This is a little behind the scenes peek on how I achieved the shot above of a newborn seemingly being held up and cradled in his mum’s hands.
Obviously I say ‘seemingly’ as it would be impossibly dangerous to hold even a fast asleep newborn in that position – one startle and they’d be falling. I always prioritise safety over photography so at no point will I leave your little one unsupported or in any position that is a risk to them. If I have to step away from your baby, then I’ll always have mum or dad as a ‘spotter’. So with that said, and it’s important for you to know that I take absolutely zero risks with your most precious person, its actually done quite simply.
So, this little one was super sleepy and so it was the work of a moment to get him stripped and snuggled down on my giant bean bag covered with a black blanket. He has a couple of tiny round beanbags wedged underneath the blanket to keep him in the tucked position so his mum doesn’t have to do too much work – well she’s just grown a person after all! Then I had mum crouch down behind the beanbag. If I’m honest, I’d normally use dad for this but he had been called away from the session and mum assured me that it wasn’t uncomfortable for her to be down there. Then she simply stretched her arms out across the beanbag and placed her hands around her baby. The rest is all done digitally. He actually had excellent skin so it was simply a matter of smoothing it down and removing a couple of little blemishes plus the redness that newborns pretty much all have at their extremities. So safe and easy, and just a gorgeous shot to add to your newborn photo gallery.