Newborn Photography: Stunning in Black and White
I really love babies.
While I have no desire to go down that path again myself (especially now that my daughter is a grown-up seventh grader) I look forward to every newborn photography shoot like a kid waiting for Christmas. I get to wrap and unwrap these beautiful bundles, play with them for a little while, watch them sleep, and take their pictures. And like being a kid on Christmas, I don’t have to clean up and I can leave and take a nap when I’m tired!
I take lots of black and white photos in newborn sessions, and even though parents often don’t think they want black and white images, they always love them when the proofs arrive.
Why black and white?
Focus: Black and white photography feels uncomplicated and clean. It allows the viewer to focus on the subject without distraction. Some folks think that the subject’s emotional state shows more clearly in black and white, and I agree.
Texture: Textures that you might miss in color versions come through brilliantly in black and white. Look at the baby’s hat and the furry blanket above, and his hair and the little tiny wrinkles in his hands below. These textures will show in the color versions, but viewers are less likely to really notice them.
Age ambiguity: I also love black and white newborn photography for its timelessness. Unless the photo has the date stamped on it, the picture could be from last week, last year, or the last half century. Black and whites make it fun to compare multiple generations of babies in a family to see where that adorable nose and those dimples came from.
Take a time out.
Because newborns seem to change every single day, stopping the clock with a black and white photo is a true gift for parents and photographers alike. I encourage you to pull out your baby pictures and see if you agree. In the mean time, I’ll be here waiting for
Santa my next newborn photography session.