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Massapequa Photographer Named Bronze Medalist at International Photographic Competition

Sandra Burns of September Blue Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Massapequa, NY – Sandra Burns of September Blue Photography in Massapequa, NY was named a Bronze Medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2019 International Photographic Competition. Burns’ work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, January 19-21, 2020. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

A panel of 36 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from over 5,200 total submitted entries at PPA headquarters in Atlanta. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,654 images were selected for the General Collection and 625 (roughly 12 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book by Marathon Press.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events. Burns was named a Bronze Medalist by earning a merit—a mark of quality and honor—for each of the four images included in her entry case to the International Photographic Competition. This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other. In 2019, she was one of only 170 Bronze Medalists.

About PPA:

Founded in 1868, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest and longest-standing nonprofit photography trade association. It currently helps 30,000+ pros elevate their craft and grow their business with resources, protection, and education, all under PPA’s core guiding principle of bridging the gap between photographers and consumers.

Contact: Sandra Burns


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What to look for when shopping for a Newborn Photographer

Shopping for a newborn photographer can get a little confusing and overwhelming.  There are so many options out there, so many styles and at so many different price points.  What is the difference?  To make the decision even harder, we are talking about selecting the person who will be handling your precious new little bundle, just a few days old.  Not only will she (or he) be rocking, shushing and swaddling your newborn, she will be capturing the photos that will document those first few days of your baby’s life forever. 

A newborn session should ideally take place during the first 2 weeks of baby’s life so you do have a finite amount of time to capture your baby’s newness.  Much like your wedding day, this is an experience that you only get one (maybe two) shots at.   Most people don’t think of it that way when it’s their first baby but the fact is that hey, marriages end…. your baby, will ALWAYS be your baby.  So newborn photos are arguably more important than wedding photos.
Wondering what you should be looking for in a newborn photographer?  Here is a guide covering the most important things to consider when booking a newborn photographer.

Newborn girl in chin pose

DO YOU LIKE THEIR AESTHETIC? What do you like about it?  Is it her use of color,  is it a specific prop or use of certain props?  For example, do you like when a photographer uses animal hats in newborn photography?  Do you like when there are a lot of objects and/or an elaborately designed sets? Or is your style more timeless and subtle?  Do you love clean, simple images where story in the image is more about baby?  Do you prefer lifestyle newborn photography where there is less posing and more interaction or candid captures? 

WHAT ABOUT THE EDITING STYLE? Do you notice a particular look to the images that feel like a filter or perhaps more like skillful Photoshop artwork?  For example, some photographers produce a high contrast look, some prefer a hazy, soft and airy look to their images, some include sophisticated compositing, while others let the editing take a backseat to the lighting, posing or set styling.  Some may offer a mix of all of those!
Editing is a necessary component of photography. Styles and skill level very greatly.  It’s also an element that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

An important thing to think about as you view a photographer’s portfolios is – can I see this image hanging on my wall?  That begs the question and brings us to #2:
Newborn Composite with Flowers
Have you stopped to think about how you would like to enjoy, view,  & share your baby’s photos?  Not just 2 weeks after your session, but way further into the future.  Do you envision a newborn photo hanging in your baby’s nursery?   Or on a family portrait wall that grows with your family?  Or, do you see your kindergartner one day thumbing through a beautiful keepsake album?  Digital files are pretty much a given these days, but your baby’s newborn session is a very important milestone that you may consider to be conceivably even more important than your wedding photos.  So, it makes sense that you think about albums and prints just as you did with your wedding photos.
Once you’ve given some thought to how you’d actually like to use and enjoy your baby’s photos, you can start to consider whether photographers include prints and/or digitals (and how many) in their packages.  Does your photographer deliver the products you are interested in?  What is the level of quality of the print products they offer?  Do you like framed prints or canvas?  Are you the type of person that loves to design albums yourself or would you rather hand over the reigns on certain projects?   Will you have time after baby to actually spend putting together your portrait wall?  Would it be nice to have the expertise of a talented eye to guide you in starting it?
Once you begin your search for a newborn photographer, you will realize that you have A TON of choices out there!  And that’s a good thing, but it can also be a confusing thing.   You are about to hand over your newborn baby, just a few days old to this person for several hours.   You definitely want to find someone who is comfortable working with newborns and who has photographed plenty of them.   Look at their website, Instagram and Facebook pages.  What do they post the most of? Is it weddings, is it families, is it boudoir?  If another photography genre dominates her portfolio, s/he may not have quite as much experience soothing, burping, rocking and posing newborns as a photographer who specializes in newborns.  Another consideration is how long the photographer has been in business.  This can also give you a hint as to how much experience a photographer has handling babies. 

Now, many new parents shopping for their first newborn photographer might put this as the first thing on their list.   But -  I’m here to tell you that if you do your research focusing on # 1, 2, & 3 first,  the price question will seem to answer itself and you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect once you start inquiring with photographers about prices.    You see, the more experience a photographer has, the more refined and robust her newborn portfolio is going to be, and therefore the more you can expect that her services will cost.  Makes sense, right? 

