I absolutely love photographing babies. I just love babies!! Every age, every shape and every size. Chatting with the parents about how they are sleeping, feeding, how the birth went, getting a few little cuddles and maybe some smiles, I love everything about the process. 2016 kicked off for me on the first Sunday in January with a baby photoshoot, what a great way to start the year! A happy, smily, VERY wriggly six month old boy named Jaxon. This shoot was actually part of a year long project, his parents have asked me to record his milestones every three months throughout his first year, so instead of sharing those images here (I’m saving that for when the final instalment is complete) I thought I would put together a collection of my favourites from last year.
Tiny people, tiny details…
one of the things that I most regret is that is didn’t know how to take good photos when my own children were newborns. My eldest son was only 5 lb 2oz at birth, and it still blows my mind to see how small he was in the few blurry phone snaps I have of him. Because of this, I always make sure to try and capture plenty of those little details in a baby photoshoot. Little hands, little feet, eyelashes, pursed lips, shoulders still covered in soft down. These are the things after all that we want to remember!
I have a Sigma 105mm 2.8mm macro lens that is wonderful for capturing these precious details.
ah those precious moments! Always well worth the wait. When the babies drift off to the land of nod, either in their parents arms or in a cosy nest of blankets, their colour settles and they look even more pristine and perfect. I always hope to get at least a few minutes with a sleeping baby. Even though sometimes they only give me 20 winks!
The sweetest interactions..
My favourite way to capture babies is interacting with their parents. In fact, my favourite way of capturing people in general is to catch the times when they aren’t aware of the camera, when they are being themselves and interacting together as they normally would. It’s easy to see that beautiful bond between parents and their babies in these images. I love the cropped ones, where the body language and expressiveness of hands and nurturing arms is doing the talking.
Usually when the baby is a little older they are very happy to interact with me, flashing me big smiles, and a few hard stares! What on earth is that lady doing!
All of these pictures were taken either in the family home, or in my own home if the client preferred, using a portable studio backdrop, and natural light. In 2016 I hope to work with many more wonderful families and their babies. I’d love to do more outdoor shooting too such as here, I adored this shoot and without a doubt many babies love to be outside. I would also love to do more shoots around the family home. Without a backdrop and without posing the babies, just capturing a couple of hours of life with a newborn as it happens.
Thanks for reading, and as always I’d love to know your thoughts…