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Welcome to our technology blog!  Here, you’ll find articles on all the different ways technology is impacting industries and everyday life. 

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Newborn photography is the latest photography trend

Newborn photography, which is the photography of babies soon after they’re born, has been around since the late 1800s. It was transformed in the early 1990s by a photographer who took it upon herself to pose babies as models with intricate props and settings.  Today, it’s a very popular type of photography!

There weren’t any professionals back then who knew how to both handle a baby and photograph them. In the Victorian era, a photograph required about 10 seconds of exposure time to complete a photo. So in order to keep a baby still for that long, the mother would hold the baby while hidden. Hence, it became known as hidden mother photography. A blanket or prop would attempt to hide the mother, whose baby was held for a photo that would keep memories alive.

Today, photography has evolved and professional photographers have revolutionized ways to take pictures of newborn babies that are not only a moment in time but a show of personality and design. Professional newborn photographers understand how to keep your baby safe and comfortable while posing them with props that create lasting keepsakes. 

Here are seven reasons to hire a professional photographer to take photos of your newborn baby:

Professionals can pose your baby to capture special features

The purpose of posing newborn babies is to capture their innocence and beauty. Babies are cute, but they’re also delicate, wholesome, angelic. To capture this, professional newborn photographers use posing to carefully place a baby into a still moment. 

The most common is the Frog Pose, where the hands are placed under the baby’s chin, propped up on their elbows with the legs extended on each side. It focuses on the facial features in an angelic pose.

Some poses will cater to the squishiness and flexibility of a newborn’s body. Pudge, wrinkles, and fat rolls are all such cute features that showcase a newborn. Placing a baby in the Womb Pose or Chin on Hands Pose accentuate the tiny hands and fingers of the baby as well as their face.

Every pose has a purpose and a professional newborn photographer will discuss these options with parents who are looking to capture these beautiful moments.

Professionals are safety-trained and will keep your baby healthy during the process

Posing a gumby new baby is difficult and best left to professionals because it requires special care and knowledge. For one, new babies are still developing their immune systems and temperature regulation. Since most poses require a baby to be naked, the temperature of the room is set to a comfortable warmth.

Certain poses can’t be held for long because circulation for newborns isn’t great. If left in a pose for too long, the hands and feet begin to turn blue or purple. A professional newborn photographer knows they have limited time to get the shot when posing. 

Other safety measures that a professional newborn photographer will do is disinfect all surfaces, props, and studios before each session. All props and equipment used for the baby will be soft, and plush. And most of all, if anyone is feeling sick or under the weather, they will cancel or postpone a shoot to keep the baby safe.

Professionals use props to add style to a photoshoot

When babies are born, they have yet to develop their personality. But parents can still have their influence. When using props, newborns are transformed into another setting, another world, or a planned life. Sports fans, artists and musicians who want their babies to follow their footsteps can add their props to the images and create a moment worth framing.

Common props include hats and headbands, buckets and baskets, hanging beds, wraps and rugs. These props are all meant to keep the baby safe and unharmed while adding value to a photo. A baby is always the focus, though!

Professionals often have package deals from birth to first birthday

Why take pictures of your baby only as a newborn? Many professional newborn photographers understand that once you want to capture a moment, there are many memories thereafter to capture.

Package deals are set up so that the same photographer can commemorate all the big moments like maternity photos, birth photos, newborn photos, and cake smash first birthdays. This allows you to save money, keep a consistent style, and build a relationship with your photographer. 

Professionals will communicate well with parents

Photographers who work with babies understand their clients can’t communicate their needs and worries. Communicating well with parents is key to making sure a photo shoot runs smoothly and everyone involved is happy. 

It may be uncomfortable for parents to allow a professional newborn photographer to handle their baby but the expertise and experience these photographers have will ensure their safety. Communication will ease those worries of parents.

Communication is also key in deciding style, props, colors, etc. Parents have a say in their baby’s portrayal while a professional photographer makes it happen.

How technology has impacted mortgages

Purchasing a home with a mortgage loan is often a long, complicated process.  Rightly so, since the loan values are hundreds of thousands of dollars and down payments are typically much less, which exposes the lender to risk.  The lender needs to ensure they are funding someone who can ultimately afford to make the payments and that process takes time.

