Congratulations on your little one on the way! Since baby will be arriving soon, here is a little more information on how to best prepare for your lifestyle newborn photography session.
You and your photographer have most likely blocked out an estimated date for your session but your exact date and time will be confirmed once baby arrives. Once you have had some time to rest and spend time with your family, you can connect with your photographer to set up your session date.
How to prepare your home for your lifestyle newborn session
One of the concerns i hear often which deters people from doing an in-home newborn session is the need to have a perfectly decorated and tidy home. This is definitely not a necessity! Those first few days and weeks after baby can be hectic, and cleaning is often not on the top of the to do list! Your photographer may ask to move items around so that they are not in the frame, but all you really need for beautiful images is a window with some nice light.
If you do wish to incorporate your home into your session, we can use any room that has enough natural light. I tend to use the master bedroom and the nursery the most, but have done an entire session by the living room window!
The master bedroom can be a great place to have the whole family, and sibling shots. To prepare for the best images in your mater bedroom, it is best to clear away any distracting clutter (even if it is just in the closet temporarily 🙂 ). Bedding is best if it is light or white in color. If you have a dark comforter, you can also use a white duvet with no cover for the session.
The day of your in-home session:
Your newborn session will be most likely start anywhere between 10am and 2pm. My sessions last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours in length and allow for normal interruptions such as feeding and changes.
The day of your session, try to keep your newborn awake for 1-2 hours before the session. I suggest a little bit of play time, a bath, and then dress them loosely in a onesie or a swaddle and feed them. If you start feeding right as our session is about to start, this may be a great time to do breastfeeding shots if you are up for them. The end of the session may also be a good time as you may be more comfortable with me and the camera by then. In order to ensure that your little one is comfortable and sleepy during the session, it is also preferable to keep your home a few degrees warmer than normal.
What to wear for your lifestyle newborn session
Your outfits should be whatever you feel the most comfortable in. Whether you feel best in tights and a t-shirt, or a long flowy dress, choose what you feel the best in. When planning your family’s outfits, I often suggest Mom chooses her outfit and then bases the other’s off of that. Your outfits should ‘go together’ but not ‘match’.
Neutrals and deeper tones photograph the best. I lean towards lighter neutrals as I feel that they allow the focus to be on baby and create a romantic, warm image. If you are drawn to warmer images, avoid colours such as blue as this creates a cool toned look to images. Don’t be afraid to mix in patterns and textures such as lace. It is best to avoid clothing with logos, pictures, or sayings on them as they can be distracting.
For your little one, a fitted onesie and a nice receiving blanket are really all that you need. I often bring a couple of neutral swaddles or sleepers to my sessions for my families to use if they wish. You may also want to include cute details such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, a cute bonnet, or headband.
If you need some inspiration, you can check out other newborn sessions in my portfolio!
Let’s get in touch!
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions, or want to learn a little more about lifestyle newborn photography!
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