What is a lifestyle session?
At-home newborn, baby and family sessions are all about capturing a special moment in time. As opposed to posed newborn shots, my focus is to create intimate and honest images of you and your loved ones together in a casual, personal space. Expect minimal but some direction. There will also be time for photos of the newborn alone; these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest. I like to take photos of the newborn swaddled, undressed, and posed in a way you would find them naturally.
WHEN AND Where will we shoot?
I am a natural light photographer; we will shoot when and where the light is best in your home. Ideally, that is the nursery, master bedroom, and perhaps the living room. If you are able to de-clutter ahead of time — amazing! However, no need to. I may push furniture or move some things around day of, but don't worry — I will move them back when we are done! I just ask that you have your bed made and if possible, with a neutral comforter or quilt on top. If there are any special items like heirlooms or blankets you want to include in the shoot, just point them out day of.
What do We wear?
Keep it simple and neutral. For babies, toddlers, adults — creams, whites, grays, blues are great options but anything neutral is great. Stay away from super dark colors, distracting patterns, and bold logos. As for the newborn, I recommend plain onesies, muslin swaddles, or just a diaper - whatever is most comfortable. It's nice when the whole family has a similar color palette, but don't worry about matching too much.
How Long Do We Shoot?
A typical session can be anywhere from 1.5 -2 hours. The baby is in charge - so however long is needed to feed, do diaper breaks, etc. If the mother is open to it and breastfeeding, I love to capture a feeding as the experience is so intimate and true to motherhood. We can also capture a bathing as well if you are interested.
What Can I Do TO PREPARE FOR A SESSION?
Try to relax! If and when the baby poops or wails, that's totally okay and expected. I promise! :) This is not about creating perfect images — it's about celebrating life, love and devotion in its purest form. We will take our time and have fun. <3