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Baby Jack {video of a newborn session}


Jack is the son of my friend Erika, he was born 6 weeks early and I photographed him at 27 days old. As you will see in the video he is still tiny. Erika was gracious enough to let me video tape part of the session and I have included the video of getting the above shot at the bottom of this post.



Achieving those cute curled up poses with newborns takes a lot of patience! The first part of the video starts out at normal speed but when I start molding him into position I sped up tape so that you don’t have to watch the full 2 hours session. The speed makes it look as though I am jerking him around a bit which makes me a little nervous to share it but let me assure you – I am very gentle with babies, the tape is just at 3Xs normal speed. Also note that the tape ran out at the end and I didn’t show moving the light to camera right. As you will note the final image shown is shot in the same set up but with the light camera right.

Most of the session is getting the baby to sleep. Once the baby is in a deep sleep they will usually let me move them around and position them as Jack does. The Assistant helping my hold my blanket is my friend and fellow photographer Lauren Hartman. Lauren is an amazing macro photographer and she brought her 105 macro lens to the session and we had some fun getting some close ups of Jack.

If you find these videos useful or just interesting please let me know and I will try to continue to make them.

Thank you Jack, Erika, big sister Audry, and Lauren for a fun session!

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  1. As usual…you amaze me. What a gift you are, Emily.

  2. April

    I LOVE it! Please keep the videos coming. 🙂

  3. Helpful and interesting, I’d love to see other poses in the future. Thank you!

  4. Thanks for that, it is REALLY awesome that you show how you work, I really get a lot of good information out of the videos. Not that I can REPLICATE them mind you, but I know what I SHOULD be doing, LOL!

  5. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. It REALLY shows how long you need to be patient with them and wait until they are good and asleep. Please keep them coming!

  6. Love it! Great job Emily. Please keep the videos coming 🙂

  7. Debbie Billingsley

    Beautiful Emily! Thank you so much for sharing your video. If you don’t mind I would love to see a diagram of your light set up? You just use studio light, right? Or do you do natural light too?

  8. Love seeing the video, great images you got!

  9. Thank you Emily! Your work is ever evolving, and wow, so impressive!

  10. Jennifer G.

    Thanks for the Demo–very helpful, I would love it if you made more!!

  11. lizzie

    That was amazing Emily! Thanks so very much for sharing.

  12. Thanks so much for the demo! Love to see you in action because I love your newborn work! Thanks!!!!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this Emily! Awesome video and I can’t wait to see more :)!

  14. I love your work! i found a picture of yours through google, and thought it was just so adorable that i had to see more, and came across your website! you do such amazing work- i’m trying to get into photography and i hope i can produce work just as good as yours. Seriously, your work is just wonderful, and seems to get better each time. Thankyou for inspiring me 🙂

  15. Beautiful images, Emily, and thanks so much for the video…it was great. He’s a very, very cute little babio! Congrats to mom.

  16. Lovely work and thankyou for posting this video it is great and inspiring.

  17. Awesome video, thanks for sharing!

  18. I just love a full video of a session, thats awesome!

  19. Thanks for sharing, I love seeing how a beautiful picture comes together….keep them coming!

  20. How fun to watch you work! I just wish Wally had cooperated when we had the chance to work with you.

  21. Katherine

    Yes! Keep the videos coming 🙂

  22. Thanks so much for sharing that. Beautiful outcome.

  23. Stephanie

    I love watching your newborn videos!!! They are so fun to see in action. I am not a pro photog. but everytime I see your newborn shoots and pics I wish I was – such a wonderful thing to capture! TFS! – Oh – and I LOVE the music for this video – my absolute favorite song!

  24. Taryn

    This was definitely useful!! Thank you so much for your willingness to share, your work is gorgeous!

  25. Thank you for being so generous! Great video!

  26. Jen

    I love the video. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope there are more to come.

  27. Thank you! Very educational!

  28. Thank you so much for the video, as a beginning photograher – these are priceless.

  29. Thank you so much for sharing this video. You’re so very talented, and you don’t look like you’re jerking him around! What are you using to lay him on? It looks too big to be a bean bag…

    Wonderful pictures and FABULOUS job!

  30. Wow, thanks!!!! After two years, I still struggle with newborns, and have yet to rock a session!

  31. Wow, that was great, really shows how much patience a photographer has to have with new borns. Gorgeous end results.

  32. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Great images! What do you have underneath the baby to prop him up?

  33. Tracie

    Thanks Emily, your videos are so helpful 🙂

  34. Ziona

    This video was extremely helpful. I really enjoy your work on TwoPeas and am trying to learn all I can and this video was really great. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  35. That video was fantastic! I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong with my newborns and after seeing your video I think my beanbag is too soft! (they sink right in!). Thanks!

  36. Thanks Emily! Your video is so helpful. Please keep them coming! Couple of secret tips too please!

  37. I really enjoyed this video and would LOVE to see more like it. All of your images are amazing and I admire talented and patient you are!

  38. Awesome job once again! I would love to attend a workshop with you if you ever decide to do one in the future! I don’t photograph many babies but would love to! I bet it’s fun getting your “baby fix”! 🙂

  39. What a great video. Thanks for letting us watch you work!

  40. Mel

    Thank you for sharing, amazing work as always!
    I am curious what the stand is that you have the blanket clamped too….

  41. Carolyn Upton Miller

    emily, I’ve watched the video before, but just enjoy seeing you work.
    Have a wonderfu holiday,

  42. I just wanted to say that I enjoy your work so much, and that you truly are an inspiration to all of us, especially the beginners! I am so looking forward to seeing more videos! Take care, I love your work!

  43. Rachael

    Thanks so much for the video. It is so helpful!

  44. Rachel B.

    Oh that was cool! Thanks for sharing that video! Awesome to watch you work! And like someone said before, it was interesting to see your patience to wait until the baby is zoned out. That seems to be the important thing to know!

  45. leanne trainer

    Thanks so much for doing this! Deffo keep them coming! I’ll look forward to seeing more 🙂

  46. Sara

    Thank you for this. It really helped to “see” how you work.

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