Fiesty in Floral
Newborn sessions are my favorite type of session, but they are also the most difficult. My newborn sessions generally last four hours. In that time I am setting up and tearing several different sets. From tables to backdrops, bucket props to lighting, I want to give my clients a variety of poses. So when I am planning a session, I want to have the parents and baby as prepared as possible. For this reason I usually ask that parents schedule their baby’s session within the first two weeks after birth.
Sweet little Valentina arrived early and we couldn’t get her in the studio until she was 17 days old. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to get her settled, so I decided to keep my flow simple with blanket poses and one bucket pose. Prior to her session, her mom told me that she loved flowers. I always try to find at least one thing my clients love to incorporate into their newborn sessions. For Valentina’s session, I selected two floral headbands, a scarf with flowers, and purchased some fresh tulips.
Valentina was a little feisty, knowing exactly what she wanted, but I found two poses that she could live with. Our first setup was a blanket pose with her in tushy-up position. When I moved her to the second blanket pose, she had decided she was done on her tummy and her only happy position was on her side. I made it work through two more poses then it was time for the bucket pose. Thankfully, she loved having her arms by her face. I propped her head on her arms and she gave me a few more moments to shoot. For variety I created a composite of her in a wreath.