Newborn sessions are so exciting and documenting those first moments in your home is something I love to do. Lifestyle sessions have become increasingly popular and it's easy to see why. They eliminate the need to pack up all of the newborn necessities, you don't have to drag siblings into carseats, you're in the comfort of your own home and everyone seems more relaxed. The only thing moms seem to stress about is the HOME. Do I have to clean? Does it have to look like a magazine? What rooms will you shoot in?
I want your shoot to be a stress-free and fun experience. So here are some simple tips to prepare and a few notes on what to expect.
PREPARING YOUR HOUSE
There's no need to clean! Let's be honest, the last thing tired new parents want to do is make their house sparkle. Just try to make sure the clutter is easy to disguise or hide. Closets, baskets, hidden corners; they're our friend. I love to capture your family snuggling on the couch or bed. Just make your bed and clear nightstands or side tables of excess clutter or anything you may find distracting in your photos.
NATURAL LIGHT IS BEAUTIFUL
When I first arrive, I will look around your house to find the best source of natural light. It is the most flattering light for everyone and I will use it whenever possible. If you want to open blinds and curtains it'll make this a bit quicker. If you want to take and five minute nap in the dark before I arrive, I completely understand and I'm happy to do it when I get there. Remember, stress free!
Living rooms, master bedrooms and the nursery are popular spots for these types of shoots. If the light is ideal we'll stay mostly in those areas. I don't mind to move things around to get the best light, you may just have to remind me where they go when I put them back.
SLEEP and FOOD
Often newborn images are best if the baby is sleeping with a full belly. I recommend that you feed and burp baby right before our session or immediately after I arrive and we'll try for those sleepy poses first. We all know newborns have their own little schedule that they're figuring out, so if baby is awake I'll just make sure to capture those sweet little eyes. I'm happy to take as many breaks as needed. In fact, I plan for it.
WHAT TO WEAR
You just had a baby you may not be feeling your most confident. This is a great excuse to pamper yourself. I remember when my boys were newborns a simple shower felt like pampering. For you it may be hair, makeup, a manicure; whatever helps you feel relaxed.
I want you and your family to be comfortable for the shoot. As far as what to wear, I always suggest neutrals and skipping any busy patterns or logos. You'll want to look cozy on your bed or couch so loose fitting or non-constricting is ideal. You don't want to be matchy-matchy, just coordinating. Don't be afraid to wear to wear different shades or textures of the same color.
I will bring along some wraps and props that you may choose for the baby. If you want to have him/her in a simple white onesie, that's always a great, easy look to start with. You may want to get out any special outfits or toys that you want to incorporate the night before so we don't forget.
Just try to remember that this is a special day. Relax and enjoy the time. I'm not there to judge your house. I'm a mom. I know how hectic those first few months can be. I also know how special they are so thank you for trusting me with capturing your memories.