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Elizabeth’s Maternity Session

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 | 14 comments

Elizabeth’s Maternity Session     Elizabeth was one of the first ladies who reacted to my Maternity Model Call on Facebook. She contacted me and we discussed some ideas and wardrobe for an indoor maternity studio session. One idea was to use a white background and draped fabric around my model. I wanted to create simple, clean and airy maternity images with backlit lighting.Elizabeth was a great model for my idea, not to mention, she is a beautiful “mama to be” with a cool personality.The session was so fun and easy. We accomplished all looks that I was thinking about within an hour.Editing didn’t take long and now I am ready to share those amazing maternity images with you.  VERA MAGEE PHOTOGRAPHYSPRING HILL,...

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DIY Hand-painted Canvas Backdrop

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 | 19 comments

DIY HAND-PAINTED CANVAS BACKDROP/BACKGROUNDI have been thinking about doing this project for quite a while. I have been searching, reading and watching YouTube videos on how to do it. My biggest question was, how would a professional do it? What technique do they use? What materials do they use?I have never owned a hand-painted canvas of any kind, so it was hard for me to even imagine what a canvas backdrop would feel like.The most useful information I found was here:http://vukelichphoto.com/blog/2015/11/30/how-to-make-an-oliphant-style-canvas-backdrop(And I would like to thank Philip Vukelich for such detailed information about his technique.)Even though I could follow his directions 100%, I still decided to add some other things that might help a canvas backdrop have a longer life. This was one of my main concerns.A regular canvas must be mounted on a wood frame before it’s painted on. And it will probably never get rolled afterwards, so there is less chance of the paint cracking.So, what can I use on my huge canvas to prevent the paint from cracking with time?I found out that some people use acrylic paint for painting fabric sofas or couches, but to make that fabric usable and naturally soft, they HAVE to use a Fabric Medium.*** Fabric/Textile Medium is white, so it will thin your paint and will also change your color to a lighter shade ***My canvas wasn’t primed and instead of using dilated gesso, as it was done by Mr. Vukelich, I used Mod Podge Sealer to prevent the paint from leaking through to the other side of the canvas.Why? Well, I think gesso will give your backdrop more texture and will add more weight to your backdrop. Also, I wanted the other side of my backdrop to simply be white, so I used Mod Podge to seal the canvas.Also, if you seal the canvas, then you will use less paint and it will be a much smoother painting process.I couldn’t find Mod Podge Flat/Matte Finish in the large bottle, so I thought if it were gloss, it wouldn’t make any difference since I would be covering it with flat white paint anyway.Oh, yea, the BIGGEST challenge was to stretch this huge piece of canvas and remove all wrinkles MISTAKE #1: My canvas is heavy-duty so ironing it didn’t help. I tried to sprinkle it with water and iron it and the canvas started to shrink!!! OMG!!! I guess because it is cotton!I remembered watching a video where a guy was using a sponge and warm water to remove the wrinkles before priming the canvas. The canvas was already mounted on a frame. So, I decided to stretch the canvas first.I have a hardwood floor stage that is about 10 ft x 10 ft and it’s mounted on plywood because I still have carpet underneath it.MISTAKE #2: I decided to tape the canvas to my hardwood floor. I might have chosen the wrong tape, but I was afraid to leave any glue residue on my floor. It worked just fine in the beginning but once I applied warm water on the canvas, my tape loosened up and even pins didn’t help. Double and triple tapes layers didn’t help either.I wish I could build up a wooden frame but there were too many extra things to buy and no way to bring it home unless I rented a trailer. And I would have needed more time to build it as well.I found my way out by nailing the canvas to the plywood base that is underneath my hardwood floor.The canvas was a rectangular shape, so on the 2 opposite shorter sides,...

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Maternity Model Call Summer 2019

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 | 0 comments

MATERNITY MODEL CALL 2019 We are looking for pregnant women between 28-34 weeks to model at Vera Magee Photography studio on July 7-12.It is an offer to participate in the Photo Session as a model where you get Digital Images in exchange for your time to be a model. What model gets:1-hour photo session3 Hi-end Edited Digital Images with Print Release (prints up to 8×10) *All extra Edited Images are available to purchase at it regular rate* Requirements:♦ Maternity models should be between 32-36 weeks along in their pregnancy and should not be under physical restrictions as instructed by a physician.♦ Models must be willing to sign a modeling release form. Images will be used by Vera Magee Photography for marketing and publishing on the website and social media and used on print materials.♦ Models should be prepared to come to the session with their hair and makeup done.♦ Models will be dressed from the studio wardrobe unless otherwise instructed to ensure the final work is representative of the studio vision for the shoot. ♦ Models may be asked to wear sheer fabrics and/or allow the bare belly to show (outfit details will be discussed before the final agreement). *These sessions always have a lot of interest, so an application is required* Name*FirstLast Phone Email* City Maternity Clothes Sizing …… Weeks Pregnant. Word...

