I love a good challenge when it comes to creating signature newborn art pieces that will eventually be displayed in the nursery or a prominent area of a client’s home. And, upon booking a Signature Newborn Photography Session, I chat a lot with clients about the colors of their home, the theme of baby’s nursery and any sentimental items or special interests they have. Doing so means, come session day, I’ve already pre-designed the image in my head and just need baby to carry it out.
Some of these images come together fully in-camera, while others come together in the camera and – later – in Photoshop as design composites featuring multiple digital elements and creations.
I was pulling some images from the archives for another project just a bit ago, and was reminded of another art piece that began as a simple conversation with my upcoming newborn client. She sent me an email wondering if we might create something different than your traditional newborn posing … something that was sentimental to them. And the book “On the Night You Were Born,” by Nancy Tillman, was a favorite tradition of theirs. My wheels began turning and the creative process began. The following image was our final result. To read more about the process and see the “before” shots as it came together in the studio, take a trip back to 2012 on my blog.
Which brings me back to this recent session and two adventuresome, world-traveling parents. When mom told me they loved to travel and hoped to instill that same sense of wonder and adventure in their son, my wheels once again began turning. Then she mentioned the fact that they found out they were pregnant while living in Taiwan. Their little world traveler was truly made in Taiwan. And their resulting signature art image was made right here in my Pearland studio. In its final custom frame hanging as a the centerpiece in their dining room along with other travel memorabilia, it’s sure to be a conversation piece long after little man is standing tall next to those vintage suitcases:
In talking with Mom prior to our session, I also discovered that Dad is a huge Game of Thrones fan. So much so that they’ve collected all of the Direwolf Cub plushies for his nursery. We were able to surprise Dad with a custom-framed 20×30 art piece featuring none other than his own “cub” surrounded by the Direwolf pack: