I had the opportunity to assist the very talented Waxhaw photographer (and lighting guru) George Holt on a newborn shoot with this little sweetheart. When he asked me, I jumped at the chance, I love newborn sessions. George was great to work with and let me shoot as well as assist. Newborns are always fun, and Miss A was particularly dreamy. Beautiful, tiny, and sleepy, she was easy to pose and easy to move. Holding her made me nostalgic for my own 5 lb 4 oz little boy (almost three!?) and excited to meet our newest addition.
I also took the opportunity to practice a few post processing techniques, and I'm eager to hear your opinions on these photos, so please, don't hold back:)
I've written about newborn photography before, and I just want to say a few words about baby safety. I'm a big believer in the simple shots. Those beautiful curled poses that show a baby as a baby. I have starting to delve a bit more into the propped up composite shots that are so popular these days, but my style isn't really focused on these kinds of shots (there are some absolutely amazing newborn photographers in Charlotte who do it, do it well, and do it safely).
Among my favorite newborn poses are the photographs with the baby being held in her parents hands. I want to explain how it is done. Miss A is neither hanging in space, nor is she balanced on one hand. She is cradled securely in both of her fathers hands. We set up the pose with the baby asleep on a large table (away from any edge) or on a posing beanbag with several people surrounding her. We make sure that she is secure and her dad is completely comfortable holding her before lifting her up as little as possible to get the shot. Effects are added in post processing. The point being that in a newborn photo shoot, safety should be the first concern (And really, that is true of any photo session).
Because, really, how precious is this? Can I just go on a little more about how amazing this newborn is? I had so much fun on this shoot!
Thank you, George, for allowing me to participate in this session! I had a fabulous time!