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UAE Newborn Photography – My Editing workflow

For my UAE newborn photography business, I have established a style to my editing process, that to begin with didn’t come easy. Six years ago I was that photographer who’s photoshop was jam packed with action after action. I loved experimenting, although they were a great tool to give some pop to your image I found my editing style was chaotic, no two sessions looked the same as I was using too many different ones. As I was new to photography, my camera technique was still very inexperienced, I would struggle with exposure and color balance. This meant each gallery would take me about 7-10 hours to complete.

I decided to start taking online courses on photoshop and Lightroom. Damien Symonds levels and curves workshops were probably the biggest help to the start of my clean editing technique. For UAE newborn photography I feel strongly it is very important to get as much correct in camera as possible. Great lighting, exposure and color balance makes it so much easier to perfect the babies skin tones. Each season will now take me about 2-4 hours to finish a 50 image gallery.

My workflow begins with importing into Lightroom, where I will do minor tweaks on exposure and color balance using the adjustment brush if necessary. This is the location where I cull my images to then export into photoshop. For eighty percent of my editing I use photoshop. I will recompose the image if necessary, using the transform tool or cloning to add more background. The majority of the session is then based on correcting the babies skin, removing baby spots and flaky skin, plus using the color balance tool to achieve a more pleasing skin tone. Portraiture is a great plugin on a low opacity to smooth the skin. I use levels and curves to take away the grayness to an image and give it more pop and contrast. The editing process is completed by sharpening the image for print.

I love seeing other photographers unique style of editing, Bianca from Bumps Baby Beyond photography, Leicester, edites very clean and soft. I particularly love her tones. She takes baby pictures in Whetstone, Leicestershire, East Midlands.

For my information on how to book a newborn session, email jilliangreenhillphotography@gmail.com

UAE Newborn Photography

UAE Newborn Photography
UAE Newborn Photography
UAE Newborn Photography
UAE Newborn Photography

Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Dubai newborn photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.

January 18, 2018 - 5:41 am

Amanda - I learned from the best!! 😉 Love your editing style and these are the sweetest images!

January 18, 2018 - 7:50 am

Lynne - Your editing is so beautiful Jillian.

January 18, 2018 - 11:25 am

Julie - The actions thing sounds familiar!! I have always loved your style – thanks for sharing some background info xx

January 18, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Emily - I learnt so much on your workshop and I still use some of the techniques you taught us. I have always loved the colours you manage to get.

January 18, 2018 - 6:29 pm

Laura - I love your editing Jill, it is so clean and crisp. x

January 18, 2018 - 10:04 pm

Jenna - Gorgeous. It’s amazing to see how perfect you get the portraits in camera! Beautiful work x

January 18, 2018 - 10:26 pm

bea - Lovey to see how you edit, the final images are amazing x

January 19, 2018 - 11:50 am

Beth - I always find it fascinating to see how others edit! I really like the softness and the colours are great too x

January 19, 2018 - 8:20 pm

Dawn - You’re images always looks so clean and crisp Jillian. x

Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi – baby Helena

As a baby photographer Abu Dhabi, I had the pleasure to photograph this beautiful baby girl in December, one of my last babies of 2017. Her lovely mum contacted me in October to find out how to book a newborn session and what packages I offer. Once the potential client has viewed the price structure if they are happy to proceed, the next step is paying the deposit to secure their session. This means they will receive priority when the baby arrives for a session appointment within the first 2 weeks.

As a baby photographer Abu Dhabi the ideal age to capture this precious milestone is within the first 10 days. This is when they are still used to being curled up in the foetal position so are contented in the various poses and they are still very sleepy. Once the baby has arrived and a date is given to the parents, they will receive the information package and are asked to choose their 4 favorite props and colors. I was thrilled when baby Helena’s mum asked to incorporate blues in their session. To ensure it still, had a girly feel, I was able to be creative and include some of my favorite accessories. Wraps from Pastelowe ny and headbands from Created by Carli. One of my favorite props to use is the adorable blue and beige basket from Woody Wonders, the babies are always snug and secure. In any of the prop set ups, my amazing assistant is close by with her hand a fraction away, observing the baby all the time.

After the newborn session, it takes me approximately a fortnight to finish the completed gallery. If given permission on the day of the session, there will be a little preview of about 5 images on social media. After the parents have viewed the online gallery, they will then choose their package. All my digitals will always receive a 6×4″ print so they know how the quality should be when they use their digital to get their own prints, canvas’ or albums.

For further information on how to book a newborn session, email jilliangreenhillphotography@gmail.com

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Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi
Baby Photographer Abu Dhabi

Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Dubai newborn photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.

