What is a lifestyle newborn session?
A lifestyle newborn session is an at-home session focusing on your beautiful addition and the connection amongst your family, including any family pets! We’ll capture your family as a unit, as well as each family member with baby, and the baby alone.
If siblings are involved, we usually take care of those photos first so that they have the option to go and play during the rest of the session. It’s up to you, but it can be helpful to have a friend or family member at the house who can watch siblings during the rest of the session so that Mom and Dad can be in photos with the baby.
For photos of the baby alone, these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest. I take photos of babies swaddled or undressed and they are positioned in a way you’d find them naturally.
Where will we shoot?
The session takes place in your home, utilizing the living room, nursery, master bedroom, and/or kitchen, even! Do not worry about your house being a mess—you just had a baby! 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!
Another indoor space option, if you like, is we can look into renting a space or utilizing an Airbnb as well.
How can I make sure my baby is comfortable and cooperative during the shoot?
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 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.
What should my husband and I wear?
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. Solid or floral tops (and textures like big knits and lace) work best. Stay away from prominent logos or writing on clothing. For your husband, the same rules apply. For some outfit ideas, check out my Pinterest Board here.
What should the baby wear?
I prefer babies dressed very simply: could be cozied up in a newborn sweater romper, in plain onesies, muslin swaddles, or just diaper – whatever their comfort level is. Some ideas can be found on my Pinterest Board linked here.
Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?
I am in love with capturing your moments, so as a lifestyle, documentary style session, it will be filled with family cuddles and precious details of your sweet baby. We’ll use any favorite items you have picked out for them, like a: stuffed animal, book, blanket, hat/beanie, any few onesies, etc. and incorporate those items in the session.
I do bring along a couple options of garland when we take some detail photos of your baby laying on a flat surface (bed/couch/rug/blanket) that you can choose from, if you’d like to use, but otherwise we’ll incorporate as much of baby’s items or family heirlooms as you like.
How long are these sessions?
A typical lifestyle newborn session takes about 1.5 hours. When it comes to a newborn session, the baby is in charge, so we allow time to enough feeding and diaper changing breaks. 🙂