As a photographer I’ve always preferred natural or unplanned lighting photography with minimal styling. There’s just something about the raw beauty of a moment or memory that (to me) can disappear with the use of too much artificial help. Good thing I’m a birth photographer then, as both (flashes and styling) are a no-no if you are capturing a birth story whilst honoring and respecting the birth space.
Although I’ve done many styled, studio newborn shoots because clients have asked for it, I’ve always been drawn to natural light or unplanned lighting (even artificial as in theatre), like a mosquito to an open flame. Flame, because although in my opinion natural or unplanned lighting often delivers some of the most incredible, honest images, it is by far not the easiest road to take.
It was at this recent ‘Welcome Home’ newborn lifestyle shoot (part of my Magnolia Birth Package) that I decided to permanently move away from studio newborn work. The room in which it was taken was fairly dark and this little princess whose birth I had captured a couple of days ago, was fast asleep on a cushion. I did not want to wake her for styling or by using a flash so I simply put her with her cushion in front of the bedroom sliding door. Perfection. All I really needed was one beautiful, happy baby with some natural light falling on her. The rest took care of itself.