January 16, 2018 - 11:21 am

Sharon - I love your work Jillian, you are a amazing photographer , you capture so many lovely memories for the family to cherish in years to come xx

January 16, 2018 - 3:47 pm

Bianca - Oh how sweet are these! That image with daddy is simply stunning <3 I love the blue on her too x

January 16, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Emily - Wow, what a lovely collection. I really like the little teddies used too.

January 16, 2018 - 4:45 pm

Jenna - These are soo beautiful! xx

January 16, 2018 - 4:58 pm

Lynne - Absolutely beautiful gallery Jillian. Perfect! xx

January 16, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Amanda - Such an incredible variety of colours and poses, I love this session Jillian!!

January 16, 2018 - 9:02 pm

Laura - Wow…these are stunning. You create so many different set ups in your newborn galleries. The yellow backdrop is beautiful! x

January 16, 2018 - 9:26 pm

Julie - What a beautiful gallery!! Such gorgeous colours, your photography is just stunning Jill xx

January 17, 2018 - 6:11 pm

Dawn - Stunning work as usual Jillian <3

January 17, 2018 - 11:46 pm

Beth - These are insanely beautiful! You were blessed with a gorgeous baby to begin with but you are a master of posing and wow look at all those set ups! I love the teeny blue elephant prop xx

Abu Dhabi Newborn Photographer – My Photography Journey

As an Abu Dhabi newborn photographer, my journey into photography commenced when my first child was born, ten years ago. At the time I never had any interest and unfortunately even though I have captured over a 1000 babies with my camera now, I have no newborn images of my children. My husband, when Lucy was one year old, bought me my first DSLR, the canon 450d. I didn’t want to just rely on the automatic mode so purchased a dummies book for the specific camera model. I read the book front to back and practiced as much as possible. I had the perfect model. I also attended basic workshops while I was in the UK to learn different techniques. At the time it was still completely a hobby.

After my son was born, we moved to Abu Dhabi. I spent the first year here setting up a home for my family, all the while I kept my photography skills, my capturing my own children and my friends. I took a studio lighting course with Gulf photo plus and then a year after moving I launched my photography business.

To begin with I photographed children of all ages, but when my good friend had her newborn I asked if I could capture his first few weeks. I instantly fell in love with newborn photography but knew I required some training with such a specialized type of photography. As a newborn photographer I think my biggest change came when I travelled to New York to be taught by the incredible, experienced Keri Meyers. I learnt newborn safety, posing, lighting, angles, parent preparation and editing. After this workshop my confidence really grew in my business. I then knew I only wanted to specialise in newborn photography. This was the time I invested in all my amazing props, which keeps growing even today.

I now have the honor to train other photographers who want to expand their newborn photography business. My style has relatively stayed the same, I still prefer light, soft images with the frequent use of colors and texture. I really loved looking through my earlier work to see just how much my photography has improved over the years. With experience, hard work, passion and patience your newborn photography will too.

I love to read other photographers journeys and stories. Read Jenna Marshall photography, she does incredible work in Steveange, Hertfordshire as a family photographer.

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Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer
Abu Dhabi newborn photographer

For more information how to book a newborn session, email jilliangreenhillphotography@gmail.com

Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Dubai newborn photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.

January 11, 2018 - 11:52 am

Emily - It’s lovely reading your story and finding out how you got to where you are now. I love your images and really enjoyed your training course.

January 11, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Daniela - Could you imagine, you would be the “Keri Meyers” for your students some day? I am so happy we met, my journey to your training was life changing.

January 11, 2018 - 5:01 pm

I found my calling in photography… | Jenna Marshall Photography - […] who didn’t know what they were doing so I booked on to a Newborn Photography workshop with Jillian Greenhill. It was the best career decision I ever made. I was terrified on the course but Jill made us all […]

January 11, 2018 - 5:07 pm

Jenna - It is so refreshing to see where you started and how far you have come. Truly inspirational x

January 11, 2018 - 9:04 pm

Julie - So inspiring to see your “then” and “now” – I thoroughly enjoyed your training, you are incredibly skilled and contagiously passionate about your work!

January 11, 2018 - 9:28 pm

Lynne - So lovely to see your progression Jill x

January 11, 2018 - 10:19 pm

Laura - Amazing how far you have come Jill, your posing and wrapping is THE BEST.

