Last Sunday offered me the chance to take photos of a friend and her baby, who was just under six weeks old. I’m not a commercial photographer. I don’t do the studio type portraits, and i certainly don’t do baby photos. But as my friend, Michelle, recently had a baby i thought it would be nice to try and do some photos for her. I thought that as i can’t really offer gifts as congratulations, this would be a way for me to offer something, and hopefully better than just a few snaps.
So armed with a brand new Lastolite portable softbox, kindly loaned by Gary, i set off to Michelle’s. As we chatted and caught up on general life i set up the lighting as best i could in a very limited area. All the time i was setting up, the baby, Olivia, slept. As it turned out, Olivia slept a lot that day, in fact she only woke briefly to be fed, and only stayed awake for a few minutes afterwards. This of course meant it wasn’t possible to get all those lovely giggling baby photos, but it didn’t take away the obvious pleasure Michelle has from the birth, and also the love that Michelle has for Olivia. In a way it was quite sweet that she was asleep.
All in all i’m pretty pleased with what i got, and i’ll be putting them on a CD for Michelle, as well as printing two or three and framing them for her.