So I was a bit nervous getting ready for this shoot because it was going to be my very first newborn photoshoot. I read up on many topics regarding newborn shoots from posing newborns, to when was the best time was, proper lighting, kinds of props and even watched a few youtube video's I found of behind the scene shoots. You never know until you actually get to a shoot what might happen. What you might forget to do or bring.
I was fortunate that I know this mom and dad pretty well, and know that it is their second baby. I was thinking some new parents might be really nervous about you handling their newborn, however this was not the case. Luckily too this family is also a very laid back couple. Takes the ease off just a bit.
I packed up the car with all my gear and some props I had purchased including a plushy blanket just in case. My husband (aka assistant) and I headed out.
We arrived about an hour later while Mom was nursing so it gave us some time to say hello to dad and Allies slightly older sister. I looked for area's where there would be light and it seemed like the couch was a great place, right near the front window. We set up a basket and propped it up with blankets and shortly after started shooting.
Allie was ready and willing. She stayed awake most of the shoot. So I got to see her eyes. Posing her seemed alittle more complicated than I thought. I had also wanted to try and capture her on her belly (I saw a few cute shots like this), but she was not having it. She did feel really comfy in her dads arms as you can see in the shots below. (smiles) I was actually super excited to take a few moments to hold baby Allie as I have never had a baby of my own and I couldn't even remember the last time I held a newborn. I wanted to smother her with love!
There were a few things I remember now in hindsight that I wish I might have thought about. The one thing I have the hardest time with is posing my clients. I often wonder if perhaps then I am not meant to pose them. But just observe and capture the moments. But even this can be awkward on clients. I was thinking it might be ideal to have a children's video that shows kids posing for a shoot which of course they could watch and mimic. Maybe someone has thought about this and I could purchase one? I will have to search.
This shoot went great without many glitches, here are a few of my favorite shots from the shoot. Let me know what you think.