Homemade Photo Shoot

Two weeks ago, I took advantage of the overcast skies and produced my own homemade newborn photo shoot. I had been reading on some tips on using natural light for portraits. From these readings, I found out that overcast skies produce diffused light which make for very flattering images. I would soon find out if it were true.

I set up my "home studio" in our room where there was enough available light and space by the bedroom window. I laid a white blanket on the floor and draped it against the wall cabinets. I used the boppy to prop baby and covered it with another blanket.

I undressed baby and put on her crocheted headband. Let me tell you, it was so tempting to buy all these cute and adorable knitted/crocheted hats on etsy! I almost wanted to go to Michael's and buy some yarn so I could knit some caps as props. If only I knew how to knit! LOL! I knew it is a passing fancy though, much like the time I so wanted to buy all these jewelry making supplies so I could make my own beaded jewelry. That phase pretty much passed too.

Back to our shoot, I was a one-woman team. And it was difficult! Now I know why newborn photographers want their newborn sessions done within the first 2 weeks of life. Babies pretty much just sleep during that time. They can sleep through anything and any position. As for baby, I needed to have my hand on her for most of the time and remove my hand just prior to taking the shot because her hands would flail and she would wake up.

Despite the challenge of doing this myself, I got some pretty cute shots. One of my top fave is this one which was totally spontaneous. She was actually about to cry then when I snapped this photo. Ahh... what a difference a second makes. LOL!

I hope to be able to do some more photo shoots at home with baby as she grows.


Mia Castrillo | Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2:46:00 AM

I love your shots! Beautiful! :-)