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Upcoming Workshops & Seminars

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I am so excited to share with you upcoming newborn photography workshops and conferences. I love travelling the world to present at workshops and conferences and meet lots of new people. I hope I will see you somewhere along the road!

 

December 2016
China - Chongqing, Changsha, Beijing, Nantong (details coming soon)

 

January 2017
United Kingdom - SWPP, London

 

February 2017
United States - WPPI, Las Vegas
Mexico - Congreso Smile, Mexico City

 

March 2017
Australia - Workshop, Brisbane
Portugal - APPImagem, Oporto
Spain - Babyf, Barcelona
Italy - Workshop, Milan (details coming soon)

 

May 2017
Australia - Workshop, Sydney
Australia - Workshop, Melbourne

 

August 2017
Australia - The Baby Summit, Sunshine Coast

 

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Learn from Kelly Brown, Australia's most awarded Newborn Photographer.

Her workshops and seminars will provide photographers with the right tools needed to run a thriving photography business.

Attendees will gain the drive and focus that is required to not only run a successful business but to also value themselves and their time.

  • Emily Crutcher Photography - March 3, 2017 - 13:43

    I just watched your safety training on creativelive, loving your workshops!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - December 17, 2016 - 12:06

    Your work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Bielefeldt - November 18, 2016 - 15:06

    How do I sign up for your class in Las Vegas?ReplyCancel

    • Melinda - November 18, 2016 - 16:03

      Hi Julie, if you click the link above for WPPI it will take you to the WPPI website. From there you need to register for the conference, where you can then select the class. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

2015.

Today I photographed my last newborn shoot for 2015 and what better way then to finish the year off then with these gorgeous twin boys 12 day old Noah and Ethan.

To say that 2015 has been a BIG year is a total understatement! So big I’m not even sure where to start!  It’s been filled with amazing opportunities, huge achievements both personally and professionally and a lot of life lessons.

It’s been another year of travel with me returning to CreativeLive in Seattle to teach my 3rd class – Newborn Photography Bootcamp and then onto teaching workshops and speaking at photography conferences in 8 other countries. We even stepped out on a massive limb and held our very own Photography Conference ‘The Baby Summit’ in August, which could not have been more amazing! It brought 300 beautiful photographers together to learn, be inspired and to make life long friends! Because of this we’re in the midst of making it all happen again next year in both Australia and the USA!

This year has also been filled with lots of beautiful babies in front of my camera – 86 of them!!! From client sessions, mentoring sessions and workshops. I’ve also had the privilege of judging 5 different photography competitions, and being awarded the AIPP QLD Family Photographer of the Year for the 4th year in a row and winning first place in the Newborn category at WPPI. But, my most prized trophy from 2015 is from coming 3rd overall in the AusMumpreneur of the year awards. Being nominated for this award and achieving this result still blows me away!

And then the craziest things happened! I became an AIPP Brand Ambassador and in November was announced a Canon Master, my biggest photographic achievement to date – in my eyes the absolute pinnacle!!!

I’ve received so many Blessings this past year that as I sit here looking back I still shake my head in amazement. So much gratitude!

2015 sadly also held a great loss. Loosing my Grandfather is something I will never get over. I know I will heal but never be the same. I miss our long conversations about anything and everything and will be eternally grateful for him passing on his passion for photography to me – the greatest gift of all.

So after all of this and achieving so many amazing things it’s crazy to think that 2016 is already shaping up to be an even bigger year for this little Newborn Photographer! I’ve spent the past week setting goals and making plans for the next 12 months and can’t wait to share them all with you soon! 🙂

Thank you to my ever loving, patient and supportive family & friends this year. None of this would have been possible without you and to my beautiful clients who trust me with your most precious gifts.

Wising you all a new year filled with happiness & joy and all the success you deserve.   Here’s to 2016 and making your dreams come true!

Kelly x

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  • Judy Thomas - August 4, 2017 - 19:01

    You take absolutely beautiful photography Kelly. I love coming back to your website and reading your blog. You are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • anda yoel - July 24, 2016 - 06:18

    You are an inspiration for so many photographrs….ReplyCancel

  • Baby Photography Adelaide - May 25, 2016 - 21:56

    Hi.Nice work. Really amazing photo of a baby.

