NEWBORN SESSION GUIDE
Newborn lifestyle sessions are some of my favorite sessions to capture. A new addition to your family is always exciting and documenting the first moments as a family is what I always focus on during my newborn lifestyle sessions. Though your newborn is the star of the show (and I plan on longer sessions in order to give him or her plenty of time to eat, be rocked, etc), I love capturing the whole family together, as well as big brother or sister with their new sibling. Newborn sessions are done in the comfort of your home, with minimal props and outfits, with the goal if capturing your family in a low-key, genuine way.
Now booking July to December 2021 newborn sessions
includes: up to 2 hours of photography in your home + 50+ edited digital images + print release + travel within an hour of 48017
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BEFORE YOUR SESSION
NEWBORN LIFESTYLE SESSION FAQs
WHEN WILL THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Newborn sessions should take place within the first two weeks following birth. I like to schedule a date on the calendar when you book just to hold a time. You’ll contact me after your baby is born to confirm the original session or find another time that works for both of us! I only take on a limited number of newborn sessions to accommodate rescheduling.
We all want the BEST light possible for your session, so it’s best for your session to start at 10a (or soon thereafter!).
WHERE WILL THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in your home. Usually we use the nursery, master bedroom, and the living room. Don’t worry if your house isn’t “Pinterest-worthy.” I don’t think that matters so much. I like documenting your family in the home where the kids are growing up, where you actually live and make memories. Those photos will matter so much more in the future, whereas having the perfect home won’t matter.
When I arrive, I always ask for a quick tour of your home. Rooms that have a lot of natural light usually work best, but you’d be surprised with what we can do! I will select the best spots for the session. Usually I use the nursery, main bedroom, and the living room.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Neutrals usually rule when it comes to newborn sessions. Cremes, whites, greys, light blues, navy, olive green, pinks all work well. My biggest tip is to where something comfortable. It’s okay to wear jeans or leggings. You’re in your home after all! The biggest question I get is whether you should wear socks or not! Most women and kids tend to go barefoot, and most men prefer to wear socks, but comfort is the way to go. These sessions are more documentary in nature so it’s okay not to look perfectly put together!
For baby, I prefer neutral, simple outfits. A simple onesie and swaddle is really all you need! Because I do not “pose” baby, it makes it difficult to get photos in outfits. Headbands or hats work well if you’d like to get creative, as well as pretty swaddles. You don’t need anything special for the session, I promise!
I do bring along a few neutral swaddles we can use for your baby, but I’m happy to use what you have instead or skip swaddling altogether.
HOW ABOUT PROPS?
Because my newborn lifestyle sessions center on the connection and interaction of your family members. For that reason, I like to keep props to a minimum. All we really need is your family and the baby. If you have special heirlooms or other things you want to include in the session, we will work them in. If you have any questions, please let me know, but there’s truly nno need to buy anything special!
OTHER TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOUR SESSION RUNS SMOOTHLY
- It usually works best if baby has some awake time right before our session. Before I arrive, feed baby so they have a full belly. Most likely they’ll fall asleep and not have to be fed until after the session concludes. We will have plenty of time to capture everything, even if baby needs to be fed or is crying during the session. No reason to stress!
- If you have an older sibling(s), maybe have a special treat in mind in case they are uncooperative. It’s a last resort, but we all want the session to run smoothly!
- Turn up the heat if necessary…babies love warmth (even if the rest of us don’t)!
- If there is clutter in the rooms we are going to use, it’s best to remove it before I arrive. Think about nightstands, counters, dressers, etc. You don’t have to have perfectly clear spaces, but if there are things that normally don’t reside in these spaces, remove them if you can!
AFTER YOUR SESSION
After your session, I usually post a sneak peek on social media within 48 hours. For the rest of your images, you can expect to receive your digital gallery via email in 2-3 weeks. Within the gallery you can download high-resolution copies of your images along with a PDF of the printing rights. You can order professional prints and other products through the gallery as well (the only way I can guarantee 100% color accuracy).