How lucky was I to capture Amelia when she was just 5 days old. As we worked to find a place in the house with enough light, I felt drawn to their front courtyard where the warm weather and soft morning light made for a perfect baby sleeping area.
It wasn’t all buttery smooth though. At first we put Amelia face-down in the basket, which encouraged her to flop forward and almost tumble out. Later, we went diaperless to get some cute baby bum shots. Feeling free and breezy, she pooped 3 times on her mom’s black dress. Afterwards, we were tired but laughing.
In the end, Amelia woke up enough to cuddle with her older brother. I love how natural and intimate this moment is, her brother still in his underwear, bouncing with energy and still just long enough to plant a kiss on his sister’s head.
Newborn photography is so priceless. Here are some tips for when you try it:
- As a general rule, 5-14 days is the best time to photograph a newborn because he/she has lost their umbilical cord but is still sleepy most of the time.
- Be flexible and plan plenty of time for your newborn photo session. The baby may cooperate, but he/she may need to spend half the time nursing.
- If you get the baby comfortable in one set-up, consider changing the background or the wardrobe/blanket without moving the baby.
- A baby’s expression can change from second to second, so you need to be ready for when they randomly give you a milk-smile.
Let me know if you have any other good ideas!