New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer: Blog https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog en-us (C) New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:28:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:28:00 GMT https://www.newcreationphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u90007657-o468016527-50.jpg New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer: Blog https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog 120 80 How to Build a Birth Photography Portfolio https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2018/4/how-to-build-a-birth-photography-portfolio For Photographers:
HOW TO BUILD A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO
 

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So you've decided that birth photography is calling your name. You know photography, you've got the equipment and you know how to use it well. Your family is supportive, you've got on-call childcare lined up, and you're ready to go. What's next? You've got to build a portfolio that shows your birth photography skills. So, you enthusiastically contact a pregnant acquaintance and tell her that you are eager and excited and will shoot her birth for free, right?

Wrong. While this is a tactic that many, many aspiring birth photographers have used, experienced birth photographers will tell you this is NOT the way to go if you want people to value your services in the future. Birth photography is so much different than a 15-minute mini session you might offer for a discount to boost your portrait portfolio. Birth photography not only requires a huge sacrifice of your time, but it might actually require a great deal of expense to you as well--paying an on-call babysitter, having a spouse take a day of vacation time while you are at a birth, paying parking fees in the parking garage of the hospital, etc. By offering a free birth, you are actually losing money while investing a great deal of time in your client.  

Losing money on a birth client is a bummer, but you know what is even more of a bummer? Being on-call for that client, night and day, for weeks; anticipating the moment they go to into labor and give you that call to let you know; waiting and waiting for that chance to finally go photograph your first birth...only to wake up one morning and see a cell phone pic of your birth client's brand new baby in your Facebook newsfeed! You've rearranged your schedule, you've had on-call childcare waiting, your bag has been packed for weeks, and they don't even bother to call!?!?! Yep. It happens all the time. Why? Because they don't necessarily value the FREE service you are offering them. She goes into labor, real life gets in the way, things get hectic, and that call to you never gets made. They've invested NOTHING in you, so they have nothing to lose. How do I know this? Because I learned the hard way. It happened to me 4 out of my first 5 births. It was devastating! I wasn't charging a deposit, and they had no real reason to call me. I started charging a deposit and do you know what happened? Clients started calling me every time.  


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Just to recap: 1.) Don't offer free birth sessions for portfolio-building. 2.) Don't take a birth without a deposit. 3.) Set your pricing and value yourself highly so that potential clients will value you as well! 

Don't undervalue your time and expertise. You are offering an amazing service to your clients, and if your portfolio and photographic skills speak for themselves, there are plenty of clients out there who will value and invest in your service!

by Laura Eckert of New Creation Photography & Birth Photography in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA.

 

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Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2016 https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2016/9/public-breastfeeding-awareness-project-2016 The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (#PBAP2016) was in full swing once again in early August for its third year celebrating World Breastfeeding Week! I joined founder Leilani Rogers and about 40 other photographers to help create beautiful and real images of women breastfeeding in public.  This should be normal.  Breastfeeding in public really shouldn't need a special project to help normalize the idea of naturally feeding a hungry baby. But the reality is breastfeeding in public isn't always seen as the norm, and it's not always seen as natural.  

Thanks so much to Big Grove Brewery in Solon, Iowa, for hosting our group of breastfeeding mommas and for being super-awesome! When I asked a local breastfeeding group what businesses were truly breastfeeding friendly, Big Grove was at the top of the list, and they really were awesome to work with.  Thanks also to Birth, Baby & Beyond in Cedar Rapids for hosting us at their weekly summer park event!
 It's so much fun to get together with the BB&B gals, and I think everyone enjoyed their time at the park.  Lastly, a huge thanks to all of the wonderful moms, siblings and babies who participated in the project this year!  Hope to see many of you again next year!

Want to see more images from the PBAP?  Check out the link at the bottom of this blog!
 

 

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Check out some more PBAP photos from Sticky Mango Photos!!

