This question is second only to when should I get my maternity photos? Ideally you want to get them in the first week to 10 days max. They grow so fast the first month. You want to capture just how tiny they were when they first arrived.
Newborns are always a challenge as they tend to live on their own schedules and moods. So I always allow plenty of time. No need to rush. Plenty of time for feeding and diaper breaks. And sometimes they just need to be held a bit to be comforted before the next shot.
Many parents decide to do an album to document the first year. Starting with the newborn photos and then every 3 months up to the first birthday. It becomes a keepsake that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Whatever you decide to do, the sooner the better for your newborn session. Like I mentioned before, ideally 10 days old is the maximum age for their newborn photo session.
Siblings always are a nice addition to a maternity photography session. They show how the new child is becoming part of the family. As a photographer I will discuss the shoot with the future mother before her appointment. I suggest that the siblings be brought to the studio for the last part of the session. This allows the creation of the rest of the photos without having young children getting bored waiting. Which in turn will result in better photos with them.
I often will catch a moment when everyone is just being themselves. These photographs tend to make very special maternity memories. I call this shot got your nose.
Pregnant mom has got his nose
This type of playfulness is just the kind of memory one wants to remember.
My job as the photographer is to always be aware and to bring a comfort level to the maternity session that allows for true family interaction to be captured. You can easily see how much fun is going to be had with this new baby.
This week saw a lot of bulging bellies on the maternity photography clients. Each mom had her own style that I worked with to capture that perfect collection of photographs to remember her pregnancy. After all, my job as a photographer is to capture memories so they can last a lifetime.
Feel the kick in this B&W maternity photo
Everyone of the bellies I photographed this week was unique. Some moms worry about stretch marks on their growing bulge, but I tell them that retouching can remove them if they prefer. Retouching is include in all but one of our maternity photo packages.
When of the best parts of my job is the longterm relationships than are often developed with my clients. Often I am first hired to be their boudoir photographer. Then they come back for their maternity photos. And shortly after that they will return for photos of their newborn baby.
These photos are typically taken within a week or two of the baby’s birth. The ideas is to capture how tiny they are as they grow so fast during the first few months.
Newborn baby is a handful
I refer to this pose as the handful pose. It is one of several poses I like to use with newborns to show just how tiny they were. This time our little star was awake, but very often they are asleep for many of the photos. Of course everybody’s heart just melts when they see those cute sleeping little babies.
Of course they will continue to grow-up so much faster than you can imagine. Before long they will be graduating high school and need senior pictures. Then college and then kids of their own.
So be sure to capture all those special times as time will pass so quickly.
Bringing a new baby into a family is always a special event. Remembering the pregnancy with the entire family is becoming a popular addition to maternity photo sessions. Sometimes its siblings, other times it is grandparents are brought into the shoot.
Typically the siblings arrive towards the end of the shoot after mom has gotten her solo photos taken. This allows mom to concentrate on creating great photos without having to worry about anything else.
There are as many options as there are families when it comes to creating the perfect maternity photo. We are always open to your ideas to help you make your photos a true reflection of you.
Shortly after maternity photography session a bundle of joy enters your world. And of course you will come back to get some great newborn photos. One of the fun things to do is to compare how tiny your newborn is as they grow so very fast.
Sometimes a photo shoot has a change in plans. As a photographer I need to be ready to adapt to whatever happens. From bad weather to equipment problems, there are always surprises.
This week on of the pleasant surprise is when Amber came into the studio to shoot. She was showing me her lingerie and said that the one outfit was very retro. My eye immediately saw pin-up for the outfit and asked her if she would like to do some classic pin-up with it.
Amber jumped at the chance. She hadn’t even considered doing any pin-up photography for her shoot before, but now she was excited by the idea.
She loved the final shot and everyone she showed it to told her it was one of their favorites.
The holidays were very busy and I finally have managed to get caught up and take some time to update my blog. I’ve gotten a lot of messages from client s telling me how much their loved ones all loved the photographs.
This week I did get a chance to create some boudoir photographs. I decided to end the shoot with some shoots using water. Water can help to create a very sexy look. As I think you will see in this sample from the shoot.
It is already time to start thinking about getting your Valentines Day boudoir images shot. So I will be getting busy again.
As I mentioned last week, this December has been packed with maternity photography clients. Each one has been so much fun to work with. The excitement of a new baby coming into a family is a wonderful thing to share.
Of course I always provide the standard pregnancy photos, but I love it when I can create a unique set of maternity images for a client that they couldn’t get anyplace else. One of my clients was really into this idea and got an amazing selection of images. This is one of my favorites.
A few lighting tricks to create this spotlight effect created this shadow. Amazing flexibility for someone who is 9 months pregnant. This is the kind of fun I love to have as a photographer.
In between these photo sessions I have been swamped with students taking private photography lessons. It seems a lot of people want to learn how to take better photos for the holidays and like the idea of a private class on how to use their camera. I enjoy teaching these budding photographers a few tricks of the trade to help them make their photos better.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season.