Let’s start with the shortest, least inventive sales pitch:
I PHOTOGRAPH NEWBORNS! BOOK ME!
But seriously, do. Kids are great to work with as they tend to not follow direction, and refuse to do whatever you want them to do, but with newborns they don’t have quite so many options. A well fed newborn is a dream to work with as they just sleep with little or no fuss!
Towards the end of 2014 I took a few shots of baby Maliyah, a friend’s beautiful granddaughter. I don’t have a studio as the unnatural environment, indoors, with lights and fake backgrounds doesn’t really appeal to me. Working outdoors with urban or rural scenery and the challenges of natural light is more my bag. For this shoot we clearly needed to use somewhere warm so made a makeshift studio at my house using various blankets, towels, natural light through the window boosted by a single softbox, and we threw in some props for good use – soft toys, fairy lights, a suitcase and a basket.
Maliyah was awake and smiling at the mysterious fuzzy shapes and sounds in the room, and waving and kicking, for the whole 2 hours that we were shooting, so I didn’t get very many of the “typical” newborn shots where you see baby curled up and sleeping. Still got some great results, and here are a few examples.