Newborn shoot this week! Tips?

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Newborn shoot this week! Tips?

So, I'm finally getting my hands on a REAL newborn this Thursday! The last two babies I have done have been 3 weeks and 10 weeks, so I am excited to shoot a 10-day-old this week! Smile

I do have a question, though! This will be my first time using the bean bag. I have a fairly good idea of "how" to use it, but I wanted to know what you guys liked BEST under your blankets for propping... Boppy or towel? I used a Boppy with the 3 weeker (on a bed) and she seemed to fall into the middle of it and it was hard to prop her with it because she was tiny. This newborn was 9.8 lbs at birth, so I'm not too concerned about her being too tiny, but still. I wondered if rolling a towel up under the blanket is easier? Anyone have any suggestions with this?

Also, I don't know why, but side shots (baby lying on side) baffle me. How do you get a newborn to stay on their side? Do you smooth a little "nest" into the top of the bean bag to give them support? I've tried it twice and both times the baby looked totally awkward and uncomfortable and didn't stay situated nicely.

I just wondered if anyone had any suggestions for me! Smile

TIA!

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I normally use a boppy and then use a towel shoved into the middle of the boppy to make it less extreme. I'd love to know how everyone else does it though, as newborns are definitely not my strongest area.

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So how did it go? I have had the same issue with the boppy and I tried my last session without and did like it better. I would love to go to a workshop or be able to shadow someone sometime! I would love to see someone in action!

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I'd love to know how it went too. I have only ever done 1 newborn and that was a flop!

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I use whatever works haha!

For me, it depends on the baby, especially if you have a wriggler or wide awake one compared to a sleepy pliable baby.

I use, bean bag, rolled up blankets and a boppy but I also use smaller blankets and even sometimes hats or bits to raise certain areas if needed.

I am by no means an expert but I have done 7 newborns now and they were all done differently haha!

I'm supposed to be doing a newborn shoot right now but they havent turned up and are now 1.5 hours late, not sure if they'll turn up now or not.

Have heaps of fun

Cazz

Good luck.

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I just did a newborn shoot yesterday and used towels under the blankets. I tend to prefer black, but need to get some more blankets so I can practice variety...


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Well, it went okay, I guess!! She was super awake and pretty much refused to sleep most of the time! Mom ended up nursing her about 3 times before we got 10 or so minutes of sleep! But it wasn't a deep sleep, so I didn't move her a whole lot. Once we got her settled, I just went with it!!

I ended up leaving the Boppy at home and just brought a towel with me to roll under my cloth. I think I like that better for most shots, though I didn't get to test it out with any of her on her belly. I think I did like having the Boppy, though, for those "sunken" shots. I have another newborn in about 5-6 weeks, so I think I'll bring both with me, then!

ETA: Thanks for the examples, Beth!! SO cute!! I love them! I really would like to get some blankets, I just haven't invested into anything since all of my shoots are free! But I think it would make my PP life a lot easier.

Here are a few!

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2.
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3. Hand chop. :doh:
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4.
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lovely job... Don't care about the hand chop in number 3 that smile makes up for it!

Cazz

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Love #4 Jen! gorgeous!

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Great shots, I have never done photos of a newborn other then my own, and those were done with a P&S and were snaps.

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Great shots, Jen!

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WHAT FUN!!! #4 is probably my favorite (there's just something about mom and babe that always gets me), but I love that smile on #3 as well. GREAT CATCH!!!

TFS!
GiGi