I will admit, I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with newborn sessions for a long time. I love babies, LOVE love love babies, but I started to dread photographing them. All of the STUFF, the props, the outfits, the tears and the stress (for baby and me!). More ended in inconsolable crying and missed shots than I care to admit. I just felt like there had to be a better way, and I went on a mission to find it. Over the past several months I’ve taken some ah-mazing continuing education workshops with some even more amazing fellow photographers, and friends, I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!
Being a newborn is HARD. Your cozy, warm, safe place you’ve been living in for months disappears and suddenly you find bright light in your tiny eyes, uncomfortable textures on your baby skin, and many hands passing you around. So why do we want to make things more stressful by contorting baby into strange positions, wrapping her up in scratchy fabrics, or laying her on hard surfaces (how well would YOU sleep in a wooden bowl??). There is another way! Introducing… Naturally Newborn Sessions!
Naturally Newborn Sessions are calm, quiet, peaceful sessions with baby-led posing, disturbing baby as little as possible. Newborn photos can be beautiful and classic without all of the fuss, just baby, my custom newborn posing pillow, and some soft fabrics loosely draped just so. I work through the session capturing baby’s every detail from every angle, with very minimal movement of baby. This allows me to move quickly and quietly through the session so you can get back to the business of snuggling. Newborn sessions shouldn’t need to last hours if baby is allowed to be comfortable and content! After about 20-30 minutes with your newborn, we will move on to some simple and beautiful family photos with mom, dad and siblings. Newborn sessions also take place right in your own home, so there is no need to pack up baby and head to a studio, and baby is safe, warm and comfortable in her own environment.
Now here’s the really exciting part. SO EXCITING!! All newborn sessions now include a sweet little film, showcasing your little one’s first movements, yawns, stretches, and adorable little faces. Photographs are amazing and beautiful but nothing really brings you back to the moment like video. During our session, I’ll be switching my camera constantly between photos and video, and these little snippets will be crafted into your little one’s very first feature film, complete with the perfect little background tune.
Are you expecting? It’s time to schedule your session now! Don’t want until baby arrives, as newborn sessions are best done as early as possible, within the first 12 days or so. I only accept a limited number of newborns per week, to allow flexibility for babies who arrive early or late enough that we need to reschedule. If you’ve missed the boat, don’t fret! I can safely photograph babies up to about 3 weeks old in this style, they just may not be quite as sleepy and easy going.
Now keep scrolling for a little sampling of this dreamy, sleepy newborn experience, and a peek at a film! ❤️