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Holistic Baby Acupressure System

#HipHolidays 2016: Holistic Baby Acupressure System

Is better sleep for you and your baby one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Then #HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is here to help you. Read up on our latest #HipHolidays2016 pick, Holistic Baby Acupressure System!

Jennifer Taveras, L.Ac. is both a mother and an acupuncturist, two beloved roles which intertwined in her development of the Holistic Baby Acupressure System. Practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2000 in New York City, she originally began using this system for jet lag prevention. However after having her son in 2007 and witnessing the struggles families have with infant sleep issues, she branched out to see if the method could also help with childrens’ circadian rhythms. Jennifer conducted test groups in NYC, San Francisco, Raleigh, Ithaca and Colorado to develop the simplest and most effective protocols for optimizing infant sleep. She then took the building blocks of the system, the twelve acupressure points, and assembled them into 17 different configurations to help alleviate common pediatric health conditions. Now taught as the Holistic Baby Acupressure System, it is Jennifer’s mission to make the powerful applications of Chinese Medicine more accessible to the general public and empower parents to be able to use this gentle but effective.

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5 Tips for Capturing Photos of Your Child in Their Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner. It will be here sooner than you know it, so #HipNJ has found some simple tips for capturing the perfect photo of your child in their Halloween costume, courtesy of Stacy Mae Photography.

1. Don’t wait until Halloween. This one will save you lots of stress, I promise. Don’t wait until right before you go trick or treating to try and snap Halloween photos. Your kids all dressed up and ready to go. If you ask them to stop and pose, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. Instead, take them out a few days before and make it fun! Have them get into character and they’ll love it!10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

2. Think about light. Light is the most important element in photography. It can make or break a photo. The best time of day to shoot is either early in the morning or late in the afternoon about 2 hours before sunset. The sun is low in the sky so you won’t have to worry about ugly shadows like you would if you took pictures in the harsh midday sun. I love the look of natural light and clouds can actually be a good thing. We shot these pictures on a cloudy day and the light was nice and even. I didn’t have to worry about where to place my daughter. If you have to shoot indoors, get your child close to a big window and open the blinds. You need to let in as much light as possible.10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

3. Choose a location that is clutter free. Whether you’re shooting indoors or out, you want to make the costume the star of the show, not the mess in the background. I chose the top of a parking garage at an office building nearby. It was a weekend so it was empty (safety first!) and I felt like it fit with her superhero costume. The color of her costume pops and the focus is definitely my little Wonder Woman! If you need to shoot in your home, clear the room and get rid of anything. Your front door is a great option if you don’t want to stray too far from home. Just keep in mind the lighting tips we talked about above. You want to make sure your front door or porch is shaded.10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

4. Get in close. There are usually a lot of fun accessories with a Halloween costume. Don’t forget to capture them! Get in nice and close and grab some detail shots. I love the headband from my daughter’s costume. So cute! And don’t be afraid to try some interesting compositions. Shoot close, far away, from above, from below. Be creative!10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

5. Include a few props. As long as it makes sense for the costume. Is your child dressing up as Snow White? How about including a basket of apples! Do you have a Star Wars fan? I bet your child would love showing off his/her lightsaber moves. For my daughter’s Halloween photos, we included our dog Lady, because she has a similar costume. Two super cute superheroes! One quick tip of you’re going to attempt including your pet in Halloween photos with your child – get help!! My husband was with us making sure Lady stayed in position. She got a lot of treats that day!10 Tips for Capturing Photos of your Child in their Halloween Costume. www.stacymaephotography.com

If you’re feeling a little ambitious you could try taking a few short video clips and making a slideshow. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could use your iPhone! Just another fun way to capture Halloween!

We hope these can help you when you’re having your annual Halloween photoshoot with your kids this year!

How To Get More Instagram Followers #SMDay

By Kenneth Barilari

We all know how it feels to see people on your Instagram feed with hundreds of likes, while you sometimes struggle to break twenty. In honor of #SocialMediaDay, #HipNJ has decided to give you some tips on how to gain followers on the photo sharing platform.

  1. Use Hashtags

Whenever you post a photo, be sure to give it as many hashtags as you can that people would search. Also, certain hashtags like #FF (Follow Friday), #FollowBack, and #InstaFollow exist simply for the purpose of gaining followers.

  1. Use Other Platforms

Use your other social media platforms to promote your Instagram account. Post your username on Facebook, that way all of your Facebook friends are made aware of your account and have the information they need to find you.

  1. Follow Similar Accounts

If you see an account that posts similar content to your own, follow them and like their posts. Then, they might do the same for you.

  1. Quality Is Important

Let’s be honest. No one wants to follow someone who posts pictures that are boring. Make sure your posts are interesting and are of something people would want to see. Also, never post a blurry photo. Just don’t do it.

  1. Quantity Is Important

Do not post so much that people get annoyed and unfollow you. You want to gain and maintain your followers. So, post often, but do not be repetitive and don’t overwhelm.

Stay tuned for more #SMDay posts and be sure to “follow” us on Instagram!