Newborns and Your Perspective

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Today’s tutorial is from Brandie Coe.

Brandie says:

Do you ever feel like your on auto-pilot during your newborn sessions and every session ends up looking the same? Of course, this isn’t entirely a bad thing since our clients hire us for what they have seen online, and want us to be able to replicate it for them.

But wouldn’t it be nice to keep things the same but with a slight twist? Here’s my solution to that very problem.

Recently, I felt this exact feeling and decided that when my client came in, I would get up, walk around, and really look at the baby to see things from a new perspective. And I loved the way the shot ended up looking from the bird’s eye view as well as the front and close in images.

Not only do you get to give mom and dad a great variety of poses of their sweet new baby, but now these different shots from the same scene would look gorgeous in a canvas trio over the baby’s crib, or s a series of images in an album.

Another tip is to not only get up, but get down (insert music here “get low”) 😉

When your baby is on a prop, we tend to take a shot that feels like we are taking it straight on, but ends up actually looking slightly down on the baby.

Instead, try lying flat on the ground. You’ll see the shot in a whole new way, and I find it focuses even more on the baby.

So do yourself and your creative spirit a favour and slow down during your next newborn session. Do your usual shots and once you have those, get up or low and observe things differently!

Have fun!!!

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Brandie used a Nikon D4 (affiliate link) with a Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens (affiliate link) to capture these images.

Brandie Coe is a Vancouver, BC Newborn, Maternity, Family, and Children’s photographer.

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If you love newborns and newborn portrait photography but are just getting started, check out our articles written by a seasoned newborn photography pro about newborn safety.

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