When I used to work in photo studios, I’d take pictures of babies all the time. I love children, but now I choose not to specialize in them. However, I made an exception for Zaira & her baby Lilyana Zaira and I are – very – distantly related, and once she announced her pregnancy, I absolutely wanted to photograph her baby girl. I impatiently waited for Lilyana’s arrival! She was born on December 30th, 2012, and I went to meet her for the first time the following day.
Let me tell you, I expected a 1-day old newborn to be pretty still and sleeping most of the time. But little miss Lilyana wasn’t having none of it! She was alert, and not too happy that I was messing with her.
Some newborn photographers create beautiful images posing babies, wrapping them up in linen, putting cute hats on them. But I don’t really use props when I shoot. I prefer to keep the setting as natural as possible, and it didn’t feel right to undress Lilyana (the room wasn’t warm enough). But I think some images still turned out beautiful, which was easy when I had such a cute subject
I am a French expat living in the USA, more precisely