Cowboy Studio Lighting

In a creative rush just weeks before Grayer was born, I decided I would like to have newborn portraits. I also decided I was going to take them myself. So I pulled out my camera and did some boring-schmoring manual reading. I read my Sony Cyber-Shot manual from front to back. (I am going to totally recommend you all do this. Not only is the dauntingly thick manual about 1/3 of the length you think it is because it’s written in at least three languages, but you will learn globs of neat stuff you never imagined that little device could do.) I wanted to fully understand the symbols and settings so I could trouble shoot if my photos weren’t coming out as planned.

I also needed to find some good umbrella lighting. The mornings can be fairly gray in New Orleans this time of year and I wanted to be prepared for anything. I did some reading on lights and found an array of beautiful photos on Pinterest that served as inspirational fuel for the project. Check out my picks on Pinterest – I devoted a board to newbie photos that will make you smile and say “awww.” These babies are melt-your-heart adorabs.

Anticipation ensued. This project was going to be fun!

One of the keys to nice photographs is good lighting. So I thought I would share a link to the super thrifty, good quality umbrella lights from Cowboy Studio I found good reviews on. I ordered these bad boys a few days before I went into labor and had them just in time to take some shots for keepsake books. They really did just the trick I think. Here’s a look at what you will get in the kit. (I didn’t have the lights for the photo below, obviously…)

Lights and Tripods

When the baby finally arrived (seven days past due) the hubs and I were so wiped that taking photos was the last project we wanted to get into. But with Kevin’s encouragement and support, we made it happen when Baby Grayer was just five days old.

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The Start of Something New

It is a joy to be back and I am so glad you are here. The last year has been a whirlwind — from relocating to New Orleans and experiencing an all natural home birth to redefining who I am and what I want to share with you. In between there have been a few Saints football games, a steak or two, a fun day at the zoo, warm meals at beautiful places with friends, my first Mardi Gras, and visits from loved ones that have meant the world.

There is a new addition to the McLean family and he is already 11 weeks old. I can not believe how quickly this sweet boy is changing and developing. Baby Grayer and I recently had an outing at the Crescent City Farmers Market. This was our first time to market in New Orleans and it was definitely not our last. The beauty that surrounded us filled me with an urge to replenish and renew; get back to the things I love that have been put on the back-burner.

A few special treats for the belly and home follow — wild fresh cut flowers to dress up the table, in-season produce to satisfy the palate, homemade candies to dream about and more. This is just the beginning of something fresh and interesting I hope to bring to you.

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Flowers from White Oaks Farm in Metairie LA

crescent city farmers market

Baby Grayer at the White Oaks flower stand

pink fuzzy flowers

bunch of colorful flowers

wild flowers

cartons of fruit

Hundreds of Peaches

shrimp on ice

Raw Shrimp

lollipops of all shapes

Baby Grayer and the sweets

scallion cucumber and green peppers

Lots of Green

veggie and seasoning

Yellow Squash and Thai Basil

farm tomatoes

Tomatoes

spicy veggie

Jalapeno

life is a peach

Peaches

colorful floral display

Wild Flower Bunch

I aspire to bring you a new perspective in refreshing, fun feel-positive topics. If there is something you would like to see more about, please drop a comment or send an email to cate.a.mclean@gmail.com. So nice to see you again!