March 13, 2014

Why Gild the Lily? | Newborn Baby Photography Saratoga

Why Gild the Lily? | Newborn Baby Photography Saratoga

Newborn Baby Photography Saratoga
The textures in this black and white newborn photo are a nice contrast to the creaminess of the baby’s skin.

I love to photograph babies–love, love, love to.  I think the reason I enjoy it so much is that I have great memories of when my three kids were babies.  It is a really special time for women and a great time to make some very beautiful portraits.

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This baby is so happy with his mom. I think the black and white makes their relationship more prominent.

When I am making newborn portraits, I like to put myself in the shoes of the mom–as in “If this were my baby, what would I like to remember about this time twenty years from now?”  My goal always as a visual artist and photographer is to create something for my clients that they would like to hang on their wall and look at over the years to remind them of a happy time in their lives.

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This is just so tender.

I also remember as a child at Christmas being especially drawn to the Christmas cards that featured the Madonna and Child.  I still think they are my favorites.  I think most kids connect with that type of imagery because it is about the first human relationship they have–baby and mom.

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When I do shoot color for newborns, I tend to like softer colors and a higher key.

Many of my very favorite newborn images are black and white and focused on the expression or emotion of my subjects.  So while I do think some of the Pinterest inspired images of sleeping babies wearing impossibly cute hats crammed into dresser drawers, baskets, or vases are cute, they do not necessarily reflect what I want to portray.  As a mom, I would never have placed my newborn in a vase or dresser drawer so it seems counterintuitive for me as an artist to photograph like that–no offense to people who do photograph like that.  That is just me.

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Does this really need props or costumes?

Besides, I happen to think that babies are as close to perfect as you can get in this life–why gild the lily, so to speak?

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