My journey as a mom began in 2010. At that time, newborn portraits were not a big thing. Sure, maybe you had a photo taken in the hospital but now it's totally different. In the last decade, the genre has exploded and your social media may be filled with adorable little babies in super cute poses. I have been photographing newborns for six years and I love it. However, my goals with newborn portraiture have changed. Listen, don't get me wrong, I love an adorable little newborn all squished up and posed. But, I have a fallen in love with a more modern, laid-back and connection-based approach to newborn photography. This genre is called lifestyle newborn photography.
First of all, what is lifestyle photography? or lifestyle newborn photography? A lifestyle session is meant to be more of a story-telling session that showcases your new family connection. We use natural light and your own props/accessories or outfits to document your newborn. These sessions are also SO GREAT if you have an older sibling that have a hard time sitting still or "posing." I find kiddos are much more comfortable in their home environment and I can capture some great images of them playing if mom or dad are busy with baby.
Why do I love this genre more than studio-posed newborn photography?
1. They're done in YOUR home and on your time (as a new mom, this is huge! No rush to get out the door and somewhere on time with your new little one. If you're a first time mom, you'll GET this AFTER you have the baby ;)
2. It takes A LOT of pressure off parents, siblings and photographer to get the baby to pose. Posing a newborn is almost impossible with they're awake and that can eat up a lot of your session time getting them to sleep. It also takes up to 15 minutes per pose and is difficult to get a lot of variety with studio-posed images.
3. Lifestyle portraits are more natural. We're not going to be putting your baby into a froggy-pose or a non-natural position (albeit super cute)
4. They show how tiny your baby is in comparison to you, your house, pets, etc.
5. They focus more on connection than cuteness. I want to tell your story of being new parents. Sing your new baby a song, read them a book, feed them, cuddle them, smell their new baby smell. I'll help you capture all of the sweet, baby details.
I think a better name for these sessions are “Connection Sessions.” We’ll capture every little wrinkly toe, eyelash, yawn, and sweet snuggle. A lifestyle session is meant to tell the heart-warming story of your first few weeks at home with your new baby. Clients rave about lifestyle sessions as they’re done in your space and on your time and takes the pressure out of getting a baby to “pose” a certain way. The sessions are also baby-led which means we allow for every cry, diaper change and cuddle needed (these also make for adorable portraits). expertise, your baby can be naturally posed or swaddled and photographed in their crib or special places in your home. We also get beautiful family images using natural light. Pets and siblings are also included in all of the images. I also go through and highlight all the details you put into the nursery.
Finally, I am able to offer a few posed images if you realllllyyyyy love both studio and lifestyle now. We do a small mini posed session with a few simple poses. I prefer to use props for these images as we are still trying to follow that laid-back, stress-free approach.