What is a lifestyle newborn session?
Lifestyle newborn sessions are the perfect way to capture your new baby in your home in a relaxed and authentic way. This is a great way to get images in your new nursery, with pets, etc. During these sessions, we will capture your family in a way that you can look back on and remember how you really were. Siblings do great in this situation as well, allowing us to capture authentic moments. No posing (either of the baby or family) is done in home, just gentle and relaxed direction, which allows for natural connection to occur. All family members are included.
Can I have a combination of a posed newborn session with a lifestyle newborn session?
Absolutely! Lifestyle sessions can be booked as your full newborn session, or as an add-on sessions to a posed newborn sessions.
After the session when will my images be ready?
Your images will be available for you to view within 2 weeks after your session. If ordering prints and products I will call you to schedule your ordering session.
Tell me about the actual session.
I usually arrive with my camera and if we have not met for a pre-consultation (highly recommended) I will take a tour around your home. Here we will chat, go over the details we have discussed, I'll fawn over your sweet new baby, become BFF's with your other kiddos, I'll get familiar with your space, the light and I'll give you a run down of the shot list and my plans for your session. At every newborn session I follow the baby's lead, or if there is a toddler running around, they are boss for the day. I have a loose order in which I shoot, but I keep that completely flexible depending on feed times, cuddle breaks and toddlers being toddlers. I give direction and guidance to a point, such as positioning you in the best light, asking you to look at each other, look at your baby etc but mostly I am creating a space in which natural interaction and connection can occur. We usually start in the master bedroom, move to the nursery/kids bedrooms and then to the main living area. If you have a second, outdoor location, this happens after the in-home session, Most sessions take no more than 2 hours.
What do you recommend as the best way to order or display our photos since they are telling a story rather than looking for that one perfect portrait?
An album is the PERFECT companion for this session. Nothing beats being able to touch and hold these precious images whenever you want instead of having to pull them up on electronic devices. 6x4 & 5x7 proof boxes are also available for storing loose prints. These items are available at a discount if pre-purchased with your package or available a la carte after your session.
What is your cancellation policy?
A $99 down payment is required to hold your spot on my calendar, this is non-refundable.
Is there an age limit for lifestyle newborn photography?
This really depends on what you want. If you really want photos of your sweet, new baby asleep and dreamy, then it's best to do your session within the first 5-12 days. If you're happy with a more awake, interactive images of your baby, a session can take place any time within the first couple of months.
What do we wear? What does baby wear?
I always suggest neutral, some pops of colour can also look nice as well as textures. I love light, bright, airy, whites and greys with soft pops of colour and simplicity when it comes to newborn photography. You don't want your family to be too matchy-matchy, but you will want to coordinate. For baby a simple white onesie or your favourite bonds wondersuit. You might even want some images of baby wrapped in your favourite muslin or special blanket. Your session needs to represent you and your family as honestly as possible. Before your session, feel free to send me photos and ideas and I will be happy to give you wardrobe advice.