I thought I’d take a quick trip down memory lane at the wonderful newborns I was so honored to photograph last year. I hope as you scroll through the images you not only will smile but also see the progress I’ve worked so hard for.
Hi! I wanted to share a quick tip to help you during your newborn session. Newborn sessions are a bit stressful when you’re still in the early stages of learning. This is just a little tip that can take a photo to “ok” to “I got it!” and it’s super easy.
What’s funny about the photos I’m going to use is that this isn’t a newborn, he’s actually 3 months old but the pose is a newborn pose so it still works.
Here I’ve placed him on my newborn poser bag and have slightly padded under his head. I was so fearful of waking him….he had just fallen asleep and I desperately wanted this shot…so I did minimal movements with him.
I kept his diaper on and tried to tuck his knees and cross his ankles but this was as far as they would go with all the bulk. You can still see plenty of back creases so I was happy with it.
The tip is about his little fist in front of his mouth. This was a strong characteristic of little man…hand in the fist…hand in mouth. So I told mom I would take a safe shot and then try to move it. Taking a safe shot is good advice, too. If there’s just one or two little things that you want to change, wait. Take a safe shot, then make those final adjustments. That way if the baby startles while making those movements and wakes up, cries, doesn’t fall back asleep at least you’ve got that safe shot.
Here’s a good close up of the difference. Now mind you I didn’t quickly pick up his head and cram the hand under. It’s takes a few minutes and several slow precise steps, but be patient you’ll get there!!Now here’s an example from a past newborn session. I had to dig through the archives to find a good one. See what a difference it makes?!
//Tech specs (for top set of photos):
Camera Body – D600
Lens – 50 1.4mm
Focal Length – 3.5
ISO – 125
Shutter – 1/200
Alien Bees Flash used.
I hope this helps you!!
I went to HS with Hailey’s dad. He contacted me after she was born and we rushed to get her newborn photos taken ASAP. Hailey wasn’t within the typical “newborn” time frame but we managed to get some AH-MAY-ZING shots of her!!! One in particular I fell in love with and ordered a 24×30 print for the studio. Meet little Hailey Jean 17 days old…
I am so excited to finally share with you all the experience I had during my first birth session. Katie and Tom entrusted me with the most important task of documenting their son’s arrival into this world. We had never met prior to this, only spoke to Katie on the phone, and they were so very welcoming and gracious to me.
Katie chose to have her son naturally with only her husband – Tom, doula – Laura, and very little hospital staff. The room was dim. Only one light over the sink was on. Katie came prepared with her iPod and speaker dock playing a variety of soothing, uplifting Christian music. The melodies at times seemed to be soundtracking on cue the events and emotions of the room. God was present and His miracle of birth was set in motion.
It didn’t take long before Katie was ready to enter into the waters of the birthing tub. Some women want to be left alone during this process but Katie wanted, needed, all the support she could get.
Not being a man or a husband, I can only imagine what it must be like to have the love of your life going through so much pain and not really being able to do much. Let me tell you, Tom did more than he probably realizes. Every contraction, every movement, every moment – he was right there giving Katie exactly what she needed most – support. Having your first child is scary and there are lots of unknowns.
Her labor started early that morning. I received a text at 8:00am saying “Just a heads up…!” I arrived at the hospital in Fort Worth, TX about an hour after they did around 2:00pm. Little Noah made his grand debut into the world at 8:14pm. If you were in the room chances are you were crying. I know I was. What a blessing to see a life being born. To see parents so already in love with their brand new baby. To see a momma who didn’t have a drop of medicinal relief all day finally hold her son. A son she worked so hard for. A son named Noah.
It is incredible to witness how within seconds those labor pains add up to nothing compared to holding that little bundle. She was as different as night and day. Now, smiling and laughing and simply gushing over how perfect he was. Also, stating how hungry she was!
I invite you to experience this all through the video I made.
A few comments from Katie:
How important was it to have all this documented?
I had no idea going into our birth how much it would mean to me on the other side to have it documented. The emotions and craziness of the day are so overwhelming, that I didn’t process all the details the way I thought I’d be able to. Going back to these photos and this video bring so many emotions as I get to relive that and see the team I had around me that day. I think what makes me tear up more than anything is watching the expressions on my husbands face, the love and encouragement he provided the whole day that I was only partially aware of at the time. We’ve also loved having those moments documented because we chose not to have family in the delivery room, and it’s been special to go back and let our moms see the details of how everything went and let them share that experience with us.
