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Newborn Photography

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When Sebastian was one week old I tried my hand at a newborn photo shoot. I’d done a bit of research on this while I was pregnant and most of the information I found was the same: newborn shoots should be done in the first 10 days – 2 weeks of a baby’s life, if you want the really soft, sleepy pictures; if you’re photographing with older children, get their shots out of the way as soon as possible; and don’t shoot “up the nose”. Most people (myself included) end up photographing babies looking up their face, which makes for an awkward angle. I had the baby in a nappy and muslin wrap, which was soft and comfortable and lent a bit of texture.

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Darcy was quite happy to pose and fascinated with the baby, as always, but Ronan wouldn’t cooperate and bounced around the bed so he was sent away to play after a while. I took some nice portraits of just Darcy and Sebastian…

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And then Darcy left as well, so I arranged baby Seb on a large pillow covered in plain white fabric I pulled out of my sewing stash. These didn’t work quite as well as I hoped, but the whole thing was quite a steep learning curve anyway (especially at eight days post-birth…)

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I tried to take a photo while I was holding him…

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…which worked about as well as one could expect. After that I moved him down onto the bed and posed him again, more successfully than on the giant pillow.

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I was really happy with these shots – they were exactly what I had been looking for. They were posed without looking fake, and the muslin blanket lends a nice bit of texture to the image. I tried some detail shots and experimented with a dark background (the headboard of our bed).

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By this point the light was starting to fade a bit, and baby and I were both getting towards the end of our patience, so I quickly took some more of our wedding rings on his toes (yes I got that from Pinterest) before he woke up.

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And there you have it! My second attempt at newborn photography, and way more successful than the first time around – my son was 6 weeks old and covered in baby acne. I did a little bit of editing afterwards, mostly cropping out background and changing the colour. Photographs taken in our bedroom tend to have a blue tint, even though it’s natural light, which I put down to the sheer curtains I use. So I turned up the red tones to create a more natural, peachy colour on his skin. Hopefully soon I’ll have a post up with more information on baby photography, including using the camera on your iPhone. Thanks for reading!

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