I get asked all the time about my newborn photography equipment. What is in my camera bag? What is my go to lens? All the things….. I thought I would talk a little about what I use and why I use it for my newborn sessions. Cameras and equipment is a very personal thing, I think. No two people are going to shoot at the exact same angle, or edit with the same exact style. At least, I hope not. Finding your own style is what is going to set you apart from all of the other photographers in your area. And I also think that as parents, the mama who is searching for a photographer isn’t going to want the cookie cutter photographers. She is looking for someone who can tell her story the way that she envisions it in her head.

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Newborn Photography Equipment | What’s in my Bag?

Okay – so first off, I am a canon girl through and through. I currently have tow bodies, a Canon MK III and a Canon Mk IV. I shoot with both. Although for my newborn sessions, I will primarily use my MK IV. I just love the vividness of the colors that canon produces and how amazing they are in low light situations. I also shoot full manual. It is important for me to be completely in control of what I am shooting and how it is going to look.

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As far as lenses go, I use only prime lenses. I made this jump a little over a year ago. I was shooting everything with my trusty 24-70 but I just wasn’t in love with what I was producing as far as my images. So, I started purchasing primes. Currently, I have a Sigma Art 35, Canon 50L, Canon 85L, Canon 100mm Macro, plus a few zooms still. I am saving my pennies to purchase a 24L!!

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How I Shoot Newborn Photography

For my newborn sessions I primarily use my 35mm and my 50mm. Sometimes, I will use the macro lens as well. I use my 35 for ALL of my parent shots and the majority of the sibling shots as well. I love how sharp and wide this lens is and that it doesn’t have a ton distortion. For the actual baby shots I use my 50. I love how creamy it is, how sharp it is and I just love everything about this lens. Sometimes when I am doing a prop shot I will use the 35 so that I can get more in the picture.

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Then for all of those little detail shots like lips, feet, eyelashes – I use the Macro. I have a love hate relationship with this lens though because I have to manually focus it and that is hard. So hard! I usually will not use this lens unless mama has specifically requested that I capture those things, as it is pretty time consuming to get the focus just right. So there you have it – a little peak into the newborn photography equipment I use to create the images that you see in my portfolio, here in this blog, and all over social media!

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I feel so fortunate that I get to call this work. Who else gets to wake up every single day and help families celebrate life & love? I love that I get to tell their story. It is incredible to be able to create a moment in amongst all of the chaos that is new parenthood, where new moms and dads can really just focus on that amazing, tiny human that they created. I am pretty lucky if you ask me!

If you are expecting or know someone who is, I would be honored to craft a completely custom portrait experience for you!

To learn more, drop me a note at hello@erinjachimiak.com or click here.

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October 1, 2019

Newborn Photography Equipment | What’s in my Bag?

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