Meredith & Company - saraharnoff


Meredith & Company

February 27, 2016

Little Meredith Kate surprised everyone by showing up to the party more than two weeks early, but what a wonderful surprise she is. I flew down to Southern California in a hurry to capture this baby beauty before that magic newborn-baby smell wore off and managed to get these shots spot-on the ten-day-old mark. The thing with newborn photography is that it's preferable to get photos done before the baby is two weeks old--even better between days five and ten--since so much change happens during this period and baby will start to become more self aware and alert. Or, as I like to say, less pliable. It's much easier to pose and photograph a sleeping, relaxed infant than a squirmy one. This was also a mixed digital and film shoot (Ilford HP5 and Agfa Vista Plus), which was fabulous since I decided to bring along my grandpa's old Olympus Pen FV--and got to use it with him, so it felt very multi-generational. 

Miss Meredith also had company in the form of energetic twin sisters, a lovable corgi-mix named Bandit, an enthralled grandma and a proud-yet-exhausted mom and dad. This may sound a little tumultuous, but this is actually exactly why I recommend doing  newborn sessions in home. Yes, getting photos of nursery details and setting up shots in a familiar environment is a plus (as well as avoiding packing up three kids in the family van and driving across town to a studio), but it's the natural moments happening between family members that really makes the session special. I love getting creative with props and baby outfits but whenever I sort and edit a newborn session, my favorite photos are the unscheduled candid scenes.

So welcome to the family, Meredith. We think you'll be very happy here.

In other news:

Don't do this: A light-painting photographer burned down an iconic shipwreck.

The Sony World Photography Awards shortlist was announced.

So was World Press Photo of the Year.

As well as PDN's list of top 30 new and emerging photographers to watch.

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