Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathy Wilson Ramin Photography Review & Giveaway

Having a baby is such a special and exciting time in a person's life.   It's essential to capture that newborn stage on film as babies grow and change so quickly.  Since finding out I was having a girl, I dreamed of those adorable newborn shots complete with tutu's and oversized headbands.  There's nothing like having precious picture memories of your tiny baby.  They will surely enjoy seeing the images when they are older.  If you're having a baby in the near future, it's essential that you have newborn pictures taken!

Cathy Wilson Ramin is a photographer who specializes in newborn, children, and family photography in Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut.  Cathy's philosophy is to tell the story of your family or child through beautiful images.  She offers candid sessions which could be taken in the location of your choice, video sessions, snapshots, and newborn sessions.  Two unique options that she features are a "day in the life" and a "watch me grow" package.  The day in the life sessions documents a specific day in your family's life-whether it be a family reunion or a child's birthday party.  If you're looking for something truly special, the watch me grow package is for you.  This package consists of monthly sessions that documents your child's first year of life and captures major milestones like rolling over and crawling.  If you're in the Fairfield County area, don't hesitate to contact Cathy.  She'll be ready to   schedule the photo shoot of your dreams.

At the end of my pregnancy I started to research newborn photographers.  I stumbled upon Cathy's photography business and she seemed like the perfect photographer to take Scarlett's pictures.  For the newborn sessions, Cathy comes to your home with a portable studio that includes blankets, wraps, hats, and bows.  All of these props and tools assist in creating those perfect sleepy, snuggly adorable newborn shots that everyone loves.  I really liked that she comes to your home and takes the pictures in an environment where both you and baby are most comfortable.  

From the beginning of when you schedule your photo session with Cathy, she makes sure that you're completely satisfied and getting exactly what you want.  She sets up a Pinterest board for you and allows you to pin example pictures that you'd like her to similarly take on the board.  I'm very interested in the small details in pictures and pinned example pictures of baby's feet, sleepy baby shots, the details of a headband or outfit, etc.  Everything I pinned helped her to understand exactly what my photography style was.  Once the Pinterest board was set up, I sent her pictures of Scarlett's nursery so she could plan her shot sheet around it.  A few days later, I received an email with a list of certain picture styles and themes she wanted to take. Cathy was very open to any changes I wanted to make and worked with me to accommodate my needs. 

On the day of the shoot I was unfortunately very sick and not able to participate as much as I wanted. My mom and aunt were at my house visiting and overseeing the session.  Cathy came in tow with a variety of special wraps and blankets that she was planning on using in different shots.  She also used some of my own oversized bows and headbands for the session too.  I noticed Cathy's attention to detail right away and how she spent time making sure each shot was perfect.  Scarlett cooperated  quite well and I couldn't believe how fantastic each shot looked.  For example, Cathy put Scarlett on a pink beanbag with a sheepskin throw blanket on top.  The baby was then wrapped in a pink wrap with a beautiful lit background.  It looked stunning and I couldn't wait to see a still shot of it!

Cathy spent many hours at my home and never seemed to tire of the photo session.  She didn't just snap away and hope to achieve the perfect shot, but she worked to ensure that each shot was just so no matter how long it took. Her pride and dedication to her craft was truly evident and I was very impressed with her work.  Her calm demeanor made it very easy to work with her as well. 

When the pictures arrived I was absolutely blown away.  I couldn't have imagined seeing anything more beautiful and will truly treasure these photos forever! Each picture was more stunning than the next and I'm so happy with how they came out. Cathy did a fantastic job and I'm truly grateful for the pictures.  I'm looking forward to framing the pictures and putting some on canvases on the wall in my home.  Scarlett will enjoy seeing the pictures when she's older, I'm sure.  I also love that I have such a special time captured.  

What sets Cathy apart is that she also creates video birth announcements which are perfect for sharing with friends and family who live far away.  This unique option is special because she mixes all of the still images with video that is set to a song of your choice.  You'll have your new baby on video to share and make you smile for years to come. 

I highly recommend Cathy for any of your future photography needs, you will not be disappointed.  Please connect with her on Facebook to talk to her about scheduling a photo shoot!

*DISCLOSURE* I received complimentary photography services in exchange for this review.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

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