Newborn winter babies present parents with a number of challenges, from extra bundling layers to attentive germ protection measures. And when it comes to planning a photo shoot for birth announcements, indoor natural light can be hard to get right, particularly if you live in a more northern region. There are a few helpful things you can do to remedy this, and they work well for photographing baby any time of year!
Blogger photographer Darren Rowse has a thorough list of tips for photographing babies. From that list here are the specific ideas that will help with winter photo shoots.
Most photographers will try to use natural light whenever possible. But in winter in northern climates, with the sun at a lower angle even on those days when it appears, means you are more likely to need a flash. So in winter, try filtering the harshness of the flash by holding tissue paper in front of it. Or, if your camera has a bounce flash, use that setting to keep the light indirect.
Getting down on baby’s level is a great strategy for any time of year. For newborn babies in particular, finding a good angle that capture more than just a forehead or paunchy cheeks or a bald head may require you to experiment by lying right on the floor next to baby.
There is more than just artistry to choosing a black and white photo of baby. It comes in very useful as a way to mask the newborn markings from scratching with those little fingernails, or from the natural appearance of baby acne, cradle cap, or other markings of a difficult birth. Using a black and white treatment can actually enhance the beauty of a newborn’s soft supple skin, while masking the imperfections.
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