What to Expect from your Lifestyle Newborn session
Hello again! And thank you again for allowing me the privilege of photographing such a special time in your family’s lives! I adore this genre of photography so much. It is family-centered, with a heavy focus on love and joy. Whether your new baby is the first, or just the newest addition, authenticity and love shine here. The newborn days are such a fleeting and beautiful time, a flurry of diapers and sleepless nights that we will cherish forever.
I wanted to provide a bit more information on the sessions and hopefully answer any questions you may have.
Day of the Session: When I arrive, I will walk around your home and scout out the best lit areas to shoot in. Typically these are the master bedroom, living room and baby’s nursery. I have 4 kids and know what it’s like to have a newborn – please don’t feel like you have to deep clean your house to perfection before I arrive! I am a big fan of shoving the clutter in a closet to give the appearance of a clutter-free house! I recommend making the beds, clearing the nightstands, and putting any clutter (i.e. laundry baskets) either in the closet or a bathroom for the duration of the session. If I see something that may be distracting in your images, I will let you know and we can move it temporarily to another room or use the closet method :) I will bring a few blankets to photograph the baby on. Babies pee and poo and spit up a lot; please don’t worry if they go on my blanket! Feel free to gather any blankets you would like to use as well.
Your Baby: Sessions take approximately 1 to 2 hours and are completely baby-led, meaning baby is the boss. Your newborn is absolutely perfect just the way he or she is. If he or she wants to be awake the whole time, that is completely fine. I don’t try and make babies sleep or place them in unnatural poses and have no expectations on how baby should behave (alert or asleep, content or fussy). My aim is to capture real life! I recommend feeding the baby as much as he or she wants about 15 minutes prior to my arrival. Newborn sessions can take some time, and that is okay! If we have to stop for additional feedings, that is completely fine.
Siblings: Again, I know exactly what it is like to have a new baby, and I know exactly how big this change is for the siblings in the house. I usually try and get sibling and family photos right at the start because the sibling may lose interest in me quickly. I have no major expectations for the siblings and will never force them into doing anything they aren’t comfortable with. It is best to prepare the sibling for the session by telling him or her that a friend is coming to visit and take some photos of your family.
Mom & Dad: You are going to be thrilled and completely and utterly exhausted. You will likely be experiencing the highest highs and perhaps some of the lowest lows. Having a new baby is hard and wonderful all at the same time. Please remember that my job is not to make this time in your life look perfect, my job is to show you how beautiful it is. I want you to be relaxed and at ease when I am photographing your family. You don’t need to be anything but yourself.
Wardrobe: As far as wardrobe is concerned, I want you to be comfortable. I recommend mom pick something first. I encourage something light, comfortable and casual. Neutrals photograph beautifully, but I don’t discourage bold colors at all (although I would steer clear of anything neon). I also recommend pairing simple basics with textured overlays, such as a slouchy open sweater, then coordinate the rest of the family from there. Texture adds such a beautiful element to a photograph! Avoid being too matchy-matchy (i.e. all white shirts and jeans), as well as shirts with graphics and lettering on them. What is most important is that you are comfortable.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. When you have a spare moment, please fill out the short questionnaire and model release (found HERE), as well as send me a few images at firstname.lastname@example.org of the baby’s nursery, living room and master bedroom just so I can get a rough idea of lighting. When your baby is born, just shoot me an email and we will establish an exact date to do the shoot. Thank you again and I look very forward to meeting you and your family!