I shot Miss Baby (still without a name decided) last week, at 7 days old, and 8 days, and 9 days – the shoot with Miss Baby ran three days. She was a huge challenge in the posing for newborns arena, when it always looks so easy when watching another newborn photographer. I love shooting natural light for newborn and baby photography as it falls so gently on their peachy skin whereas studio light looks too contrasty but at this time of year there was only a window of about two to three hours of optimum light.
I had the mother feed her and we waited half an hour for her to fall into milk bliss sleep, as is standard because at that stage it’s easy to move them into position and keep them dozing. No such luck! Miss Baby woke up and looked around, or even straight at her mother with a smile which is pretty unheard of at a week old. You just never can tell what babes will do when the camera starts rolling.
More feeding and Miss B was back in a deep snooze but every time I moved her into a perfect pose, she wriggled right back out of it. She’s definitely going to be a dancer, or a kick boxer, that Miss baby – I have never known a newborn dance and wriggle so much while asleep. Poor mum was exhausted feeding her back to bliss all afternoon and then the grey Northern light fell flat on its face and we had to call it a day.
Next day, we got her sleepy, undressed her, everyone pouring sweat from the heating on high to keep Miss baby warm and laid her down onto the vintage pink feathers from mum’s bedroom – you can guess what happened. All over the feathers and the baby sheepskin rug beneath. Endlessly challenging but sje looks so adorable and dewy. I love the photo where she’s hanging on to her little knitted silk bonnet with her teeny fists.
With perseverance, we got some cute photos of Miss Baby and I hope she’ll be proud of her first modeling assignment when the photos are shown in years to come.