A Very Special First Birthday Photo Shoot | Millbury MA Photographer

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It's unreal how quickly time passes! I can't believe my little niece will be turning one this coming weekend. So, you know what that meant...photo shoot! She is the happiest little girl, who loves to sit with her legs crossed. Adorable!

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Millbury MA Photographer Massachusetts One Year Old Baby Girl Cake Smash Worcester Pink Balloons Pink Boston Metrowest Baby Photos
Millbury MA Photographer Massachusetts One Year Old Baby Girl Cake Smash Worcester Pink Balloons Pink Boston Metrowest Baby Photos

Shawna Shenette is a child photographer with a gorgeous studio in Millbury, MA. Shawna provides all props, backdrops, and styling for your session. Shawna creates the perfect session based on your personal style and provides the care and safety for each child while in her studio. Shawna Shenette Photography’s schedule books up very quickly, especially for outdoor fall portrait sessions, so be sure to book early.

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Shawna Shenette specializes in child and family photographs. Shawna Shenette is based in the Worcester area and services:

Boston, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Natick, Westborough, Northborough, Metrowest, Worcester, Sutton, Southborough, Framingham and the surrounding areas.

email: shawna.shenette@gmail.com for inquiries, scheduling, and confirmations

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This sweet family came to visit the area from Phoenix at the very start of summer, and I'm thrilled that they chose me as their Boston Family Photographer. There are so many great spots in this area to use as a backdrop, and I think this little spot, with its golden glow of light peeking through the trees, was absolutely perfect for both a family portrait session and a one year cake smash for their baby girl. She was so sweet!

I think this is one of my favorite outdoor family photo sessions to date! Lots of outfits, beautiful family, and CAKE!!!

While everyone is still at the beach and enjoying the beautiful weather, fall is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your fall photo sessions with me here in Massachusetts. My schedule books up very quickly for the colorful leaf change. It's never too soon to book!

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Shawna Shenette is a child photographer with a gorgeous studio in Millbury, MA. Shawna provides all props, backdrops, and styling for your session. Shawna creates the perfect session based on your personal style and provides the care and safety for each child while in her studio. Shawna Shenette Photography’s schedule books up very quickly, especially for outdoor fall portrait sessions, so be sure to book early.

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Massachusetts Children Photographer | Boston Child Photographer | Boston Family Photographer

Shawna Shenette specializes in child and family photographs. Shawna Shenette is based in the Worcester area and services:

Boston, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Natick, Westborough, Northborough, Metrowest, Worcester, Sutton, Southborough, Framingham and the surrounding areas.

email: shawna.shenette@gmail.com for inquiries, scheduling, and confirmations

Massachusetts Child Photographer

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Child and Family Artistic Wall Portraits

 

Do You Think My Child Could Be A Model? | The Child Model Series, Pt. 1

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Photographing children makes up a large portion of my photography business, and I'm happy about that because they are one of my favorite subjects. They're cute, silly, happy (most of the time); they have clear skin and bright eyes; and they are pretty much open to anything...as in, they haven't developed much of the self-consciousness that creeps up on us as we grow older.

Do You Think My Child Could Be A Model?

Most of the time during a session my back is turned to the parents as I'm photographing their child, but when I turn around, I see that glimmer of hope and wonder in their eyes as they watch their adorable little one smile perfectly for my camera. They know I shoot a lot of covers for BaystateParent Magazine because they are all over my studio and facebook page, and then they ask, " Do you think my child could be a model?"

Some things to consider before diving in head first:

  • Is your child shy or outgoing?
  • Does your child take direction from adults well?
  • Does your child really want to model?
  • Does your child like having his/her photo taken or do they have a meltdown whenever they see a camera pointed at them?

I only see a child for maybe 45 minutes, so my answer many times is, "Yes, it's possible that your child could become a model" because it is possible. Anything is possible; however, the bigger question is "Do you really want your child to be a model?"

Do You Really Want Your Child To Be A Model?

The world of modeling seems pretty glamorous, right? Who wouldn't like traveling to exotic places, wearing beautiful clothing, having your hair and makeup professionally done, and looking your best in every photo? Sounds fantastic, right? It does to me, BUT I'm a grown woman. To a child, much of this doesn't matter. They are more concerned with when they will get their next snack or be able to play outside.

Many parents love the end result: cute photos of their kids. What they don't always consider is the behind-the-scenes to achieve those photos. Finding the shoots, scheduling the shoots, setting up the shoots, waiting around the set while everything is perfected, sitting still for hair and makeup, and then cooperating with the photographer after sitting and waiting for so long. It can be a long and tiring day, and many children aren't cut out for it.

In the beginning, many child models work for free or for very little money. For all of the time that you and your child invest, the monetary payout may not be very much, if anything at all. Many times, you will be spending much more money than you make (think modeling agent, comp cards, travel, etc...all of which I will cover in upcoming segments of this series).

Another factor is do you want your child's photo everywhere? While it may seem amazing at first, your child's photo could be in print and all over the internet and social media outlets. In the photography world, there has been a lot of controversy lately over what is appropriate to show of our children. Is the clothing and posing appropriate for their age? In 10 years, will your child have a problem with their photos being on the internet?

