CASE IN POINT: newborns!!!! (and bebes)
I do love taking the time to capture newborns in their environments. Some would say, I'm a less "proppy" person. I am a fan of the lovely pictures that folks take of babies in baskets, blankets and goodies like that. IF the parents want that. But that is not my first choice. I tend to take their environment and capture that. If we get really lucky - we get to do both.
In the handfuls of newborns I have gotten to shoot, I realize just how somewhat difficult it can be. Cause most times, I either screw up on my part (for lighting, posing) or the babies are just fussy. I once had a session where the baby would feed and feed and then cry immediately. He did this for 30 minutes, which turned my 30 minute session into an hour. BUT I did get that ONE amazing shot that we waited patiently for.
|I "worked" for about 45 minutes to get this! lol :) After the fussyness left, we got this amazing face right before he started getting "sleepy face" - where he wasn't asleep, but his eyes were open and you could see the sleep!!!!|
2 Months Old.
With this most recent session, I had hoped for well-rested, well-fed and full happy sleepy baby!
I did get that, but not during the session most times.
To troubleshoot the fussy-ness - I opted to let him just keep laying on his mom...so she could give the comfort he needed while we tried to get some pictures. I kinda joked..."sometimes the BEST prop is the mom". I've had this happen several times throughout my career. There is just something about a sweet calm baby on their mommy! (and daddy too!) I will walk you through some things I've done....
|I just let him lay on his mom - and this was the result! - 1 Month Old|
In RARE cases - namely when I have friends that have really really tiny babies....I am able to swing over and visit them. Mind you, this was my first time in a really really long time to see someone in the hospital! AND I had tricky lighting! The baby was not fussy, but in trying to capture that environment- i really wanted to capture this face and in the picture you see the lines & curves of the mom. One of my favorite images!
|Using the mom again, as a backdrop - I get the cuddling and pucker of the 2 day old face!|
|letting mom be a gorgeous background - 4 Months Old|
I hope you are all having a wonderful week! And to all the moms out there! Enjoy your babies!