Planning a photo session with a newborn has its unique challenges. Part of what I love best about photographing kids are those flashes that capture the wonder and unbridled curiosity on their faces. With older kids, simply letting them play creates infinite opportunities for amazing pictures, but with a model who's just fourteen days old like little Malcolm, I have to get a bit more creative!
Tiny babies can't take my directions or smile on cue (they're understandably preoccupied with getting acclimated their new world). But as I do more and more newborn sessions, I've realized that what I'm looking for is the magic that happens around the baby. Rather than lots of close-up portraits of the newborn, instead I'm trying to snap the look in a mother's eyes, the tender moments with new siblings, or the way a baby looks in his or her new home.
Nothing should be too staged; I arrive with just my camera bag and my reflector. Then we make use of the details in your home to make sure you and your family are represented in the final photos. For example, I knew that Malcolm's mom, Lindsey, has a very distinct personal style. Lindsey loves wearing scarves and I had a sneaking suspicion that her home would be covered in colorful, textured throws and wraps. We used these as the backdrop for the pictures of the baby.
Lindsey's mom has been staying with the family, and older brother Gil was home for the first half of the session-- getting a couple photos with all of the generations cuddled up together in the sunny living room was pretty special. I also loved this moment of the brothers' first tickle fight! After seeing Gil acting so carefully around his tiny little brother, it was very sweet to get one of their first silly sibling moments on camera!
Book your at-home family session, whether with a newborn or your beloved pet, today! We've still got spots available for the Spring.