What is the difference between a Lifestyle Newborn Session and a Posed Newborn Session?
Most of what you see on my site is posed newborn. These sessions usually involve props, blankets/backdrops and posing baby very specifically. Due to the amount and size of equipment and number of props, these are done in my home-studio. For example:
Whereas lifestyle is in the client’s home and more go with the flow. Capturing everyday things like changing a diaper, giving a bath, baby resting in their crib, parent and sibling cuddles and any cute details to help tell the story of the new addition to the family. For example:
The following questions focus on a Posed Newborn Session.
Why do the sessions take so long?
Some babies take longer than others to settle. Some startle easily. Each pose might have a completely different setup under the backdrop / blanket and take a few minutes to change the props before beginning to get the baby into position. Also, babies are hungry! Most sessions we break at least once for the baby to feed.
Do you really get peed and pooped on?
Yes! However, I am prepared for it. I always have baby wipes, towels, and a fresh change of clothes ready. Although my favorite poop time was when Nicole Smith took one for the team and handled the baby as he got gassy – you can only imagine what happened next. I say it was fate because I was about to get on a plane and all my plane mates thank Nicole for that.
How do you get the baby to do THAT? (Head in hands, aka froggy)
Patience! Seriously. Unless you get a great sleeper, often when I change the baby’s positioning significantly I wait for them to settle and then begin the small adjustments. Also, I use an assistant. Poses like the froggy are done as a composite (blending two pictures together) to ensure there are always hands on the baby’s head.
Why are babies often naked?
You’ll see a mix of wrapped shots, clothed shots, and naked shots in my work. The naked shots really put the focus on the baby and all their details. Some of my favorite naked shots are the ones that show their baby fat rolls in their backs.
Why is it so hot?
Newborns are used to being in mom’s belly where it’s nice and cozy (think 98 degrees), so we will typically turn up the heat to 80+ degrees to keep baby comfortable especially when they are not clothed.
Do I prefer shooting indoors or outdoors?
Newborns indoors, everything else outdoors.
Is there a best time of day to shoot newborns?
I pick mornings just because the light is best in my home-studio in the morning. I know many other photographers swear by mornings too.