There's something special about newborn portraits in true black and white. Not only are they timeless, they are eye catching and different!
Even on the smallest of newborns I strive to create the same lighting patterns used on children and adults. This keeps the 3 dimensions of a body visible on a 2 dimension medium of a printed photograph. I love the richness of a dimension-creating shadow and the dreaminess detailed of skin tone. I use the "Zone System" developed by Ansel Adams - true black, 8 zones of grey, and true white. The Zone System in use showcases the depth and holds the viewer's attention without them realizing why they become gently entrapped in the photograph. On the same technical note the lenses, camera settings, and camera angles I use throughout the session have all been selected specifically for that session to make the best representation of the new baby possible, as well. Parents don't want tiny hands to appear larger than the head, or the button nose to appear flat and squished onto the face. Using my technical knowledge I gained over the years, by becoming a Certified Professional Photographer, and continuing advanced education allows me to create the portraits in which the focus stays on the little one. After all the object of a newborn portrait session should be about the baby.
PHEW! I know that was a bit of technical info, but I feel it's important that my clients and potential clients understand just a little of how I think for a session. The reason I choose to photograph newborns in the same traditional style as I do children and adults is due to many of our families are either returning clients or are new ones planning on become returning clients. They have displays in their home in my signature B&W style, which I feel needs to carry on with new additions for a coordinating look.
In the Black and White style, the props and textile accessories become supporting roles. I have a large collection of baskets, bowls, boxes, boats, nests, cradles, layering pieces, faux furs, handmade hats and headbands, backdrops, and so much more. I'm always adding, selling, and trading for new items! Each session includes access to this collection of goodies! I limit portraits to 2-3 staged sets and the posing bag. I've found this creates plenty of variety without being overwhelming when it comes to choosing the prints and album images at the ordering appointment. The final result is always roughly planned at the planning consultation. I have a few families who have requested the use of a certain prop, which is welcomed. I also have the families who let me "do my thing" which I appreciate as an artist and run with! Either way, I love making something custom for my clients and can't recall a portrait session where identical sets have been staged.
In front of all this technical details, is the safety of every newborn. I travel the country teaching newborn safety with a great group of other professional photographers we focus on safety when using props, wrapping, and posing as well as sanitizing before, during, and in between sessions.
If you are currently expecting a new baby in your family or have very recently welcomed your new bundle to the world; I'd love to plan your session with you! I limited newborn sessions to Mondays and Thursdays, only 1 per day to allow time to wash and sanitize everything. These portraits are typically scheduled when the baby is 5-14 days home for the sleepiest and most curled up poses. Colored images are also included in the ordering gallery. The session is $200 + printed heirlooms. Baby's First Year package is available.