The Ultimate Guide to Capturing Precious Newborn Moments with Relaxed and Cozy At-Home Photography
I am so thrilled for you. Bringing your baby home for the first time (whether from the hospital/birthing unit or during your homebirth) is one of the most special (and sometimes exhausting) times of your life. Hopefully you're reading this before bubs is born, but this guide gives you a rundown on what to expect when you have your newborn photographer turn up at your house. This is my style, and please check in with your own photographer if you want to check anything out.
I have seen some absolutely stunning studio shoots, and they are an incredible option, but the thing I love about at-home photography is that it is relaxed, at your pace, your other kids can lose it (yes that is normal), and you can then go prepare them a snack. When you need to feed, you can do it in the comfort of your own home, and if you get any body fluids on your outfit (yes that can also happen), you can get changed straight away.
You may want some beautiful newborn images, or you may just want a lifestyle session where you get to hang out with bubs, and the beauty of this, is that you can have either/or, or both. Usually I don't have a plan when I turn up. I adapt. We work in with when your baby is sleeping, feeding or awake, how siblings are coping, and what your house is like to see how we photograph.
What to Expect During the Session
Patience Is a Virtue
Newborns can be unpredictable, and that's perfectly normal. Be prepared to take breaks for feeding, changing, and soothing your baby. I usually find a session takes around 90 minutes, but sometimes this can be faster, and sometimes it can take up to 2 hours.
I know this goes without saying, but the whole point of capturing these moments, is capturing them with you. Even if I'm doing some 'solo' bubs photography, I love having Mum's or Dad's hands on baby, whether being photographed, or just patting and shushing. Let the siblings stay home from school or kindy at least for some of it, so we capture those moments between them, and you as a whole family.
Capturing the Magic
During the session, I will move around, capturing a range of precious moments. From tiny fingers and toes to adorable yawns and smiles (and the tears), these images will become cherished memories. But every session will be different, as every home is different, every baby is different, and every family is different. Please let me know if there is something you absolutely want captured.
While my setup is basic, I have a range of wraps, headbands, little hats, and some backdrops. You will find me looking for the light, and I may often set up on the floor in your living room, on a bed, or in a hallway. I may even drape you with a blanket to provide a backdrop, while still keeping baby in your arms. You do not have to prepare a thing (other than the nappies and wipes that you'll no doubt already have). If you want to have something special photographed (ie. a special teddy or blanket), then please have this out and let me know when I arrive.
In conclusion, opting for a relaxed and cozy at-home newborn photography session is a decision you won't regret. It offers comfort, personalization, and convenience while allowing you to capture the most precious moments of your baby's early days.
Ideally, please get in touch before bub's due date so I have you on my radar, but don't hesitate to get in touch if you've already had baby, or if they are older. Older babies can make for some adorable photos!