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Picture-Minded NewBorn Photography

This past Summer I had a few opportunities to photograph newborns and hone my skills / look with this type of photography. I just added my newborn portfolio to my website here and below are my top 5 takeaways with this genre of photography and how it differs from a family session.

1. You Get About a Half Hour with Toddler Siblings: If there is a toddler aged sibling involved make sure there are reward treats on hand and you have the exact shot pre-setup. You don’t want to miss the toddler new brother/sister kiss - p.s. dogs and animals alike are included as ‘toddler siblings’ ;)

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2. Must Have Patience: Though I find this characteristic useful with most types of photography I can officially say it’s an absolutely necessary to thing to have when photographing infants. The newborn will dictate when they are ready for their close up.

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3. Take Advantage of in Between Moments: I have been setting newborns up on comfy, low to the ground surfaces, surrounded by soft fabrics - but that’s not to say you can’ t get cool shots without this traditional newborn photo session scenario. I love the one of baby Eva in the middle of being swaddled.

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4. Incorporate Simple Props: I like to keep the focus on the new baby - that said a simple prop can add a lot of character and go a long way. I love this floral crown.

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5. Having Go To Poses that Are Comfortable for All: Though I may try some new poses during the shoot I like have simple go to poses that are easy for all. That way if the baby is asleep or awake I can work around their schedule and shoot throughout.

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See my newborn portfolio here !

Stephanie Eichman