We had a baby!

I’m a Dad!

On January 10th my beautiful daughter Isabella was born at 11:23 pm, which is actually really cool because it’s also my Grandma’s birthday (she was 91 on that day last week!)

So needless to say the photography has begun! It’s a lot of fun – I love taking pictures, and now I have a model that doesn’t mind having her picture taken (granted I do have to work around her schedule) and of course everyone loves seeing pictures of a new baby so everything works out!

It’s hard to describe the feeling of being a new Dad.  It’s almost strange to me that this is something that many other people the world over experience in their life – it feels like something so incredibly unique to me personally, but it’s a common occurrence in a human’s lifetime.  So far we’re still in getting to know each other mode, but having never had a baby before I think she’s very well behaved, seems very aware, and has a general happiness level that’s high on the charts!

Over the last few days I’ve been taking some photos and I promise that once I get my act together I’m going to do some tutorials.  I believe many of the tutorials going forward will be on particular photos and also what to do with photos once you’ve taken them.  Today I’m going to share a few photos that I just took.

The photo above is one that I took this afternoon and one that I’m very pleased with. I took this in natural light of Adriana holding Bella with a 50 mm f/1.2 lens.  I set this to f/1.2 to allow maximum bokeh (and minimal depth of field, which you’ll remember from the aperture post).  This creates an image where just the back of the head and Adriana’s fingertips are in focus, the rest of the image fading into blur.  I then took the photo from Lightroom into Silver Effex Pro, where I converted to B&W and very gently reduced the clarity to make sure the lines weren’t too harsh. I wanted the photo to have a gentle look to it and I think it’s achieved here.

The next two photos are similar and were taken in a similar way.  These were also taken with the 50mm f/1.2 lens, but I used a smaller aperture (f/3.2) to make sure there was enough focus on both the baby and Adriana. The photo at the bottom used an aperture of f/1.6; I wanted to create a photo where the baby is the focus and Adriana’s smile is in the background. I think this is well achieved here, and the images lend themselves to B&W not just because of the ugly flannel shirt my wife was wearing (haha!) but because I really believe some images were simply meant for B&W.  I then had a post crop vignette to all of the images to give them a slightly more concentrated focal point, bringing the image out from the frame.

Finally, I leave you with a video that I took.  Some of you that read my blog regularly will remember that I got some video equipment – especially a slider.  This is a tool where I can put my camera on it, then “slide” (as the name implies) to create a different type of image or view. Right now my playing around with it has been very limited, and Isabella’s sleep schedule is so sporadic that I never know if it’s worth getting the equipment out to try and take a video before she flips out.  Anyway, I put together a very basic and rough first video using some of the slider footage; I look forward to working on more of these in the near future.

I hope you enjoy these photos and the video, needless to say I’m extremely busy now trying to learn how to take care of my daughter and meet her needs, but at the same time I also have some time off work so it may be that I’ll be able to get some more posts up in the next week before having to return.  So please keep stopping by and you can see more images of my beautiful daughter!

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A love of photography and travel have led to me creating this blog. I'm also interested in science, technology and the outdoors. I currently live in London with my beautiful wife and work in the telecommunications industry.
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12 Responses to We had a baby!

  1. Helen Harris says:

    What a sweet little baby! Congratulations to you and your family! The video was really adorable. You seem to have the sweetest little angel at home :)
    I absolutely loved the very first photo. I love how you can really see every tiny strand of hair on her little head. Newborns have the sweetest, most amazing little details to be soaked in, don’t they? I look forward to more beautiful shots of your little one (and their tutorials! I’m certain they’ll come in handy in the next year or two).

  2. Carolina Andrade says:

    Great video! Congratulations for all the family!
    Love the music, it goes so well with Isabella little faces :)

    • Aaron says:

      Thanks Carolina, I have loved that song for a long time and I might use it again when I put together another version of this – I considered this video practice! :)

  3. Renata says:

    OMG! The photos are really beautiful but the video is amazing, your daughter is very beautiful! The first picture is pretty much the same but my favorite is the third! My best wishes for your learning to be a father! Congratulations! Bella is so perfect and delicate… and continue registering each day, they pass very quickly!

  4. Renato M says:

    Welcome Isabella, my best wishes for you, Adriana and your baby. I also would like to say that your video is one of the most beautiful I ever seen; lovely!

  5. LUCIANA says:

    Congratulations…or should I say “parabéns” ? At this stage I could comment in portuguese that you would understand (right?)!
    I´m loving the work you´re both doing with Isabella.
    In 2 months, in 2 years, in 20 years… you will look back and remember all the emotions all feelings of that particular moment. It´s amazing how a picture or a movie can bring so many memories.
    Wish you all the best.

    • Aaron says:

      Thanks so much Luciana, really sorry for the long delay in responding I’ve just been so busy taking pictures and being a dad – the blog is the last thing on my mind! I really appreciate what you’re saying – I think that one of the things that makes a great photo is time and these photos of my first daughter are absolutely timeless! And yes I’m working on my Portuguese, Adriana received a ton of great childrens books and movies and I know it’s going to help me learn!

  6. The photos are really beautiful, in my opinion the first one is really special. The video is so so sweet! Enjoy your newborn baby girl, i assure you that they grow up really fast… my oldest son is almost 8, and sometimes i just can´t believe it.
    I wish you all the best.

    • Aaron says:

      Thanks Lucia! I keep telling myself that they grow up so fast, it’s really hard because a part of me can’t wait till she can talk and walk but another part of me wants her to be a baby forever!

  7. Beautiful photos, the first one is amazing! Congratulations to you and your family! And enjoy every little second with Isabella, they grow up faster then we can imagine!

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