About the Video
This newborn baby project, Sydney Rose, was shot in a private home. But this story did not start there. In 1993 I got a call from a woman that told me her child wanted to model and the child was 5 years old, (or 6 or 7, I don't remember). At the time I was shooting a lot of stock photography and children were a big part of this for me. My first shoot with the mother of this baby was in Piedmont park in Atlanta, GA on November 12th, 1993 and she is the little blonde child that is holding a leash to the Beagle, see the photo below, the red arrow is pointing to the child.
I started to shoot with this girl and her sister on a regular basis and I was called "Mister Steve", a Southern way of children showing respect to their elders.
Fast forward some 20+ years and now "Uncle Steve" (I got a promotion) was taking photos of her wedding. The shot below was in a pecan grove across the street from the wedding venue. I had planned to shoot there on the day of the wedding but it became apparent that would not likely happen. So we met about 2 weeks later so I was able to shoot it in the light I wanted and I had all the time I needed.
Back to babies. When working with a newborn you have to be ready for unexpected events, it's not as if you can ask the baby to "do that again". Expect to have a 1 hour window or so of the child sleeping followed by a feeding then some wiggling around before sleep time. Ask the mother of the child what time of day is the child at their best and be prepared to get there early to set up, then hope this is going to be a "good" day.
If this is to be a commercial shoot, have your producer locate 3-4 newborn babies, pay all of the mothers something and tell all of them you will shoot the baby that is currently "The Happiest". Unless your client wants crying babies, if so I'd suggest earplugs.
For Photographers + DPs
The Gear for the video:
A Canon camera using 160 ISO using
Canon 70mm - 200mm zoom lens set to f9.1 and a
Canon 16-35mm zoom lens at 35mm set to f9.9 all attached to a
Sachtler fluid head sitting on a
Gitzo CF tripod
Or a DJI gimbal.
The Light for the video is a combination of:
Ambient light with a few practical fixtures turned on,
Window light with
an Aputure 300D bounced off of the ceiling.
If you would like to use this image, or any of my images for mock or comp use, please just ask. There is never a charge for this service. Educational use is permitted without charge, unless published, but please ask first. All commercial use is available only with a limited copyright release prior to use from the copyright holder, Steve Thornton. Thanks for looking!