A Mother's Day Card Shoot

Lesson 6/8 - Newborn Shoot 5: Malachi


A Mother's Day Card Shoot


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Newborn Shoot 5: Malachi

I think you're beautiful and you're just a friend I'm a friend for money money makes you patty you have four children. Yes ok how uh ranging from one to eighteen wait let's go teo teo managing pretty good yeah, I think you know I knew it was gonna be tough but I think I've done pretty well girl is his dad's well, you know, I think I don't think that, um women talk about this enough, you know, really really hardly go home within you're born here and it's it's like this little thing it's like make me happy and if I'm not happy everybody e that if you're a powerful yeah come and have a look at just I just want to show you what we're doing okay? This actually sellable lined with phone he and everything and it's bolted through here on to this place last table yeah and only needs to do is just belong in here um and don't put all the petals around it's like think um so you can go both of you and sedition and you can watch the watch him and you can also when we photograph you can see the image...

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Okay that's a good idea sergeant don't hit on the left last time just got a little tiny bit that why so they get a bit the darkness is just a couple of inches ok yeah that's good that's good and can you give me a center five storm just something here thanks john dunning is where you're going way put an extra fine and this here is lovely and you know a lot gorgeous going fine skin is a little bit on some undo his nappy because it is starting sometime or you drop it in what are you doing technique because it doesn't marry way take it off because it's just really booth wear one hundred ninety four doing trading way way way way way wait just wait this way listen do you want you want to stretch thank you hee hee hee looking around it's like going on pictures it really hard no you're going the whole way take your hand out of his head on stop no not now wass before doing it a little five hundred because if he goes off to sleep I have to go along and just getting this sort of position and I'll get your whole this head thing you don't get stiffed in that now here I think just getting to the top so I think it's better if you do it so we're not moving hands are you talking about still holding him in the image yeah yeah you wash your hands yeah ok come in just like your rings off and come back here when I know you'll be at the side just no yourself hand their pedal just hold his head got a bank that cardinals loathe tell miss capping the booth wait wait thanks for coming hee hee wait wait someone is coming this way is a smooth hee hee I mean this just become so I might know this isn't a pretty funny way taiwan also made a little bit I think we're wasting that last one the last one way partner that's good that's great way, beautiful way wait well, john see, it wasn't that bad nothing and some got it that way we got him a named jonah just sitting there he's a lot sleep during the day if he seems a lot doing what good is that tree works to re trolls eleven days so I have a disease like that not that good. No, we're not complaining about the diabetic a beautiful shot you can thank you for coming in. I'll take them off here where you go out? Yeah, well enough to make you yeah. Good luck at home. Yeah. Looks beautiful when it should do we need to shoot something here before we again did a play in the beginning we can do another one. Do we need tio okay, we'll just move that um uh course from behind and that's just a bit sticking out on the left hand side you see that's good and that's this same angle is him sleeping? Yeah not put a little bit that with haiti he wanted yeah uh substantial dockage along you do where you see him baby, you have people got a little bit about like going pretty happy doing are ok but was I could put up with a black and native well let's run age for us here what that is enough to blend yes it's long school okay, all right let's do that you know what's going to do one more to put on a pedal behind but the only difference was kind of his feet in the beginning they were together you kind of kicked tomorrow, okay? Just something you know? Oh, I have something to do with what happened here is that the right position my way around here but maybe this around we could take that piece and put it in a bind here way just adding another piddle so we can put it behind his head because at the moment behind the top of his head is the background. So anyway good to shoot it while it's all in situ yeah, you know it's great is that what you're saying? It was my kid to go behind his arm with you some of that go right over yeah five waiting looking at you are don't didn't get home that's amazing waiting saying a troublemaker role coming I was like and he's like here I am uh should we go over do you want to check in on mika? You know what you want to check in first okay that's what I should do ok over here this work yes, it is second you just right away and I'll do this year all right, well it's what you do this guy's true uh you go to the right so way everyone looking at this okay, so this is the last baby we have to choose between him and drove over jeremiah you're good with names. Yeah, so we'll just go through his images. I like the way he's lying in the flower uh going left they're just three okay, one that's prison that's just this one work. Yeah that's nice more saying that are you know what the plates to make our and with the wait I just got a lot to work with. Ok, good. Would someone like to ask a question about the lighting world? Capital city? Yeah. That's yeah that's a good idea happy to do that. All right, I'm going over to the questions. Thanks for everybody for getting your questions in and again I just before we have this conversation because of course we do have a lot of talk rumors out there who are curious this about about the gear but that we want to emphasize that it's not necessarily about the gear these air some of the schools and people want to know what you use but obviously it's just a piece I think relation cameras you know there's a hassle bed here whose face? One last time I was yeah, I really are serious