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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) PBAP2016 breastfeeding sessions cedar rapids iowa eastern iowa photographer iowa city new creation new creation photography nursing sessions public breastfeeding awareness project world breastfeeding week https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2016/9/public-breastfeeding-awareness-project-2016 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:39:33 GMT
Digital Photography 101 Workshop: June 11th, 2016, Learn Photography in Eastern Iowa! https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2016/5/digital-photography-101-june-11th-2016 Digital Photography 101 Spring 16bDigital Photography 101 Spring 16b

Got a nice camera but don't know how to use it to its full potential? Interested in photography but could stand to learn a few things? New Creation's Digital Photography 101 class is for you! Join us on Saturday, June 11th from 9am-4pm for a class that will help you make the most out of your camera and improve your photos.

Let's face it: you need this class! You've got a nice camera, but it's stuck on "auto". Your camera is controlling you, but you need to be controlling it if you want to take the very best photos! So, clear your calendar and sign up today. Get a friend to sign up too and learn together. I promise you will be a better photographer when you leave, and you'll have a great time too!

We will start by exploring camera features, aperature, shutter speed, exposure, depth of field, lenses, composition and other elements of photography. Then, we'll take what we've learned and put it to the test, actually taking photos, uploading them, sharing them with others, and maybe even doing some light Photoshop work to them. If there’s time we'll conclude with some ideas of how to creatively get those great photos from computer to print.

If you are a photo enthusiast, scrapbooker, nature lover, or mom who wants great pictures of her kids, this class is for you! Just $200 includes lunch and 7 hours of instruction and practice. The workshop will be held at my studio in Shueyville, IA.

Go to https://tave.com/newcreationphotography and select “Digital Photography 101” as the session type or call 319-841-2071 to register or get more information! Space is very limited, so act quickly!

$50 deposit is non-refundable and guarantees your spot in the June 11th workshop. The remaining $150 balance will be due via cash or check on the day of the workshop. Must have 6 registered or class may be postponed (in which case deposits would be refunded!).

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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) Cedar City Class Digital Iowa Photography Rapids course eastern iowa learn photography photography workshop https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2016/5/digital-photography-101-june-11th-2016 Thu, 19 May 2016 16:35:47 GMT
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I'm pretty sure that all NCP clients have been there at some point.  You know, when you are trying to select your favorite images from your recent session, but you LOVE THEM ALL!  How do you select just a few for final edits when you really, really WANT. THEM. ALL!?!?!

Well, I'm going to try to help you out.  Now, when you love 'em all, you can get them all! The "Love 'em All!" option is available as an add-on to your originally-purchased package.  What you'll get (in addition to the full-resolution, fully-edited images that you've purchased with your package) is ALL of the proofs you were given, as low-resolution files with a special "PROOF" watermark.  These images won't be fully edited...but they'll look just like your proofs, just with the added watermark. You'll have your very own "Love 'em All" gallery from which you can download all of your images, and they are printable up to 4"x6".

How many will there be?  The same amount as proofs you were given.  In a lot of cases, there will be 100 images or more, depending on the length of your session.  How much will they cost?  The add-on price for "Love 'em All" is $300.  But if you order the add-on option at the time of your session, I'll knock $50 off of that price!  That's right, you'll get dozens and dozens of these special proof files for just $250!

So don't let those images go unseen!  Adorable crying images?  They're yours.  Picking his nose?  Save it for her graduation party! Funny faces? Show the world!  Just plain silly?  You'll get them all with "Love 'em All"!!  

Love 'em All: Not perfect, just precious!


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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) Cedar Rapids Photographer Children's Photography Eastern Iowa Photographer Iowa City Photographer New Creation New Creation Photography https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2016/5/love-em-all Fri, 06 May 2016 22:01:01 GMT
Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2015 https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2015/8/public-breastfeeding-awareness-project-2015 The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (#PBAP2015) was in full swing once again in early August for its second year celebrating World Breastfeeding Week! I joined founder Leilani Rogers and about 40 other photographers to help create beautiful and real images of women breastfeeding in public.  This should be normal.  Breastfeeding in public really shouldn't need a special project to help normalize the idea of naturally feeding a hungry baby. But the reality is breastfeeding in public isn't always seen as the norm, and it's not always seen as natural.  

