Newborn Photography: Studio vs. Lifestyle

A sweet nudie little babe all sleepy and curly on a soft blanket backdrop wearing an adorable little knit hat or wrap.   These kinds of posed newborn photographs have become synonymous with the term “newborn photography” over the past five or so years.  I love them.  We all love them.  There is something so serene and pleasing about a brand new life.  A baby only days old sleeping peacefully all curled up and comfy just as they recently were in utero.

Of course as a photographer myself I definitely offer this style of newborn photography to my clients BUT I do however also offer an alternative type of newborn photography, which is a little lesser known, but just as beautiful and amazing as an in studio newborn session.  Lifestyle newborn photography is becoming one of my all time favorite sessions that I offer to my clients.

I’d love to take some time to introduce everyone to this style of newborn photography and go over the many benefits that this relaxed take on a newborn photo session has over it’s in studio counterpart.

Time: Timing is everything when it comes to newborn photography.  For an in studio newborn baby photo session I like to try and get the babies photographed before they are two weeks of age.  When we are looking to obtain those sleepy, posed shots the younger the baby the better.  A baby that is fresh and new is much more likely to provide me with a deep sleep allowing me to work with their tiny bodies to achieve those adorable shots.  They are also very flexible at this age and quite enjoy being curled up and cozy while asleep just as they were in utero.

During a lifestyle newborn session the element of time does not hold as much weight.   The lifestyle newborn shoot focuses primarily on the interaction between the new baby and his family and surroundings and is much less centered around obtaining the perfect pose.  Therefore having a baby under two weeks of age become less important.  This is particularly helpful for Mothers who contact me once their newborn baby is over that magic age for traditional newborn photography.  Just because a baby is a little “older” it no longer means you have to miss out on those precious newborn moments!

Location: The location for your upcoming newborn session might also have you thinking about whether a studio photography session or a lifestyle shoot is the choice for you. The thought of travelling with a newborn can be daunting for some new parents.   Lifestyle newborn sessions are conducted in the comfort of the client’s home.  Having your photo session take place in your home provides a level of intimacy and a personal touch to your lifesytle images that might be missing from your studio session.  Imagine having images of baby in her own nursery or snuggling with Mama in their favorite chair.  Documenting beloved books, toys and that surely wonderful wardrobe some babies acquire before they are even here?!  These small details make your newborn’s photos even more special for years to come!

So Which you prefer is entirely up to you…..


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