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DIY Lifestyle Newborn Session

April 6, 2020

You did it, Mama!

That sweet one you carried is finally in your arms. Your mind and body worked so hard to get you both to this place…and these first few sleepless days are a special kind of euphoria.

They will pass by so quickly.

I already know you’re aware of the priceless value of the photos that will represent this season. They will become a part of the narrative that the fog of life with a newborn might otherwise try to make you forget.

We won’t let that happen, Mama.

Since the state of our current world won’t allow us to physically be together, here are some ways you can use the tools at your fingertips to document these first few days at home!

Documenting your newborn at home, newborn photography, mother and baby, motherhood, lifestyle newborn photography, creative angles and pointers to photograph your baby at home.
Set aside a day where your focus at home will be documenting your new life with baby. It’s best to not have many expectations, as the baby will dictate what time looks like. Instead, go into the day prepared to live about your “routine.” Have your partner care for the baby so you can shower and get dressed. Leave the camera on the counter, so it’s within arms reach during the day. When the opportunity presents itself, call to your partner that it’s time to document.
Place the baby in a simple onesie (and have one backup on hand-just in case!), then feed the baby so they’re nice and sleepy. Lay the baby on a flat, safe surface in a well lit area (try your bed!). If there is more natural light in a guest room than your own room, that will work too! All you need is a flat, safe, clean, well-lit space. If you haven’t had a chance to clean (hello, newborn life), it’s totally okay to toss anything off the bed and just have a sheet for baby to lay on (less is more with newborn lifestyle imagery). Get down on baby’s level and document their precious tiny features. Toeses and noses are especially sweet! Try to position your camera from multiple perspectives. Hold the viewfinder at both the baby’s level and a bird’s-eye view to give you some variety to your images.
Documenting your newborn at home, newborn photography, mother and baby, motherhood, lifestyle newborn photography, creative angles and pointers to photograph your baby at home.
If you particularly enjoyed the nursery aspect of nesting, spend some time with baby in their room. You can rock the baby, look at the baby in their crib, sit on the floor and admire their sweetness. All of these interactions you’re already doing with your sweet one will allow natural moments to unfold.
Documenting your newborn at home, newborn photography, mother and baby, motherhood, lifestyle newborn photography, creative angles and pointers to photograph your baby at home.
Less is more with lifestyle sessions. You don’t have to have a perfectly Pinterest-worthy home in order to take beautiful photos of your family in your space. All you need is one clean wall next to a natural light source (like a window, or a door). Turn off all other lights so you don’t have color casts (baby skin already has a tendency to have yellow undertones sometimes, so turning off artificial light will help you to achieve natural skin tones. Have your partner hold baby close to their face and admire your little love. They can sing to the baby, gently sway with the baby. The soft movements will simultaneously settle your child while creating an intimate moment you can document.
Documenting your newborn at home, newborn photography, mother and baby, motherhood, lifestyle newborn photography, creative angles and pointers to photograph your baby at home.
The only expectation you should have for this time is to anticipate the imperfections. The baby might spit up, they might cry, you might have to change them multiple times. You may have an older toddler who refuses to stand still while being photographed…and that’s okay. Get onto their level and invite them into an adventure (some of my favorite photographs of my own son are of him flying like an airplane). Each of these moments matter…the moments of joy and of overwhelm and of beauty and of chaos…because they are all a part of your family narrative. Sometimes the most honest images are the most beautiful.

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