September 24th, 2014 |
WE ASKED CHICAGO-PHOTOGRAPHER, KATIE GIERKE, OF KATHRYN HASTINGS PHOTOGRAPHY TO GIVE US HER BEST TIPS FOR STYLING AND CAPTURING YOUR LITTLE ONE. READ ON FROM THIS EXCERPT OF OUR BABY by WH HOSTESS DIGITAL MAGAZINE, TO LEARN HOW TO CAPTURE YOUR FAMILY’S PERFECT LITTLE MOMENTS. THIS LIST WILL HELP YOU TAKE THE PERFECT PHOTO FOR YOUR BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT.
Light, light, light! It is so important to have really great natural light. Babies are so naturally beautiful you want to make sure that the lighting in your pictures is as natural as possible. I love shooting early in the morning in a room with lots of windows and if possible on a bright overcast day. The soft natural lighting will eliminate your little one.
Simplicity. I love simple, beautiful and natural pictures. The baby should be the main subject in your picture. While backdrops are cute, real life backdrops are more natural and classic. Your pictures will never be dated and will never go out of style. Get rid of all the extra stuff (stuffed animals, signs and props). You want your back ground to be clean. I think a great location for a newborn shoot is a bed. Clear the extra clutter off your nightstands, dressers ect. You can’t go wrong with simple!
Dressing your baby. Wraps are timeless. Babies seem to sleep deeper if they are swaddled and you will be able to play with them more for pictures while they are in a deep sleep. I love the beautiful Aden & Anais wraps and they are easy to find on Amazon, target or a baby store. Make sure you get the blankets that are plain colors. Once your swaddle them tightly you can add a cute hat, bow or just leave them as they are.
Preparing your Baby for the Shoot. When you shoot a newborn you want to make sure the heat in the house is turned up. Make sure it is warmer then normal. This will help them sleep and stay asleep. Make sure the baby is fully fed and their diaper is clean. It takes patients and time to photograph a newborn.
P.S. That is Kelly’s son Daniel!
Your Camera. This amazing instrument can feel like a very daunting task to figure out. I would recommend you read the manual. I know that sounds like a silly tip to give, but honestly so many people have these great cameras and never pick up the manual. Auto is a great tool that all these cameras have, but there is so so so much more to them then just the auto click and capture. If you are getting adventurous Throw your camera in M (manual) and keep the lens in AF(auto focus) play with your ISO settings. If you want to keep it simple for now then keep it in auto and play with your angels. Don’t be scared to off center your picture or to take your picture from farther away. An inch one direction or another can change a picture.
“Photography is so much fun and can be so rewarding. It take a lot of patients and practice. Keep playing with that camera and you will be so happy with the images you create all on your own. If you have any questions or would like me to photograph your newborn, please reach out to me, firstname.lastname@example.org. Now grab that camera and get to work!”
~ Katie Gierke of Kathryn Hastings Photography
For more tips, follow Katie on Facebook. If you are interested in a shoot in the Chicagoland area, please contact her thru her website, kathrynhastings.com.
September 23rd, 2014 |
After waiting nine long months for your little bundle of joy to arrive, you are naturally eager to share the news with your friends and family. Birth announcements are a wonderful way to introduce your precious baby to the world, yet proper birth announcement etiquette can leave new parents with questions. We’re hoping to answer those today and also introduce you to the new birth announcement collection from WH Hostess (featured in the new digital magazine BABY by WH HOSTESS).
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT SELECTION
While it’s wise to have a short list of announcements selected prior to your baby’s birth, we encourage you to select a design that compliments the photo of your newborn. (see tips from Kathryn Hastings Photography tomorrow on the blog!)
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT TIMELINE
With social media so available these days, chances are the arrival of your baby was news minutes after it happened. A classic birth announcement should be sent out within the first 6 months of life. We like to encourage clients to aim for sometime within the first 3 months!
CREATING A RECIPIENT LIST
Clients often ask us how many cards they should order, and that is a very personal question. The simple answer is: send them to whoever you think would want to celebrate your big news. This may include you family, best friends, neighbors, coworkers, workout buddies, old college friends. Bottom line, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the arrival of your brand new baby?
WHAT YOU SHOULD & SHOULDN’T INCLUDE
You should absolutely include your baby’s full name, birth date, and height and weight. Make sure to include “welcomed with love” followed by the parents’ names or “Daniel has a little sister” to include the whole family in the joy. Don’t include any registry information on your birth announcement. If recipients wish to send your little one a gift, they will seek out the information. If you do receive gifts for your baby, don’t forget to send a thank you note as soon as possible, though it is acceptable to take up to three months.