    Baby Photography AdelaideReplyCancel

  • Linda - March 15, 2016 - 22:05

    Congrats on your achievements. Your work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Shawna - February 13, 2016 - 06:20

    Truly inspirational. Looking forward to seeing more blog posts!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie Lennon - January 11, 2016 - 09:54

    Congratulations on all the well deserved success and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with so many of us around the world!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Van Den Berghe - January 7, 2016 - 10:31

    Wow! I’m totally jelly of your gorgeous set up Kelly. The lighting and the poses these gorgeous babies are in = perfection! What a piece of art for these parents they will be thrilled xReplyCancel

  • vikki kourbelis - December 31, 2015 - 09:42

    You are truly amazing Kelly, the most inspirational person I know.
    Your heart is so giving and you truly deserve all the happiness in the world.
    Thank you for being such an incredible teacher and wanting to make a difference in the newborn photography world. I don’t know how you will top 2016 after having such an amazing 2015 but I know you will. Stay true to yourself and never change what your heart wants. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Judith Conning - December 31, 2015 - 08:50

    I cannot believe I only discovered you this year – maybe I just hadn’t been looking in the right place. Love your Creative Live videos, the Baby Summit and your beautiful images. So looking forward to the workshop in Sydney. Just getting my business up and running.
    Congratulations on all that you achieved this year – you have worked hard for it.
    Best wishes
    JudithReplyCancel

  • Mollie Meagher - December 31, 2015 - 07:59

    You are an amazing photographer Kelly, and you deserve every bit of success that you have had this year. I hope that 2016 is even more amazing for you and exceeds your wildest dreams. I am grateful to know you and learn from you my friend. xxxReplyCancel

Little Pieces Photography ~ Newborn Photography by Kelly Brown

When clients come into my home studio the majority of the time they have no idea what is involved in a newborn photography session.  And I just love seeing their expressions while I’m posing and taking photos of their baby.  So I wanted to share with you a short video of some behind the scenes footage from a recent session.  You will see the attention to detail and the care that I take throughout every session.

 

Little Pieces Photography.  International award winning photography by Kelly Brown. located in Brisbane, Australia.  Kelly specialises in baby portraiture and travels worldwide teaching newborn photography posing classes and workshops to photographers.

Video made with Animoto and Music provided by Triple Scoop Music

 

  • Pursey - December 4, 2015 - 04:27

    bundle of joy – always a pleasure to see a newborn.

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  • Malou Peters - November 13, 2015 - 04:55

    Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Liana Alarcon - November 10, 2015 - 12:34

    Hi there, could you please provide your quote for a new born shoot for my baby boy who we are expecting in January next year.
    Love the video clip!ReplyCancel

  • Alina - November 6, 2015 - 14:49

    Love your photographs…ReplyCancel

  • Shaina Forde - November 1, 2015 - 18:22

    Hi, I was wondering if could please have a quote for a new born photo shoot for twin girls towards the end of February. Thanks – Shaina 0431305088 email – Shaina.forde@my.jcu.edu.auReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fulcher - October 23, 2015 - 11:39

    What beautiful hand placement, angelic!ReplyCancel

  • Anda Yoel - October 23, 2015 - 08:26

    Adore your work and wish to attend to one of your workshops.
    AndaReplyCancel

  • Anda Yoel - October 23, 2015 - 08:25

    Adore your work and wish to attend to one of your workshops.ReplyCancel

  • Carole - August 7, 2015 - 06:56

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for everything! you inspire me everyday 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kennedy - July 22, 2015 - 09:42

    Hi Kelly,

    Im just inquiring how much a newborn session with you would cost?ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - July 12, 2015 - 22:33

    I just love your work Kelly. I have been a fan for several years now and I am always amazed and completely in love with your style. I hope to attend a workshop in the US. I wanted to attend the Heide Hope collaboration but unfortunately didn’t have the funds. Please plan a trip back! Would be honored to learn from you!ReplyCancel

I’m going back to CreativeLive!!!!

March 9th – April 10th  2015

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to be heading back to CreativeLive on March 9 to teach another class

Newborn Photography Bootcamp with Kelly Brown!!!  

