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How to make your own real wood photography backdrop and floor

 Photographers: DIY: How To Make A Real Wood Distressed Backdrop

For as long as I've been a newborn photographer, I've been longing for a real wood distressed backdrop. I have plenty of vinyl wood-effect printed drops, click-together laminate boards coming out of my ears, but it's not the real thing.
May 31, 2018 by Lauren Bennett
How to create a wood-look faded backdrop in minutes without buying anything new

How to create a wood-look faded backdrop in minutes without buying anything new

Ok, I did not intend to record this video. It was Mother's Day here in the UK and I'd had a wonderful day filled with cold cups of tea, scribbled drawings and sticky kisses. I managed to find 20 minutes peace in the evening by hiding in the studio claiming I had "work to do"... so, without further ado, I present to you the most amateur throw-together 4 minute video you will see on the web today, creating something incredibly effective and simple:

 

HOW TO CREATE A WOOD-LOOK FADED BACKDROP USING PAPER AND A PENCIL

 
 
#TIPS:
  • Keep a pencil sharpener handy
  • Start soft- you don't want harsh lines
  • Use a light crayon to draw a second line to the right or left (depending on your lighting position, draw the opposite side to your light) and smudge with your finger top to create depth
  • Don't be like Lauren and free hand - make sure you plan out the distance between your planks to keep your lines poker-straight
  • Take your time!

#HACKS:

  • Don't want a fade? Draw to the back and add a skirting board - BOOM wooden floor and wall
  • Use with a cake smash, then just chop and chuck the mess
  • Experiment with different tones and styles
  • GET CREATIVE!
  • make white wood paper backdrop fade photography editing lsp

Edited using the White Linen Duo for Photoshop & Lightroom (also super quick)

Do you have any amazing tips you can share? Or did you try this yourself?Let me know in the comments below. Can't wait to see what you do with this!

March 28, 2017 by Lauren Bennett
Capture and create this sweet, simple newborn pose

Capture and create this sweet, simple newborn pose

How to pose Newborn baby in Daddy's Hands

Without a doubt, this the most popular newborn photograph we get asked for most every session.
simple newborn pose fine art lemon sky
I have received quite a few messages asking how this shot is achieved - baby safe in Daddy's hands. Well, I'd like to say it's advanced and complicated but the truth is... no it's incredibly SIMPLE.
You can create this shot in any newborn session. You only need a small space and one light or a window plus a little creativity. Angle the light to cascade down baby and highlight the little face and details. Combined with a dramatic Black & White finish, this creates a unique, timeless and touching memory that the parents will absolutely treasure. 
I hope this 1.4 minute video helps you create your own version of this beautiful shot to add to your galleries
Simplicity is key in this shot. Absolutely minimal retouching is needed after, as the whole point of the finished piece is to see baby as the delicate, brand new little life they are.

It is also wonderful (and important) to involve baby's parents in the shoot as much as you possibly can. This is the first time they have let a stranger handle their beautiful new baby of any extended period of time and I find adding this shot in at the end of the session makes a wonderful transition to the session finale; finishing with this gorgeous pose is wonderful for baby's parents.
 
 
This shot can be achieved in baby is awake or asleep, so long as baby is content and relaxed. Little baby in this video was breech so her sweet legs are naturally curled up like this.
Please enjoy the video tutorial of how you can set up, capture and create this shot: WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: 
 
#TIP - work the angles! Stand over baby to create an aerial shot, move around and find that sweet spot. Play with angles and lighting to create variations in the gallery and don't forget those little toes!

*I have been asked why the blue backdrop - The blue is my backup to the black. Sometimes I shoot on this dark blue if I also want some colour shots for the gallery in a deep dark colour. The reason on this session the blue is there is because, little accidents happen ... so I put the blue partly under, to keep baby happy for this shot without changing the entire set up and waking baby. She was so comfortable and content I didn't want to move her to re-create the moment.

 
Please Always Remember: Safety for your newborn client is THE most important thing to remember in any shot. Please make sure baby is never lifted from the bean bag. Also, remember Mama has recently given birth so make her comfortable and please ask her to inform you if she is uncomfortable at any time during this shot. Please make sure she rests her arms so as not to strain the abdominal muscles. This is especially important in the event of a C-Section. For more information about safety when posing newborn babies please visit the Baby And Newborn Photography Association's website at www.BANPAS.co.uk . At no point should baby be unsafe during their session.


 
March 28, 2017 by Lauren Bennett
Create a beautiful photography logo in Photoshop

Create a beautiful photography logo in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Photography Logo in Photoshop

Ok, I'm really excited to share this with you today - how to create your very own beautiful script style handwritten logo in minutes using Photoshop. For this tutorial I use a photoshop brush called Sugarlands Script.