Can you send a birth announcement for an adoption? Absolutely! What if your baby was a premie in the NICU for 2 months? We suggest sending announcements once the baby comes home. Bottom line, there are no rules and you can make up your own guidelines for your specific situation.
Printed on a luxe, smooth cardstock with classic, yet updated designs that ooze that fresh baby look, here are a few of our favorite new birth announcements from WH Hostess:
And if you can’t find the perfect card to suit your image, or are looking for a more unique design, please contact Kelly to inquire about a custom design.
September 17th, 2014 |
The birth of a new baby (or a brand new stationery collection!) is an exciting time that deserves to be celebrated in style. The Party Dress Magazine is pleased to launch a special issue full of gorgeous inspiration for all things baby. From planning baby showers, sip & see’s, and baptisms, to gift ideas, recipes, advice for photographing your newborn, etiquette for selecting birth announcements and writing thank you notes, to ideas from your favorite bloggers on how to create traditions and modern heirlooms with your family, this issue is gorgeous and full of very happy occasions.
It also showcases the products from the new BABY by WH HOSTESS collection of birth announcements, stationery and baby shower party goods.
Join us in celebrating our new “baby!”
This issue features contributions from some special ladies. Katie Gierke of Kathryn Hastings Photography shares her tips for photographing your newborn, Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginnochio of Project Nursery share ideas for the perfect baby shower gift, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio shares a unique idea for creating a modern heirloom, and some of your favorite bloggers share their family traditions in hopes to inspire new ones for your family! (thank you to The TomKat Studio, Project Nursery, Pizzazzerie, Kate Landers Events and Swanky Chic Fete)
This issue and collection of paper goods was inspired by the birth of my first child in late 2013. This little love has brought so many happy occasions into my life this last year, many of them documented in the issue. Each event, milestone or happy occasion brought about a need for stylish paper goods….thus the BABY by WH HOSTESS collection was born. It will continue to grow, but for now – I hope you enjoy this new collection that oozes that fresh baby look and feel. Classic gingham checks, soft stripes, sweet baby monograms – all done in my signature style offered on birth announcements, stationery, baptism invitations and the most gorgeous collection of baby shower invitations and party decor around.
September 2nd, 2014 |
Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to start planning fall birthday parties! Let WH Hostess help you create a party to remember. From darling invitations, to coordinating party decorations, WH Hostess has a variety of themed party collections that are perfect for Fall. Today, we’re showing you a few of our favorite party themes for September, October and November.
Click the images above to view the party collections!
August 26th, 2014 |
Working with my custom party-planning clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love assisting them to create an experience for their guests that is both entertaining and stylish. And typically, it results in a fabulous new party collection for us to offer in the shop. With the Frozen movie taking the little girl group by storm this year, we have done a few different custom invitations and party goods. For this party, we expanded on those and created a party fit for an Ice Princess! Focusing on a turquoise, light blue and fuschia color palette, I used snowflakes, snowmen, and lots of white accents to design a party that fit the bill for the frozen-obsessed birthday girl, and was sophisticated in feel for the parents. Our new collection is now available in the shop!
These beautiful photos from Stacey Woods tell the story of the day. Here are a few highlights to look for:
- A Princess Dress Shoppe where guests could dress in sparkle tutu’s, crowns & tiara’s and jewelry. Styled like a fabulous dessert table, it featured a custom fabric backdrop and coordinating signage to brand it.
- A Let it Go Drink Buffet with coordinated paper goods, foil-stamped beverage napkins, water bottles with “Melted Snow” labels, and drink dispensers with signage
- A darling tablesetting for guests, complete with table runners made from our snowflake fabric, chair plaques, and an Ice Princess chair sign for the birthday girl’s seat.
- A white dessert table featuring pops of color in the fabric backdrop, pennant banner soaring across the front of the table, cupcake toppers and cake plate clings. Desserts included jumbo marshmallows, chocolate covered oreos, gorgeous snowflake sugar cookies from Flourish Sweet Shop and a stunning tiered cake!
- A Snowman Toss game to keep the kiddos entertained.
Our new collection is available in the shop, including invitations, party decorations, custom fabric and Cake Plate Clings. We are so excited to introduce a couple new products to this party collection as well: foil-stamped beverage napkins, and foil-stamped cello bags!
Party Plan, Paper Goods, Fabric + Cake Plate Clings by WH Hostess | Photography by Stacey Woods | Sugar Cookies by Flourish Sweet Shop
August 7th, 2014 |
I have another custom party to share with you today! This colorful pinwheel party was designed for a sweet one year old named Tilly last summer. It was featured on a couple of other party sites, including Hostess with the Mostess, and we get so many requests for it! It will definitely be a new collection soon. For now, if you are interested in it, please e-mail me!
