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This contest is now over.  The winner is Laura Van Ravenswaay – entry #2205.  We appreciate all who entered.  Come back soon for more great newborn photography tips and help.  And future contests too.

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This is the ultimate giveaway for newborn photographers! Win more than $1,200 worth of hats, wraps, accessories, an Ottoman Posing Beanbag, and a backdrop and flooring. Whether you are a professional photographer or just getting starting in your journey to photograph newborns and babies, this prize package has the perfect assortment of goodies.  And best yet, entering is easy.  Just answer one of two questions we have for you – read on for details.

Introducing the prizes and our wonderful hosts of the contest:

After the Bump is giving away: $600+ worth of newborn photography props and accessories from their store.

Shoot Baby is giving away an Ottoman Posing Beanbag and a three pack of waterproof pads. $130 value.

Rock the Drops is giving away a two 60×72″ poly backdrops and one 60×72″ dura floor backdrop. $450 value.

+ Shipping from After the Bump and Rock the Drops is included anywhere in the United States; shipping from Shoot Baby is included anywhere in the world! If you are outside the United States, you may still enter, but will be asked to cover taxes and tariffs as required by law and shipping for the two vendors indicated.

 

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How to enter the contest:

  • For seasoned newborn photographers: add a comment telling us your best piece of advice for photographing babies or editing images of newborns.
  • For those who are fairly new to photographing newborns: list one question you have for a professional photographer who focuses on newborns.

Extra entries:

 Winner will be announced:

  • On our blog Sunday evening, 5/6/12.  The winner will be selected by either random drawing – or – my twins may pick the winning number (also pretty much random). And I will add the winner’s name to the top of this post.

 

Prize details:

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  1. Julie Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Hello! I am new to newborn photography. My question is: What are some good tricks to get them to be comfortable? My few attempts were met with crankiness. 🙂

  2. Heather Maneke on May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I shared to my facebook linking to this page and to MCP facebook

  3. Lisa Crane on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I don’t do alot of new born but most of my newborn clients come from past wedding clients. Best advice is to set aside at least a 2-3 hour block of time and have a heater because babies hate to be cold. Always try to photograph the baby when they are sleeping because an awake baby is usually a little on the cranky side. This is where the patience comes in.

  4. Heather Maneke on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I have share this giveaway on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/149674387586278215/

  5. RacHael Clark on May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    How do you handle fussy babies who refuse to sleep?

  6. Melissa Heuscher on May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    What kind of lighting setup do you use to get such gorgeous light on the babies?? It’s always so perfect!

  7. Jayson Simmons on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    When photo shooting a newborn session, as you finish the photo shoot are you absolutely confident that you have what you want? Are you ever satisfied with the outcome of the finals?

  8. kristie on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    My question is, How do you get the first time parents to stay calm and relaxed while you change poses and move around?

  9. Amanda Snodgrass on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’ve only done a handful of newborns and would love to get into newborns more. I have found the need of patience with the newborn and the mother. Calm and relaxed so the baby doesn’t sense the tension. My biggest question would be: What is suggested for lighting? I don’t want to bombard the baby with lights that will startle them each time they go off. I’ve read about using lighting from a window. I’ve bounced light off a ceiling, but sometimes that seems to not be enough. Should that be more of a concern in editing?

  10. kristie on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I left a message on the 3 vendors. I also shared this on my page

  11. Kelly on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I am fairly new to newborn photography focusing more on toddlers and preschoolers. I have a newborn session coming up and my question is – what do you do when they don’t want to go to sleep?!

  12. Heather Maneke on May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I have Visited the three vendors on Facebook: After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops. I left a comment on the wall with the exception of Shoot baby. They don’t allow comments by the public, so I sent a personal message thanking them

  13. photoquilty on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My best advice when photographing newborns: keep plenty of warm milk on hand – whether by having the mom nurse the baby over and over again, or a warm bottle. My babies always look their best when they are warm and fed. This is a great contest!

  14. Angel Gray on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I visited all three vendor sites, have already been using shoot baby products (love them) but definitely loving those ruffle bloomers over at after the bump too!

  15. Angel Gray on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I have been shooting newborns for a few years now. My most favorite tip is the heating pad I put under the blankets. It is not the plug in kind so no worry about it heating too much. It is full of beans and I put it in the microwave for a couple minutes to heat. It stays hot for a while and it is under a couple layers of blankets, not touching the baby. Also a tiny space heater I picked up on amazon and a noise machine that I hang from the backdrop stand! Also, keep the environment calm! No extra people if you can avoid it (grandmas who want to watch etc.)

  16. photoquilty on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I just visited the FB sites of the awesome companies that are supporting this giveaway!

  17. Danielle on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    My best piece of advice for any newborn shoot would be to make the parents as comfortable as possible with you, especially if they are first time parents. You are handling their precious package and they need to know that you are making their baby’s safety your first priority and great portraits second. Let them help too by holding a blanket or soothing the baby if/when they get fussy. They like feeling like they are not just spectators. 🙂

  18. Jenny Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I’m new to newborn photography and my question would be: What is the best fail safe pose to use for a brand new little love bug?

  19. Jenny Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I shared on Facebook!!!!

  20. photoquilty on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Posted your link on FB!

  21. Jenny Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I shared on my Business Facebook page!!!

  22. Bethany on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    My question for an experienced newborn photographer would be about lighting. What is their favorite type of lighting? I love natural light and that’s mainly what I use.

  23. Jenny Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I shared on Twitter!!!

  24. photoquilty on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Posted your link on Twitter!Thanks for this contest, Jodi.

  25. Jenny Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I thanked all three vendors…Rock the Shot, Shoot Baby, After the Bump!!!

    • Jenny Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Typo meant to say thanked Rock the Drops! sorry

  26. Bethany on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I posted a link to your newborn actions on facebook.

  27. photoquilty on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I bought the Newborn Necessities set when you prereleased it. Love it!

  28. Sue on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Still new to newborn shoots – but my advice is to be patient. Newborn shoots can be long but oh so much fun! Keep the room nice and warm and be prepared for anything … as in bring a bag to put wet blankets or material/props in.

  29. Kristi Fiske on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Sharing on my FB Photography page: Kristi Fiske Photography (=

  30. Rebecca Eichelberg on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    My question is: is it better to really smooth out a newborn’s skin, or leave some of those details in the image? Newborn’s typically have more reddish skin with dry skin patches or flakes, and I’ve seen pictures both ways.

  31. Timothy on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    One tip that has a dual purpose and I just learned is to use a hair dryer. It serves to keep baby warm, and also to provide that soothing white noise that most babies love!

  32. Danielle on May 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    “Liked” all three vendors as my business and thanked them all for the very generous donations!

  33. Rebecca Eichelberg on May 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Posted on Facebook

  34. Rebecca Eichelberg on May 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Pinned on Pinterest

  35. Sue on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am
  36. Danielle on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Just pinned (or attempted to pin) the actions website to my Pinterest board! https://mcpactions.com/newborn-actions.html

  37. Sue on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I pinned the contest on pinterest! http://pinterest.com/pin/48061920993589204/

  38. Leah Odom on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    How do you get a newborn to sleep on the props if the poor baby has never left the mothers arm? I have had this experience. Baby woke up everytime she left her mother’s arms.

  39. Rebecca Eichelberg on May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Visited all three vendor Facebook sites and posted thank you’s and liked them.

  40. Danielle on May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Added to my business facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Springtide-Images-Photography/152949578077903 This is such an amazing giveaway!! 🙂 Thank you so much!

  41. Sue on May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Shared about the contest on fb!

  42. Kristi on May 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Shared on my FB photography page and liked all vendors pages: awesome contest! Advice: heating blanket to keep those newbies warm and cozy! Just remember to check the heat before laying the babes down (=

  43. Leah Odom on May 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Shared on Facebook!!

  44. Leah Odom on May 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Sent thank you notes to the vendors sponsoring the giveaway.

  45. Sue on May 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Visited After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops on fb. Left a msg for them too. Love this stuff!!

  46. Alysson K. on May 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I already had “Liked” all three of your generous co-vendors, but I left them all some love and a thank you on their walls! 🙂

  47. JessS. on May 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I’ve only been photographing newborns for about a year now. I’ve learned to keep my hands warm, and that a space heater is my best friend. I still have a question though: How long do your newborn sessions last, and how do you price accordingly for that?

  48. JessS. on May 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I posted about the Newborn Necessities and about the giveaway on my facebook page: facebook.com/jess.sauck

  49. Tonya B on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Super new to shooting newborns. My question would be what are the biggest mistakes you made during the beginning of your career as far as shooting newborns? So far alot of my portfolio are toddlers & up & at every shoot I learn something I wish I wouldve known/thought about before we started that day.

  50. kala bernier on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    First of all this is awesome! MY best piece of advice is to be patient!! Every baby is different some may be a little harder to prop, get to sleep, etc. As long as you are patient and take your time you will get the results you are looking for 🙂

  51. JessS. on May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I also posted it on pinterest! http://pinterest.com/pin/104075441359071668/

  52. kala bernier on May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    link on FBhttps://www.facebook.com/Thisstupidlamb/posts/414185595265812

  53. Tonya B on May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Shared on Facebook

  54. kala bernier on May 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I have liked all vendors and left TY notes<3

  55. JessS. on May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I wrote a thank you note to all three vendors. to Shoot Baby, I sent a message rather than wrote on their wall, as it wasn’t allowing me to do differently. I am crossing my fingers!!!

  56. Rhonda Kelly on May 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’ve been doing photography for 3 years now. But I’ve only done a few newborn sessions. How do you get them to sleep during the session? lol each newborn was wide awake and wouldn’t go to sleep. Also is there a way to prop them up with out having to edit out hands/arms?

  57. Tonya B on May 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Visited & commented on all 3 of these great vendors!

  58. krista on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    wowza! my question would be: what made you start feeling comfortable photographing newborns?

  59. krista on May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am
  60. krista on May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    visited all three vendors on FB (liked and thanked too!) :)and now my fingers and toes are all crossed!!!

  61. Arya on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I have a question for all you seasoned baby photogs out there – How do you get the babes to fall asleep? This is the hardest part for me and tend to stress over baby not falling asleep so I can get those “sweet” images.

  62. nicole on May 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I have a question. How do you calm down the new parents, while I’m contorting their newborn?

  63. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

    What are some helpful hints for posing newborns? What works and what doesn’t?

  64. Kathy Thorson on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I do not shoot newborns because I feel it is the same types of things over and over. If you are a newborn only photographer, what do you do to make your images different from other photographers? What makes your work unique that allows you to make a profit?

  65. Kathy Thorson on May 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I shared the newborn action set on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/#!/althauser1LOVE your products MCP!

  66. Kendra Jean on May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Awesome giveaway!! Crossing my fingers:) I am not a “seasoned” newborn photographer, but my advice is that under 10 days old is my favorite age, and they like to be warm/cozy! Keep them bundled up until your ready to take the shot. heaters/warm hands help too.

  67. Rhonda Kelly on May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I shared the link on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest!

  68. Jenny on May 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Would love tips on posing babies on their bellies.

  69. Rhonda Kelly on May 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I visited all 3 on facebook : After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops and thanked them for joining with you for an awesome giveaway package!

