A while back, I got to spend the morning with a couple of awesome ladies – a friend I met while playing at the park with my kiddos after first moving to AZ, who graciously agreed to let me photograph her second baby when I was portfolio building! (…and whose family I photographed on various other occasions!) She brought along her sweet mother-in-law- whom I also adore- and most importantly…. her THIRD gorgeous baby girl! What. FUN. I love these two! It was so fun to chat with them and to snuggle gorgeous baby Alice and make beautiful pictures! She was a big girl, and after squeezing her into some dainty little newborn pretties, we were able to make a ton of other beautiful shots with new fabrics, props, and accessories.
An added bonus for me was that I finally got to see myself working! These great ladies snapped a ton of photos of me working- everything from posing baby, shooting, fixing outfits, props, overheating in front of the space heater (phew!) and snuggling that beautiful girl. So, a huge thanks to Marissa and Kathy for capturing these for me and letting me share them!
Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a Newborn Portrait Session at Sarah Lake Photography!
Behind the scenes at a newborn photo shoot…
This set-up used one of my favorite props- my Great-Grandma’s butter bowl. It’s the perfect size to hold a baby snug and securely while they sleep. It also has a beautiful decades-old patina that complements the fresh, soft colors so beautifully. (Notice the space heater… the reason I dress in leggings and loose, cool clothes!) 😛
Babies sometimes sleep nearly the entire session through, and other babies are more “touchy” and wake or wriggle more often. During most sessions, a lot of shushing, patting, and soothing is needed to settle baby into a beautiful, comfy little snooze…
For this next set of images, we put a lovely lavender outfit on a very sleepy baby and posed her on the beanbag. Alice sure was a smiley girl! Bonnet is from one of my newborn prop vendors (I can’t remember which!), headband by Dear Felicity, and the little bibs were handmade by me. 🙂
Part of the fun of custom newborn portraiture is coordinating fabrics, textures, colors, and accessories to create beautifully composed image that keeps baby as the focus.
And here is another series of beanbag images… Bonnet made by me. 🙂
Another down shot with a sweet little newborn “bed” and lovely deep purples… She fell asleep again and gave us another set of beautiful shots!
Our last set-up… we got to play with so many cool props and colors! (PLEASE NOTE: Basket was weighted in the bottom to prevent tipping, and mom was sitting off to the side to spot baby as she slept.)