Introducing newborn baby Jenson
Last weekend in my Doncaster-based studio I had the pleasure of photographing newborn baby Jenson. He was only 9 days old and such a cutie! Mum had booked his first photoshoot early on in her pregnancy, which meant I was able to reserve two potential dates for her. It's a good job we did, because this little sleepy head decided he didn't want to arrive on time, so the second date we had chosen was the one best suited for his shoot.
In order to get those lovely sleepy shots, I aim to photograph the baby between 4 and 14 days old. After that the baby will be more likely to be awake and will start exploring the world with their arms, rather than being a little squishy bundle.
Jenson was a very contented baby and after several top ups, he relaxed into a 'milk drunk' state! This is perfect for me, as I can begin to gently pose him. Mum and Dad couldn't believe how compliant he became, even when he was undressed, which normally he hates.
However it is very important to state that posing a baby is not for the untrained. A baby is a delicate, vulnerable bundle of life and I have been specially trained one to one in this area of photography, so that I understand all the aspects of photographing newborn babies safely. To ensure I keep up to date, I am a member of BANPAS (Baby and Newborn Photographers Association http://www.banpas.co.uk/) . They promote safe working practices amongst newborn and baby photography and help clients find photographers in their area.
So if you're planning a newborn shoot , remember to book early and to make sure the photographer has been suitably trained in this specialist field of photography - just like Jenson's Mum and Dad did. And you too will have some precious photographs to treasure forever and help to remind you of just how small and perfect your baby was at only a few days old.