  70. sarah raanan on May 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have a few newborn sessions under my belt but i often find myself sticking to my ‘safe poses’. I dont seem to be able to get my babies to keep their hands still e.g when wrapping them in cheesecloth, they just open up their hands and their fingers poke through the cloth! also when trying to tuck their hands under their chins, how on earth do i get them to keep them still?! Thank you 🙂

  71. Ronnie Garrett on May 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    The first time I photographed a newborn, the photos didn’t measure up to what I wanted. I’ve photographed 25 or more newborns since and I’ve learned the following: One, the room needs to be warm. Two, bring a heating pad or water bottle to warm the surface before you put the baby on it (never put it under the baby, that’s dangerous). Three, the baby needs to be milk drunk. Have Mom feed them right before you start. Four, keep them swaddled as much as possible. Five, bring someone to help or ask the parents to help. And finally, be patient and wait them out. Eventually they fall asleep and once they do, you can do pretty much anything.

  72. Jenny on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Hated your link for the newborn actions on my Facebook page :0)

  73. sarah raanan on May 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    left messages for all three vendors, though shoot baby’s wall wasnt open for comments, so had to comment on a previous post… 🙂

  74. Ronnie Garrett on May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Posted on Facebook!

  75. Kimberly Royal on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    For seasoned newborn photographers: How did you come across your photo editing style? I find that I love many many processing styles and find it difficult to stick with one. When this happens it seems like my images from a single session don’t flow.Thank you!

  76. Kimberly Royal on May 2, 2012 at 10:53 am
  77. Jenny on May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Visited After the Bump, Rock the Shot and Shoot Baby and left them a message of gratitude!

  78. Kimberly Royal on May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I pinned the giveaway on pinterest! http://pinterest.com/pin/166211042467933738/

  79. Kimberly Royal on May 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Visited all three vendors for a big thank you!

  80. Kim Vaccariello on May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Im a newbie, my question is with positioning the babies. Do position the baby yourself or do you have the parents position them? I am nervous about hurting them or having parents get mad about maybe mushing their leg or arms!

  81. Kim Vaccariello on May 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I shared the newborn link on my FB page

  82. Kim Vaccariello on May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I tweeted about the newborn set!

  83. Kim Vaccariello on May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Pinned to pinterest

  84. Kim Vaccariello on May 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I went on Rock the Drops, After the Bump and Shoot Baby facebook pages, I couldnt thank Shoot baby though, they dont allow you to post. Thank you Shoot Baby!

  85. Kelly Gentz on May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Oh my gosh! This is the most amazing giveaway. My advice is be patient and my question is: Are there any tricks for getting newborns to smile other than being lucky?

  86. Jessica Tanner Photography on May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    To acheive the perfect light for newborn photography, place your bean bag at a 90-60 degree angle to the large window that you are using for natural light. Make sure that the light is flowing down the baby’s nose, not up the baby’s nose. This gives nice even shadows to accent the baby and nice depth.

  87. Kelly Gentz on May 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I left some love for all three vendors!

  88. Carol E Newaom on May 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I really want to get into newborn photography. So my one question to all the newborn photographers is, How do you deal with the nervous new mothers when you’re trying to get those awesome baby poses??? Also, pasted link to giveaway on my Facebook!!!Carol Elizabeth on FB

  89. Nikkie H. on May 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Question for the Newborn professionals. What are your must have shots for your clients? How many different poses do you do in a session? Never sure if I’m providing enough variety?

  90. Lacy on May 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Newbie Question: What tips can anyone share about what parents should do beforehand in order to ensure the shoot goes as smoothly as possible? Like, should baby come fed, right after a nap, etc? Suggestions APPRECIATED!!!!

  91. Lacy on May 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Shared on Facebook!!!

  92. Danielle Finn on May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    My one question would be;Without having to spend too much money on props (when you cannot afford to) which items are a most have? I have troublw with deciding on must haves.

  93. Nikkie H. on May 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I have visited and thanked all of the gracious sponsors! Thanks to all involved for this fantastic opportunity!!

  94. Vickie on May 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Patience! With the baby and the parents. Make sure the environment is warm and comfy. NEVER leave the baby acne/redness/veins in your finished product.

  95. Lacy on May 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Shared via my Twitter! @lhensley_photo

  96. Lacy on May 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Visited all 3 to say THANKS!!!!

  97. Patricia Peeters on May 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    What an amazing giveaway!!!My question to a photographer off newborns should be:If you can choose one thing you could bring with you for a newborn shoot,what would it be?I only place it on FB because it’s the only one network I use.I visited the three vendors,marvelousI bought a few day ago the newborn actions,and I really think they are fabulous.See picture below,the first newborn picture I’ve taken and used the newborn action.I’m not a professional,I just love to take picture I hope one day to start my own little business,that’s why deep down I hope to win this contest,It would be for me a great help to start.Thanks for this wonderfull giveaway!!!Best Regards

  98. Chelsea Conner on May 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Posted the link to my facebook wall! Thank you for offering this. I am just starting out in newborn photography and thinking about props and such. I guess my main question is, where do you(professional newborn photographers) store all of your props? Also as a side question, how do you handle babies that just don’t want to cooperate?

  99. Trina Harris on May 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I want to know how they get such great poses with newborns…??…..I try for hours!

  100. Chelsea Conner on May 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Also just visited the three vendors on facebook, liked their pages, and either sent them a thank you note via message or commented on their walls. So excited for this package! Thank you MCP!!!

  101. Heidi Lowery on May 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm
  102. Heidi Lowery on May 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Visited and commented on the FB pages “I’m entering the MCP Actions Ultimate Newborn Photographer Prop Giveaway and wanted to “Thank You” for making your products part of it! (äìËä„æ”Ëä„æ)” P.S. Found some NEW FB favorites! = D

  103. Heidi Lowery on May 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I’ve purchased the Newborn Necessities Photoshop Actions.

  104. Heidi Lowery on May 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love newborn photography, each baby is so unique with its own little…or big personality. Keep it warm, as stress free as possible, take your time, make sure you have baby wipes close by, waterproof layers between the different blankets, it’s probably going to get messy at some point.. don’t worry about it, put the soiled items in a plastic bag to clean later, and lastly don’t push to get a specific pose if Mom or Dad is stressed about it. Any photos you take are going to be cherished. Have Fun! (äìËä„æ”Ëä„æ)

  105. Joshua Miller on May 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    On twitter…

  106. Amy Fisher on May 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I have been a photographer for many years, but I am new to newborn photography, my question would be how many poses is standard for a newborn session? Or do you just go with flow?

  107. Brittney on May 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    New photographer- What equipment do you use to get the room warm enough for newborn shots? (just your heating system, or heating blankets, heaters, etc.)

  108. Stephanie Pearson on May 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Hello, I am new to newborn photography. My question is: how long after the baby is born should you plan the session?

  109. Melissa Ann on May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    For those of you about to do your first twin shoot: I know the temptation is to attempt the really hard poses. Two frog poses. Or a hug. Sure, give those a try IF YOU HAVE TIME. But NAIL one of the babies next to each other and looking cute. Twin mommas (I am one) rarely have any photos where both twins are looking at the camera before the age of 5. So nail one and she’ll be just as pleased (if not more so) than if you nailed a fancy image.

  110. wanda on May 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Great!!! How can I enter??

  111. Peter Lor on May 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    How long does a typical new born shoot take?

    • Pam McLure on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I don’t have such a thing as a typical newborn shoot. Every single baby (and their parents) is different. For practical purposes I always allow 2.5hrs. If I can’t get the shots in that time, even with comfort breaks and feeds, it isn’t going to happen. Plus dad’s struggle with hanging around so long for something that (let’s face it) isn’t exactly riveting. I have done shoots that yield 70+ great shots in 40mins when baby is sleeping like an angel no matter what I do. I’ve also had shoots where 4 hours has yielded only 10 useable shots because of a very unsettled baby. I don’t allow this anymore as it’s frustrating for the parents and exhausting for all involved.

  112. Jessica Chapman on May 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I think the best advice I can give any one photographing a newborn would be to be patient! You can not rush a newborn. A typical newborn session can be between 2-4 hours. (I actually love the 4 hour sessions because that gives me extra snuggle time!!)

  113. Harris Walker on May 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    While I’m new at newborn photography, I’ve been shooting for awhile and would love to branch out into this niche. I suppose my biggest challenge, though, would be harnessing the attention or eyes of a subject that young. As more seasoned photographers, have you mastered a technique for this?

  114. Pam McLure on May 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Keep it warm would be my number one piece of advice. Blankets, surface, room, hands – anything that touches baby. If you want them to stay asleep don’t startle them with cold surfaces or rooms.For editing, my favourite go to program is Portraiture. Couldn’t do without it.

    • Sara on May 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

      I haven’t done newborns besides my own, I do mostly toddlers, but I shot my daughter’s newborn photos outside. Any of the newborn professionals prefer outdoor shoots to studio? And why?

  115. Heather Martin on May 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    My best piece of advice is to keep the baby warm. I use space heaters, and it works like magic to kee the little ones happy and sleepy.

  116. Heather Maneke on May 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    One of best advise I have been giving is to ensure the baby has been fed and keep a small heater close to your session location.

  117. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’m JSO – I’d love to get tips from the pros on posing.

  118. Liz on May 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

    If you do “baby macro” (eyelashes, lips, feet etc) do you use your regular lens or a true macro lens?

    • Pam McLure on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Visited all three vendors, liked and left a thank you where possible.

      • Pam McLure on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

        oops, don’t know what I did there but, in answer to your question, I use a 100mm Macro.

  119. Brittney on May 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I pinned it on pinterest, and shared your link on Facebook and twitter!

  120. Amber Nichols on May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    My advice is keep the fabrics soft, the room warm & the editing simple 🙂

  121. Rebecca Weaver on May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I so want to expand our business into this area after my own babies are a bit bigger! I’m starting to collect ideas, portfolio images, and props – this would be a huge win for me!My question: in our photography business we specialize in personalizing the session and images to the client’s style and personality. How could that be incorporated into infant portraits?

  122. Heather Martin on May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I posted to Facebook! I need to buy this action set soon!!!

  123. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! My question would be, what are some of your tricks for a newborn who is not sleepy and not very cooperative?

  124. Ashley Yarber on May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    My question would be… how do you get them to prop themselves up so nicely. I try holding them in the position but they wiggle out so quickly!

  125. Sheila on May 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    How in the world do you get a newborn to stay asleep and in a specific position?? Every time I move them, they keep moving!!

  126. Peter Lor on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Visited all three but can’t leave a comment on Shoot Baby!

  127. Amanda Rattigan on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    My question is – how do you keep babies hands and arms under head and keep their head at the correct angle, without having half of their head “disappear” into the blanket or fabric? I have found that part so hard! You end up only seeing one eye and they seem to be “breathing” in the fabric. Thanks for any advice!!

  128. Brianna Johnson on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    How do you get the baby in position without waking/startling him/her? And also, what do you suggest to pose them on?

  129. Susan on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Make sure you are current on your immunizations. You’d hate to give a newborn a preventable disease.

  130. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Shared on Facebook

  131. Melanie on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    How do you handle an extra fussy baby?

  132. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Shared on Twitter (karma_D)

  133. Jamie Ball on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Any tips to get newborns to stay extra sleepy?!

  134. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Shared on Pinterest (karmadee)

  135. Amanda S on May 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Do you have any tips when posing newborns? They’re so small and fragile!

  136. Amy Fisher on May 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm
  137. Jennifer D. on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    How do you help parents become comfortable with handling their brand new baby? So many Moms seem to get antsy when they see me being so hands on with the baby (swaddling them, holding their hands, legs, etc. in place).Thanks

  138. kim przybylski on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    My advise is be patient and make sure parents know exactly what you are doing.

  139. Ashley Armstrong on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    My question is: Where do you find the best lighting? Do you use lightboxes, or do you find windows to be sufficient?

  140. Liz on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I thanked all three vendors. I had to send a private msg to Shoot Baby bc I couldn’t post on their wall (yes, I liked them). Thanks!!!

