Imagine my surprise and sheer delight when I was commissioned to photograph not one, not two, but three babies! I have experienced the challenge of twins before (see the twin newborn shoot here), but three was a whole new level. Multiple pregnancies require a maternity shoot be scheduled way before a single pregnancy which is best between 32 to 36 weeks, so we shot these images when mommy was 24 weeks along. I joked that the real fun is going to start when these three pairs of shoes are filled with feet and running in different directions…..
This was a busy household before the babies arrived with two dogs and two cats who also joined in the maternity shoot.
I shot these images at home, so we could include the animals and make sure I didn’t exhaust Mommy with too much walking.
The other nice thing about shooting images at home is that they end up being completely unique to each client. I love to be able to personalise images for each person I work with, and the inclusion of their home space is a great way to do this.
The babies arrived slightly ahead of schedule, however they didn’t have to spend too long in hospital, so once they were out and home, I went back for round 2.
I was a little apprehensive about photographing three newborn babies, I anticipated tag team crying from the boys and utter chaos, whereas in reality we had a very calm and stress free shoot. The session was carefully timed in between their three hourly feeds and whilst they stayed awake for the shoot, they were all very content and happy.
As you’ll see from the images, my newborn photography style is quite minimal, I aim to capture character and expressions rather than making the images too posed or styled. I was also conscious during this shoot to make sure that as well as capturing the boys together, I got individual portraits of them with Mom.
I think this is the definition of a handful.
There are several key elements to a successful newborn shoot (regardless of how many newborns there are) – full tummies, a warm room and being patient and calm.
They fell asleep momentarily so I could get this shot. Then we moved on to the cute body shots which are essential to any newborn shoot.
Finished off by the obligatory cute feet photograph.
This is my favourite image from the shoot and I think sums up what life will be like with three boys.
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