 

My Bootcamp is going to cover every aspect of the newborn photography world!  And it’s not just for beginners it’s for photographers of all levels.  For the newcomers to our industry it’s going to guide you on how to set up your baby photography business.  And for experienced newborn photographers it will uncover new skills and services for you to apply to your existing businesses – so you can get to that next level.

I’m going to be sharing in depth with you…

  • Posing for newborns – Everything from the most-requested classic poses to more advanced and creative posing using the safest possible ways.
  • How to set up a home studio – What you need, what you don’t, and how to create a safe, polished, and inviting space.
  • Props – How to make your own props and safely pose babies in and around props.
  • Business and marketing – Pricing, policies, and generating the right publicity that will attract your target market.
  • Safety – Best practices for handling infants will be a key theme throughout the series.
  • And Post processing – how to give your images that finished look on screen right through to the final printed product.

I will also demonstrate my flow of posing for newborns and every variation there is to each pose, so you will have everything you need to get incredible shots. You’ll also learn how to create beautiful soft lighting and how to use it.  And my favourite – shooting timeless images that your parents will love for years to come.

I’m going to be sharing ALL of my tips and tricks so don’t miss it!

For more information here’s a link to my course page…

https://www.creativelive.com/courses/newborn-photography-bootcamp-kelly-brown

 

 

 

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  • Jackilyn Jensen - March 13, 2016 - 10:02

    Hello Kelly!

    I bought your Bootcamp class and am trying to hunt down the Facebook page for it. Could you point me in the right direction? I have looked high and low ?. Thank You,

    Jackilyn JensenReplyCancel

  • Eliza - November 25, 2015 - 16:20

    Thank you Kelly for the wonderful pointers that you have shared with us.ReplyCancel

  • Starofservice - July 17, 2015 - 16:15

    Great work kelly as all time. and love what you post thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia - April 13, 2015 - 19:36

    Thank you so much Kelly for sharing your experience with us. I love your work and your videos. you are very inspiring and talented.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - April 11, 2015 - 03:24

    Thank you so much, Kelly! The boot camp was utterly amazing! For those who missed it live I can’t emphasize how valuable you have been during these 5 weeks in so many ways!ReplyCancel

  • Can’t wait till I have some time to watch this! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Kari Layland - March 21, 2015 - 01:53

    Aw man I’m just seeing this now! I hope to catch a rebroadcast – you guys are great 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Candice - March 18, 2015 - 03:53

    Just love watching you work! Thank you for being so open with your knowledge!ReplyCancel

  • Mitchell Briggs - March 11, 2015 - 11:21

    Hi Kelly,

    I’ve just discovered your work, and as an amateur/enthusiast photographer myself, I must say your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I would love to attend one of your bootcamp/workshops in the future to learn more about this field of photography. Do you plan to hold anymore this year? Again, love your fantastic work.

    Cheers,

    MitchReplyCancel

  • Jennie Lennon - March 11, 2015 - 01:03

    Thanks so much for doing this Kelly, you are so inspiring and your work is absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to learn from the best newborn photographer out there!ReplyCancel

  • Patrice - February 27, 2015 - 10:15

    I am excited to take your class on Creative Live. Thank you for doing a second class. Happy photography. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brandy NicCole - February 21, 2015 - 12:32

    pre registered already, I always come away with a wealth of knowledge,
    TYReplyCancel

  • Christin - February 3, 2015 - 03:12

    I can’t wait! Thank you for doing another Creative Live! I always learn so much from youReplyCancel

  • A-Fotografy - February 2, 2015 - 11:22

    Can’t wait Kelly. It will be one more fully packed day of awesomness.ReplyCancel

  • andria fontenot - February 1, 2015 - 01:10

    YAY! thank you for all you do Kelly! Can’t wait! We have all learned so much from you! God blessReplyCancel

A quick post to share with you my beautiful new light.

There have been A LOT of articles written about natural light verses artificial light.  I’m not going to go into which is better and why because quite simply it should be what you’re comfortable using plus it always ends up in a debate and I’m way too busy for that 😉

Over the years I have used both flash and natural light and have always preferred to use natural.  I’m just not a fan of large bursts of light on a newborn that could potentially cause a startling effect or you know yourself when a flash goes off in your face that your eyes take a little while to adjust afterwards.  And then there are the parents who are trying to relax in the calm environment that I have created – I want them to be able to sit and enjoy watching the session without the impact of light every few minutes. But hey that’s me personally.

