Reno Landscape Photographer | The Still Before the Storm

The sky was amazing tonight! It was about 8:20 or so and I looked out the window and just knew I had to grab my camera and step outside. The forecast indicated some thunderstorms on the radar for this weekend, but I had no idea what Mother Nature was about to unleash on the area. Nights like this make me wish I lived somewhere without limits and boundaries (i.e. fence lines, office buildings, street lights, etc.) and I could just shoot a wide open landscape for the incredible beauty that it is.

A storm was rolling in very quickly and I’m glad I grabbed my camera when I did. Had I waited another minute, this photo wouldn’t exist! The rain started lightly, then I heard the thunder and saw the lightening and it really started to pick up. I so badly wanted photos of the lightening, but I’m not equipped to shoot in “inclement” weather. Hmmm…add weather gear to my wish list. This photo is SOOC (straight out of the camera). I used a circular polarizer and that was it. It is a fabulous shot of this gorgeous, stormy sky. The large hail afterwards which scared me to death was not as fabulous. I’m glad I parked in the garage tonight and hope you all did as well!

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


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Maggie - This is gorgeous! Love silhouettes!

Reno Portrait Photographer | Light

The third and final installment of my self portrait project with Jessica Drossin Textures is so late, but I’m glad I waited. This last assignment could not have been more fun and I had my best friend with me. My friend Lisa and I spent our last evening talking, laughing, crying and enjoying life. I’ve had my camera with me all week, but haven’t had the opportunity to focus on “light” as the assignment for this last self portrait. Upon leaving the restaurant we were at, I knew I had to stop and complete my self portrait assignment when I saw “the light”, so to speak.

I had a fabulous weekend with my girlfriend and it brought back great and fun memories of those days when I wanted to be a gogo dancer and a “flygirl” on In Living Color (who am I kidding, I still want to be a gogo dancer!). My inspiration for this last assignment was almost shadow box dancer-esque. I wish I had a few strobes and a bit of a set up, but I made it work. Please keep in mind it was 11pm on a Sunday night and the area was dead, except for a patrolman who walked by us (ON FOOT) and didn’t say anything to us. I was certain he wanted to know what we were doing as we were giggling, laughing and had photo equipment out on a few tables.

Here is my last self portrait assignment for this project! I couldn’t resist taking photos in front of these fun lights and I’ve always wanted to do a night shoot, so this is just the beginning of night shooting. It was so much fun! Thank you to my friend Lisa for being a part of the artistic side of me. And thank you to Jessica Drossin for allowing me to participate in her birthday celebration with this three-part self portrait project. It’s been a fabulous 3+ish weeks and I loved being in front of the camera for a change. It’s been many years since I’ve enjoyed being in front of the camera and with self portraiture, I can now do so again.

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


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effie lissitsas - Can I tell you how much I really love this of you?

Love it! Gorgeous photo Huong!

Reno Newborn Twin Photographer | Stella & Lucy { 21 Days }

Meet Stella and Lucy–two adorable dolls whom I enjoyed photographing very much so today. They arrived a little early on July 2, but how ironic that today is July 23 and this was their estimated due date? Coincidence, certainly. It was such a beautiful day for photos and we actually kept it warmer in their home than it was outdoors, even though it was 85+ degrees out today. The girls got pretty sleepy once the heat kicked up and were really great for me. They stirred a bit each time I posed them, but settled down pretty quickly afterwards. We even took the shoot outside for a few poses! It was fabulous and something I’ve been wanting to do, but of course, I have to play by Mother Nature’s rules and see if she cooperates when it comes to photographing a newborn (or two newborns) outdoors!

Today was special in that it was the girls’ estimated due date, I was able to photograph a portion of the session outdoors and my best friend of 14 years was in town and wanted to see me in action, so she was my session assistant today. She took photos of me as I worked and even got a video or two in there and I’m so excited to have these “behind the scenes” shots and will share those at a later point…I need to finish up editing Stella and Lucy’s gallery first! Here is a sweet peek into my session with these girls today. Congratulations to A & G on your sweet new additions to your family and thank you for allowing me to be a part of this special time!

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


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Photographer Reno | A Year Later { Stella + Lucy } » Reno Newborn + Portrait Photographer | Design by Huong { Graphic Design + Photography } - […] by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginI cannot believe a year ago I photographed these precious girls as newborns. They are such darlings and so adorable! I’ve really enjoyed working with this family over […]

Feature Friday | Newborn Nest

PROJECT: Purchase a Newborn Nest and Fill It

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Newborn Nest (arrives unfilled), 4 Bags of 100 liter bean bag fill, scissor/knife to open the bags of fill, bathtub to contain the nest and flyaway fill, patience and a well-moisturized body so the fill doesn’t cling to your skin!

Two months ago, I ordered the Newborn Nest. It is a newborn photographer’s prop and is essentially a very large bean bag with a great surface area to pose a newborn baby (or two or three). I had been using a regular bean bag up until recently, but the bean bag was no longer cutting it for me. I needed a larger surface, a flatter and firmer surface and found the Newborn Nest. These nests are handmade and the turnaround time is not quick. I knew this going in and was hopeful to receive it in three weeks, but was patient and realistic.

About a little over one month after placing my order, I received my nest and was so excited to have it in my possession.

