When I arrive I will start by asking for a quick tour of the rooms you would like to use during your session. I will be looking for areas with great natural light. I primarily shoot newborn lifestyle images in the nursery, master bedroom and living room however it’s more about finding the rooms with the best lighting.
The baby will determine the flow of the session. If baby is hungry when I arrive, then I will start with some feeding and changing shots. If baby is sleeping soundly in the crib then I’ll start with some crib and nursery shots. There is no set schedule or plan; as a parent myself, I’ve learned to adapt.
Although this is lifestyle session, I do offer gentle guidance for posing to get the ball rolling and help clients settle in. I may have you sit or stand in a certain place and then you are free to interact, chat, smile, kiss or love on each other and your sweet baby. No stiff posing or forced smiles. No need to even look at the camera.
I will make use of your home, your décor, your furniture, etc… I may need to move some things around but I promise to move everything back. It’s really about getting THE shot and avoiding distractions in the images.
How to prepare:
Turn up the heat. Keeping baby nice and warm will help keep baby nice and happy. We are then more likely to capture images of baby with bare feet or in their diaper or laying in their crib while they are content.
Collect any items you want used in the session beforehand such as blankets or stuffed animals. We’ll go through these together to determine what and how we can use the items in your session.
Having the curtains and shades in every room open to let in lots of natural light is so helpful. Indoor lights can stay off. I also love to photograph baby with mom and dad in their bed, on the couch, anywhere comfy and snuggly. No need to clean, but just try and make sure the clutter has found its way to a closet in these particular rooms.
Your comfort is most important when it comes to deciding what to wear. If you aren’t comfortable during your session, it will come across in your images. I encourage neutral colours, steering away from t-shirts with logos or bold or tiny patterns. Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet look most natural in a home setting. Moms, consider a light flowy shirt, maxi dress or a pretty cotton gown that will be both comfortable and soft while you are cuddling with your new baby.
Relax. If the baby gets fussy or alert, don’t worry. A baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. I am not in a rush and I will not leave because the baby isn’t sleeping or cooperating. Take some deep breaths and enjoy this time with your new baby.
If you have any questions, just send me a message!
I look forward to meeting you all!