Before I relocated to Greensboro, I teamed up with Lizzy from Momento Studios of Mesa, AZ at the end of January to play with some new lighting techniques and this gorgeous fellow photographer and maternity model, Laci! I love collaborating with fellow photographers in the community! I think sometimes we get so busy with the hustle and bustle of running a business, that we forget to just have fun! She absolutely rocked her 34 week pregnant belly! I think the sweetest moment happened when we got her little girl all dressed up and had her jump in for a few of the photos.  She gave us and her mama some of the sweetest smiles! I know that one of the biggest worries I had from going from one child to two, was that my oldest would feel left out. I love that we were able to capture some of the connections between mother and daughter here, and I hope that Laci and her sweet babies cherish them for years to come!

Ive been there before and I know that by the third trimester, the last thing you are interested in is getting photographed. You feel like exhausted and huge and the only thing you want is for your 40 weeks to be up so you can be holding your sweet baby in your arms and you can finally sleep on your back again. You are beautiful! Although though your ankles may be a tad swollen, The moments are fleeting. Before you know it you will have a sweet little baby in your arms, and you will miss feeling those adorable little feet kicking you in your ribs while you are trying to fall asleep. Let Jenifer Howard Studios – Greensboro Maternity Photographer, help you capture that pregnancy glow!

 

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Greensboro Newborn Photography – Baby Grace. This beautiful little girl was quite the surprise for her mom and dad! They had been in the adoption process for a while and after a failed adoption over the summer, they had decided to wait a little longer before they went through the process again.Then, the phone rang. A beautiful baby girl had just arrived and was waiting for them! They jumped on a plane from their home in Kentucky to come to Phoenix to pick up their brand new baby girl! I was so excited to receive their phone call! Baby Grace was 10 days new and since they were trying to get everything finalized and were unsure when they would be able to take her back to Kentucky, they wanted to make sure that they captured how tiny and perfect she was now. I had an opening the very next morning, so I put together a few sweet and simple sets for them, which included lots of pink per request!
She was absolutely perfect! She gave me some adorable expressions, as you can see below! I loved her perfect smile and when she stuck her tongue out during her daddy and me photos, we all had a good laugh!
Its not very often that you get such a special client! I am so glad that I was able to photograph this new family of 3! Grace is the perfect fit for their family and It was so amazing to see the love they instantly had for their baby girl! I wish them the best as they head back to Kentucky and settle into their brand new life with their gorgeous baby girl!
Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

Look at that little tongue sticking out! <3

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

This image was a special request from mom, It turned out perfect!!

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

I think she likes them!

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Photography - Jenifer Howard Studios
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Greensboro Newborn Portraits – Jenifer Howard Studios. This sweet and handsome baby boy came to visit my studio on New Years Eve and was my last newborn of 2015! I got a call from his sweet mama the day before and she explained to me that they had just found out that her husbands work had a program where they paid for newborn photos, but it wasn’t going to be available in 2016, so we had one day to do the session! I quickly sent over all the booking info and they came over to the studio the next morning.
I could not even stand how adorable Harrison’s big brothers were! They were all pros for their brothers portrait, even his brother that was only 18 months old! It is so special to capture that special bond between siblings in those early days, even if they aren’t too sure about baby yet!
Harrison was absolutely perfect! Sure, he may have peed and pooped on me a couple times, and all the props he was on, but that handsome face made up for it all! He was not a big fan of two things, 1. Being naked (even though it was a toasty 82 degrees) and 2. Being on his belly. So I adjusted the session accordingly so that he would stay happy. Being flexible is very important in newborn photography. Each baby is unique and has a personality all of their own. I want to keep them as comfortable and happy as possible during their newborn session, and if that means doing more baby-led posing, or more wrapped photos, then that is OK.  Your baby’s comfort and happiness is my number one priority and a key ingredient to a successful newborn session! You can read more about details from my sessions here!
Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

How adorable are they!!!! <3

Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

 

Greensboro Newborn Portraits - Jenifer Howard Studios

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Its always so much fun to work with two year olds. Sure, they call it the terrible twos, but what they really mean by that is that two year olds are so stinkin’ adorable that you just want to freeze time! They come up with funny phrases, they are really exploring their personality, and they will give you some amazing captures!
This sweet girl was no exception! First she was a little shy, but eventually gave me the biggest smiles and sweetest looks! She brought along her bunny for her session so that she (bunny) could get her photo too!
This family told me that this was their first professional photo session, ever! I never would have guessed that, because they rocked it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last February I made the big switch over from natural light to studio lighting. It was a tough choice for me because I was so in love with natural light. It was easy (and free), and I didn’t have to try and figure out all that complicated studio lighting equipment.

