This semester I will be covering how to photograph kids and babies through my photo school ASAP Mentoring. Everything from going to the hospital and getting those first snaps, to High School Senior Portraits. Today’s topic: newborns. The issue here is trying to get a shot with their eyes open looking at the lens. To get them with big wide eyes, try to come in right after their nap and feeding. There is a slim window of opportunity here so you need to plan ahead with the mom so you know their schedule or you can always wait around for the 3 hour cycle to complete itself.They will be very interested in your big black shiny lens since everyone else who photographs them typically uses a small point and shoot. Another issue is, newborns are extremely sensitive to light, so while everyone and their grandparents are snapping away, flash and all, you need to come at the baby from a different approach. Of course natural, filtered light is best by a big window, but if it is at night or there is no light as is common in hospitals, take your flash and bounce the light off of a wall or the ceiling. Chances are the baby will be on their back or side or in mom’s lap, so remember to bounce the light of the correct surface so you get lighting that comes down and across the baby’s face from one side. Don’t forget all the details: toes, fingers, belly buttons, and series shots are also fun to capture some of the baby’s personality. I LOVE all the crazy facial expressions they make! Here are some of my good friend Colleen’s new baby that I took at night with on camera flash using a Canon 5D with a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens wide open.
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