Mirranda owns the photography business K.D. Elise Photography, based in Pueblo, Colorado. She specializes in newborns and children and loves to work in the natural light.
Mirranda likes to stop the moment in time that could otherwise be forgotten. Especially for mothers it’s hard to hold on to those little details that make our children who they are at each stage of their lives. Photography gives her the opportunity to help families hold onto those memories, long after the photos in their mind’s eye have gone blurry with age.
Why do you love newborn baby photography?
I love newborn photography because the newborn stage is such a quickly fleeting time. It’s also a time that can be really hard for new parents to remember. They’re sleep deprived, trying to adjust and it’s amazing how easy it is to forget how tiny that little baby really was. I love that I can help parents remember their babies as newborns. A week or two after I take the photos, the baby has already changed so much.
What is your secret when photographing newborns.
I think the most important thing is to listen to the baby. It’s something that’s incredibly important to me and that I keep at the very forefront of my mind in each session. A baby will let me know (by squirming or fussing) if he doesn’t like a certain position or if he just isn’t comfortable. I spend a lot of time talking to each baby, telling them what I’m going to do before I do it. Remembering that each baby I photograph is a little human being with a personality, wants and needs who deserves respect – that is really my biggest secret.
You do some sweet photos with other children. How do you capture the growing personalities?
Letting a kid be themselves in front of the camera lets their personality shine through. Just like with babies, I talk to bigger kids and treat them like a person. I get down on their level, let them look at and even touch my camera. They warm up to me and then in most cases, they’re actually excited to have their photos taken. I’m not afraid to act a little goofy to get a shot of a happy kid.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
I love birth photography! It’s something that I don’t get to do nearly often enough, but I feel completely at home in the birth environment. It’s such an extraordinary, life changing event and I feel so honored everytime I get to capture it for a client. I always walk away knowing that I witnessed a miracle!
Yeah – that must be awesome!
Now – what kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III, a 50mm 1.4 and an 85mm 1.8. I really love prime lenses and they work perfectly for the type of photography that I do. If there’s a lens that I’ll only use occasionally, I’ll rent instead of purchasing. There are some really great lens rental companies out there!
Can you name some tips for those who want to try to shoot beautiful newborn baby photographs?
First and foremost, keep baby safe. A lot of the poses that you see floating around on the internet are actually composites (two or more images merged together in Photoshop) and aren’t safe for beginners to do. Keep baby warm and snug during a session and start off with simple poses on a blanket. Always, always follow baby’s cues and respect him or her as a person.
Thanks Mirranda for giving me a snapshot of your amazing work!
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