Why I love lifestyle Newborn Photography
When I first started photographing newborns in 2012 I would arrive to my client's home with an over sized bean bag in tow, making multiple trips to my car for all of my bags filled with blankets, wraps, back drops, space heater, and everything else I needed for the session. I would find an area with space and good natural light then set everything up. Then the waiting game would start. The shushing and cooing, the sound machine and rocking. Everything I could do to have the baby sleep soundly. Sometimes that would happen right away and sometimes they would wake up after every click of my camera.
Something about what I was doing didn't feel natural to me. It didn't seem to fit with the style of photography I had for all of my other sessions. Posed newborn portraits, with the perfectly matched blanket and swaddle and little hats and hair bows have their place and are great for some families. There is so much beauty in them. But I decided it wasn't for me. I wanted my newborn sessions to be more natural. Snuggles with Mom and Dad. Bottles and breast feeding. Really capture how tiny they are in the walls of their new world. So I said no more bean bag. No more sound machine. No more hours spent willing a baby to sleep that had other plans. And I fully embraced lifestyle newborn photography.
Lifestyle newborn photography is so special to me because it doesn't just focus on your baby with a pretty colored backdrop. It captures the unique story of each family. It captures the emotion of bringing your baby home. The new connection you now have with your partner. The brand new love of your life, cradled in your arms. I welcome babies who are alert and curious during our entire session. I welcome big brothers and sisters who want to snuggle with their sibling one minute, and jump on Mom and Dad's bed the next. There is no pressure to perform.
I only ask that my families to do what they do best, love on each other.
Where will we shoot?
The session takes place in your home. I typically focus on the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. Anywhere I find great pockets of natural light. You don't need to worry about your home being magazine ready. All you need to do to prepare is keep your home warm. Even though it may be warm outside, babies tend to be most comfortable at the shoot if they’re nice and warm. I'll take the time to look around and quickly push things out of the area if needed, but I am looking for your authentic story and your home is part of that story. I have done newborn sessions in homes with great big windows and lots of light pouring in and I have photographed newborn sessions in apartments with minimal natural light, so don't worry if you think your home isn't bright enough.
How can I make sure my baby is cooperative during the shoot?
Honestly, you don't. But I am pretty sure your idea of cooperative and mine are different. Newborns are unpredictable. My newborn sessions have plenty of time for changes, feedings, and so much snuggling for a reason. It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session, but please don't stress too much about that. I encourage snuggles and swaddling, two things newborns crave for comfort. If capturing tasteful images of breastfeeding during our session is something you would like, please let me know. These moments are fleeting and I would love to capture that for you.
What should we wear?
Neutrals photograph beautifully. I suggest avoiding lettering or everyone in busy patterns for this type of session. It can be distracting in the image. The whole family in varying neutrals shades always looks great. You can add pops of color to your outfit, if you wish, by using jewelry or accessories. Or one family member having a pop of color or pattern while everyone else is in complementing neutral tones. For your baby a simple well fitting onesie works best. You can get together fun colored swaddle blankets to add color as well to have handy during the session. I have put together a Pinterest board with some images that help give a visual of colors and styles that work well during a newborn session: Newborn Pinterest Board
Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?
The style of newborn photography that I specialize in is "lifestyle sessions." Rather than posed newborn shots, I love to capture the natural relationship between you and your new baby. This doesn’t mean that I won’t take individual photographs of your baby and capture great detail shots of their little toes and fingers. I am drawn to the connection you have with your new baby. The kisses and cuddles. The pure joy of new parenthood. That is what I am looking to capture during our session together.
What can I do to prepare for the session?
Moms tend to stress out because this is a new experience and because they want things to be “perfect.” I will take your baby’s lead and allow them to be the focus of the shoot. If your baby cries, or needs a diaper change, it’s okay. It's not "wasting time" or taking away from anything. It's your beautiful new life. Just focus on loving and cuddling with your sweet baby and I will take care of the rest. Crank up the heat in the house. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and love on your family.
I arrive with my camera and coffee in hand, take off my shoes and ask for a tour of your home. Here we will chat and refresh some details we have discussed. Don't be surprised if I take that sweet baby off your hands, I've got some serious baby fever pretty much 24/7. I will also spend time becoming friends with your other kiddos, this is about them too and I want them to feel excited about our time together. At every newborn session I follow the baby's lead, or if there is a toddler running around, they are boss for the day. I keep completely flexible during the session with feedings, cuddles and toddlers being... toddlers. I give simple direction and guide you to the areas of the home where I find pockets of yummy light, and just ask you to love on your family. Hug them, hold them, kiss them. Sing to your baby, dance with your toddler. I am there to capture you. There isn't any pressure to "perform" or sit still in front of a backdrop surrounded by props. Remember this is about capturing your life now, just how it is. In all of it's glory. Which isn't always perfect hair and sitting still. There is beauty in all of your moments.
I would love to capture this amazing time in your life:
Rebecca-Lynne Photography is a CT Newborn photographer, specializing in simple and natural newborn photography, baby, maternity, family, and couples photography throughout all of Connecticut. Please visit Rebecca-Lynne Photography on Facebook and Instagram to see more work.