Newborn Photography And An Important Tip

For those who follow my Facebook page, you probably get the hint I’m taking lots of photos of squishy babies. And you’re totally right. I started to “re-brand” myself to be a primarily newborn photographer, pulling away from weddings for now. Why? Well, it’s ‘ideal’ to find what you love most and to focus on that. I love babies. Probably because I’m in the baby phase after having my daughter 15 months ago. I get to stay home with my baby, do the newborn session at my house, and have 90% control over the image. As long as the baby is well fed, the baby will go to sleep. From then, I’m in control. I think of the props, the backdrops, the look, the style, etc. It’s a reflection of ME  the artist and my style. I also of course get inspired by my clients. If they tell me they are huge football fans or they love fun colors, I use that for my inspiration board for each of my newborn sessions. I strive to create unique newborn sessions, one of a kind for each of my clients!

My biggest obstacle has not been the props, or getting the baby to sleep… but it’s been about lighting. Anyone can offer newborn sessions and lay the newborn on a beanbag, but if they do not understand lighting the photograph will not turn out the way it should. Photographs should be sharp, clear, not overexposed, or too dark. If the lighting is off, the baby will not look it’s best. It will either have too many shadows or highlights. So anyways, lighting has been the most important thing to me as a photographer. I’ve literally used five rooms in my house, depending on the time of the day and how the light is coming in. My husband thinks I’m crazy as I’m telling him to move furniture for my session that is in two hours, but it works. I need to know my light source and apply it to my subject. If the lighting is off, the photograph will be off.

So those who are photographers and trying out newborn photography or anything indoors.. I can’t stress how important it is to understand lighting.


For the photo below, I used a large window right in front of the subject. It was a bit gloomy out, but it still worked. My ideal lighting would be the sun is shining in a tiny bit, so that usually happens around 3pm in my studio. Instead of the sun glaring right into the window, it will peep some rays of sunshine in the corner.

Below is a before and after. See how my SOOC (straight out of camera) shot is pretty close to my final image. You don’t want your SOOC and final image to look too different. The key is to nail the photo before and then do some touch ups 🙂

Before you go, if you’d like to leave a questions for my FAQ post coming soon, please leave it below in the comment section! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!! 🙂



  • Stephanie RodgersOctober 9, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Can you explain a successful baby in a bucket/basket. Showing or explaining how you do the blankets and putting baby in it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • CarolineOctober 9, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Hi Sonya-
    Thanks for posting the before and after pics, I love it when photogs do that. I’m not primarily a newborn photog (I mainly shoot weddings and portraits) but I have been working with a lot of newborns and a-few-week-old babes recently. My question is this: I never know how much control I should take with posing and ‘handling’ the baby. I have confidence that I won’t hurt the baby but don’t want to make the mom feel uncomfortable by immediately putting my hands all over her newborn (which can look kinda scary sometimes when you’re grabbing a sleeping baby’s head, etc.) and positioning the baby. I don’t work in my own studio so I’m always shooting in the home of the little one too. I just don’t want to overstep my bounds!ReplyCancel

  • Chloé WeadOctober 9, 2012 - 11:08 am

    I LOVE this, Sonya. You are a wonderful photographer and brilliant entrepreneur. 🙂 Great post!! 🙂ReplyCancel

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