BE­HIND THE LENS

Meet our cover pho­tog­ra­pher

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What do you love about pho­tograph­ing new­borns?

Ev­ery­thing! Their smell, their breath­ing, their size, the sheer beauty of just be­ing days old.

What are the chal­lenges?

Work­ing with fussy ba­bies and fig­ur­ing out how to com­fort them. Some need to be swad­dled, oth­ers re­ally warm. Some like tummy time, oth­ers like be­ing on their back. I have a short pe­riod of time to get to know this new lit­tle be­ing and try to do my work as ef­fi­ciently and safely as I can.

Are there trends?

Every sea­son. I have been a pho­tog­ra­pher for 18 years and I have seen many trends come and go. When I started it was a naked baby on a black back­ground – no props or any­thing! Now it’s all about or­ganic and nat­u­ral fi­bres, as well as lots of flower in­flu­ences.

Have you ever been peed on? (or worse!)

Al­most every day – and both!

What tricks have you learned?

My yoga ball is the best tool ever! Ba­bies love be­ing held and gen­tly bounced. It works like magic! Wrap­ping and shush­ing works, too.

What props do you like to use?

Bas­kets, beds, bean­bags, bowls – you name it!

How do you make a new­born pose look nat­u­ral when it isn’t?

It’s all about po­si­tion­ing the baby in your hands un­til you can feel that they are com­fort­able and po­si­tioned in a way that is pleas­ing, to them and to the eye.

What do you look for in a model?

A well-fed, non-gassy baby.

Any tips for par­ents be­fore they bring baby to a ses­sion?

We sug­gest par­ents feed the baby right be­fore the ses­sion. If baby wakes early it’s best to feed them then let them go back to sleep. Upon ar­rival they can wake and feed them, which usu­ally works very well.

Do you have chil­dren?

Yes! My kids are 13, 15 and 17 years old. I started pho­tograph­ing them from day one and still do! They all have cam­eras, In­sta­gram ac­counts, Youtube chan­nels and all cap­ture their own im­ages, too.

How do you bal­ance home life and work?

I don’t work on Sun­days and Mon­days, which al­lows time to spend at home and plan for the week ahead. We all keep shared cal­en­dars and talk daily and some­time hourly to be on the same page. We all know where ev­ery­one is, we plan din­ners and time to­gether.

Do you have a favourite quote, mantra, or phi­los­o­phy of life?

Maya An­gelou – “When you know bet­ter, you do bet­ter,” and Henry David Thoreau – “Live the life you imag­ine.”

Go to Trea­sures.co.nz to read the full in­ter­view with Ana and to view more of her beau­ti­ful new­born pho­to­graphs.

FOL­LOW ANA HERE

anabrandt.com in­sta­gram.com/anabrandt belly­babylove.com

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