When I photograph a newborn, their safety is always my top priority. While yes, I would love to get "the shot", keeping the baby as safe as possible 100% of the time is always my main goal. I am so honored that parents of these newborns trust me and hand their entire world over to me. It's a blessing and I definitely don't take that for granted.
For this shot, I shot it as a composite. There were always two firm hands on baby Olivia to keep her safe. This was a tricky shot because there were a lot of elements that I couldn't control since I was outside. It wasn't a windy day and little Olivia was in a very deep sleep, but again, there were hands on her the entire time I shot these pictures.
Annnnnnnnd the final shot!
I strive for perfection when it comes to posing newborns. My goal is always perfect posing. The difference between a "cute" shot and a "perfect" shot in my eyes is usually the little details. I'm always looking for fingers to be straight, un-bent wrists, wrinkly little squish, smooth forehead wrinkles, no bumps in the blanket, etc. Just for an example picture - as I was posing Logan, I knew exactly what I was looking for and when I got him somewhat in the position I wanted, I decided to take a "test shot", just so I would have something in case he ended up wiggling out of the pose (they tend to do that sometimes!). The first picture is super cute and I like it - but to me, I see MANY flaws.
It took me about 1.5 seconds to adjust his head and squish him together just a bit more and there - to my eyes, it's much better.
It doesn't take much to get that picture from "cute" to "perfection". :)