Due to Covid-19 pandemic us photographers have been hit hard and have been required to close our doors. Unfortunately in the newborn world it is impossible to work safely with our little ones and its been a tough few weeks rescheduling or cancelling sessions . It breaks my heart that you will miss out on capturing all those fresh newborn moments so I have created a little step to step guide on how to take your own newborn images whilst in isolation.
The luxury of doing it yourself is you can choose a time that suits you. I usually do my newborn sessions around 9.30-10:00 as I find babies are more settled in the morning opposed to the afternoon. I would suggest starting after baby has had a nice good feed.
Take your time as there is no need to rush. If your baby is a bit unsettled , try again later or the next day.
Keep it simple. As much as babies in a bucket or basket is cute, leave these style of poses to us professionals.
What you will need :
* Your beautiful baby :)
* A large blanket or two ( the ones i have used here are both from Kmart )
* washers or little towels to use as "stuffers "under baby . If you have a breastfeeding pillow these are perfect and what i have used here
* Wraps or scarfs and baby blankets ( you can include any keepsake wraps you have too)
*headbands and/or beanies/bonnets
* flowers, stuffed toy , baby blanket
* a decent size area that is well lit. This could be against a large door or window. Try and find a area where the light goes all the way to the floor. AVOID direct sun.
* sheer white curtain to use if the light is too bright . Hang or pin against your window/door to difuse the light.
* a camera or phone.
Lay your blanket out flat on the floor adjacent to your window . ( I recommend using a few quilts or thicker blankets as padding first) . Position this not too far from your window. If there are any direct lines of sun on it move it further away from the window or use a sheet to diffuse the light.
I have chosen to do a few naked, wrapped and clothed shots for you, however please choose what ever your comfortable with. Lay your baby down on the blanket. ( My light source is on the left)
Lets talk Angles ...
A huge difference can be made when shooting a baby just by changing your angle. Have a play around with different angles to show different shadows and highlights.
TOP TIP ! Never shoot up your babies nose. If you can see nostrils you are too low. Move higher up and over their head. See below the correct way and incorrect way