Golden Baby Photography: I know that I was just one of many people who had been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this little slice of perfection for the better part of this year. Lauren and Nick (adoringly known as my favorite NYE wedding couple to date) welcomed the newest addition to their family, Jack Snow, on August 19th at 11:18pm. I met him two weeks later for his first official photo shoot. It never ceases to amaze me, no matter how many newborns I meet, just how tiny they can be. Teensy little finger and toenails, little chicken legs, tiny baby lips…. yum! I love so many things about new babies!
We did the majority of the photos in Jacks nursery and in his mommy and daddy’s master bedroom. The natural light was ideal during our maternity session in both of these rooms and we had planned to shoot about the same time of day. I also liked having the continuity in the images between the maternity session and the newborn session.
Photographing newborns can definitely be tricky, but I’ve learned a few things that generally make shooting newborns the easiest baby session I do. Here’s the quick and dirty to getting great newborn images!
1) Try to plan the shoot around nap and feeding times. For newborns it’s not critical that they are awake, in fact, sleeping newborns are the easiest to work with. But it’s helpful to arrive shortly after a nap and a full tummy.
2) Use a nursing boppy covered by a blanket- it makes the perfect little baby proper-upper. If the baby doesn’t like being alone, mom or dad’s arms achieve the same effect.
3) Window light is my favorite, but you can also use reflectors or and LED light. I like to use the window light for the main, and an IceLight for fill. I do this same lighting technique at almost every portrait session I photograph in my clients homes. It makes for a beautifully even and soft, daylight balanced light.
4) Work quickly but be patient. Newborns don’t generally last very long and it’s normal for them to need things during the shoot. Things like needing to eat a little, needing to be changed, needing to fall asleep. The sooner any of these needs are addressed the sooner, and more importantly, the easier, it will be to get back to taking photos.
5) Have a hairdryer handy. The warm air and the white noise that comes from a hairdryer on low near the baby is a magical combination. Try it! You will see. It almost instantly puts babies into a calm trance.
6) Get on their level. I like to put babies on the floor so that I can photograph from over top of them, but I always remember to get down on their level, whether that means laying on the floor or bending down level with the top of the bed.
To Lauren and Nick: Congratulations!!! I couldn’t be happier for you guys. AND, I look forward to many, many more photo shoots with your gorgeous family for years and years to come. MUWAH!