HI, I’m Elizabeth… a professional newborn photographer in Connecticut.
You can find me at: Elizabeth Frederick Photography
The most important thing to keep in mind when photographing newborns is their safety. Newborn should never be left to balance, hang in the hair, or sit in or on something without hands on them at all times even if they are sound asleep. In the blink of an eye, those precious babies can startle out of their position and be hurt badly. In a case where we would pose a baby in their hands, or put them in a bucket, the safest method is to do a composite. A composite is where you take a series of images & combine them into one. It takes a little bit of photoshop knowledge and magic, but so worth it in the end.
When setting up for a complex shot, such as the one below, you need to be sure that the baby is sound asleep. If the baby is not asleep, these poses will not work. Also keep in mind, not every baby will do every single pose. It’s your job to inform the parents if you feel that the baby will not do said pose and move on to other poses the newborn is more comfortable with. Newborns make the rules
In the shot below, first and foremost, I made sure that the ball was secure in it’s spot. I used towels under the blanket to build up the back for his back arm to rest on & it also kept the ball secure. I took a series of 3 images for this shot making sure the baby was supported every step of the way.
Once at home, I loaded up the photos, and created 3 layers to build this one shot, masking away my assistance hands from the baby’s body creating this one beautiful shot for the parents.
As a bonus I decided to include this old composite from a session I did last year. Mom and Dad came to my studio and saw that I had Birch Wood at my studio. At their wedding, they had Birch wood as table arrangements, so asked if somehow I could include it. This is how I did. I took a picture of mom holding her son on one side, then on the other side. I merged these 2 photos together to make one composite.
I sure hope this helps you when you are planning out your next session. Just remember, take a step back, assess the situation and if you are not comfortable with it, then don’t do it. Mom and Dad will be happy with what you have done & will be happy you told them the truth.
Elizabeth Frederick Photography