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#1 groovyjellybean

Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:49 AM

My friend had a baby a week ago and I was hoping to catchup with her and take some newborn photos for her (I've never photographed a newborn before)... However last week my DD and I were sick and now this week she, her husband and older DD are sick (but the baby is still illness free at the moment)... so we won't be able to catch up with her until next week and the baby will be 3-4 weeks by then... I've heard the "optimal time" for shooting newborns is the 8-10 day mark (because they're still so sleepy at that stage), so we're going to miss that date, so I'm just wondering what level of cooperation I can expect from a 3-4 week old baby?  Should I even try and attempt naked baby shots, or should I just go for some nice wrapped up sleeping baby photos?  Any other pose suggestions or advice would be very much appreciated... especially from the more experienced photographers out there...

Many thanks in advance.

Edited by groovyjellybean, 27 July 2009 - 09:50 AM.


#2 mo-of-3

Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:26 AM

anything you can do with a newborn you can do when they are a month old, if they are less sleepy and you want sleeping shots, get them well fed in a warm room. The only thing that changes really is getting them to stay curled up as they usally start doing the 'starfish' spreading arms and legs and wanting them to stay that way but if you are patient and have a secure hold on them they tend to co operate. I have done newborn poses on 8 week old babies it really depends on the baby and its personality. hth

#3 groovyjellybean

Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:01 PM

Thanks mo-of-3... that was really helpful... good to hear from someone who has done it before... I was hoping to get some curled up naked shots, so I'm glad to hear it can be done... thanks again!

#4 **cazz**

Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:25 PM

Some of my best newborn work has been with babies older than 2 weeks...just have plenty of time available. It can help if baby has been awake for a while before you arrive, and just had a feed (or has one while you set up). Be patient...have a warm room (too warm for the adults usually works) and maybe a hot water bottle on the beanbag to warm it up a bit. Remember also that some awake shots can be just as beautiful...in fact most clients order photos with babies eyes open!
Hope that helps!

#5 ~Nessie~

Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:06 PM

Buy yourself some white noise too, and play it LOUD!

I managed to get a 5 week old to do "the pose" thanks to my white noise!

#6 groovyjellybean

Posted 27 July 2009 - 06:31 PM

Oh these little tips and tricks are fantastic girls... the hot water warming up the bean bag is a great little tip Cazz and I have a CD with white noise on it (I used that a lot with my DD in the first 12 months!) so I'll be bringing that along with me, thanks Nessie... I really appreciate that you've taken the time to share this with me...  If anybody else wants to share any little tips, I'd love to hear them too... original.gif

#7 mummy26

Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:20 PM

I did some naked sleeping shots of my son when he was 3 weeks old.  He never really liked to curl up from birth anyway and I was able to get the shots I wanted far more easily at 3 weeks old.  The only drawabck was that he slept less and they do tend to fill out in the face and lose that new new look

Going to embarrass myself here - what is white noise?

Edited by mummy26, 27 July 2009 - 08:22 PM.


#8 ~*Sharon*~

Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:18 PM

Older babies often have the advantage of better colouring, which is a bonus.  I would have said basically exactly what Cazz mentioned.  Hot water bottle, have them fed before you start (and constantly through the session) and take your time.  Let them settle well with a blanket over them each time you move them, and give them a few minutes to really relax.  It is better to take your time and get the shots than try and rush things and miss everything.

Good luck!

#9 groovyjellybean

Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:41 AM

Ali - white noise is that static-y sound you get when you try and tune your radio and you are in-between stations... and yes, as bizarre as it sounds, you can buy CDs with that sound on them... I have "Sounds For Silence" which has other sounds that are supposed to soothe babies, like one that sounds like the heartbeat sounds... sort of like the sound they hear when they are in the womb... and then some other bizarre ones, like a lawnmower...  

Sharon - thanks for your tips, it's very much appreciated... I'm used to shooting my fast moving 2.5 year old DD, so I'm always feel rushed and photographing quickly, so thanks for the advice to take it slow and take my time... it's something I'll be conscious of doing now... I'm actually looking forward to the change of pace now... original.gif




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