Tag Archives: Creative Newborn Photography
I have to admit – I’ve been very lucky lately with some older newborns. This little 18 day old girl was awake for awhile but she was so content and alert that she was practically posing for me. I couldn’t get over it. She was staring right at me. Practically smiling… she was smiling with her eyes, I could tell Eventually she gave in and fell into a blissful sleep for some snuggly poses.
When I first walk into a client’s home for a newborn session, there’s just one thing I’m interested in. The “IT” factor. Nope, not the furniture, not the decor. I’m looking for IT – the light. That beautifully soft, filtered natural light coming in at just the right angle in the just the right quantity. Quite honestly, not every house has IT. You’d be surprised – I’ve been in big beautiful LI homes that didn’t have much of IT and in small NYC apartments that had just the right amount of IT. Sometimes, it’s just a grey day and even the biggest window will let you down. But sometimes, all the elements come together and everything bounces and diffuses just right. On this day, the layers upon layers of snow on the ground combined with just the right amount of cloud cover made a South facing window a joy to work with. On this day, I didn’t curse the snow.
This is baby W, bathed in beautiful natural light, just 6 days old.
And this one – easily one of my favorite recent newborn images. Not just because it’s a departure from the usual beanbag/blanket stuff and the way the light falls over them. It’s the way his mommy is holding him…so natural, so relaxed… the look of pure content on this face, the tilt of Mom’s head as she looks down at her new baby… and then you notice her right thumb and that’s where you get a sense of just how tiny he is here. It more than beautiful light and a beautiful baby – it’s a sweet moment captured.
Inspiration is an awesome thing. It drives the artistic world and fuels artistic industries. Without it, I don’t know where our fashion would be, our technology, and our art. Inspiration can lead you in directions you never even dreamed possible.
Baby Jack, snuggled up in this nest, is an undoubtedly inspired image. It’s inspired by years of observing and admiring newborn photography, by experience in photographing newborns, and, of course, by simply being a mother. It’s also inspired by a signature work of art created by the Baby as Art team. Brittany Woodall & Carrie Sandoval created an image of a baby hanging from a branch in a sling (also an inspired image). It’s an image that conjures up stories of storks bringing wished-for babies to doorsteps. It’s a beautiful tale and one exquisitely told in such an image. BAA has gone on to inspire many photographers to create similar images, and each applies their own creative flair. They inspired me to take it one step further…to look at the image a little bit differently and to express myself in my own way. I thought about how much I love C & B’s image and why. And after a few months – a new image came to me. The inspiration is clearly there - but other than the subject and a tree branch – a distinct call to nature, giving the image an overall organic feel, there are few – if any – other similarities. It is my take…and it’s a different story. One that attempts to express the newness and fragility of a newborn by relating that to the life of a new hatchling in the nest.
Coincidentally, this baby’s grandmother is a birdwatcher…making this image that much more special to this family.
Before I post the image I must post a disclaimer: this image absolutely, without a doubt, has some photoshop magic applied to it. Baby was spotted by a parent tasked with nothing else other than baby’s safety at all times. This is so critical in newborn photography today. There are so many newcomers out there today that might unintentionally risk a baby’s safety in an attempt to duplicate an image they’ve seen elsewhere created by a far more experienced photographer, because they don’t know or understand the mechanics involved in creating such an image. In order to not mislead, I feel it is my reponsibility to let you know that.
And now, baby Jack (who I adore!) – you’d be hard pressed to find a more wished for baby. It was my pleasure and honor to photograph him for Tatiana and her husband Jonathan.
I couldn’t believe my luck. Julie and I had planned our weddings together, essentially, through a wedding planning forum. She got married about a month before me. We ended up meeting for the first time at a mutual friend’s wedding (from the same wedding planning forum)…and now… many years later we see each other again…and I am photographing her 2nd and 3rd child – newborn twins. A beautiful baby boy and a beautiful baby girl. All the while, we stayed connected, in varying degrees, through the web. It’s a small world…er, web.
So anyway, when Julie told me she was pregnant with twins and that I was one of the first to know – I was honored and THRILLED for her. Plans for her newborn twin session were quickly underway. Before I knew it, (actually a more than a few days early), they were here – happy and healthy. Julie, please thank your SIL for me again for being a wonderful assistant and congratulations again on your beautiful babies – enjoy them! And even though you have a beautiful, sweet, and talented photographer in the family, I hope I get to see your adorable kiddies again soon!
