Being in business for over ten years means I’ve heard many concerns, excuses and questions from moms about having their newborn baby photographed. While many may love the look and idea of lifestyle newborn photography, they are unsure if it is right for their family.
I realized I can help more moms if I share the most common questions and concerns I get asked and my responses. I hope it helps those unsure find comfort and confidence in their choice of having their baby photographed.
“I can’t have photos in my home, it wasn’t designed by Joanna Gaines!”
These are the exact words I’ve gotten, but you get the gist. The idea that the home isn’t beautiful enough, designed enough, pulled together enough, bright enough, magazine cover worthy concerns many moms who reach out.
Wouldn’t we all love our homes to look like Chip and Jojo designed and decorated our homes? I know I would! But the reality is it doesn’t matter what your home looks like. I am not coming to photograph your home, I’m coming to document your family in the place you call home. I am not looking for the prettiest place in your home, I’m looking for the space with the most natural window light so we can highlight your beautiful baby, your family, your love, your connections, your joy, your new life with a new family member.
“I’m not sure I can get my house clean enough for photos.”
I do not expect your home to be spotless . You just had a baby, maybe you have other kids, and are working on a few hours of sleep at a time. Remember I have five kids, I’ve been in the newborn (or just parenting) stage several times and know how unimportant cleaning up the piles of mail is or how easy it is to keep supplies for diaper changing and nursing all over the house.
Again, I’m not photographing your home, I’m photographing your family in your home. Those are two different things. I can move any piles of diapers, water bottles, snacks out of my frame (usually just a foot or two away).
“What if my house isn’t bright and airy”
This is similar to the concern that your home isn’t professional decorated, but still needs to be addressed. This has a two part answer.
First, I only need one window to provide enough light. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years and never had I had a newborn I couldn’t document because the house was too dark.
Second, if your style is dark, rich tones that is okay. That will photograph beautifully as well. I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but the goal is to photograph your family where you do live, where you are comfortable, where you brought your babies home. Whether your home decor style is bright and light or dark and earthy lifestyle newborn photography will work perfectly.
“What if I’m not sure I will be comfortable in photos? I mean I will have just had a baby!”
I know you did. As a mother of five, I understand the struggle of feeling comfortable and beautiful in my own skin after giving birth. I know our bodies don’t go right back to prepregnancy weight. That’s why I help you choose something to wear that is forgiving and flattering. I also use angles and light and guide you into poses that not only are comfortable for you, but are most flattering as well.
“What if I do not want to be in every picture and I want photos of just my baby, too.”
Just because it is a lifestyle session does not mean you are in every frame. Lifestyle sessions provide you with plenty of variety within your gallery. You will receive photos of the entire family, just baby, baby and any siblings, mom and baby, dad and baby, plus all those sweet newborn details.
I should add that should your baby prefer to be held and not laid down alone, there are plenty of positions that feature only baby while he is safely snuggled in your arms.
“But will you bring props for our newborn photos?”
I don’t not bring anything except my camera and myself to your session. I feel that babies are most beautiful as they unfold naturally on your bed, or as they curl up in your arms. Nothing unnatural and possibly unsafe is needed to photograph your baby. I approach each session with babies needs, comfort, and safety in mind – and that means letting him or her be held as much as baby wants.
Prior to your session you will receive guidance on ideas from what to wear for everyone in the family. This includes ideas for selecting swaddles that photograph beautifully. A swaddle, your bed, and your baby is all you need for beautiful photos that show off your sweet new babe.
“Is a Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session right for my family?”
All of the above concerns point to the fact that yes, a newborn session is right for your family. If you love the style of photos, if you prefer the look and feel, of not having to pack up your family to travel to a studio, of the flexibility if having photos in your home, then I believe a lifestyle newborn photo session is right for your family.
Whether you still have a more specific question or are ready to book your session, I would love to chat with you. Contact me, include your expected due date and let’s chat about getting you on my calendar.