The Newborn Nest arrives in a very neat little package!

Folded very nicely into this medium sized USPS priority shipping box.

It was at this time I decided to go ahead and order the fill. I purchased the fill from Amazon, but with more time and patience (and better planning), I could have ordered from Meijer and saved a lot of dollars. Mindy Capps (the photographer and artist behind the Newborn Nest) recommends 3.5 bags of 100 liter fill for a really full bean bag. I ordered five 100 liter bags of fill so I had plenty to fill the nest and my other bean bag (which my oldest has now smooshed to almost nothing with his repeated jumping onto it). The fill arrived and I was surprised! I had no notion of what “100 liters” really looked like until I saw the five boxes in my home. Now I know.

The Newborn Nest unfilled and unfolded.

Five bags of bean bag fill arrive. I underestimated the size!

One bag of fill = 100ml...about the size of a body pillow, in my opinion!

Three and a half bags would be required to really fill the bean bag.

Since no one else was home when I decided to fill the nest, I took it upon myself to do so with just myself. It couldn’t be that difficult and afterall, I balance being a wife, mother, graphic designer, photographer and sales director, so how challenging could it really be? RIGHT. I took four bags of fill into the guest bathroom and placed the nest in the tub. I carefully cut a small opening in one bag of fill and using my body, teeth and some yoga-like manuevering, I slowly (SLOWLY) started to fill the nest. Um, talk about having patience! I think anyone who specializes in photographing newborns has quite a level of patience, but filling a Newborn Nest is probably the ultimate test of patience. If you fill too quickly, the fill goes everywhere and those staticky little boogers will cling to you and everything else. If you fill too slowly, your arm starts to feel the lactic acid buildup (all right, maybe I’m just a little out of shape). I had to find a good middle ground and find it quickly! The first bag was mostly empty (static is a fun concept) and I couldn’t believe how it barely filled the nest. On to bag number two, then three and finally, half of bag number four. It was really challenging to fill it once it was almost really full–the velcro was fighting me, I had fill all over the bathtub and my body was cramped from the various positions of strain.

The unfilled bag, at the very well sewn and velcroed seam.

The unfilled, open Newborn Nest.

Preparing to fill the Newborn Nest in the bathtub.

Progress!

Once the bag was sealed (via the super strong velcro), I carefully removed the empty heavy duty plastic bags once holding the fill and brought out the Dyson to suck up the fill that got away from me. Dysons are pretty strong and will do the job, but be cautious about clogging up the pipe as I did. With all the trash gone, I brought the filled Newborn Nest out of the tub and plopped in onto the floor of my entry way. WOW. It’s impressive and large. I definitely had the working surface to pose my newborns now. I wil have the opportunity to use my new prop this weekend, but until then here are photos of the before, during and after of the Newborn Nest project.

Filled, sealed and time for clean up now.

Look at that surface area!

It’s ready! I cannot wait to use this!

 

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


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Reno Portrait Photographer | Vulnerability

I think I’m enjoying the self portrait project more so than I thought. It’s been a great way of getting myself in front of the camera and there is certainly more to each image than just what the eye sees. This week’s assignment was about vulnerability. I had a couple of ideas on what I would do and the original idea was to capture myself just as I am, but as I was shooting and experimenting, I got another idea. (I’m sure the new idea had nothing to do with the fact that my two little munchkins were running and jumping and crawling all around me and my oldest kept looking at the images on the camera’s display and saying, “that’s mama!”).

I thought about my boys, my body and how pregnancy and motherhood has changed me in ways I never knew–emotionally, physically and spiritually. I decided my interpretation of vulnerability is how I view my body. I’ve come to love my body after having two healthy and beautiful boys. It’s not always easy, especially when I find myself comparing the “before babies me” with the “after babies me”. Regardless of the changes, I certainly wouldn’t trade a dimple, a stretch mark, a pound for the pure joy my boys bring me. Self image is always such an interesting thing, isn’t it? Oh yeah, I donned a bikini at the lake recently, also. Feast away, folks. This is the body of one proud mother.

Who is Huong Forrest?

Reno Newborn Photographer

Huong Forrest Photography is the passion, vision and dream of one Reno newborn photographer, Huong Forrest. I specialize in newborn photography and have a great passion for capturing Reno's tiniest new residents. I also adore capturing the innocence of babies and children, the love and passion of a newlywed couple and their wedding and I greatly enjoy revealing the beauty, confidence and fierceness of your everyday woman.

When I'm not with my clients, you will find me running around with my two adorable sons, helping people improve their health and wellness with It Works! Global, giving back where I can in several photography forums and blogging about business, photography and motherhood.


Are we connected?
LIKE me on Facebook.
FOLLOW me on Twitter for a fun and quirky look into me and my business.
FOLLOW my idea boards on Pinterest.
FOLLOW my life in photos via Instagram
SHOP my health and wellness products at Try My Wraps
Please send me an email at any time or call me at 775.233.8382 if you would like to discuss an upcoming portrait opportunity.

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Huong - Thanks, Rasta!

RastaRican - I totally agree with the last paragraph.
As a male I will just say that I like how the light shadows show your form.

Huong - Thank you, Yuliya!!! And thank you for reading about my work.

Yuliya - You are gorgeous!