  141. Elizabeth on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I am an up and coming photographer and I would like to know what is a good secret to helping with lighting in darker rooms without a lot of equipment?

    • Elizabeth on May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

      I’ve also shared this on my wall and will do elsewhere! Thanks guys! You have been so very helpful to a newcomer like myself!

      • Elizabeth on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

        I’ve also visited all three participants and liked their pages. Such great information/items!

  142. Maegan Hall on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    A newbie question: How do you deal with baby poop? Does it stain covers?

  143. Angie Schmucker on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Question as a Photographer who is new to Newborn photography: What is your favorite newborn pose and how do you do it?

  144. Jamie Ball on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am
  145. Crystal H. on May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    My advice – shoot as early as possible! 4 days old is absolutely ideal.

  146. Jennifer D. on May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I thanked all 3 vendors for participating!

  147. Heather Beck on May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    If you’re shooting in home/small studio with available light, you still probably have to use a high ISO. How do you work around the noise (even with a good camera)? It seems like editing only brings the noise out even more.

  148. Cherie on May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I’m fairly new to newborn photography. I’d love to know what all the pros recommend as the best lens for capturing a newborn 🙂

  149. Brittney on May 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I also went to all three websites and left thank yous! 🙂

  150. Amy Fisher on May 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm
  151. Suzie on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Why did you choose to focus on shooting newborns?

  152. Carissa on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    My question is for the seasoned pros…Looking back now at how you began your photography business, in the first few years, what were your biggest succcesses and failures in building your business and increasing a client base in newborn photography? AND if we may ask a 2nd question…what do you wish you would have known when you began this business/industry that you know now? Thank you! And thanks MCP for a rockin giveaway. 🙂

  153. Liz on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I shared on my personal facebook page about the giveaway!

  154. Angel Musick on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What’s the best way to prepare for your newborn shoot? And do you recommend in studio or at the clients house.

  155. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Left notes for all three vendors on FB. (Had to comment on another post for Shoot Baby – wouldn’t let me write directly on the timeline!)

  156. Amber on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    One of my biggest questions: what do you do when it just doesn’t work? Even as a seasoned professional, have you had any sessions where the newborn just wasn’t up for it and you weren’t getting anything you would want to sell to the parents? Do you reschedule? Does it make the parents lose faith in you, or do they understand?Thanks for the great advice and great giveaway!

  157. Annette G. on May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What kind of extra items do you keep close by while doing a photo shoot? ie. wipes, towels, etc

  158. Crystal H. on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Shared on facebook!

  159. Kelly on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Wow wow and wow! This is really amazing. My main question would be how to get the kids to take pictures while asleep and stay asleep? My last one woke up when touched. I got cute awake pictures… but no sleepy pictures 🙂

  160. Adalia on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    My advice is to use a small white noise machine near the baby to help them sleep soundly. I usually play white noise on my ipod.

  161. Amy G. on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    My best advice is keep that baby warm! A space heater will be a wise investment and a necessity for your first newborn sessions.

  162. Amanda Rattigan on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I have liked all three facebook pages and wrote a thank you to them. The Shoot Baby! one doesn’t allow you to write on the wall, so I sent them a message. Thanks for this great contest!!!

  163. Kelly Lambert on May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    In answer to some of the questions/advice – MANY of those poses where the baby is “propped up nicely” – they are composite shots, where the parent or assistant holds the baby in one spot while you take a photo, then moves their hand to another spot while you take a photo, then you merge the two in Photoshop. For the poses that look like they are not composites of 2 shots, the baby has to be really sleepy to stay posed nicely. The room needs to be like 80 degrees, soft blankets, full belly. Use a space heater blowing on the baby, heat in the room turned up, lots of soothing with patting the bum, rocking, “shh shh shh”, and white noise makers. 🙂

  164. Paige Murakami on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I’m so new to this. What should I be using to make it easier to pose the babies, and still keep them comfy?

  165. Misty on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    My question would be how do you get the little one’s face not to be all smooshed?

  166. Michaeline Pashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    We are just starting out our business (Pashtography) and have not done a newborn shoot yet. We have edited s friends shoot and are hoping to get the Newborn Pack soon. We just haven’t felt prepared for a newborn shoot until now and especially if we won this awesome prize we would be ready. Our friend is due this summer and will be our first. On average, how long are you seasoned vets spending on a newborn shoot? I feel like we could be there all day!

  167. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I posted on FB

  168. Carissa on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Just shared the link to the MCP Giveaway on my facebook timeline!Thanks Jodi!

  169. Rebecca Ickes on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Newborn schedules are insane! What time do you find is the best to photograph newborns, and what steps do you have the parent take to prepare the little one?

  170. Marlee on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Do you rent a studio or do you just do it in your home? And, do you use natural (window) lighting or do you prefer a lighting kit?

  171. Gina on May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    In your opinion what is a MUST HAVE item when photographing infants?

  172. Julie on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I have “tried” to do 2 newborn shoots now and both times the babies cried when their clothes were taken off. I had the room overly warm so I don’t think it was because of them being cold. Both moms said that they didn’t like being without clothes. Is this a problem with others? Both babies cried the whole time so I could only get 1 or 2 good shots. It was horrible! I’m going to keep trying though 🙂

  173. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    My best piece of advice would be to take your time and to have it very warm in the area you are photographing in.

  174. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I posted on Twitter 🙂

  175. Pamela on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I’m just starting out. My question is where is the best place to learn how to edit composite shots (hanging babies, head in hands poses). My editing is not that good and I don’t know how to do those!

  176. Linda Thompson on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Wow, thank you for setting this up – how cool!I don’t have a lot of experience with newborns so far, but I’ve loved what I’ve had a chance to do…I suppose one of my first questions for someone with more experience would be: How do you keep finding clients? All of mine so far have been friends, but of course babies grow up haha…how do you keep finding new babies to shoot? Or where do you invest your time to find new clients?Bonus question: How fun is it to set up poses for a newborn? I never had any fun accessories like this…I would think it would be a blast! 🙂

  177. Linda Thompson on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Also, left a thank you with all 3 companies. 🙂

  178. Kelly Sartin on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Fairly new so my question is do you usually schedule the newborn first thing in the morning for a few hours or in your experience is it better in the afternoons for a few hours ? I know when I would schedule doctors appt for my little ones would be afternoons due to crankiness but not sure they are the same. Thank you for having the contest & being able to learn some stuff as well !

  179. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I pinned this on Pinterest

  180. Angie Schmucker on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Visited, liked and commented on all pages! Except Shoot Baby, I sent them a message bc there wall didn’t have an option for me to leave a post! Thanks!

  181. Kelly on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Visited all the vendors wonderful sites of facebook! 🙂 Thank you again!

  182. Emily G on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Question… Do you have the parents lift and move the baby into the spot? (and then pose the newborn?)

  183. Sheila on May 2, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I visited After the Bump, Shoot Baby and Rock the Drops facebook pages. I left each one a thank you note!

  184. Meagan McCulloch on May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I have shot a few newborns but I still am scared to pose them, I don’t have any children of my own yet & while the parents are there watching, I don’t want to scare them by the way I may move them around, etc. What are some good tips on how to pose newborns without feeling scared of hurting them or upsetting the parents?

  185. Cecile on May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    How do you even out the newborn skin tones. I always struggle with this a lot and it eats up such a large part of my post processing time.

  186. Shannon Belanger on May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    What is the best advice for posing newborns?

  187. Rebekah M on May 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

    how do you best calm the parents and help them relax?

  188. Marlee on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I posted on my facebook!

  189. Sandy Markham on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I am a beginner and am afraid to jump right in…but I love all the tips you give! Thanks for sharing!!!

  190. Nikole Riggins on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My best advice is to relax. Every website will tell you to warm the room… how to swaddle… remember to feed. But no one tells you to RELAX. Play soft music. Make sure the mama is informed of the details and that her relaxation is key to getting the great shots. Babies feel your tension and if you’re at ease, there’s a better chance they will be too! Breathe. Do not rush. Make time before your shoot to center yourself and don’t rush into your space like a speeding train because you were late trying to find a blanket last minute. *A photographer? Late? Nahhh. 🙂 * The calmer you are… the calmer the babe will be.

  191. Monica on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’ve done two new born shoots so I am fairly new. My question would be on how to pose babies safely as in baskets, slings etc.

  192. Melissa W on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’m still fairly new to the newborn scene, but learned right away that a super warm room and lots of patience is key to a successful shoot. My average shoot has been 3.5 hours long. I make sure there’s lots of water and snacks for the parents. It’s actually quite nice to just get the time while waiting for a little one to fall into that deep asleep and learn more about the parents, how they feel about being parents, the birth story, etc. The time usually flies by!

  193. Megan on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’m new. I’m wondering if anyone has advice on making it easier for the new parents. Thanks for the opportunity, MCP!

  194. Elizabeth on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Just starting out and would love this package to use with my nephew who is due in June!!!My question is, what is the best type of lighting to use knowing that you will be indoors with the infant and parents for the session?Going to post on FB!!!

  195. Sheila on May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am
  196. Vicki Johnston on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    What is the best pose for infants 6 weeks to 4 months?

  197. Shannon Belanger on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I bought birth announcements from MCP actions and they rock!

  198. Melanie C. on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    It seems like most newborn photos show babies sleeping. Is this because it’s what the client wants? Or because it’s mostly what newborns do? Or because it’s easier to photograph them sleeping?

  199. Triana Ord on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m new to the world of photographing the little ones and my few attempts haven’t been stellar. I get so nervous handling them, even though I have two of my own. How do I get over the fear of causing them discomfort or waking them so I can get the amazing poses? Thank you!!!

  200. Dimitrios on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    My question is: Is the flash harmful for babies’ health?Thank you.

  201. Sarah on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    My best piece of advice- – patience. Really. It just takes a lot of patience. Also, more practical advice- – puppy pads under the blanket on your beanbag; keep the room very warm & a space heater near the area baby is in, but have a small fan blowing air on you to keep the sweat from running down your face(not on the baby); post-production- hello! Newborn Necessities from MCP is going to take care of every thing you need in pp. Starting out with correct focus/exposure/whitebalance is key in getting a good image- always.

  202. Julie S on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I just posted on my FB about the actions. https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=747977618

  203. Erin on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    My question is: With newborns that are sleeping or can’t hold themselves up, what is the trick to posing them with their chin on their fists, or any of the poses where they are more propped up than just lying on their arms etc.?

  204. Amber Nichols on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I have liked all vendors (After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops). I have thanked them on their pages, however with Shoot Baby, they didn’t have an option to post on their page, so I just commented on their status update

  205. martha lawrence on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    How do you pose babies with their hands under their chin? ???

  206. Jamie Ball on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am
  207. Pamela on May 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Shared on Pinterest

  208. Meagan McCulloch on May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I just spread the work on FB! Posted a link to the giveaway encouraging others to enter!!! 🙂

  209. Adalia on May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Tweeted about the action set: twitter.com/bbdivas

  210. Pam Currier on May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I love, love, love newborn pictures! My question is how do to get first time dads to relax and not worry about everything. I also love MCP!

  211. Crystal H. on May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I visited, liked, and commented on the three vendors’ pages! Very exciting!

  212. Joella on May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    My main question would be what are some tricks if the baby won’t stop crying?

  213. Jamie Ball on May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Visited and left some love for After the Bump!!!!

  214. Melissa W on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Shared on twitter!

  215. Jennifer Sampson on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    The PS action Doll Face is wonderful for smoothing the baby’s skin. Baby acne, splotchy-ness. I sharpen lashes and lips in PS too.

  216. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    How does one balance keeping mom happy with keeping her out of ‘trouble’? Do you find having mom help is a help or a hindrance?

