newborn photography ideas

I love photographing newborn babies. I think they’re my favorite little subjects, next to my own boys of course. I’m working on another little project to share some newborn photography ideas with you, more specifically some ways to pose your newborn baby to make them look super sweet for taking some pictures of them. One of my favorite lenses to use while I’m taking newborn pictures is my 100mm macro lens. It gets in nice and close to the baby’s little face, fingers, or toes and captures some beautiful images. Macro lenses are so great because they can capture the detail of newborn babies. I think it’s important to photograph the soft ¬†flaky skin, the wrinkly little feet, and the paper thin finger nails. They grow bigger pretty fast, so this lens helps me document those details and capture those memories for the mamas. Here are a couple of pictures of a recent baby and my manual settings.

My manual settings (for the shot below):
ISO – 2500
shutter speed – 1/200 second
aperture – F 6.3
lens – canon’s 100mm macro 2.8L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II

My manual settings (for the shot below):
ISO – 2000
shutter speed – 1/160 second
aperture – F 5
lens – canon’s 100mm macro 2.8L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II

My manual settings (for the shot below):
ISO – 2000
shutter speed – 1/200 second
aperture – F 4.5
lens – canon’s 100mm macro 2.8L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II

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5 Comments

  1. Sheri on January 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Oh they are just beautiful shots! That little hand is so sweet.



  2. Jennifer on January 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Love all the little details and bits of beauty



  3. Lindsay Gorski on January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

    What a sweet little baby. These photographs represent pure beauty!



  4. april wedge on October 15, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I have been a professional “amateur” photographer for about 3 years now. I am lucky enough to have customers out of my home based business. I am excited looking forward to these wonderful workbooks & tutorials! I want to become a better photographer & I know I can be.My customers deserve beautiful portraits & I cannot wait to deliver to their needs!



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