Michelle contacted me to take photos of her newborn son, James Alexander. What a cutie! I had done a tonne of research and had everything prepared for the shoot… softbox, reflector, camera, fully charged battery, light stands… but I was then told that baby photography isn’t at all like normal portrait photography. The baby dictates the shoot. You shoot when they’re ready – basically you can get the best shots when they’re sleeping!
Luckily, James seems to be a pro! He basically slept through the whole photoshoot and only woke up a few times. Even when he was awake, he was so well behaved and calm – something he has in common with his mum!
I was somewhat unprepared as far as props go with baby shoots, but luckily, being a newborn, they come with a TONNE of stuff! Stuffed toys, blankets, rugs, mittens, hats, onesies… they have it all! this made it easier to dress the scene and it’s something that when they look back at the photos later in life, they get to see how much everyone spoils them! 🙂
Editing baby photos also requires a different approach. None of this high contrast/drama edits that reveal lots of detail! Babies need a smooth, angelic touch and to it successfully, requires a lot of patience and attention to detail.
I did a bit of repair work on the skin, erasing the loose flecks that newborns have. I also blurred the skin a little bit to help smooth it out. I was aware of not over-doing it as I like a little bit of realism still, but I think they came up looking pretty good! Michelle was definitely happy and that’s all that matters!
I did add a bit of colour toning to the shadows and highlights as well to add a bit of a “instagram-ness” but not too much. The end result is a happy mother, an ever learning and improving photographer, and a sleepy baby!