My studio is filled with amazing natural light, I have large sliding doors that are north east facing and I filter the light with sheer curtains to make it beautiful and soft for my baby photography.  But when I travel for work I don’t often have the luxury of natural light which is why I have purchased the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED with the 50cm soft ball diffuser which is a continuous daylight balanced light.  I can set up during a session the exact same way I would with a window.

After posting a picture on social media of my new light I had a few requests from photographers wanting to see some resulting images.  So I thought I would share with you some photos of this handsome little man using both light sources to show you the results.  I have also included pull back shots of both set ups.

I used large black sheets to block out the natural light for the Jinbei image and then turned the light off and pulled the black sheets down to use the window light.  You don’t have to block out the windows as this light would also make a great fill light on low light days or for other similar scenarios.  I just wanted to show the results using it on it’s own – the same way I would a window 🙂

Full details about the light with links to where you can find it are at the bottom of the post.

 

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT – shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED

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NATURAL LIGHT – Large windows to the right filtered with sheer curtains.

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I will always love natural light and will continue to use it in my home studio but I’m so happy to have found a light that I can travel with that will allow me create beautiful soft light in any environment.  The results are so similar to shooting with my large window.  And I have to admit I love the little catchlight in his eye from the Soft Ball.

 

A few more details about the Jinbei EF 200 –  it’s a 200watt light which equates too a 2K output in Tungsten. Unlike tungsten it is daylight balanced and extremely bright , you also have the ability to control the output from the camera with the optional transmitter. The light does NOT overheat because of its unique built in silent fan system, which is it’s best feature if you are shooting Video like I do as there is no noise. No other LED monbloc currently has this quiet fan. The Soft Light Ball is available in 30cm and 50cm and both give unique soft direct light as well as reflected.

I purchased mine from Protog and Tony Holden was more then helpful in finding the perfect light set up for my needs.  If you have any questions you can drop him an email tony@protog.com.au or checkout their website – http://www.protog.com.au/buy/jinbei-monoblock-style-ef-200-watt-sun-light-led-5/JBEF200

 

Other items used during this shoot are…

Soft Ball Diffusor – Jinbei 50cm Soft Ball Diffusor with Bowens Mount

Light Stand – Jinbei 2.6m Air Cushioned Light stand JB2600FP

Backdrop by – Sideshow Backdrops by Conny Van Lint – sideshowbackdrops@outlook.com

Nest by – Island Vine Designs – marymcmillan77@hotmail.com

Felted wool and curls blanket by – Little Vintage Fox Prop Shop

 

 

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  • Grace - September 1, 2017 - 02:22

    Thank you for the article. I would like to ask why you prefer the ball diffusor instead of another option like a softbox or an umbrella. Is there an advantage to it?ReplyCancel

    • Kelly Brown - September 4, 2017 - 10:51

      Hi Grace, this is just personal preference. Kelly actually uses a range of artificial light modifiers, and the ball diffuser is just one of them that creates a soft light. Try out a variety of them and decide which works best for you. -MelindaReplyCancel

  • Lili Sweet - March 15, 2017 - 03:14

    Thank you so much Kelly, for sharing your lighting knowledge with us. Upon your suggestion I purchased this lighting system about a year ago and I absolutely love it! I am a natural light photographer but this baby gets turned on as the light progressively gets dimmer on some days. It does a wonderful job of mimicking natural light and everyone seems impressed by it’s unique look in the studio. I think it’s important to turn it off between takes to give it a chance to cool down though. This is not something I suggest to leave on for hours at a time. It’s perfect for photographing newborns but it is also perfect for capturing small families.Wonderful purchase all and all.ReplyCancel

  • Newborn Photography Adelaide - May 18, 2016 - 20:19

    Hi.Very adorable and lovely photography. I like yours dedication,patience and imaginative skills.