January 11, 2018 - 11:42 pm

Amanda - I love reading about your journey here! Such an incredible progression of work and as you know, YOU are my inspiration!! xo

January 12, 2018 - 5:25 pm

Dawn - It’s lovely to hear your story Jillian. You are so generous sharing all your skill and knowledge with other photographer. X

Dubai Newborn Photography Specialist- Baby Alexander

In December I had another returning client come for their adorable baby boys newborn session. As a Dubai newborn photography specialist, one of the best parts of my job is to watch lovely families grow. Having been a photographer in the UAE now for nearly seven years, lots of my past clients are now having baby number three. Before the day of the session, I love to go back to their previous sessions to view the images I captured. I feel my style has always stayed relatively the same, soft, light and colorful.  The changes I make are poses, angles and props. As a Dubai newborn photography specialist it is important to always evaluate your own work. Our biggest critics are always ourselves.

For baby Alexander’s session we used the very popular blue, beige and whites that always look amazing in the finished gallery. The adorable boat and plane from Mr & Mrs and Co was a favorite for his lovely parents and Alexander was pretty happy to be posed in them. One of my favorite props to use is the little wooden bed from the Original Photoblocks. It works extremely well in my workflow. It is always used in the first 20 minutes of my session, after posing them wrapped. In the 3 different set ups the baby is given time to go into a deep sleep, feeling cosy with being swaddled and is disturbed a very small amount.

After I finish with the prop set ups I then move onto posing on the beanbag. I love this part of the session, and try to be creative using different wraps for their textures and colours. Each baby is different, and a pose very comfortable and relaxed for one baby may not be the case for another. I always allow the baby to dictate what they are happy with. Baby Alexander was settled in all the basic poses and my absolute favorite from his session is the one on his back swaddled.

For more information on booking a newborn photography session email jilliangreenhillphotography@gmail.com

 

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Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialisti
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist
Dubai newborn photography specialist

Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Dubai newborn photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.

January 9, 2018 - 12:24 pm

Julie - Absolutely Beautiful – that little pout!! Loving your boat and plane xxx

January 9, 2018 - 12:48 pm

Jenna - Stunning. What a gorgeous baby. Your portraits are always so crisp, love them xxxx

January 9, 2018 - 2:47 pm

Emily - Gorgeous colours. I absolutely love the little bed!

January 9, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Laura - Wow…as always just absolutely beautiful work! Your wrapping is divine! x

January 9, 2018 - 9:08 pm

bea - Ah such a beautiful little bundle and family! x

January 9, 2018 - 9:11 pm

Lynne - Amazing! Love everything about these images! x

January 9, 2018 - 9:32 pm

Daniela - Beautiful Baby boy and big sister! The last one stole my heart. Love your pictures, Jillian.

January 9, 2018 - 10:17 pm

Amanda - Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous baby and such a beautiful gallery! I love the soft blues you used for his shoot 🙂

January 10, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Dawn - I love blue on girls. Perfect images as always Jillian ❤️

Newborn Photographer Abu Dhabi – Baby Louis

As a newborn photographer Abu Dhabi, one of the packages I offer are mini sessions. For the past 3 years they have been available and are a great choice for clients who only require a smaller selection, to display in their homes or share with family and friends. It is a much shorter session, including two props and 2 color choices. I will do the basic poses, depending on what the baby is happy and comfortable with. Being the newborn photographer Abu Dhabi, I still offer the parents the choice on the prop selection. I feel this is extremely important as I want them to fall in love with the images and be proud to have them as centre pieces in their living areas. Unfortunately due to time restraints family images are not included. If they are very important to the parents I recommend a full session with one of the packages.

The props and colors chosen for Louis’ session were perfect for him. The very popular heart wooden box is equally one of my favorites and the babies always seem relaxed and happy in this prop. One of my oldest props is the wooden wheelbarrow from JD Vintage props. My workflow for the mini session is still the same as a normal session. I always begin with wrapping the baby, to keep them warm and secure, and I use the amazing rugs from Luneberry to pose them. Before the beanbag poses, I usually do the prop setups, which help, still, to make the baby feel secure and warm. If the baby is unsettled on the beanbag, using wraps will hep them to fall into a deeper sleep. Louis did amazing in his session and was happy with or without wraps and was an absolute star.

For more information on mini sessions email jilliangreenhillphotography@gmail.com

Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi
Newborn photographer Abu Dhabi

Jillian Greenhill Photography is an Dubai newborn photographer located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Jill creates quality timeless images of your babies, newborn moments and all the days in between. Serving Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and surrounding communities.

January 12, 2018 - 4:38 pm

Amanda - What an adorable little boy:) Love these images and that mint colour is divine!

January 12, 2018 - 8:22 pm

Emily - You manage to get the most amazing colours in your images and the hat with the ears!! I love it.

January 13, 2018 - 2:33 pm

Daniela - This baby boy is so cute! I like the colour mix.