Lifestyle newborn sessions are my absolute favorite time of life to document. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have been photographing newborns for forever! I even went through training to make sure I know how to handle your newborn safely during the session. And being a mom to two little boys, I know exactly how to help you get the most precious pictures of the cutest and sweetest addition to your family.
You may have decided to do your lifestyle newborn session in the comfort of your own home. I love doing this!! Thank you for considering me! I know that this is such a beautiful time in your life and you want it beautifully documented.
Here is how you can prep your home, family, and baby for your in-home lifestyle session.
Find great light. I will ask you what rooms have the best light and at what time. Most of the time, we will take pictures in the master bedroom, nursery and the living room. We want to make sure we have great natural light in those rooms. And if you’re worried about not having great light, that’s ok! I always bring extra lighting equipment to help support the natural light in your home if we need it.
Make sure everyone is fed. This includes the baby, you, your husband and any siblings that may be involved. Hell hath no fury like a daddy or kiddo who just wants a sandwich! Making sure your baby has a good feeding and then some to help him/her sleep through the session. Having the baby asleep will make the session, in general, go a lot smoother!
Don’t stress about having a spotless house. I know that having a baby makes cleaning the house a lower priority. And that is ok. But if you could make sure your bed is made and the rooms we decided to shoot in a little cleaned up, that is great! I can work around the laundry on the floor and dishes in the sink. That’s real life! I don't care and if you are worried about it, I can work around whatever I need!
Wear clothes that you are comfortable in. Don’t worry about fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans yet! Wear a top that is nice and flowy and leggings. Or if you want to get fancy, you can wear your favorite maternity dress. But the most important thing you can do for yourself is to be comfortable. If you are including siblings, here is a blog post I wrote about how to coordinate your family for pictures! Check out that post here.
Don’t stress. Don’t worry about your kids being maniacs. I am great with kids. Sometimes I will spend the first little bit playing with the kiddos and becoming their best friend. I bring snacks and treats to help bribe. And if they need a break from the session, that is ok! We can let them go! I don’t want you stressing! I will help you in any way I can! The stress isn’t worth it!
If you are not comfortable having a session in your home, don’t worry! I have access to several beautiful studios around Salt Lake County and Utah County! We can still get that perfect lifestyle vibe and you don’t have to worry about cleaning your house! Sometimes that is a win-win!
I want to document your family! Please send me an email so I can answer any questions you may have!