Those of you that know me and my work know that I love keeping things simple. I tried the whole prop and accessory genre of newborn photography, doing all those fancy poses with the funny names (froggy, taco, potato sac etc….) and over time I realized that I am simply in love with simple. Please don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong at all with the props/colours/poses if that’s what you love. But I have fallen in love with something different and I know that many parents out there also love simple, classic images of their newborn (or maternity, child and family images!)
There is of course still work involved in achieving simplicity. Because all the other distractions are gone from the image you have to make sure you are doing simple really, really well to have it be a solid artistic image. So although the following should always be considered even when using props/accessories it becomes more important with the art of simplicity: lighting, composition, camera angles, emotion etc…
I teach my methods in 1:1 private workshops for those that are just starting out in the field of newborn and maternity photography and want a very hands on learning experience but I have decided to also release a video demonstrating my workflow process for a basic simple newborn session for those that prefer to learn at their own pace and don’t need the hands on approach. This is an excellent starting point for beginners…once you have mastered the basic simplicity you can then build your style into what you love. Maybe you want to stay with simple. Maybe you prefer to add some colour, maybe accessories are part of your vision. With art, the sky is the limit…but why run before you can walk. Start with the basics. It’s entirely possible to create a stunning gallery of images for your clients with one white blanket, one white wrap, some simple baby onesies and perhaps a black blanket for some more fine art looks. That’s all you need. That and some light Beautiful light is key in shooting any genre.
You can find my Simple Session Workflow Video in my store here: SFP Store along with other shorter videos and products to help you learn the art of simplicity.
And here is a little peek of the newly released video…
Happy shooting and remember to look for the beauty in the simplicity!