I love these teal and wood backdrop as if it were my own even though it only exists on my PC. Man I wish I had those gorgeous wood letters!
In the past, when I’ve canvased new parents on the subject, they prefer to see their images created in real life – it is part of the newborn photography process and one they enjoy watching. So that means that digital work is a bit divisive and certainly won’t ever form the mainstay of my work – still over the last couple of years, I’ve come to really love the selected digital backdrops that I own. Plus, I don’t have space in the studio for everything I would like to own – there’s a very practical aspect to it!
One thing that I don’t do is create digitally enhanced newborn images after the fact of a photo shoot although I know it does work for a lot of photographers. For this type of image to be believable, I think you have to shoot with it in mind so the lighting conditions and pose can be blended seamlessly together. I really hate the look of those ‘stuck on’ composited images.
Still, I shot for this image and I love how it turned out. A cute little addition to a newborn gallery.
A newborn photo shoot is best when your baby is between 5 and 10 days old as this is when they are at their maximum sleepiness and poseability to capture those dreamy shots. For this reason, I definitely recommend that you book when you are pregnant as this is one less thing to worry about scheduling when you’ve just got home from the hospital. We make an appointment for your due date plus 7 days and then adjust it as needed.
My newborn shoots include your three favourite digital images which you select from your online gallery a few weeks after your photo shoot – I don’t make you attend a sales or viewing session. Sessions take place in my warm and cosy studio in Crawley Down and cost £95.