This little man was all snuggles and squishes for us as we captured his first professional portraits while mom, dad and grandma looked on in the comfort of our client lounge adjacent to the main shooting room. The studio is warm, and white noise provides a gentle hum in the background as my newborn session assistant and I move through various shot setups, compositions, wraps and prop changes. I like to call it “session mojo,” but to sleep-deprived new parents a week after birth, it’s simply 2-3 hours of quiet relaxation. And who wouldn’t like that?
We played with rich blues, soft blues and gold/browns during his session in keeping with the design theme of their home. But colors aside, the brightest light in our session was their perfect, snuggly, sleepy boy.
I often get a ton of inspiration from baby’s own nursery. In this instance, his nursery walls are navy blue with that light almost-turquoise-blue stripe. The resulting signature image incorporates the actual matte gold animal figurines from his nursery bookshelf. It also shows baby’s small scale relative to all of his nursery items … something that changes so very rapidly during baby’s first year.
A side note about safety: The image above is an optical illusion; baby was not actually sitting up on a bookshelf hanging on a wall. (The actual image was shot from above with the bookshelf lying flat on the floor and my assistant’s hands on the baby at all times as he also lay on the navy backdrop with legs and bum seated on the bookshelf just as they would have been if he had truly been sitting up on the shelf. The books and figurines were propped from behind so that they would “sit” properly on the shelf even though the shelf wasn’t actually hanging).
One for the generations
I’ve said it before, but I truly, truly love when grandparents come along for the session – and, even better, when they step in front of my camera. This allows for a “generations” portrait as well as a few shots that showcase the excitement of being a grandparent whether for the first time, the second time or more. In the image below, he is actually smiling at his grandma. 🙂