They arrived in early July… and here they are just 6 days old. You might remember their Mama’s maternity session on the beach, it seems like the other day to me and before I knew it, they were here! Photographing newborn twins can be twice the work, but they are twice as fun and twice as sweet. I love how they settle down to sleep so peacefully when their sibling is near. Most of these were shot on the very same blanket that Mom had wrapped around her in her maternit session…
And it’s so cool how, even at just 6 days old, they each have their own unique personalities…
One of my favorites from the session… that’s a little smile there…
Congrats again to the B family – you have a beautiful family!
I photographed Rhyan’s big brother Aiden late last year for his 1st birthday photos and that’s when I found out he was going to be a big brother this June. Rhyan was a 12 day old beauty…slept like, well, a baby for almost the entire session. And how could she not… the house had to be around 90 degrees without my heater going…. perfect for a newborn session. =) I always try to prepare my newborn session parents well before a session by letting them know the house has to be very, very warm. I bring heaters with me but the house also needs to be warm. I tell them that basically when the heat is just right, everyone will be a bit uncomfortably warm. Everyone except the newborn, that is.
I have to start with this one… this might be my favorite from the session. Though I reserve the right to change that. Dad had just gotten the tattoo…
Rhyan’s Mom and Grandma did a *little* shopping on Etsy
They got so much cute stuff…this was the girliest girlie girl session ever so I had to break it out…yes, the newborn pettiskirt!
Okay maybe this is my favorite… Congrats again K & S – she is beautiful!
And the winner is: Dean! Well, actually, Dean’s mommy. She won one of a few prizes I donated to the lifamilies.com Bridal Luncheon this year. When I donated a complimentary newborn session – I had no idea it would go to someone already expecting – so I put an expiration date of 2011 on the gift certificate. I was absolutely thrilled to find out it went to someone already expecting and very deserving. J & V, you are a lovely couple and now a beautiful new little family – congratulations again!
Love his name. Loved his chubbiness even more! And his mom was tiny – you should’ve seen her! They are such an adorable family and I loved hanging out with them while I captured their gorgeous new little boy.
The umbilical cord stump. It’s the newborn tag…. Like when you go to the store and buy something new, you bring it home and it has the tags on it. I see the umbilical cord stump on an 8 day old baby and I think… wow… brand new… and there’s the proof. There it is… a life… new, with tags. =)
A clean, fresh process (my usual) paired with a black backdrop makes for a timeless image:
Look at those cheeks!
So comfy and cozy…
A happy, sleepy newborn is always a goal for me at a newborn session but I love capturing a happy, calm, awake newborn… especially one with eyes like this – priceless!
I was so excited to meet baby Dillon. I did his Mommy’s maternity session in January, when we were lucky enough to get a few flurries for her outdoor shots. It was just so fitting that he was a Spring baby with those snowy Maternity shots! Dillion definitely got his parents long, long legs. He still curled up so adorably for me in my green wrap. He ate and slept like a champ for his newborn session and with all that eating – we certainly had a few laughs over all the resulting…er…. incidents. Dad got the brunt of it, but he handled it really well. I always tell my newborn parents – the accidents are inevitable – I expect it and plan for it. All we need to do is have some paper towels and wipes nearby, we handle it and move on. After wiping away the tears of laughter, of course! As you can imagine, I’ve got some pretty hysterical stories and most new parents can definitely appreciate and relate. You won’t have to ask, I usually cheerfully volunteer to recount them!
Anyway – again another shout out to Dillon’s Dad on this shoot – I absolutely loved the suitcases and other props (some of which Dillon was too big for!) that he had ready to go!
My jaw dropped when I opened the email that said “well, my son came about 5 weeks early…” I’ve gotten my fair share of early newborns but 5 weeks definitely wins the prize for earliest. Baby C was a healthy 6lbs 4 oz at birth and as strong as any full term baby. But he was putty in my hands, so cooperative, and a complete pleasure to photograph. Congratulations R & T on your beautiful baby boy!
My husband and I went on a quick weekend getaway a couple of months ago to New Hope, PA. We stayed at this excellent B&B and I picked up this vintage cranberry crate while exploring the local antique shops… it’s a new favorite for sure and Baby C was so awesome to let me try it for the first time. It’s now my new gallery wrapped canvas sample (photo of that coming soon!)
He was also really good in my twiggy basket…