Mosie Posie {Fabulous Product} San Francisco Family Photographer

If you're like me, the hunt for a fabulous baby gift is endless (and often stressful). I hesitated to share this, but I LOVE her work so much, I can't help but share with others! Here are just two images that I shot of some samples Tara sent me. How COOL and PERFECT are these as baby gifts??

Here is her Etsy shop:

Now go...Pin it...and wait for your new mama friends to thank you.

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Tamron Interview: 90mm Macro Lens {Press} San Francisco Newborn Photographer

When I had the opportunity to test drive the Tamron 90mm macro lens, I JUMPED at the chance! I had tried a macro lens only a handful of times but never took the time to actually learn how to use this beauty. After lots of practice, I took it on a few shoots (some newborn, some 6 months and even a 1-year-old) and the results were beyond my expectations. I am often asked what gear I use. Here is a link to my full gear list and I'm happy to answer questions. Though I favor my Canon 50mm 1.2L for the majority of my shoots, I use between 3 and 4 lenses for every single shoot and the Tamron 90mm macro is an excellent addition that I can't believe I previously lived without.

The original article from Tamron can be found here: **************************************************** Their Development Is in the Details Brooke Bryand captures tiny fingers and toes in her baby portrait sessions with the Tamron SP 90mm macro lens. Article By Jennifer Gidman Images by Brooke Bryand

Even though she’s only been a mom herself since 2009, Brooke Bryand has always been drawn to photographing babies and families. “I started shooting well before my own child was born, but it’s a whole different experience once you become a parent,” she says. The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 macro lens has boosted Byrand’s creativity during her infant photo shoots more than she could have even imagined. “This lens is absolutely perfect to capture those little noses, toes, and mouths — I couldn’t get those details with other lenses I was using,” she says. “It’s also a cool lens to use during the first-year ‘cake-smash’ session, when they’re eating a cupcake or cake and I’m photographing them getting really messy. While it’s fun to show their distinct body parts when they’re newborns, it’s a whole different perspective to now show them using those toddler hands in a different way!”

The 90mm’s focal length (ideal for portraiture) and 1:1 life-size ratio is an invaluable aid in Bryand’s extreme infant close-ups. “When I first started experimenting with this lens, I was just using a box and a Pez dispenser, “ she says. “Even though I wasn’t that close to the box, I kept feeling like I was going to touch that Pez dispenser. That’s why my baby shots are so intimate, because I can get such fantastic, up-close detail in every nook and cranny.”

Brooke Bryand Photography | Tamron 90mm Macro Lens | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

Baby’s Age Matters Bryand’s shoots take anywhere from 30 minutes for a mini-session to three hours for newborns — and patience is paramount if you’re attempting those longer sessions. “Putting a newborn into one particular pose can take up to 20 minutes on its own, and any sudden thing can jar the baby awake and make you start all over again,” she explains. “Babies with digestive issues are particularly challenging, because they often have a tough time getting to sleep when their tummies hurt. You have to be prepared for that and be able to move on if a certain pose or image doesn’t work out.”

Offering a variety of packages for older babies allows parents to specify the types of shots they’re looking for. “I have a 30-minute mini-session, for example, if the parents really just want to capture a quick snapshot of what’s going on in that particular phase in the baby’s development,” Bryand explains. “Longer sessions take place as the baby gets older, not only because I’m shooting more as the baby becomes more active, but also because I like to get the baby in her environment, like in her crib or play space, then also go outside in the backyard or to a park.”

Brooke Bryand Photography | Tamron 90mm Macro Lens | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

Bryand has to reach into a different bag of tricks for different ages as well. “When a baby is three months old, I can use something simple such as a little squeaky toy or an item that’s black and white as a visual aid,” she says. “When a baby is six months or nine months, though, I have to entertain him more, maybe singing songs or playing games with him. Even a few weeks can make a big difference: At three months, a baby might not be able to push up, but at four months he might be able to; by nine months, he’s crawling and so excited to be mobile — they’re all totally different photo shoots because of this.” Because newborns aren’t as animated or mobile as their slightly older counterparts, Bryand introduces drama into these images by constantly changing her perspective. “I use a variety of angles, depending on the look I’m going for,” she says. “The newborn isn’t moving, but you’re telling different stories by moving yourself around the newborn. If I’m trying to get an infant’s face with that 90mm, for example, I might shoot straight on at her level; then, when I’m trying to get her toes, I might shoot from straight above, and then complement that by switching to wide angle so I can get the baby’s entire form.”

Brooke Bryand Photography | Tamron 90mm Macro Lens | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

Working the Big Picture Into the Smaller Ones Her attention to detail with the 90mm lens helps set Bryand’s work apart — in addition to her ability to put those details into the context of the larger story. “I do a couple of things to differentiate my work so it’s not simply ‘insert baby here,’” she explains. “First, I try to integrate some portion of the family’s home into the photos. I will bring blankets, hats, and other props I’m thinking of using. Once I enter their home, however, I look for items that mean something special to the parents and that are also appealing to the eye — like maybe a striking souvenir from their honeymoon. That gets their personal story into the picture.”

Brooke Bryand Photography | Tamron 90mm Macro Lens | San Francisco Newborn PhotographerBrooke Bryand Photography | Tamron 90mm Macro Lens | San Francisco Newborn Photographer

The other element that’s vital to Bryand’s images: making sure that Mom and Dad are in some of the shots. “To me, the individual baby images are just part of the story,” she says. “My job is to show what’s happening on that day, at that moment in time, which includes capturing the relationship between the baby and his parents in what’s often their first official family photo. If a newborn just woke up and is about to feed, I’ll take that opportunity to do the family shots; once the baby is ready to sleep, that’s when I’ll focus on the individual shots of the baby.” When it’s time for those solo shots with older babies, Bryand often encourages the parents to remain nearby (“you never know when that separation anxiety will kick in as they get older!”) but to also let her do the lion’s share of the work. “I want to take the load off of the parents and let me be the entertainer during the shoot,” she says. “I’m fresh meat for the kids, so they’re interested in me and I can engage them directly. If a baby isn’t feeling comfortable with me for some reason, I bring Mom or Dad in and ask them to stand as close to me as possible so they’re my shadow.”