This year, I was able to photograph several moms in the Newbo area of Cedar Rapids, including Brewhemia and in front of Newbo City Market, as well as a group of moms from Birth, Baby & Beyond at Thomas Park in Marion!
 We even took a session to the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game, and a couple were done at a recent conference in Grapevine, TX. Thank you to Tammy at BB&B who helped coordinate most of the sessions, and to all of the wonderful moms, dads, siblings and babies who participated in the project!  Hope to see many of you again next year!

Want to see more images from the PBAP?  Check out the link at the bottom of this blog!

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Check out some more PBAP photos!  Here's some from Cortney Fraleigh of Captured by Cortney Photography

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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) breastfeeding sessions cedar rapids iowa eastern iowa photographer iowa city new creation new creation photography nursing sessions pbap2015 public breastfeeding awareness project world breastfeeding week https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2015/8/public-breastfeeding-awareness-project-2015 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:46:18 GMT
Love 'em All! https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2015/2/love-em-all LoveEmAll-0246LoveEmAll-0246 LoveEmAll-0384LoveEmAll-0384

I'm pretty sure that all NCP clients have been there at some point.  You know, when you are trying to select your favorite images from your recent session, but you LOVE THEM ALL!  How do you select just a few for final edits when you really, really WANT. THEM. ALL!?!?!

Well, I'm going to try to help you out.  Now, when you love 'em all, you can get them all! The "Love 'em All!" option is available as an add-on to your originally-purchased package.  What you'll get (in addition to the full-resolution, fully-edited images that you've purchased with your package) is ALL of the proofs you were given, as low-resolution files with a special "PROOF" watermark.  These images won't be fully edited...but they'll look just like your proofs, just with the added watermark. You'll have your very own "Love 'em All" gallery from which you can download all of your images, and they are printable up to 4"x6".

How many will there be?  The same amount as proofs you were given.  In a lot of cases, there will be 100 images or more, depending on the length of your session.  How much will they cost?  The add-on price for "Love 'em All" is $300.  But if you order the add-on option at the time of your session, I'll knock $50 off of that price!  That's right, you'll get dozens and dozens of these special proof files for just $250!

So don't let those images go unseen!  Adorable crying images?  They're yours.  Picking his nose?  Save it for her graduation party! Funny faces? Show the world!  Just plain silly?  You'll get them all with "Love 'em All"!!  

Love 'em All: Not perfect, just precious!


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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) Cedar Rapids Photographer Children's Photography Eastern Iowa Photographer Iowa City Photographer New Creation New Creation Photography https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2015/2/love-em-all Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:37:52 GMT
The NCPVIPdrives are here! And they're awesome... https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2014/11/ncpvipdrives-are-here Have you heard about becoming an NCPVIP?
(Find all of the details below the images!  You DON'T want to miss the details!)

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So, just how BIG are these drives??  Well, technically, they are 4gb, but they're really so much more than that.  By purchasing your drive, you will become an NCPVIP!!  And why is that big?  Oh, you know, you'll just get 15% off EVERY New Creation session, product and service AND get TWO FREE IMAGES ($80 value) with every session you purchase from New Creation. Every. Single. Session. And you know what else?  You'll also get EARLYBIRD access to sign-ups for mini-sessions! And knowing me, I'll probably be throwing in some new perks every now and then too.

FAQs:

1.) How much will the drive cost me?  

That's always the first question, right?  It would be for me.  How much is this drive, plus all the NCP benefits worth to YOU?!?  JUST $150.  Yep, that's right .  $150 and it will MORE than pay for itself after just two sessions.  How can you NOT buy this drive?!?!


2.) When can I get mine?

