The optimal time to capture a newborn in their newborn state is the first 7-10 days after they are born. They can easily be coaxed into positions and are super sleepy. After 10 days they really start to wake up and spread their wings! The fetal position only lasts for a few days before they really want to stretch out and explore life outside the womb. This little beauty was really AWAKE! If you are shooting an older newborn don’t try to coax them into positions, instead swaddle them. They will often be interested in the camera lens and look right in it as well!
Bringing the parents personality into the images is always fun. Daddy is a writer and literature professor, so I asked him to bring some of his favorite books. We used Mom’s glasses and then I very patiently waited until the little scholar was sleepy enough to lay her down on the books. I covered her with a blanket and kept my hands gently rocking her until she was fast asleep. For these shots you may not have much time so it is important to set them up before hand. I used a baby doll to get the settings right in the camera.
Siblings! Big brother is VERY active and was not interested in sitting still so I captured a quick shot of him holding baby sister and then we got his favorite toy out and let him play with it around her. The image in the stroller also worked great! Big brother was strapped in! 🙂
Have fun! Who hasn’t had the urge to eat their baby? Ok, as I type that, it sounds HORRIBLE and just plain wrong, but you know what I am talking about right? Sometimes cuteness just needs to be gobbled up.
What a gorgeous family!!!