I eventually started to feel frustrated with my work and really wanted more consistency in regards to my lighting. With natural light, it’s up to the day. Sure, I can set up in the same spot, but if its cloudy, sunny, time of day, time of year, the light will always look a little bit different. I just knew that for me, personally, this move would help me move to the next level.

I took to the great and mighty google (ok, and  Facebook Photography Groups) to figure out what I would need to move over to studio light and what would give me the lighting “look” I thought I was going for. After months of research (about 6 months worth) and going back and forth, I decided on a Paul C Buff Alien Bee 400 and a 64″ soft silver PLM umbrella with a white diffuser.

Here is an example one of my last newborn sessions with natural light (left), and one of my first with studio (right) using a 64″ Soft Silver PLM bounced with white diffuser cover:

Another Example of a natural light session (left) and a recent studio session using my 86″ white PLM bounced.

Moving to Studio Light was also a movement of figuring out my “style”. I would play with my light, angle it different ways, turn it up and down, etc. I figured out that I wasnt going to get the look I wanted with the modifier I had (64″ soft silver).  The shadows were too strong for my liking and the light was very directed. So, after more research, I chose to go with the 64″ white PLM with the white diffuser.
At this time, I had a smaller shooting area that had to be set up and taken down at the time of my shoots. I had considered getting the BIG ONE (86″ white) but went with the 64″ for the quick take down and convenient size.

It was ALMOST perfect. Since I really loved the look of soft natural light, I was really trying to re-create that with my studio light, and the 64″ PLM shadows were just a little too strong for the Look I wanted, although not as strong as the Soft Silver. So I went back online and ordered the 86″ white PLM with the white diffuser cover.

Here is an example from using a 64″ soft silver for a family shot (left) and using my 86″ white bounced with a white cover (right).

When I pulled it out of the box and opened it up, it was HUGE!  It took a few uses to get used to the size of it and to decide if I wanted to shoot through or bounce, but I eventually got the hang of it! 🙂

Now it’s all I use and I swear by it! I cant imagine moving back to natural light now after the amazing consistency and convenience of studio lights.

So, what exactly is the point of this post? Well, when I was researching and trying to decide what kind of modifier I wanted to use, I could not find any comparisons with examples. So now one exists!

My husband was kind enough to play along with me today and took some of photos of me with the different modifiers and a pullback shot so you can SEE the difference for yourselves!

GEAR: Nikon D610 with Sigma 50 1.4 Art Lens

AB400

Impact Light Stand

Neewer Transmitter & Receiver

PLM umbrellas

A quick side by side comparison first:

All of these images are straight out of Raw, with only the clarity slider adjusted to 18.

CAMERA SETTINGS FOR ALL PORTRAIT IMAGES:

50MM (sigma 50 1.4 art lens)
f stop 3.2
ISO 160
SS 1/160
AB 1/8th power

I stood on the piece of tape for each shot and the light did not move.

 

 

 

 

  • Unknown - Thank you so much for doing this comparison!! its just what i needed!!ReplyCancel

  • Triad Baby Photographer - Jenifer Howard Studios - […] love having a large enough studio space to accommodate families of 5 with ease and with the move to studio light last year, I can now offer studio sessions in the evening when natural light is not […]ReplyCancel

  • Allie Geiger - I really appreciate this comparison!! I just ordered my first alienbees b400. Paul C buff was out of the 86″ PLM’s so I ordered a 72″ white with white cover from another site. I have been looking everywhere online for comparison shots and was shocked that there wasnt really anything online to visually compare! This is exactly what I needed!ReplyCancel

    • jeniferhowardphotography - I’m so glad it was helpful! Good luck with your new lighting set up! YOu are going to love it!ReplyCancel

  • Lina - Thank you so much for your blog!!!! It has been so helpful.
    I just bought my Alien Bee B400 and I previewsly had the neewer transmiter and receivers but I need help!!!! when I take the picture, the Alien Bee work and the receiver and transmitter too but in the picture the light cuts the image and one side is almost black and the other side is white because of the light?
    In all the images.
    Is because of any setting I am missing on camera regarding to the light system?
    I shot manual and use canon off camera flashes for events but I use a canon speed light. I don’t have experience with transmiter and receiver.

    Website http://www.linapics.comReplyCancel

    • jeniferhowardphotography - It sounds like your sync speed is off! I have to have mine set to 1/160. It could also be your PLM position and a mix of the settings. Fee free to email a pic of your settings/set up and I’ll see if I spot anything that’s off! Hello@jeniferhowarsstudios.comReplyCancel

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