My clients receive 50% off a maternity or newborn session with Natalie ($200 value). For a short time, she is offering my clients a fantastic discounted package for maternity, birth, and newborn photography. Contact me for details!
Check out Natalie's work at http://nkoziukphotography.com. And check out the details on our collaborative Mother's Day Giveaway at the end of this post!
Boise Newborn Photographer - 5 Tips Before Your Newborn Lifestyle Session
I get a lot of questions about newborn lifestyle photography and what to expect. Let's do a quick refresher on what lifestyle photography is and why I'm completely obsessed with it.
Let's set the scene. You just brought home your new baby and instantly that little human starts growing (oh, so much faster than we'd like to admit)! What will you want to remember when that little human is all grown? Perhaps those tiny fingers wrapped around yours or how easy their head fit into dad's palms? Possibly the way you and dad looked at him completely in love and thankful that he's finally here? Here's the thing, life as you know it is complete now. The moments and details are what I capture and what you'll love years and years from now.
Props, beanbags, and wraps oh my!
No need for posing and waiting hours for me to wrap, swaddle, and pose baby on a beanbag. I'll capture your family doing what it does best, being real, raw, and you. Lifestyle photography captures those authentic moments that can’t be planned or staged.
Let's talk wardrobe
Mom, start with what you feel comfortable in first. Either a dress, or something light, comfortable and casual. Light neutrals photograph beautifully, but I don't discourage darker colors mixed in. You’ll want to avoid bright colors like apple red or orange so they don't reflect onto that sweet newborn's face.
Pairing simple basics with textured overlays, such as a robe or a slouchy open sweater are always encouraged. From there you can coordinate the rest of the family.
A sleepy baby
I can't tell you how often I arrive and baby is up and ready to party. Feeding baby right before your session gives us a good chance we’ll have a sleepy newborn right from the start. If not, no need to stress. More often than not, I'll catch those eyes closed at some point. Bottom line...Whether your baby is awake or asleep during your session, remember that those moments caught on camera happen organically.
Keep an eye out in your house where and what time your rooms have the most light. I typically photograph in three areas-- the living room, your master, and the nursery. I ask that you send me photos of your rooms before the session if I don't come to visit you beforehand. Depending on your home, usually around 10am-2pm we get the best light.
If you only have one room that works, that's great! I’m happily surprised with the sessions I’ve had with only one window to work with.
Usually we'll start with the whole family if big brother or sister is happy and ready to go. If they're not excited yet, I’ll start with baby and we’ll add them in later. Photographers have quite a few tricks to keep things moving right along. Many times, they're so excited about their new role that they'll want to hold and kiss all over their new best friend. If they really don’t want to be involved, I still try my best to get them in the frame. Nine out of 10 times they'll change their mind. ;)
Timing is everything
I always advise parents to contact me in their second trimester to guarantee their session. I leave a healthy gap in my calendar open from before you're due to two weeks after you're due so we don’t miss the sweet spot. I’m in and out within an hour (sometimes 90 minutes) so you can get back to your newborn life as soon as possible.
Are you excited yet?! If it’s time to schedule your newborn session let's chat soon. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208.794.7916 to ask questions or to check availability.
Don't Miss Out!!!
Natalie and I have teamed up to offer a Mother's Day Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a photo session with Natalie, and a birth planning session and postpartum doula support with me. Visit Elevated Birth on Facebook or Elevated Birth on Instagram for details on how to enter. We will pick a winner on May 10, 2018 so enter now!
I've worked in the forest, in the lab, and in an office cubicle. My favorite and most passionate work has been alongside clients as they reach inside to find their innermost strength, and give birth to their babies. Each birth is an honor to witness.