The One Where I Take Pictures of Babies

With all the babies coming these past few weeks, I had to take the opportunity to dip my toes into some newborn photography.  First up was this tiny lady, whose parents are our old (and probably our favorite ever) neighbors.

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She was, I believe, about 10 days old, and I was a little flustered by how awake she was.  This being my first go at photographing an honest-to-goodness newborn, I had tried to do a little research on how to pose her.  But everything I had planned hinged on a sleeping baby.  When confronted with her wriggly arms and legs, I felt a bit like a first-time parent all over again.

I think I still got some cute shots--when an adorable baby is your subject it's not hard--but as I was editing them I felt like I definitely needed to practice more.

Fortunately, I got a chance just a few days later.  This little guy is our Dear Friends' son.  (The very same ones I posted maternity pictures of yesterday.)
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I was able to get to him a bit sooner--he's about six days old in these shots--and it made a big difference.  As you can see, he was still super sleepy.  Also, having taken the pictures of the adorable little miss just a few days before, I was feeling a lot more confident about what I should do with him.

Overall, a fun couple of hours, but I can understand why people specialize in newborn photography.  It really is a completely different beastie than photographing older kids and grown-ups.