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Anyone have any tips/suggestions on photographing newborns? My SIL just had her baby and I'd like to set up some shots. I guess Im primarily curious about staging shots of just the baby....like what kind of backgrounds or support to use for the baby. Any particular cloth that's great to photograph with? I'd also like to do some mom&dad shots; they also have two other young boys and I'd like to get them involved too.
Drape mom or dad with black fabric to hold the baby and shoot like that. Also, get baby naked and do shots of baby laying on dad's arm. Drape fabric over a Boppy and position baby in all different ways. Put pillows in a basket and put fabric over pillows.
I never really use a lot of props, but I should! I typically do close ups and I love doing ones where you've got a foot or two in focus with a really shallow DOF for the rest of the bosy. I try to get one of the baby with it's finger wrapped around Mom's wedding band finger, or you can have Mom and Dad take their bands off and place them in Baby's hand. I like the Bobby suggestion, that would be a great way to support a little one. I usually use a dark muslin or black paper for newborns, but some people like a white/high key look, too. Have fun and I can't wait to see the results!
Alison - Mom to: Augustus (2) Maximus (3) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (12) Christopher (14)
Oh I just LOVE newborn photos! They are so much fun. Everyone here has great suggestions. I've seen some where the put the baby on a big clock and set the time for when he/she was born. I like babies in baskets and also on fur if you've got any. I see a lot of really good ones where the baby is wrapped up tight and placed on the end of the bed, usually asleep, with a very shallow dof. I also love when they put the baby in like a basket or hamper and then wrap a big fluffy blanket all around it with just it's head showing through - this shot is taken from above.