  217. Erica W on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    As I am new to newborn photography, what would be the one thing you wish someone had told you when you started?

  218. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    shared on facebook.shared on twitter.

  219. Carissa Hamilton on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    How do you deal with the parents 😉

    • Carissa Hamilton on May 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Shared about MCP Newborn Necessities Action Sethttps://twitter.com/#!/C___Photography/status/197690304906797056Left a thank you comment on all three facebook host pages (After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops)

  220. Jamie Ball on May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Visited and left some love for Rock the Drops!!!!

  221. Amy Fisher on May 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I left comments on all three fabulous business’ Facebook Pages! So excited this IS an ultimate giveaway!

  222. Marlee on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am
  223. Rebekah M on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I visited the great vendors!!

  224. Melissa poffel on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Liked after the bump on fb and posted! So excited!

  225. Cecile on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I tweeted your wonderful contest. https://twitter.com/#!/cecilebland

  226. Melissa W on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Shared on Facebook!

  227. Kelly Lambert on May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Visited all 3 on Facebook & left Thank You’s! I tagged Shoot Baby in comment on my post on my page about you, since I can’t leave a comment on their page. 🙂

  228. Andrea on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I think the best advice is to keep it hot in the room, hot for us adults but perfectly warm for a naked baby (i agree space heaters work great in a drafty room or even outside). Also, shooting a true newborn is the best way to get the best posed shots, less than a week is the very best, the earlier the better.

  229. Rebecca Weaver on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Pinned on Pinterest!

  230. Marlee Davis on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Thanked After the Bump on facebook!

  231. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Posted to my business FB page!

  232. Jennifer on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    What method of advertising or marketing brings in the most paying clients? Best way to break into this market without giving away the whole shebang? Thank you.

  233. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I thanked all three vendors for participating !

  234. Janet on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I have been shooting newborns for a little while and my biggest struggle is ski tones. It’s tough to not get the red blotchy skin, and usually have to fix it in photoshop. Any tips?

  235. Anna Martin on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    First let me say that I love photographing newborns! I haven’t done that many but each session is so unique and so calm and fun for me! I love getting to watch these precious babies and see all their little movements that I have forgotten about as my children get older. My best piece of advice is take your time (about 3 hrs), keep it warm and quiet (I use a heated fan) and be prepared for anything…including lots of pee!! 🙂

  236. Marlee Davis on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Left some love at Rock the Drops on Facebook!

  237. Amy on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    how do you encourage the parents to schedule you while the baby is still brand new, squishy, and pose-able?? 🙂

  238. Kerry G on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I have only done a couple of newborn shoots.One area I really need to work on is posing infants and getting to that comfort level that they do not feel my nerves. Any advice on this?

  239. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Tweeted the contest! @0402grl

  240. Jamie Ball on May 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Visited Shoot Baby!!

  241. Amanda Rattigan on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I tweeted about the contest, added it to pinterest and on my facebook page! Thanks again for the great contest!!

  242. Chrissy on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I’ve just started doing newborns shoots and I love it! When traveling to a family’s home and there isn’t enough natural light to get a great photo, does anyone have a recommendation for artifical lighting? Thanks for the awesome giveaway and all the fabulous tips!

  243. Andrea Thomas on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    My advice is to use a heating pad to warm the blanket that you will be laying the baby on. Remove the heating pad just before laying the baby down, but be sure to check to make sure that the surface isn’t too hot. This way the warm baby doesn’t wake from being transferred to a cool blanket surface.

  244. Hydee Davis on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I think it is so important to communicate with parents in a way that establishes trust. Take control and let them know that you know what you are doing and that you care about the safety of their child. Let them know that the baby will cry and fuss–because that is what babies do! Let them know that if it takes an hour to get a nice full tummy, you’ll wait. Parents come to you sleep deprived and exhausted. If they trust you, they will LOVE when you take control and they can just watch their pride and joy. Also, parents can tell when you are patient in getting that ‘perfect shot’.

  245. Marlee Davis on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Left some love at Rock the Drop on Facebook!

  246. Cecile on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Liked After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops on facebook and posted a comment on all three thanking them!

  247. Jennifer Sampson on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Hi there again…shared it on my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/sampsonphotography

  248. Shauna Rudolph on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have only done a couple of newborns but am wondering if there is a good starting point to do with the newborns once they are asleep? The poses you KNOW you can get once they are asleep without much hassle. Then, are there any transitions you have to get other poses more easily?

  249. Rebecca Ickes on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I spread the word on my FB page! https://www.facebook.com/#!/RaBooPhotography

  250. Melissa W on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Visited and commented on all three vendors!

  251. Meagan McCulloch on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I left all 3 vendors a comment except one, I had to message them (I didn’t see a comment box). I thanked them sincerely for their generous gift to giveaway these items & whomever wins uses them like I will/would if I win them. They are all such adorable & awesome items & just starting out with newborns, this giveaway is one of the best to win! Thanks to all three After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops as well as to you Jodi for doing these giveaways!

  252. Lisa on May 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

    visited all 3, but not able to leave a comment on Shoot Baby!

  253. Andrea Thomas on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I pinned the action page on Pinterest.

  254. Ashley C on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    How do you transition between poses with a baby that will not fall into a deep sleep?

  255. Emily G on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    This is a very cool idea. Thank you for introducing me to After the Bump, Shoot Baby and Rock the Drops. All the products work so well together and you have paved the way for an awesome wish list for anyone who doesn’t win. I hope this contest helps all four companies to continue to gain additional fans and success. Best Wishes! BTW, I liked the 3 FB pages and left comments/messages for each. Thank YOU for this opportunity!

  256. Colleen Mackenzie on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Just wondering if you have a “list” of poses you want to do or just go with the flow as to what comes naturally during the session?

  257. Pam McLure on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Visited all three vendors and liked their pages. Left a thank you where possible.

  258. Rebecca Ickes on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I visited all 3 venders. I wasn’t able to write a comment on Shoot Baby so I send a message. 🙂

  259. Kelly Sartin on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    left “thank you’s” on all three on facebook, shared the giveaway on facebook business page & on twitter ! Thank you for having such a inspiring contest !

  260. Cecile on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

    And I’d like to leave one more post thanking you for putting together such a terrific give away! The winner will be a very lucky person 🙂 Best of luck to all, and may the odds be forever in your favor 😉

  261. Andrea Thomas on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I shared on twitter!

  262. Julia on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Awesome prize package!My question is about lighting. I’m used to doing outdoor, natural light shoots and am not as skilled with artificial lighting yet. Is that needed? Or does window light work?

  263. Krissy c on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Im always challenged with choosing the best iso/ap ratio in lower light. I would love to heat about your go to settings.

  264. Erica W on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Shared on Facebook

  265. Jennifer on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Posted on Twitter

  266. Erica W on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Shared on Twitter

  267. Erica W on May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

    shared on pinterest

  268. Jessica Rivera on May 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Whoa what an amazing giveaway. My only advice for photographing newborns is to do the beanbag/blanket poses first to get them content enough to fall into a deeper sleep….then try using props.

  269. Julia on May 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I shared on Twitter too

  270. Erica W on May 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I have liked all three vendors and left comments where i could.

  271. Nicole on May 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Not only how do you handle the parents but how do you entertain the kids to get those great shots?

  272. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Went and thanked Shoot Baby!

  273. Jessica Rivera on May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I bought the Newborn Necessities/Announcement packs and I love them so far….saves me so much time!

  274. Julie on May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Sent some love to “After the Bump” on FB !

  275. sg photography on May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    i have a few essential in my studio for newborn shoots- one is a hair dryer- for a couple reasons, the sound always soothes the baby and it helps keep them warm- but do not point the hairdryer directly at them too close- you could burn them.

  276. Julia on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I shared on Pinterest

  277. Chrissy on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    So excited about this giveaway! I just shared about the new action set on my Facebook page (and I rarely do that)! Thanks a bunch!

  278. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Just thanked After the Bump on FB!

  279. Melissa on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    How do you keep them asleep long enough to get great shots? This seems like it would be the hardest challenge!

  280. Carissa on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I have visited, liked and thanked all 3 vendors for this super fabulous giveaway! Thanks after the bump, Shoot Baby! and Rock the Drops AND MCP for putting this giveaway together. Now, all I can do is sit back and cross my fingers and toes for some luck to win.

  281. Erin on May 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Visited all of the contributor’s facebook pages. Thank you!

  282. Andrea Thomas on May 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I visited and commented on the three vendors FB pages.

  283. Pam Currier on May 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Visited FB pages of all three vendors and left comments and ” liked” their pages.

  284. N Lambert on May 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    How long does your “normal” baby shoot (newborn) take?andDo you supply all the props/outfits?

  285. siri on May 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I liked all the vendors on FB and left them a message, And special thank you for MCP for organizing this giveaway! soooooo sweet! I’m from Belgium and when I photograph newborns it’s most of the time in the hospital room… My studio has to be versitile and lightweight , so I use vintage suitcases or baskets to transport 4 or 5 different blankets & 1 backdrop. I try to work with natural light but if necessary I have some remote flashes (with mount up softbox) at hand to give extra light..but I try to avoid it .If necessary / possible I will move the bed as close as possible to the window.I have about 1h30 to make the pictures so working fast is key, I always ask the parents to make sure that on the day/time I pass by there will be no other visitors. I ask parents to talk to their baby a lot, keep really close and if the baby starts to cry I put I hand on the the head and 1 on their bottom rock them back to sleep.. this will work most of the times..If they really get fussy, I will ask mom to feed if possible.I have not yet invested in the MCP actions, but I use the blogtemplates and a lot of the freebies ALL the time, I just LOVE them. And I tell all my creative friends to subscribe to the monthly newsletters!!!! This images were made by Isamofoto but perfected with a MCP template!

  286. Adria Peaden on May 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    How long do your newborn sessions last? I feel so horrible being with the new moms for so long.

  287. Amy Gallagher on May 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    What an amazing giveaway! I will never cease to be amazed by the generosity of photo prop vendors. 🙂 My question for the season photogs, as a newbie photog, regards newborn posing. I’ve only done 2 sessions so far, and I think that posing is not my style. Is it possible to stay true to your style without doing all the complicated posing that is trendy right now?Thank you!

  288. Tereas Hinrichsen on May 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Keep the parents calm and reassured that whatever there bady is doing is normal, ie fussy, crying, won’t sleep or will not wake up.

  289. sg photography on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    shared on my facebook wall

  290. Fay on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Still struggling to get those newborns to fall asleep. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, so I just plan to be flexible!

  291. Jennifer on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Visited all three vendors on Facebook: After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops and left a thank you comment on page (except Shoot Baby, had to msg. them).

  292. Bekkee Florence on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    What is the best posing guide available for composite posing?

  293. sg photography on May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    posted on my facebook wall

  294. Julie S on May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Sent some love to “Baby Shoot” on FB !

  295. BrieAnn on May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I”m new to the newborn world, and am actually just starting to gather things before I shoot my first newborn, and will probably practice using my own newborn in 6 weeks. But my question is about even skin tones, newborns are so red or seem to have so much baby acne, what’s the best way to tone it all down?

  296. Adria Peaden on May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Shared on facebook.

  297. Toni Scott on May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    How to do you keep babies asleep so well? The ones I shoot tend to wake sometimes during the shoot…

  298. Adria Peaden on May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Shared on twitter

  299. Julie S on May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Sent some love to “Rock the Drops” on FB

  300. Rebecca Weaver on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Liked and thanked all three on Facebook!

  301. Jennifer Gann on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Question-when combining newborn pictures and family shots in one sitting is it best to take the newborns photos first? Also, any tips for what to do if the baby just isnt happy and can’t be calmed down?

