Tough Newborn Session

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Tough Newborn Session

It looks like I didn't post any images from this session yet. Silly me. This was a tough one, baby would NOT sleep...and baby was the right age and everything at just one week old. I was there for two hours and baby FINALLY fell asleep moments after I had put my camera away to go pick up Nathan from Daycare.

Fortunately this was a free session done for a friend, so I don't fee too terrible about the lack of variety in these images.

Anyway...do you think any of these will work for my portfolio?

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8. Ha, as baby is falling asleep at the very end of the session. This is the last shot I got.
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I love # 8, what a sweet pic!

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I love them, and #8 is so sweet--I love that sleep-smiling that newborns do.

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That last picture it darling!

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Wow that baby looks older than newborn! What lighting did you use? I like the feet and the last the best. Though the last might not work for a portfolio because it kind of has a snap-shottish feel and your work seems to be more formal than that usually. I guess it depends on what you are going for. I don't really care for the open mouthed dazed look just because he looks a little older than newborn.

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"stampasaurus" wrote:

Wow that baby looks older than newborn! What lighting did you use? I like the feet and the last the best. Though the last might not work for a portfolio because it kind of has a snap-shottish feel and your work seems to be more formal than that usually. I guess it depends on what you are going for. I don't really care for the open mouthed dazed look just because he looks a little older than newborn.

Yeah...not much you can do to get an awake newborn to close their mouth. LOL! We tried and tried to get him to sleep...rocking, feeding, rocking, ssshhhhing, feeding. Sigh.

Lighting was a window in the living room. The dad is a camera operator, so he also had a full size reflector that we used on the non-window side. A few shots used fill flash...and the smiling shot is bounced flash.

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You are good at the fill flash. I can't tell which used it and which didn't. I only asked about the lighting because my natural light pics indoors never look as good as this!

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fav is #3,
personally don't love 4/5 colouring (esp after seeing such nice pink baby), kinda looks grey after seeing the others. 5 I think the head looks like it was cut in a straight line.
love the smiling one at the end, so cute to have.

as always awesome focus

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Great feedback everyone...thanks!

Steph...flash was used on the foot shot...the mom and baby shot and obviously the smiling baby shot. Once I changed to the black background, the clouds had covered the sun, so I needed the flash to help out.

And you can see pretty clearly in the foot shot the line of light from the window. The foot would have been very dark on the half away from the window without the flash.

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My fav is #3. This is just me, but I am not fond of the processing used on #4...not sur what it is though. The last one is just precious.

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awww. what a sweet (nonsleeping) baby. you got some really nice shots there.

I am with some of the others, not a fan of the PPing on 4/5 ... I'd love to see 5 with the same PP as the first couple. that might one of my favorites in terms of composition. I love the mom and baby shot (and vote for that in your portfolio). and of course, that last one is just great.

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Only problem is that the PP on these was pretty much all the same. hmmmmm....what to do. Could you guys describe what you're seeing that bothers you in #4 and 5? Is it the color...and if so, what color are you seeing that bothers you?

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it's the color ... baby looks gray. but you know, after dealing with color profile issues, I wonder if those were saved aRGB instead of sRGB. cause that's what it looks like to me.