As many of you are well aware by now... photographing newborns is definitely my passion.
It is truly an honor to have a family choose me to capture those first amazing days of their new son or daughter's life.
Those first few days - by two months down the road - seem like a total blur for mom and dad - are miraculous in and of themselves..... As parents, we all end up thinking - was our baby really ever that tiny? It's hard to imagine.
Their growth in that first year goes at an amazing and feverish pace. Doubling in size in just a few months. Tripling in just a year.
Could you imagine yourself as an adult tripling in size in twelve months? Sounds crazy, right?
But it's the truth. And that's why I feel so lucky to do what I do.
The window is so small... and therefore incredibly important.
In my humble opinion - capturing the birth of your newborn baby - particularly in those first few days is every bit as big a deal (if not bigger) than photographing your wedding day.
And for all of you newlyweds out there reading this - I mean no disrespect. The very moment you hold that little bundle in your arms for the first time - and realize that baby is ALL YOURS - you'll know exactly what I mean.
So... even though I have a great deal of fun - I also take my job very very seriously. And that means taking great care of my miniature clients when they come to see me. Their safety is always my #1 concern.
I would never even consider attempting a pose that I felt would ever endanger them. I always have an assistant or second set of hands in the studio, sitting just inches away from my little subjects at ALL times.
And I always allow plenty of time during the session to keep them comfortable. We pat bottoms, we change lots of diapers, we take breaks to nurse or bottle feed. I usually get pooped on. :)
A happy baby makes for an excellent subject. That's just the way it has to be.
So many of the complex poses you see out there on the internet are nothing more than fancy post-processing tricks. Photoshop stuff we like to call "composites." Where we take a few different photos and then merge them together after the session to achieve a desired result.
I'm happy to show you what I mean.
A pose like this for instance...
is really just a combination of these two photos merged together in Photoshop.... Daddy is sitting right next to his baby girl... supporting her the entire time.
or a photo like this one...
is a combination of these...
And by the way - that hand under her head is my assistant Shelby's. She's sitting cris crossed on the floor right next to this little sweetie with her legs under her - mere inches off the floor.
I take this shot while laying down flat on my stomach. :)
Here's my Shelby giving one of our "supermodels" a little cuddle time...
This one... the ever-popular potato sac.... :)
is handled this way...
Pretty neat, eh?
This little love-bug looks like she's floating out in space, right?
Nah - not not so much.
Dad is just sitting in an EZ chair with some black non-reflective fabric wrapped around him barber-shop-style.
Now that I've shared all my secrets....
Anyone with a computer can basically Google how all this is done... they're nobody's secrets.... And should be nobody's secrets!!! Every person out there who calls anyone one month or younger a client should familiarize themselves with proper safety techniques when working with these tiny little subjects.
I only say all of this because sometimes I hear about people attempting to try these poses in unsafe ways. Not good. Not good at all. So - if I put this out there - and just ONE someone reads it and is then encouraged to adopt a safer routine in their business - I'll feel like I made a small dent.
Here's a link to two more excellent articles on this topic with more supporting photo examples...
Shoot safe out there everybody! Getting some crazy pose isn't worth putting a baby in danger!
Have an awesome weekend!