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    Lydia Bennett
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    This is a topic that has come up recently for me, and I thought it would be interesting to hear thoughts and perspectives on it from fellow photographers.

    It’s common for newborn photos to have the infant entirely or partially undressed. If you were going to do a newborn photoshoot, how much clothing would you require and how would you communicate that to your client?

    #35863

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Have you read Laura Christine’s approach, written out in Pro Posing Techniques page 15. https://www.lenspiration.com/proposing/ That’s the first thing that comes to mind.

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    Logan Lamar
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    Personally, I’ve never really thought about this before, and I’m not sure the Bible has much to say on it. Just where there is no law, we shouldn’t be making one (we don’t want to be Pharisees…). We just know that whatever we do has to be glorifying to God, which implies loving our neighbor (which includes the infant being photographed).

    I think we need to consider three things:
    1. What’s the image conveying?
    2. How would my model feel about this picture in twenty years?
    3. Who’s going to be looking at this image? Just the parents and family in a photo album? Or a larger audience?

    For me personally, I have no real problems shooting babies down to the diaper. Maybe it’s because I have a lot of little siblings, and thus have a lot of experience with babies (I’ve probably changed more diapers than most eighteen-year-olds on this forum), but for me, that’s not really a modesty issue. If I see an image of a three-month-old baby in a diaper, my first thought is “aww…. a cute baby.” That’s what it conveys for me. Would my model appreciate that image? I don’t think most people would care.

    I would feel a bit squeamish about shooting a baby all the way “as shipped”—that definitely crosses a line for me.

    So to convey that to my client I would just be up front in my advertising for infant photography. Maybe on the contract: “please, keep your baby in a diaper.”

    Hope this helps a bit.
    —Logan

    #35996

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Thanks @jamesstaddon for sharing that – super helpful! That is such a nice, persuasive way to approach the subject with the client.

    @loganlamar, thank you so much for sharing your perspective, I really appreciate it! I hadn’t really thought about it myself until someone emailed me and asked if I could do a newborn photoshoot, and I was presented with the topic as I prepared for the shoot.

    I think we need to consider three things:
    1. What’s the image conveying?

    Good question. I’ve been pondering that as I’ve thought about this lately, and I haven’t quite figured out why some people like to only half-dress babies in the photos/what that is supposed to convey.

    Again, thanks for giving some good food for thought, Logan! 🙂

    #36071

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thank you, @loganlamar, for mentioning “what the Bible has to say about it.” Ultimately, whether directly or by principle, that’s how we’ll know how to approach situations like this. Makes me want to know my Bible better.

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