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    Eliana Franzenburg
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    Hello everyone!
    A family in our church recently adopted a newborn baby boy and they want me to take photos of him with his new family.
    I’m pretty confident with doing family portraits but I have never done any baby photos (other than baby animals) 🙂
    Do you have any advice for me? The baby is about 2 weeks old so I don’t have to worry about getting him to smile or anything 🙂

    I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5 and the lenses I have are: 24-105mm, 50mm, 18-50mm, and 75-300mm. I have an external flash with a couple of kinds of diffusers along with a 5-in-1 reflector.

    Any advice is welcome as I’m quite lost at this point.

    #32955
    Ryan Madaris
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    It sounds like you have the right equipment to me… The 50mm will probably be what you need to shoot the most with. Is it a 50mm F/1.8? I would recommend reading up on baby posing, which is a big element of newborn photography. The reflector will definitely be a good thing to use, especially if you’re doing the photoshoot outside.

    Will it be indoors or outdoors?

    #32965
    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    Hey @rmadaris! The 50mm is a F/1.8 but I find it’s the sharpest at about F/3 to 4.

    I would recommend reading up on baby posing, which is a big element of newborn photography

    I will definitely look into that. 🙂

    Will it be indoors or outdoors?

    I’m not sure. The family said they weren’t sure where they wanted to go for the photos but I should know soon.

    #32970
    Ryan Madaris
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    Alright. I would suggest using the widest possible aperture without losing sharpness. If the photoshoot is outdoors, try to avoid doing it in the middle of the day, unless it’s overcast outside. Morning or early evening are typically better for lighting.

    #32988
    Lydia Bennett
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    Hey @elianafranzenburg

    A few thoughts from the couple times I did photos for friends of mine who have little ones…

    -Communicate with the family as far as clothing to wear. I had a situation where I ended up doing impromptu Christmas photos for this family, but the baby and the mama were both wearing light colored clothing, so when mama held baby, the baby got lost in the picture.

    -Put the baby IN things: a basket (see photo #1) or a bucket; is the family musical? maybe he could look cute in a violin case; do they garden? set him up in the midst of veggies; in daddy’s hands, in mama’s arms (see photo #2), in mama AND daddy’s hands together, the list goes on and on…. Be creative with angles and props! And as @rmadaris said, look around at other infant photos and see what you like! That’s what I did.

    -Babies are [obviously!] very tiny, so when make sure the attention can be drawn to them in the picture (see photo #3 – I told the other kids to look at their sister, and you actually notice her in the photo.

    -Of course, always communicating with the family ahead of time and seeing if they have any poses in mind is great.

    Hope some of that is helpful! Have fun – I know you’ll get some amazingly sweet and cute pictures! 🙂

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    Eliana Franzenburg
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    @rmadaris Thanks! Hopefully it will be at a nearby park with lots of open shade.

    @bennett-family Thanks for the advice! (Love your pictures by the way) 🙂 I will definitely keep these ideas in mind.

    #32998
    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Glad to help, @elianafranzenburg!

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