Michaele is our newest little nephew and certainly a cutie. He was rather easy to photograph for a newborn because he’s got a pretty strong neck for being so young so he didn’t do a whole lot of face planting like the usual baby. We loved photographing him and stuffing him into this tiny suitcase for our first shot.
For this entire shoot we used studio lighting. Just a pair of SB-600 strobes facing each other in a cross-light fashion. One through a small softbox, and the other bounced into a silver umbrella. I mention this for those photographers out there following our blog.
Lighting is something we are beginning to value more and more in our photography, especially when it comes to baby shoots. Which is kind of bringing us to a bit of a dilemma. On one hand, we love producing clean, intentional shots where the lighting sparks into the baby’s eyes and the images come through sharp and well-executed. On the other hand, though, we’re worried of getting pulled in more and more into a studio style of photography. We pride ourselves in delivering documentary-style photography, especially with our family shoots. But we’ve noticed that with very young babies there is a constant tug of war we’re trying to fight with in our style.
Do we stick to our original passion of photo-journalism and find a way of making that excel with babies, or do we give in to the fact that studio lighting simply delivers a better image?
I think we want to master both, and my hope is that as we continue to progress and grow, we can blend these two styles and shape them into our own signature photography.