means to an end really and especially these days you know, like a little like a uh in nine in my bag that I carry around which is fantastic beautiful lenders and my daughter's just bought a great little tiny camera that she loves six hundred dollars you know? Yeah, sure it's twenty four minutes files and so you know, for me it's just a means to an end and it's really a tall tio take my imagination to the other side of the camera yeah. And these days especially I mean a sort of competition in the marketplace unbelievably I saw a campaign that shot on the iphone six ex, you know and have you seen that? Yeah, so you know, there's all forms of creativity and lots of different ways to do it. Yeah, yeah, this we're shooting with one twenty one twenty a macro lens great, which I use pretty much all the time I just find that it works for me um I'm going to be using thie extension troops when we should jiminy tomorrow, okay, I know I'm talking about you guys can't see but we've got some beautiful little butterflies and love does some extension troops and to do some beautiful close ups um yeah so what anymore does anyone want? So just in terms of people were asking about sort of because sometimes it's hard to see the distance so in terms of like the camera is there are like six feet lately yeah, yeah probably from the bill way yeah, I was hearing the height when I was photographing the flowers because of the different parts of the flowers but and also because they could see into the flour and see the baby and what sort of thing but it's pretty even lighting all the way around here and this is actually really a good example off you don't need massive amounts of gear to create beautiful light on when we're just shooting ahead into um you know, to the flats you know, get a ninety degree angle in and but one thing I do use a lot is this big piece of parachute cost, which is what we call I don't know what you guys call it a country parachute silk or its second yeah, yeah it's just great you know something called sailcloth we'll get another a piece of that over this big light here on it just softens it and it doesn't necessarily need to be pulled type across because quite like a little variation in the fallout is that why it's like that? Yeah, well, I mean it it just is because it's striped light but um I just quite like that sort of thing we've got a here like here all of this eleven eleven eleven um and we've got to reflect aboard here um I've it's peculiar for may but I always have to be mindful of the fact that someone or down or standing with the baby that's why she wears a white shit on dso rejections my human reflector I just got a whole selection of white shit she does you know yeah mystic when you're standing in today a swell says good it's it's harder to work with my daughter and have her be a part of this because she's really so compassionate towards babies a swell and you know they're grown up about their studio for many many years you know the formative years and and by some like girls and now photography ist which is some run right? Yeah it is really cool I was quite shocked unlike witness you know you well that's awesome so it's lovely to work with it's different and a my other daughter kelly in australia was my studio manager we were there so it's quite but anyway the background he is just a you know it's in the paper yeah, which has done a great job and we just moved it back and forth so we could get the correct fall off for on dh and before the exposure for nico to be able to drop these flowers in easily, you know, it's such a treat to be able to shoot, have someone over there in our ears, you've given us advice is to this will work better this's darker or lighter or something, right? It's normally I would just go away with the files and I work with some of my other re toucher later, so this's fantastic to really start to adjust things to exactly like that that's great in aside, you know? Yeah, yeah, and that that was sort of the process that we had all of this determined by you going through that process in advance of again getting the baby's in here for something because it has all that preparation has to happen beforehand if you're working with babies don't just have everything ready because they are the biggest egos in the room. Andi, I need to be everything needs to revolve around them. Um, asarco's jacking with one of the mothers before you know it's, like this person comes to live at your house and it's like, makes me happy this is I'm not happy everyone understood that thing and you know that's and it's nice also to talk to mothers about the fact that it's not all rosy when you go home within a new baby and in a lot of mother struggle and I did you know when I first board stephanie home so it's really really important for women to talk about that as well absolutely that's why that's another reason why I feel so it's really joyful working with babies you know and it's and it's lovely to be able tio see the joy on the mother's face is um when you know they've been home with the baby for two weeks and it's pretty chaotic you know you lost all control of your life on dh this everything just has totally revolve around them and I should tell you really lovely little story playing terrific one years ago when our my studio in auckland and I was photographing I think it was for my book until now and we had a serious of little babies in a woodland setting you know thiss images actually in my autobiography a labor of love and a great big image and so we were integrating always baby seemed to this would limp sitting which really involved just photographing tiny little naked newborns in a soft shape and you know, we had like five or six papers on that day and you know, we were just popping them into the shape and photographing them and the mother was standing behind me it's always a and I think that this moment often it it's always a great reminder how something like this happened to you because you think, oh newborn babies are so beautiful, so beautiful, so beautiful day those babies are literally centerpiece off those parents lives right and to those parents they are the most beautiful child in the world and they really are all right and so there I am photographing, you know and as with quiet and photographing this little baby