Planning to welcome your new arrival soon? Thinking about documenting these very first days, this very unique stage of your life but you have tons of questions and what ifs in mind?
Travelling to a studio, getting everyone ready at the time when it is the least you’d want!
What about having a photographer coming to you, someone you knew way before your big day, met or had a chat a few times together, gone through all your questions and different scenarios, feeling prepared about the steps and all that will be happening during your lifestyle?
So how to fit a newborn photography experience exactly at the height of all of these changes?
How to make it more enjoyable and less stressful?
and what to expect from your lifestyle photography experience at home?
The life is just about to change, soon when you welcome your new addition home; The lifestyle, relationships, habits, basically everything and more noticeably the sleep routines and emotions! Handling a new very big responsibility, on top of everything else, may sound stressful at first, I know!
Then it comes to planning for your lifestyle newborn Photography at home with all that it involves: Making sure everything is right, you look your best, older kids behave, daddy is happy to be photographed (Yes! that is a big thing!) and on top of them all, your precious little newborn is fed, changed, calm and relaxed! and sleep!
Here are where to start, the following steps and the final goal from your relaxed newborn session but remember all throughout your photography journey the main and most important thing is YOU & YOUR BABY.
We plan for a comfortable and baby-led photoshoot, so everything can wait even you both need a nap, lunch or any break!
5 reasons of Why the newborn stage
matters to be documented
So what are the steps and How to even start?
1. Pre-planning for your newborn photoshoot at home
Like all other aspects of being prepared for a new baby, the homey newborn photography also needs having clear plans in place, knowing what are your favourites, anything from moments, emotions, outfits, colours, style to then how to display those precious memories?
These may sound too much when you just had a baby so that is we start planning around week 20-25 of your pregnancy so we’d have much more time to think and dream ahead.
So let’s think about:
- What are the moments you’d like to make sure are documented?
- What Photography style do you like? Studio, props ands colourful wraps newborn photoshoot or simply a cosy and natural documentary style newborn session at the comfort of your home,
as real as those moments happening?
- What corners around the house do you like to be in the background of your photos and why are they more special for you?
- What type of outfits do you feel comfortable in?
- What is the colour theme you are envisioning your family photos in?
- and finally, how do you see these photos displayed and seen in the future? Everyday, occasionally, or whenever you feel like going back to those early newborn stage?
Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed with all these questions, that is why I am here, to take you through all the steps. Starting to plan early on your pregnancy we’d have plenty of time to think and explore your likes and dislikes to come up with a plan.
To be prepared for your lifestyle newborn photoshoot with me, you will receive my full ”Style guide” on how to choose and coordinate your outfits?
My aim is always to make sure parents have a very clear view of what is going to happen on the shoot and even one step further, what if things did not go as planned. (Yes! we’ll talk about that too) and leave no worries for later.
2. Scheduling the date for your lifestyle newborn photoshoot
Considering all birth options, we pin a few days on the calendar around your due date and will update it once we have a clearer idea.
When the time arrives, all you need to do is sending a short text to me about your health and baby’s arrival date.
At this time we have already talked about everything, now considering the time you’ll come home, the nearest date is confirmed for your shoot.
However having a quick chat a couple of days before your newborn photography session we can update a few details based on how you both feel.
Every photographer has a different style of shooting and knowing your photographer, knowing how you can expect your photos to turn out and the overall expectation of the end result would give you extra assurance on the photography day.
How do I photograph your simple everyday life, this time with a newborn?
While I aim for simple, relaxed and baby-led moments for natural newborn portraits at home, I usually plan for 3 types of shots in my mind, focusing on your connections, your lifestyle and your newborn’s adorable tiny details (which are gonna change so fast).
For each of them, you will be exactly you, as you are and do exactly what you’d be doing, like sitting on a sofa, feeding baby, standing by the window, talking together and enjoying watching your newborn sleep etc…
Your newborn adorable tiny details
are the main focus of my
at-home lifestyle newborn photoshoots.
1. Your Lifestyle
Lifestyle to me is how you are, how your home looks like, how you dress, how have you designed your living room, kitchen, what colors are your favourites, and where is your favourite corner of your house.
It does not matter if you live in a big or small place, always remember we are documenting this stage of your life at your newborn’s first home. (which is not going to be the same in future.)
While planning for your lifestyle newborn photography at home,
do not forget the simple, daily moments you spend with each other during the day.
your children would love to see and go back to ‘all these real moments of their childhood’.
2. Your Connection
Connecting, feeling and simply touching are those very first experiences that happens along with having a new human at home. Those first cuddles, how it feels, how you feel, how baby looks calm and safe in your arms, the joy of being able to hold him/her tight for the fist time, and your expressions at those moments… all of these are simple, priceless moments that will soon become routine and less noticeable. So aren’t those authentic family moments worth being documented?
We capture these photos against a white wall in your house, mainly to have no distraction around to only focus on the emotions and connections.
3. Those tiny details
It finally comes to this melting heart part; tiny details. Can’t we keep looking at those adorable tininess, from toes to dimples or tiny curls for hours and hours! So we would make sure to capture those details for you to be able to come back again and again.
How do you visualise your photos to be seen everyday around the house? Of-course There are many options, from variety of bespoke frame displays to a beautiful keepsake album. Thinking about what would be the best could be a bit overwhelming at the beginning but here again the answer comes with research and planning. We will start to find your style from the very beginning, talk and search for the best suit to your home, as well as finding the places your photos are to be displayed:
the living room, nursery, hallway or staircase? and how big or small?
The choice of wall arts I have in my frames range, varies from simple Black/White wooden frames,
to some with subtle patterns, or Black narrow aluminium ones.
Leave all the hard work to me and I make sure you will love to see them everyday up on the walls.
Let’s start thinking:
How do you imagine these photos in 20-30 years?
Would you like to have them all laid out in a little album so you can go through them with your grandchildren?
or have a few main ones up on the wall to be seen and laughed at every day?
In order to find the best design for you, here are some questions to help you start:
What color are your home/nursery style?
Do you prefer bigger or smaller wall arts?
Would you prefer color or black and white photos?
And the good news is that you don’t need to know all the answers at the start,
it is a process that can be finalised after seeing the photos.
While planning for your lifestyle newborn photography at home, do not forget the simple, daily moments you spend with each other during the day. Remember your children would love to see and go back to ‘all these real moments of their childhood’.
Did you know I bring lots of different samples at your Design session
so you can see them, touch and check the sizes against your home walls then with the help of digital samples you can visualise and see the end result in advance!
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