I’ve photographed people young and old, but a two-week-old baby probably has to be a new record!
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Baby photo shoot at home
Jane and Tim had welcomed their baby girl into the world just two weeks prior when they asked me to do a photo shoot at home for them. Of course, I was happy to oblige, so I offered them my one hour portrait package and took my mobile studio to their home.
One of the challenges of family photography is working in small spaces, particularly if it’s a home photo shoot. Jane and Tim didn’t have the largest living room, so I had to be creative when it came to squeezing in my mobile studio! Thankfully, Grandma was on hand to help out, along with a proud big brother.
Another challenge, of course, is working with little ones – as photographers we have to be patient with children, who can cause interruptions with feeding, changing or even just needing a cuddle! Luckily, this gave me time to make adjustments to the set.
Studio setup at home
Naturally, we wanted to make the new-born as comfortable as possible, so I set up a little studio made of pillows and blankets. In order to create a uni-colour background, I hung a white cloth over two tripods, using a two flash setup for soft and even light. Jane and Tim’s adorable baby girl was only too happy to get some shut-eye and pose for the camera!
Later on, we got the rest of the family involved by setting up a white backdrop in the living room. I captured some lovely shots of Dad kissing baby on the forehead before moving on to individual shots with Mum. As followers of my blog will know, I’m a huge fan of black and white photographs, so I asked Jane to stand in front of a black backdrop, which made for a wonderful contrast in the final edit.
For the final few portraits, we managed to squeeze everybody from big brother to Grandma into the living room. It was tricky but it worked, and we secured a lovely cosy group photograph for Mum and Dad to look back on in years to come.
As ever, I am always willing to travel, even for a photo shoot at home. If you’ve got something to celebrate and would like me to visit your home for a family photo shoot, drop me a line today.