This week has been super special as I’ve gotten the chance to catch up with some of my favorite wedding clients from the past couple of years and play with their babies! Baby “A” was only 7 days and the promise of a sleepy and totally posable baby did not come to pass (as it almost never does). Personally, while having photos of sleeping babies draped over interesting props like sloths are adorable, let’s face it. They are cute humans chalk full of brimming, burgeoning personality, so showcasing all of that in the baby photos is my favorite thing. That and the fact that I’ve only had one baby ever fall asleep during a photo shoot at my studio in Troy, Michigan. I heat the studio excessively and photograph the babies before they are 10 days old when they typically start to wake up. But even then, they do rarely sleep. They are attentive, curious little newborns who want to show off their new trick of letting their personalities shine through! Who am I to argue with that?
I started off my photo shoot of newborn baby “A” while she was still groggy from her ride and I was able to take photos of her sleepingish through one outfit change. I have my couples arrive with their baby dressed in the “must have” outfit for this reason. Then we can move into other outfits and props depending on the baby’s needs.
I shot this photo and it seemed to me that the pose ended up looking a lot like Michelangelo’s “Hands of God and Adam” picture that’s at the top of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Well, the God part anyways. So what’s a photographer in her down season to do? Create the picture, of course! Here’s the original;
And here’s what I couldn’t help but do myself. All I need now is to find a baby who can sit up and play the part of Adam!
If you’re wondering about the rest of the newborn Troy Michigan in home studio baby photography shoot, here are some of the other images.