    Newborn Photography AdelaideReplyCancel

  • Tradetec - February 22, 2016 - 06:23

    that’s really great thing, I appreciate for good thought.ReplyCancel

  • Rinat - December 7, 2015 - 16:39

    Hi, Just want to say thank you!!i’m struggling with artificial light for a while…
    I’m going to try this one (:ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fulcher - October 23, 2015 - 11:43

    I’m a natural light photographer too, not sure what it is I just love the challenge of working with what’s available.
    Your studio sounds amazing, do you have any blog posts with photos of your space?ReplyCancel

  • kim - October 18, 2015 - 02:44

    Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing. I really like this softball, do you still use this ? I’m living in the netherlands, so not that easy to get this item 🙁
    Do you think, there is enough Light for photograph older kids? Can I do my shutterspeed high enough? On this moment I used flash a lot… but, I didnt like that light so much. ThanksReplyCancel

    • kim - October 18, 2015 - 05:02

      Can anybody tell me where I can Buy the soft ball ? I’m living in the netherlands, maybe someone have an idea for me 🙂
      And, is it heavy to take this set on location? gr kimReplyCancel

      • jennyhanh - October 28, 2015 - 08:59

        I’ve got it from Italy ( I’m living in Italy) in totally happy with this light. Big Thanks to Kelly <3
        You can search and find it in Europe, my husband found one link selling this light from Germany 100w & 200w, 2 size ball 30cm &50 cm. I bought the 200w with the ball 50cm about 600euro but I just release that too much for my small studio, may be with 100w and the 30cm ball is good enough. Hope you can find the link and get the right one for you;)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Cartwright - September 11, 2015 - 06:51

    Hi Kelly,

    We have just bought one of these but have read on the Facebook group page others are struggling with intensity and WB. What were your camera settings and light settings for this shot? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Morozov - July 6, 2015 - 12:07

    Hi there, your photos are amazing. I was wondering if you can help me please? I would like to learn and set up a mobile newborn studio in my town of Geraldton WA and am confused how to handle lighting, it may not always be possible to use all natural light depending on house I am photographing from , and the Jenbi lighting you use is rather expensive. I would like something versatile that I can also use for families, pets ect. Is shoot through stove going to be ok for infants ? Continuous? Not continuous? Soft Box?
    Thank you so much for your help,
    Regards RebeccaReplyCancel

  • Samantha Bachand - April 3, 2015 - 01:56

    Your light is always so perfect! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - March 26, 2015 - 10:57

    Kelly, thank you so much for your willingness to share all your helpful information about props, lighting, techniques, and everything else that you are sharing with all of us. It is so greatly appreciated. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 03:56

    Very informative! Thank you for posting.ReplyCancel

  • Fatima - March 15, 2015 - 16:42

    Hi Kelly,

    What f stop does this light go down to?ReplyCancel

  • ana - March 11, 2015 - 08:30

    Kelly I am big fan of yours, I purchased your class on CL. You share and mentor in a beautiful way. Wholehearted like your photography. Thank you xxxReplyCancel

  • Carla - March 4, 2015 - 04:38

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for all the information you are sharing with us. Via your blog and via the courses (I purchased all your courses from creativelive). I (also) prefer natural light but from time to time there is just not enough light available (dark rainy days) and then I also use artifical (continuous) light. I wonder, with what aperture/shutter speed/iso you can shoot using the artifical light you use?

    Thanks in advance
    CarlaReplyCancel

  • Janice - February 5, 2015 - 09:41

    Awesome idea! Do you have to get a continuous light with this. I have strobes so they wouldnt work.ReplyCancel

  • Hope Connolly - February 2, 2015 - 09:38

    Hi Kelly

    Thank you for this, some beautiful images and great info!
    Love the bucket! Do you have a company that does them or was it a random find?ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsey Good - February 1, 2015 - 04:34

    Thank you for sharing! I have been looking for a continuous lighting set up… and now I have one I trust to give amazing result 🙂 thanks again xReplyCancel

  • Ani Tsatourian - January 31, 2015 - 08:33

    Thank you Kelly, for sharing this wonderful information. I wanted to learn more about the nests you use, but the link in the article for Island Vine Designs doesn’t seem to be working. I was wondering if you could share the link again. Thank you in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - January 30, 2015 - 02:09

    What white balance did you set on your camera when using shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED? Thank youReplyCancel

  • Jessica - January 30, 2015 - 02:08

    What white balance do you set on your camera when you use shot with the Jinbei EF 200 watt sunlight LED? Thank you for the article. I have never used anything but natural light but looking for indoor lighting options and this looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Agata Langer - January 30, 2015 - 00:36