Here are some details from Tilly’s mom:
“For my daughter, Natalie’s first birthday, I wanted to style something adorable. I admit that I started the planning process when Natalie was just 6-months-old. I came up with the Polka Dots & Pinwheels theme and immediately started thinking of so many cute ideas! The party decor incorporated bright colors and fun details including a personalized backdrop, paper pinwheels and a two-tiered cake that included the birthday girl’s nickname, “Tilly.” The tissue pom poms added a girly feel to the display and coordinated with Natalie’s petty-skirt ensemble. I tried to be really creative with I came up with the names for the signature cocktails, “Tilly-tini” for the adults and a kids version, called “Tilly-Temple” which guests sipped from individual glass bottles paired with trendy paper straws. Party-goers filled favor boxes with a variety of sweet treats including cupcakes, brownie pops, hot pink gumballs, and rock candy.”
Photography: Lollipops & Slingshots Photography | Event Concept & Design: Joanna Warbiany | Pinwheels: Polka Dot Pinwheels | Invitation, Banner, Backdrop and Labels: WH Hostess | Cake: It’s All About the Cake | Brownie Pops & Macarons: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture | Chalkboard Sign: Moulage Collection
August 5th, 2014 |
Did you know that some of our most popular birthday party collections started out as customer requests for custom designs? Yup. And that’s why we love our customers so much! I thought this week that I would show you a few custom parties that we designed recently. And if you are interested in them – e-mail me!
This particular collection was designed for a Max’s 1st birthday. His mom asked me to come up with something fresh, preppy and all about #1! A classic navy blue, light blue and green color palette, a few cute patterns and a little monogram love was used. I created a custom #1 basketweave pattern to use for the invitation and then we carried it onto party goods throughout the event on a custom poster, paper goods and Cake Plate Clings.
I think Max’s mom did a great job infusing our paper goods into her design – looks like a great party to me!
July 22nd, 2014 |
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (or maybe just down south in Houston), a sweet little princess and her mom asked me to help them plan a princess party full of shimmering details, and oh so much fun. And OH, SO MUCH FUN we had with this party! We decided on a pastel palette of pale pink, icy blue, yellow and lilac, and used a princess silhouette and our custom patterns throughout the whole party.
The photography by April Pizana is gorgeous and captures the beautiful the details of the party.
When guests arrived, they were greeted with two princess towers made out of balloons flanking the front door, with a pennant-style welcome sign. The foyer held a lush, ombre rose centerpiece and guests were immediately invited into the “Fairy Godmother’s Dress Shoppe” where they “shopped” for dress-up clothes, magic wands, jewels, crowns & tiaras, etc. The table was set up like a stylized dessert table, with a custom-designed fabric backdrop. There were Princesses milling about, and face painting each of the guests.
The kids table was set with a custom blue striped table runner that we custom designed with the princess silhouette on each end, white Chivari chairs that were accessorized with colorful stars, and a centerpiece that was to-die-for: dense rose vases (wrapped in gold glitter paper), held ribbon-wrapped poles and a pennant banner that soared above the table. Milk bottles were dressed up with glitter washi tape, and each placesetting held a “make-your-own-necklace” kit on our cello bags with custom toppers.
Guests were treated to a delicious lunch buffet, set up in the dining room. Decor included a large princess silhouette cling on the mirror, large rose centerpieces in white urns, and coordinating food tent cards and napkin ties.
The dessert table stole the show! The table was draped in pink satin, and flanked by two oversized pink balloons with hanging tassels. The custom fabric backdrop featured our pastel star pattern and Alexandra’s name with a glittered crown. A princess cake stood center stage, flanked by cookie “magic wands”, cupcakes with fondant gold crowns atop them, candy necklaces and bracelets, colorful macarons, crown sugar cookies, and various candies. The table was accessorized with our coordinating Cake Plate Clings, food tent cards and candy jar tags, as well as pink striped bags with our princess sticker for guests to fill to the brim with candy to bring home.
A horse-drawn carriage was the ultimate surprise and gave the children rides around the neighborhood. The party not only turned out just beautifully, but it also created such a magical experience for the children!
This pastel princess collection is one of my new favorites! The full collection is available in the shop here. You can find the full list of vendors and resources to recreate this party listed below.
Party Design, Invitations and Decorations, Cake Plate Clings and Fabric Backdrops - WH Hostess
Cake, Cupcakes, star wand cookies, and crown cookies - Cakes by Gina
Balloons – Balloon Masters