Newborns can be the sweetest and also the toughest clients to photograph. Here are some tips and tricks that might help you out.
1. Keep the room very very warm. I usually wear shorts and a tank top. If I am sweating, I know baby is nice and warm. This is only true for the naked baby shots by the way.. if the baby is dressed up then keep the temperature at a normal setting!
2. Use a space heater if the room is drafty.
3. Use a sound machine.. babies love static noise.
4. Keep lots of towels, cloth diapers at the ready to clean up any messes.
5. You will need a bean bag to put the baby and a neutral blanket. I generally put cloth diapers and a fleece blanket under the ‘posing’ blanket.
Here is a BEFORE shot, unprocessed in photoshop.
Here is an AFTER shot, with some light processing. What I did was,
1. Warmed up the photo just a little.
2. Removed some of the pink birthing mark on Kinley’s forehead.
3. Recropped the photo and tilted it a little so her head seemed higher.
The light source was a window to the LEFT of the photo. The beanbag has a cream blanket on it which I pulled up at the back. I could take out those little crumples in the blanket in post processing, but for the most part, I don’t like to do too much to photos.
I used the 50mm 1.4 lens here at ISO 200, f/2.8 and ss 1/100. The reason I chose f/2.8 is that I wanted to be sure that the entire front of her body (hands, feet, face) were in focus… you can see the focus falling off lightly at her back.
For newborn photos.. all you need is patience and a gentle hand. I know not everyone can have a professional come in and take photos.. but you can try and do this at home. It just takes a little practice.
Hope this helps. If you have any questions.. let me know!