At the end of March I did my first newborn shoot that I obtained from the Click Group. It went very well, I got to my clients home at around 11:30am on a Friday, which, coincidentally was when Mia was exactly a week old – to the minute!
All the shots were taken using available light in the back of their lounge. All I used was a black background, a baby cushion that is perfectly shaped for laying babies onto, and a piece of black velvet. From the telephone conversation I had with the new mum, Trish, I knew that she wanted to have a fair number of black and white images, which the black background lends itself to.
After a couple of hours we were all done, little Mia was wonderful, even though she could keep her milk down too well, and she did what all babies do when their time comes to relieve themselves!
When I sat in front of my computer to view the images, I saw that we had actually come up with some wonderful shots. So I contacted the Click offices to find out when the deadline was for their annual Photographer of the Year competition. I was told that it was that same day! So I had to work fast. I prepared a four images from Mia’s shoot, sent them off to the lab, and had them hand delivered to Click’s HQ on the same day. A big thanks to PDQ imaging for that!
A few days later, I got an email from Click asking for high resolution files of two of the images I had submitted! That was great news! I had 2 images from my first shoot with the Click group in the top 20 images of the year for the whole group!
When I attended the Awards ceremony on the 1st April I was awarded the Runner Up prize! Not bad for getting something done in such a hurry, and so close to the deadline!
I’m sure you’d like to see the images, so here they are, the first image is the one that got me the runner up prize:
This image also made it to the top 20:
This final image captured the tenderness between mother and daughter beautifully:
So, that was a great start to April, hopefully I’ll go one better next year Click Photographer of the Year!