Thought I'd go ahead and start this. Off to the other thread to catch up on CC!!
I photographed my good friend's newborn baby girl yesterday! She has 2 boys, and didn't know what this one was going to be. Everyone thought it was another boy. Even the doctor said, "It's a ...... Girl??" when she was born! Her house of blue is starting to be overrun with pink already.
I had a terribly difficult time with this. The noise was outrageous because she just had her windows tinted, and it was cloudy and rainy. I think we're going to try again another day this week over at my house where there's some more light. I put my flash on for some of them, but really tried to do without it. I don't remember exact settings and Noiseware stripped them, but I do know my ISO was somewhere around 5000-8000 on all of them (even when the flash was used). These are all I have at the moment.
#1866A5608-2_filteredweb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
This one was TERRIBLE with noise/grain. I'm going to tell her not to print this one out big, cause it will look terrible. I did a color fill layer in white on this one at a very low opacity to try to cover up some of the grain, and just masked it out of them a little bit. It's not sharp at all, but I know she's going to love this one.866A5649-2_filteredweb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
Biggest brother LOVES holding her, and was the one to finally get her to sleep so I could pose her a bit. I wish I would have had time to get more of a variety. When I tried moving her to her tummy for some shots, she woke up, and it was time for me to leave to bring the kids to VBS. Maybe next time!866A5680-2_filteredweb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
I love #1! her eyes look so bright and alert! I'm sure mom will love it too. I'm on my monitor at work, so take this with a grain of salt (a large one), but she looks a touch magenta. And the blanket looks a bit bright. But that is really nit picking. I actually love this one and think it would work so well for a birth announcement.
#2. at this size, the noise reduction isn't obvious. I can see why mom is going to love this one though. How wonderful to see them all together like that - with both boys looking right at you. If I had to nitpick this one, I would say that there is some kind of shadow or something by Dad's head (camera left, his right) that makes his head look slanted. But otherwise, I think they are both going to LOVE this shot!
#3. the light looks a bit more harsh in this one, but otherwise, I think it's a keeper! I love the framing. Baby looks in great focus, but I really like that the blanket is not. I think I'd like to see this one in b&w. You've got good shadows to work with and I'm thinking that a b&w would be a really timeless looking image here.
The great part about shooting a friend's baby is that you should have ample opportunity to do it again if you like! Does it make you excited for the shots of your little man to come?
Funny you should mention the b&w on the last one...I was one step ahead of you and had converted it when I processed the color version
866A5680-2bwweb by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
ABSOLUTELY AS STUNNING as I had imagined! Beautiful job, Steph!