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JessyKaiser Jan 26
I used to do this for a living, as a hospital newborn baby photographer. What a magnificent capture!

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This portrait was taken in my home studio in Central Kentucky. My studio (Rhonda Cunningham Photography), is located in the upstairs of my home. While it is a residential studio, it is quite spacious at 1400 square feet. I've toyed with the idea of a commercial space, but truly love shooting in my home!
I typically start all newborn sessions around 10am. Babies tend to be less fussy early in the morning! With twins, the session lasted quite a bit longer than a typical session. Between feedings and getting the sweet babes to sleep plus multiple setups, we were shooting for 4 hours!!
For this particular image, I used an Paul Buff Einstein with a Westcott 7' parabolic umbrella. I typically light newborns from the head down. However, because of the position the twins were in, I didn't want one of them getting lighted up the nose so I set the umbrella as low to the ground as possible, and set it at an angle.
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70 2.8, Paul Buff Einstein, Westcott Parabolic Umbrella Diffuser.
I love shooting newborns and anytime I can get twins into the studio it is a plus! Double the sweetness, right??!! I hadn't planned shooting this for a black and white image. However, after seeing it in color I knew it would be perfect in black and white. The layer, textures, and colors the babies were wrapped in set the short up for a perfect black and white conversion.
There is always a lot of post processing for newborns. Especially their skin. I used frequency separation to even out their skin tone. I do prefer a bit of a moodier edit when I work with my dark wood drop so I burned the shadows in the lower right corner just a bit.
In my camera bag
I always carry my Canon 5D Mark III. I tend to use the same lenses; all Canon - 50 1.4, 24-70 2.8, and 100 Macro. That's it!
First of all, anytime you work with infants, safety is number 1 priority. It's important to take newborn posing classes or try to get into an in person workshop. I like to keep the temperature in the room very warm (80-85 degrees). Once baby arrives, immediately feed and then wrap! Once wrapped, babies tend to sleep well and posing is much easier! Most of all, patience. Newborn sessions can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on how often baby needs to feed and be changed. I never planned on shooting newborns, but it has become my favorite!!

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