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Newborn Session Styles

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

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

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.

Relaxed Posed

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.

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Spring Minis

I was looking back at our mini sessions this year. These spring blossom sessions were so pretty and we lucked out this year that we timed them just right and had some beautiful blossoms for our sessions.

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Newborn Albums

I did this little peanut’s photos a little while ago, and her mom ordered an absolutely beautiful album. It is always so excited to see these digital images come to life in print, and in a very special heirloom album that she will be able to keep and treasure forever.

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Two Peas in a Pod

I photographed this little newborn baby in the early spring, and I just couldn’t get over how much she looked like her big sister! When I was editing the photos of the two of them with their faces together I kept thinking of them as two little peas in a pod. It will be so neat to see them grow together!

 

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Such a cold day for such a cute baby!

One of the many benefits of being a newborn photographer is getting to meet new additions to the family right away! I was very lucky to meet my newest little relative during our awful cold snap this year and she must have been happy about it too because she cooperated very well.

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And just like that she’s one!

This little sweetie was a part of our Baby’s First Year program and you follow our Instagram or Facebook page you’ve probably seen her grow throughout the year. It was very fun for me to document these changes over the year, and now to look at them all together to see how much she has changed through the months.

I have had so much fun documenting some of our little Baby’s First Year clients during 2018, and for the 2019 year I have continued on with the program but made some new and exciting updates. You can read all about the new and improved program here: Baby’s First Year . Now families can have a full newborn session, and then attend our Year of the Minis program (at the special Year of the Minis Price!) to capture their baby through the year and during those seasons when parents always look for those classic photos (you know – baby surrounded by fall leaves, baby’s first Christmas or winter, baby in that golden summer sun, baby with those beautiful spring blossoms). There is an option to add a maternity session as well. Families will then receive a complimentary high quality album that includes the photos from throughout the year. So that baby album that everyone struggles to finish is already done for you! If you are thinking about this program and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Getting Creative with Mommy’s Wedding Saree

My friend’s beautiful baby girl arrived this month and I was so excited to meet her and photograph her. My friend and I had discussed it ahead of time and knew we wanted to try and incorporate her wedding sarees into the photos. We were so excited to see it come together and giggled when we saw how cute she looked. We ended up with some beautiful memories for her and had such a nice time too.

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The cutest little baby bear

I had the great pleasure of doing some newborn photos for this little guy recently. He was so cooperative and such a cute little guy. As always I love going out to people’s homes to do photos and seeing those little details show up in the photos – such as the beautiful hardwood floor in this home that you can see in the basket photo.

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Photographing Newborns and their Toddler Siblings

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family earlier this winter. This little guy had a very excited two year old sister who was very happy to be in some photos with her baby brother. I often get questions and concerns from parents about what to expect when photographing a newborn baby with a busy toddler (who are not always as excited about photos as this big sister was!).

I can completely understand why parents get nervous about this but it is actually surprisingly easy. The key is some go-to poses that I like to use for little ones that are safe for the newborn and easy for the toddler to participate in. There are a few other things that help as well. One is that we try our best to find a time that will work well for the toddler (usually morning after they have had time for their breakfast and but well before the nap-time grumpies hit). I also always do family and sibling photos first while we still have the toddler’s attention. After that the parents are free to relax with their toddler and can go about their regular routine while I am busy photographing baby. That is probably one of my favourite parts about photographing in the client’s home – the family might get a tiny bit of a break after a couple weeks of newborn chaos!

And what can parents do to help prepare their toddler? Remember to try and have big brother or sister rested and well-fed prior to the photos. We all know how hangry a toddler can get!  And most importantly just relax and enjoy the photos! If the sibling looks around and sees that everyone else is relaxed and enjoying the experience then they usually join in.

And that’s it! With some well-thought-out poses and the hangry side of your toddler at bay, your sibling photos will almost certainly be a success!

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A beautiful baby girl

I was so happy to photograph this beautiful little baby girl who was welcomed by her mom, dad, and proud big brother on New Year’s Day. She is absolutely adorable and I’m so happy for this family!