Squishy, snoozy and gorgeous with a hint of titian in the colour of his hair. We welcomed Oliver, from Hunsbury in Northampton, along today for his newborn photography.
9 day old Oliver was a dream to work with, and held us captive with his cuteness without an inkling that he was in the spotlight. Newborns are amazing to be around, and we’re privileged to have had nearly thirty to the studio for baby portrait photography this year alone. Each and every time its heart melting to watch their miniature expressions and lovable sleepy faces. We marvel at the miracle of child birth with each client, and share in the experience that newborns are very funny to watch. We often enjoy a chuckle together when they wrinkle up their faces, smile in their sleep or make an array of bodily sounds!
Ten tiny fingers and toes, dinky nose, sleepy yawn, windy smile – we got it all today with Oliver! This sleepy little boy made it look too easy, and made his newborn photo shoot a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all.
We have a tried and tested workflow with newborns but we experimented with a new routine and our shoot time was just two hours – half an hour off our average. However, it’s all down to the individual baby for each and every shoot, the all important deep sleep is not always easy to achieve when they are stimulated by our studio lights and new setting. We don’t rush and couldn’t if we tried, its a waiting game as safety and timing is everything in newborn photography.
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We watch for baby’s cues like a hawk, interpreting their breathing pattern, sleepy noises, body language and timings between feeds and nappy changes to work out the best time to start flow posing. We want our babies to be comfortable and look comfortable. If the pose is awkward or outside of their range it shows in their images, and each tiny little person has a natural range of movement to be respected.
Oliver was both light and touch sensitive so we had to work fast, and he wasn’t fond of being on his tummy but allowed us a few moments to get the beautiful ‘taco’ shot, a firm favourite for our families, which is (helpfully) semi upright just after a feed.
Oliver is also one of the rare newborns who visit us and go without leaving a calling card! Naked newborns always look so beautiful, and its understandable that this usually triggers some nappy action, but our new workflow today meant minimal nappy off time and soil free blankets! (They get washed each and every time for hygiene though)
We don’t often get superhero babies, but Oliver found his own superman pose we couldn’t resist sharing with you on the blog!
Thanks to Oliver, mum and dad for a chilled out shoot with some gorgeous results.