Back in December I photograph Levi for his newborn baby photography. There are photographers that specialize in baby and newborn photography and I am not one of them. The ones that specialize have props including tutus, baby sized baseball bats, a galore of knitted hats, and more. Maybe someday I’ll invest in similar props in the meantime I keep things simple. I have some vinyl mats that look like wood. A faux fur and we have an instant photo booth for baby!
I also bring my portable lighting kit. This makes it easy to photograph at any time and any location. Baby is usually most comfortable at home and so I can setup at the family’s home and baby can remain comfortable and mom/dad can feed the baby between sequences if need arise. It is usually best to photograph babies between 4-14 days old. You can photograph them younger but I figure junior will be spending time with the parents those first few days. The advantage of them being less than two weeks is they are more posable and sleep more. However, the baby usually ends up being awake and to date I do try and force the baby into any poses. I don’t feel comfortable doing so.
And I am still able to capture and create some wonderful memories of the baby. Levi needed a few breaks for this photo shoot. We kept things simple for his shoot.
I love photographing the feet, hands, ears, eyelashes of the baby. They won’t ever be this small again. It is wonderful to capture these once in a lifetime memories for generations.
We were lucky to get a few photographs of Levi while he was sleeping. Hooray!
Since Levi was born in mid-December he is a Christmas baby and he received a Christmas stocking. We photographed him in the stocking for good measure.
We photographed Levi with a stuffed cougar. His family are all BYU fans and so he’ll grow up to be a proud Cougar. And his mom had the idea of photographing him once a month with the cougar so we could see his growth during the first year. As I write this blog post we have already photographed him through to 7 months! So 5 months more till his is one year old. She got the idea from Pinterest.
I leave it up to the parents to decide if the newborn will be photographed in the birthday suit. A little bit of Photoshop and I was able to remove the diaper lines and the area on the ankle where they had a hospital bandage and blood test marks. I usually won’t retouch the babies skin. They are already soft and you want to remember exactly how junior looked fresh out of the “oven.”