I feel the need to preface this entry by saying this: we all have different tastes and styles and that’s a good thing. Just because I connect with a style doesn’t mean you will or should. The purpose of this post is to share my own experience as a photographer and to connect with others who feel this style fits their own needs.
It’s no secret that I love in-home lifestyle sessions. “In-home” being just that, photographing in a client’s house. “Lifestyle” meaning photographing the story of your family through purposeful posing to elicit emotions and capture connections. But what you may not know is that in-home lifestyle is the only way I currently capture newborns and it’s my very favorite way!
If you’re considering what style is best for your newborn session read below to find out why I absolutely love in-home lifestyle newborn sessions.
1. You don’t have to go anywhere because I come to you. Who’s kidding who, when you have a newborn leaving the house is a chore and you run the risk of forgetting to pack something. Being in your house means you never forget anything.
When we were taking family photos with our eldest for Christmas cards, we got to the site and he immediately had a blowout. We hadn’t thought to bring extra clothes because in his five months of life he had never had a single blowout. We immediately had to turn around and head home to change. So believe me, I understand the importance of being near anything you need during a photo session with a baby.
2. Doing lifestyle, baby-led posing means everything just feels more relaxed. We don’t have to stress over how long it will take for your baby to fall asleep so we can pose her in just the certain position we have in mind. Some babies like to sleep during the entire session and some like to stay awake and party; either way is great because we’re more concerned with capturing your baby’s personality and not contorting your baby into the pose du jour. It also means there’s no strict ideal timeframe to have your baby photographed. (Highly posed newborn shoots are ideal during your baby’s first 10 days of life.) With lifestyle shoots anytime is ideal; if you realize you want “newborn” photos after your baby is two weeks, one month, three months old, etc. that’s okay!
3. You don’t need to have a meticulously clean house or a house whose style is straight from a magazine. Sometimes clients get nervous about their house not being large enough or “pretty” enough, which I understand, but let me assure you none of that matters. Can you make your bed and tidy up nightstands? Then that’s all you need! We spend most of our time on the master bed with some in Baby’s crib (if you want), and maybe on the couch for some variation. My concern with photographs is capturing the love and emotion, not the scenery. There’s something so real and so intimate about capturing the story of your family in your own home. So trust me and my vision when I say that photos in your home will be beautiful.
If this sort of relaxed and emotion-filled style of newborn sessions appeals to you then we would make a great match.