Newborn Images - Best of 2016
Just a few of my favorite newborn images from last year:
2016 was filled with lots of joy and some amazing clients. I seriously have the best clients in the industry - squishy little newborn babies! Their parents are okay too. **wink**
This was still one of my most enjoyable newborn sessions to date. Little Abby was so sleepy, not fussy, and she had an absolutely precious big sister, Ella. As usual during a newborn session, Abby needed a few breaks for feeding. Every time mom would take Abby into another room, big sister would ask me, "where baby Abby?" She was such a sweet and attentive sister.
She was quite a lively little girl, too! So energetic! It was an absolute miracle that I got this shot of her calmly holding Abby.
This precious angel is Adelaide. Poor little thing would get quite angry when she wasn't being held. I have A LOT of tricks up my sleeve and I tried everything in my arsenal. This just goes to show that a little (ahem - a lot) of patience goes a long way. Every parent worries that their child is going to be difficult and that I won't be able to get anything good. Don't worry! Even the most challenging baby is absolutely normal. Newborn photography is a totally different game. Baby calls the shots! I try my best to educate my clients ahead of time so they know what to expect. Newborn sessions can be pretty long. The only reason for that is because we have to take lots of breaks for nursing, diaper changes, shushing, rocking, burping, cleanup, etc. Every time we have to stop shooting because baby needs something, it's perfectly okay and expected.
This little guy is Hayden. He was only 5 days old. This is a really popular pose! It's called the frog pose or froggy pose. One thing I want to mention is that the end result that you see here is actually two photos blended together. I take two shots with either mom or my assistant holding the baby in two different places to support him, and then blend the two images together in the retouching process, eliminating the hands. I don't care what anyone tells you, there is no other safe way to do this pose. I heard a photographer say once that you can let go if you know what you are doing. No. That's an incredibly dangerous and misleading statement. If you let go and the baby falls over, that can cause a devastating injury. No pose is worth that risk if it can not be done safely. That being said, isn't he sooo cute?
That smile though! Teeny tiny Isabella - what can I say? Just look at her. I honestly expected her to be a tough one. She was born several weeks early and spent over a month in the hospital before she was ready to go home. Newborn babies are photographed, ideally, in the first 10 days of life. Sometimes babies don't get to go home right away and we have to work with what we've got. Isabella was the sleepiest and calmest baby I have ever worked with. Totally unexpected!
And those little fingers...
Here are a few from my last newborn session of 2016. This is Scarlet. What a beautiful name for this little darling.
And her big sister Leighton is ever so loving and proud!
You might remember this last image from yesterday's post, Stop Hiding Behind the Camera - A Message for Mothers. If you haven't read it yet, please check it out. It doesn't just apply to mothers, but all of us!
I hope you enjoyed viewing a few of my favorite newborn images from 2016. I can't wait to see what 2017 holds!