NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY: TIPS FROM A BEGINNER

Newborn photography of baby in basket

Newborn photography of baby in basket

Can you imagine getting to look at this sweet little face every day?

That cute little nose. Those full, pink lips. Her dark chocolate eyes. Pure perfection.

Although we rarely get to practice newborn photography at Liz Davenport Creative, it was fun getting to develop a new skill set with the help of Miss Lily. If memory serves, she was about two weeks old during the photoshoot and was actually awake and screaming for most of our visit. God bless her mom. It took her a ton of time – and a lot of patience – to get Miss Lily to sleep.

I also learned a TON! So if I get to photograph a teeny again, I’ll have some knowledge under my belt.

KEEP IT WARM

I know this is an obvious one, but with a newborn who is in a state of half undress, prop a portable heater close (but not too close) to the baby. It’ll keep her tootsies warm and cozy.

ADD SOUND EFFECTS

I use a sound machine with both of my children when the nod off at nighttime. Whether it’s the sound of a waterfall, a river, a heartbeat or even ocean waves, anything low and constant will help the baby sleep and allow you to get much needed shutter time.

MAKE COMPOSITES

I actually didn’t combine pictures during this photoshoot, but totally wish I did. Lily’s mom and I played with positioning her head and body without waking her, but it was too much of a challenge for me at this stage. But if I would have had her mom hold her head in one picture and then hold her body in another, I could have combined them to get one of those awesome shots you drool over. Visit this tutorial from Stephanie Cotta to see what I’m talking about.

BE PREPARED

Newborns poop and pee a lot. I was fortunate that when Lily went, she tagged her mom and not my new chaise. But I was ready with extra blankets just in case. If I do this again, I’d probably invest in some puppy pads. They’d be perfect.

 

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