Newborn Photos at home are amazing for so many reasons. The house where you bring your baby home for the first time is so SPECIAL, it's a huge part of your family's story and that's the story we want to capture. Photographing the baby's nursery you spent so many painstaking hours preparing, capturing your newly expanded family on the parents' bed, with a pet, let's document it all. Whatever "home" means to you, it's the perfect backdrop for telling the beginning of your baby's story.
Have a plan, but keep it flexible! Babies are always in charge of any photography session. If you're anything like me you want to have a plan, I ALWAYS have a rough plan of the photos I want to capture for every session, being at home is no different. If possible before your lifestyle session we will meet to think through your photo session, find the best light in your house (more on that in a minute) and be sure that we know which blankets, special props and items you may want to use. We'll also want to follow your little one's schedule along with their cues. Of course at 1-2 weeks old their habits are just starting to emerge, but throwing baby off schedule will only frustrate everyone. Just remember not to get stressed out when things don't go exactly as planned, with a baby involved they never do.
Lifestyle photography is all about documenting your life as it really is, having an idea of what you want is fine, but f you aren't able to use every outfit or get every photo you hope for just remember the real goal is capturing memories of your baby the way they really are.
Remember Pinterest is for Inspiration, Not Replication
I love a good pin board as much as the next mom/housewife/homeschooler/photographer, but it's not about exact replication. This is about capturing YOUR BABY, not making your little one look like every other baby on the internet. Your home, your baby, your family/pets/nursery/bedspread... they don't look just like anyone else's, they're unique to you. So why would you want your photos to look exactly like someone else's? It's fine to get inspiration, but don't be disappointed if they don't look exactly the same as what you were "going for". Photos that reflect your style, personality and that adorable little baby are way more PERFECT than anything you've seen on the internet!
Comfy, cozy, warm and toasty!
Just like our studio newborn photography sessions the goal is for everything to be WARM! I always say if we're not sweating, baby's not comfortable. For lifestyle sessions it doesn't have to be quite as warm (because baby isn't in his birthday suit), but you certainly don't want to crank the A/C before a newborn session. Babies get cold easily and even a breeze is something new and strange to them, being chilly can be very distressing for an infant. I'll travel with a space heater for my newborn sessions, but make sure to kick the air off (or the heat on for a bit) before we get ready to start photographing baby.
Open the curtains and let all that light in, I absolutely adore shooting in natural light! This is one of the main reasons I prefer to visit clients homes before lifestyle newborn sessions, if we can't arrange for it I generally ask for a few quick snaps so we can plan things out. You'll want to find the best lighting and the best time of day.
Don't Hire A Cleaning Crew
Once we find the areas we want to use we'll need to clear things out a bit, but don't worry about making your house spotless! You have a new baby for goodness sakes! I do not expect to show up to a model home with a fresh lemony scent when photographing a newborn. It's not realistic, please don't stress yourself out over it. Also, don't be embarrassed or take it personally if I clear off a nightstand or smooth out blankets and pillows on a bed. (I do it at my house when I take photos too!) My job is to make the photos look gorgeous, we may need to slide a few items out of the way, and that's perfectly fine!
Get In The Photos Mama!
For real, get in on the action! Moms are not in nearly enough photos, of course not, they're always the one behind the camera. 10, 20, 30 years from now your child will LOVE having a photograph of you to cherish. Many new mom's don't feel comfortable in their own skin, but honestly you are absolutely perfect! Do what you need to feel good about yourself (a bit of makeup or put your hair up in curlers the night before) but absolutely positively plan on being in the photos!
Mom, dad, big silblings and the fur babies are all important parts of baby's story, make sure they're in the photos too!