Window light is Best for Babies!

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.

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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…

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But I kept shooting…

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and finally got some eye contact!

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Next I wanted to get  some more feet to go with the shot we took before she was born, remember this one?

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I had mom sit by the window. Window light is best…love it…

Then it was time to eat again! love the ‘nursing hands’!

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The next tip is to try to get babies face close to mama, this is harder than you think but worth the effort.

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I love the way the light is coming across her profile in these shots:

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She is not old enough to hold her head up so a little help from mama’s hands under the blanket works.

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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.

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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.

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Stay tuned for some more baby photos of a brand  new baby boy!

Get your camera out today!

Melanie

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