A new baby is a tiny miracle and it’s amazing how fast they change. In years to come you will find it hard to recall just how tiny your child was or that special feeling when you held him or her for the first time.
As a father of 5 children (yes, really!), I have some experience in the matter of capturing newborn babies in camera and, the very best time to do this is in the first 2 weeks of life outside the womb. The reason being that up to two weeks old a newborn baby tends to sleep most of the time (well, they have been through a lot!). In turn that means they are easier to pose for their newborn portraits.
Regarding style of the portraits I am just as happy to shoot a traditional baby shot as I am to shoot an Anne Geddes style image. Anne is famous for her babies in flowerpots, baskets etc and, al-though the shoots can be quite demanding of parents and assistants the results can be amazing.
Whatever you choose I am really looking forward to photographing your newborn because they are so pure and innocent at this wonderful time.
• When? This should be in the first 2 weeks of the baby being born because they are very com-pliant at this stage of their lives.
• Where? Natural light is often best for photographing babies and I am happy to photograph the baby at your home or my studio I can craft a beautiful portrait in many different ways.
• How? Do you want a more traditional portrait such as the baby on a rug or swaddled in some lovely blanket or cloth, or do you want something more adventurous such as baby in a basket or flower pot? Your imagination is my limitation.
• Clothing & Props – Your baby’s outfit can be very important so please do give it a lot of thought. I want you to get the most out of your investment so choose clothes that co-ordinate beautifully because it makes such a difference. Bonnets and other knitwear hats always look great. I always have a few props around the studio including a sheepskin and a number of beautiful fabric wraps.
• Skin – Don’t worry, most newborn’s generally look a little blotchy and dry skinned. Part of what I do is to make your little one look perfect for their portraits and this is done in post production (which takes far longer than the shoot).