My journey as an artist is a long one.
There has been a time when I arrived to in home newborn sessions with a car so loaded with stuff I could hardly shut the door. Giant bean bag, baskets, bags full of blankets, cute little hats, newborn size jeans. I even had a newborn sized crown! It took some time for me to look in and face the fact that I didn’t like all this stuff. I am a minimalist and always have been and lots of stuff was weighing me down and taking some joy out of my beloved newborn shoots. It was out of line with who I am and why I photograph families.
I was learning from the best in industry, following trends and ignoring my own discomfort, because what did I know.
Baby led posing
Now I don’t own a bean bag any more, I gave away all my props to a local photographer and I practise “baby led posing”. I don’t force babies into unnatural poses, I don’t place them into buckets or flower pots. I put them in mum’s or dad’s arms in the best available light. I do place babies on the bed or a sofa for portraits, but they are allowed to be as they are. And they all are nothing short of perfect.
The reasons why I don’t pose newborns
- I believe babies belong in parents’ arms, not in a bucket or on a bean bag. Newborns need to feel safe, loved and being in mum’s or dad’s arms delivers all of that.
- I never felt like major posing was safe for babies. Sure they are flexible, but I don’t think that is a reason good enough to force them into unnatural positions.
- Perfectly stretched blankets and super smooth skins are not part of a real life. Mum holding her newborn and breathing in this perfect baby scent is very real. I want “my” mums to remember what it was like to hold that tiny baby, not how perfectly stretched the blanket was.
- I now come to my newborn shoots with no expectations. I refuse to get stressed or cause a stress to new parents who are already tired and stressed enough. Baby rules, we follow, everyone is happy.
If you are expecting a baby or know someone who is expecting, here is some more information on Newborn Photoshoot at home