  302. Amy Gallagher on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I shared on twitter.

  303. N Lambert on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Added it to Facebook and Pinterest 🙂

  304. BrieAnn on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am
  305. Colleen Mackenzie on May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I liked a 3 vendors and left comments!!!

  306. BrieAnn on May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    and visited everybody and left some love! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  307. Shauna Rudolph on May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Just left LOVE and Thank you’s to “After the Bump”, “Shoot Baby”, and “Rock the Drops”! Thank you for helping me get connected with them. I would love to win, but if I don’t, I am excited to have 3 great businesses I can go to. I love their things!!

  308. Toni Scott on May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I shared this on my pinterest! http://pinterest.com/jernni/

  309. Amber on May 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Wow – would love to win this one! I am very new to shooting newborns. My question would be what time of day is best to shoot if I just want to use window light?

  310. Carrie Stadelman on May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Most important piece of advice. Take time to get to know your clients. Get to know the parents, ask their concerns, their requests. Get them comfortable with you. When someone is comfortable and familiar with you, you become like family, and they become more comfortable with you handling their newborn. Also take time to get to know the little one! They want to know who’s holding them and touching them too. AND keep it really warm!

  311. Amy Gallagher on May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I shared on Pinterest.

  312. sarah c. on May 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    What was your best resource when learning how to accomplish the different poses?

  313. Beth on May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    what’s your best tip for getting a baby to fall and more importantly stay asleep?

  314. Shauna Rudolph on May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I purchased the newborn action set last week and edited a newborn shoot. I have not done many newborns and was really nervous about editing with the skin and all. I have to say, I am in LOVE!! You really helped me!! Thank you!!!

  315. Toni Scott on May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I visited all three facebook sites!

  316. Lindsay on May 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    What is the best lighting tips you would give? I would like to know if you are using studio strobes or continuous when photographing newborns when natural light is not available? Soft boxes or umbreallas? Thanks!

  317. Carrie Stadelman on May 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Shared on facebook!

  318. Amy Gallagher on May 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I shared on StumbleUpon.

  319. Shannon on May 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    What are some good tips on soothing cranky babies?

  320. Amy Gallagher on May 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I Liked and thanked all 3 vendors on fb.

  321. Tricia on May 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I am a newer newborn photographer and I would like some advice from a seasoned pro on the best (and safest) ways to pose newborns. So excited for this giveaway and all the great prizes!

  322. Carrie Stadelman on May 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Shared on Twitter

  323. Tricia on May 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I have previously purchased newborn necessities and I love it! I use it for almost all of my photos now, not just newborns. Worth the price, especially with the templates 🙂 Thanks!

  324. Lindsay on May 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I visited all 3 vendors and thanked them!

  325. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Don’t skip the space heater and heating pad! You will NEVER get a chilly baby asleep and posed if the room is not toasty warm! Also, patience…I’ve been at a newborn shoot for 4 hours before…And got 90% of my images in about a 30 minute stretch…

  326. Sarah Wynn on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Wow, how AWESOME!! I’m just beginning with this whole photography thing. It’s been a passion/hobby of mine for years but I never felt I could truly make a go of it. I have my first newborn session coming up soon and I’m really nervous about how to do the lighting. From all I’ve read, natural light is the best so does that mean setting up the props near a window? Since I’m just starting out, I don’t have much by way of extra lighting or fancy props. Just pulling stuff out that I had stored away or getting out baskets that keep all my kids’ toys or books! I’m hoping to make newborns my main business since children are my greatest JOY!

  327. Christi Honeycutt on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    My question is how involved to have the parents? Should I let them help with planning poses?

  328. Alysson K. on May 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    My question for the seasoned pros would be what they find most helpful as a starting point for posing to minimize moving the baby around too much (for example, layering blankets, lifting baby slightly and pulling one off, revealing the next underneath to shoot with that colour, etc). What an awesome give-away! Fingers and toes crossed!!! 🙂

  329. Lindsay on May 2, 2012 at 9:46 am
  330. Carrie Stadelman on May 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Thanked and liked all 3 vendors on FB!

  331. Beth on May 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    visited and said thank you to all 3 vendors!

  332. Leslie on May 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I am new to photographing newborns – how do you work with the parents who are probably nervous about using props?I bought the new photoshop actions and can’t wait to use the announcement templates!Thank you!

  333. AdrianaG on May 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    After how many days of birth is the best time to photograph newborns?

  334. Shannon on May 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Shared on Facebook.

  335. Ashley on May 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Showed my love on all 3 pages 🙂

  336. Susy Peters de Fehr on May 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    i always feel so insecure posing babies,How do you ever feel safe with posing babies??

  337. lena on May 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    i’m new to photography, altogether. my advice (gathered from my little experience with photographing newborns) is to be flexible. mom’s know the best time of day for their newborns and sometimes that changes. be willing to accommodate mom. a happy baby and a relaxed mom = a good photo.

  338. Miranda Glaeser on May 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Yes, parents who want to be a little too involve in the process… How do you handle them?

  339. Shannon on May 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Shared on Twitter.

  340. Parrish Rinehart on May 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Do you prefer to do newborn shoots at your studio or the clients home? If at their home, how do you deal with the unknown?

  341. Monica on May 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Just visited all the three vendor’s Facebook page and left a thank you note 🙂

  342. Jennifer Kunkel Gill on May 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Any advice on how to pose newborns would be great! How do you pose them safely?

  343. Susan Gillespie on May 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Best advice…Patience. Good things come to those who wait!

  344. Jaimie Plouffe on May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I shared on Facebook, I visited the three vendors and posted, I own the Newborn Necessity action pack and have used it on 3 sessions already. It is such a time saver! My biggest piece of advice is keep the room hot and be patient. Sometimes its more difficult to deal with the parents than it is to deal with the babies!

  345. Parrish Rinehart on May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I visited all three awesome vendors!!

  346. Sherrie on May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Is there an appealing and safe way to pose newborns with siblings?

  347. Jennifer Kunkel Gill on May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I love the MCP Newborn Necessities Actions! I purchased them and they are a great investment!

  348. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    My question for the veteran photographers- what age do you consider the best to photograph a newborn?

  349. Robin N. on May 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I have done four newborns and only.one slept really well. What is your best advice on dealing with parents when a baby is fussy and you don’t want to seem bossy but want to give suggestions on what they should try?

  350. Lisa Baker on May 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

    My best piece of advice is to allow longer for the session than you think you’ll need. That way, if mom needs to feed or change the baby, or take time getting baby to sleep, you won’t be rushed. I also tell my parents they should bring the baby in before they are 2 weeks old so the baby will still be in “curl up and sleep” mode

  351. Living Stones Photography on May 2, 2012 at 9:55 am

    My advice: Take your time and work WITH the client. Make sure you are doing it during the time of day when baby is usually happy. Don’t pick crabby time! If baby doesn’t like it, move on. Let the parents handle their child. From experience behind as well as in front of the camera, let the parents make the child smile. Your job as photographer is to be quick and catch the smiles! I have seen to many photographers try to elicit smiles only to miss the shot or make baby cry!

  352. Jama Pantel on May 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

    How do you get the baby to pose like that??

  353. Alysson K. on May 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Shared this contest on my Facebook business page, ARK Photography.

  354. Jennifer Kunkel Gill on May 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I visited the three vendors on Facebook: After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops and left a thank you note for them letting them know I am entering the MCP Actions Ultimate Newborn Photographer Prop Giveaway.

  355. Keidra LeJeune on May 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    My question is… How many different setups to you have planned for each newborn session?

  356. Linda Deal on May 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

    How do you get your first few clients? Do you check birth announcements in the local newspaper, go to the hospital maternity ward, or look for pregnant women in the stores?

  357. Heather on May 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I’ve only done a few newborn shoots, but what I’ve experienced so far is that parents tend to be anxious and want to rush through the shoot. Anyone have any tips to get them to relax?

  358. Lisa Baker on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I visited all three, but couldn’t post on Shoot Baby for some reason

  359. Sarah Wynn on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Just said THANK YOU to the three participating companies!! 🙂

  360. Leanne on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Best advice- make sure baby is warm. A heating pad under a blanket always works great!

  361. Angela S. on May 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I’ve done a few newborn shoots so far… but can’t get the little ones to stay in the poses. How in the world do you get them to stay asleep and get them to stay in the pose long enough for you to get the shot you need?

  362. Caryn Miller on May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Do you find it better to us natural or continuous lighting instead of flash so you do not startle the baby? Do you stick to 50 mm lenses or do you find longer easier?

  363. Fiona on May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

    im still a newborn newbie. I would love to quiz a professional about when to give up. ie. when to accept baby is not going to sleep or settle, and what to do then. just go with what you have, or reschedule. crossing fingers now …:)

  364. Jama Pantel on May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I visited, liked and thanked all 3 sites!!

  365. Heather on May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Shared about Newborn Necessities on Facebook!

  366. Sarah Wynn on May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Just posted on Facebook! THANKS!

  367. Jan K on May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Fairly new to photog…what is the best lighting for photographing newborns indoors? Is it always by a window?

  368. Tiffany Partin on May 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I have only done a few newborn shoots, so I’m still very much learning. What do you do when a parent brings you a 1-2 month old and wants those sweet shots that are usually done at 1 week? At this age it seems much more difficult to get those amazing shots.

  369. Cara on May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I am extremely knew to photographing newborns, but am anxious to learn more! I was wondering how seasoned photographers coordinate with expectant mothers to plan out a photo shoot in the early days of the little cherub’s life, when due dates are always so unpredictable? Thank you for accepting my entry. Cheers!

  370. Elara on May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Any secrets to getting them to pass out other than the usual warm temps, full belly, white noise, etc? Or is it just a good idea to try again another time if they won’t settle down.

  371. Heather on May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Pinned Newborn Necessities to my Photoshop and Design board! http://pinterest.com/pin/220394975484692381/

  372. Keidra LeJeune on May 2, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thanked vendorsShared link on my FB business page @keidralejeunephotographyand Pined link to Pinterest

  373. Teria on May 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I visited all three vendors on FB

  374. Jan K on May 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Tweeted @kingjan

  375. Judy on May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I’m new to the professional portraits and would love to do newborns. I guess my question would be how to get the rid splotches out of the skin tones. Also best time of day to shoot.

  376. Laura Dilley on May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    My question for seasoned newborn photogs is…how did you first develop your newborn client base? I have only photographed a handful of newborns, but would love to do more. The ones I did shoot were from people I knew!

  377. Portia Kolpin on May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I would like to also do portrait worthy newborn lifestyle shots. Is there a key to it?

  378. Sandra S. on May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    What is the best lighting source to get the really close up pictures if you don’t have a lot of equipment.

  379. Daniel Kruzer on May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    When posing, is it best to have the parents position their child?

  380. Lena on May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    While I am still in the beginning phases of my own photography business, I worked as a photographer and a studio manager in corporate portrait studios for years. The best advice I can give to those of you who are starting out is have patience/take your time. My newborn sessions run on average 2-3 hours. In the corporate portrait studios, this was not possible as they expect you to get your sessions done in 10-20 minutes, but I’m telling you from experience that being able to take your time and allow for as many nursing/cuddling breaks as necessary really does make a huge difference. Make sure you allot plenty of time and be very understanding of the parents’ and babies’ needs. Be calm and patient and soothing at all times. There have been times where we tried for over 2 hours and 4 nursings to get baby to cooperate, and maybe got 6-8 images in those 2 hours, after the 5th nursing, however, baby fell fast asleep and we got another 30 images in about 20 minutes. Have patience/allot enough time. It will pay off in the end.Also very important- use a space heater. Keeping baby warm enough will make the whole process much smoother 🙂

    • Lena on May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Oh yeah, and one more thing… Keep it positive, no matter how frustrating the situation is. Make sure you soothe the parents with a ‘no worries’ kind of attitude, putting their minds at ease. Even if it is the most difficult newborn session you’ve ever done, put on your game face and let them believe this is normal and to be expected and that they are doing fine 🙂

  381. Jan K on May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Commented on After the Bump FB page!

  382. Jen S on May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    What time of day you do you find that newborns are most cooperative?

