Las Cruces, NM - Debbie's Photography
by Debbie Johnson
(Las Cruces, NM, USA)
My name is Debbie Bamberg-Johnson and I started Debbie's Photography, in Las Cruces, NM, in 2000.
As a newspaper photographer, I was often hired as a freelance photographer to shoot special events. I quit working at the Las Cruces Sun-News after my second child was born in 1996. I still got a lot of requests to shoot events and weddings. Shooting on the weekends kept me busy and got me out of the house (something I suggest for any new mom). In 2000, after my 4th child was born), I decided to make it official and have been serving Las Cruces, NM ever since.
As a mom of 5 wonderful children, I had plenty of opportunity to photograph babies! Wedding photography is my specialty, but I think newborn photography is just as rewarding. Brides and babies are both so beautiful--they both remind us of love. The peacefulness on a baby's face is an emotion which is hard to capture at any other event.
When is the best time to take newborn photos? Time flies when your having fun--with a baby! Plan early for newborn photos. Do you like sleeping photos, baby's eyes open, smiles? From birth to 2 weeks, they are very pliable and easy to pose. They also sleep a lot which makes it easy to get great sleeping photos. From 2-6 weeks is nice, because baby acne or birthing scratches should be gone, and they are still easy to pose.
At about 2 months when the baby starts smiling, is another good time for pictures. You can get open eyes, interaction, and SMILES! And don't forget the 1-year birthday photos. I love when parents let them dig-in to a messy birthday cake.
What is a newborn photo session like? I do all my newborn photos at the baby's home. Everyone seems to be more comfortable and you don't have to pack a big diaper bag, load the baby carrier, and disrupt baby's sleep. For the best photos, we need to shoot by a window with indirect sunlight. One easy idea is an ottoman with a baby blanket draped over it. A bed by a window is also a great idea.
Props. Every family is different in what they like in newborn photos. Some necessities are: multiple blankets in different colors, bows or beanies, a waterproof liner (or trash bag) to prevent ruining furniture if baby wets while naked, and small pillows for propping baby. Some fun items you may want are: blocks to spell out baby's name, a large flower pot or basket for propping baby, any special toys given by grandma, heirloom pieces, a musical instrument, a ball glove, stuffed animals, and seasonal items if baby is born around a holiday.
Helpful Hint: enjoy your baby, cherish every moment, and take lots of photos!
Congratulations new parents!www.debbiesphotography.com