Client Guides, Newborns

July 27, 2020

What is a Lifestyle Newborn Session? | Virginia Newborn Photographer

What is a Lifestyle Newborn Session? | Virginia Newborn Photographer

All of my newborn photos are lifestyle newborn sessions. This simply means the focus is on your natural connections as a family. While I provide posing guidance to capture the prettiest light and settings possible, I don’t physically pose baby or use any props. Instead, my storytelling style allows you to be fully present in the moment, soaking it all in. 

A lifestyle newborn session might be right for you if:

  • You desire natural, candid moments documented during this sweet season
  • You want just a little posing guidance without feel overly posed or staged
  • Real, authentic moments that make you feel are high on your list 
  • You’re seeking a minimalist approach that focuses on connections 
  • You’re looking for a 1-2 hour photo session. Posed newborn sessions take longer, sometimes up to 3-4 hours to get baby deeply asleep and into each pose.

These sessions don’t include:

  • Traditional posed newborn photos that include sleeping babies, props and specific outfits
  • The use of any props. Since I focus on the documentary side, I will not be posing your baby in any baskets, blankets or bowls.
  • Specific outfits, hats or accessories. Instead, baby will stay cozy in a swaddle, onesie or other outfit that he or she will actually wear at home. (I recommend keeping it neutral to really capture baby’s sweet features.)

lifestyle newborn session

Where does the session take place?

Lifestyle newborn sessions take place either in my studio in Northern Virginia, or at your own home. In-home sessions are just how they sound – all the photos are taken in your own home, typically involving baby’s nursery or your living room. They’re meant to capture life in your home as it is in this moment: full of excitement, joy and so much love.

Studio newborn photos are ideal for those who want a clean backdrop and minimalist approach. 


photos of studio lifestyle newborn photos



photos of in-home lifestyle newborn photos

How long does a lifestyle newborn session take?

You can expect the session to last anywhere from 1-2 hours. Baby’s mood will lead the session, and it’s completely fine if we stop for a feeding break, diaper change or just a few soothing snuggles in between photos.


When should I book a session?

We recommend booking at the beginning of your second trimester. Newborn sessions take place 1-3 weeks after baby’s arrival, and I only take a limited number of sessions each month to accommodate this. You’ll book based on your due date, and then once baby arrives, we’ll simply coordinate your official session date and time.

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lifestyle newborn session at the studio mom in blue dress

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  1. […] Note: all of my newborn sessions are lifestyle, which means we focus on your connection as a family. I still capture individual portraits of your newborn, but I don’t do extensive posing or use any props. You can learn more about lifestyle newborn photos here! […]

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