When a family arrive at the studio with no specific ideas on what they would like my aim is to always give as much variety in the session as I can within babies comfort. Sessions are always led by baby, but you can achieve an awful lot with skill, experience, time and patience. Because there is never a time limit on my newborn baby photo sessions and because I only ever take one session in a day, we will have all the time in the world! It's too important a job not to spend time on it.
So for this little baby boy that's just exactly what we set about doing, creating some beautiful timeless images capturing 'just baby' images, beautifully lit showing off his cute button nose and teeny hands. I can't show them all here, but I can show you the below example. We also captured macro images of the teeniest details such as his hairline, fingers, toes, lips. All the beautiful little details that are gone in a blink and pass so fast.
While I'm capturing these images, Mum and Dad are busy making themselves at home in the studio and are invited to choose from my HUGE prop and accessories collections things that jump out and appeal to their taste.
Mum and Dad loved the long-tailed sleepy hat. These are so popular and I have them in various colours and textures. Choosing out a soft warm neutral tone. is always a great choice, it never goes out of fashion and will tone with any room the image was chosen to be displayed in. The space around the image lets us crop for whatever shape or size you might like to print and also allows me space to apply any custom quote or birth details you might like to include on a birth announcement or quote for a wall display if you chose an image like this for that purpose.
Just like this next one! Next, we looked at wee teddies and other accessories, the mini teddy collection is always a favourite too. By why choose one when they ALL look super cute! Everything in my studio is specifically sized and chosen from my trusted suppliers to expertly scale and size for newborn babies. I can even source specific themes and props if you have a specific thing in mind.
This shot would look fantastic in his nursery!
By this time parents are usually amazed at just how much we have achieved so far and just how settled and relaxed their baby is while in the studio. Being slowly soothed and kept relaxed and happy. So they see examples of what I've shot before in our studio slideshow, sample albums or wall products or are blown away by the prop room and see something relevant to them in there. This baby's Dad picked out a cloth which is a very near match to the family tartan, so we shot some pictures incorporating it.
We get a mix of both sleepy shots and awake shots as baby dips in and out of light sleep, still happy and content in his swaddle and wrap. We move from that to some awake shot on a plain background, we get smiles, yawns some really funny expressions and sometimes we catch a sneeze as babies do all their own stunts! Then baby decides he is ready for a feed. At this point, I can give parents privacy to feed if they would like some or top up drinks and refreshments while you cuddle your baby and I'll organise the next set we are going to try.
Through chatting with babies parents and through them spotting my little fishing rod prop in the studio prop collection we decided to create a very special shot picking up on one of his grandparents love of fishing. What new grandparent doesn't dream of a day they can introduce their grandchild to one of their favourite pursuits!
I decided to team the fishing rod with one of my other handcrafted props, a beautiful tweed covered armchair I made myself. he settles comfortably into the wee chair and we get a wee series of images here too. Like with any of my prop shots a spotter is edited out from beside baby to make sure that baby is safe at all times. It seems like this baby boy also dreams of going off fishing with his grandad one day soon!
I hope from just these few photos you can begin to see the huge variety that can be created in the large galleries I offer at Small Prints Photography. This galley will be well over 50 images, over several themes and colourways. Both 'just baby' and heirloom, sentimental shots that hold special meaning to the family. Add to this we also captured group images, with Mum, Dad and baby. Because I firmly believe it something is worth doing, it's well worth doing right. It's what I take pride in, in every single session I shoot & with every family I meet.