NIAGARA FALLS —
That’s why she likes to take photos of the babies when they’re sleeping.
“I like to make sure they look as peaceful as possible,” she explained.
The gentleness and patience of the photographer was appreciated by the new parents.
“She knows how to nurture the babies and take her time,” said Erin, who learned about Costrino after seeing pictures she had taken for mutual friends.
The new mom, who had taken a photography class given by Costrino and her partner for mothers who wanted to learn to take better photos, thought it would be easy to take shots of her own newborn.
“Turns out, it’s a lot harder than it looks,” Erin smiled.
The photographer, however, has had lots of practice — including an estimated 40 baby sittings — through her company, Vita Bella Photography (www.bellaphotography.com). She also does wedding photography with her partner, Jessica Dolly, of Jecca D Photography in Boston.
Soon, the pair will be joining forces with a video production company, Shutter Dreams Studio of Buffalo, to add movement and music to the Vita Bella baby sittings and Costrino and Dolly’s wedding shoots. But Constrino’s main goal is to specialize in taking pictures of newborn babies.
For the newborn shoots, Costrino can take up for five hours, waiting through feedings and fussiness and diaper changes. Her window of opportunity for the most successful sittings is with babies between 3 and 10 days old.
“They’re not aware yet that they’re out of the womb and you can pose them in more intricate poses and it doesn’t bother them,” she said.
It certainly didn’t seem to bother baby Daniel, who slept through most of the sitting, including six different settings and outfit changes, and poses with mom and dad.
There was even a shot of him posed with his mom’s stenography machine, a set of glasses perched gently on his little brow and papers strewn about. That shot will be used for birth announcements, as his mom has her own court reporting business and she thought it would be darling if he was posed with her machine. Given the responses by those in the room, it clearly was darling. Even the photographer was captivated by the newborn.
“Those lips, so cute, right?” she asked of his parents.
“This is definitely the hardest age group to work with,” she said between Daniel’s outfit changes. “But when the images come together and I show them to the clients for the first time — in a slide show that I put to music — and the parents start crying, it makes me feel so happy,” she said.