Baby R IV was just 10 days new when I visited his family to take his newborn portraits. After a some cuddling with his mom and dad and a good meal, he slept like a champ. Sometimes half of the work during the newborn session is done by mom and dad. In order to get peaceful, sleepy images like the one below, a settled, comfortable, well fed baby is key.
Often, only mom or dad will do for these needs!
Once I saw little R IV sleeping so peacefully, I took a step back to show scale. Although close up baby details are important, it's easy to get caught up in them and forget to document the precious smallness of a new baby.
Baby R IV's nursery was decorated with a woodland theme with soothing blue hues. The display boxes are came unfinished from IKEA. A dark stain added a cabin rustic feel.
R IV's mom had the was wearing the kind of dress that photographs like a dream. Solid colors draw the eye to the subjects faces in a portrait where busy patterns tend to draw the eye away. Of course, there are some patterns that work for portraits, but when clients ask for advice on what to wear for a portrait session, I always say solids, solids, solids!
Baby R IV, thank you for the honor of taking your first portraits, and for being so cute!