I taped black paper to the wall for the background--this made a huge difference (I have to concede that this was my wife's idea.) I moved mom and baby in front of a window with light streaming though. I kept the subject pretty far away from the black wall so the 'blurry background' would hide the imperfections in my 'make-shift' black background. Although the 100 f2.8 Macro is excellent for Macro work, it's also an excellent portrait lens :)
The key ingredients that made these photos 'work' (in my opinion) are:
- The black background
- Moving mom & baby in front of the window
- Shooting a 'Sepia Tone' Picture style
Although a studio would have been ideal for this shoot (I don't have a studio), my improvised setup worked pretty well.
When my kids were babies I photographed them using a point-and-shoot. The baby photos on this page are about 50 times better then the photos I have of my kids at this age. I now have no problem spending a little bit of money for a good camera and good lenses to document my kids growing up. You can't 'turn back time' and re-take these photos.
Here are a couple more photos from this session:
Canon 5D, Canon 100 f2.8 Macro, Av, f3.2, 1/3200, EC - 1/3, ISO 400, Picture style of monochrome with a sepia tone.
I'm going to do another shoot in a couple weeks with the same family -- if you have any links to favorite baby photos, please share them.