In homeBaby Love Session [ Baby Teddy]

Over the last year, I’ve been working in a more intimate setting with my clients to photograph some pretty special moments. Bringing home baby is one of those things that feels both too long and too short. Around the clock feedings, sporadic sleep and frequent diaper changes seem to last forever, but once tiny ears and fingers grow at an alarming rate daily. While there are so many things to think about when you’re preparing to bring home your little one, don’t forget to plan your newborn session to capture these new and fleeting moments. Here are some details and tips from this San Jose newborn photo session to help you get the most from your newborn photos.

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Baby Teddy was born about a month early, but at 10 pounds 9 ounces, he came home sturdy and alert, ready to meet his big sister and parents. Baby Teddy’s parents contacted me several months before his expected due date, so despite the early arrival, I was prepared to shoot with them at our next mutual availability. With parents on leave, and with the nature of my shooting schedule, newborn sessions take place during the week in the morning. This gives me more flexibility to work around doctor’s appointments and checkups. Most newborns will remain tiny and flexible for the first fourteen days.

Newborn Photo Tip 1: Contact your photographer two to three months before the expected due date so that your photographer can book other appointments and trips during that week as a last resort. If you have any known restrictions, like a reoccurring appointment that you don't want to reschedule, let your photographer know ahead of time so that he/she can schedule other sessions no these dates since you won't be available anyway.

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Baby Teddy’s mom has great taste and went for a nautical theme for his session. With many of the photos being tight images of newborn features, it’s best to keep props in proportion with the baby. While these photos definitely show a nautical hint, the focus is on Teddy. Mom and dad did receive wide shots of everything too, but the details are the pieces we want to preserve.

Newborn Photo Tip 2: Props should be minimal and meaningful to you. That's why I don't provide props. Your newborn is special. A human being with a distinct personality. While it may be too early to tell what that personality is like, it's better to see influences from mom and dad than generic and repetitive props and poses.

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These baby love sessions are mostly done mostly in film and some digital photography. Film photography has a very soft, romantic, and timeless feel while still providing sharp points of focus and wide dynamic range of color. Because of these qualities and the fact that it takes longer to shoot, film is a perfect choice for newborn photo sessions. The goal is to create lasting, sweet, and artful images of your newborn.

Newborn Photo Tip 3: Film photography requires a lot of natural light. The best way to achieve this is starting in the morning after a feeding closest to 10 AM and working on the floor near a sliding glass window or any window with bright daylight. Babies can be easy sleepers or movers and shakers, it's best to take it slow and work with the baby's needs. It's common to stop for feedings and diaper changes, so these sessions can take about half a day at most.

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