About Newborn Sessions
Newborn photography can come with many surprises, especially if you aren’t a parent. I’ve compiled a list of newborn photography tips that have helped me tremendously and I am sure will be helpful for anyone interested in learning more about newborn photography. Of course every photographer will have a different way or style of doing things but these are just some of the top things I’ve learned through the years as a newborn photographer.
Posed vs Lifestyle
There are two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle. I love both for different reasons. However, it is important to make sure your client knows what type you intend to do so there are no surprises during or after the session.
- Posed/studio sessions
- Lifestyle newborn sessions
Typically must be done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. The session can last up to 4 hours with feeding, potty breaks, and posing. Editing this type of session also takes quite a bit of time as each image needs to go through Photoshop individually to get a polished end result.
Are a bit more casual approach to newborn photography. There may be some posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby and their home. These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max. My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement between the family members. Newborns are incredible but so is the love in the air. Memories of this time-frame often become fuzzy for new parents and that is precisely why I feel these types of shoots are so important.
I love to photographing people, specially mommies-to-be and newborns. Children change and grow up so fast! My job as photographers is to preserve those moments forever, so parents can look back upon those sweet moments, and so that child can look back at what they once were. – Chris Dittz