    Thank you for this blog post, Kelly!
    Just wondering if your white balance was the same for both set-ups or if that artificial light you are using is close enough to daylight and you don’t have to worry about changing your white balance 🙂
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Marzia - Upho Studio - January 29, 2015 - 23:11

    Very useful review, thank you! I might buy this one.ReplyCancel

  • Luciana - January 29, 2015 - 22:58

    Thank you so much for another beautiful post, for always sharing your knowledge and inspiring us to try new things.ReplyCancel

  • luisa velasquez - January 29, 2015 - 20:55

    I love it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Cleary - January 29, 2015 - 19:17

    Thank you very much Kelly. Gorgeous work as always. This blog post is SO helpful xReplyCancel

  • Mel Hersey - January 29, 2015 - 15:56

    Thank you so much for going to the trouble of sharing and the links too! Much appreciated 🙂ReplyCancel

2014 has definitely been the biggest year for Little Pieces Photography!  I have put a small video together of all the highlights and babies I have had the privilege to take photos of using my favourite slideshow company Animoto along with beautiful music from Triple Scoop Music.

It certainly was incredible year!!!  139 Newborn Babies Photographed, 23 Photographers privately mentored, 19 newborn posing classes in 12 countries to 193 photographers and 3 photography conferences!  Oh and a few new trophies along the way as well 😀  Winning the AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year 2014 is the biggest honour!    I have so much gratitude for the opportunities and the support I have received over the past few years – it’s unbelievable!!!  Thank you my beautiful clients that trust me with their baby photography and to all the wonderful photographers that I have met and most importantly my incredible family for putting up with me.

I wish you all a year filled with adventure, embraced opportunities and endless love and laughter.

Kelly Brown 🙂

 

 

Newborn & Baby Photography by Photographer Kelly Brown

Lately I’ve had a few messages from new photographers to our industry regarding the safety of certain newborn poses so I thought I would share some of my thoughts regarding safety, some tips and a couple of images.

 

The safety of the baby is the most important aspect of your session. And, parents will also feel more comfortable throughout the session knowing that their baby is in safe hands.

 

We must remember that it is a privilege to be asked to photograph these little bundles and I believe that too often then not we get caught up in getting ‘the’ shot that we forget the real reason we are hired – which is to document every little detail of these babies and this incredible time in our clients lives so that it can be remembered forever.

 

When photographing newborns, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The simplest of images are often the most beautiful and treasured.

 

These are the safety rules I have in place for my studio…

 

  • Never leave a baby unattended in a prop, on your posing bag or with a young sibling.
  • Always have a spotter or parent next to your baby when using props
  • Use a support hand or finger when posing the baby and clone it out later in Photoshop.
  • Don’t force a baby into any pose. Instead, adjust them to where they are comfortable.
  • Have your camera strap around your neck when shooting above the baby.
  • Never stand on anything above the baby in case you fall or it breaks.
  • Never put a baby inside or on an object / prop that could potentially break or fall.
  • Glass props should never be used.

 

There are some poses that you may be asked to create by your client. I can’t stress enough how important it is to know how they are created safely.  Some being composite images that will require Photoshop to put multiple images together.  Composite images are the only way to really ensure the safety of the baby when doing poses like the ‘froggy’ or ‘cocoon’. You need to be able to explain to your clients what’s involved with creating these set ups as they will be required to assist you if you don’t work with an assistant.

I would explain to the parents that if the baby becomes uncomfortable at any stage, you would move onto the next pose. I personally would leave images like these if they are requested till the end of the session and I would not attempt poses like these on your own if doing them for the first time.

 

If the baby isn’t going into a position easily or is showing signs of discomfort by waking or wriggling it’s time to move on or finish the session if you are at the end.

 

I am lucky enough to know a lovely photographer by the name of Fiona McGuire who before having her own children worked in neonatal and paediatric intensive care and special care wards as a physiotherapist. A while back we had a discussion about poses like the ‘froggy’ and the ‘taco’ regarding the dangers. I believe it’s very important to understand babies and what they’re capable of when handling them. No shot is worth the risk if something was to go wrong.

 

And I’m a big believer in “prevention is ALWAYS better then cure”.

