January 6, 2020

How to prepare for your Lifestyle newborn session

What is a lifestyle newborn session? 
At-home lifestyle newborn sessions are portraits sessions captured in the comfort of your own home. I’ll capture special moments with each family member as well as the family together. If siblings are involved, we usually take care of those photos first so that they can go and play during the rest of the session. I love when family pets can join in too. It can be helpful to have a friend or family member at the house who can watch siblings during the rest of the session so that Mom and Dad can be in photos with the baby. There will also be time for photos of the baby alone; these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest. I take photos of babies swaddled or undressed and also various props.

Ottawa lifestyle newborn photographer

Where will we shoot?
The session takes place in the client’s home, preferably in the nursery, master bedroom, and living room.  We can also take some photos outdoors if the weather permits (ideal for spring and summer due dates!).  All you need to do to prepare is open the blinds/curtains to let in as much light as possible and have your bed made with a neutral quilt/comforter on top for cuddly family photos!

How can I make sure my baby is comfortable and cooperative during the shoot?
Newborns are unpredictable and this shoot is all about them.  Please do not worry about your baby crying or needing to eat during the shoot—newborn sessions are purposely longer to allow for plenty of breaks, feedings and even diaper/outfit changes.  It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session so they’re sleepy and content.

What should my husband and I wear?
 I recommend keeping it simple and comfortable. Neutral, light (creams, whites, grays or pastel tones) work best as they don’t take away from the natural beauty of your baby.   You can add pops of color to your outfit, if you wish, by using jewelry or accessories. Solid or floral tops (and textures like big knits and lace) work best.  Stay away from prominent logos or writing on clothing. For your husband, the same rules apply. 

What should the baby wear?
I prefer babies dressed very simply in plain onesies, muslin swaddles, or just diaper – whatever their comfort level is. 

Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?
The style of newborn photography that works best in-home is lifestyle sessions however I also provide some posed individual newborn portraits during the session. Feel free to incorporate any special family quilts, heirlooms or baby blankets that you would like to use in the photos! I am happy to incorporate any ideas you might have!

How long are these sessions?
A typical lifestyle newborn session takes approximately 2-2.5 hour to allow enough time for baby’s unpredictable schedule.

What can I do to prepare for the session?
I recommend you feed baby 1 hour prior to the session followed by a warm bath and moisturizing massage. Leave baby in diaper (no bum cream please) and wrapped in a warm soft blanket. This will allow for easy transition for wrapping or dressing baby for the session.

These are just a few tips to help make the session run smoothly and with over 9 years of experience shooting newborns and families I can guarantee to get some unforgettable memories with your precious new bundle! Looking forward to meeting you and capturing your family! Christine

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