A Christmas Newborn

Austin Hamilton Dallmeyer
December 15, 2011
8 pounds, 9 ounces
22 inches

By the time Tice was a six weeks old, I realized that I had not done a good job of capturing newborn photographs. There were a lot of factors that contributed–for one, I didn’t physically feel capable of crawling around on the floor to find the perfect shot. Another big one was that our house always seemed way too cold to strip a fragile newborn down to his birthday suit. And, of course, there was my ignorance–I failed to realize how quickly a baby outgrows that newborn sleepy stage when they are easier to pose and more difficult to wake.

Unfortunately, there are no do-overs when it comes to a quickly fleeting window of time like the first week or two of life.

So, as Heather‘s pregnancy neared the end, I was determined that we would capture baby Austin in his newborn stage.

I wanted to photograph him during the first week, but between work and Christmas, that didn’t work out. Since our two-week window was about to close, we made sure today was the day. Austin was such a little angel.

He was so patient (and sleepy!). He didn’t even mind Tice banging toys and squealing in the next room.

He got hiccups after about ten minutes of shooting, but he even let me get a few more sweet shots before the hiccups got the best of him.

He is so precious! There are few things in life as sweet as holding a sleeping baby. Tice made me realize that. Before him, I wasn’t the first person in line to hold a new baby. Actually, I don’t think I was even in the line. I still don’t consider myself a “baby person,” but I will cut to the front of the line to hold a sleeping baby now.

I want to take some more with Heather and the other boys, but this was about all I could get with Tice trying to crawl up my leg…

Thanks for sharing these special moments with us, Heather and Austin!

Photography Details:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: 50 mm f/1.4G
ISO: 400-500 (shot with the Christmas tree in background was ISO 1000 and I bounced flash off the ceiling)
Aperture: f/1.4-2.8 (most shots were around f/2)
Shutter speed: 1/125-1/320

Notes:

I was excited to shoot with my new lens (Christmas present from my wonderful husband!), which is perfect for portraits. It replaced my 50mm 1.8D, and I will try to write more about the differences in these popular lenses soon.

I took most of these in Heather’s living room, which is flooded with natural light from windows on the south and west sides. All the light allowed me to lower the ISO (“film” speed) to more like an outdoor situation.  The lower ISO means the images have less grain.

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2 Responses to A Christmas Newborn

  1. LaRena Tobola says:

    Beautiful baby. Beautiful photographs.

  2. Heather says:

    I can’t thank you enough for taking these pictures. We are so lucky to have a true professional capturing Austin’s precious moments. I hope Mason and Alex aren’t jealous when they compare their baby pictures to Austin’s one day! You are amazing! Love you!

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