I got to meet the lovely baby Jessica, her brother Max and her mum. Jessica was only 9 days old, but perfect in every way and very content to have her photograph taken, Max was happy for me to meet his new sister, he played really well in my home studio – so much so that he much rather play with the play mobile than model for any photos with his new sister … but we tried.
But fire engines and play mobile are so much more exciting!
This is Jessica snuggled up asleep on a beanbag – it was important to make sure she was happy, mum was happy and that is was nice and warm, before we tried to uncover her a bit.
Jessica had recently woken up from her nap – I think she was giving me the evil eye at this point and it was tricky to know whether she would be happy and relaxed… or whether the strange place would bother her – but she was a very contented baby and a pleasure to cuddle and take photos of.
Baby Jessica at 9 days old is already a very long baby – she was just over 9lb when she arrived, and she had a scary first couple of days but is now doing really well. Awake she was really active – scrunching herself up and stretching out in the spare … a lovely way to spend time … just gazing at her,
I love the shot below – I was able to get down on her level and she was looking at me – it was really nice to be able to capture her expressive eyes at just 9 days old, I think she looks really relaxed and chilled.
The exciting world of a new born baby changes quickly – it really is amazing how quickly they gown into their bodies and develop. Their facial expressions and movements change constantly and you just have to wait for the moment and capture it – I am glad that I shoot digitally… as you never quite know how “that moment” is going to pan out. it is amazing for example how a yawn can creep up on them and then just taken over her whole body.
Pop’s had mentioned that he did not want to see a photo of her with a hair band balanced on her head … so we stayed clear of that … but we had a little go at dressing up and transformed her into a bumble bee – her brother was not really impressed … and did not feel it was the best idea. She does look cute though!
Having family members at the photoshoot… I wanted to see if I could capture Max too … however the toys I provided to keep him entertained were too big a hit … so we managed to get Max to set them up for a photo so he could show his grandparents what he played with. He did not think it was the best idea I had – he would have rather just continued playing.
However was he arranged them beautifully he was happy to test out my little stool and sit there for a minute or two. Thanks to the nice simple backdrop – I was able to clone all the playmobile out of the way and I was left with a lovely portrait of the new “big brother” to share with mum.
But sitting on a chair is much more interesting if you have something to play with. Max loves fire engines and was hoping to visit the fire station after the shoot with his mum – so was happy to show off the fireman!
Trying to get Max to cuddle or pay attention to his sister was a little more of a challenge – it was important to keep everyone happy and to work with the constraints of the studio lights – but Max was happy to perch on the bean bag next to her for a moment and I was able to capture this “almost kiss”.
It was not until I went to edit it – that I noticed his sister was already starting to cause trouble – he had gone to give her some lovely kind love and a caring kiss and she appears to have stuck her tongue out at him – siblings at their best!
Fire engines or baby sisters … I love the interaction between these two images – such a hard choice though… between interacting with your sleeping sister or playing fire engines – but with negation skills, sometimes it is possible to get the best of both.
Just for the record: today’s set up was a white back drop, 2 studio lights set up, a darken room and my Sigma 17-70mm camera. A large box of toys and a great teenager as an assistant play mate. ISO was 100 throughout and shutter speed abound 1/200 sec.
Seeing a photo in print is so much nicer than seeing a digital file. You can touch a print, share a print, put a print on your wall to share with others – they are a memory that you can always see.
A digital file is easily deleted, quickly forgotten and in a few years time impossible to find again and with the speed that technology moves on you may not even have a machine on which you can access the image.
Visit your parents – you can still cringe at the prints on the wall … you’ll never offer that experience to your own children unless you appreciate the value of print!
Hopefully the parents will value these prints.