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Getting creative with my recent newborn sessions

Posted on 18 May, 2018 by Sarah Hart

As I’m sure many portrait photographers do, as a photographer, I aim to produce a variety of images in a gallery for each client that they will want to adorn ALL the walls in their house with. And as the years go by I continue my training and work to achieve higher standards with better posing, angles and lighting. I prefer to keep images fuss free by keeping newborn images simple and avoid using too many props, however recently I’ve been trying to include at least one image that would stand out as a striking piece of wall art in your homes. This is for the client BUT also for me. Photography is a creative line of work and quite simply, it’s fun to try out different colours textures and backdrops.

Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting more with digital backdrops: photographing the baby in a basket or simple set up with the lighting and angles in mind to use with a particular digital backdrop. These digital backdrops are more elaborate and time consuming to set up than would be possible in regular newborn sessions and so being pre-photographed, they allow me to add in that extra special piece of art work in to a client’s gallery.

pink wrap, grey fur, baby in basket


plum & purple palette, orchids around a wooden bowl, baby art

AFTER – changed the wrap to match the plum tones

neutral tones with baby in a basket, best newborn photographer tonbridge

BEFORE – I layered bowl with similar colours to match the digital backdrop

AFTER – added shadows to create the illusion that the baby was nestled in to the fluff

newborn baby in bowl, using dark forest green tones

BEFORE – photographed baby in green, knowing that it would work well with the digital backdrop I had in mind

baby nestled in to green ferns and twigs, stunning baby artwork

AFTER – I brought down the highlights on baby’s skin to blend with the digital background lighting

capturing baby smiles, Sarah Hart Photography

BEFORE – the sweetest smile captured on a plain blanket!

baby in a basket floral design, baby photos edenbridge

AFTER – the neutral tones helped to blend the baby on to the basket


baby in a wooden bowl with grey fur and blue wrap, Tonbridge baby photographer

BEFORE – I photographed on the same grey fur…….

driftwood garland, baby on grey fur, beautiful newborn photography

AFTER… the fur in the digital backdrop to make blending easier


One of my aims this year, is to produce a selection of my own digital backdrops to pre-photograph for clients to choose from – a range of soft pastels, neutrals and richer & deeper colours. And I can’t wait to find out which backdrops will prove more popular! Pop your preferences in my comments – I’d love to hear which ones you love best.


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