Where to even begin guys?! I know we are all facing uncertain times, but we will get through this together. I have been thinking about all the newborns that have missed their newborn sessions and all of those sweet Mama's who have been dreaming of those photos for the past 9 months. Ugh it breaks my heart as I know how important it is to capture those first few days of life. I have put together a little guide to help all of those Mama's take newborn pictures at home, using natural light and items you already have around the house. The best part about taking pictures at home is you can do it in your own time, you can set up and photograph baby at your own pace and take breaks as needed.
I will miss using all of my fun newborn posers and beans but you can use items found around the house. You will need a basket or wooden bowl (please do not put a baby in any type of glass container) at least the length of elbow to wrist. Grab about 3-4 newborn Muslim swaddle blankets. Scarfs work really well for the outer wrap and a good stretch fabric (jersey knit works great) for the base wrap.
Please place a 10 lb flat weigh in the bottom of the basket to ensure basket will not tip over.
Layer swaddle blankets to cover weight and to create an incline and support for baby's head.
Cover swaddle layers with decorative fabric.
Next you will wrap baby in base layer of stretch wrap, 10 inches wide and two feet long would work best.
Fold babys legs criss crossed as shown, baby's bottom should be against your tummy (will help keep baby's legs in place) take the short side of wrap and cross over baby's chest and tuck under baby's back. With the long side of wrap cross baby from shoulder, under baby's bottom, to other shoulder, like your wrapping baby in a cocoon. This wrap should be tight to keep baby's arms and legs in place.
Next you will take another decorative fabric and wrap around your base layer.
I like trailing the end of the fabric to the side of basket in shadows, same with bows/headbands place on side of baby's head that is most in shadows.
f/2.5, ISO 400, 1/125s
This first example is with natural light coming directly in from the sliding glass doors.
f/2.2, ISO 800, 1/100s
This second example is still using natural light this time diffused with a frosted shower curtain liner, seriously it works amazingly!! You could also use sheer white curtains.
f/2.5, ISO 125, 1/160s
This last example is the same setup using my lighting equipment.
A few more pointers:
-Set basket about 2 feet away from sliding glass doors or front door, you will want light to go all the way to the floor.
-It is best to start after baby has had about an hour of active time and a full tummy.
-Turn your heat up or set up a space heater. I keep my studio at 80 degrees for newborn sessions.
-White noise, I love the White Noise Baby APP.
Please let me know how I can help walk you through this and please tag me in your photos if this guide was helpful. #jaemiehilbishphotography
You can also email me at JaemieJHillbish@gmail.com with a few of your images and I will be more than happy to edit a few as well.
You got this Mama!!