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03/12/2012 at 13:44
can I pick your brains please?
Both of my grandchildren are due soon 5 days and 13 days. I would love to get some decent pics of them at newborn stage. do you have any tips that would help me?
feel free to ignore.
03/12/2012 at 14:32
You can pick 'em if you can find 'em Sounds like it's going to be a fun Christmas in your house!
Newborns, hmm....what sort of photos are you hoping for? Lots of the baby pics you see around at the moment are composite images - i.e. the baby is being held up in that position but you merge the photos together in Photoshop afterwards and remove Mum & Dad's arms so you're left with just a cute baby photo afterwards.
Best to get them on a full up/wind free tummy. Make sure the room is really warm. They reckon day 7-10 is the best for the proper sleepy, squidgy newborn poses. If you settle baby in your arms and pose them as you lie them down hold them in position for a few seconds and they tend to hold it long enough for you to get a picture.
Use natural light where possible. Tricky this time of year with such short days but if you have a big window pose baby beside it and take down nets etc. to maximise light.
Have a large clear space to lay baby - I use a massive beanbags for my sessions. I know they aren't supposed to roll at this stage you just never know. Have a spotter nearby to support, catch sick/poop/pee!Camera settings; Av unless I'm in the studio and I have more control over lighting conditions. I tend to use a really shallow DOF, depending on which lens I use it's around 1.6/1.8 - 2.8-3.2. This time of year, use fairy lights for pretty bokeh.
03/12/2012 at 14:34
Oh and are you a fan of Elizabeth Halford? She's always got the answer www.elizabethhalford.com/.../11-top-tips-for-newborn-photography-safety
03/12/2012 at 14:53
oh yes definitely busy fun!
I did a bit of research and know that some of the newer shots are composites so I won't be attempting to make the babies hold their own heads up with their hands! I have a large beanbag I can use which I can cover with a blanket. The one daughter lives in a 3rd floor apartment with a floor to almost ceiling window so it's quite light in her room, the other not so good, very small windows and very dull. I might see if she will let me bring the baby back to my house for a bit as it's a lot lighter.
With the window do I stand with my back to it and the baby in front of me or baby under the window with me facing it?
I have a wide aperture lens, my daughter bought it for me as a present after her wedding. I think it was you that recommended it. I love it. Hopefully they will both get some pro pics done as well as you can't beat them but it gives me a chance to practice on them!
I will check out Elizabeth Halford, obviously I want to do everything I can to make sure I am not putting them in any danger.
Thank you again it's very helpful.
03/12/2012 at 16:01
Have baby directly in front of the window and work around them taking photos so as you're not blocking out the light. Just watch the shadows on baby's face. If you're covering the beanbag with a blanket ask your daughter to hold it up behind baby to give a clean background, or peg it to a couple of chairs. My newborn sessions can last hours before I have anything workable, so have plenty of tea & cake at the ready!
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