In early December I was delighted to shoot newborn portraits for little baby Nolan. He is so cute and really sweet. I’m a little late in posting, as he is now 12 weeks old! Nolan came quite a bit early, surprising mom, Stefani. But he was healthy and perfect. Nolan really liked my nice warm studio, but wasn’t a big fan of us moving him, so we let him chill on his back most of the time, because that’s the way that he was most comfortable.
On that note: There’s a lot going around the internet right now about novice newborn photographers putting babies in positions which are uncomfortable at a best, and life-threatening at worst. Some are actually suspending precious newborns in slings on actual branches of trees several feet off the ground, or hanging them in a studio. Some attempt positions where the baby is holding up his or her own head. There are ways to do these shots which are safe, but they require extensive post-processing and compositing of shots. For example, if you see a baby peacefully hanging from a branch, then it was probably shot as one image of a sling on a branch holding an inanimate object, and then one of the baby in a sling supported by a parent or assistant (preferably only an inch or so above a posing pillow). Then the two shots are combined and the parent is edited out. Please, if you are ever at a shoot with a photographer, and your baby seems uncomfortable and unsafe, stop them. Insist on safety. Most of my newborn shots are taken with the baby in a completely natural and comfortable position. I’m not saying that I’ll NEVER try a structured shot like that… but it would be done safely.
Typically, I try to get some images of the baby with mom and/or dad, but Stefani wasn’t up for it this time around. In the Spring we plan to do another shoot of Nolan with his sister, Arianna. I had actually taken her one-year portraits just a few months before Nolan’s. Here are a few of hers.