What’s in your bag? – Newborn Photography

Aimiee is a partner of AnA Photography in Cornwall, who specialise in Newborn Baby photography and Bump to Baby photography packages.

Aimiee is a multi award winning photographer, and was awarded ‘Image of the Year – Baby and Toddler’ in 2016 with the Guild of Professional Photographers. AnA Photography has been running for nearly 10 years, with a full time studio for 4 years. This has given them plenty of time to realise what they really need to have in their bag!

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Location:
Cornwall, UK

Say hi....!

Well, hi! I’m Aimiee, and I am one half of AnA Photography. Newborn baby sessions are my favourites by far. Apart from the creativity involved, the emotion with the parents and all the cuteness – I also get lots of cuddles with brand new babies!
Although there are a few basics all newborn photographers should have, some things vary from style to style, so I will try to make sure I mention alternatives to what we use too!

What camera(s) are you using?

Our main camera is a Canon 5Dmkiii – and we love it! We also have a couple of mkii’s as backups, but they rarely come out of the bags now!

What is your go-to lens?

For the studio, I hardly ever use anything other than our Canon 24-70 2.8L. I do have the Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro on my shopping list though!
Some newborn photographers prefer to use either 50mm or 35mm prime lenses, but for us, the flexibility of the 24-70 wins!

What other lenses do you have to hand?

Although it very rarely comes out in the studio, our 70-200 IS 2.8L mkii is an AMAZING lens! It is sooo beautiful to use on location and for weddings.

What about your lighting?

For newborn photography you need a light that is capable of being turned down really low. This is actually harder than it may sound!
Our studio uses Bowens flash heads. Our main two lights are Gemini 200’s, which are unfortunately no longer in production. We then have a Westcott 220cm umbrella on our main light, and that is all we use for Newborn sessions. For larger family sessions we will add another smaller umbrella onto the second light.
For new newborn photographers I would recommend the Elinchrom D-Lite RX1, as it is the only one able to be turned down far enough really.
I also use a Bowens Silver Beauty Dish for my maternity photography. The shadows it creates are just stunning!

What about other equipment?

There is a whole list of things we use for newborn sessions. Our Newborn Posing Beanbag is a major one, along with all the essentials like towels, incontinence pads, non slip mats etc (they get messy!!) and we use a white noise app on the iPad to help keep baby sleepy.
Other than that, the rest comes down to your style. Blankets, fabrics, wraps, hats and headbands are all popular with newborn photography, and the type, colour and quantity will all depend on you! Although I have a massive range at the studio, I often use the same few favourites!

How about your computer and software?

We switched to Mac about 2 years ago, and will never look back! Our main machine is a iMac 27″ 5k, and we also have two MacBook Pro 13″. I edit on both the big machine and the laptop, depending whether I am in the office or in my pyjamas on the sofa (it’s a perk of being self employed!)
The most important piece of software in our business is Light Blue. That is our studio management software, and without it we would be lost!
For editing, I only use Photoshop CC. I used to use a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop, but find I get a much better result from Photoshop alone. I also use a range of actions from Greater than Gatsby, and a combination of those and my own actions, my editing process is now extremely streamlined and speedy!

Finally...who is your idol?

My biggest idol is Amy McDaniel from Dewdrops Photography in Alabama. I absolutely love her style, and am super excited to be attending one of her masterclasses this year!