It is early November, and it’s “that” time of the year (every year) when I wrap up a very busy fall season when outdoor and seasonal mini sessions add on to my business as usual at the studio (which is mostly newborn sessions, my main specialty, andÂ babies and 1 year milestone sessions).Â As I spend much time in front of my work computer editing, placing orders and emailing, I also try to catch up on a hopeless backlog of photo sessions to feature on the blog. So, I thought I’d take a break from photoshopping a gorgeous outdoor family session I shot here in Reston last week, and show you newborn photos of a sweet handsome newborn man who I got to meet last (!!!) September. Yes, that’s how behind I am blogging.
Full newborn sessions at the studio are usually 2.5-3 hours, and include family shots (with mommy, with daddy, with both parents and with siblings), 2-3 blanket setups (where sleepy, curled up babies are posed on a large blanket), and a couple of prop shots. I loved the color combination parents went with for their newborn’s session – bright, happy greens and blues, so I’ll show you some of my faves below, as well as how I work with clients to combine photos from the session into collages or wall arrangements so they can get a feel for how the photos will look on the walls of their home.
Here are a couple of examples of collages and wall arrangements. A “collage” is when several images are arranged together within a single print or canvas. A “wall arrangement” is when several individual prints or canvases are arranged on a wall for a beautiful, meaningful look. I usually recommend wall arrangementsÂ for wide, open wall spaces, and collages for tighter, cozier spaces, such as play areas, nooks in the nursery or the office, or even as desk prints. So the first image below is a collage of five pictures, and the two following images are wall collage samples that my clients can purchase. Once I put together these “samples” for my clients as part of their proof gallery, they are welcome to swap some (or even) all images for their favorite images. After all – newborns only have this sweet, innocent, curled up, sleepy look for a couple of weeks, and once this time is gone it is easy to forget “what they looked like” when they were so little. I always-always-always want my clients to walk away from the session with prints or canvases to put on their walls because, ultimately, it is the real, printed pictures that get looked at and admired all the time (much more so than the CDs with digitals). And a few of my favorites in black and white (oh, how I loved the idea to photograph the newborn on daddy’s back!!!):