Here is sweet Sophia again just a few weeks old. The trick to photographing babies is to be patient. I am not a professional photographer and I have not been to formal photography classes but I am a mom and I know that babies have to be fed, warm and with mama to be happy. So, I am guessing that works for the photography mom too. We got her up after a little nap and mama fed her. We moved over to some window light and started shooting.
First I grabbed some shots of this cute little bottom and those precious feet! I set my camera to the following settings using my 50mm 1.4 lens I love.
Shutter Speed 1/125, because she was not moving fast, I usually like to keep the ss at least 1/200 with kids. but this day I needed to lower it to get the light to work.
F-Stop 3.5, because I wanted some blur in the background
ISO 500 because we were inside and the window light was not too bright.
I picked up this cute diaper cover at a specialty children’s shop for my camera bag because diapers are ugly and bright colors/clothes are not always flattering on newborns, we love baby skin to show.
Then we put a black shirt on mom and a pink bow on baby and tried out best to get baby to look at me, she was not too interested at first…
But I kept shooting…
and finally got some eye contact!
Next I wanted to get some more feet to go with the shot we took before she was born, remember this one?
I had mom sit by the window. Window light is best…love it…
Then it was time to eat again! love the ‘nursing hands’!
The next tip is to try to get babies face close to mama, this is harder than you think but worth the effort.
I love the way the light is coming across her profile in these shots:
She is not old enough to hold her head up so a little help from mama’s hands under the blanket works.
Finally one more shot of that precious face! For these I used some black fabric that I had to drape behind her so there wasn’t a cluttered background. A few yards of black fabric is a perfect addition to your camera bag. Make sure the light from the window is on her face with her eyes catching some of the soft light.
I love the black and white/sepia look especially against the black background. Sometime I use the black and white adjustment on my Memory Manager software but then it is a little blue to me…so I warm it up a bit to get this look….not totally B&W and not totally sepia.
Stay tuned for some more baby photos of a brand new baby boy!
Get your camera out today!