This beautiful family joined me in the studio recently with baby Lylah. The kids were hilarious.. could not stop giggling at each other and I don't think they even knew why.
Lylah was a dreamy sleepy baby with a gorgeous little face and eyelashes! Her big brother and sister were so well behaved I let them eat my lollipops!
This session for me was great. I was relaxed and ready to experiment with posing light and shadows. The parents and kids were so chilled out with all my requests that I kinda just kept going making Mum and Dad's decision on culling photos really difficult! Sorry not sorry!
So anyone who follows my page knows I love a good black and white. I have modified my black and white action so many times over the years but I really think it's perfect now. Especially when a newborn is wrapped in the hands of their loved ones.. I don't know it just creates mood and emotion and makes your eye wander around the image in a different way to a coloured image.
In the passed few years I've learned a few things that really work for me and my style.
I love chopping heads off... sounds crazy but gone are the days when everyone posed looking at the camera with their hands in their lap (thank God) You'll find if you shoot cropped like this is focuses the attention on the baby and not the parents as much.. as important as they are it's the baby's newborn session and it's all about them.
There's a time and a place for negative space.
Okay so we can all see this is a particularly gorgeous looking family but with the bigger gaps in the children's ages I was excited to try new posing for families. I actually saw something similar to this on my friend's page Fox & feather. I knew this was the perfect time to try it. Sorry I didn't take a photo of their whole bodies to show exactly what I did here but Mum is sitting on my step, Dad is kneeling and so is big sister. No matter how a pose goes it's important to have everyone on the same focal plane and heads and hands touching.. this is a family.. they are close... don't be afraid to tell them to get closer and closer.
I always discuss with every customer prior to their arrival about what they like. This mum said she like neutral colours as her other children's newborn photos were very simple and neutral. I actually ask my customers to screen shot a couple of images that they like from my page.. this helps me at set up time so much... and I know they'll be happy. I then run through this with them again when they arrive and make sure they are happy with what I've set up. Many people comment on how excited they are after seeing everything set up when they walk in. You're creating a good impression right from the start!
If you follow me on my page www.facebook.com/bellarougephotography or instgram you'll know that I do love this pose. It's not easy to do though.
You must have a very confident Dad with big hands, a smaller baby, that's very asleep and even then you'll probably need a dummy to perfect that pose. My light is coming from the left to create those beautiful shadows across the baby and Dad's hands. The room is warm. I mean I'm sweating!!
* This pose shouldn't be attempted by amateur photographers.
This is always the first photo I take.. kids are usually shy at first but give it 5 minutes and they are pulling out all your blankets and props and spreading chips around the studio.
I'm not going to lie.. This is usually the hardest part of my day. Not this time. The younger the kids the harder it is. I bribe kids with lollies.. I'm not ashamed of that at all. Whatever works so that you can get the photo that the parents really really want. I've only not been able to do this once... but you've got to know when to call it off.
Anyway, alot of photographers do this pose on the bean bag but I'm short.. I could never get the right angles so I always do it on the floor on a flokati with a blanket under their heads (under the flokati) I tell them to be quite like little mice and stay really really still and tell them every 5 seconds they are doing a really good job. Sometimes a BOO! from behind the camera really helps to get a smile :D
Before you finish.. Even if you're stuffed. Take a photo of your precious little newborn waking up, yawning, stretching, looking up at the camera.. what ever they are doing.. These are often my faves of the whole session.
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