A film newborn session is a special way to celebrate a new addition to your family. Few things stir up nostalgia as intensely as welcoming new life. Film captures that nostalgia so beautifully, continuing a tradition that’s likely been in your family for decades. Unlike digital images, film is minimally edited, it’s limited by the amount of exposures, and it tends to feel more personal and true to life.
Beyond choosing which film camera to use along with which film, there aren’t many more design choices. When I approach a film newborn session, I start by asking whether you’d like black and white film or color. I work with the same film stocks to ensure consistency and reliability. During your session, it’s about capturing the little moments that are happening in these first weeks naturally. Creating what feels like a time capsule, one you can revisit for years to come.
Whether the focus is off just a touch or the exposure is grainy, there’s a certain mystery to the way things will turn out. It feels exciting, giving the collection a cozy imperfectly imperfect feeling. I love using film for in-home sessions, it feels like the perfect medium for these moments that you’ve been dreaming for your entire life and are finally happening.
Digital images tend to feel outdated eventually. Editing styles change, new cameras come out with upgraded technology. A newborn film session is produced by using vintage cameras, mine are from the 80’s and 90’s, and with film stocks that have been around for the past 40 years. This approach to a session embraces a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style. I highly recommend ordering prints of your film session and creating an album, or starting a box of film photos for future generations to stumble upon.
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