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moeronn
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Aug 11, 2011 19:22 |  #1

I had a couple of questions for the great newborn photographers here.

1. The concensus seems to be try and get newborn shoots within the first 7-10 days. What do you do if the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off when the shoot is scheduled?

2. Some babies are born with a lot of hair... and not always on the head. How do you shoot and/or process babies that still have their "fur"?

We're expecting our first child and wanted to be prepared in case either of these issues come up. Of course, I will have more than one opportunity to take pictures, but the fewer "sessions" we have to do to get some decent shots the better.


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Aug 12, 2011 22:19 |  #2

I shoot 'em as I see 'em. If that means baby fur or cord, so be it. Many shots will be on the tummy, butt up in the air or swaddled in a receiving blanket anyway. when they are that young, 7-10 days, it is an easier position anyway, as they are still wanting to be curled up as they were in the womb.

I do admit though, I am always conflicted about the "Mongolian spot" you often see on Asian babies. It looks like a large dark bruise on their lower back, and I don't like to see it, but if that's what it is, that's what it is. Run with it. I prefer to do more headshots and head/chest stuff when I see those spots, but I don't tell the parents WHY I'm doing that, I just do it. That way, if they don't like the look of the Mongolian Spot in the photos, they have options. I have never been asked to photoshop them out, thankfully, as that would be difficult to do easily.


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Aug 16, 2011 11:46 |  #3

Sue, thanks for the feedback. I don't want to do any excessive processing and keep things as natural as possible, so minimizing what the camera sees is a good approach. There will definitely be some swaddled shots, but also want to get some shots with bare bum, as well. I'll have to experiment with posing, lighting and DOF if either of those issues come into play.


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Sep 14, 2011 16:48 |  #4

The hair problem, well there isn't too much you can do besides cover it up. The cord can be easily hid with the right placement or a little hand or arm. Just focus on the lighting, background, and props. Check out www.brittanyhitchcock.​com (external link) for newborn ideas. Good Luck!!




  
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