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Saige - Newborn Photography Set-Ups
WHO: Saige   |   WHAT: Newborns, Personal   |   WHEN: April 14, 2011
Took a couple more images of our new little obsession yesterday.  I just can't get enough of her.  Some day there will be non-Saige content on this blog again. Promise. In the meantime, thanks for bearing with me while I indulge myself in adoring our sweet little girl.




A couple people have asked about the set-up for the images above, so I included a pull-back view below of a corner of our living room where I made a pretty simple, all natural light set-up.  Everybody's different, but for me the key to these images has been creating them about an hour after Saige has been fed and has succumbed to a subsequent food coma.  Then I just made sure she had a warm, comfy environment, and she's pretty content.

By the way, I've gotta give a huge shout-out to my photography friends on a photography forum I'm a part of for the great tips and tricks for photographing newborns. It's not something I do a lot of, so they gave me a couple pointers that made a huuuge difference.  Also, thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Haley Birkelbach for letting me borrow some of her newborn photography gear to create a few images of baby Saige.



Mia was my (in)voluntary test model for a few of the images.  I think she was happy to be back in the spotlight for a second since she's now second fiddle around here.



And finally, here's a pull-back shot of the set-up from the image I posted the other day.  Again, it was all natural light where I basically opened the front door, set the planter pot I got at Crate and Barrel on the tile in the entry way, and put a space heater just in front of the pot.  In the final image I just changed the color of the pot to match the flowers in her hair a bit better, cloned out the grout lines in the tile, and vignetted the background. Finally, since she doesn't have any distinctive features or hair styles yet that would be a giveaway, I flipped the image horizontally for a stronger composition that leads the eye through the image more naturally from left to right and comes to a rest in the lower right corner.  Super easy!




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