Let me begin by saying that there is always, ALWAYS something to learn in the photography world! I am constantly learning! However, I remember what it was like to be brand spankin' new on my photography journey, and I was soaking up every bit of information I could find. There were so many helpful photographers who poured into me - who gave me encouragement and inspiration - that I want to do the same for others! Because of that, I am going to start sharing more technical information at times in hopes that I will help those of you who may be wondering about camera settings, how a shot was set up, why I cropped a certain way...or simply what I was thinking! I look forward to sharing more with you!!
Gear & Settings:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 35 1.4 L
This precious boy will soon be one!! It's hard to believe that it's almost been a year since I took his pictures! It was such a fun day!! :) Let me first say that I do not do posed newborn photography. I prefer a natural, lifestyle approach to newborn photography. I love analyzing every part of their little bodies. I love watching the parents as they love and interact with their sweet baby. I just love being a spectator, an observer, and a friend. I got to be those things at baby Indio's session.
This moment tugged at my heart. His daddy was just holding him and staring at him as he slept in his arms. As I watched, I just loved the story this told. I love how his new, innocent little body is being cradled by his Daddy's arms that are completely sleeved in tattoos. There's irony and contrast. There's strength and dependence. There's protection and vulnerability. And most importantly, there's so much love & peace. Baby Indio doesn't have a care in the world. He is calm, he is completely resting...trusting in his Daddy. He knows he is loved and protected. It's such a wonderful sight.
As far as the setup, they were sitting on a couch in front of a window. The window light was landing perfectly on Indio's face. I had all of the other lights turned off in the room so that the natural light was all I was working with. I love the rich shadows. Although I'm sure I would like this image in color, I felt it was perfect in black & white. A timeless black & white edit draws my eye straight to Indio's face and his Daddy's arms. I love the bold contrast of the black & white shades in the photos. I felt the black & white edit made the image more powerful and emotional.
And now for the BEFORE picture...
As you will see, I flipped the picture so that Indio's face would be the focus of the image. Plus it made the perspective look as if I was standing over him!
If you're learning photography and lighting, I hope this helped you or inspired you!! If it helped you, please let me know! I'd love to share more content that is helpful! Please ask if you have questions!! Have a great day!!