 

The positioning…

The ‘froggy’ pose puts the hips into a bent up and spread wide position (flexion and abduction). This causes their muscles up the back of the legs and bottom to stretch. When in utero most babies hips and knees are bent up like this, which is why after birth their legs will remain up and bent when they’re on their backs. So in theory there should be little risk of dislocating hips in this position as dislocation usually happens when the legs are bent up and bought in together.  My main worry with this pose is the placement of the hands – getting them into position requires a very sleepy, relaxed baby. If they’re wriggling around in this upright position they will be very unstable because a newborns neck is not strong enough to support their head – Most babies are top heavy as their head accounts to roughly 25% of their body weight. And if the hands and head are not properly supported the weight of the head can put a lot of strain on their little wrists.

 

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The hip positioning in the ‘froggy’ pose is basically the same as in the ‘taco’. But in the ‘taco’ pose the weight of the upper body is on their lower half, which can be very uncomfortable to the baby if they are not supported and positioned properly. I tend to only attempt this pose on newborns that naturally draw their legs up into this position.

 

If a baby has unstable hips with a tendency to dislocate this should have been picked up during their screening after birth at the hospital. I would check with the parents about screening before attempting either of these poses.

 

And, use common sense. If the baby isn’t easily going into a certain position or is showing signs of discomfort do NOT force them.

 

The more comfortable you make the baby during your sessions the more content they will be. If they are continually moved and disturbed during the shoot they will become over stimulated and unsettled. Gentle, small movements that transition babies into different poses will keep your babies nice and calm and ensure a smoother session.

 

And remember that every baby is different. They will all have ‘their’ comfy spot so they need to be worked with and photographed individually.

 

 

froggy comp post

Above left the ‘froggy’ pose on the left and above right a safe simple hand held set up using the posing bag.

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Above the ‘taco’ pose.  This image has been rotated counter clockwise to make the baby look like they were lying flat.

coocoon comp

Above the ‘cocoon’ pose.

  • Gustavo Gonzalez - November 13, 2017 - 18:57

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I own your CL class about this topic and I love to see how you work.ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle - March 15, 2016 - 09:29

    Kelly,
    Thank you again for putting a huge emphasis on safety, and for teaching it firmly. I enjoyed watching you on CL talking about this important topic. Any photographer willing to specialise in newborns should watch your class, and this blog post is a must read too!
    IsabelleReplyCancel

  • Diane Bartoo - September 22, 2015 - 16:47

    Thank you for sharing this information on newborn safety. Learning the specifics on why these poses need to be a composite and seeing the images that make up the final portrait is so helpful.

    You are a true artist, you work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Michael Lunny - March 25, 2015 - 21:44

    Beautiful work Kelly, I will definitely be following you. You are an amazing new born photographer. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 04:00

    What a great post, Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 03:59

    Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Tabatha Long - January 27, 2015 - 19:23

    Thank you for this post! I have shyed away from taking clients with newborns because I don’t have children and am always afraid something is going to happen. I think I will try out your suggestions as my friends have children to get myself more comfortable. Thank you for the information!ReplyCancel

  • canvas prints - January 22, 2015 - 00:21

    The picture look amazing. you can really tell that your a true artist. really nice work.ReplyCancel

  • Ginni Tuggle - December 16, 2014 - 04:43

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with your followers. It is so helpful! Last week i had a newborn session that I was doing as a gift for one of my husband’s employees. When mom arrived with her baby, she informed me that the baby has acid reflux and has stopped breathing after being fed. I was almost afraid to do any poses with this baby because I was afraid she was going to stop breathing on me! She was 7 weeks old so I knew from the get-go that I wouldn’t be able to do some of the poses that I could with brand new babies, but when her mom told me about her breathing, I was even more afraid to move her. I ended up placing her on her side (mom said that is the best position for her breathing) and doing a wrap with several different bows, headbands and hats. It was frustrating but I explained to mom that this was the best I could do given her breathing issues. What would you have done?ReplyCancel

  • Rozarfedo - November 20, 2014 - 22:48

    The poses in which the photography of a new born has done are very helpful and it shows that lots of efforts have been made for the new born photography. Well Done.ReplyCancel

  • Frances Mcgoldrick - November 15, 2014 - 20:41

    Love your work…you are so patient and gentile with the babies..an artist at work—like magic!
    Thank you for the tips and insight
    FranReplyCancel