How do lifestyle newborn shoots work? They are not done in a studio, but inside your home! I like to do these in well lit, clutter-free homes. We can usually find good lighting somewhere! The bedroom, nursery or living room are my go-to spots for good lighting and a good place to work. For some people, this is easier because you don't have to leave your house; but for others, this might be more stressful because you also have to think about cleaning!
There is very limited posing with baby, mostly just swaddling and changing out headbands for the girls, and/or blankets. I love shots with mom, dad and siblings, too, and usually baby does better when they are surrounded by you!
This is the only way I photograph newborns
. Let me explain what a lifestyle newborn session
is! If you have well lit areas with natural light (big windows and not in a basement) then I will come to your house and photograph your family
and new baby
in the comfort of your home. What if you don't have a well-lit house? I would recommend doing them in a studio for an additional fee. Studios all over Utah
have beds and couches to use, with huge windows so the lighting is amazing! Some even have baby beds and cute blankets to use.
Here are 2 tips to make your experience better:
1. Declutter the areas you want to take pictures in.
2. Only choose 2-3 areas for pictures. The best places are typically your bedroom, nursery and livingroom. You don't need to limit it to that though, I've also done them in the hallway, kitchen, front porch, and kids bedrooms!
Check out all my newborn tips on my newborn page here.
With lifestyle sessions
, the posing is limited, which explains the name! It's supposed to be you and your family in your natural lifestyle
. I do like to do posed shots on the bed or couch, but also love candid shots looking at and holding baby. The posing for baby is limited, too. I mostly swaddle and lay them on a blanket. Its pretty rare for a lifestyle session to have extensive posing like you would find in a newborn studio. If you want all those super cute bum-in-air, lots of props, head on hands poses, I would highly recommend finding a skilled newborn photographer! Safety of your newborn is of the utmost importance and finding someone who knows how to be SAFE is incredibly important.
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