I’m a sucker for newborn photos. The scrunchy faces, the curling toes, little fingers and fresh baby smell!
Sure, Grandma can snap some cute photos and you may even have a pretty sweet camera to take some pictures of your own. But why should YOU schedule a newborn lifestyle session in your home with a professional photographer?
I’d love to give a short rundown of what my newborn session include. A general “what to expect” if you hire me!
1. What IS ‘Newborn Lifestyle’?
— Newborn Lifestyle photos are generally unposed, unscripted moments between you & your newest, freshest, just-born little one. I schedule them in your home, usually during daylight hours so we can get that beautiful sunshine streaming through your windows. Once I arrive, I’ll look through the rooms in your home and choose a couple to primarily to use for our session together. It’s OK if your house isn’t perfectly tidy or a model home. I want to capture the real moments and your real life, and show you how beautiful it really is! THESE are the memories you will look back on and treasure. DON’T worry about the fact that you may have 5 loads of laundry piled in a corner. DON’T worry that you haven’t swept your floor in a week. We can totally manage around those VERY NORMAL and very expected little messes – after all, you just had a baby! The one thing I do always suggest is try to avoid clutter. So, if you feel up to straightening up your dresser or the shelves in your baby’s nusery, that will add some clean ‘open space’ in your photos and keep the background from being too distracting. But please, DON’T overdo it, and I can even help you move a few things when I arrive for your session, if needed!
I typically choose the brightest room(s) in your home to gets lots of that delicious natural light. We can definitely work around darker rooms as well, but even a small window can give you some gorgeous lighting and make your photos shine. If your baby has a nursery, I’ll also photograph the adorable details you have crafted to make their new room special. As I said, these photos are generally unposed, but I do give you directions and slight posing tips. For Baby, I try to keep him/her as natural as possible, which usually keeps them happy, sleepy and content for your photos! When you hire me, I want your session to be simplistic and enjoyable! You don’t have to worry about editing yourself or getting around to uploading photos online. Your beautiful online gallery of digital images is ready to share with friends & family, and I even include keepsake prints for you to display in your home. It’s the best of both worlds, and it is VERY simple for you, because I know you have a lot on your plate!
2. Who can be there?
— Typically it is Mom & Dad, the new baby and siblings (if you have older children), fur-children, and occasionally 1 set of Grandparents. I love intimate photos and typically, the less people that are there, the easier it will be on Baby & Mom. We can always schedule a larger family session later, if you’d like to get more family photos with extended relatives!
3. What do we wear?
— I always suggest soft neutrals. These colors pair well with your baby’s fresh newborn skin, and we don’t have to worry about odd color casts from brightly-hued shirts. Grays, creams, denims, soft browns and even pastels are wonderful choices. For those of your who LOVE color (like me!) you can always add a pretty scarf, bright earrings or necklace, or other accent pieces that will give you a ‘pop’ of color without being overwhelming. Textures are always nice, so an example would be: you could wear a basic gray t-shirt under a knitted cardigan with a scarf, and add some dimension to your outfit. It’s always good to have 1 or 2 backup outfits ready in case Mom & Dad need to change from baby spitup or accidents.
4. What should our BABY wear?
— again, soft neutrals. Comfy onesies, soft sleepers. Knitted or crochet diaper covers are gorgeous additions! I always love to get shots of their sweet little toes and fingers, so outfits that are easy to change or remove are great. I suggest having special blankets, quilts and swaddlewraps on hand as well. Many times I will use a special, soft blanket to lay your baby on and capture him/her just wearing a diaper; fresh, new and beautiful and perfect.
5. How long does it take?
–Generally I expect most newborn sessions to take 1-2 hours. I allow plenty of breaks for feeding, diaper changes and snuggles as baby needs. I try very hard to make ALL my newborn sessions stress free and enjoyable for YOU and your new baby.
6. How many photos do we get? How do you deliver our images?
— Newborn Lifestyle Sessions come with 40 edited, full-resolution images in an online gallery, that you can download directly onto your hard-drive and print as you like. Because I know you’re busy, and may not have time to print for a while; I make sure you also receive a beautiful collection of 4×6 keepsake prints, printed on professional linen photo paper and stored safely in a pretty cotton box. All of my Newborn Session also come with 25, complimentary, press-printed birth announcements with envelopes. You also have the option to upgrade your Collection, and order heirloom albums (linen and leather options), beautiful fine art canvases, and other professionally printed products to display in your home!
7. What is the cost? How do we pay?
— Hiring a professional photographer is certainly an investment, but one that will last generations to come. To book your session, I require 50% of your total due to secure your date. Your session is not booked without this retainer and a signed contract returned to me. The final amount is due either at your session, or you may pay when I have your gallery ready to be delivered. You may see my Collection pricing HERE — and as always, I do accept payment plans!
Take a moment to scroll through some of my favorite images from my 2015 Newborn Sessions. Have questions? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – I serve newborn photography clients in and around Blacksburg & Roanoke Virginia. I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a friend who is expecting? Please share this post with them.. there’s even an easy sharing button for Facebook, below!