Some other factors come into play as well – such as whether you prefer an in-home session or a studio session.   Some photographers have a studio that you can bring your baby to so an in-home session may carry a hefty luxury fee.  Other photographers who prefer to offer in-home services may charge only a small travel fee.
Last but not least, the overall services that your photographer is providing will play a role in the price.  Does she offer prints?  Does she offer album design services and custom birth announcements?  Or, is there a digital download option that is easy and convenient?  Take a close look at what her packages & services provide, include and/or what is available for additional purchase so that way when you are shopping, you can compare apples to apples.



A newborn photography session is typically a significant investment,  regardless of your budget.  The photos you will have after your session will be irreplaceable and will document a major milestone in your life and in your baby’s life.  You’ll be sharing them with friends and family for years to come.  And, one day, your little one will be looking back on those photos of his/her family in its infancy.   So, take some time and start researching your newborn photographer early.  That’s a bonus tip – many photographers book several months in advance for newborn sessions.  Starting your research at the beginning of your 2nd trimester will give you plenty of time to also consider a booking maternity session. Keep in mind these 4 tips when booking a newborn photographer and you are sure to find a newborn photographer that will deliver more than just a great experience, but also beautiful newborn photos that you will treasure for a lifetime.
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Diviaio Family | Long Island Family Photography | September Blue Photography

On location family sessions are always a great experience for everyone..

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Beautiful Twins | Long Island Infant Photography | September Blue Photography

Check out these twin beauties!

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Engaging your subject for genuine expressions | Long Island Child & Family Photographer | September Blue Photography

I can spot a fake smile. We moms know our kids’ fake smiles and we know them well.  “Don’t smile like that, give her your real smile!”  I know a child well-trained to give the photographer a “cheese” smile when I see one.  But my goal is to always get a genuine smile and real expressions (even if they aren’t smiles).  You get that by engaging your subject.  I was culling this session and came across a set of frames that were a good example of how I got Andrew to give me that REAL,  melt-your-heart smile.

And as I started writing this blog post, I realized…this little series illustrates two other points very well:

1 – Ever wonder why your photographer may fire off dozens if not hundreds of frames at your session, but you probably see quite a bit less in your final gallery?   We keep the absolute best and ditch the rest.   Out of focus, blurry, under exposed, over exposed, eyes half closed, funky expressions…those go without saying but then there’s the images taken purely for the value of warming up your subject.  Getting them used to hearing that shutter click.  Getting them interacting even as your face, and your eyes are constantly disappearing behind that big black thing in front of your face.  Ever try having a conversation with someone checking their cell phone? You kind of check out too, right?  It’s probably similar to how a child feels when being photographed.

2 -  This is why when someone says “I really just need ONE GOOD picture”  or “just a FEW pics” it really doesn’t make sense.  It’s always hard to explain why it just doesn’t work that way.   It takes time, energy, effort and work to get to that ONE GOOD picture.  Not just one press of the shutter in the perfect location with the perfect light.  One picture? Sure.  One GOOD picture…ah… takes alot more.  The MORE is why you want it in the first place.   Thanks for reading!


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Emerson | Long Island Newborn Photographer | September Blue Photography

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Falling in love | Long Island Newborn Photographer | September Blue Photography

Back in April, I hosted a 1 on 1 newborn workshop with and for another local photographer (Tatiana of www.tinyclicksphotography.com) and I fell in love… with macro.   Now - I’ve always tried to capture those sweet little baby parts and I’ve always loved them (especially baby feet, love baby feet!) but I never knew love like this before.  And this first image was the shot that made me fall in love… As you might have guessed, a Nikkor 105mm 2.8 VR has found a permanent home in my camera bag!  Below you will find baby Colin and baby Maja, our two adorable workshop models.


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Clean + Simple + Connection | Long Island Maternity Photographer | September Blue Photography

      That’s what this maternity session was all about.   K & K’s connection was so easy to see and this mama to be’s connection to their soon-to-arrive baby girl was clearly there.  Her confidence, happiness, and pregnancy glow were all there.  And I loved capturing it.




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Ella | Long Island Newborn Photographer | September Blue Photography

Look at that beautiful, luscious head of hair!  What else is there to say…   Seriously,  I was mesmorized by her hair… I’ve never seen that much hair on a little tiny baby.  So thick and luxurious.  Lucky girl.  Beautiful hair and biteable chubbiness.







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Isabella | Long Island Newborn Photographer | September Blue Photography

I have to admit – I’ve been very lucky lately with some older newborns.  This little 18 day old girl was awake for awhile but she was so content and alert that she was practically posing for me.   I couldn’t get over it.  She was staring right at me.  Practically smiling… she was smiling with her eyes, I could tell ;)   Eventually she gave in and fell into a blissful sleep for some snuggly poses. 





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