Sweating in the Winter: Behind the Scenes Newborns Photoshoot

It's cold in this house. COLD!!! My mom's house is pretty old and isn't insulated very well, so you can imagine how cold the downstairs is. I go to bed with sweat pants, a tank top, and a long sleeve on top AND three blankets.

Now, can you imagine a NAKED newborn trying to stay warm in this house?! The inhumanity!

Let me explain. My cousin Maggie had a set of twins just TWO weeks ago. TWINS! Two weeks old!! Needless to say I was SUPER excited to come home and photograph them.

We decided on my mom's house because we have large windows and I always use natural light with babies. For those of you that don't have a baby or don't photograph babies, you have to understand that babies -- mainly newborns -- can't regulate their own body temperature. This means that when they're naked, they will get VERY cold. Newborns are fun to photograph because they're mold-able, and sleep through a majority of the session.

Except when...

It's 68 degrees in your house!! You guys, I pulled out this huge heater blanket (stole from my grandma, actually), a mini-heater fan, TONS of blankets and this is what our dining room space looked like:

(Taken with my iphone)


Pacifiers everywhere, teddy bears, clothes, wipies, and my SWEAT! Good Lord, I don't know what I was thinking starting with a long sleeve. Twenty minutes into it I ran upstairs to change into a T-shirt and I was still extremely hot. Max and Alex -- were not :( They were crying, and my grandma propped her walker right by my "set" to sit down and watch, and aaaaaall I could hear was:

"Alejandra, tienen frio! Deja de quitarles la ropa! Mira, tienen FRIO!! Hasta me da frio viendolos!"

Translation:

"Alejandra, they're cold! Stop taking their clothes off!! Look, they're COLD! I get cold just looking at them!"

*shakes head* I didn't know I would have an audience. It was so funny because when they finally settled down, I QUICKLY wrapped them up (together) tightly, and then Max started hitting his brother!! I was like "Max, you better behave because Alex is knocked out, sleeping! You were like this for 9 months... give me TWENTY MINUTES! Cooperate with me little guys." Hahaha. And they did! :) My cousin Maggie (their mom) was excited too yelling "hurry up!! Take the photos!!" But I had to make sure the lint was removed, the fabric was stretched out, etc.

Viola!



That's all the sneak peek you get! Tomorrow we are going to my Aunt's who will have A) warmer house, B) more light, C) Did I mention warmer house? Let me get my bathing suit ready.

Aren't Alex and Max adorable?! I suppose you can't see their face. Hmm. You'll just have to take my word or wait for the photos. Oh, and I learned that when removing a pacifier from a sleeping baby, you must pull it out sideways at an angle (as opposed to straight out) so it doesn't scare me. Haha. Scare ME? I seriously typed that. Scare THEM. Thank you Maggie. Always a learning experience ;)