Updated: May 13
When I started out photographing newborns I went with what I could see everyone else was doing. I tried to learn the poses that other photographers seemed to be able to mold babies into and bought blankets and wraps in every colour. However as I worked in this way, it didn't feel right. I never felt okay manipulating brand new babies into poses they would never be in naturally and I felt stressed by the need to get babies to stay asleep in order to work in this way with them. I constantly found myself reaching for whites and neutrals as that is what appealed to my eye.
So I took a step back, got some one on one mentoring help and really looked at what I believe in. I believe that newborns are perfect just the way they are. I believe that they should not be put in poses that are not natural and I knew in my gut that I didn't want to fight them on sleep. I believe that newborn photography should be unposed, baby led, natural and authentic.
And so I found myself forging my own way with my work, seeking out like minded photographers and trying out new things. I now find myself in a place that feels so right and makes my heart sing both when I am photographing, and later when I am looking at those images on my computer. The difference in the way I feel about it tells me everything I need to know. This is the newborn photography space I belong in, and this is where I want to be.