Many photographers claim that one key aspect of their work that satisfies them is the ability to share in a family's special moments. I'll be honest, under all the walls and mirrors I put up, I'm a sentimental at heart. Laurel, Justin, and Denise recently allowed me the privilege of shooting a newborn session for Laurel & Justin's newborn Lilliana. She's small, very small....and quite....wiggly. Most of all, she's precious.
It's an amazing experience to be with little ones while they are so small and full of new life and wonder. It's quite possible that little Lilliana experienced some firsts during our photo session. I certainly know that I did; let's just say that photographing nude babies presents....challenges. This was my first newborn shoot! And I'm excited that so many friends and family have little ones on the way; now there will be more baby pictures soon! I'm already plotting and planning for holidays.
As a photgrapher's note, the skin softening tool preset in Lightroom 5 is excellent for helping babies appear even more angelic than they do on their own. Another note is to ensure that you position the babies perpendicular to a natural light source, such as aa window. Finally, shoot with a shallow depth of field (F Stop).
Soon, Destiny by Design will put together a tutorial for taking your best newborn shots at home on your own. This way, you can capture the magic when it happens au naturel. Stay tuned!