Spontaneity and Newborns
After all these years I still have jitters before a session. Will the baby be sleepy or stay wide awake and fussy? Can I fit in all the shots I want to get for the family? How are the baby’s siblings going to cooperate? Which of my props will I use and should I try something new or stick with the classics?
I’ve come to realize that having a good outline for what I would like to achieve for my clients is a great start. Ultimately each baby that comes into the studio will determine our workflow. Therefore, it’s important for me to create the images my clients have chosen me for and still include an element of originality every time.
The way I keep that balance is to focus on patience, confidence, good preparation, and enough flexibility to stay creative and original for each session.
The benefits of spontaneity
Spontaneity is how I keep growing, learning, and stay excited about my work. It’s is how I’m able to create unique images for my clients that showcase their child’s personality and mannerisms. It is very important to capture those little quirks that our children grow out of.
This flexibility and child-centric approach to photography work really well with newborns and young children. Going with the flow allows parents to enjoy the process without getting frustrated or disappointed if things don’t go to plan.
How I incorporate spontaneity in a newborn session
An example of how beneficial spontaneity is in a session is the cover image for this post. At the very end of the session, after capturing my signature images, I tried this yellow that I had recently purchased. I hesitated using this prop because I was worried the baby’s skin tone would be washed out. However, It was even better than I’d hoped. In fact, it’s my new favourite… until next week’s prop delivery of course!😉
Spontaneity is a very useful tool for parents and for creators so keep that in your back pocket and use it wisely!
Sophie is a newborn, maternity, and family photographer in Victoria BC. She has a lovely home-studio in Cordova Bay which is full of gorgeous props, backdrops, and outfits.
Sophie has been practicing photography for 20+ years, and opened her studio in 2010. She can’t wait to meet and photograph your family through this amazing journey.