As we all continue to navigate some of the most trying and tough times during this COVID-19 pandemic, as both professionals and parents, I'm posting another round of tips to hopefully help those who are unable to follow through with newborn photography session plans.
Several of my own clients are affected by this, but I wanted to share these tips publicly as I know the restrictions we have, as well as the cancellation of plans, has reached far beyond my local area. As promised, I wanted to provide a quick tutorial for an easy wrap that parents can use during this time to capture a few images of their sweet littles.
First, a sequence of photos to show you the wrap broken down, move by move. As mentioned in the video as well, you can use two swaddles if you'd like to help perfect the look. It's much easier to make the wrap look "pretty" over the top of your base layer.
The photos above go in order of the wrapping process, and the video below will walk you through it step by step. As mentioned in a previous article, this is not for the education purposes of other photographers, but to help those parents who just want a few photos of their own children while the pros can't capture it for them.
Next, taking what I've written in the first blog regarding angles, here are a few examples of the angle that's most flattering when taking these images. Again, an iPhone will give you some pretty decent images, so don't shy away from that option if it's all you have.
In the images below, all I have is a Boppy pillow underneath a lightly-colored blanket, and the baby's head towards the light source. More general tips on angles and lighting can be found in the Newborn Photography tips entry.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, the most important things are patience and a sleepy baby. The wrapping video was done much more quickly than what I wrap a newborn, and it's always much easier when they are sleepy to wrap those arms and legs in! I personally love the giant, stretchy jersey wraps (Lou Lou & Co. or Rafe + Moose have been my go-to!), or even a large muslin wrap will do.
Mentioned above but will close with this: any of these tips are for the parents of a newborn during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its sole purpose is to bring some light to a dark time when a lot of our new parents are asked to give up so much.
I hope everyone stays well, and we'll e back to business again soon.