*Insert obligatory statement about not posting as much as I want here* Right, now that I have that out of the way, let’s move onto something new and fun. If you did not guess by the title, I’m about to post some photos of a person. Particularly, I am going to slap some images up here of a little dude who was merely a week old at the time of his photo session. Talk about stepping outside of my comfort zone!
Yes, I had the honor of taking photos of little Luke for Blake and Jenelle Grundman. I spent a few days looking at newborn photos to get some ideas, but I also wanted to put my own spin on this. What I found during my research is that most newborn photos are brightly lit, generally come with fades and pastel colors, and usually have the baby in a basket at some point. Thusly, I went with one light and planned to use natural lighting as much as possible, and I ditched color in favor of my favorite monochrome style.
What I learned is that I need a light that adjusts in power. I shot everything between ISO 2000 and 3200, which means I ended up with a good bit of noise. Newborns are not nearly as cooperative as my employees are. The joys of a new family just…made me happy. I learned, I experienced, and I had fun.
I went into this with a whole lotta self-doubt. After posting some screen captures, I was encouraged by a fair amount of people to pursue this further. So, I am considering it. For now, let’s welcome Luke Grundman to the world. A big congrats to Blake and Jenelle as they embark on this new journey. You two are awesome!
*Note: The baby on lunchboxes photo is not a composition of two images. We placed Luke on a shelf that spanned across the lunchboxes and then took the photo. Blake was holding a sheet and using his legs so the little dude wouldn’t roll off backwards. Jenelle is immediately to my left and just barely out of frame. I worked Photoshop to remove the shelf and bring Luke down. So, please, know that we mitigated as much risk as we could to get that shot.
“A life lived for art is never a life wasted” –Macklemore