Day 114 – New born Baby Photos

Isn’t this the cutest little young man – he is only 11 days old and I got the opportunity to take some photos of him, there was lots to learn and it was a wonderful opportunity to capture some unique moments … but there was also so much to be aware of.

I started off by watching and reading some web sites as this was totally new for me:

    • Link 1, Link 2, Link 3
    • I discover babies look best in black and white as it tones down their skin and makes the images look timeless.
    • Shutter speed of 1/100 sec plus is essential .. on the shots I used a slower shutter speed I had movement – so having a higher ISO is more important. I also had image stabliser turned on!
    • Props are great – I took 2 baskets with me, and they both worked – mum loved it too.  I would love to try an old suitcase, or something … but the props need to be bigger too!
    • I used too much white/cream – a darker colour in the basket and on mum for feeding would have been better as less reflective on baby.
    • Babies sleep through anything once they have a full belly.
    • My childcare background really helps with confidence – I was happy to handle the new baby and mum was relaxed and happy that I did it … she thought he looked so cute. Going into mum’s personal space needs talking about first.
    • You had to go with the moment, i captured feeding, Dad holding the baby, and sleep time – and if the baby is not happy then a cuddle and a different shot … you need loads of time…
    • You need to move – similar shots from all different angles, zoom in and zoom out.
    • I want to capture more babies and I wish I had shots like these of mine, and the great news is this mum has an expectant sister… so I am hoping I get to have another go.
ISO 200, 1/30 sec, F6.3 - Dad holding baby
ISO 200, 1/30 sec, F6.3 – Dad holding baby
ISO 200, F6.3, 1/40 sec
ISO 200, F6.3, 1/40 sec
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec - low light, mum feeding baby
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec – low light, mum feeding baby
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec - In mum's arms
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/20 sec – In mum’s arms
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec - Low light - Looking up at mum
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec – Low light – Looking up at mum
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec - feeding time!
ISO2500, F6.3, 1/40 sec – feeding time!
ISO200, F5.6, 1/100 sec
ISO200, F5.6, 1/100 sec
ISO250, F5.6, 1/125 sec - in the garden
ISO250, F5.6, 1/125 sec – in the garden
ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f5.6
ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f5.6
ISO250, F5.6, 1/100 sec - in the basket
ISO250, F5.6, 1/100 sec – in the basket
IS0 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec - lovely toes!
IS0 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec – lovely toes!
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/80 sec - more toes...
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/80 sec – more toes…
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec - a big strecth!
ISO 250, F5.6, 1/100 sec – a big stretch!

The photos that I gave to the Mum and Dad can be seen here:

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