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Oregon Birth Photographer | Hello Baby Girl!

Scared. Worried. Nervous. Excited. These are all the emotions I remember feeling when I realized I "this was it!" I remember thinking to myself "at the end of this day, I will be holding my baby in my arms."

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Portland Oregon & Vancouver Washington Newborn Photographer | Newborn Photography

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$100 Print Credit with any session booked in April or May!

Must book by June 1st 2016. Can be redeemed by 12/31/2016. Any session can be purchased as a gift. Please visit www.mashageorgievphotography.com/investment for details on what is included with each session.

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As a Portland Oregon Birth & Newborn Photographer, I love answering all your questions!

Have a question? Shoot me a text 818-636-2903 or email me: mashagphotog@gmail.com

-Masha Georgiev, Photographer

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Portland Oregon Newborn and Maternity Photographer | Color? Or Black & White?

Portland Oregon  Birth, Maternity and Newborn PhotographerI love BOTH!

Sometimes during the editing process I get so lost in the black and whites. There is something so timeless and classic about black & white photos. I mean, don't get me wrong, color is amazing, but black & white has its own place on photography. I would love to do some studio fashion photography and just play around with lighting and get different black & white looks. Eh,,,,,,,,,,One day!.........

Meet Tawna, my Newborn Assistant!

Montrose CA, Pasadena CA, Family Photographer If you have ever had a Newborn session with Masha Georgiev Photography, then you know who this woman is.

Being a mother herself, she brings exactly whats needed to our team!

Safety is one of the most important aspects of MGP, and what can help me ensure that your sweet little munchkin is safe, then an extra pair of hands! Tawna is my assistant. She is there to make sure that your baby is as safe as possible. She is very gentle, and very careful when handling newborns and premies. She  also makes things super fun!

Have you met Tawna? If not, we both look forward to meeting you!

-Masha and Tawna

How should I prepare for my session?

Montrose, Pasadena Family Photographer

Here at MGP I get this question I get asked a lot!

While each session is unique and different, I came across this easy "CHEAT SHEET" from: http://parttimephoto.com

I think these suggestions are very valuable and practical. So take a look and let me know what you think?

General Session Advice

  • Hair – If you’re getting a hair cut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong – you just never know. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine.
  • Hair accessories – If you’re shooting outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.
  • Glasses – If folks wouldn’t recognize you without glasses, you want to wear glasses in your shoot – however, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos. You can have your lenses removed from your frames for your shoot (don’t worry, it’s what Hollywood does to avoid glare in movies), ask your eye doctor to loan you a pair of similar frames, or you can also visit an inexpensive company online like Zenni Optical and buy a suitable pair of duplicate frames on the cheap.
  • Red eyes – Visine is your friend. Not getting drunk the night before your shoot helps, too. [Don’t think I kid, I’ve shot plenty of hung-over clients.]
  • Lips – You will probably wipe or lick your lips during your shoot, so bring fresh lip gloss or lipstick to do touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your smoochers look their best.
  • Teeth – If you want to brighten your smile, start your treatments about two weeks before your shoot.
  • Breakouts – Start using African Black Bar Soap for a week in advance of your shoot to help reduce and limit pimples and blemishes. Equally important, don’t cake on a lot of make-up to try to hide blemishes – it’s almost always easier to Photoshop away pimples than to clean up overdone make-up. For fever blisters, avoid getting them in the first place, then use Abreva if one pops up anyway.
  • Make-up – A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. But make sure you know what you’re doing, and make sure it matches your skin tone, or your face may look orange compared to the rest of your body.
  • Facial hair – Men, be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and a moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim up your board, sideburns, moustache or goatee, especially looking for wiry stray hairs. Ladies, even if you have some light facial hair (particularly around your lip or chin), indulge in a waxing in advance of your shoot – even barely-there light facial hair will be noticeable in your photos. Men and women both, pluck and clean up those eyebrows.
  • Moisturizer – Dry skin can really detract from a great photo shoot. Start moisturizing nightly a week in advance of your shoot. When you get out of the shower, dry off until lightly damp, and slather on moisturizer. Focus on your arms, shoulders, neck, face, hands, anywhere you’ll be exposed to the camera. This includes your legs if you’re shooting in shorts or a skirt. ProTip: For dry skin on your face, especially around your nose, use a sugar scrub. Mix a cup of sugar with about a quarter cup of olive oil, or just until it looks like wet sand. Scrub your face with it anywhere you have flaky skin, wash it off, then wash with soap to remove the oil. The sugar paste shouldn’t be oily, just wet enough to moisten the sugar. Also, be sure on your face to use a facial moisturizer, not a thick body moisturizer, or you could break out. [Us men, of course, are most in need of this advice, especially around the face and hands.]
  • Nails – A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of difference in your photo shoot. Pick a neutral color that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits. Freshen the morning of the shoot, then be careful not to scuff it while prepping. [I see this most often with high school senior girls, to whom half-gone nail polish seems to be a popular fad.] Your photo shoot is a great excuse for a fresh manicure, but if you can’t go to the salon, make sure your nails look tidy and clean, including the cuticles.
  • Bloating – Ladies, avoid high salt and high fat foods for two to three days in advance of your shoot. Being bloated will sap your confidence and comfort in front of the camera.
  • Undergarments – Bra straps won’t do anything to help your outfit look its best. Be sure you bring a set of bras and strap-adjusting accessories to work with any outfit you want to shoot in to keep those straps well-hidden.
  • Sun burns and tan lines – If your shoot is booked for Saturday, don’t go to the beach on Friday. If you plan to tan before your shoot, do so at least a week beforehand and don’t get burned. Be mindful of clothing tan lines, sunglass tan lines, hat tan lines, etc.
  • Ironing – If you iron, iron the night before and then hang the clothes for your shoot. If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, don’t wear it in the car on the way to the shoot – just change at the location.
  • Shoes – Ladies, can’t go wrong in heels or wedges. Men, clean’em up! Dress shoes are best [or boots down here in Texas], but as with most things, let your momma or your wife decide.