  383. Jan K on May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Commented on Shoot Baby! FB page!

  384. Jan K on May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Commented on Rock the Drops FB page!

  385. Teria on May 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    What would be the best course of action if a newborn won’t sleep or settle down?

  386. Heather on May 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Visited all three vendors, liked their pages, and left thank you notes. (Couldn’t leave a note on ShootBaby, though.)

  387. Laurie Gould on May 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    How many sets do you bring for an in-home session?

  388. Laurie Gould on May 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Liked and said thank you to the vendors!

  389. ashley roberts on May 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I’ve been photographing newborns for about 2 years now………..and I’ve learned to do them within the first 10 days of life, Never go in with a time limit (no rushing and put mom at ease), and don’t overedit (babies don’t need high contrast).

    • Jessi W on May 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      My best advice for those starting out with newborns is educate the parents on how long the shoot will really take, and let them know the calmer they are the more relaxed and calm baby will be. Also, a space heater that makes a nice steady humming noise and really heats the room up and soothes baby is imperative. When you are sweating the newborn is warm and sleepy 🙂

  390. Meagan T on May 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I would like to know how to pose older “newborns”, from keeping them quiet to still getting a cute pose.

  391. Julie F. on May 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I’ve learned to not even pick up my camera until the baby is asleep. It’s tempting to get started if baby is awake, but that time is better spent getting baby cozy and sleepy.

  392. Laurie Gould on May 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    tweetedhttps://twitter.com/mermaid4shore/statuses/197703369882734592

  393. amy baggett on May 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    how long does a newborn shoot last and how old should the baby be for the best shoot??

  394. Miriam on May 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Definitly a newborn newbie… What is the best time to do newborn photoshoots? Time of day or right after a feeding??? Thanks!

  395. Nicole on May 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

    My best pieces of advise would be to have a warm room, full baby and lots of patience! For editing, it is really important to nail your exposure and have the right kind of lighting. It makes editing much, much easier!

  396. Melissa Ter Meer on May 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I have been photographing newborns for about a year now, and i am wondering what the average amount of set you bring with you or set up in the studio??

  397. Portia Kolpin on May 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I visited the three sites giving my thanks for such generous giveaway items!

  398. Jenny Lowe on May 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I have some experience photographing newborns, and i absolutely love it! I would say white noise (I use a vacuum cleaner) and WARM room (I sweat!!), and comfortable props are the most important factors when photographing newborns. It is a lot of work but very rewarding, and i would be absolutely thrilled to win.

  399. TerriC on May 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I’ve only done one newborn session and my question would be: how do you make the parents feel comfortable enough with a fussy baby, with you handling the baby, etc.? I know a lot of new parents are overly nervous and worried. How do you get them to relax so you can do your thing?Thanks!

  400. Melissa on May 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I’m having trouble convincing parents to bring their newborns in within the first 10 days, and end up struggling with 3-4 week old babies. How to do you do it?

  401. Amy Nelson on May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I’d like to know when it the perfect time of day to shoot newborn pictures — in terms of when the sun hits the house!

  402. Anel on May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

    WOW! This has got to be every newborn photographers dream! My advise is: because many unexpected things can happen when photographing a newborn, we have to dedicate more time than expected to each session. Between diaper changes and feedings, which are quite often for newborns, the session is bound to last longer than planned. Keep this in mind when scheduling the session with the parents so that you {the photographer} as well as the parents can adjust acordingly. And make sure you haven’t scheduled another session too closely, you do not want to have to rush through the end because you have another session or somewhere to be, you want to give the baby and parents the attention and quality images they deserve. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  403. Sara Welch on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    just visited and thanked all three vendors! wonderful giveaway!

  404. Miriam on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Shared the link on my Facebook!!!

  405. Laura on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    One question I have for a newborn photographer would be about lighting. If you do not use all natural light, what do you recommend/how many? Is one soft box enough or would you use another light with that? And how do you position light(s) around baby – how close and what angles, etc. OR – is all natural light best, even if it’s just whatever comes in through a window or door? Thanks!!

  406. Melissa Ter Meer on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 am
  407. Vicki D on May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Do you have the parents help pose them or do you pose them?

  408. Kelly Spence on May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Tips on getting a decent picture when they just won’t sleep. You know, without the cross eyes and stuff.

  409. amy baggett on May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am
  410. Sara Welch on May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    My advice would be to keep a really calm go with the flow outlook on things. be prepared with ideas/alternatives when babies are not sleepy. go with the ebb and flow of the baby and the session will be meaningful and special!

  411. Lauren Nassetta Bell on May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I haven’t photographed that many newborns yet.. but my best piece of advice is to do it by day 10.. and keep the room super HOT!

  412. Sharna Wilkerson on May 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Allow a lot of time, and always make a note of washing your hands and using hand sanitizer throughout the session. Mum’s take note of this and will always appreciate you caring about their baby.

  413. Christina on May 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    How do you deal with newborns that just won’t sleep and all of the open eye photos are awkward!

  414. Jenifer M on May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I am still a newbie but have to say warm room and white noise is a must! When you have a fussy baby to calm and find that calm isn’t happening and need to reschedule… how do you price, deal and plan accordingly? I have never had this happen but curious as to what others experience. How long do you typically block out a newborn session verses other sessions, i.e. same, more, or less? Thanks!! What a great giveaway!!!

  415. Brandy Flint on May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    How long does an average newborn session take? I am going to do my first one next month!

  416. amy baggett on May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    i visited all three and posted on their wall but shoot baby i had to send her a message

  417. Jen S on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I have thanked all three vendors for this amazing giveaway!!

  418. Teri W. on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Do you have a specific time of day that you like to do your newborn shoots?

  419. Sara Welch on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    shared on pinterest!

  420. Tanya Garside on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I have only been doing newborns for a short time and love their precious little features. My question is how do you deal with fussy baby or a baby that sleeps but won’t let you pose them as they sleep (they flinch or move when they are sleeping)?

  421. Nicole on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I posted on my facebook 🙂

  422. Melissa K. on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I’m still pretty new when it comes to newborns. I would love to kow how y’all are able to pose the baby with the parents help, but edit out the hands. I know there is also a term that is used to describe what i’m talking about, but I cannot think of it right now.

  423. Jen G on May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

    My best piece of advice is confidence! I’ve been photographing newborns for 5+ years. Showing confidence not only calms the parents, but creates a wonderful energy in the room which is definitely an element to nailing the tricky newborn shots!

  424. JamesL on May 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Don’t sacrifice the cute pose or the darling look while fussing around trying for the absolutely perfect lighting setup or techincal aspect of your shoot. parents love their baby and they love’cute’.

  425. Nicole on May 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I visited all 3 vendors 🙂

  426. TerriC on May 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I just thanked all three prize vendors on their facebook pages!

  427. Sara Welch on May 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    shared on facebook 🙂

  428. Kelly Spence on May 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I said thanks to those participating in the giveaway. Thank you too for doing the giveaway. What neat stuff to giveaway. I hope I win!

  429. Anna Hettick on May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    How many poses do you try to do in what amount of time per session?

  430. Jennifer Madigan on May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I am new to photography. I have noticed a lot of trends in photographing babies. If a parent doesn’t want the trendy poses what is one great go to pose that is traditional. Also what type of lighting works best for the traditional poses of little ones?

  431. Jayne on May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Pinned on pinterest

  432. Melissa Ter Meer on May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I visited all three shops and sent them some LOVE. Thank you for the awesomeness that is you & your heart!! <3

  433. Portia Kolpin on May 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Shared your Speed up you workflow link. Who doesn’t want to save time right?! 🙂

  434. Jayne on May 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    What is the best way you’ve found to market yourself as a newborn photographer.

  435. Portia Kolpin on May 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Shared your Speed up your workflow link on Pinterest!

  436. Jennifer Madigan on May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I Tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter through the addy jrosencr

  437. Selena on May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I have done a few newborns but I would love to know how the best way to pose multiple newborns. I have done one set of twins but I struggled with how to pose them both together.

  438. Kelly Spence on May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am
  439. Sarah Whitwell on May 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’ve only done a few newborn sessions so far but have absolutely loved them! I was lucky enough to have my own little bundle of joy shortly before getting other newborn sessions, so I got some extra experience working with a newborn beforehand. I suggested beforehand to both that a full tummy is best and a very warm house (about 85) will also be best, but both ignored the warmth suggestion (one kept their house at 67 brrr…) and both didn’t go with the full tummy suggestion. I brought a space heater, but it was still pretty chilly. My question is how do you get parents to actually follow these suggestions without seeming bossy?

  440. Jayne on May 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Tweeted about your fabulous newborn actions.

  441. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

    There are three things I couldn’t live without when it comes to photographing newborns and that would be my space heater and white noise machine and posing beanbag.These two items are a must when working with newborns. I am so thankful to have learned about these amazing tools I wouldn’t be able to work with newborns if it wasn’t for these

  442. Donna M on May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m photographing more & more kids & babies, these props would be so great!

  443. Stephanie Bargo on May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    What is the window of age you shoot for to capture the best newborn photos?

  444. Kelsey Cameron on May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I am fairly new to photographing newborns; so my question is when do you know you are ready to venture out and stop giving discount sessions to build your portfolio?!

  445. Serena Swan on May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I have been photographing Newborns for about 3 years now and I have learned alot! I think my best advice is to never rush. Reserve the first hour just for settling in and feeding. After that I always explain to mom that the less she holds baby while we are working the less they will cry when I take them for pictures. It sounds weird but it works! I think my own question is how do photographers get that amazing pose of babies feet to the side with the head propped up on hands. I know there are hands and photo shop involved but all my babies hate having their feet infront like that.

  446. Portia Kolpin on May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Shared your Newborn Necessities link on Pinterest!

  447. gabriela on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    my best piece of advise is to make sure your hands are always clean and warm and to have the room warm so it’s comfortable for baby. Also, don’t be in a rush! be prepared to break as often as needed for diaper changes and feedings.

  448. Melanie H. on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’ve done a few newborn shoot and my question is about lighting. Are you using off flash photography or natural light? I am feeling like the natural light photos aren’t looking as good, plus it narrows your window of when you are able to shoot…

  449. Melissa K. on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I also thanked the fantastic vendors for their participation in this amazing giveaway! <3

  450. Alexandra Keller on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’ve done a handful of newborn sessions and I hope I’m not breaking the rules, but I’d love to give some advice and ask a question! :-PWhat has worked best and is most key for me is a very warm room, which I know is already often said. But the key is VERY – If I start sweating I know baby is comfortable! Also, massaging their little fists into flat hands and then posing them accordingly makes images look so much sweeter and relaxed. My question is what’s the best way to ensure skin tone consistency throughout the entire session’s gallery of images?Thank you so much for doing this!

  451. gabriela on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’ve visited, liked and thanked all 3 Facebook sites.

  452. Jayne on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Visited and thanked all three vendors!

  453. Cayce Lee Photography on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    My best piece of advice is to educate the parents to what they should expect from the session and a very warm room!

  454. Selena on May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Posted on my FB page toohttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Selena-Stoney-Photography/138234622930921

  455. Bronwyn on May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I’m new at photographing newborns.had one session and got some great shots but had a hard time posing his little head on his arms. I have seen cute shots of babies with their head resting on their hands….how do you do that? Thanks 😉

  456. gabriela on May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I just bought the MCP Actions Newborn set – so excited to use it!