That being said, the digital era has certainly changed the way we consume information and connect with people.  The mortgage loan industry has been impacted by this technological change.

Perhaps the biggest impact that technology has had on mortgages has been the explosion of options that consumers have to get a mortgage loan.  Gone are the days where the only place you could get a mortgage was the bank on your neighborhood street corner.  Now, the Internet gives consumers the ability to compare rates and connect with lenders from across the country.  Where banks once dominated the industry, now a majority of the largest lenders in the mortgage space are non-banks.  There are even many online-only lenders.  This increase in choice has definitely benefitted the consumer.

Technology has also streamlined the mortgage loan application process.  Frank Del Priore, a mortgage agent at Mortgage Brokers Niagara, has moved a majority of his loan application process to the digital space.  According to him, “People are on their phones all day anyways, so at least they can be getting me the information I need to complete their applications while they’re using their phone.”  The paperless process makes things easier for him and his clients.

Administrative costs associated with the mortgage loan process have also been reduced by technological improvements.  Technology has automated certain processes and reduced the need for humans to do certain tasks.  Not having to pay a human to do certain things has allowed costs to come down.  At the same time, these improvements also benefit the lenders because they are able to process new applications faster and respond to customer service inquires more efficiently.

Some lenders are taking this one step further and using technology to create a better experience for their clients.  Nowadays, people get multiple status updates on food ordered for delivery from the plethora of apps on their phone.  If they can get status updates on food orders that range from $20 to $50, why can’t they get better communication for a mortgage worth $400,000?  This is a valid question and some lenders are starting to re-think their overall process.  Look for huge growth in this space in the years to come.

The proliferation of “eSigning” apps has also streamlined the mortgage and real estate paper trails.  Gone are the days where documents are faxed back and forth.  Soon to be obsolete is the email, print, sign, scan and email back process.  E-signing is the method of the future, as it saves time, paper and can now stand up legally.

Not far behind is the idea of a “paperless” mortgage.  Where the entire mortgage loan process is done digitally.  Although a truly paperless mortgage is not common yet, it’s slowly beginning to gain traction.  Over time, lenders who have adopted it early will work out the kinks and be able to deliver an excellent level of service to their clients, giving them a leg up on their competition.

In conclusion, it appears as though technology has had a positive effect on consumers and lenders in the mortgage space.  Of course, there may be some negatives as well, so if you can think of any, let us know in the comment section!

Touchscreens – One of the best techs?

Regardless of who you are or where you’re located, you’ve probably experienced using a touchscreen at some point.  The invention of the iPhone completely changed the phone industry and user interaction with devices as we know it.  The touchscreen has to be one of the best techs ever invented!

Touchscreens have spread to more than just phones, they are now ubiquitous with tablets and other consumer-facing devices, such as fast-food self-service ordering kiosks and vehicle dashboard multi-function control systems.

A cool example of a touchscreen in action in a retail environment is at FAO Schwarz, a toy company in New York City.  Using the touchscreen, customers can customize their personal Hot Wheels vehicle with distinctive wheels, paint, trim, and rims.  I did not get to experience that in my childhood!

Touchscreens have also been instrumental in early childhood education.  App developers have utilized touchscreen technology to build humorous and educational games for kids who are still too young to play traditional computer educational games.  Now, kids can begin interacting with technology and learning at an even younger age!

One of my personal favorite uses of a touchscreen is placing orders at my fav Sushi restaurant in NYC.  I am old enough to remember having to place my orders with a pencil on carbon copy paper, while looking at a large, awkwardly laminated menu.  Now, a small iPad handles presenting the menu to me, and with a few easy taps of my fingers, I can order delicious Sushi dishes and beverages that are quickly brought to my table!

As we move past 2020 and progress into the future, it will be interesting to see where touchscreen technology goes and what may potentially outdo it.  Will it be some sort of advanced ocular technology, such as having an embedded heads-up display on a contact lens that is always available in your field of vision?  Who knows, maybe we’ll be writing about something like that in 10 years from now!

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