Lifestyle In-Home Newborn Session Prep Guide
A FEW NOTES BEFORE YOUR In-home Newborn Session:
I absolutely LOVE in-home sessions SO MUCH! I love them because they get to showcase your brand new family member in the comfort of their own home with their parents, siblings, and pets! Babes change SO MUCH in those first few weeks, so I love being able to capture that brand new goodness for parents in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
The best time for in-home sessions are during daylight hours, usually in the morning (starting your session between 9am - 1pm usually gives the best light and happiest babe!). I realize sometimes with big siblings/family members this time frame is not always possible, but I will do my best to work with whatever time works for your family and babe.
I LOVE natural light and I love capturing your new babe and family in the natural light in your house!! We will be embracing your home’s natural light (open up those window blinds!), turning off the overhead lights and taking advantage of the natural brightness as much as possible (another reason why I like doing these sessions during the bright part of the day). I’ll pop you all next to windows as much as possible for those pics — we will take full advantage of the light coming into your house, as you can see in the picture to the right.
Try and feed babe shortly before your session time. This ensures baby has a full belly and will hopefully be happy and cooperative for pics! If you would like any feeding/nursing pictures, we absolutely can do this at the beginning of the session…so hold off feeding babe until I get there and we’ll get some feeding/nursing pics done first!
Turn up that heat! I’ve found that baaby is soooooo much happier in a warm environment. This allows for babe to be comfortable for any naked/diaper pictures and isn’t so upset to have their clothes changed if the house is extra warm.
What to wear? This is totally up to you! I tell moms to pick their outift first and build others outfits around that. I do encourage moms to wear something comfortable and flowy so as not constricting on their fresh postpartum body. Having a light sweater or cardigan to go over your outfit works well too for pictures. You can see below that mom chose to wear a floral cardigan with a white nursing tank underneath which looked wonderful with her holding babe on her bed — so comfortable!
I bring with me to every in-home newborn session a few props: basket with fuzzy blanket, swaddle blankets in a few colors, cheesecloth wraps, zipper swaddles (to go under the cheesecloth wraps), white fluffy blanket, and newborn girl headbands. We don’t have to use any props at all! But they are available if you’d like.
Along with what I bring, I absolutely encourage parents to have out to use for pics their own swaddles, hats, headbands, outfits, etc… for babe. Outfit/blanket changes are absolutely okay and I love when we get some a variety of pictures of babe in different outfits and blankets!
What types of pictures will I take? I cannot emphasize enough the lifestyle nature of this session: it is super heavy on the candids and truly just capturing your new life at home with your newest family member! We will do lots and lots of candid pics to really get some genuine smiles and laughs and all of that with babe. You can see below why these are my favorite — they really capture all of the wonderful (and range of!!) emotions going on at this new stage of your life.
When do we schedule a newborn session? I typically advise parents to schedule as soon as they feel comfortable after birth! Truly, the ‘newer’ the baby, the better the session typically goes. The younger babe is typically the sleepier they are = more cooperative for pictures. Sometimes after a few weeks baby acne sets in, scratches appear, etc… so I really try and encourage in-home sessions as close to birth as possible/comfortable for families. Ideally within the first two weeks after birth, but the sooner the better :)
How long do newborn sessions last? Typically between 60-90 minutes. I know how precious that time is those first few weeks after babe has arrived so I don’t want to overtake that for your family, so I try and be quick and efficient in getting you all of the snaps you want. Providing me with a list of some shots you’d like to get definitely helps too! While you probably provided some on your newborn contract, you can always email/message me other ideas as well.
When will I get my pics? I try and have a speedy turnaround time for my clients, especially when it comes to new babes cause I know how much you want to see those pics! I try and have teasers up on my social media pages the same day as your session (if requested!), and then have your full gallery back to you via email within a day or two of your session.
You can check out some more newborn examples below, or even more over here at my newborn gallery. I cannot wait for your in-home newborn session and to snap some brand spankin’ new pics of your new babe!
When in doubt, ask me! I’ve been photographing babes for over 6 years and I can absolutely help guide you with any questions you have in regards to what to expect at your newborn session, what to wear, etc… I am always happy to help my wonderful clients!