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Babies don't like to be cold and don't like to be stressed out.
If you want cute newborn photos, they're best done when they're sleepy after feeding, cozy and warm, wrapped up, etc.
Holding them in weird positions, putting them near naked on a surface makes them really cold really fast, when they're hungry they fuss, and when they're just left to themselves they are generally not happy either. Baby photos look nice, but they're actually the opposite of what babies actually want and prefer (ie, warm, bundled up, eating, touching skin, safe).
I do baby photos with people in their homes, with the parents, and I try to just capture where the baby is comfortable, post-feed, napping where possible. I don't do the baskets and other silly props. But I know some people adore that stuff. Doing kids is really hard because when they're not happy, scared, cold, fussy, it's over and you will lose hours of time to that. So I try to plan it around post-feed nap time, and I use the most comfortable settings for baby (ie, on mom, dad, etc, bundled, etc). I avoid the naked in a basket. Kids really do not like that. The pictures are cute, but they're hard and the kids really do not enjoy that process.
I did the cute stuff in the past, but these days, I just try to do what I can to get comfortable moments in their homes.
Ex (nothing special, but kinda makes the point): baby is bundled, warm and touching mom. Happy baby. Look at that face. Money!
by Martin Wise
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Use the 24-70.
Lighting is great to smooth things out.
Kids skin can take tons of hard light, so don't be shy with the speedlites.