I was introduced to sweet Baby Whitney at nine days old. She was by far my most cooperative newborn baby that I have ever photographed. She slept like a dream and made it through her whole session without any accidents on my stuff…so unusual 😉 I think you will have to agree that she has the most beautiful little newborn features. Gah, I simply adore these moments. They go so quickly!
For this month’s blog circle I am embracing those perfectly imperfect moments of little Emi’s life. I stumbled across this quote again the other day and it sums up these images perfectly.
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant
I love the messy food face.Her smile distracts you from the crazy mess in our living room.Embracing her less-than-perfect expressions.Watching her interact with her surroundings.The many silly faces of little Miss Emi.No, mom, I will not look at you.Really, I am not a dog. You don’t need to whistle and call my name to get me to look.But seriously, this is much more representative of how she is. A happy little explorer…drool and all 🙂Who needs backdrops when you have gorgeous evening light in your hallway?! It’s so much less stressful to let her choose her own photo spots.Oh, little Emi is a baby on a mission! Crawling everywhere…go, go, go! This reminds me that I need to mop the floor…sigh.
Follow along this month’s blog circle and check out Lara’s beautiful work!
I have LOTS of blogging to get caught up on….lots, sigh. However, I thought this was super important to post sooner, rather than later.
I have seen a lot of people advertising “cheap newborn sessions” lately. Or the “my friend has a nice camera and she’s going to do our newborn pics”. This is the stuff that makes me cringe as a professional photographer. Please do your research before hiring your newborn photographer. There are so many amazing, talented photographers in our area that not only are running legitimate, professional businesses, but they have insurance and the proper training and experience photographing and handling new babies.
Some things to consider and ask of your newborn photographer:
- Are they keeping your infant in an environment that will keep him comfortable and warm? If it’s too warm for you, it’s probably just about perfect for your baby. Coming from your womb, they are used to an environment that is 98.6 degrees.
- Do they wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before handling your baby?
- Babies should NEVER be placed in glass or other breakable containers. Never Ever.
- When you look at their images, do the babies look uncomfortable? If they look uncomfortable, they probably are 🙁 Not every baby will go into every pose. If babies are not settling into a position well, then it’s time to move on and try something else.
- I saw a post by a very popular newborn photographer where she was sitting on her husband’s shoulders above the baby photographing down on him. Seriously! I almost threw up, what if he stumbled and she fell…on the baby?!?!? Your baby should never be put harms way. No image is worth possible danger to your baby.
- Is your photographer using a spotter? It’s important when working with newborns that the baby is not left unattended and that they are never put in a situation where their head can flop. In the image below I took special care to get the baby’s head resting comfortably on her hands with each finger extended. I never took my hands off the baby. When I was ready to capture this image, I had my spotter gently support the weight of the baby’s head. In the final image I photoshopped out her hand. Here is another example of a composite newborn image.
There is a bit of trickery used in newborn photography. It’s so easy to see images posted online and think that is a natural pose for a baby, however, often times that is not the case. When people who are not experienced with working with newborns attempt these poses, they may do so unsafely because they don’t understand the proper techniques involved.
When you are paying for your newborn photographer, you are paying for their experience and training as well! Please do your research before hiring someone to photograph your most precious little bundle!As with all of my sessions, I thoughtfully hand edit each image selected for the viewing gallery. All images are color corrected, properly exposed with blemishes and other distracting elements removed, and presented in ready-to-print form so you can see my artistic vision prior to placing your order.