Little toes, pursed lips, and tiny hands-newborn photography is a rapidly growing market and professional photographers are eager to jump in. To work with and pose a 5- to 10-day-old infant demands special skills, keeping the child safe and the new parents comfortable, while capturing the subject's raw and natural beauty.
This guide by pro photographer Robin Long provides the inspiration and instruction, practical tips, and equipment advice you need to get started. You will learn about:
Establishing trust with clients and working with newborns and parents
Using natural lighting sources and selecting simple wraps and materials
Posing styles and transition advice to ensure the session goes smoothly
Calming techniques and understanding the physical requirements of newborns
Post-processing workflows with Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop to create breathtaking images
This beautifully illustrated guide will not only assist you through a complete newborn session, but will help you start your own newborn photography business, including creating a business plan, building a client base, and selling your images to clients.
Robin Long is an award-winning photographer recognized for her natural style and ability to tell a story of a baby's early life. Originally a commercial kids photographer, she found her passion in photographing newborns after her daughter had a baby. She owns and operates Robin Long Photography in Salem, Oregon. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader in the United States and abroad. See her work and read her popular blog at robinlong.com.
Table of Contents INTRODUCTION 1. Inspiration a. Defining Your Style b. The Storyteller c. The Unwritten Word 2. Beautiful Light a. Light is the Essence of Every Photograph b. The Importance of Proper Exposure c. Robin's Camera Bag 3. The Planning Stage a. Prepping the Parents b. Planning the Session c. Simple Set-ups d. Age Concepts e. Baby Safety 4. Newborn Posing a. The Four Basic Poses b. Smooth Transitional Techniques c. Open Eyes d. Captivating Connections 5. The Anatomy of a Newborn a. Soothing Techniques b. Baby Cues c. Why Babies Cry 6. Natural Imagery a. The Series of a Story b. All Wrapped Up c. Captivating Details 7. In the Digital Darkroom a. RAW + Photoshop b. Efficiency c. Consistency 8. The Newborn Niche a. Define, Create, and Implement b. Setting Yourself Apart c. Building Your Client Base d. Marketing e. Create a Business Plan f. Pricing and Products