“We have a lifestyle approach to newborn photography. Although we still take the time and effort to capture a few posed portraits, we spend most of our session capturing genuine moments between parents and their brand-new bundle of joy.
These are the portraits that have the most meaning to us, and allow us to preserve the “story” of this special time.
For anyone else who’s been thinking of dabbling in a lifestyle approach to newborn photography, we thought it might be nice to share some of our personal insight.”
Michael’s Photography Tip:
We’ve found that the comfort level of our clients tends to be much more relaxed in their own environment (such as their home), which really shows in the final images.
Not to mention, parents have spent so much time and effort perfecting their home decor, and it’s a pity not to feature all of the adorable details. I enjoy finding creative ways to incorporate décor, nursery accents, and family memorabilia to really personalize the portraits.
We allow the session to unfold naturally, which yields images full of raw, intense emotion. We may help Mom and Dad get comfortable on the sofa, and get them into a position that allows me to shoot from a variety of angles, but once they’re set, we don’t interfere.
As in cinematography, I always start out with a wide establishing shot that sets the tone of the story.
Sometimes I shoot through a door, or closet, to create a sense of undisturbed observance (fancy word for a simple concept). Few shots include direct eye contact, and the images flow like a story.
I love to capture the same moment from different angles. With unique crops and perspectives, the possibilities are endless.
For example, if the baby is lying in the crib, I have the option to capture the infant a few different ways, including:
- At eye-level trough the bars
- From the top-down through the crib mobile
- Or even a wide-angle portrait through the chandelier.
Or if Mom is feeding the baby in the nursery, for example, I’ll shoot wide-angle to include the setting, and close-up to capture the emotions.
If parents are having an intimate moment of cuddling their baby on the sofa, I love to have a bouquet of flowers or cute home accent in the foreground to add depth.
I also like to shoot over the shoulder to capture the parents’ view of their sweet newborn.
Yet another favorite technique is shooting a mirrored reflection of an intimate moment. This often works beautifully for portraits in Mom and Dad’s bedroom.
It’s almost as if we’re “peeking” into our clients’ lives to capture those natural, candid moments that hold so much meaning.
Years from now, Mom and Dad will look at these photos, and be reminded of the sweetness of their newborn baby, those first cuddles, and their tender emotions.
It may just be a short story of one lovely afternoon, but it’s a story that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Michael used a Nikon D4 with a 58mm f/1.4g lens to capture these images.
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