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    I met this fellow mommy from a mommy Facebook group in our area. She contacted me about maternity and newborn pictures. The time came for the maternity photos (which are shared here), and I struggled with them. They weren't a very outgoing family at all. The little boy only gave me a few shots, and hubby wasn't talkative at all.

    I wasn't exactly looking forward to the newborn session after doing the maternity. I just didn't connect very well with the family, but had high hopes that since I was focusing on the baby, that things would go better. Wrong! First of all, the baby was born last Monday. She had a couple of days in the hospital (of course), and by the time she was home, I was super busy with getting our house ready to be put on the market. Then, add in the holiday weekend, and that brought us to Tuesday. Baby was not sleepy in the slightest. She apparently had not taken the paci at all....until the day I came to photograph her. I was there for 3 hours and she only fell asleep in her mom's arms after we took her outside. We tried moving her back inside, and the moment I tried to pose her, she woke up. I was oh so gentle too!

    So we made due with a wide awake baby. I was really hoping to get some posed shots, but it just wasn't going to happen. Oh, and big brother was so uncooperative. I think mom wanted a few more shots with big brother, but he just wouldn't let me. *sigh* This family makes me feel so defeated!

    Anyway, here's what I got. I'd love to know what you all think. All natural light with my 50mm 1.4. Comps may be off, since I don't crop much when I give them the disc so they don't chop major things off if it's tight. If you want/need settings, let me know. Noiseware stripped the data.

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    He had been so excited to have her on his lap. She was really wiggly, and I think that freaked him out. This is the ONLY (literally one and only) full body I got of the two of them.


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    This was shot with my 18-55mm and my speedlite
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    Stephanie, I think 2 and 4 are great! Great eye contact (as usual!) in #2. I think it is adorable.

    #s 1 and 3 are nice also - maybe not the way you had envisioned them in your head, but definitely shots mom will appreciate having...I think you captured the emotion in both of these!! I think the conversion looks especially nice in #1 and big brother probably IS freaked out, so I think it is fine for him to appear that way!

    Sorry about not connecting with the family though. That is tough. I would not have known you had a difficult time based on these pictures.

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    In #1 I love the conversion but the only thing bothering me is her hair. I think if she just would have put her hand thru it quickly it would have worked better. That being said she looks a whole heck of alot better than I ever did after having a baby


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    The boy just looks beautiful! Too bad baby was not sleeping on him but I am sure mom will love that one.


    #4 LOVE THIS! great job and sorry it was hard to connect with the family. Ur a great photographer so dont let this get you down.

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    Sorry to hear you didn't click with the family, I think you did really well, I know I would have appreciated wonderful shots like these with my girls.


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    #1 is great, genuine emotion, beautifully done.

    Love #2, really great - sharp and wonderful light!

    #3 is really precious. I think it's a very natural, beautiful moment between two siblings. You can sense a bit of the awkwardness of an older sibling with a new baby... my daughter had this awkwardness that was driven by awe of her little baby brother... it's the type of thing I see here. It's totally beautiful.

    I guess to each his own, but #4 doesn't really work for me... but obviously it does for others, so what do I know.

    I wouldn't have sensed that you had any difficulty whatsoever in working with this family. Too bad the babe wouldn't sleep much, but really great shots!

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    I think you've got some good cc so far. I do have to agree with Tracy on #4. I can't quite put my finger on what I don't like about it. I think the idea is good though, just not sure what would have made it better. I really like the color version of #2 you have on fb.
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    Number three is my favourite. Okay, maybe it isn't the best "photograph" but I think if these were my children I would be ecstatic with this photo. And let's face it, that's what she's paying for to capture.

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    I like #4, but it throws me off a little because I always lay my kids in the crib the other direction.

    Also the bottom of her body is up poofier than her head and it makes it a little unbalanced, imo. But I still think it is a nice capture.

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    I totally agree with all of Tracy's CC, and also agree with Tialee about the hair.

    I think #4 would look better if it were straight-on so the slats & top rail didn't look tilted (they look slightly off). But I would rather see the baby without any rails around it/in front of it.

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    Thank you all so much for the CC! It is so very helpful and much appreciated. I'd love to continue to photograph newborns to get a feel for whether I'd like to continue to offer newborn sessions. I'm surprised, based on this one, that I didn't run off screaming that I'd never do a newborn again
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