BY NATASHA WHITELEY
Last time, with a bit of tongue in cheek, I discussed my top 5 requirements for newborn photography. By now, we know that newborn photography IS a lot of hard (but rewarding) work, so we wont mention that again.
Today I’m going to discuss the equipment I use.
Firstly you should know that I am a 100% natural light photographer, I do not use flashes or studio lights, I rely purely on the beautiful light nature gives me.
My newborn sessions are done in the privacy of my clients’ home, I set up in the room with the best light, I don’t need a lot of space and prefer to work in a medium sized room so I can control the heat.
What’s in my bag for newborn sessions?
- Canon 5d Mk II – I either use my 24-70mm 2.8L or my 50mm 1.4 (depending on the space)
- Canon 5d – 100mm 2.8 macro lens used for detail shots (hair, feet, toes, belly buttons ect)
- 5 in 1 reflector – hardly every use it, but it’s always with me.
- Backdrop stand – for shots with parents, if needed. I usually find it easier to just use a wall as the backdrop.
- Stand with reflector arm – I use this to drape my blankets over.
- Bean bag – I have been through lots of bean bags, the best one for me is the Puffla bean bag, I bought a relatively large one and it works perfectly for me. Your bean bag must be soft but still firm.
- Waterproof protector / linen savers – for protecting the bean bag from spills.
- Heater – I use a fan heater for 2 reasons, it warms a room quickly and it provides some white noise.
- Blankets and props – various blankets and props (hats, boxes, ect)
- Toweling nappies – I use these to wipe up spills, and sometimes will use a few when posing baby.
- Hand towel – for me. It’s hot and often sweaty
- I have various plastic boxes that I bought from plastic shops like Wespack, 1 for boy hats, 1 for girl hats, smaller one for unisex hats, etc and I have a bigger box that I carry all my blankets and props in. I like order and this helps me keep everything in line.
After every newborn session, my blankets and props are washed and steamed for hygiene purposes. Newborns don’t have a high immune system yet, so it’s best to keep things as clean and hygienic as you can.
Here are a few pull back shots (SOOC), I’ve taken at sessions as well as an edited portrait from that session.