Meet Miles. Fresh out of the oven at just 10 days young, this wee cutie-patootie is the son of Phil and Joline. Part Nigerian, part Israeli, Miles is just so precious that I was rather tempted to tuck him into my camera bag and take him home!
Miles has quite the birth story––his dad had to head Transatlantic the day that Mama and Baby were discharged from the hospital! Phil’s MBA program at the University of Chicago required that he spend some time abroad in London and Singapore to learn about global markets. And miss out on all this newborn cuteness? Luckily for him, we have documented Miles at 10 days to bring smiles all around the world!
During the shoot, Miles peed on me twice and pooped on me once. Oops! It’s okay, I’m used to it––call it a hazard of the job! Posing newborns can be tricky, so I wanted to share a few expert tips:
- Newborns have to be really warm, cozy, and super sleepy in order to be posed. A space heater is a trick of the trade!
- Newborn shoots are best done between five and 10 days old. Beyond 10 days, Baby is more alert, so all those sleepy, curly poses that we love to ooh-aah over are not possible to do. Baby acne also kicks in.
- Make sure you have no other plans penciled it for the day, as newborn shoots can typically take up to four hours due to feeding, getting Baby to sleep, soothing Baby, more feeding, and posing. And repeat. So grab a snack and some comfy shoes and enjoy the day!
I always bring my own props, but sometimes, something in the nursery will be so striking that I just have to shoot it! In this case, Miles’ whimsical bookshelf! I was crossing my fingers that Joline would allow me to pose him there. She said yes! Of course, safety always comes first, so Joline perched on a step stool just beneath him!
Proud Papa Phil also happens to be an amazing photographer––why, it’s only natural that Baby Miles inherit the posing gene!