What is a newborn photography session at home really like?
Sometimes it can be hard to think like a photographer and see your home from a different perspective. We all see our clutter and all the things still to do on our home. Yet, as a photographer, I mostly look for the natural light in your home and place you in areas or from a perspective that doesn't even show your clutter. Your house does not have to be absolutely clear of clutter. Some of your clutter even helps tell the story of this phase of your life. The binkies and coffee mugs and burp clothes and baby monitor are all a part of the story. It's so nice to see sneak peeks on my instagram, yet sometimes you want to see what more of a full gallery looks like so you can get a feel for the full session. It is for this reason that I'd like to share this newborn session with you.
Be prepared to use a few different rooms in your home for your newborn session
Newborn sessions are special all year round, yet there is something extra special about a cozy winter session snuggled up at home with your brand new baby. This sweet family did just that. Couches and living room's a great place to start as they often have great window light. Another great location is a nice big bed (whether that is your own room or a guest bedroom is totally up to you). And I always love to take a few images in the babies room, even if it's pretty dark (which it often is since we are trying to get babies to sleep as much as possible, right?!).
Pets are welcome! I aim for variety.
Often people wonder if they should put their dogs away, especially when they are high energy. So far, I haven't encountered any dogs in a newborn session that we couldn't handle. Usually the dog, like this one, has a curiosity and almost protective attitude towards baby anyway. I aim for a wide variety in images, some close ups, a lot of each parent snuggling with baby, a lot of them snuggling baby up together, and then a bunch of close ups of those sweet baby details. I also really love to zoom out and incorporate your family home in this phase of life because pretty soon that baby will be a toddler and their toys and things will be much harder to contain. ;-)
Let's end with a front porch image
Sometimes you luck out and the house you bring baby home to will end up being your forever home, yet this is often not the case. So, I love to try to get the new family outside for a front porch portrait. This is a memory you won't want to miss.
Newborn sessions when it is your first baby are super easy going. Perhaps you are wondering what it is like with an older sibling in the mix, and a more reluctant one at that, you may like to check out this Sisters Newborn Session. Of maybe your kids have grown out of the newborn phase, yet you would love to document your family at home in the same chill manner. You may like to see this family of six real life session. You can also find a lot more examples on my Instagram page.