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The Real Estate Photographer  Utah County photography information that I have for you today is about a photography niche that I enjoy very much. I am talking about baby photography, the newborn baby photography. This is the type of photography that you have to capture in a short time window. This time window is 10 days, the first ten days of the babies life. After the first 10 days most babies will lose the newborn baby curl.

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Since you have to be able to catch these images within this short time frame you need to be aware of a few things that will really help you ensure that the photography session runs smoothly and does not waste precious time. As already said you have to be aware of the 10 day window and make sure that you take advantage of this time because this is the time where the baby will have their little rump in the air and you can almost mold the baby into the got to love them pose. You want to capture that perfect pose, the once in a lifetime pose.

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There are a few basic things that you can do to ensure that you have a great session. One of these things is as easy as making sure that the room is warm for the baby. The temperature of the room is recommended to be around 75 degrees. Baby is not use to running around in the buff and a cold baby is not a happy baby.

One more bit of photography information about the baby photography niche is that the baby, his or herself can produce a great photograph. You really do not need more than the baby and a blanket and maybe a blue or pink ribbon.

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Put Your Best Face Forward On Facebook - Facebook has become one of the most popular destinations for social networking on the web. When I first signed up for Facebook I'll admit I didn't do anything with my account for several months. Then I started hanging out on the site and wasn't long before I realized the potential networking possibilities that existed for connecting with other photographers and business professionals. 

4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Facebook:

1. Set up albums within your Facebook account to display your photography.

2. Provide links to your website, blog, links to your articles, classes you teach and other media coverage you receive.

3. Find and join groups, within Facebook offers tons of special interest groups that you can join and network directly with other like minded or like interest individuals

4. Register a custom URL (web address) for your Facebook page, think of it like a personalized license plate. You or your web designer can set this up through a domain registration service like Godaddy.com. The benefit of offering this short cut? It allows you branding capability for your business and makes it easier for visitors to find you.  If you'd like to see an example in action you can send me a friends request at RodneyonFacebook.info

Follow Up With Twitter - Twitter is another social networking site that took me a while to get. Quite honestly I'm still learning more about Twitter and it's potential influence on my online marketing efforts.  Basically Twitter is a "micro blog" where your text posts are limited to 140 characters. Now I realize that 140 characters doesn't seem like much but think of this way, when you're limited to how much you can say you'll find yourself getting to the point quickly. 

When you 'Tweet' (their term not mine) you share a quick post about your current activities.  So for example, if you teach photography workshops you can tweet about that, if you've just published an article to your blog or in print you can tweet about that and create an html link to the direct location where your content is stored. 

Don't underestimate the power of Twitter, I'm already realizing the impact of this powerful site. You can follow me on Twitter by visiting the site and entering my screen name in the 'search for' RodWashington to follow my efforts as I connect with photographers, artists & other business professionals globally.

3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Twitter:

1. Post frequently. Twitter's true power comes from the frequency of your communication. Basically the more you Tweet, the more the prospects you'll connect with.

2. Tie your Twitter feed to your Facebook account. Within Facebook you can have your Twitter posts display on your Facebook page without you having to log in manually to add your posts. 

3. Tweet back. When you receive a new follow (another term for someone subscribing to your feed) send a short message in return. It's essentially the same as replying to an email. Whether online or off it's all about forming and maintaining relationships.

Remember no matter what you think of social networking, marketing your photography services online is fast becoming one of the most effective as well extremely affordable methods of prospecting and establishing new contacts.  In addition if you tie your offline with your online marketing efforts your reach will grow even larger and become more effective.    

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I always get the question asked, what should I wear? So I thought I'd write an article to help those starting out in hopes that it will help you if the same questions are asked. Or if you are getting your pictures taken it may help you not have to ask... So here are a few of my ideas.

The biggest thing about photographing people is the relationship you have with each other. If anyone is uncomfortable it's going to show in the pictures so begin with building a relationship. If you are having your picture taken you need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing so choose wisely.

Think about layering your clothes. Contrast is key!

Wear something you love and feels good inside and out.

Dress up not down but be comfortable. You can choose to wear a T-Shirt but will you regret it in a few weeks?

If it's an engagement shoot don't try to match. Go with different shades and go with a complementary style.

Patterns are generally a no-no. Most shoots happen outdoors and if the photographer knows what they are doing they will pull textures from the background. It creates a business in the photo if you do both!

Darker colors are slimming and they really are easier to photograph. The lighter the colors the more light it attracts.

Wear shoes that make you feel good. Make sure you love them. Make sure they are comfortable and easy to walk in. If you absolutely need to bring the brand new heels you just bought bring extra shoes to walk in. It really is all about enjoying the time and being comfortable.

Dress for the season. If its freezing outside its tough to look warm and happy in shorts... But be comfortable in what you choose. You will reflect what you are feeling.

If you are bringing a child or a pet its best to have an extra person with you. It's important to have the ability to have someone watching the pet or child when you are being photographed with out them. Bring someone you trust. That way you can still smile relaxed and comfortable with out worry.

If you have anything that you want the photographer to avoid (tattoos, scars, etc.) its best to tell them before the shoot. Everyone has this idea that PhotoShop is the fix all but its more work then you think. So help the photographer before hand to know what you want and don't want.

I hope this helped.


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