in my studio manager at the time natalee just gently pulled the cover back off him and the mother was standing behind me and she said ever so quietly just talking to yourself she said, oh, something beautiful and and our ten ri and I said, oh, he totally isn't shed a little tear in her eye and everything because in the chaos of the first few weeks at home, how often do you get to stand back and look at the magnificence off what you've created entitle isolation there naked newborn and everything that they represent? Yeah, so cool great thank you for sharing I mean is it just gives me this image and that's the that's what you are creating in your work is representing or is that in my connection is mom and baby and what that represent new cool yeah, and said that some of the earliest babycenter photographed it's interesting on their in their twenty's now? Yeah, they send me photographs of him standing on a beach be accused of things they don't know that down. I mean, twenty fourteen. I was here with their own babies. Yeah, yeah, and hairy legs and you know the voice and collect really remember them as newborns. Quarter got this kind of huge time walk with it's. Amazing though they still can have that connection. Yeah, well, you know there's a little baby. Coleman isha, I was just thinking that you did not tell you that story of it. No, I have got tell these people might not know. A lot of people will know this image of a tiny little preemie baby in in this gentleman's really nice hands and I shot it back in auckland in new zealand in nineteen ninety three and she read two point two pounds and was just about to go home after a long hospital stay. It was done in a nickel unit there and finish attend twenty one last november which is when the world meningitis day happens every november. Well, prematurity die sorry meningitis system while the campaign and it's just it's just incredible, you know, and she's now a photographer that's, right, gone through college and she's coming out with finance too gracious off got an email from your last week off traveling in spain and, you know, helping to build houses to earn money and michael london all this to everything and I still see her in my mind is this tiny little baby because, you know, she's interned for me at the studio and there was one surreal moment that I had last year when she came over to our out place and we were sitting out there was a summer afternoon and the sun in the sun on the balcony, having a glass of wine and minister and I and all of her and I said, well, this is not right, you shouldn't be drinking watches twenty one and you know, okay, I really it's kind of fun it's really nice to realize that russia full cycle that's, right? Yeah, and keep in touch with a lot of them. Very well. Disco, can I ask you a couple more? A couple more questions from people online and these were coming through definitely as we were shooting. Do you use this is from mr iowa? Do you use any white noise? Normally when you're in your studio to get those help get babies relaxed, what is here when you're you're in a studio, what is your studio? Well, newborn babies right and you born baby it's pretty much sleeping in your situation so it really doesn't matter that's why all of the baby said I do photograph are under four weeks of age so you know I don't think we necessarily only that white noise machines or any number of that not heard of one what yeah well yeah they exist little o little or even an app on your phone let me I'm like all right I'm very wear white noise machine is the human even reflector human white noise machine correct all right ok, how bout one more before we go? Um I mean this is kind of this is what we just saw it was it was nice to see a little bit of a little bit of fussing there at the end that it doesn't always have been purposely that was a really good morning here yeah yeah so in those scenarios a lot of people were asking what do you do in the scenarios where how long do you let it go until you kind of call it that's a good question you know, a lot of photographers who photographed babies uh really you know, you do a commercial shoots and things like that which I don't do we'll say well, I've got the shot everyone else can go home and I never do that because and you know it I've taken the tough road with this because you know to go and try and photograph every baby it's a lot of time to this shoot, when in my mind, I probably have the image, but I never like to seem someone home without trying to photograph the baby and because I think it's really important and and there's also, you know, like people to go home happy, I don't want someone to say, well, I came to an end, go shoot, and she didn't even photographed my baby, you know, and there's a fine line between someone leaving thinking it was just such a wonderful morning and living really disappointed, and I never want that also it's great to photograph them or because you see this little guy here are the last baby was actually they look great and, you know, with these different pose and things like that, so I never actually say I've got up until I've actually done the best I can. I was nearly about to say, maybe he's not going toe they want like that that much right? Who doesn't want to sleep and right and that's fine, but then we change when you get around it, but we had a little baby yesterday. Um, it was emma, and she was a really not sleeper, and I just went into the mother's room and chatted to appearance. And so what would you like to have it? I take a photograph of the emma and put on their facebook page, right? Um, and they were really happy with that. So people are pretty close. I just think, it's, it's, amazing that you do here. You're always thinking about everybody, that's involved in your projects and very conscientious about next year, and to remember everybody, you know, you definitely have to read a room if your photographer of people, and particularly a photographer, babies and you want, yeah, you have to be able to read it right. You can feel, you know, you have to be a little bit like a psychologist. Yeah, and as a photography or you're responsible for everybody in the studio, and you're also responsible for the end result. So that's, right? Yeah.

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