Birth & Newborn Photography Tips | Baby’s Arrival

June 18, 2012

in Newborn Photography, Photography Tips, Photography Tutorials

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial


Follow along in our 3-part tutorial series on Birth Photography by Heather Nan Photography.  If you missed the other parts of this series, you can find them here:

Birth Photography Tips Part Two | Baby’s Arrival

Last week, I mentioned that I station myself behind the shoulder of the mother during labor. This ensures a prime spot to capture the baby’s first cries and the expressions of those awaiting his or her arrival. From there, I become engrossed with following that baby wherever it may go.

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I find this part of the story to move rather quickly depending on the situation. In hospitals, the time the parents have to physically bond can vary immensely.  You must be quick on your feet to capture those first bonding moments.  The cord may be cut immediately or the cord may wait to be cut, depending on the mother’s birth plan.  Be sure to ask about this in your pre-birth consultation to prepare for this particular shot. During home/birth center arrivals, I find this time to be much more relaxed, allowing for a bit more time to take photos of these precious first moments.

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

More often than not, the next phase after the baby’s arrival is weighing, measuring, and taking footprints of the wee one.  If you’ve been able to quickly establish a good relationship with the nurses as I mentioned last week, it will pay off.  They will allow you to document this first information about the baby well.

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

Once again, the progression varies, but generally the first bath comes next, particularly if the birth occurs in the hospital. This is done either by the nurse alone or with help from the new daddy. Sometimes the bath will come quite later in the story. This is something to discuss with the mother.  Ask if it is important to have you there, especially if it takes place away from her, in the nursery, for example.

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

There is so much obvious emotion and subtle observations to be documented during this first moments of a baby’s life. Follow that little one and watch for those tender moments transpire.

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

I Heart Faces Birth Photography Tutorial

Heather will be back again next week with her conclusion of this inspiring series on Birth Photography.

Heather Nan Parkinson for I Heart FacesHeather Parkinson, owner of Heather Nan Photography is a lover of capturing the significant moments of life, focusing mainly on wedding, birth and lifestyle family photography. Like her on Facebook, keep up with current work on her blog, ask questions at Formspring, follow her ramblings on Twitter, and her daughter’s hijinks on Tumblr .

 

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Jess October 10, 2016

Beautiful pictures <3. I'm just starting birth photography so this is super helpful. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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Rikki Hatfield September 3, 2015

Excellent tutorial!!! I like the way you photograph so that the parents will have a story through pictures! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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Sarah June 26, 2012

Truly admirable capture of a birth. But not only that, I love your style and use of available light. Have enjoyed your posts very much! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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Mia Glover June 19, 2012

Congratulations for a healthy delivery. I am so so happy for you and your new angel. Your baby is so cute.

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Declan Mc Glone June 18, 2012

Birth & Newborn Photography Tips – Baby’s Arrival #photography http://t.co/RhHwhCt8

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heather nan June 18, 2012

I generally shoot with a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/1.4, but I keep an 85mm and 20mm nearby too.

Thank you for your kind words!

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Maureen Petru June 18, 2012

Love your posts! I would love to venture into this arena. I had both my daughters by c-section, so I feel like I missed out on so much of their first moments since I had to sit by myself in recovery. I am curious what lens/es you find you use most during these sessions? I am sure they have to be fast so you can capture things when there is only minimal light available. Some of my favorite images are those that show mood through your use of light in them – such as the very last one in this post. I am guessing you are using a 35 or 50mm? Such a gift to these families!

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Kimber June 18, 2012

These pictures absolutely made me cry. What an amazing thing to do for a family. Wow. Thank you so much for this post.

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Dana Suggs June 18, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! I have enjoyed shooting births so much and most people do NOT understand what in the world I am talking about! I would LOVE to specialize in this if I could! 😀

Thank you Heather!!

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Life with Kaishon June 18, 2012

I love your tips Heather. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Rebekah June 18, 2012

Please tell me this is the last of these posts! These are really making me miss having more babies! Not good! I’m already past my limit. ; )

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