It’s been a while since I’ve done a little behind the scenes, pre-editing, before and after sneak peek of an image. I love doing these to stress the importance of SAFELY photographing babies and children. So many images that you see online are either composites (more than one image combined into one final image) or are artfully retouched to remove supports that have been put into place to safely prop a baby into a pose. I like to show these so that you know what you should be expecting from a professional photographer. If you ever feel that your baby or child is unsafe during your photo session, you should always speak up.
In the case shown below, this adorable little dude was here for his 6 month milestone session. He was JUST sitting on his own. Because he was just sitting on his own, neither Mom or I felt comfortable with leaving it to chance that he could sit in this trench bowl without falling over. For safety, I directed mom on where to sit and asked her to hold him steady while I made my image. I later removed her in photoshop, leaving us with this sweet little work of art.
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Photographing newborns safely is a HUGE passion of mine, and every so often you’ll see me write a blog on the topic. You can see my last one by clicking HERE.
I recently photographed a set of super squishy and absolutely ADORABLE twins, Olivia and Oliver. Whenever I have a twin session, it’s absolutely necessary for me to have a trained set of extra hands to help me with posing and safety while I have the camera in my hands. When I posted the teaser of the twins in a little bike prop that I have here in studio, someone asked a REALLY GREAT question about safety (they wondered whether I stood behind the baby while the picture was taken and then was “Photoshopped” out later.) I LOVE when people ask questions about newborn safety, because then I have the opportunity to show you how the image was really made (which is pretty cool, I think!)
The “twins in the bike” image was actually created using three separate unique images. I knew I wanted a straight-on shot of the bike, so I first took a picture of the bike on it’s own. Then, I needed a shot of the tops of their heads without a hand in behind, so my lovely Assistant, Jenn, held the bottoms of the babies faces for me while I took another picture. Finally, I wanted their faces just perfect, so we arranged their little faces the way we liked them, and Jenn held the backs of their heads while I took another image. Later on, all three images were merged together to create one final piece of art.
And that’s that! The making of a piece of art that showcases two 4.5(ish) lb newborns in a bike prop. Enjoy!
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