TGIF!!!  A busy past few days but looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my family…ahhh the calm before the storm!  I have had the most beautiful babies come visit me lately.  Here are some sneak peeks from recent sessions…and read on for a rare behind the scenes look at a before (straight out of camera) and after image!

And here is a behind the scenes look.  A photographer always strives to “get it right” in camera.  BUT, with today’s technology there is so much opportunity to take a great image and make it a piece of art!  This next image is a perfect example!  Notice the color pop, texture, skin tone that is on the “after image”.  This is only a part of what goes into the post processing phase of digital photography.  I do not apply these types of processing to all of my images – you can OVER process.  But when I feel it will enhance an image, I go for it and love to create!  So glad photoshop enables me to create what I envision because my ability to draw or paint are severely limited!  Glad my kids take after my husband in this area!

Posted by: ndpellegrino | March 27, 2010

Texture time!| Hagerstown, MD baby pictures

I love to incorporate textures in my images as well as fill them with lots of color!  The images below showcase some of this style and really demonstrates the difference between a boutique custom photography studio versus what you will find in your local mall.  Yes, it requires much more time to produce, but what you end up with is a truely unique artistic masterpiece!  So, bring on the images!  The first are from a session to capture a little girls first communion while the second batch is a 5 week old little girl that was the least bit sleepy for 3/4 of our session (hard to believe given these images, huh?)

I was so happy to photograph baby Emma on Wednesday at 12 days new!  I sure have seen lots of newborns lately and am loving it!  AND, I understand part of the reason – lots of teachers timing the birth perfectly to coincide with the upcoming summer break! 🙂  Emma was super sleepy in the beginning but moving to props, well, she wasn’t as happy about that and would have rather stayed on the nice cozy blanket and decided she would show us and stay awake!  But, mom and grandma decided a car ride might do the trick and it sure did at least for 1 or 2 of the prop images!  Great idea!
So, here is a sneak peek of some of the images from Emma’s session!  Such a beautiful little girl and so happy she is healthy!


Hard to believe another week is almost over!  Luckily we got a taste of spring here in the northeast with temps in the 50’s and 60’s.  Can you say spring fever!  Having lots of fun in the studio with more newborns but…before I get to a few sneak peek images, here is this weeks photography tip:

Frame your subject.  Use windows, door frames, bridges, arches, trees etc. to create a natural frame and help draw attention to the subject.  Just ensure the horizon doesn’t cut through the subject’s head! 

And now presenting the latest little masterpiece in my studio!  Baby T.  Her gorgeous mama was in just a few weeks before for maternity images and baby T. is just as beautiful!  Enjoy!

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I had the pleasure of photographing these beautiful twin girls today!  At 7 weeks, I wondered if they would still be up for the newborn poses I love to create.  They didn’t disappoint and were super sleepy and absolutely perfect to work with.  Thanks to mom and dad for sharing these special girls with me!  Enjoy a sneak peek of some of our fun today!  If you enjoy the images, be sure to leave a comment!

Today I was out and about at a local fabric store and picked up some new fabric for a maternity clothing drape my mom will be sewing together!  I am so excited about this!  After photographing many pregnant women, there is a wide range of what these women feel comfortable showing.  This new sheer drape will allow women to show off their beautiful pregnant shape, while not revealing their bare belly.  More details to come!  And stay tuned, a new promotion is about to begin!

This week, again I will provide a quick tip to keep in mind when framing your subject/portraits!

As a general rule of thumb, try to keep the eyes above the center line of the photo.

Posted by: ndpellegrino | February 27, 2010

Mom + Dad + Babies = 4! |PA Maternity Photographer


Yes, this happy couple is expecting…twins!  So much fun working with them this morning and I wish them all the best in their delivery!  I was excited to try something I have had in mind for a few days – the windy mama image!  For the first time, it turned out pretty well!   Here is a sneak peek from their session!  Enjoy!

Posted by: ndpellegrino | February 23, 2010

Freshly Pressed | Hagerstown baby photographer

Ran across this title from the wordpress area and thought it applied!  What is more fresh than a newborn – nothing compares to that fresh baby smell – and no – I’m not talking about the dirty diapers!  Even at 4 weeks, this little one was so easy to work with!  I was a little concerned doing a newborn session so late but the snow did a number on trying to get them here at the 2 week and below age! 

My dad always asks – why are all your babies sleeping in photographs!  Well, dad – here you go – an awake baby!  At least for half the session until I got them nice and sleepy!  I prefer to photograph the newborns in the their “sleepy stage” for several reasons – but mostly because at this age, when they are awake, their arms are more likely to move in jerky movements, their eyes often go cross-eyed as they are not able to focus yet and it allows me to put them in some of the positions reminiscent of how they were in the womb!  Besides, who can resist a sleeping baby??!!!

So here is a sneak peek from my latest newborn session 🙂

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