  457. Leslie Petersen on May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    What is your best advice for someone without a studio (or indoor location) when photographing newborns?

  458. Cayce Lee Photography on May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway! @caycelee

  459. Heidi H on May 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Patience, warm room/hands, assistants. Allow for extra time, don’t rush your session.

  460. #NAME? on May 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    the space heater is your best friend for newborns.

  461. Portia Kolpin on May 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Shared your Newborn Necessities link on Facebook!

  462. Alexandra Keller on May 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I pinned this giveaway on pinterest!http://pinterest.com/pin/158540849352634395/

  463. Vanessa Johnson on May 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I am fairly new to newborn photography and love to shoot in RAW. Do you recomend making my exposure corrections and adjustments when my files open up in photoshop or should I save them as jpegs and then use only my actions that I have to make adjustments? Also is a heartbeat machine necessary while shooting the lovely little ones?

  464. Justine Cirullo on May 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    ok… I’m a total newb! what’s your best advice on prepping the parents before the shoot? and what do you do if the baby WILL NOT fall asleep?thanks so much!!

  465. Selena on May 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I visited the 3 sites and left them some MCP love!

  466. Tanya Garside on May 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I have shared on Facebook and pinterest.

  467. megan holdsworth on May 2, 2012 at 10:31 am

    what is your favorite lens on a 5D Mark II??

  468. Alexandra Keller on May 2, 2012 at 10:32 am
  469. amy lawrence on May 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    My trouble with newborns is that they seem to wake up any time we try to move them into a new set up. Then we start all over with putting them back to sleep. Is this normal or are there newborns that stay asleep while you move them?

  470. Alison on May 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I am new to this. I would like to know how to get started? How do you get clients? Pricing? (doing this for free for friends seems to lessen the value). Thanks.

  471. Dawn May on May 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I liked all three fabulous pages on facebook…I would LOVE to win this giveaway!!! Also was able to leave comments on After the Bump and Rock the Drops.

  472. Charie on May 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    What is the best way to pose/handle a newborn?

  473. Jennifer on May 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    My question is about lighting shooting inside–what’s the best option to getting good shots? Does anyone ever shoot outside?

  474. Alexandra Keller on May 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I visited and left love for all three awesome vendors!!

  475. Heather M on May 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    my questino is how to keep newborns asleep moving from pose to pose?

  476. Bronwyn on May 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I shared a link to your contest on Facebook. Thanks for doing this!!!

  477. Melanie H. on May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I left comments for all three vendors!

  478. Miriam on May 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thanked on rock the drops!!

  479. Lena on May 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’ve visited all 3 vendors and left some love/gratitude. Had to message Shoot Baby, though, but I let them know I was grateful. Thank YOU so much for this opportunity. SO exciting! Fingers crossed… 😉

  480. Miriam on May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Left a comment and thanked after the bump!

  481. Sarah Whitwell on May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I shared the love on Facebook!

  482. Miriam on May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thanked shoot baby!

    • Miriam on May 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Sorry I just realized I commented 3 times for thanking… I don’t know how to delete them…

  483. Aimee Hurst on May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    What an amazing giveaway! Newborn photographers: what is your advice on getting started? What would you say your top 5 must haves are that you just couldn’t live without when doing your sessions?

  484. Alexandra Keller on May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I shared the Newborn Necessities Actions link on my facebook… fingers crossed!

  485. Heather M on May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    i left comments on all three facebook pages…thank you

  486. Dawn May on May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    My question to the more experienced newborn photographers would be how did you break into the newborn market without a large portfolio? And how did you go about marketing yourself? I just looked over some of the other comments/questions posted above and am loving the advice and other questions!

  487. Sarah Whitwell on May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I shared the love on Twitter!

  488. Reba Cauley on May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Keep it warm and make sure baby has just eaten and is full – makes for a much better session!! 🙂

  489. Kim Hamm on May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I am from a town of 1000 so I need to shoot everything in order to make any money. What are the bare essentials that you have found to make a sucessfull session. Please those of you who are expirenced run thru everyones questions and answer them please please it would help alot! thanks

  490. Marce Banks on May 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I so so so badly need to win this! Praying I actually have a chance LOL As a newer photographer my question about newborn photography is: What are some helpful hints/tips/tricks on posing newborns? Sometimes they just seem awkward for me.Here is the link where I posted on my Facebook Page.https://www.facebook.com/bradleymarce.banksI also visited and thanked all of the vendors!

  491. Emily on May 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

    For those of us not just new to newborn portraits, but new to photography in general, how do you get the best lighting (camera settings, best time of day / angle of sunlight, or any other best tips to get the right ambience for these types of cozy little portraits)?

  492. Kristine on May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I always want to know how to calm down a cranky baby to salvage a shoot!

  493. heather on May 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I would love to know the best tips for photographing babies in natural light!

  494. Ariana R. on May 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I am new to newborn photography 🙂 What is the best lens to use during newborn shoots?

  495. Jenay Dawson on May 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have been photographing newborns for a few years now but have really picked up business this year. The biggest piece of advice that I can give is to be patient and warn the parents that the sessions may take a few hours to complete. Make sure you have a very warm area to photograph in or bring lots of space heaters and heating pads. Tell the parents they will be in a few pictures so that you can capture the first family portrait right away. And, most importantly, have fun! Newborn photography is an art.

  496. Bronwyn on May 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I liked Shoot Baby! On fb. Couldn’t leave a message. Left some love at After the Bump and Rock the Drops. Thanks again to all for doing this!!!

  497. Leslie Petersen on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Left some love on the vendor FB pages. Thank you!

  498. Debbie Meier on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I am new to newborn photography and I know that the most important thing is safety, patience, and warmth. Can you tell me what the best ages are to photograph the newborns. Do they only have to be weeks old, or can they be older? Liked and thanked all the vendors. Shared your Newborn Action set on my facebook wall. and the contest too.Thank you to all of you for a wonderful giveaway. Sure would be the best Mothers Day present(Grandma’s day present too). Congratulations to whoever wins…

  499. Sarah Whitwell on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I visited all three Facebook pages and left my thanks!

  500. Nora on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Wow what a great package to win! I’ve only done 1 “official” newborn session aside from my own kids and I wonder if it gets an easier???

  501. Cora thompson on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    How do u achieved the bright creamy skin tones? And thank u for this awesome giveaway:)

  502. Melody Michelucci on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    New to photographing newborns: How do you get those precious cherubs to keep those difficult looking poses?

  503. Amanda on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Awesome Giveaway!!!Newborn Photography is so rewarding! I like to keep wipes on hand and I have found that if you hold the babies hands still it keeps them from waking up and they feel more secure as you move them and prop them.

  504. Angela on May 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    As a newcomer to newborn photography what I’ve learned is that natural light is hard to come by in many homes, especially if you are trying to shoot in a small room to keep it warm. Enter studio lights and soft boxes (b/c speedlights are just well a pain), for those using lights what settings do they normally set their lights at?A second question seems to echo many others, how do other photographers overcome the tiny awake baby, to get the sleepy bendy baby look?MCP thanks as always for the fantastic giveaway!

  505. heather on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I posted about the contest on facebook

  506. Jessicca Wilkinson on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    What a wonderful prize!My piece of advice would be to put in as much effort as you can to make sure mum and dad are comfortable and happy. If the parents are happy and Pleased with how you are and how everything is going then it will make your session run so much more smoothly. The worst thing you can do is get on the bad side of the parents, it will make you nervous and make it harder for you to really put in 100%. it really is like a snowball effect. Finger crossed now. Good luck to everyone 🙂 xx

  507. Mike Meints on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    We’ve been photographing babies for several years and have learned a lot along the way. Keep it warm; babies like it nice and toasty. You’ll be nice and sweaty but the baby will love it. This is a toughy; keep mom away! Since babies can’t see too well, they rely on touch and smell, so if the baby get a whiff of mommy, it’s all over!

  508. Stephanie on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Is there a way to flow between poses for easy transitions and now waking the baby?

  509. Bethany Seely on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I am a beginner newborn photographer. It’s my way of getting my baby fix without having more of my own 🙂 How do you keep from squeezing and kissing these beautiful babies?

  510. stormy on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    question : How many poses do you like to try sticking with? I want options, but don’t want to annoy the baby 😉 also, I posted a newborn action link to my fb page as well as pinterest. I liked all three contributing companies fb pages & left thank you comments for each 🙂 I’m very new to the photographing for others side of this so I don’t have many prop options. This would be SOOO amazing to win!! Thank you SO very very much for this chance!!

  511. Emily Green on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I have a question as a newbie, how hard is it to pose the babies without them waking up? If they do wake up, do you have to postpone the shoot? Thanks a lot!!

  512. Jean on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Definitely warm room and white noise (iphone app).

  513. Heidi H on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thank you to all three vendors sent. Message to Shoot Baby as it wouldn’t allow me to post to wall. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabulous items to help promote business.

  514. heather on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I posted to twitter about the contest

  515. Melody Michelucci on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Sent all 3 a Thanks and let them know I was enteriing the giveaway

  516. Lena on May 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Shared all about it on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/sunfaeriekiss). Thanks again!!

  517. Jenny Hunt on May 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

    How long do newborn sessions usually take? Most of my newborns never want to sleep and I find the parents rushing to get the session done.

  518. Bonnie C on May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I’ll post a question -What have been the best and worst newborn photography purchases you have made?

  519. Bethany Seely on May 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I visited each site and thanked the vendors for their fabulous donations to the giveaway.

  520. Jess V on May 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Wow! Amazing prize! I always see these little-little ones. What are some posing tips for a more awake three-month-old.

  521. Taryn Danley on May 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    As a newbie looking at other photographers photos, I notice a lot of the backgrounds blending so smoothly at the seam between floor and backdrop (you know when the wood floor blends into the solid color above, etc…) What I would love to know is if this is done in camera or durring editing and how?

  522. Aimee Hurst on May 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops. Im a new fan! Liked all three, love their pages and sent them a BIG thank you! 🙂

  523. Liz in PA on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I’d love to know how to get that nice soft light skin instead of yellow or sunburn. 😛

  524. Jess V on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I pinned this giveaway on Pinterest!

  525. Taryn Danley on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I shared on 3 facebook pages. <3

  526. Jennifer Deming on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I am just beginning my career in newborn photography and couldn’t be more excited at the thought of winning this giveaway to begin my career! The question I would love to ask is: what advice to you have for easing a nervous/anxious parents’ mind so that the session is fun and relaxing for them?

  527. pc on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Baby posing tips and techniques would be very helpful, Thank you!!!

  528. Andrea V on May 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    What’s the best age range to photograph newborns and is it easiest when they are sleeping?! I have never photographed newborns but would love to get started!!!

  529. Taryn Danley on May 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I visited and thanked all three vendors!

  530. Vanessa Johnson on May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I shared your link on pinterest, twitter (4 times), facebook and yelp.

  531. Amy James on May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I am just getting started into newborn photography. I would like to know from all of the seasoned professionals, what is your best advice on calming a upset baby during a session?

  532. Ati on May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I’ve been photographing newborns for almost 4 years now , I think Taking your time, going with the flow, and having everything handy are KEY since they run the show, education about the length of the session for the parents is very important too, if they get anxious baby gets anxious . Temperature too!!!

  533. Angela on May 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Shared on Facebook.Visited all three vendors and thanked them!

  534. Bonnie C on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I visited and thanks all three vendors! 🙂

  535. Aimee Hurst on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Shared on Facebook!

  536. Tanya Garside on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I have visited, liked and thanked all three vendors.

