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7 Day Old Baby Portraits - Just Perfect


I just love spending time with such young babies. They are so lovely and tiny and so much easier to work with when creating baby portraits of very young babies. Until they are old enough to hold their head, make eye contact and intentionally smile it is easiest and most attractive to photograph them as very young newborns. This is the stage when we can photograph them looking peaceful and sweet while they sleep. And they do so much of this at this age that it only makes sense we capture it in a beautiful portrait to be treasured for a lifetime.


In order to do this it does take some planning on the parents part. The parents of this little girl came in for a consultation a few months ago so they could see what is on offer and I was able to tell them that they need to ring me as soon as baby is born so we can fit them in while baby is less than 2 weeks old. We can do older than this but its harder work and sometimes baby just won't stay asleep long enough to get all that we want. And although its nice to see their eyes open too, if we don't get them looking into the lense or in a direction that works the photograph isn't particularly attractive. If awake shots is what you prefer then it is probably best to wait until they are 3 months plus in age or ideally sitting up unaided (but not crawling or they could end up everywhere but where I need them).


The image below is still one of my favourites. It is such an appropriate prop and it gives a very accurate measurement of baby's weight at the time of the portrait. And I love the tones and look of the chest of drawers which is probably my favourite eBay find to date. I get so much use out of these. They seem to be a favourite request from parents.


When it comes to photographing Mum and Dad, its rather easy to get them to smile naturally with their tiny baby in their arms. And as such I just love the results of these images. I can just imagine how much this baby is going to love looking at these when she's older.



And its even easier to get the perfect smile when they are looking at their baby instead of the camera. The portrait below will always be one of my favourite poses for Mum and baby portraits. Again I really wish I had something like this for my daughter.



If you managed to get this far in reading the blog and happen to be interested in portraits such as these for yourself please do get in touch. You can contact me via our website at http://www.christinalauderportraits.com/contact-us or ring me on 01455 611069. And you are always welcome for a no obligation consultation to meet with me, see our studio and products and discuss your requirements before making any decisions.  

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