Tips for Photographing Newborns!

Every parent wants to capture the memories of their children growing up, especially with how fast they grow! So we have a few tips for when you want to have photos of your newborn.

The first thing you and your photographer need to think about is your child’s safety. That means making sure not to do any posses that will endanger your child. One of the more popular posses going around right now is called the ‘frog’ pose. This is a pose where you basically have the child folded in half with their head propped up on their hands. This photo is actually two photos merged together. One photo with a parent holding the child’s head balanced on their hands, then another with the parent holding the child’s arms so the head is balanced. This part of the pose doesn’t harm the child, however, while that is happening the child’s legs are folded under their body. This can dislocate the child’s hips! Just picture you doing that pose. Have your legs stretched out in front of you and lay your chest on the ground.

The second thing you need to do is have the newborn session on your child’s schedule. If your session is an hour long, plan to be there for at least an hour and a half. Also, in order to get any of the photos you want of your child needs to be in a good mood. So scheduling a session after a meal or whenever your child is most comfortable.

The third tip I have for you today is to make sure your child is comfortable. I have for that having a space heater on low pointed towards the child is the best for making the child comfortable. Having your studio or home a little on the warmer side will make the child more comfortable.

My fourth and final tip is to have the most important outfits first. Designate about 3 outfits as the ones that you really want/have to have and then the others can be a bonus!

I hope the next time you schedule a newborn session that these tips help you out!

Fotowerks recognized by the US Institute of Trade and Commerce

Fotowerks Custom Photography receives 2018 American Excellence Award 


Fotowerks Custom Photography receives 2018 American Excellence Award

February 5th 2019 – Fotowerks Custom Photography has been selected for the 2018 American Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Institute of Trade & Commerce (USITC).

Each year the USITC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that USITC strives to recognize.

Fotowerks Custom Photography has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USITC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of its industry.


The USITC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

More information on USITC can be found at

Sarah + Matthew

February is a month that is full of love and on February 2nd The Sterling Castle hosted a Magic: The Gathering Tournament. Which was the perfect combination for Sarah and Matthew!

When they found out that there was a Magic: The Gathering Tournament happening at The Sterling Castle they decided that they had to get married at the same time! They wanted to go back and play in the annual tournament to relive their wedding!

So while the tounament was in full swing, Sarah and Matthew said their vows and were announced husband and wife.

Their reception was decorated with galaxys and on top of their wedding cake was two golden dinsaurs! The whole wedding was full of nerdy touches that made the day very uniqe!

We wish them all the love, laughter, and happiness in the world!

Christina + Chris

If you had driven by the Church of the Highlands on February 2nd, 2019 you would have witnessed Christina and Chris declaring their love for one another in the eyes of God. They had a gorgeous ceremony and Christina was a vision in her beautiful wedding gown.

After the ceremony, everyone met at the City Club in Birmingham for the reception where they had a beautiful skyline view of the city.

The City Club was full of Christina and Chris’ family and friends, whom you could tell were happy for the couple and having a great time!

We wish them all the love, laughter, and happiness in the world!