Our gift and a few words about newborn photography

Our little nugget of love and joy has warmed all of our hearts to the brim.  Is he spoiled much? Is it even possible to spoil a newborn? Do I care and am I going to stop?  No way.  This was my first foray into the land of newborn photography; I was both excited and anxious but in the end I learned some things and I did get almost all of the shots I set out to get.  So what did I learn?  I learned that the younger the baby the slightly easier it is to “pose them” and they tend to sleep a lot more which helps but even at a tender age they have personality.

Eli was just 3 weeks old when these were taken so while he wasn’t going to roll off anywhere.  His sleep patterns were still erratic plus he is a wiggler; I just had to go with the flow.  I picked him up to place him under the Christmas tree and he was sound asleep until he heard the camera click.  From that I learned to turn my camera to silent mode.  What is paramount in newborn photography is the safety of the baby.  Never leave them unattended always have a parent right there or very close by.  It is also important to keep the area you are photographing the baby in warm.  If you don’t supply your own props then use their crib, their toys or something that belongs to another family member.  Baby blankets on the floor or the sofa work well as does putting the little one on the parents bed.

I tried to flip him onto his stomach for some shots but he was not having it.  He sleeps on his back and that’s how he wanted to remain so there went that list of poses out the window.  What worked well for me were the shots I took when someone was holding him like the ones here with my son and daughter in law.  Being held by someone will often get you a facial expression or look that is just wonderful because they are with someone familiar.  A nice thing about newborn photography is that there are so many things you can photograph.  Take photos of the little fingers, the feet, a hand holding a parents finger and so forth.  Now unless the parents are adamant about just having sweet baby shots, photographing them as they happen to be behaving makes for good photos too.  Crying, yawning, sleeping with a funny look on their face whatever they may be doing because in the end it will be a precious slice of what they were like at that age and time.

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I call this one his Hey Macarena pose.  Yes, I’m dating myself…


And of course we have the “Nana! I don’t wanna anymore!” shot 🙂


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my end of the internet to yours ♥




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  1. #1 by feralc4t on December 23, 2016 - 3:52 am

    Merry Christmas, have a good one!

  2. #4 by Nancy on December 23, 2016 - 5:23 am

    Precious! Congratulations on being the best grandma! Beautiful photos of Eli!

  3. #6 by Andy Oldham on December 23, 2016 - 8:33 am

    Congratulations. Great photos.

  4. #8 by A. Blake on December 23, 2016 - 8:52 am

    The unimaginable joy of it all, such a blessing. Have an awesome holiday.

    • #9 by imagesbytdashfield on December 23, 2016 - 12:18 pm

      It’s an incredible blessing and joy. Have a great holiday too!

  5. #10 by chrisrenney on December 23, 2016 - 12:20 pm

    Welcome to this lovely young person and much happiness to him now and forever. xx

  6. #12 by milfordstreet on December 23, 2016 - 3:04 pm

    Great images! So much to be thankful for this holiday season. Cheers!

    • #13 by imagesbytdashfield on December 23, 2016 - 6:15 pm

      Thank you and we are all very thankful. Merry Christmas to you my friend.

      • #14 by milfordstreet on December 23, 2016 - 8:04 pm

        Have a very Merry Christmas also. Cheers!

  7. #15 by ostendnomad on December 23, 2016 - 6:02 pm

    Fantastic photos! Merry xmass!

  8. #17 by Indah Susanti on December 23, 2016 - 6:31 pm

    So beautiful! Merry Christmas and enjoy the precious moments 😍

    • #18 by imagesbytdashfield on December 23, 2016 - 8:32 pm

      Thank you and I need to stop buying him things 🙂 Merry Christmas, Indah 🙂

  9. #19 by infraredrobert on December 24, 2016 - 6:24 am

    Likewise to you and yours this and every season!

  10. #21 by Mark Myers on December 26, 2016 - 9:09 am

    Such great pictures and a beautiful boy. Merry Christmas.

  11. #23 by ChgoJohn on December 29, 2016 - 7:03 pm

    I’m sure this was a very informative post, Teri, but I was completely distracted once your grandbaby’s photos came into view. He’s a keeper, that’s for sure. 😀
    Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas together.

    • #24 by imagesbytdashfield on December 29, 2016 - 8:50 pm

      Thank you, John. I think we’ll keep him until he becomes a teenager and then we might have to rethink things LOL

  12. #25 by Amanda Lyle on January 26, 2017 - 5:50 pm

    Oh my! What a totally adorable grandson you have! He’ll break some hearts when he’s older, that’s for sure. So much hair too! Lovely pictures. “Little nugget of love” Hehe. Love that expression!

    • #26 by imagesbytdashfield on January 26, 2017 - 5:53 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I was a fuzzy baby, his dad was a fuzzy baby… it’s a gift that keeps giving! And his big brother turns 13 next month. Yikes!

      • #27 by Amanda Lyle on January 26, 2017 - 5:57 pm

        Whoa… scary where the time goes. My daughter will be turning 13 this year (a terrifying number!) and this chills me to the core! Enjoy him while he is still so innocent, lovely and darn cute!

      • #28 by imagesbytdashfield on January 26, 2017 - 7:05 pm

        I’ve raised teenagers and I have the mental and physical scars to prove it! LOL Right now is the good time for my little grandnugget ♥

      • #29 by Amanda Lyle on January 26, 2017 - 5:58 pm

        Ps; Fuzzy haired babies are the cutest! *whispers* but don’t tell the others!

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