The plan was in place early. Kinsley would be professionally photographed for the first time before she was even a week old. But sometimes plans don’t work out. Mandie’s unexpected c-section meant that she would spend those first days trying to rest and recover. At first, Mandie was optimistic and thought that she might still be able to make it out to the studio for Kinsley’s portrait. As the day for our portraits neared, it became clear that it would not work out. Not to be deterred, we quickly came up with a plan B.
Plan B would involve packing up the studio equipment and going mobile for Kinsley’s newborn portrait session. Packing up all of the studio equipment for an on-site session was a new experience and although I thought I had everything for the session, when I started setting everything up, I realized that I had forgotten something. And it wasn’t a little something. It was a BIG something. What I had forgotten was the flash trigger for the lighting equipment. Without a trigger, the flash heads were useless.
After a bit of internal grumbling, a new plan materialized. Fortunately, I had packed my two Speedlites and had everything that I needed to mount them on my light stands and fire them with the built-in trigger on my camera. Whew! Disaster averted.
Josh and Mandie did a great job of keeping Kinsley awake until just before I arrived. With a full tummy, and a bit of sleep needed, Kinsley was fast asleep as I began her portraits.
We started out with Kinsley in a diaper, but quickly realized that the diaper needed to come off. Of course, any parent will tell you that as soon as the diaper comes off, things can get messy. I put my game face on, and charged on.
I admit, I am not a newborn photographer, but things seemed to go smoothly. I moved around and photographed Kinsley from several angles, then posed her little body as best I could, and repeated the same process. I realized later while reviewing the images that this session was less diverse than my other portrait sessions. There weren't any set changes or a mixture of indoor and outdoor scenery to turn to for variety, but because it was a newborn session, the focus was clear. It was all about baby Kinsley.
I wanted to get an image to show just how small Kinsley was. I had Mandie hold Josh’s hand while Josh was holding onto Kinsley’s hand. The layering of hands next to Kinsley’s face showed just how small she really was. It was also a nice way to take a kind of family portrait, without taking the focus off of Kinsley. It was a nice way to end the session with the whole family together.