Kelly’s Photography Tip About Soft Newborn Images:
For this particular session, my clients wanted to keep it really simple and make each image purely about capturing their baby. To make sure I was able to accommodate their desires, I chose to use soft, neutral tones and textures so as not to distract.
My studio has an abundance of beautiful natural light. But, to keep with the soft, natural images, I used my sheer curtains to diffuse the light. I personally prefer this type of lighting because it gives the images that beautiful, soft look while also highlighting all of the baby’s features.
When positioning the baby, I like to light the area from a 45-degree angle. Then, I look for where the light falls across the baby – changing my exposure in camera to suit.
For camera settings, I generally shoot wide open at f2.8 which also contributes to that soft feel each image has. In post, I used my ‘workflow action set’ to adjust the contrast, skin reds, and give the images a nice warm tone for these newborn images.
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