Friday, July 19, 2013

Photographing Newborns Outdoors

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There must be a baby boom because I have photographed
three newborns within the past few weeks.
Newborns are so sweet, but are a special challenge to photograph.  I like to
take newborn portraits when the baby is seven to ten days old and still
very "moldable".
My favorite place to photograph them in the summer is outdoors because
newborns love it warm!
In the winter, I have to photograph them in my basement studio where
it's difficult to warm things up. I would MUCH rather be outside with natural light
and a natural setting.
I love to collect interesting containers for newborns and
am always scouring the thrift stores.
Be creative with these containers.  They really add to the portrait feel.
I found this little baby cradle at Goodwill for $3.
I cleaned it up and spray painted it.
This next photo of baby Alexis was taken in a basket I
made 25 years ago to hold the programs for
our wedding!
I love to get a sibling in some of the photos.
I wait for that natural connection rather than have
them just smile at the camera.
For me, this next photo is my easiest to pose.
The babies just snuggle into the container and sleep.
That's when I can move their limbs around in cute positions.
I like to prop the chin up on their little hand so I can see their face better.
Newborns can't hold their head up yet, so simply have
someone hold it up for them from behind,
so you can clone out the hand later in Photoshop.
I do a variation of  this pose on almost every newborn photo shoot.
If they are asleep, it's very easy to move their
little hands and arms into cute positions.
It's fun to try new poses, containers, hats, blankets
and other fun accessories.
The hardest thing for me with newborn shoots is getting
the baby to sleep!
I don't wait for this to happen...I dive right in and
start by photographing the baby awake.
I wrap them in a blanket so they feel snug
Usually, they tucker out and once they are asleep
you can get the adorable "molded" shots.
Have the parents bring a special toy or stuffed animal.
This is baby Joey.  His aunt gave him a little stuffed
kangaroo with her baby joey so it is very special in the photo.
I bought the little baby prop bed on Etsy for $35.  It was unfinished,
so I spray painted it and sewed the bedding myself.
You can find lots of great photo props on Etsy!
Joey's dad loves baseball.
Since I enjoy crocheting, I make TONS of baby hats and I
stitched up these hats for baby Joey.  His dad wore those
striped baseball pants when HE was a newborn, so LOTS of special
memories in these photos.
I found the teensy red sneakers at Goodwill for $1 !!!!
Four year old Madi and six year old Lily
brought their new brother Nash for me to photograph.
Coordinate colors so it all ties together.  I make all my own
hair accessories in every color.
Yep, I LOVE this pose....and adding a special stuffed animal.
I found this red tool box at a thrift store.
The possibilities for newborn containers is
endless.  I just look for interesting things the size that can hold a newborn.
I think newborns are beautiful snuggled up with nature.
I know you will have fun thinking up creative ways
to showcase a newborn outdoors!

1 comment:

Humberto said...

This is fantastic!