In all my years as a Hudson Valley NY Newborn Photographer I have gradually seen a wonderful growth in hospital newborn portraits. These days portraits done in the hospital are absolutely gorgeous!
I remember when I was 11 years old my sister was brought home from the hospital. My mom was given a polaroid image of my baby sister placed in a paper frame. In those days, one of the nurses came around to all the maternity rooms and snapped 1 or 2 images of baby whether crying or not. Babies were bundled tight in their traditional blue and pink stripe hospital blankets, which back then they allowed you to take home as another momento, and head always covered in a thin striped hat that matched the blanket. It was actually a really nice gift. I wasn’t allowed to be at the hospital and visit my mom so having that 1 photo of my sis was a real treasure for me even if she looked like she was absolutely miserable from being out of the womb.
Hospital newborn portraiture nowadays are a far cry from a polaroid snapshot! The emphasis is capturing the emotions, experience and feelings of becoming new parents whether as first-time parents or not. Babies are wrapped in creative swaddles and lovingly photographed with parents and/or siblings. Creative use of lighting, shadows, angles and crops make for a work of art worthy of displaying in your home. Nothing compares to capturing newborns at 1-2 days old. Once they get home their personalities, body and facial expressions settle and they start to develop a routine that will shape his or her life. Hospital newborn portraiture sure has come a long way and I am excited to see where it develops from here!
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