  537. Tara W on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I am new to newborn photography. My biggest question would be how you get them posed in those darling positions, (especially the hands) and always sleeping? I’ve tried a few for friends, and that was my biggest frustration. I would LOVE to win this prize package, and I am expecting my own little bundle in August! This would be perfect!I also purchased the MCP newborn necessities actions!! Thanks for the opportunity to win such an awesome prize package. I LOVE MCP!!

  538. Jess V on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I payed a visit to all three AMAZING vendors and left notes of thanks!

  539. Kristin Carpenter on May 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I am not a newborn photographer, but this prize package is VERY inspiring. I would love to learn and get started. I have a TON of questions. Lighting? Advertising? Posing? I think it would take a lot of mentoring to get it just right and stand out from everyone else doing newborn photos. Some of the newborn photos I see on the MCP facebook page take my breath away. I would love to do that for someone else!

  540. Linda J. Johnson on May 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    . safety first no matter what the current trendy look you want to achieve. allow plenty of time, prep parents to know what to expect, tell them to be sure and bring bottles and/or be prepared to nurse. uncomfortably warm room, warm props – preheat with heating pad, remove prior to use. seating for parents so they can “spot” for you comfortably. position the baby yourself – parents are anxious and unfamiliar with their newborns and communicate this to the babies. plenty of clean-up supplies for on the spot use with babies. do newborns only if you truly are comfortable with handling them

  541. Shawna on May 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I am not a seasoned photographer, but I love photography and newborn photos are treasures. My question is how to keep a baby warm enough to be comfortable for the photo shoot? What temp is suggested?

  542. Meggan Hayes on May 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    My question would be…what do you do when people wait a little too long and want you to photograph an older newborn?

  543. Aimee Hurst on May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Shared this giveaway on Pinterest! THANK YOU!

  544. Ati on May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Just Shared on my Facebook Wall 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/AtiPhotography XOXO

  545. Vanessa Johnson on May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I visited After the Bump, Shoot Baby, and Rock the Drops! Love all the products and sites. Also sent them a big thanks for allowing us to have a chance to add their products to my collection. Also liked all three 🙂 Have a beautiful day!

  546. Jill on May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The advice I feel most pressed to share for newbie newborn photogs…keep those babies safe. Do as much research as possible, even some of the most simple looking poses are composite shots where a finger/hand or more is removed from the shot in post processing. Don’t be afraid to ask how it’s done. Remember that you are working with a precious little life and they are not just a prop. Perhaps that sounds harsh – but there are some really scary images out there that only one little thing had to go wrong for the baby to be in serious harm.

    • Jill on May 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I have visited all three on FB, thanked & liked them and told them I am entering to win.

    • Jill on May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I have linked on to MCP Newborn Necessities Actions on Facebook.

    • Jill on May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I have linked on to MCP Newborn Necessities Actions on Twitter.

    • Jill on May 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I linked MCP Newborn Necessities on my Pinterest

  547. Angela on May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Would love to know how to get grumpy babies to cheer up!

  548. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I visited all 3 sites on Facebook.

  549. Cherilyn Haines on May 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    As a fairly new newborn photographer, the thing that I would love to know most from the “seasoned” photographers is what is the most successful way to build your ideal clientele base. 🙂 I’m loving reading all of the comments above me from the pro’s!

  550. Giordano on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Posted on my FB pagehttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Selena-Stoney-Photography/138234622930921

  551. Heather on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I have shot a handful of newborns, but feel qualified enough to give some advice. A lot of the aspects of how to shoot have been covered, but I think one of the things that has helped me the most is to get to the point where I am not stressed out if the baby doesnt want to sleep. Learn how to shoot awake newborns… wrap them, do parent poses, etc., but if you get stressed, everything will fly out the window and the baby will be able to feel your stress.

  552. Natalie on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Question: I am seeing more of a trend going to lifestyle newborn shoots instead of posed newborn shoots – what are your thoughts about this?

  553. miranda dejarnatt on May 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    i am just starting out and i do fine with a tripod but when i am on the floor hand holding the camera i get camera shake. Any suggestions for sharper pictures. thank you

  554. Janine on May 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Fall in love with the babies. See them with the eyes of parents. Show respect and warmth and have much patience.

  555. Giordano on May 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Please disregard my previous comment.It was a mistake.

  556. Kathleen Beckwith on May 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I have been photographing babies for a couple years now. The thing I like to keep in mind during a session is this: “Never treat a baby different than I would my own children when they were babies and never put them in danger of any kind. They are babies, not props.”

  557. Donna on May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Do you prefer shooting newborns in the client’s home or your own home/studio and why?

  558. Anjie Dodge Wittu on May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Added Link to Facebook… Thanked Rock the Drops, After the Bump & Shoot Baby. In have actually been taking pictures of our twin girls since they were born but have recently ventured out and have started taking pictures of other ppl and thier kids.. I get excited every time I start taking pictures it is such a big rush for me.. I hope to one day have ppl look at my photos and be inspired as I am now by others.

  559. Ati on May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Shared this on Tweeter too :)https://twitter.com/#!/AtiPhotography

  560. Giordano on May 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Posted on my FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/giordano.carlini

  561. Skye Devoe on May 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    My best advice is a hair dyrer! I use it in addition to a space heater I usually have dad hold it about 5 feet above baby on a meduim setting. The warm (not hot!) air on baby’s skin and the noise helps calm the baby into a deep sleep.

  562. Tina on May 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Shared on Facebook and Twitter

  563. Linda J. Johnson on May 2, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Visited all vendors and thanked them. Shared on facebook and liked all sites. Fingers crossed:)

  564. Giordano on May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Posted on my business Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Giordano-Carlini-Photography/211593315571510

  565. Christabel on May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I would like to begin doing newborn photography, but in the past few attempts, I haven’t been happy with the outcome. What makes a newborn photographer so good at what they do? Is it the posing? Lighting? How do you get that perfect pose? And how newborn do you want a baby to be, when doing those photoshoots? A week? A few weeks?

  566. Cherilyn Haines on May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I have liked all of the vendors and left comments on all except ShootBaby (Their page didn’t have an option to write on their wall.) 🙂

  567. Donna on May 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I visited all 3 vendors on FB!

  568. Ati on May 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    and Sahred this on Pinterest of coursehttp://pinterest.com/atiphotography/photography/:)

  569. kacie mcdonough on May 2, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I am more of a child photographer but I am doing more and more newborns over the past few years. The best piece of advice I can give is to be super patient! Reassuring mom thy their baby is doing great, a lot of moms think they are supposed to sleep the whole time and be good. LOL when they cry they appoligize. Them understanding it takes a while and the baby will cry( and poop and pee and want to be fed) really helps me out and keeps mom calm.

  570. Libby on May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I’m fairly new to newborn shoots, with only a handful under my belt. I tend to prefer natural light, but some homes don’t have the best set-up for that, so I bring my studio lights–but what’s the best way to use them? Is it better to use a softbox? And getting those adorable poses–any advice on that would be great!

  571. Giordano on May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Do you think a woman photographer has an advantage over a man photographer when taking pictures of newborn? (I’m thinking at the connection between women or even better moms)

  572. Jenny on May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I have just started taking pictures of newborns but I prefer the natural look without too much posing, and I think it is nice to see open eyes not just sleeping. What is your best tip for when you have a content but awake baby?

  573. Kathleen Beckwith on May 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

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  574. Kathleen Beckwith on May 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

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  575. Christina on May 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Make sure the room is warm and that the parents are told not to stress if the baby isn’t cooperating. If they are stressed the baby will be too!

  576. Kathleen Beckwith on May 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Thanked after the bump on their facebook page as https://www.facebook.com/Keepsakesphotography

  577. Ati on May 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

    DONE! LOL! left a thank you note on all the vendors Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rockthedropshttps://www.facebook.com/?action=read&tid=id.448911955122974&sk=inbox ( Shoot Baby won’t let you leave a message on their timeline)https://www.facebook.com/afterthebumpTHANKYOU for such a awesome give away 🙂

  578. Libby on May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Visited, liked, and thanked all three vendors! What a spectacular giveaway!!

  579. Skye Devoe on May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Posted on my facebook page and business page. Thanks for the chance!

  580. Giordano on May 2, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I’ve visited, liked and thanked all 3 Facebook sites.

  581. jennie on May 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    My one advise would be PATIENTS!!! The more patient you are the easier it is to work with babies!! They seem to feed off of your energy and if you are stressed cuz they’re not sleeping or fussy or what not then it seems to worsen the situation. Keep calm and just wait for the baby to tell you when they are ready!! Patients works every time!!

  582. Michelle Laskowski on May 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I am just starting my new business and my main focus will be newborns. My question for the seasoned photographer of newborns what one thing would you say is the most essential thing you need to have whether it be a prop, equipment, editing software….Thank you for the opportunity to enter such an amazing giveaway and to have an opportunity to ask my question.

  583. Kathleen Beckwith on May 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Thanked Shoot Baby on their facebook page as https://www.facebook.com/Keepsakesphotography

  584. Marcie S. on May 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Haven’t tried newborns yet. Always wondered how you get them to sleep and stay asleep!!

  585. Cathy H on May 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I am fairly new to newborn photo shoots and my question would be what are some of the best props to use? Do you like to use a lot of props or fairly natural setting on a blanket?

  586. Christina Hossler on May 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    My question for the seasoned photographers: Lighting! I shoot in a wonderful room with the most fabulous window for natural light, but I can’t keep things consistent because of the length of the session and of course the sun and clouds never wanting to cooperate, even with moving the bean bag around. As much as I would prefer to shoot newborns in the natural light I’m finding it difficult, so I have been working with my studio lights which I am comfortable with for every other shoot but the little ones. I can’t quite get seem to get it right. Do you have any suggestions or tricks that I should try? I’m working with a 20×30 soft box with a strobe and a large reflector. I have one other strobe and three model lights with a variety of umbrellas I can use too. THANKS!

  587. Jennifer Deming on May 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I just thanked the three vendors. They are awesome!

  588. Leslie Bowen on May 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I have yet to do a newborn shoot, but I have a couple of pregnant clients that would love to do a shoot when they have their blessings. My question is how do you get the newborn look so peaceful! Of course all newborns look so peaceful when they sleep. My question is more about how you get the atmosphere peaceful so that it reflects in the photo? I see it in countless newborn photos. So I am afraid that they are going to be crying the whole time and not allow me to pose them. Thank you so much!

  589. Debbie Vosejpka on May 2, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I visited all three facebook pages. I left messages on everyone except the shoot baby site. For some reason it wouldn’t let me leave a message even though I am a fan. I shared your site on my facebook page, blogger, twitter and LinkedIn. I am a huge fan of all three vendors.For a tip: A must have for newborns is the bean bag puck. Keep your studio very warm, have mom feed baby when they get to the studio and always think safety! The cute shots everyone is trying to get are done by blending two images in photoshop. A baby will NOT hold up their head on their hands by themselves. Please, please, please think of the baby’s safety first.And yes…the image I posted is many images photoshopped together. I did not have any of the babies really hanging from a limb. 😉

  590. Skye Devoe on May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Visited and comment with all 3 vendors. I already had liked them before 🙂

  591. Adelle on May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am still pretty new to newborn photography with only a few sessions of experience. My question is does anyone have a great flow of poses that work with moving the baby (read: waking the baby up) as few times as possible. Just haven’t found a good rhythm yet, though I suspect that just comes with time. Some helpful ideas would be great.

  592. Tomara on May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    What is the best way to get natural light when you don’t necessary have a good space with natural light? Outdoors seems to be out of the question unless it’s warm enough and flashes/equi