Baby Amelie’s 1st Photoshoot, West Sussex

On Sunday, we packed up the car and drove down to Pagham, near Chichester to photograph 4 week old Amelie. In truth, we actually packed up two cars as we have an unhealthy number of gorgeous props and backdrops, which in addition to our lights, camera equipment and giant baby beanbag means we have no chance of getting everything in one vehicle anymore! (note to self, need studio or van!).

It was a beautiful sunny day and as we drove along the seafront in convoy, I couldn’t help but give a (in my opinion, superb) rendition of Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Spring must be on its way, right?!

We arrived at Barbara & Ken’s lovely home and began unloading. Stacey & Tim would be arriving with Amelie shortly and we wanted to be ready for them. They had a spacious dining area with patio doors which were allowing natural light to flood in and would be a great focal point for our set-up. We built the frame and placed the beanbag alongside the window and use our giant pop up backdrop in front of the doors to create a giant softbox.

We wanted to create very soft, natural lighting and popped up our new Pixapro Lumi 400 (800w) lights, one with the lovely 120cm Octagon Gridbox and the other with an umbrella. The Octabox cast beautiful feathered light over the subject point and the fill from the umbrella would help with any unwanted shadows. We set them to minimum power and used modeling mode, rather than flash to help keep the baby calm and happy.

Newborn photography Sussex

 

Newborn photography Sussex

We greeted Stacey, Tim & Amelie and chatted them through the running order for the afternoon, we were keen to get pictures of them as well as just the baby, and had a few different set-ups in mind. Usually it is best to photograph a newborn when they are 10 days or younger as they are inevitably sleepy and are more ‘moveable’. Amelie was 4 weeks old and she was keen to keep her beautiful big eyes open and did not want to miss out on a thing, she was also keen to keep stretching out her arms and legs, which made some of our favourite poses tricky, but that simply meant we adapted and worked around her.

What that meant, was that we captured lots of gorgeous images of her beautiful big eyes and some shots that really captured her personality, which I absolutely LOVE!

When shooting a newborn, it is so important that we create a calm and relaxed environment, I always place a heated blanket on the beanbag to keep baby snug and we are very much working around them. New baby’s need to feed and be changed on a frequent basis, and we always allow for that, so our baby shoots are never rushed and we work until we get what we need, or until baby tells us that we’re done!

Once we’d captured a selection of pictures of Amelie on her own, we removed the beanbag, and used the giant ‘softbox’ as a backdrop, draped with black fabric, to capture some family portraits of the three of them together. All we needed to do, was move the backdrop away from the window and place the light which previously had the umbrella attached, behind the screen in order to provide some backlight. We used the Octabox really close to the subject to create a beautiful soft, feathered effect, the results you will see below!

We decided to finish off with some ‘high-key’ shots, so removed the black background and adjusted the light settings in order to create a different end result, with them against a white background. You’ll notice we asked Stacey and Tim to change from black shirts to white for this.

Nick and I do as many shoots as we can together, as we both get so much enjoyment from it, but Nick really took the lead on this one. I did a few of the baby posed pictures, but it was great to have Nick direct and capture these wonderful memories, his confidence continues to grow and he has such talent, I’m very proud to call him my ‘Photography Husband!’. I was very much  ‘behind the scenes’ at this shoot, helping to calm and pose Amelie, holding backdrops up and switching out props etc, which was great fun too, we have an amazing little team and it makes every work day a real pleasure!

All in all a brilliant day, thank you so much for having us Gorman Family!

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex

Newborn photography Sussex