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Portrait of a Baby

One of my past wedding clients gave baby boy just over a week ago. I love getting photos when the baby is still fresh and newborn. I decided to play around a little with this one. The client laughed when they saw it - they said something about me being “really creative.” Actually, I can’t take credit for this look. I did this as an homage to Nadav Kander. It’s similar to a look he uses for many of his editorial photos. I just thought it would be fun to play around.

John

5 Responses to “Portrait of a Baby”

  1. Lisa Says:

    This is so awful and not cute or funny in anyway. I looks like the baby is dead and the skin tone is just…..well. Take this photo off your blog as it is offensive. Wow, bad taste

  2. John Says:

    Lisa: Although I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way, I take your response as a compliment! Who says that baby photos have to be cute or funny? Babies are often obnoxious, loud, unruly, unpleasant and make the parents want to pull their hair out. Cute isn’t the whole story for sure. So maybe this photo captures the other side of being a baby. Maybe it’s more “real” than the romanticized baby photography that most people do. The fact that I can get an emotional response such as yours means that I’m doing something right. I’d rather someone hate my work than be bored by it. That’s far worse in my book!

  3. John Says:

    I should add that I was inspired not only by photographer Nadav’s Kandar’s shooting style but also his personal vision. His last book of photography is entitled, “Beauty is Nothing” and it’s sort sums up his approach to viewing the world through his camera.

  4. shahn Says:

    John,
    I found your website while searching for information on nadav kander’s workshop. I feel like i really misst out on an amazing opportunity and wish i could have gone.

    But how ironic (or appropriate) of Lisa’s response/reaction. I’m also a huge fan of Nadav and what he stands for. It is sad to see people define beauty in such a limited way. Life is full of opposites, ying&yang and to capture only one side or one kind of beauty is disheartening. I think a true photographer/artist will change or at least make people question things around them.. and you did that.

    Needless to say, the photo is very beautiful. If you care to share i would love to hear your lighting setup.
    -shahn

  5. Donna Says:

    Hee Hee Hee!!!!
    I am really confused as to the gender…….
    I would say this is politically correct.

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