Congratulations on your growing family! The primary focus of a lifestyle newborn session is placed on the candid nature of your relationship with your new baby in the comfort of your own home. There is minimal formal posing or use of props during these sessions. The session includes photos of baby individually, baby+ parents, and any siblings as well.
Ideally, newborn sessions take place within the first 2 weeks of baby’s birth to minimize that new baby fussiness and to really capture their tiny size before the growth spurts that tend to appear around the third week. Having just experienced giving birth to a new baby myself, I would recommend you give yourselves at least a week to adjust to life with your new baby before the session and schedule accordingly. And don’t worry if you didn’t get a date scheduled within the 2-week window. Adjusting to life with a newborn is not easy and time moves quickly! I will do my best to accommodate older newborns as well in their own unique lifestyle session photos.
To book a newborn session, simply send me a contact form! It is best to contact me at least 4-6 weeks prior to your due date to ensure availability and I will block out a few possible times. Once you deliver your bundle of joy, contact me to finalize a date and time.
If you have already given birth to your new baby, contact me anyways! I will do my best to find a possible availability to photograph your sweet baby while they are still tiny!
A $200 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking and will be applied toward your session total. I will also ask you to complete a signed contract and information form at the time of booking in order to secure your session.
What to Expect:
On the day of your session, I will arrive to your home and begin by doing a quick tour to determine the best place(s) for set up. I am primarily looking for the best natural lighting and angles for your photographs. We may have to get creative and move some furniture, but don’t worry about that ahead of time!
Being a new parent is a full time job, so please don’t stress about cleaning your entire home ahead of time! The environments that tend to be best for newborn lifestyle photos are your nursery, couch, and master bedroom, so just focus on prepping those areas for your session. (I promise, I won’t be photographing your sink of dirty dishes!) We may also venture outside for a few shots if weather permits.
The best time of day to do a newborn session is during the day when your home gets the most natural light, so I advise against an evening session. The lighting is generally the only thing we can predict – we are on baby’s schedule! So if your baby is sleeping, awake, or fussy, don’t stress. I will still be able to capture beautiful photos of these real, genuine moments in your baby’s first weeks of life.
I recommend feeding your baby right before the session begins so they are sleepy, keeping the temperature in your home comfortable, and keeping your baby in just a diaper and a swaddle wrap. If baby is sleepy when I first arrive, I try to photograph their adorable tiny features while in just a diaper, and then swaddle them for posed photos. (I will bring a few swaddle wraps and blankets with me to use while photographing baby solo should you prefer to use them.) Of course, if you have an outfit you would like baby to wear, we will make it happen! For parents and siblings, I suggest wearing neutral clothing in solid colors that compliment rather than match each other. Bright colors or loud patterns can distract from the focus of the photo.
Newborn sessions vary in length, generally from 1-2 hours, depending on baby. It is likely we will need to pause for feedings and changing and even soothing fussy tempers. Newborn sessions are often experiences of patience. I will work around your little one. They are the star of the show, after all!
Newborn Session Investment:
Newborn Lifestyle Sessions begin at $575 and include 30 professionally edited images and print rights. Approximately 3 weeks after our session together, you will get that exciting email from me that will contain a password-protected link to your online gallery. Your online gallery is a great way to share the photos with friends and family so that they can share in the joy of your precious little one! From your gallery you can also download your files for your own use and personal printing or place print orders from my professional lab.
If you would like to add additional print items, such as an album or canvas, let me know and I will place your order with my professional printing lab. You will love the quality of your photos!