July 27, 2020

What is a Lifestyle Newborn Session? | Virginia Photographer

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What is a Lifestyle Newborn Session?

All of my newborn sessions are lifestyle, which 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 

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.)

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 sessions are ideal for those who want a clean backdrop and minimalist approach.

How long does a session take?

You can expect the session to last up to 90 minutes. 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?

It’s recommended to book at least 2-4 months before your due date. We’ll want to have the session take place within 14 days of baby’s arrival, and I only take a limited number of sessions each month to accommodate this. We’ll choose a tentative date based on your due date; once baby arrives, you’ll just need to reach out to coordinate the final day and time.

Learn more about lifestyle newborn session pricing here!


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