Here are some specific suggestions for certain types of shoots:

Maternity

  • Moisturize that belly!
  • Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever you’ve seen in other maternity photos that you like.
  • Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, especially solids are nice, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans, not the belly panel ones. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly.
  • If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
  • Do bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.

Newborns and Babies

  • Use a wash cloth to clean away flaky skin and eye boogers.
  • If your baby has flaky skin, cradle cap, or eczema, I can highly suggest Lil’ Outlaws Rump Rub[seeing as it’s made by my wife!]. It’s handmade, it’s vegan, it’s chemical free, I know exactly what’s in it, and it works wonderfully.
  • Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with appropriate baby trimmers.
  • Book your shoot around your baby’s feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until you’re at the shoot. Baby photographers allot plenty of time for this sort of thing to set up the best situation for great photos.
  • Dress up paper diapers. Cloth diapers are classy and stylish, but if you don’t use them, bring bloomers or decorative diaper covers, solids preferred.
  • Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn – no outfit fits a newborn well, and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good, though – little hats, dainty headbands, boys in crocheted hats, etc. Bring sentimental items like the quilt that Grandma made for the baby, a baby blanket from your own childhood – they’re great for the youngster to lay on.
  • If your baby takes a pacifier, bring it – if they’re bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.

Children

  • Clean, clean, clean – clean nails, clean hair, wipe away eye boogers, clean feet (sandals on kids = black feet!), wipe snotty noses, fresh-scrub teeth. The cleaner the kid, the better their photos will turn out.
  • If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, tuck’em in or wear bloomers.
  • If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot.
  • It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo shoot – given a stage and being the center of attention, it’s like our kids know exactly when to act their worst. Some cereal, smarties or other candy that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go by smoothly.
  • Avoid colorful drinks or lollypops within 24 hours of your shoot, don’t let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
  • Wardrobe – For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt with a button-up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality. For siblings, the children don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to sweet faces and darling expressions instead of loud prints or colors. If nothing else, pick a color that compliments your child’s eye color.

Families

  • Dad – Have a fresh shave or trim, and use a new razor with shaving cream and a moisturizing after-shave lotion to limit bumps and redness. Make sure nails are clean and trimmed. Wash your hands. Clean up your shoes. Moisturize and scrub away flaky facial skin (see above General advice). When you wash your face, pay attention to eye boogers and sleep crusties. For wardrobe, go for jeans or pants, tucked polo or dress shirt with a belt, or go casual with just a T-shirt or untucked polo, button-up short sleeve, etc. In general, whatever your wife tells you to wear. Again you don’t have to perfectly match the rest of the family, just wear something that coordinates.
  • Mom – Women know what to wear, but in general, unless you are extremely thin you may want to wear something that covers your upper-arms. Long- or 3/4-sleeve tops are very flattering. If you wear jewelry, aim for subtlety, and be aware of it twisting or turning.
  • Kids – Same advice as above, but again, everything needn’t match, simply coordinate with the parents’ outfits. If Dad’s in a T-shirt, don’t put the kids in dress shirts – make it make sense.

High school seniors

  • The biggest tips for seniors are to have an even tan, don’t get sunburned, clean and freshly-paint those nails, and moisturize and scrub away dry skin.
  • Bring a variety of outfits – cap and gown, something casual, something stylish, ladies slip a dress in there to throw folks off, fellas try a formal look to impress. Wear what you think you look best in, but take the opportunity to also try a new look, just to surprise folks.
  • Bring props that recall your high school years – band instrument, sports gear like a volleyball or baseball bat, your beloved (or cursed) high school car, letter jacket, sunglasses. Most of all, rep your style, whatever that may be. Your senior photo should be unique to your life and personality.

Serious Cuteness!

Dear Photo lovers, today I have the distinct pleasure of introducing you to this little munchkin, who's officially 10 days new!

I think we can all agree: His hair & cheeks, should earn him a spot on the cover of every baby magazine in the nation! Seriously, I'm practically melting from cuteness overload!

