I am a natural light photographer and I pride myself on my knowledge and usage of natural light. After all I have years of experience shooting weddings, portraits and babies. However with the new-borns I prefer to use my studio and studio lights. It’s warm and cosy and set up just like I want it, for your bundle of joy to take pictures of. Unfortunately using studio is not always possible and if you do have a baby, you will know they do what they want. Some of them get jaundice in the first two weeks and other times mums are just not happy venturing their young’s to the outside world so soon. It can be many reasons, either way I am happy to take the shoot in your house and use my natural light knowledge like I did in this shoot above. Depending on your home I might even be able to set up some of my lights. I am happy try it and work with you all the way.
Baby Ben was at his best behaviour, he was exactly 7 days old when we did this shoot and I was super pleased with our end result. A few hours later, one decaf coffee (I was few months down the line of having my own bubba) and a few feeds/poops and ta-da, we got some great photos!
Like many photographers, I agree that shooting new-borns is best between 7-14 days. The reason behind that is: that they are still in their sleepy womb/foetal position and truthfully all they do is eat, sleep and poop. Not necessary in that order. By the week two they became more alert hence it’s harder for us photographers to take a good pictures of them being in that same position you see in my pictures above. This depends from baby to baby, of course and sometimes they can be “sleepy” up until one month old.
Babies often come unexpected so I strongly suggest booking a few dates before and after your due date, just to make sure we don’t miss it. Our own model here was two week early.
Have a lovely evening all Ines xx
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