You're welcoming a sweet little bundle of joy and have just booked lifestyle newborn photos to capture this beautiful time. You're excited to meet baby, no doubt, but terrified of how the session will go because, well, it's a baby. Here's 5 things you need to know before your lifestyle newborn photo session to ensure you get the most beautiful images.
Your baby might cry, and that's okay
Babies cry. That's real life. So if baby has given you a run for your money with tears already, just know that it's okay if that happens during the session. It's nothing your photographer hasn't seen before. Lifestyle photos capture the moment you are in right now, unposed, so if you need to walk around, sway, swaddle or use a pacifier to soothe, please do! The most natural moments are the best ones - and photos of all those things will bring you right back to that moment in time - exactly what photos are intended to do.
You'll still look beautiful, even if you're operating on no sleep
The newborn stage & sleepless nights pretty much go hand in hand, so if you're worried that you or your partner or baby haven't slept yet and what are you going to look like, just know this: No matter how tired you may feel, images of you cuddling your new baby and adoring all their sweet little features will hide the fact that you haven't slept in 10 days.
And once again, it's real life. Everyone is tired after welcoming a new baby. Years from now you might look back and say, "man, we looked tired!" and you know what, that's okay! Because you were tired. Exhausted. But you were also completely in love & had this sweet little baby wrapped around your finger. And now you'll have images to remember that fleeting (albeit tired) time in your life.
It's okay to take breaks
If you're wondering how you're going to go one hour straight without feedings or blowouts or disruptions, stop it. You aren't going to go one hour straight. Most photographers plan for breaks during newborn lifestyle photos because babies or moms or dads need the extra time for all those things and that's okay. It's not a race. It's memories being made, so take your time and go with the flow.
Your house doesn't have to look perfect
I'm serious. Put the vacuum away. All you need is a couple of rooms that are tidy. Meaning you can literally through unwanted messes into another room or shove in a closet to deal with later. The point of lifestyle newborn photos is realness, not perfection.
Blowouts & spit-ups are a thing
If baby needs to poop or happens to spit-up during your lifestyle newborn photo session, that's okay. That's real life, especially with a newborn. I always recommend putting aside a spare outfit for these reasons. And that's also why newborn sessions are a little longer - to allow time for these kinds of things to happen, so you don't have to feel rushed. Believe me when I say most photographers have seen it all. And as a mama myself, I've been there, done that!
That's what I believe is important to know before your newborn lifestyle photos - what do you think, did I miss anything?
The truth is, lifestyle photos are REAL LIFE. Baby is going to cry & might not sleep & may even spit up on your outfit. That's okay mama. Get the photos taken anyways because in a few short weeks your tiny little babe will have grown & changed so much already and you're going to want to remember this beautiful, fleeting time for exactly what it was.
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My name is Marcella and I'm a Calgary-based lifestyle photographer specializing in families, couples, maternity & newborns. I love golden light, true colours, and real moments of love and laughter. Inspired by the beautiful Calgary scenery, my style is emotive, sun-soaked and colourful.
If you want to freeze moments in time and create memories to cherish forever - I'm here to guide you through the whole process!