Friday, April 29, 2011

Behind The Scenes Newborn Baby Zara

So I had the Ultimate Extreme Pleasure of being with my *bff* last week during the birth of her second child ~ Zara.  Isn't that the coolest name!

And even though I was super excited for Sharon, I have to be honest, I was more excited for me that I had a newborn to photograph!  I've never done an "official" newborn session before but I've been blog stalking some sites lately and studying posing and props so I've been waiting for this gal for a while so I could try out all my newfound knowledge.  Well let me warn you....IT'S HARD!  

Yes, babies are bendable and are supposed to sleep thru anything during those first days of life but my experience wasn't all smooth sailing~  No matter how hard I tried she kept curling her fingers and I couldn't get those knees to bend for anything!  But in between the feedings and cranky faces she posed like a dream  and now I'm positively in love with newborn photography.  And with Zara.  

Here's some lovliness...just 6 days new~

And for all you Behind the Scenes junkies, here's my humble set-up in my living room...

I feel compelled to tell you that I only used that little stool for a few body part shots while mom was safely holding baby...the rest of the time I used a mega huge ottoman to lay the baby on.  It just looks so tiny from this photograph!  

And for you hardcore Behind The Scenes junkies I made a video!  Yeahh!  
Here's a quick peek with me basically showing you the scene above while trying to keep a hungry newborn from screaming in my arms.  Ohh these models....quite the Divas!!



Louisiana Belle said...

The photos are phenomenal! I always thought I'd enjoy this type of photography, so thank you for the tips and behind the scenes peak at how you achieved these beautiful portraits.

way outnumbered said...

I'm glad they've helped you! I'll be showing how I edited these photos soon but honestly they needed VERY little editing out of was easy!!

PiccaDilly said...

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. Did you use just natural light? Your photos are beautiful!

way outnumbered said...

PiccaDilly ~ Yes, I just used the light from the french doors. I ended up turning her a little more so she was facing the windows about halfway thru the shoot for more of a direct light. Also, I kept my aperture at 2.5 or less so that helps with letting lots of light in. Thanks so much!

Tara said...

These are great! You nailed the skin tones . So creamy and beautiful. I love newborn photography, and have had the chance to play around with a few babies myself. First thing I realized when I tried it myself, pro newborn photographers make it look SO much easier than it is!! I think it will always be my favorite type though!

way outnumbered said...

Tara ~ Boy you said that right....those 30 second videos of pros doing newborn shoots look SOOO easy!! I really did love it though and what's really great is that they need very little post processing to look fabulous. I got the exposure as good as possible in-camera and then I add a texture to add a little more creaminess and that's all you need!

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