Newborn Photography

Newborn photography can be one of the most rewarding options in photography as you help a couple celebrate the birth of their child.  But along with the rewards, comes the difficulty.  With newborn photography there are several key things to remember:

 

  • It is best to shoot within the first two weeks, when baby is more prone to sleeping and curling up.
  • Warmth is key!  Making sure baby is warm is key to a great shoot.  Crank the heater and bring a heating pad to keep things warm and cozy.
  • Having the proper equipment is a must!  These shoots requires some specialty equipment which you’ll want to get to make the shoot a success.

CAMERA BODY

When purchasing a camera body that works well for Newborn photography, you’ll want to take into consideration a few things.  First, you’ll want a camera that can produce clean images at higher ISO’s.  This allows you to shoot in low-light situations and still achieve beautiful images.  I would also recommend that you have a full-frame sensor camera that will allow for greater depth of field.  A cropped sensor will work, but it will be more difficult to through the background out of focus.

Below you’ll see my recommendations for cameras from good to best.  If you are a professional or plan to become one, I recommend selecting from the best options.  Why start out with the wrong equipment only to upgrade later?  Start out right.

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THE LENSES YOU’LL NEED

Lenses are the most important thing for you to spend money on when it comes to photography, and especially if you want to get the great shots.  You will want fast lenses with large apertures to create the depth of field to blur the background and make the baby stand out.  Below are some great choices.  Prime lenses, which are fixed focal length lenses are always cheaper and so I love to recommend them.  You’ll need a wide lens, a normal lens and a portrait type lens.  Telephoto lenses are not needed with newborn photography.

NIKON WIDE ANGLE LENS

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NIKON NATURAL LENS

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NIKON PORTRAIT LENS

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CANON WIDE ANGLE LENS

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CANON NATURAL LENS

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CANON PORTRAIT LENS

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NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY PROPS

Props are essential to getting the most out of newborn shoots.  From posing beanbags, to blanket options, you’ll want to be prepared before you go to shoot.  Below are some options for you to take a look at.  A ton of choices here, but if you know where to look, find the props that pique your interest.

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