By Guest Contributor Jennie Pyfferoen
When it comes to newborn photography, there are so many aspects that make the photos stand out. Of major importance is composition. It can make all the difference in how a photo looks. I took some poorly composited images to show the difference.
For this pose, known as the “butt in the air” shot, you can do it many ways, but I always find it best to be looking down on the baby, rather than at their level. Here is my preferred composite. I’m looking down on him and I’m to the left of him, showing an indirection of his face and getting the behind blurry 🙂
Here is a composite that is not my favorite. I’m at his level, he is centered and high in the frame. The angle just doesn’t show his features as well.
Same pose, but take a vertical shot and turn it horizontal for a lovely negative space composition.
I love negative space. It really draws the eye towards the best features and makes photos so much more aesthetically pleasing. Here is one where you see different features than if I had been straight on. I’m slightly to the left of him and looking down, yet again.
Now for the head in hands shot. This one is the one that I find to be VERY important. Now, this one tends to be more centered, but I still look down on baby. As you see in the first shot, I was not looking down and you can see UP his nose. Always try to not shoot up the nose 🙂 In the 2nd image is the better composition, shooting down and centered for this pose.
Here are more images where cradling the corner to get an angled shot can be much more appealing. Angles take practice but can really make for some cool creations!
About the author: I was raised in Indiana. I have a background in Early Childhood Education and a B.S. in psychology. My plan was to own a child care with all newborns. I guess I did something close. I never knew I would become a newborn photographer. I describe my process into this career like this: I was walking along one day, and out of nowhere, I tripped and fell into a giant, glorious hole that I call newborn photography. I knew what I wanted to do when I saw Kelley Ryden and Tracy Raver on the Today show in January 2010. I haven’t looked back since.
2013 is going to be huge for my business, I have some big plans and I cannot wait to unveil them!