I don’t like using flash on babies, so having our shoot where there is good natural light is super important. I always encourage clients to come to my home studio for our sessions, but for one reason or another, some clients prefer to have the shoots at their homes. When I showed up at baby Dylan’s home, I was concerned about the lack of natural light because there were a lot of tree in front of their house. Luckily though, the light improved in the other half of their house and we were able to get some great images.
Most of my clients want cute staged baby in baskets type of shots, so it was a nice change of pace doing this more lifestyle shoot by mommy’s request. It was definitely easier in a way since I didn’t have to keep bothering baby waking him up posing him. Baby was happier in mommy’s arms and we were able to finish the entire shoot in two hours.
Newborn sessions are best done within the baby’s first 5 to 10 days of birth. A big reason for that is that babies are more alert everyday and it make it a lot more difficult to pose them. When baby Lincoln’s mom first contacted me, Lincoln was already 3 weeks old, and we ended up photographing him when he was 23 days old. I thought I was going to have to work a lot harder to make this session work, but baby Lincoln was a superstar. He pretty much slept through our entire session (with a few meal breaks in-between, of course :)). Thank you, Lincoln!!
Meet baby Oceana, everyone! Oceana is my youngest and one of the sleepiest newborns I have photographed – she was only 5 days old! Oceana’s dad and I were co-workers for years, and I was really excited when he asked me to photograph their newest addition to their lovely family! Oceana slept like a dream and we were lucky enough to get a great shot with her older brother together as well!
Baby Heidi was born over a week after her due date. We were going to have her newborn shoot on Christmas Eve. However, when I got up that morning, the sky was all gray! Since I shoot only with natural light, I immediately called baby Heidi’s mom and asked her if she was available and if we could have the shoot the next day instead because I wanted to give them the best photos possible. Luckily, Heidi’s parents were fine with the last minute change and I ended up photographing Heidi on Christmas Day! I am so glad we rescheduled because the light was much much better and baby Heidi pretty much slept through the entire shoot. It was the best Christmas present a newborn photographer could ask for.
It’s nice when clients have a clear vision of what their photo shoots should look like. When Vickie and Minyu told me that they were interested in a retro look, I was really excited. I had never done a retro look before. There was also a little pressure because they were so prepared for their shoot. They went shopping for outfits, props, and even got their hair done! I am glad they loved the result and that the images came out the way they had envisioned.