key is to anticipate, plan, and then pack accordingly!)

* Health summary: Put together a health summary of your child including names and phone numbers of health care providers, vaccinations, and medicines. (Whether you travel or not, it’s always a good idea to have this sort of information handy.)

* Medicines: Bring all medicines, as well as a list of the medications including dosages. Keep that list separate from the medicines, just in case. Be certain you have enough medicine to get through your vacation or be prepared to refill while on your trip. Always keep any medicine with you rather than in checked luggage.

* First aid kits: To avoid any middle-of-the-night trips to a 24-hour pharmacy in a strange city, bring a first aid kit filled with over-the-counter medicines and equipment a child might need such as pediatric cough syrup, nasal syringe, thermometer, pediatric Tylenol or Aleve, band aids, and such.

* Pack well: If you’re heading to the beach or plan on being outdoors in the sun quite a bit, pack accordingly and include hats and sunscreen for the entire family. Discuss with your pediatrician at what age you can safely apply sunscreen to children. Don’t forget snacks, formula, and any food favorites that are non-perishable. (We suggest bringing enough to get you through the first two days, after which you can shop locally.) Don’t forget to carry more snacks and diapers than you think you’ll need for a flight. A two-hour flight can turn into a five-hour journey with delays!

* Toys: It is important to keep the baby and young children entertained throughout the voyage, both for their sake and yours! We suggest packing several new toys to capture the baby’s or child’s interest. You can bring a few favorites, but be careful not to leave a favorite teddy bear behind! You might not get him back.

* Camera: Of course, as a children’s and newborn photographer, we’d tell you not to forget your camera or smartphone with a built-in camera and video!

With almost two decades of family, children’s and baby photography in the McLean, VA area, we look forward to hearing about your family vacation! We also look forward to capturing beautiful memories through our fine art baby photography.
 

 

Baby Photography, Baby Photographer

Ever After Baby Portraits is comprised of Mindy Belcher and Joriana Belcher Anderson, a mother-daughter baby photography team located near McLean, VA in Northern Virginia. We specialize in timeless and emotive fine art family portraits, including newborn and baby portraits. Family means everything and capturing those precious moments to preserve forever will mean family heirlooms for you to share for years to come.

Best,
Mindy & Joriana – Contact Us!

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