Climate Controlled Newborn Photography
One of the things that’s so great about newborn photography is that you can do it any time! Here we are in the middle of February and you’d never know it from how cozy and warm little Selina looks. But if I were to spin the camera around you’d see a very un-photogenic grey day outside. In the past when I did children’s photography, in addition to newborns, I could only do shoots when the weather was nice since I used natural light. I was constantly having to call clients and re-schedule shootings when the weather was bad.
These days I use a combination of natural light and artificial light in the form of my trusty Einstein from Paul C. Buff, which I love! Little babies snooze away while there’s thunder and lightning banging away outside. Sometimes the trip from the car to the door can be a little sketchy, but we make sure our little newborns are bundled up tight and not exposed to the elements. During the photo shoot I always have my sound machine running with the sounds of waves crashing to keep the babies calm so the sound of thunder outside probably goes unnoticed anyway. It also gives mom and dad a soothing soundtrack to rest and relax too after their intense few days following the birth at the hospital.
To be fair though, there is one caveat that the weather can still affect during a newborn shoot. And that’s the power! That’s right, my trusty Einstein doesn’t perform too well when there is no power… which if you’re familiar with Atlanta, and the absolute jungle of trees we live amongst, then you know bad storms often lead to trees and limbs falling and knocking the power off. Even worse, the internet goes out for mom and dad who were doing all they can to ignore the waves crashing by texting and catching up on emails. But not to worry! This moment of solitude only last about a minute and then my generator kicks in and we’re back in business, taking pictures of our little newborn celebrity like nothing happened.
Of course ice and snow are more of an obstacle on the day of our photo shoot and we always err on the side of caution and reschedule. But luckily, Georgia isn’t a hotspot for winter weather so wedding and newborn photographers are usually able to carry on with their business and get some great shots!
Luckily for us, the day of our newborn shoot with Salina was just grey, so everything went off smoothly with only the sounds of wave crashing in the background.