If you have ever booked a newborn session with me you will know we will start with a questionnaire to learn a little bit about what kind of session you are hoping for. One of your big decisions will be deciding between a traditional posed session, a relaxed posed session, or a lifestyle session. I thought I would put together a post with some examples of each session style because as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
Lifestyle sessions take place in your home. They involve a lot of family interaction, and your home will be in the background of your photos. Lifestyle photos are often a favourite of those who want a more relaxed session; they do not depend upon a sleeping baby so they can happen anytime after a baby is born, and the session is faster than a posed session. Families often like lifestyle sessions because they document not just baby, but also the family interactions, and all the little details of the home and the nursery at that moment in time.
Traditional posed photos feature baby in a variety of poses on a backdrop. I use my studio lights for these photos. These photos are ideally booked within the first two weeks after baby is born because they require a sleepy baby. They often require more time than lifestyle photos. Some families also do family and sibling photos during these sessions and they are also done against a backdrop.
I like to think of relaxed posed sessions as a bit of a cross between lifestyle and traditional posed. These photos still happen on a backdrop with my studio light, but we are not working quite so hard to get baby into particular poses. Instead, we are capturing images of baby in a more natural way. These work best if baby is sleeping, but it is not absolutely necessary like it is with traditional posed photos, so we have more flexibility in when we do the session. These sessions are also generally faster than traditional posed sessions. This session style has also become one of the ways I have adapted to Covid. For families who wanted posed photos on a backdrop (as opposed to lifestyle photos), I can do this style of session with very little contact with baby.