This little guy arrived right on his due date, which seems very rare these days! We had hoped for a little sun, the sun peeked out for a few minutes right before the session but hid back in the clouds. The PNW is definitely a gorgeous place to live but come this time of year I really struggle. I am sure there are various forces at work from vitamin D deficiency to lack of creative motivation. But getting to meet these tiny, brand new humans really fills my soul. Seattle newborn photos can be tricky this time of year due to our dark, cloudy skies.
In the PNW winter, no one has sun pouring through their windows and when I arrive at your home, I will turn off all overhead lights. The reason I do this is two-fold: 1. they are overhead which means they generally cast unflattering photos and 2. they cast a weird orange glow on everyone. This glow is almost impossible to remove in post-processing. I thought about getting flashes but I keep my session so relaxed and natural it goes against my vision to be filling these rooms with flash. Luckily my camera handles low light really well but a bit of grain is to be expected in sessions like these 🙂 Think back to the film days, grain is what you will see when the camera finds less light in the frame. Grain is having a major resurgence these days! People love the film look. So while I don’t shoot film, I encourage clients to embrace the grain AND the gloomy PNW winters.
This little one was so calm during this entire session. He mostly just looked around and went with it when his giant dog jumped on the bed with him. Mable, the dog, was a hilarious character. She did not like being left out of the shot and spent a most of the time staring at me intently trying to figure out what the heck I was doing with my loud, clicky camera. Always include your pup in these! They add such a fun element.