At-home lifestyle newborn sessions are about the connection and love that family members already have for this new life. I’ll capture special moments with each family member and the baby as well as the family all together. If siblings are involved, we usually take care of those photos first so that they can go and play during the rest of the session. There will also be time for photos of the baby alone.
The session takes place in the client’s home, preferably in the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. Do not worry about your house being a mess, you just had a baby!The sessions are photographed in all natural light only, I don’t bring lights. Please make sure your home has adequate natural lighting. All you need to do to prepare is open the blinds/curtains to let in as much light as possible. I’ll quickly push things out of the area I’m shooting so that your home will appear to be spotless in the photos. The only thing I will ask you to do is have your bed made with a neutral quilt/comforter on top. Your bed makes for a great place for cuddly family photos!
Newborns are unpredictable and this shoot is all about them. Please do not worry about your baby crying or needing to eat during the shoot, newborn sessions are purposely longer to allow for plenty of breaks, feedings and even diaper/outfit changes.It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session so they’re sleepy and content.
I recommend keeping it simple and comfortable. Neutral, light (creams, whites, grays or pastel tones) work best as they don’t take away from the natural beauty of your baby. You can add pops of color to your outfit, if you wish, by using jewelry or accessories. Stay away from prominent logos or writing on clothing. For your husband, the same rules apply.
I prefer babies dressed very simply in plain onesies, muslin swaddles, sometimes also naked – whatever their comfort level is.
The style of newborn photography that I specialize in is lifestyle sessions. Rather than posed newborn shots with, for example, the child in a basket, I love to capture the relationship between the new baby and his/her parents and siblings, I just want to keep everything natural. This doesn’t mean that I won’t take individual photographs of the baby. I love also incorporating your favorite swaddles, blankets, clothes made for the baby and other items special to your family.
A typical lifestyle newborn session takes 2/3 hours. When it comes to a newborn session, the baby is in charge, so we allow time to enough feeding and diaper changing breaks.