Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

      Confession time… when I was pregnant with my first child, 10 years ago, I didn’t have newborn portraits taken. The truth is that back then I didn’t photograph newborns and when I pictured newborn portraits I pictured not-so-natural posing and lots of props. At the time, none of the newborn photographers I found in Los Angeles had a style that matched my vision.

      When I started photographing newborns as part of my business, I set out to create for other moms (and dads) the kind of portraits I wish I had of my daughter: clean, simple, and emotive.

      Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

      Your newborn’s portraits should recall your sweet baby – simple and pure – and the new family connections that are created in those special first days. Those images should pull you in and bring the sensory memories of cuddling your new baby flooding back.

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      To my mind, ultra-posed newborn photographs distract from those memories. Your newborn never sat propped up with her head in her hands and (I’m guessing) didn’t spend too much time nestled into a flower pot or a baseball glove.

      Newborn Photographer Los Angeles

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking newborn photographers who photograph this way – they have amazing skill. It’s just that I’m after something else… the memories.

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      To me, a perfect newborn portrait is one that not only captures how your baby looked as a newborn, but how it felt to look at your newborn in those first few days.

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      I use a technique called baby-led posing. I gently guide newborns into poses that photograph well, but I listen to their signals. If your little one wants her arms or legs a certain way, there is probably a reason.

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      When you lay a sleeping baby down they all do something different. As I’m working with a newborn, Mom or Dad will usually say something like “oh my goodness, he sleeps like that all the time” or “we have an ultrasound photograph with her arms like that”. That little pose reminds them of their baby and it should absolutely be captured… not overruled.

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      I have a photograph of my son (my second child) as a newborn: he’s sleeping with one hand on his chest and one arm above his head. I tucked him in last week (he’s six now) and noticed that he was sleeping the exact same way… It’s a sweet photograph on its own, but now I think it’s sweeter still.

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      Ariel Cannon Photography specializes in newborn and family portrait photography and serves Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

      Interested in a session? Have a question? We’d love to hear from you!

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