Anyway, as you can see from the pictures below, he and I had one of the best sessions together. His mom, Cori prepared by trying to keep him awake for 2 hours prior to our session. Her preparation efforts allowed us to have an especially awesome shoot together.

This little guy slept through 80% of the session. And when he wasn't sleeping, he was happy, calm, relaxed, and cuddly. He couldn’t have been any better.

“I was 2 days away from my due date, but I was very relaxed.” says Cori.

Because the shoot went so well, I asked Cori if she would share one helpful piece of advice with other mothers planning a newborn session (See – I've got your back, moms around the world). Her biggest piece of advice is: “Schedule Early! I waited till last minute."

Without further adieu,

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Cori's Maternity Mini-Session

Absolutely in Love with these images! The dress is amazing, and the colors are just gorgeous! This mama to be is glowing, and I'm glad I was able to capture these beautiful moments. Each pregnancy is different, each birth is different, and each child is different. Taking maternity photos gives the advantage of capturing a snapshot of how you feel while carrying your baby. Children love seeing photos of their Mommy's carrying them in their bellies. HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR SESSION YET?

To BOOK NOW MashaGPhotog@gmail.com

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Kim Collection

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Why I LOVE Making MY OWN PROPS?

FullSizeRender Photography props are very important for both the photographer and the client. As the photographer I want to deliver exactly what my client desires. The look of the photos are of highest importance to my clients. If you want a timeless classic look, or something more bohemian, props make that happen.

If you know me personally, you will know that I am a mini "Mother Nature" type of person. I buy fluoride free toothpaste. I shop ONLY at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.  I believe the cure to anything can be found in nature, and I have a reverse osmosis water filtration system. In a nutshell, I like things "ORGANIC" & "OLD SCHOOL".

So why make my own props? Simple. It is the easiest way to bring all of that into my photography. When I am making my own props, I envision a part of myself in that prop. Whether I am crocheting a hat, a blanket, or a wrap, or gluing flowers on head bands, IT-IS-ME! At that point I have created something completely unique. Something that only I can offer. And that transforms over into my photography. When I see a pice of art in my clients nursery or bedroom, and the baby in the photo is wrapped in the wrap that I hand made, and the tie back that I created, I feel the greatest joy!

Do you have a personal prop or family heirloom that you would like to use in your session? I want to know about it! What is it? Do you have a picture of it? Why is it so important? What is the STORY behind it?  Post below, or email me: MashaGPhotog@gmail.com I'd love to hear from you!

-Masha Georgiev

www.MashaGeorgievPhotography.com

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Why hire a Newborn Photographer?

1) So that YOU and the father can be in some of the pictures too!   Even though you’re not feeling 100%, I truly believe that this is important so that your child can see one day how excited you both were to have her/him.  Plus, you will probably have many pictures of your husband and the baby, but not enough of yourself in them!  

2) They are only this little once!  We all know that babies grow tremendously fast.  The newborn portraits that you see on my website are usually taken within the first 4-7 days after birth while they sleep deeply and are flexible to get into those curled up poses. The “fresh newborn” look of a baby does not last very long and babies grow and change every day. Many times baby acne appears after that 2 week mark. Having a baby is a HUGE thing and deserves to be captured in quality photography. You have a limited time frame to get these photos done, so hire a professional to document/record one of the most precious times in your child’s life.

3) You won’t have the time or the energy.  The first two weeks after  birth is such a difficult adjustment time for the parents.  In-between late night feedings, caring for the new baby and recovering from delivery….  I didn’t have any energy to grab my camera and photograph my baby until he was  past 2 weeks old. :(

Lastly, you won’t want to hand your sweet new baby over to just any photographer.  You want someone who is trained to safely handle newborns.  Posing a newborn baby is a great responsibility – their little bodies are still adjusting to life outside the womb.  You must be able to trust the photographer to hold your precious little one.  After being on the “other side” and in front of the camera, I learned more about the importance of my career – I am capturing a moment in time that can never be replicated.  Also,  I am so thankful to my past clients who had spent time with me while they were still recovering from delivery and more importantly, putting their trust in me and my photography!

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Mini Sessions

A Mini Session includes: Cost: $50.00

30 Minute Session

5 Digital Images

Print Release

WHAT IS A MINI SESSION?

A mini session with me is 30 minutes. It’s just your family and my camera. The goal is to get a great family photo and a photo of your child, or children together.

Mini sessions are not for newborns. Contact me for more information on newborn sessions.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR SESSION?

A regular session is about 2 hours, usually in your home or on location, and meant to document your family doing what you do. Loving, playing, laughing. Being a family! It’s natural, casual, and typically results in anywhere from 25-40 images. The session fee for a regular session is $375 and does not include any files or prints; they are all available for purchase after the session.

A mini session is more posed, it’s quicker, and only results in 5 digital images.

WHAT DO I GET WITH A MINI SESSION?

What you get is a pretty good deal! The 30 minute mini session is $50 and includes 5 digital files.

Book a sessionTo book a Mini Session please contact Masha 818-636-2903. Mini Sessions fill up fast so call right away to check for availability.