Monday, August 11, 2014

Newborn Photography

Yesterday I posted a photograph I took of my niece's new baby.  Lilly Skye was born prematurely and spent a bit of time in the NICU. Now, two months old, she's doing well and just starting to fit into her newborn clothes. 
During our visit, I grabbed the opportunity to do a brief, informal photo shoot. I grabbed the best light I could find and posed the sleeping tyke the best I could. 
I also took some close-ups of her face, fingers and toes.
I also took a few family shots.
And I played a tiny bit with some black and white processing
On the whole, I was happy with the photographs I took. And my niece was thrilled with them. But, I wish I had done a bit more preparation about what type of shots to take and I wish I had more time to take photographs. I also wish I had my reflectors and tripod. The only other time I've photographed a baby was during this shoot for a class.
So, I'm curious about any advice you have for photographing babies - either for posing or for technique. Thanks!


12 comments:

Gail said...

No advice but just wanted to say that you got some beautiful shots of her and them.

Sian said...

No tips from me, cos you know what you're doing and I don't. She's beautiful! What a gorgeous mop of dark hair

Cheri said...

No tips from me - I'm terrible at photographing humans - flowers are my preferred subject matter. But I think you did an awesome job!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Wonderful photos! I always liked to get close ups on my babies but I have no tips on how to do that as proved by the many blurry pics of fists and noses that I have. :)

Miriam said...

Just want to say a great big Awwww! you did great Rinda!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Lilly is such an adorable baby, and you got some great shots, Rinda. I have a Pinterest board with photography ideas and have pinned a few for baby photography. You are lucky that she was sleeping! ;o) I found out that so many of the fun shots I've seen are Photo-shopped because hanging baby from a sling or propping them in a flower pot is not the safest thing to do. I think the big thing is practice so I hope there are more babies in your future. :o)

Becky said...

No advice from me either, but just wanted to say that I think your photos are great!

Melissa said...

What a cutie pie & your photos are fabulous! No tips here . . . except takes lots and lots of photos - that's the best way to get a few really great ones! :>)

Karen said...

I've never done a formal baby shoot, so no advice here. I love the first shots, and especially the close-ups of the hands and feet. Wish I had photos like that of my kids!

Karen said...

You have a real talent for photographing babies - these are gorgeous, as is Lilly Skye.

S said...

You look like you've captured the cuteness completely to me. I had a bunch of dark hair when I was born too, but my baby picture did not capture a peaceful countenance like hers. Great pics.

Jennifer Grace said...

Ooh, I love the close up shots! I don't have any tips from personal experience as I've never done them, but tips I've read online always say to make sure the room and the objects you are placing baby on are cosy warm, and not to be afraid to position them because they sleep better than you think (at least during the day - it's at night you can wake them up with the drop of a needle!). My best friend is expecting so I'm hoping to get some shots of her baby when it's born! x