I had to share more of my favorite shots from this little peanut’s newborn session… Not only are the shots adorable, but I had so much fun playing with the incredible light her home had to work with. Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I am a light junky! Give me good light, and I will act like a kid in a candy-store (or… ME in a candy-store)! The beautiful fabrics adorning the furniture of this home, and the timeless look of the leaded-glass windows gave an almost Renaissance feel to the session. While I brought many hats and props with me, I didn’t use most of them because I didn’t want to distract from what I felt were the two beauties of the session… Scarlett and the light. Keeping it simple can often create the most powerful images. It also gave me an opportunity to play around with different image finishing techniques. Allowing the vibrant colors to shine through in some, and muting them to bring an aged and timeless look in others. The possibilities are endless! An added special bonus to this session taking place at home is that there is no doubt that the wall portraits they select will fit seamlessly with the decor.
“So Kim,” you may ask, “if you love this at-home session so much, why don’t you encourage more of your newborn sessions to do stay at home rather than come into the studio?” Great question! When working in our studio, we’re able to assert much more control over the smoothness of the session. We are better able to keep the baby comfortable by controlling the temperature and the overall environment. Keeping the babies happy is key to a successful session. A home session, while having many advantages, can also be much more stimulating, and harder to soothe the baby to sleep. Most infants aren’t so happy when they’re laying awake and naked, and an awake baby won’t allow us to position them in those adorable positions unique to that age. We got lucky with Scarlett, as she was a content little babe, but she was an angel despite the dog licking her, the drafty windows, and other home distractions. But it is for each family to decide what look and feel they want for their newborn photos… the personal feel of doing it at home, or the precious and delicious newborn poses that we can achieve in our studio. There’s no right answer here… that’s the hard part!