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The hardest subjects for me to photograph seem to be the really new babies! Any advice on how to get great shots with babies that are under 1 month old? Equipment idea's, props. The only shot I find works out great and is easy is baby on a parents shoulder or mom breastfeeding.
Invest in a beanbag chair and some neutral blankets. If you look up newborn photography on youtube I'm sure you'll find tons of ideas on posing and positioning. There are lifestyle photographers who just document baby in arms with family but the big demand is definitely for posed newborn shoots and those take some practice.
Heidi, mama to 5 kiddos and an lost 11.25.13 at 11w5d
It really depends on the style of newborn photography that you are going for. And if its just for yourself you don't need to spend money, just use the things you have around the house. Use your bed, lay baby on a blanket and bring the blanket up to cover a diaper (chest height) then take natural pictures. Use a rug, layers/texture, its a little easier than getting the posed pictures
Boy it's been a long time since I've been to JM but, hello!
I find that I absorb a lot when I grab a good book from Barnes and Noble, and I have Robin Long's book that I'm reading right now. Newborns are slightly intimidating for me personally because of the time it takes, the mothers are always weary of how I'll handle their NEWBORN, etc. I really think it's easier to practice with your own or a friend or family member's newborn or second shooting with a BTDT pro before taking on paying clients. I'd rather have the track record before I risk not delivering
There are AWESOME sources for DIY props and equipment, like light stands and baby wraps. Just be sure it's all secure and safe and you can save yourself a great deal!