What do I need to do my own newborn/baby photos?

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wootphoto Junior Member • Posts: 27
What do I need to do my own newborn/baby photos?

Hi. I've been practicing with my EM-1 for a month or so now, getting ready for the big day of when my first daughter is born.

So far so good. I realized that professional baby photos are really expensive. Also, I think I can do just as good (or good enough job) myself. But I think I'm missing some equipment.

I have the following:



Zuiko 12-40/2.8


FL-300R (remote-capable)

Included flash on E-M1 (to trigger/fill flash)

Tripod (borrowed)

I'm thinking I'm missing a softbox or umbrella. What would you all recommend for the best bang for the buck? I don't really see myself doing many studio-type shots later, but I would like to see what I can do for the baby shoot now.

I saw this: http://fjwestcott.com/product/rectangular-pocketbox-flash-softbox but I'm not sure how well that can attach to the FL300R which is completely flat on the front.

Perhaps I can borrow or rent some lighting equipment?

Also, any tips in general for shooting babies are appreciated!!!

 wootphoto's gear list:wootphoto's gear list
Olympus E-M1 Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm 1:4-5.6 R Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 +1 more
Olympus E-M1
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