Things to remember on your newborn shoot
1 Posing twins
Posing is often a challenge on these shoots, as newborns lack the strength to hold themselves up. So plan your poses and be prepared to improvise. If necessary, ask a parent to hold the babies gently in place, as we did here. Keep the arm out of frame, or clone it out afterwards.
3 Details and scale
Detail shots can tell a story, and they’re relatively easy compared to the trickier wider portraits. It’s especially nice if you can include a sense of scale, by comparing the parent’s hands with the baby’s tiny fingers or toes. A black-and-white conversion can be a good choice here.
5 Modest poses
If you want to capture the babies naked, think about posing them to hide privates. This can be tough, if they’re moving around but you can gently move legs to cover things up. You can also shoot several frames from a similar position to put together a modest pose after.
2 Head towards the light
People look natural when lit from above. This is because it’s where we’re used to seeing light fall on people – from the sky. This still applies when the subject is lying down, so angle their head towards the window and their feet away slightly so the light falls on the head from above.
4 Pin-sharp eyes
When the plane of focus is shallow, we need to focus on the closest eye, so move your focus point accordingly. With twins, try to get their eyes on the same plane of focus. If they’re not lined up, we can shoot two frames to make sure both are sharp, and then combine later.
6 Retouch spots
A brief retouching job will help polish things off. Photoshop’s Clone and Spot Healing tools are ideal. Use the Spot Healing tool to remove spots and marks, and switch to the Clone tool set to 20% opacity to gradually smooth out rough patches or creases in the material.