Lifestyle Newborn Session

While lifestyle newborn sessions are easy on you and the family, there is still some prep work involved in getting your home and your family ready for the session. I take into consideration that you and your family are still adjusting to your new life, so I want to make sure everyone is relaxed and comfortable when I come into your home.

Preparing your home

There is a small amount of prep needed for your newborn session. I usually only use two rooms in your home that offer great window light, I do have artificial lighting equipment I can bring if adequate light is not an option. Do not stress over having to clean your entire house! I am a mother myself and completely understand the stressful emotions involved in keeping an entire house clean…it’s next to impossible. The two rooms I usually use to tell the story of your new baby in your home is the nursery and your bedroom or living room. I do ask that items such as empty photo frames, charging cords, etc. be temporarily set aside for cosmetic purposes.

Preparing baby

A warm cozy baby is a happy sleepy baby. If your home is typically on the chilly side, I recommend turning off AC units in summertime or turning up the furnace a touch in the wintertime 30 minutes prior to the session. This is not necessary, but if you’re wanting those sleepy pictures this is a great method to help out. Another way to ensure a happy sleepy baby is a stimulating bath 30 minutes prior then feeding your baby. A warm baby with a full tummy is sure to be a relaxed and sleepy baby. Dress your baby in neutral colors, try to avoid crazy patterns and logos if possible. I recommend sleeper that’s easy to take off, simple onesie, or swaddling in a neutral blanket or swaddle. If you desire head pieces, please keep it simple and avoid oversized bows and flowers. I have swaddles and headpieces that I can bring to the session.

Preparing the family

When dressing the rest of the family I recommend sticking with neutrals, no crazy patterns or logos. I highly recommend everyone be barefoot for lifestyle newborn sessions. For moms, try to stay comfortable since you just had a baby! But I understand wanting to feel beautiful, so a beautiful dress or post-partum gown is a great option. If a dress is not your style, choosing a comfortable sweater or shirt with jeans or leggings is another option. Dads always look great in a basic tee or Henley with khakis, linen pants or jeans. For siblings, I recommend outfits that compliment each other but do not match. If you have pets, I always welcome their happy vibes in the session! When it comes to prepping the family for a photoshoot, please do not stress them out with high expectations or bribes, this session is documenting your life together…even the crazy moments!

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