Your drive can be purchased simply by emailing me at laura@newcreationphotography.com and telling me which color (blue, yellow, green) you prefer.  I will email the invoice ASAP, and your drive will be shipped to you quickly once the invoice is paid! 

3.) How many images will my 4gb drive hold?

There's a lot of variables that go into determining the file size of an image, and therefore the figures I give are very approximate.  However, I will say that based on the average sizes of the last twenty or so sessions that I've completed, the drive should hold pretty much all of your portrait sessions that you have ever done or ever will do with New Creation. :)  (I'm talking portrait sessions, here, not births.  Births are a whole different ballgame!)  You can consolidate and archive all of your sessions onto one drive. From my calculations, I believe that each drive should hold approximately FORTY PICten sessions or about EIGHTY EXPRESSions sessions, give or take a few depending on how many extra images you order, if your session was in studio or outside (yep, true story), etc.  Either way, that's a whole lotta sessions that will fit on your drive.  You'll be able to transfer all past cds to your drive if you'd like, and download all images from your future image galleries. Seriously, it's going to be awesome.

4.) Will you still be giving out cds with sessions?

CDs are out. Digital downloads are in. A lot of today's laptops aren't even being sold with cd drives anymore.  They're getting to be old technology.  CDs will be available as an add-on for sessions, but they won't come as part of your image package. It will be much more economical AND practical in the long-run to invest in the NCPVIPdrive!!!
 

5.) What are the perks?

*15% off every New Creation session, service or product!
*Receive two free images with every session! ($80 value!)

*Get earlybird access for mini-session sign-ups!
‚Äč*Add on the "Love 'em All" Package after your session for just $250!
*Save 15% on Education Workshops like Digital Photography 101 and Photoshop 101!

 

6.) This is so awesome!  How can I ever thank you?

Well thanks so much! *blushes* You can thank me by purchasing your drive, and continuing to be an awesome, loyal, and dedicated NCP client.  And if you've never been an NCP client before?  There has NEVER been a better time to become one!  Get your NCPVIPdrive right away and begin filling your drive with beautiful images and unforgettable moments! :)  Also, share NCP with your friends.  That would be awesome too. 

 

She really has nothing to do with the NCPVIPdrives.  She's just super cute.  And her mom could put this image on an NCPVIPdrive!! :)

 

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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) Cedar Rapids Photographer Eastern Iowa Photographer Iowa City Photographer NCP NCPVIP NCPVIPdrives New Creation Birth Photography New Creation Photography Newborn Photography VIP https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2014/11/ncpvipdrives-are-here Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:14:41 GMT
Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project 2014! https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2014/8/public-breastfeeding-awareness-project-2014 Last week (August 1-7) was World Breastfeeding Week, and I had the honor of joining Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (#PBAP2014) founder Leilani Rogers and over 50 other photographers to help create images of women breastfeeding in public.  This should be normal.  Breastfeeding in public really shouldn't need a special project to help normalize the idea of naturally feeding a hungry baby. But the reality is breastfeeding in public isn't always seen as the norm, and it's not always seen as natural.  This year, I was able to photograph several moms at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, as well as moms from the Beloved Bonds Breastfeeding Mommas at the Iowa City Ped Mall.  Both locations were perfect, and left me wishing I had more and more beautiful mommas and their nurslings to photograph!  Next year, I hope to do breastfeeding mini-sessions at several locations in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.  Thank you to all the moms who participated in the project! 

Please join in on our blog circle by visiting the next photographer in our group, the talented April Newman from New York!

 

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laura@newcreationphotography.com (New Creation Photography: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Birth and Newborn Photographer) #PBAP2014 Beloved Bonds Breastfeeding Mommas Breastfeeding Photography Cedar Rapids Breastfeeding Photographer Iowa City Breastfeeding Photographer Leilani Rodgers, Photographer Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project World Breastfeeding Week https://www.newcreationphotography.com/blog/2014/8/public-breastfeeding-awareness-project-2014 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 03:37:08 GMT