Note: If you’re new to Photoshop and/or Lightroom, you can also consider outsourcing your post-production and retouching to companies that specialize in editing newborn photos.
My #1 concern and area of education within newborn photography is safety. I have taken many classes taught by experts that teach about positioning baby in the safest way possible. I do not risk safety for any shot, ever. Cleanliness is a high priority in my studio. I use hand sanitizer throughout the session and stay up to date on vaccinations. This should be a fun and relaxing experience for you. I am trained in many baby soothing techniques and will do everything in my power to settle and pose baby so you can lean back and enjoy your session. Awarded by Expertise as “Best Newborn Photographers in Tucson” for the years 2017 & 2018.
Safety should always come first when it comes to newborn and baby photography. The list can get quite extensive for tips on newborn safety, but in general, use your common sense. Never bring in any hard or sharp objects as props. Never place your newborn on high or unsteady surfaces without a spotter. And realize that some of your favorite photos of newborns are actually composites. Below is an example.
Smallie Studio is a creative newborn photography located in Bangkok, Thailand. We are specializing in Newborn Photography. We are professionally trained and attended newborn safety classes because it is the first importance that we focused on. Please find more information: www.smallie-studio.com
Based in Edgewater, NJ. Serving Northern Jersey and NYC area
Your magic window for Newborn Photography is within the first 14 days of birth. Newborns are easiest to work with during this time because they are sleeping for most of the day. They are also the most easy to adjust during this time-frame. Consider taking your baby’s photos after his or her umbilical cord has fallen off (which is typically after 5 days or so).
Newborn Photography is best done 4-12 days after birth to achieve the sleepy/squishy poses that we all love! Capture these fleeting moments that are all too rare.
Based in Brevard County Florida, Servicing Melbourne Fl and surrounding areas.
So any time you see a picture of a baby hanging from a branch or resting on a basketball or in any other precarious position, understand that the images should not be attempted without proper safety and composite techniques for newborn photography.
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In newborn photography, you are generally going for two looks, peacefully sleeping or awake and happy. If the baby is uncomfortable, you run the risk of him or her being fussy, potentially crying, and overall causing a difficult time for everyone involved in the shoot. Consider wearing gloves if your hands are cold. Use Heating pads, and consider space heaters if the room is not nice and warm. For a full list of non-photographic accessories for Newborn Photography, see our Workshop.
Your post production for newborn photography will generally be more light and airy than other types of photography. Consider using fades, tasteful black and white effects. Also consider brushing up on advanced Photoshop techniques like Frequency Separation and other advanced retouching techniques.
Based in Brevard County Florida, Forest & Fern Photography was founded 5 years ago in 2013. Currently available for Melbourne Fl and surrounding areas. Specializing in Family, Maternity & Newborn Photography. As a mom of 3 free spirited children, I understand that your family is the most important thing in the world to you and your portraits should reflect that. My goal is to provide you with images you can treasure and hold close to your heart for a lifetime, to make you fall in love all over again and capture the moments that take your breath away. So let’s explore, let’s have fun, let’s make memories and most importantly be yourself and let your children be children. ”We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” ~ Winnie the Pooh
Love Miss Daisy Photography specialises in Maternity, Newborn, Child and Family Portraits. A professional and affordable photographer based just outside Geelong, you can find me on FB, Insta (although I’m shocking at updating it) or contact me through my website 🙂
You should be able to get amazing newborn and baby photography results with almost any camera and lens if you simply learn the proper lighting, creativity, and camera angles for newborn photography. Though a professional camera like a Canon 5K Mark III, a full frame camera, will give you better overall image quality than an advanced point and shoot camera like a Sony NEX, a camera like the Sony NEX will likely be sufficient for capturing great images of newborns. Below is a quick side-by-side showing images from the two cameras mentioned above with the Canon 5D Mark III image on the left and the Sony NEX image on the right. For more on this, be sure to check out our Newborn Photography Workshop.
We recommend planning your scenes using the website Kuler by Adobe. On there you’ll be able to find complementary and analogous color combinations that work well together. Being able to see the colors together visually prior to going out and looking for the props and backdrops will save you hours. On Kuler we arranged the pink and yellow combination you see in the left image below prior to searching for actual newborn props and accessories.
Artfitnessflow Photography is a NJ Newborn and Family Photography studio for modern families. We offer stylish pregnancy portraits, customized newborn photography with unique props, lifestyle newborn videos and beautiful boudoir photos. We serve Northern Jersey, NYC and the surrounding areas.
With a little Photoshop magic, the images are merged and you have the composite image that you see in the first picture. (Above photos used with permission from Bree Franklin Photography).
Newborn photography can seem like a scary field of photography. It’s one thing to photograph landscapes or pose adults who take instruction, but working with something as fragile and unpredictable as a newborn baby can bring out the anxiety in even the most seasoned photographer. Here are a few newborn (baby) photography tips to get you started.
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I am a mother, a wife and a lover of capturing fleeting moments. I believe that everyone should have photos of their life. So many people give the excuse that they don’t want to be in photos because of their weight, their appearance or other insecurities. We really encourage everyone to be in photos not for themselves, but for the people who love them. Ask yourself this, when you are gone, what will your children and family have of you? Memories fade and tomorrow isn’t promised, but photos can last a lifetime. Be in photos. Do it for your family. Do it for yourself.
