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Session wrap-up {newborn in a sling}

It’s time for another session wrap-up! Today I photographed Aileena who’s 5 weeks old. A bit old for a newborn session, but I found it surprisingly wonderful. She cried a little bit but was mostly so chilled and willing. And giving her a few weeks to get chubby helped too! :) The whole session can be viewed here.


  • Camera: Canon 5dmkII
  • Lens: 50mm f/1.2


  • Shot in AV with Aperture: Between 1.2 and 2.8


  • Natural window light
  • Somewhat sunny day, however it’s winter which made the light coming through the window very nice. Summer would have been a different story.



The images were edited with One Willow Presets ‘Beautiful Things’ collection for Lightroom. Skin retouching with Lightroom’s adjustment brush. Then taken into Photoshop for removal of the beanbag and added vignette.

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  • Monika

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Beautiful photos, so soft and gentle.
    Where did you get your stand from? Everywhere I look they have those very tall ones. And I want to get myself a short one like yours. Is it extandable? Or it only gets to this height that we see on the photo?

  • Anonymous
  • Jeanette-storm

    Thank you for sharing – you are amazing.

  • Monika

    Thanks, will check them;)

  • http://www.byrayleigh.com/ Info

    I like seeing the before and after shots.  I don’t use any presets or actions right now but I’ve been thinking a lot about getting some.  I’m beginning to see that so often when I feel like my shots just don’t have as great of a look as shots from other photographers, it’s probably because they are using presets or actions.

  • Stacy

    I love your session wrap up posts! Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen

    Thank you for the pullback. I love to look at them.

  • http://twitter.com/jlowe228 Jenny Lowe

    Beautiful.  I love you for all your info sharing. 

  • Darlene

    Does the preset work on all photos shot during the photo shoot or do you have to adjust and change per lighting/exposure on every shot?