Parental input is important, too, when it comes time to decide whether to fix those bumps, scratches, and bruises a baby gets from learning to navigate the new world around her. “While I try to do as much as I can in-camera to minimize any blemishes or take care of it in post-production, I always talk to the parents about it first,” Bryand says. “Some parents actually want to show that moment in time, bumps and all, because it’s a memory of when baby started walking; other parents want their baby to look the way he normally looks, without those battle wounds. I always defer to the parents’ wishes.” When asked what the best part of shooting these baby sessions is, Bryand doesn’t hesitate. “They’re so new and beautiful,” she says. “Plus the parents have often only been home for a day or two when I get there to shoot a newborn session, and they’re just in this blissful state where sleep deprivation hasn’t quite kicked in yet and they’re just thrilled to be parents. It’s such a treat for me to share in such an intimate time with these new families.”

Brooke Bryand Photography | Tamron 90mm Macro Lens | San Francisco Newborn Photographer | Canvas Collage Storyboard

To see more of Brooke Bryand’s images, go to ****************************************************

Ummm, I'm on Pinterest! And now Etsy too!

I made a photo collage canvas for my nephew Riggs and then for my son Cal about a year ago. I did a blog post about the final product and created them thinking they'd be perfect for clients, especially to put together a "1st year collage" of all their shoots with me. Brooke Bryand Photography | Photo Collage Canvas

Then the "Cal Canvas" got PINNED on Pinterest (check it out on the link) and WOW. Aside from having crazy web-traffic, I've had countless inquiries into the sale of either a canvas or the digital file for the canvas. I would love to share this design with more people, so (thanks to my bestie giving me a nudge) I created an Etsy shop where people can view various canvas options and send me their photos so I can design a canvas just for them.

Brooke Bryand Photography | 1st Year Photo Collage Canvas

I'm adding more collages...I just did two this week. Here is one of them for my niece, Ella. We did a "cake smash session" for her First Birthday and it was AWESOME!!!

Brooke Bryand Photography | Custom Collage Photo Canvas | Baby's 1st Year Cake Smash

And here is a "baby parts" canvas I did for a client...look at those little fingers and toes - I love it!

Brooke Bryand Photography | 10x10 Square Custom Canvas Photo Collage | Baby's 1st Year Body Parts

Check out the Etsy shop for full details! Brooke Bryand Photography | Canvas Photo Collage Storyboard | Etsy Shop

How to decide which "big camera" (DSLR) to purchase | San Francisco Family Photographer

This is such a difficult question and one that I am asked several times a week from friends, clients, and strangers alike. People know their cell phone camera and point-and-shoot cameras aren't cutting it to take pictures of their lightning-speed kiddos, but aren't sure which "big camera" to purchase that will give them the results they want without putting them in the poor house and the camera becoming a dinosaur before it even arrives in the mail.

So here are some points I emailed a friend yesterday that I thought might be helpful to other people too:

1) "Nikon or Canon? Nikon or Canon??": Let me start by saying I'm a Canon girl through-and-through. I use Nikons in my 101 Workshops, but I truly can't speak to which body is better than any other. What I can say is that my professional photographer friends who shoot Nikon are beyond pleased and I'm sure whatever Nikon you choose will be fantastic. Having said that, I can only recommend Canon because that is all I have experienced. It's not to say that whatever Nikon you have or are considering isn't equally fantastic.

2) "Which Canon should I buy?" Check out this YouTube about Canon Rebel comparisons and note that the big take-away is that if you don't care about video (you'll use your cell phone, your point-and-shoot, your Flip, etc. to capture video), you might as well save some money and get the Canon Rebel Xsi.

3) What about the lens? I want the blur": "Blur" is actually called "bokeh" and you get that effect with shallow depths of field (an entirely different blog post and part of my 101 workshop) When you decide which body to purchase, ignore the lens they sell with the body. It's usually a 3.5 or even 5.6 and won't give you the "blur" that you would like in portrait photographs. In fact, if you can buy a body without a lens, do it. Put that money toward the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens...nicknamed the "nifty 50" because it's an awesome lens for right around $100. Buy the $5 Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter too (protects the lens from dust/dirt/fingerprints).

I can say that whatever camera you decide on is going to be a huge, humongous, awesome improvement. What you'll notice quickly is that babies...even little ones...are FAST little guys! They blink, they rock the "startle reflex" (where they jerk their arm up for no good reason and scare you half to death), they turn their heads at the wrong time, etc. etc. etc. A point-and-shoot, even the latest-and-greatest ones...just aren't going to cut it. You need a DSLR (like the ones you're looking at, or even a lesser version) to get those moments.

Another note, I buy ALL of my gear on Amazon. Yes, there are cheaper places but I love Amazon. Great customer service, great returns, great quality. And, for a little while longer, no sales tax (at least for CA). Feel free to buy through B&H or any other reseller...I'm just telling you what I've found to be the best solution for me. Here is a link to my gear (not that you need this gear...just want to share what I use):

Good luck in your quest and don't hesitate to contact me with questions. I feel like I need to put a doctor's statement here that the views and opinions expressed here are mine only. Brooke Bryand/Brooke Bryand Photography can not be held liable for the photography items you purchase.