Search

Our Studio Lighting

Updated: Jan 10, 2021

When I started my business 3 years ago I purchased lights on amazon. It was an “all in one studio kit” and I thought I was hot s*** lol. Like look at me yal – I got lights and a camera and I’m ready to take photos of your babies! Those photos weren’t that great. At that time, I didn’t understand the value of lighting and how lighting can either make or break your images. I’ve done natural lighting, those amazon light kits (cringe) and I’ve used BETTER STROBE LIGHTING.

THAT BEING SAID – I HOPE THIS POST HELPS THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH LIGHTING TO TAKE THE LEAP INTO PURCHASING PROFESSIONAL STUDIO LIGHTING –not amazon kits. NO OFFENSE.



My last cake smash using the amazon lights in 2018



Mermaid Cake smash session in 2019 = 86 PLM Westcott + Diffuser and Alien Bee 400


What I use today :

Paul Buff strobe lighting Alien Bee 400 and Alien Bee 800 – yes I have both, I also have an Einstein. . I bought the 400 and then later on added the 800 thinking I might need a stronger light source but to be honest, the 400 is totally sufficient. Some people complain of color caste issues/ inconsistent coloring but I’ve never had any issues with my lighting. In 2020 I was given the Paul Buff Einstein Strobe and It’s fantastic but it's heavier. I love my Einstein. But I also travel a lot now and when I do , I use my Alien Bee because its not as heavy. ( I’m traveling now due to the Pandemic)


DO I SEE A HUGE DIFFERENCE? “ Eh?” I mean I could go either way. Yes my Einstein in regards to color looks more balanced but honestly look at your business budget and see what your business can afford. LISTEN TO ME - people will tell you, just get the Einstein, it will be better for you and worth the investment. If you are struggling with your sessions and can’t afford the $500 price tag on an Einstein, get the ALIEN BEE! Don't’ wait to save up- just do it. Get better lighting right away, that's how important lighting is.


Alien Bee: Einstein:

Cost : $224.95 Cost: 499.99




My alien bee 400 with 86 umbrella at an in home family newborn session.



Strobe vs Continuous lighting – I was taught- strobe creates sharper images. That’s what I use. I’ve never used continuous so I can’t really tell you otherwise. I LOVE MY STROBES. * I only shoot strobes. When I’m doing outdoor sessions I don’t use any lights. I can tell you from my own experience, my strobes create beautifully straight out of the camera images that are sharp. I am spending less time behind the computer editing which is a big deal for me.

Doesn’t flash hurt the baby’s eyes? NO. Th