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How to use Digital Composites to create Gorgeous Newborn Photo Galleries in ANY shooting situation!

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

There are times in a newborn photographer's life where the session doesn't always go according to plan. You know, the ones where the little bubba is wide awake, unwilling to be put down? As mentioned in that linked article - sometimes it can take me 2 hours of trying to settle a baby before I can even take one. single. shot.

Part of my job, is to have several tricks up my sleeve when it comes to being a Gold Coast newborn photographer. Not to say - that GC babies are any different to say, Sydney babies, but with all the lockdowns we have had over the last 2 years I have had to adapt my shooting style and further develop my skill set to meet the challenges of these ever-changing restrictions.

For example, a client may book me for their newborn photography session in Gold Coast (Which is where I am based) when bubba is 2 weeks old. With the coming and going of lockdown restrictions here, sometimes I might not get to even meet the baby and family until they are well past 3 months old.

This means that my newborn outfit selections are halved, some of my newborn props may now be too small and at this age the baby tends to be more fussy and wide awake - resulting in a session that may be a bit on the 'harder' side than if the newborn baby was in fact 2 weeks old.

Enter my golden weapon. Newborn Digital Composites.

After hours and hours of pouring over tutorials, practising, diving deep into the machine of Photoshop editing I found myself with a really valuable and versatile way that I could create beautiful artistic photographs for my clients no matter whether their baby was 2 weeks or 2 months {plus} old.

I like to add at least 3-4 different digital composites into my clients gallery as well as their newborn and family photos, in a variety of different set ups. I keep the colours in the same line as the overall style of their gallery. This helps consistency, and when printing a newborn photo album it's important for the flow and overall finished look.

But most of all, learning this skill gave me confidence. I now know, that no matter what the newborn photography session will bring - Im covered. If you are a photographer looking to learn this awesome skill - I have a basic tutorial up on Youtube here that you can check out & you can take a look at any of the above digitals I designed here !

Happy Practising!

Love Sera xx


Sera Williamson is a Gold Coast based family photographer that specialises in maternity and newborn photography for first time parents.

She has been working as a professional newborn and baby photographer for 9 years, in various studios and within her own business as an in-home baby photographer.

Recently, Soul Mama Photography has relocated taking the popular in-home newborn photography to the Gold Coast Region - settling in the beautiful area of Paradise Point!

Sera travels for mobile Newborn Photography and Outdoor Maternity Photography and & is serving the entire Gold Coast area and has been called the best Newborn Photographer in Australia!

To book or enquire about a Gold Coast maternity photoshoot or In-home newborn photoshoot enquire here!

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