Basic Back Pose Candids | Transcription

As you are moving and working with your newborn remember to not put the camera down when the newborn wakes up. Now sleeping shots are great but we also want to do our best to capture some of those beautiful looks, smiles, yawns and other candid expressions that just come up in between your shots. In this part of the shoot, I was about to prepare Ellie for her full-length nude back pose shot when she woke up. I mean like wide-eyed, staring right at me wake up. Her eyes were gorgeous so I quickly snapped up the camera to capture some of these candid expressions. I switched my lens to my 100mm macro just to help me get in a little bit tight on these expressions. Once again I have to shoot at F2.8 instead of F2 on my 50mm so I’m going to make an adjustment to my ISO.

In addition since Ellie is awake now, I’m going to speed up my shutter speed to 1/160th of a second just to make sure that we get sharp enough images if she moves a bit. To compensate, I took my ISO up to 800 ISO. I’m having Olivia hold the reflector in the same position angled above and pointing down towards Ellie to strengthen the existing light, and to add a wonderfully soft fill light that really fills in the face and the eyes. Now notice my shooting angle. I’m shooting top down but I’m positioned just above shooting down towards her nose. Remember that we never want to shoot up the nose as it’s very unflattering. In addition to shooting down means that she’s going to need to look up a bit to see the camera.

When she does, we get wider and bigger beautiful shots of her eyes completely open. I want you to pay close attention to one other thing. Notice that this entire time since I’m shooting close up crops of her face and her expression, I’ve left our puppy pad underneath Ellie. Now whenever I can crop out the puppy pad, I always leave it  in just to be in place to catch any mess. There’s no point really in removing it. Newborn photographers will often talk about how difficult it is keeping their blankets clean and mess free. I’ve often found that just keeping the puppy pads in place when they’re not in the shot, or until that last moment when you’re ready to snap the shot, is really going to eliminate most of the potential for dirtying your props.

For my second shot, since I want to shoot top down, I have Olivia move the fill to the side. Now from here the silver fill is basically adding just a bit more power to the directional light coming from the window. It’s filling from the hair down the face and so forth. At this point, I’m standing and I’m shooting a top down shot of Ellie looking towards the window light with that beautiful directional quality to the light on her face. Again this look and lighting works because Ellie is looking towards our main light. Were she facing the camera and were the light basically coming in directionally then we would need to add a fill light into the shadows. Otherwise it would be too dramatic.