All of the above aside, modeling isn't all bad and can be a very rewarding experience. There certainly is money to be made in the industry. You and your son or daughter may love seeing their modeling photos everywhere, and it may open up other amazing opportunities for them such as commercials, acting, and scholarships. Modeling can also be a great way for your child to discover self-confidence.

Want To Give the Child Model Thing A Try?

One of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give is don't spend a TON of money on your child's modeling portfolio in the beginning. If you've done any investigating into the world of child modeling, you've probably heard about the casting calls where they tell you that your child is PERFECT for them and all you need to do is pay them $3000 and your phone will be ringing off the hook with jobs. NOT TRUE! I will be discussing modeling agencies in a future post, but until then, don't fall for this scam.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money, and you want to test the child modeling waters, BaystateParent Magazine will be holding a Cover Model Contest. You can view all of the details and rules here: Cover Model Search. For just $25, you can get a taste of the child modeling action. I will be the photographer on Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mall at Whitney Field, Leominster

Have Child Modeling Questions?

If you have any child modeling questions, please ask them in the comments, and I'll be sure to answer them in an upcoming segment.

Shawna Shenette is a Premier Massachusetts Child Model Photographer. Her work can be seen in BaystateParent Magazine, PurePetites Magazine, Bride and Groom, Chic Critique, and many other prestigious publications. She specializes in newborn photography, child photography, maternity photography, family photography and wedding photography in Central MA, Worcester County, Boston and surrounding areas.

 

Those Eyes! | Millbury, MA Child and Baby Photographer

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Eyes are my most favorite part of the photos that I take, and I like to highlight them. Many people think I Photoshop them or do something specific to just the eyes, but the real answer is that I don't do anything different to the eyes at all!

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I LOVE my prime lenses, specifically my Canon 50 1.2L. I am obsessed with it on my Canon 5D MK III, and it very rarely leaves my camera. It creates some of the most beautiful bokeh (that blurry background) around! I shoot as close to wide open as possible for the situation, thanks to my prime lens, and I make sure to focus on the eyes. This helps me get those tack sharp eyes while the rest of the image flows around it softly with that gorgeous depth of field.

MA Child and Baby Photographer Worcester Central Massachusetts Millbury Grafton Westborough MetroWest You just need to practice a lot, learn how to shoot on manual, know your lighting, and understand your camera. Start shooting at 2.2, then 2.0, then 1.8, 1.4, etc. I've found that every lens has a "sweet spot" and this just takes practice to find what works best for you and your style of shooting. While I know everyone thinks that it's my camera that takes the great photos, there really is a little more involved than just having a great camera. If you think it's easy, I would challenge you to take a 50mm 1.2L and use it at 1.2 and achieve nice, sharp eyes within your first 10 photos.

I understand the 1.2L is a bit on the pricey side, but you can definitely get some great, sharp eyes with other primes, such as the 50mm 1.8. This was my very first prime, and it is about $100. If you don't have a prime lens, practice at the lowest aperture of your lens and see what you can do! If you have any technical questions, I'm always happy to answer them for you.

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Bettering The Blog! | Massachusetts Photographer Children, Baby, Weddings, Newborn, Seniors

As we are approaching the busy photography season, the studio has had a bit of much-needed downtime after the extremely busy holiday season (did I say much-needed???), and I've been working on lots of backburner studio projects. The biggest item on my t0-do list was a NEW website and blog! My website was just something that was put together too quickly, and then it lived like that for almost 3 years! The new website is almost done, but it needs a few more tweaks to make it perfect. You can check out the progress, if you like :) One thing that I'm extremely excited about is adding more to my blog because that's where I get to share so much with all of YOU! I absolutely love sharing your images from photo sessions, but there is so much more to share with all of you, too. I get lots and lots of questions from how do I shoot this or when is the best time for our session to how do you find the time, etc. etc.  So, the good news is there will be MORE blogging going on around here...all photo goodness relating to the SSP Studio happenings, how-to's, and maybe even a bit more personal stuff! Yeah!!!

 

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Each Tuesday I will be answering all of those questions that you have pertaining to your upcoming photo shoots, general studio questions, tips to help you prepare for your session, photoshop tricks...pretty much anything! So, if you have any questions that you want answered, please submit them via the contact form so that we'll be sure to answer.

 

 

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Weddings are a big deal, right? Right! They deserve their very own category to discuss anything wedding related from photography, timelines, pretty flowers, gorgeous dresses, you name it!

 

 

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This category is going to be fun! It could be some of my older photos from when I first started the photography business or just a session that never got blogged, some photos of when my daughter was young (awww!), and maybe even some old photos of me! (eeeek!!!! <--- now those could be funny!)

 

 

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Freedom Friday will be when I will write about anything and everything. It could be something from one of the other three categories, it could be a special session that I really want to blog about, a guest post, my favorite music right now, something personal...pretty much anything. I'm giving myself the freedom to post whatever I want on Fridays.

 

I hope everyone loves what we have in store over the next few months! It's going to be fun!