INSPIRE SPEAKER: CRISTA ACOSTA

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In this series of blog posts we are introducing people who are speaking at and attending Inspire 2013. We are delighted to introduce Crista Acosta who is the owner of Crista Acosta Photography who specializes in newborn and children's photography. Crista will be will be teaching a class with Nicole Taylor on Baby Portraiture and we're very excited to have both of them as this should really ad to the diversity of the photographers speaking!

By: Crista Acosta

I got into photography the way that probably makes most long time professionals sigh... I fell head over heels in love with my brand new baby.  I was a total mom with a camera, and not a clue what I was doing, but I knew I didn't want to miss a second of it.  I wanted to look back at this imperfect collection of photographs and remember what my baby felt like when he was so tiny in my arms, what the top of his crazy newborn mohawk  hair smelled like, how his little body grew so fast into this chubby rubber band wrist baby who was cooing and smiling, and setting my heart on fire every minute of the day.

As I honed my skills, and later inadvertently started a business that took off fairly quickly, I expanded into loving to capture children, and families, and a very select few weddings each year, but my true love will always remain newborns.  The way I see it, these tiny miracles, are only this little for a small window of time.  Very quickly, their faces change, their newborn skin starts to peel, they stop being so completely cuddly, and their little tiny hineys no longer fit in the palm of your hand.  It's gone in a flash, and most new parents are so aware of that they want to be sure that they have record of when their little ones were just so tiny.

During our workshop, Nicole Taylor and I will show how we go about approaching newborn sessions starting with the most efficient way to set up your shoot to deliver a range of diverse images, the top techniques for soothing a fussy newborn, tips and tricks for dealing with a brand new (likely naked) baby, ease of posing, and the importance of newborn safety during posing, as well as incorporating new parents and siblings into the shoot.  For me, it's not about the crazy props or the coolest newest way to pose a baby, it's about keeping it simple (though I admittedly have a bit of an obsession with knit hats on babies), and relevant, and incorporating things from the family's home or lives that make sense... it's their baby, and this is their story.

I'll be honest - coupled with the other crazy talented speakers at Inspire this year, I'm a little shakin' in my boots that I'm among this group, but I'm proud to be presenting, can't wait to see you all there! "