Updated: Mar 15, 2021
What is a lifestyle newborn session?
A lifestyle newborn session is a photography session that focuses on love and connection. Babies are held by their parents in ways that are comfortable and natural to them, and posed in a way that you would find them naturally. Sessions often include siblings and I love to include pets too!
Where will we shoot?
Lifestyle newborn sessions typically take place in the client’s home. Rooms most commonly used are the nursery, master bedroom and living room. No need to worry too much about a mess – you just had a baby! I am happy to assist by moving things out of the way in areas we are photographing. If the weather cooperates, it is also possible to have a newborn session outdoors. This is a great option for summer babes.
I suggest having the bed made with a neutral color quilt or comforter on top. Open the blinds and curtains to let as much light in as possible as we will be working with all natural light.
How can I make sure that my baby is comfortable and cooperative during the shoot?
Newborns are unpredictable and this session is all about them! Please try not to worry too much about crying, diaper changes and needing to feed the baby – it’s all perfectly fine! Newborn lifestyle sessions are purposefully booked as a longer session to allow plenty of unrushed time to attend to the baby’s needs. I would recommend feeding the baby right before the session to encourage him or her to be a little sleepy!
What should I wear?
Wear something simple and comfortable for the session. Neutral, light colors photograph best. Think colors like creams, whites, earth tones, greys and pastels. You can always add pops of color with jewelry and accessories. Textures and layers look great in images so I always suggest trying to incorporate clothing with lace or knit sweaters. Avoid clothing with prominent logos that will detract from the images.
What should the baby wear?
I suggest a plain onesie, muslin swaddle or diaper for the baby – whatever you and the baby are most comfortable in works best!
Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?
I specialize in lifestyle newborn photography. The focus of my photography is the relationship between baby, siblings and parents. I do still incorporate individual shots of the baby, with baby in ‘poses’ that you would find them in naturally. If you have a special heirloom or blanket you would like included in a photo, let me know and we can find a way to make it work!
How long are these sessions?
The average lifestyle newborn session is 1 - 2 hours long. This allows time for breaks, diaper changing and feeding. The baby is in charge and no one needs to feel rushed.
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