It's been over a month and I know you've been waiting.
My very first newborn photo shoot was with the ADORABLE Keifer. Keifer is the first born of my friends D and J and they have been waiting for him for a very long time. I was delighted to meet him at last.
Keifer decided to put me through my paces. Believe me I worked for every image! We did our photoshoot when he was only 7 days old and he was SO alert. He was definitely not interested in sleeping through our first meeting. Here he is mad at me because I unwrapped him to get some photos of his perfect toes.
I know the focus is off but I love it. It reminds me of life with my own littles.
You know what calms a guy down though? A little one on one time with Dad.
Once Dad got him asleep we hit upon the secret to Keifer's happiness: Dude likes it HOT! I knew most babies liked to be kept warm, and I'd certainly done my homework and knew to work in a hot room, but I had no idea ANYONE could enjoy the temperatures that this little man preferred. It was a hot day, with temps in the high 20's (that's Celsius) and the humidex making it feel like the 30's. We'd closed all the windows and doors and turned off the fans as soon as I arrived. Mom and Dad and I were dripping with sweat and Keifer still wasn't happy...until we got out the blankets and the heating pad.
Ahhhh, that's the ticket! Hot=happy
Isn't he delicious?
Check out the baby fuzz and little baby rolls. I'm completely in love.
Oh, and you didn't seriously think I left without a photo of those toes, did you?
Thank you D and J for letting Keifer teach me all about being a newborn photographer. You know I'd be happy to let him teach me more as he grows! I loved every minute!
***A note for photographers: I shoot with a Canon Rebel XTi. It's a trusty camera and my other baby, but there's a great deal of noise produced in shooting anything ISO 800 or over. I was shooting in a tiny apartment in the evening and determined not to have to resort to my flash. For this reason, I shot everything with my 50mm 1.8II, wide open, ISO 400 and at 1/50 or even 1/40s. The walls were painted a really bright orange, which looked phenomenonal (LOVE the apartment) but made for a whole lot of colour cast issues. I did work to fix the colour and presented colour and B&W to the parents, but tend to prefer the B&Ws myself. (Actually, I love B&W baby photos, period.) And yes, Keifer christened me. ;)