Going through our birth planning, we had originally chosen not to bring a birth photographer but after this offer I am so thankful that we have these memories to cherish! I will definitely want to capture these same memories with future children.
After watching the video, how likely are you to recommend this service to other moms? Why?
Absolutely! I gave most of the reasons I guess in the above answer, but there is just so much you miss when you’re in labor and although the pain isn’t over too quickly, the whole process almost seemed over faster than I could process it after nine months of preparation. The moments captured in the video have allowed me to relive the beautiful experiences that were happening outside of the pain, and relive the joy of meeting our son for the first time. It’s an incredible gift.
We are so so thankful for you to have provided this for us! The pain and work of that day could easily seem overwhelming and take precedence over other memories, but the video and photos have given me such a beautiful picture of the miracle that happened that day.
Meet 11 day old baby Kolsten.
He decided he wanted to come into this world a few weeks early while I was still in Washington. He was born on a Saturday morning and I was due to fly home that following Wednesday and we did the photo shoot the next Wednesday. I was so excited, as was mom and dad, to take photos of this little boy!! I came to their house and did the entire shoot in their living room. They also have a almost 3 year old so it was easiest for me to come to them.
Kolsten also happens to be my cousin’s little boy. His daddy is one of the head athletic trainers for Tarleton State University so to say he enjoys sports is a bit of an understatement 🙂
Right from the get go he told me he wanted a shot of Kolsten on a TSU football helmet.Cool right?! So I tried to plan as much as I could in my mind how it would go. Would I actually place him on the helmet or composite him onto it later in Photoshop? I tried that but couldn’t get the right curve that I felt would match the helmet’s so we scratched that and just went for it. Mom and dad both on either side of baby, NEVER….I repeat…NEVER was baby left alone on the helmet. Someone always had hands on him!! I can’t stress that enough.
So here’s my final image. Photoshop and I are more acquainted than ever!!! I originally placed a small piece of blanket underneath him and so this image is a combination of a clean shot of the helmet I did then I painted baby K on top without the blanket. The blanket didn’t bother me but it wasn’t the vision my cousin had so that’s why I took it out. Gotta make the clients happy! 🙂
I found this cute little bucket in WA at a Tuesday Morning for less than $20. His little stocking cap is a men’s sweater sleeve cut off and tied with a ribbon. I found the sweater for around $4 at my local Goodwill store. I never even made the connection that the bucket said “No. 2” and he is their second little one!! I almost did the shot with it turned around!
I can’t wait for the day when I get an actual Macro lens. Oh the fun I’ll have getting even closer to baby lips!!!
If you’re a photographer reading this I hope you know you don’t have to invest tons of $$$ up front to start newborn photography. This faux wood is actually not one of those expensive backdrops but a roll of bulletin board paper from Mardels. Super cheap! Just lay it on a piece of wood to save from creasing. Also, when baby has accidents you can just cut off the messed part and roll up the rest. That actually has happened more than once with this roll!!
The gray fabric is more of that Goodwill sweater cut up, and the wagon is my mother’s. I wish I had taken a pullback shot of the living room set up, but I got busy and totally forgot. We were set up near their northeast facing sliding glass door. It’s all natural light, no flash.
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Meet Harper! She weighed in at 9lbs 13oz and was 21.5″ long with a head full of thick dark hair. 10 days new.
The sun set and it was amazing light! Headband made by yours truly. Basket found at Ross or TJ Maxx (can’t remember) Purple wrap, well that was just fabric I bought at Joann’s. Look at all that hair!!!
The cute little bed was found at a garage sale for $2, headband made by yours truly, and the fabric is from Joann’s. The diaper cover is my favorite! I crocheted the cover and then sewed on ruffles I hand made. It was too little for her so I just tucked it around her. The headband is a Yo-Yo with a vintage button glued to the center.
We of course had to get the older siblings in some pics, too!!
And last but not least…
Please note that this is a composite shot. Do not EVER attempt this shot without an assistant (mom was my helper) to support baby’s head at all times. Newborn safety is crucial!! No shot is worth harming a baby.