Being creative is a large part of being a newborn photographer, but so is making sure you get the basic, must-have shots. You should always start with the basics and move towards the more advanced photos just in case the baby gets too fussy and you have to call off the shoot. Below are some of the basic shots you should get before introducing complex, time-consuming, and difficult photographs. For more info on Newborn Posing, please see our Newborn Workshop on DVD.
Hey there! I’m Jenn and I’m a newborn and wedding photographer. I’m an Air Force wife (my husband of 20 years is retired now), army brat, and navy granddaughter, mom of three humans and eight fur babies, photographer, animal lover, Facebook and coffee addict. When I’m home I’m usually in yoga pants and a hoodie, sporting a messy bun, and have a book in my hand. I love Europe, Germany is my original home, I love all things vintage, rustic, and worn. Fall is my favorite season. The camera goes where I go. I’ve traveled some…and want to travel more. Coronado, California is my favorite place on the planet; the ocean is where my heart is. I’ve been taking pictures for over 2 decades, however decided 6 years ago was the right time to start shooting professionally. I shoot mainly in natural light, focusing on newborn portraiture & weddings. However, if the opportunity and time is there, I love photographing almost anything. I strive to make your portrait experience special and hopefully capture what you envisioned. Currently I shoot out of Rapid City and it’s surrounding areas in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. However, I do have a passport and would love to collect some more stamps in it. That being said, I offer destination/on location shoots anywhere in the US and I am available for worldwide travel!
Tip 8. Use Window Light and reflectors for Newborn Photography
Creative props can be the difference between a professional photo and an amateur one. Newborn props don’t have to be expensive and you can find most of what you need at home or a local crafts stores. Other recommended locations are Beautiful Photo Props and Etsy. For ideas, consider incorporating the parents’ hobbies, their culture, their favorite colors, or their overall personalities. We came up with the concept below for Ellie because her mother used to live in Paris. For more inspiration and to see how this scene was shot, please see our Newborn Photography Workshop.
Experienced and fully insured newborn and lifestyle photographer with a studio based in South Wales UK. I love to create relaxed and natural images. My laid back approach makes my clients feel at ease.
I’m a photographer business woman, Wife to a very supportive husband and a mother. I love life and I am one of the few lucky one’s who wakes up excited to work. I am very sociable and enjoy my job. I immerse myself in each and every photo session and I genuinely have fun. My style is natural, spontaneous and relaxed but energetic. I work from my home based studio, and specialise in Maternity, newborn, children and family photography. I aim to create beautiful timeless pieces of art by capturing life’s most precious moments for people to love and cherish forever. Safety is of paramount importance to me and something I never compromise on. The honour would absolutely be mine to photograph you and your family. Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life…
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Tip 10. Learn Proper Post Production for Newborn Photography
For more newborn photography tips and tutorials, please see our Newborn Photography Workshop, a full guide to baby and newborn photography, teaching posing, lighting, planning, and post production for newborn photography.
Introducing personal elements is part of what makes some of these creative props for newborns so great. However, guitars aren’t the most stable surfaces for newborns so a spotter is enlisted. With the camera on a tripod, the composition of the image does not shift. One photo is taken of just the guitar (left) and another picture is taken with the newborn on the guitar but with someone securely holding the baby in place (right).
Take a look at this adorable picture below of a newborn and a guitar.
Your newborn baby has his or her own schedule. When they get fussy, be sure to take your time and wait it out. Sometimes you’ll spend 3-4 hours on a shoot with the baby crying the entire time and finally, in the last 20 minutes, you’ll get everything you need. It’s not going to be easy and be sure to plan sufficient time or the shoot. Your shoot duration will vary depending on the number of wardrobe changes and scene setups, but in general be flexible. If you’re doing this professionally, consider charging per session, per image, or per scene rather than charging per hour.
Though newborn photography may seem daunting at first, it’s like any other form of photography in that the more you practice the better you become. Take your time, be patient, and don’t second guess yourself. With the proper planning and research, some creative and personalized props, in addition to careful and safety-first execution, you should come away with at least a few good images on which to build your foundation. For more newborn photography tips and tutorials, please see our Newborn Photography Workshop, a full guide to baby and newborn photography, teaching posing, lighting, planning, and post production for newborn photography.
Always Belle Photography is owned and operated by Elle Goss who began working as a photographer after many years of being a paediatric nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She wanted to combine her love of babies with photography. Elle specialises in Newborn Photography and works from her home studio in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne. Her photographs are sure to create lasting memories of your baby that you’ll treasure forever. When she isn’t photographing cute babies she continues to work as a nurse at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Elle has been a registered nurse for over nine years, and works with children of all age groups including the tiniest of newborn babies. It is here that Elle has developed her love for babies and starting photographing them in her spare time. When you choose Elle at Always Belle Photography to photograph your precious new baby, you are choosing someone with years of experience and who has the qualifications to ensure safety is paramount at every session. All information regarding newborn sessions can be found on this website but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Elle for further information. Elle is really looking forward to meeting you and your baby soon
You certainly don’t need to get too fancy with the lighting. All you need is a large window for your main light and a Westcott 5 in 1 Reflector to help fill in some of your shadows. Below is a screenshot of the setup we often use.
Part 2 of our Newborn Photography Workshop covers post production and includes newborn photography presets.