Once in post production, I opened the image in Photoshop CS5, selected everything but the baby and painted the background black using the paintbrush tool. The edit took less than 5 minutes. This shot also took less than a few minutes to set up and shoot. It gave me the look that I wanted while keeping baby completely safe.
Minimalist newborn session. This is my goal from now on - and what I would want for my own newborn's session. I don't need to remember them as a prop, I need to remember them as my sweet precious tiny child. <3