Daddy Newest Baby

A new dad holds his tiny newborn son on his arms

A new dad holds his tiny newborn son on his arms
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at my home studio in Aurora, Colorado. I just had recently purchased a new studio light and was loving playing with light and shadows.
This was taken in the morning just a week after this little guy was born. He had a big sister who was just barely 2 years old so we decided on a morning session to hopefully not mess her nap time!
I wanted to focus on lighting and shadows with my new studio light. I particularly knew beforehand I wanted to edit this image in black and white to really draw in the viewer to such an intimate moment between father and son. I just loved the contrast of the light and dark balancing with how small the newborn was in his daddy's arms.
I use a Nikon D750 with my Nikon 35mm lens for my studio sessions along with my Westcott Spiderlite TD6.
This was part of one of my newborn sessions and I love trying at least one new pose with the parents. This little guy was super sleepy so it was the perfect time to lay him on his father's arms. I just personally love those newborn images that feature how tiny the baby is, whether in a basket, on a prop, or in a parent's arms.
Yes I use Lightroom 6 to edit all my images. I have use a combination of presets that balance the light and colors to my personal taste and also sharpen the images. I'm also an outdoor lifestyle photographer and for those images I love the bold colors and contrast, but for studio shots I like a softer look. Yet with either setting I like to highlight special moments in classic black and white.
In my camera bag
I'm a Nikon fan, so all my equipment is Nikon. I shoot with a D750 which is a full frame camera, so all my lenses are full frame, or FX. When shooting in my studio I have my 35mm 1.8 lens and my macro 60mm 2.8 lens, particularly for capturing newborn features. For my outdoor shoots I use my 50mm 1.8. Then I invested in a special lens I mainly use for my personal photos - my big 28-300mm lens, which I love especially for travelling and family vacations.
I say go for emotion. Don't just ask a parent to lean in to a child, but snuggle them close, or smell their newborn skin. You are more likely to get genuine emotion and facial expressions that feel less posed. And I love trying something new every now and then, even if it means you learn what NOT to do, so don't be afraid to try a new angle or edit in a new way.

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