We’ve all seen those adorable photographs of tiny babies wrapped up like a burrito that seem to be ubiquitous with newborn photography. Maybe you’re a grandparent-to-be or expecting a baby of your own and would like to capture those first few days. I certainly did as a new mama, and as a portrait photographer already I couldn’t help thinking ‘how hard could this be?’. Well, plenty hard it turned out, the photography was actually easy compared with calming my wriggly newborn baby and getting him to sleep. Like anything, it takes knowledge, practice, patience, and a few tricks like this video from SLR Lounge will tell you.
I’ve become obsessed with this dog bed stand, and have taken it to a new level. Here is my updated tutorial to build your own dog bed newborn poser!
My last post described how I added an adjustable backdrop to the dog bed…but it wasn’t good enough for me. I decided I needed to raiser the posing surface up about 6-8″ so I could easily sit at the poser and comfortable pose baby. My current poser is way to to tall, and I have to do this creepy squat/hunch while posing, which isn’t great for my back (and I’m sure it doesn’t look amazing either). The first dog bed hack I created was good, but a little bit too low. I could BARELY squeeze my legs under while sitting “criss cross applesauce” and I worried that I would have to lean too far forward to pose baby.
It’s like the plot of a low budget movie. Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Tacoma, Washington, says that they have arrested former Colorado Springs mayoral candidate, Juliette Parker, and her 16-year-old daughter. The charge? Well, they say she allegedly posed as a newborn photographer in an attempt to steal a baby from a new mother using a drugged cupcake.
When you reach a certain age, all your friends will start having babies. And of course, all of them will start sharing gazillions of their images on Facebook. Okay, babies are cute (sometimes), but that’s just too many baby photos at the same time! If your News Feed is swarmed by baby photos – there’s now a plugin that lets you block them.
That title is a mouthful, but I didn’t know how to better describe the style. Over the years, I’ve been refining and perfecting my newborn photo technique to get the specific light and airy high-key look I want. It’s important to know that I specialize in in-home lifestyle newborn photography, so my technique below is specific to that. While every home I visit is different, and some are more challenging than others, these strategies below have given me the best and most consistent results.
Among hundreds of photos I scroll through every day, it doesn’t happen often that one image captures all my attention and sends shivers down my spine. But a powerful photo of Wellington-based photographer Sarah Simmons managed to do it.
She captured the twins’ connection, the celebration of life a heart-wrenching grief in a single photo. And this is the image that won Portrait Masters contest among 7,000 other entries.
Megan Rion of Imagine That Photography was out in the woods photographing a one-month-old baby when a deer suddenly appeared.
Megan told DIYP that this was not the first lucky customer to receive a surprise visit by this very deer, but this was the first time the deer appeared for a baby shoot.
Future photographers of this baby will have a hard time beating what is probably the best photo he’ll ever get.
When Sandi Ford began photographing newborn babies she noticed that they would occasionally let out a huge grin. Having learned to recognize the little signs that an “infectious and heart melting” is on its way, she now knows when to be ready with the camera to capture the prized moment.
Sandi says some babies are more smiley than others, and while some people pass these grins off as “just a bit of wind”, she can tell that’s not always the case.
I won’t say this wonderful series will make you want to run out and get a baby (though it might), but it will definitely make you miss the days when you could just lay back, relax and not worry about a thing other than passing wind.
In early Februray, North Carolina photographer, Faith Massey, heartfeltly photographed the first and last moments of a local couple’s infant, who sadly passed just moments after his birth. The photoshoot was part of the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep project, which offers grieving parents a photoshoot with their sick newborns. Outside of a couple cell phone photos snapped by the baby’s parents, Massey’s images were the only photos documenting the last precious moments of the child’s life. Imagine, then, the pain experienced by the parents and Massey when the photographer’s camera equipment was stolen from her car along with the memory card that housed the only copies of the newborn while the car was parked in Massey’s own driveway.
Stephanie Cotta, the sought after newborn photographer behind the popular Ultimate Guide To Newborn Photography, Posing & Retouching course over on RGG, has just released a segment from said course that offers aspiring newborn photographers the opportunity to learn one of Cotta’s favorite poses. The “Side Stretch Hands Together” is typically the very first pose Cotta begins with, so it’s a perfect starting point for those looking to learn some new infant poses, too.
Aside from teaching the pose, Cotta also delivers some pretty good tips throughout the clip. For example, she briefly talks about different props, saying she prefers to use the same blanket to lay the newborn on during the shoot because it results in a matching and cohesive collection of photographs for the parents to hang on the wall.