This is the story of my first foray into newborn photography. I do not claim to be an expert, but we had a good time!
I have never been one to “ooh” and “ahh” over babies.
I really like kids when they are late elementary, and even on into high school. I always say I like them once they can tie their owns shoes and take care of their own business in the bathroom.
You know, the important things.
Some dear friends asked if I would take a few newborn photos for them when their son came home from the hospital. I’m always happy to pick up a camera and give a new kind of photography a try, so I said “yes” – and then promptly started panicking.
I don’t know how to photograph babies!
As with all things I am tasked to do when I don’t know how, I went to the Google. After a couple of hours of research, I learned that I would need a nice solid backdrop, a bean bag chair or boppy pillow, a heating pad, and a small space heater to keep the little guy warm while we stripped him to his underwear in March in Wisconsin. I set up the appointment for 9:30 AM on a Saturday, and we opted to clear their dining room and shoot on the floor in front of their sliding glass door for as much natural light as possible.
The parents provided me with a white tablecloth, as I didn’t want to bring any of my own cat-hair covered blankets from home. I brought the space heater, heating pad, and some classy wood clamps to hang the backdrop on the back of a couple of chairs. I arrived to a stack of baby blankets and onesies, and we got to work!
Image courtesy of the proud father.
We tried for natural poses, not wanting to get too fancy. Also, if there is supposedly nothing cuter than a baby, why would you need dozens of props? That’s my take, at least for now. :)
Here’s the little man himself: Isaiah.
We were even able to sneak his big sister into a couple of photos, before baby started squealing, prompting her to declare: “Baby bruder doesn’t want me, mommy.”
While I will not be adding “newborn photography” to my website as an option any time soon, it was a great opportunity to add some baby photography to my portfolio, however simple it might be.
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