Newborn Session!

Posted on: February 22nd, 2012

Check out the sneak peek of these awesome newborn images! I’m not finished editing them yet, but I wanted to get some of the images on the blog before I got busy with other things!

These photos were all taken in the comfort of baby’s home, and took about 2.5 to 3 hours when all was said and done. That includes set up, shooting, feeding, changing and comforting baby as needed, and cleaning up. Though in-home photos can truly be a lot of work, I love working this way because it gives families so much flexibility and comfort when they’re in their own home.

I started work for this session, as I do many sessions, by shopping. The vintage scale, fabrics, and picnic basket were all chosen for this session, and I imagine I’ll get much more use out of them in the future. When I found out over the weekend I was going to have the opportunity to photograph a newborn boy, I immediately knew I wanted to try some shots that were a little more creative than what you get at the hospital or at a traditional portrait studio. I called Jen, and we headed to Jo-Ann Fabrics and the antique store. Jen and I have been doing this since college, and we always have fun (and spend a little too much money).

When searching for props, I am generally on a budget, so I save up those coupons from Jo-Ann, check out the online coupon sites, and try to get the best bargains I can find. Clearance bins, sales, thrift stores– anywhere I can find a cute, usable prop for cheap, I’m there. I tend to shop at low-end antique stores and junk shops and opt for items that aren’t restored and don’t cost a lot. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of very inexpensive pieces. Our notable finds before this session were the picnic basket ($7), which has handles that fold down and a hinged lid, and 2 vintage scales ($18 and $35). I didn’t get to use the more expensive scale, but I’m sure I’ll be able to soon. We also found some great fabric that was used in the picnic basket.

We really got to capture a good range of photos during this session– the more “studio” photos with backgrounds and lights, and the more natural photos using just the background of the home. I really enjoy taking photos in the nursery, especially when parents take such obvious pride in making a beautiful, comfortable space for their children.

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