Creating a light and bright photo session - part II

Updated: Sep 24, 2018

Newborn photography is unique, fascinating and challenging but amazingly rewarding. To capture babies during their first days of life in all of their tininess is an honour and privilege. To be able to produce a timeless photograph for the parents to remember that moment when their baby was truly brand new and simply adorable. They grow so fast (I know, I have two!!!) so the first photos are the ones you will treasure forever.

I started writing this blog on Monday morning 5:30am knowing that in 4,5h hours I'll have a chance to photograph a little 14 day old baby girl and I cannot be more excited! So let's see what it takes to set up for a newborn session.

I mentioned in my previous blog that one of the first things I send to my client is a Welcome Guide. It's complete information pack of their newborn session, from how to prepare, what to wear, what to bring to the session, what happens during and after the photoshoot. It also covers the basic policies. It took a lot of research and time to write but importance of the Welcome Guide is to make the parents feel at ease before and during the photo session, to give them the reassurance that their brand new baby will be safe and in a clean and warm environment during the session.

Usually the mum and myself keep in contact leading up to the day of the photoshoot. We make the final plans and I'll check whether there are issues or questions the mum might have. This stage my shot list is complete so I'll be able to guide on clothing choices if needed.

Day before the shoot I'll do my setup. I use Neewer backdrop frame, which will support the fabric backdrops ( I love Sally Baby Props products ) and it covers the beanbag underneath. It is useful to clip few blankets/backdrops in different colours (depending on what you are using during the shoot) to make the bean bag smooth and firm enough for the baby not to sink into it.

I'll also set up another backdrop for the baby and the parents photos. In these delicately precious photos of father and daughter I used a black backdrop, which I haven't used for ages and I absolutely adore the outcome!

I use both natural light and artificial light (softbox with a speedlight). I want the artificial light to enhance the natural light rather than replace it. Baby is positioned in 45 degree angle from the light source to create beautiful shadows and not to have so much direct light on their tiny face.

I will get all the wraps and props needed and make everything easily accessible. There will be changing mat and wipes ready for nappy changes, hand sanitizer, which I use a lot during the shoot, space heater to keep the little one warm and white noise app playing during the session.

I want to make the photoshoot experience relaxed and enjoyable for everyone, we do not rush and there is plenty of time for tea, cookies and feeds.