Lifestyle Newborn Session FAQ

"Let me love you a little more before you're not so little anymore."

WHAT IS LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY?

I believe the best photos are those that capture connection and emotion. And true emotion happens in real life. Newborn lifestyle sessions allow you to record tiny details, relive those first moments and recall all the beautiful, raw emotion of this fleeting season of your life. Sessions take place in your home where baby is most comfortable. This allows for plenty of time for feeding, sleeping, snuggling and wardrobe changes. My goal is for the whole family to feel relaxed and to truly enjoy the session!


HOW DO I PREPARE?

Prepare your home, but there is no need to clean your house. Simply tidy the few rooms that will be in the photos, make your bed and declutter things like nightstands and the changing table. Open up the blinds/curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. And crank up the heat! Warm babies are sleepy and content babies.


Choose a simple and comfortable wardrobe for your family. I recommend a neutral color palette. This helps keep the focus on you and your family, rather than the clothing.

Mommas - consider a light, flowy shirt or dress.

Dads - Solid or subtle patterned shirts are great.


Try to keep baby awake 1-2 hours before the session, and feed them when I arrive. Most of the time, baby will be wearing wraps or just a diaper to capture all of those precious newborn details. However, if you have a special outfit that you want included in the session, I will make sure to get plenty of shots in that as well!

CAN SIBLINGS AND PETS BE IN THE SESSION?

Absolutely! As a momma of five, I know how important it is for older siblings to be included in the celebration of new baby's arrival. I usually try to get family photos first, but if your older kids need some time to warm up or need a quick break, that is totally fine too! Flexibility is key in lifestyle sessions. And of course, furry siblings are welcome to join in a few shots too.


WHAT ABOUT POSES AND PROPS?

Newborn lifestyle sessions focus on the bond between you and your baby. This means for the majority of our session, your little one will be in someone's arms or in a familiar spot like their crib or your bed. I will give you guidance on natural posing, and we will be sure to get some traditional shots of everyone looking a the camera. However, I also recognize how sweet those posed images are of your baby swaddled in a basket or propped on a pillow with their little booty in the air! I always bring a selection of classic props, wraps, blankets, bows and hats for these special solo images of your baby.


WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Your newborn session includes all of your edited digital images delivered in an online gallery with a print release. I do not limit images - you'll receive all of the good ones {in both color and black-and-white}. You can share your gallery with friends/family, download your images (great for social media sharing) or purchase prints, canvases and albums through the gallery store.


I also offer grow-with-me packages! From your pregnancy announcement, to your maternity photos and the milestones throughout baby's first year - all of it is special and worth documenting. I have discounted packages available to include every part of the journey.

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?

Ideally, it's best to book your newborn session while you are still pregnant! I will pencil in your due date to save space for you, and we will set a final date once baby is born. Newborn sessions are ideal within the first three weeks of baby's life because that is when they are the most sleepy, snuggly and squishy. However, I've had some amazing sessions with older, more alert babies too. I love photographing babies at any stage!

Have questions? Ready to book? Get in touch!