Please enjoy this live video tutorial showing you how to create your own handwritten script photography logo - as with all my free tutorials, it is unscripted and a little poor quality on the sound so I do apologise! I will record a clearer version soon, but wanted to get this out as I know so many are wishing to know this super secret and easy trick.

Live Video Below:

 

 

*Back story: I discovered the Sugarlands Script Set hidden away in a small, floral, shabbychic corner of the internet and my gosh it was so wonderful I wanted to keep this all to myself! But (those that know me know I love to share), this is really too good not to share with you.

This beautiful little brush set comes with flowing individual lower-case script letters that allow you to make your own unique, beautiful logo in minutes. The butterfly, heart and swirl embellishments are almost too perfect to handle and DON'T get me started on the blowing dandelions or peony. Plus the set of over 60 brushes is $10! Seriously, 10 little dollars! I can't actually believe that. I don't know how long this sale is on for, but even at full price these are a total steal. I am in no way affiliated with Something French but literally HAD to blog this for you.

 

Notes:

  • Step 1: Download the Sugarlands Script Brush Set (I'm not affiliated, I just adore this brush set!) Instantly downloads, the same way as my LSP Actions.
  • Step 2: Open the brushes in Photoshop or Elements (double click them)
  • Step 3: Create a new image (the larger the better, you want your logo to be as high-res as possible for future use as this will be a raster image, not a vector You can always shrink it after as needed)
  • Step 4: Select the brush tool on 100 opacity of your chosen color. Create a new layer for each letter/embellishment and away you go!
  • #TIP you can use Free Transform (CMND/CTRL + T) to resize your letters and rotate to fit)
  • #TIP you can use layer styles to change the colour/add a stroke in the case of the circle or add a shadow etc. This is non-destructive and totally changeable.
  • #TIP: Back your logo up and save in all sizes and formats for use. I recommend:
    - Full size PSD
    - Transparent Background PNG at 2500px for watermarking and CD/USB print
    - Transparent background PNG at 1000px for web use
    - Black, White and your colour choice variations
    - White Background JPG at 2500 px for other use
    - White Background JPG at full size for other use
    - Your colour choice background JPG for other use
    - Full size PDF file for publications, signs and stationary etc


Link: DOWNLOAD THE SUGARLANDS BRUSH SET >>

Related Articles: How To Create A Watermark Brush In Photoshop >

 

If you liked this tutorial, please leave me a comment below - comments keep me going! Haha.

Enjoy creating your beautiful logo.

Lauren xoxox



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August 25, 2016 by Lauren Bennett
The sweet newborn pose your clients will love - how to capture this simple, safe shot

The sweet newborn pose your clients will love - how to capture this simple, safe shot

This beautiful Newborn shot takes seconds to set up and capture, but is adored by your clients. Seeing baby so small and content resting between Mama and Daddy's hands is our client's all time favorite shot. Without a doubt, this the most popular newborn photograph we get asked for most every session.

Newborn posing tutorial LSP


Not only is this shot incredibly safe (baby never leaves the beanbag and is certainly not lifted), it involves the parents and is very comfortable and easy for baby. The illusion that baby is lifted in their parents hands, combined with a dramatic Black & White finish creates a unique, timeless and touching memory that the parents will absolutely treasure. 

 

Beautiful Baby Posing



Simplicity is key in this shot. Absolutely minimal retouching is needed after, as the whole point of the finished piece is to see baby as the delicate, brand new little life they are.

It is also wonderful (and important) to involve baby's parents in the shoot as much as you possibly can. This is the first time they have let a stranger handle their beautiful new baby of any extended period of time and I find adding this shot in at the end of the session makes a wonderful transition to the session finale; finishing with baby in Mama and Daddy's safe hands is a tender end to a memorable newborn session.

 

Lemon Sky Newborn Montage

 

This shot can be achieved in baby is awake or asleep, so long as baby is content and relaxed. Please enjoy the video tutorial of how you can set up, capture and create this shot: WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: 

 

#TIP - work the angles! Stand over baby to create an aerial shot, move around and find that sweet spot.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! This is certainly our client's favourite shot and is such a joy to capture. 

Happy shooting!

Lauren at LSP Actions


 
Please Always Remember: Safety for your newborn client is THE most important thing to remember in any shot. Please make sure baby is never lifted from the bean bag. Also, remember Mama has recently given birth so make her comfortable and please ask her to inform you if she is uncomfortable at any time during this shot. Please make sure she rests her arms so as not to strain the abdominal muscles. This is especially important in the event of a C-Section. For more information about safety when posing newborn babies please visit the Baby And Newborn Photography Association's website at www.BANPAS.co.uk . At no point should baby be unsafe during their session.


 

August 04, 2016 by Lauren Bennett