Baby Steps into Newborn Photography...

Baby Steps into Newborn Photography...

One reason I haven't had much time to post much on here recently is that in the middle of November last year my wife and I became first-time parents.

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I very quickly discovered that having a newborn son doesn't leave a lot of space in your life for much else!

Babies change so much in their initial few weeks and months it feels like a constant race just to keep up with them, and for the first time in my life I fully understand why parents are so keen on taking photographs of their little ones at every opportunity. You need to find a balance of course between capturing every development and taking time to just be fully there with them without experiencing everything through a viewfinder or the screen of a mobile phone.

Within a month our son had gone from a scrunched-up, blotchy, slightly alien little thing into a proper little chap, with the first few hints of a personality and a fine taste in shirts (OK, he's not actually choosing them for himself yet, but it can't hurt to nudge him in the right direction, can it?)

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It was about this time that I asked around in our NCT group to see whether any of the new mums and dads would be interested in a mini photo shoot for their babies. I don't have any particular ambition to move into baby photography, and I get the impression that to do it properly you really need a studio set-up. It was more about pushing myself to try something new and hopefully getting a few shots the new parents would enjoy. One or two of the couples already had professional shoots booked, but a few of the others were keen to take me up on the offer.

The first was a Christmas shoot with the "oldest" baby in our group (she arrived a couple of weeks before any of the others). She's a real cutie with the most amazing hair and huge dark eyes, so getting shots I was pleased with was pretty straightforward:

Next up was a little boy who hadn't had the easiest start in life but who's really starting to thrive now.

And finally, another little boy who's turning into a right little charmer...

I really enjoyed this brief foray into baby photography, and while I doubt it's something I'd want to make a significant part of my photographic career, I'll definitely be interested in doing again. I learned a lot (particularly about lighting), and I'm pleased with the images I got. Obviously, they're not in the same league as the professional, studio-shot photos you see, but then again they can look a bit too staged and clinical. I feel I managed to capture something of the spirit of these little people, and - for me, and hopefully for their parents, too - that's worth more than achieving technical perfection.

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