Achieving Artistic Newborn Portraits
Newborn portraits. It looks easy, right?
The baby just sleeps. The photographer puts them in a basket, or props their tiny head on their hands?
Yeah, that’s not exactly what I meant when I entitled this post ‘artistic newborn portraits’. The truth: those images of the newborns propped on their hands are actually a product of Photoshop! (Newborn babies don’t have the neck strength to hold themselves on their hands!!)
Rather than use a lot of props or use PhotoShop to create something post-produced, I shoot what’s in front of me. I choose to use light, texture and a limited color palette to create unique still life’s. I don’t find any need for elaborate props but a few personal items can add a personal element that can be fun.
I’ll be completely honest, I wasn’t always great with newborns…
In fact, one of my early newborn sessions was when I myself was just 8 weeks pregnant. The baby cried the entire time I was there. I didn’t know what to do!? I couldn’t help.. I felt helpless and I got nothing. I didn’t think I was cut out for this particular thing; yet motherhood was just around the corner.
The baby was suffering from acid re-flux but how could I have known?
It’s taken a lot of practice & patience. A lot of patience. After the birth of my own child, spending day in and day out with a newborn, gave me the understanding needed to handle newborn babies. Now I work with newborns on a regular basis and my images reflect the vision of a mother instead of whomever I was before.
I have no problem handling new babies these days but I’ve learned a lot of tricks over the years that have helped me get here.