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Newborn Photoshoot – Little Theo

by | Nov 16, 2020 | Families, Newborns

The Newborn photoshoot for little Theo took place early in the year, just before the original lockdown for Covid-19.  After what was a traumatic introduction into the world little Theo was warmly welcomed into the family!

Being 10 days old he was just on the cusp of ‘still malleable’.  His little hands however, were constantly balling into a fist, which made putting him into a froggy pose really challenging.  Thankfully mom was on hand to help out!

Newborn Photoshoot – In your Living Room

We shot this series of images for Theo in the family home.  If this is something that you are thinking of having, it is important that you give some thought to the room that your planning on using.  Why?  Well, it may have a consequence on the range of images you can have.

  • For instance, how big is it?
  • Is there a window to the room?
  • What time of day will the shoot be and what will the light coming through that window be like? This can be harsh or dim and both can affect a natural light shoot.
  • If the light is harsh, do you have any means of controlling that light, ie, curtains or blinds?
  • What furniture will you take out of the room and what needs to remain?

For me, shooting in your living room means, I will be transporting backdrops and studio flashes, along with a variety of props, from my studio.  That I can tell you, takes a fair bit of energy!  For this shoot, it certainly added to the length of time for the session and the adrenalin was flowing even before we began posing.

I understand totally, however, the appeal for a living room shoot.  Having been through the birth a week or 10 days before, introducing as little stress as possible is good.   For a studio shoot, Mom and Dad would first, have to get everyone ready.  Second, pack nappies and a change bag.  Third, pack a variety of clothes, amidst preparations for feeding at some point.  Then, finally, make that drive to the studio.

Newborn Shoot – A Family Session

Of course, when a newborn comes along there is a real buzz and energy around the family. But, there is often some tired eyes too!  However, these eventually get lost in all the excitement and exclamations of how beautiful and cute, the new addition is.  It’s typically “smiles around!”

If though, there are siblings then that excitement is amplified 10-fold!  It was precisely this way, on this shoot for little Theo, as we were able to get his older sisters in on the action!  We had them positioned for the lay-flat images, while they subsequently had us laughing out loud with their animated expressions and little mischievous antics!

Personally, I like bringing in Mom or Dad, or both!  There is, as a result, a change in perspective through this composition.  Suddenly, the new relationship and status for the family are pulled into focus.  Consequently, that’s “where the story is”.

In short, a newborn shoot can swiftly become a family shoot and a memorable event to look back on.

Enjoy the images and check the shoot video for Theo and his sisters below.


Newborn Photoshoot shot of little Theo againsta black backdrop with his head on folded hands
Little Theo on his front turned to the camera - newborn photoshoot
Closeup of newborn Theo in his newborn photoshoot
Little Theo fast asleep in a fluff blanket and Gucci topper
A wide shot of little Theo from his newborn photoshoot on a fluffy blanket with a gucci topper
Fist bump of father and new son in black and white from newborn shoot for little Theo
A proud father kissing his newborn son - little theo
Proud father and son moment - newborn shoot for little theo and his father nose to nose
A smile and happy moment for father Ollie and his son Theo - newborn shoot still
Little Theo with a load of lips! newborn photoshoot with raphael lionel photography
In a froggy pose little Theo lies with his head in his hands against a fluffy blanket
Final image of little Theo sleeping with his face turned to the camera
family portrait - young Malachi alert to the camera - raphael lionel photography
Introducing Malakai
Family Portrait of the Bakers - Studio shoot with Raphael Lionel Photography
The Bakers
Newborn Photography 21
Elyanna and Evanna

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