Creating meaningful images at your newborn session
Posted on 16 Mar, 2019 by Sarah Hart
You may have read one of my recent guest blogs by Kimbo Godsall, who visited the studio for a maternity session last month and shared her story of entering motherhood as a single parent? Well, two weeks ago, she brought along her beautiful daughter, Scarlett, for her newborn session. All newborns are special and unique and sessions are often emotional and beautiful as I spend time finding out about each new family, and Scarlett’s session was no different – I set out to try and make meaningful images for her and her new mummy and have shared with you some of the keepsake images that we created from her session.
Many babies start their newborn session quite alert and I use the opportunity to capture a few shots of them with their eyes open. In this case Scarlett had both eyes and mouth open! Quite appropriate as a her initials spell out S.I.N.G!!
Once wrapped, I lifted her into a bowl filled with a fluffy cream flokati (above). Prior to the newborn session, I had discussed with Mummy, some of the colours she might like at her daughter’s newborn photo shoot. Mummy had mentioned loving the colour red (and an obvious colour for her daughter’s name too) and that she had bought lots of “cloud” themed bits for her room and clothing. So before her session I had pre-photographed a set up of clouds with the intention of using them as a digital backdrop and photo-shopping Scarlett in to the image afterwards. For these kind of shots to work and look realistic, the photographer needs to ensure that the light direction come from the same angle, and that similar textures and colours are used in order to blend the images together successfully. So at this point in the session I had in my mind that I would also use a full length image of Scarlett in the bowl, wrapped for my cloud images. As the colour of the wrap was a soft blush pink and the flokati was cream, I dropped the saturation of colours on these in order for them to match the cloud image. And here it is….
These were my little surprise images to add to the gallery as mummy had no idea what I’d planned here. Which do you prefer: grey or blue skies?
As Scarlett was now nice and sleepy, I was able to carefully unwrap her and begin my beanbag shots – we introduced red on to the brown blanket backdrop – to match mum’s living room and also tie in with Scarlett’s name and mum’s favourite colour. Kimbo then selected a deep red blanket for a few more poses.
And whilst capturing these lovely posed newborn images, I also look for times to photograph the details: ears with little fine hair on, tiny toes etc. Scarlett had a beautiful dark head of hair with little blonde tips. Newborns change so quickly in the first few months, so it’s important to capture these details.
After I had moved on to a head on hands pose with Scarlett, Kimbo brought out the books that had each inspired her daughter’s first name and middle names, Scarlett Imogen Nancy, and I set about posing Scarlett on top of the books. This shot was probably my favourite image from her gallery – really enjoy trying to create a meaningful and unique image in a gallery. And I’m always happy to try incorporating personal items in to a newborn session.
At this point in the session Scarlett seemed as if she was going to wake and so we wrapped her again in order to capture a shot with her mummy (she quickly drifted back off to sleep again)
And whilst wrapped I managed to shoot this picture:
Which I planned to use on this digital backdrop that I’d already pre-photographed to match Mummy’s favourite colour of red….
And finally at the end of the session, I brought out one of my cute new purchases….a gorgeous mohair and fluffy Eskimo outfit. Mum was very happy to get a few shots of Scarlett in this…..
Scarlett’s gallery contained approximately 40 images – slightly more than my average size gallery because she was such a good sleeper throughout her session. It was a lovely session and I know her mummy will treasure these images for many years to come.
If you are expecting a baby this year and would like more information on the session, please do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you with my availability.