Black and white newborn portraits – oh how I love thee!
I have always loved black and white photography. In fact this is how I first came to love photography back in high school with my small Nikon F65 camera, my black and white roll of film, and developing my very own photographs in the chemicals in the dark room. It was magic.
These days, with digital photography, black and white photography might seem like it is an afterthought. But for me, this is a creative decision that I often make even before I take the photo. In every session there are photos I take knowing ahead of time that they will be a black and white final image.
I love that black and white portraits strip back everything to the tiny newborn details, the emotions that are bubbling up in new parents. Black and white portraits make these emotions raw, they make these details stand out. The colour of clothing and backgrounds fade away leaving my beautiful subjects are the stars.
My black and white edits take time and precision. Each image is tweaked and calibrated just right, to show the details, the shadows, the light just as I imagined it. I know some people may think converting an image to black and white is as easy as applying a filter, clicking a button. But a professional black and white image is a creative process, an artist creating with their paints.
Every one of my newborn session which I hold in my Northern Beaches Home Studio involves both colour and black and white images for my clients to view in their final gallery. However in the session below I fell in love with so many of the black and white images of little Ellis I had to share them all with you. I love the tiny changes in his little facial expressions, the tiny fluff on his ears, the flakey newborn skin on his hands and feet.
I hope you love them as much as I do.
“To see in colour is a delight for the eye,
but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”
~ Andri Cauldwell