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Senior Camp 2021

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 | 7 comments

Senior Camp 2021     We are casting models for our new team of future High School Seniors for the class of 2021 (are going to be a Junior this upcoming school year) that would love to be part of Vera Magee Photography Team. This is a great opportunity for you to try yourself out as a model, to help build up your confidence in front of a camera, to share your story with your friends and family, and to have a great time. Also, it will give you a chance to get your Senior Portrait Session absolutely FREE by building up photography credits* throughout the school year.* The more referrals you send our way, the more credits you’ll receive!Benefits:For every referral, you send to us, that books and pays for a full session, you will receive a $50 Photo Package credit (no cash).Each Model will get at least TWO FREE Portrait Sessions throughout the 2019-2020 school year:1st Session includes:Up to a 1-hour photo sessionUp to 2-3 outfit changes1 Location10 Hi-end Edited Digital Images of your choice (on a USB Drive)Print Release2nd Session includes:Up to a 1-hour photo session1 outfit1 Location5 Hi-end Edited Digital Images of your choice (on a USB Drive)Print ReleaseThe requirements:All models must be full-time students. All models must be graduating from High School in the Spring of 2021.Models must exclusively promote Vera Magee Photography for the year. Promoting or suggesting the usage of another photographer is not permitted.Models must conduct themselves in a professional manner while representing Vera Magee Photography, acting as a positive role model in their school and community.Models must post and credit Vera Magee Photography on their social media posts involving images photographed by Vera Magee.IMPORTANT! Students, while you may contact us about this offer, a Parent / Legal Guardian must also contact us and only they can sign up their child for the Senior Model Camp.Also, we will require a Parent / Legal Guardian to sign 2 documents:Photograph Usage Consent FormTFP Contract and Model ReleaseTo send me an email, please complete the form below and I will contact you as soon as possible.Please be assured that I will keep your contact information confidential. Parent/Guardian Name*FirstLast Parent/Guardian Email* Parent/Guardian Phone Number* Child’s Name*FirstLast High School* Message Word VerificationSubmitReset  VERA MAGEE PHOTOGRAPHYSPRING HILL,...

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Breastfeeding session

Posted by on May 22, 2019 | 15 comments

Maternity Nursing / Breastfeeding Session Tennessee   Most of the time I do newborn, family and maternity photography. I always look for ways to express myself through my work and show people how I see the world around me. Sometimes, unexpected things happen to guide me in a way that I didn’t think about before. I was looking for a model to do a “milk bath” session not so long ago and I received an email from Mrs. Chelsea. She had her baby already, so was no longer pregnant. She mentioned that if I wanted to do a nursing type photo session in the near future; she would love to be my model.     I never really thought about doing a breastfeeding session before. I guess I wasn’t brave enough to offer it to anybody. It’s a very intimate time between a mother and her baby and I was afraid that it might seem strange to offer this to local moms. I know now, I was so wrong, and a lot of women would love to have a photo session like that. After I did a photo session with Chelsea at a local park, I decided to add “nursing” maternity photo sessions as another option. I want my clients to feel confident during a photo session, so I always discuss every detail with them before the session. Also, I respect the privacy of my clients and will never publish their pictures without their consent.     Thank you for visiting my website and taking a moment to read my blog.  Have a nice day everyone!     Vera Magee  ...

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Maternity Milk Bath Session

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 | 17 comments

Maternity Milk Bath Session, Spring Hill TN     Hello everyone, today I would like to share with you how I started to do Milk Bath Maternity Sessions. It was a new experience and I wanted it to go well. Sure, I did a model call before that. I needed a lady who was 30 –  35 weeks pregnant). I think it is a good time for any type of maternity photo sessions. At first, I had to decide where I was going to do it. I had 2 options: my real big bathtub and little kids pool in my home-based studio. I REALLY wanted to try a bathtub at first, just because It would be more “natural” way to do it, especially if I need to manage it in my client’s house in the future.   Light Decoration and Milk Bath   Flowers. I decided to go with artificial flowers, just because I had a lot of them already. And it is always nice to spend less on the “try out” session. One little thing… Flowers are made of fabric and they sink as soon as they touch the water. There are different ways to make them float but I decided to try shoe waterproof spray and it worked.   To decorate walls around the tub. Well, there was another problem, the tile wasn’t a perfect color and the age of the bathtub was really narrow (about 2-2,5 inches). Likely I had leftovers from our porch renovation project – porch siding. It sounds a little bit crazy, I know, but I had managed to use it. I had painted it and attached to the wall using 3m hooks. I got some real tree branches from our backyard and added them to my flowers.   The Light source. I hardly have any natural light in my bathroom. So I had to use one of my Einstein Flashes with a softbox on it.   The Maternity Wardrobe. I don’t think you must have a dress, I think the light fabric will work too but I had two laced Maternity dresses in use already, so why not.  To make milk water I used a powdered creamer. It is less expensive and I could get plenty of it in case I needed more. I wasn’t sure how much of the whole milk I would need.   As I found out, powdered milk doesn’t make your skin feel sticky at least not with that consistency.   It was a kind experience and I am planning to do it again pretty soon.   See ya....

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Easter Mini Session 2019

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 | 10 comments

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