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April 6th, 2012, 10:33 AM
bettyearl's Avatar Beth, mom to 4 boys
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At the location there is crummy light, though. Should I have mom bring the baby to my house where there is better light?

I don't have any external flashes yet - I'm very small potatoes here but would love some little pointers to not forget.

I'm planning on a warm room, extra backdrop blankets for messes and various props and extra adult help. Is there anything totally major I'm needing?
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April 6th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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I have a shoot this weekend too. I would go to where ever has the best natural lighting, it is super nice to have the baby at their home but if mom is willing to travel then it would probably be best. I have so many newborn things that I take with me...its a pain in the butt.

I take:

An overstuffed bean bag chair
dyed cheesecloth for wrapping baby in
a small doll cradle for a prop
a couple of large fabrics pieces for backdrops
my black muslin for doing family shots
backdrop stands
I take my continuous lights and speedlight just in case there isnt enough light
An extension cord for space heater or lights
my camera gear and lenses of course
small roll of seamless paper
faux fur rug
a couple woven baskets
hats and cocoons
reflector or white foam board
I take some receiving blankets to roll up and use under the nice blankets for a smooth look
space heater
hand sanitizer and even some soft gloves if you have super cold hands
a white noise machine if the parents don't have one
I also bring some cloth diaper inserts to place under the baby in case they have to go
It also doesnt hurt to have a laundry stick for pre-treating any stains that may happen on your blankets
And I bring an extra shirt in case if a big poo accident :-)

There is probably something that I am forgetting but that is a pretty long list.

Thank you to *Kiliki* for the pretty siggy!
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April 6th, 2012, 08:16 PM
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A friend of mine that loves to do newborn shoots says she tells the parents to feed the baby 10-15 minutes before the scheduled shoot, and have the room the shoot is going to be in heated to about 80 degrees. She says a full tummy and warm room makes a nice drowsy baby.
I've never done a newborn shoot, so that's pretty much all I can offer. Congrats on getting a chance at newborns!
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April 7th, 2012, 09:06 AM
bettyearl's Avatar Beth, mom to 4 boys
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THANK YOU! That is a TON of stuff to bring with you! I don't have a lot of equipment, so that will probably mean more editing to do with backgrounds, but as this is for a friend and she's not expecting perfection I believe it's a perfect first try set up. I will do my best, she will be pleased and I'll learn a lot in the process!
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April 7th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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good luck!!

Kristy, wife to Karl 6.16.01, Mom to Raianna 12.7.00, Elyse 12.3.02 and Helena 7.20.07, step-mom to Frankie 7.3.97 and step-grandma to October 3.9.15

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April 11th, 2012, 03:16 PM
IansMom's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I would definitely get her to come to you, if you have the nice light. The light makes SUCH a difference with newborns.
When is your shoot? Good luck!

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April 11th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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I agree.....go wherever the light is better.....it will save you SOOOO much time/trouble in editing. Good Luck! I LOOOVVVEEEE newborns

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