Do you have an upcoming newborn session with me, but still have questions?
This will be a helpful guide which will answer any questions you might have for me regarding how newborn sessions work!
What is the difference between a lifestyle newborn session and a posed newborn session?
Posed newborn sessions often take place in a studio and include lights, blankets and props. While Lifestyle newborn sessions take place within the clients home, using natural light and don’t involve any props. Lifestyle newborn sessions are very laid back and run all on the baby’s schedule. The baby often runs the show and I like to build in enough time during the session for multiple feedings, diaper changes etc.
With lifestyle sessions, I don’t focus on the picture perfect smiles of everyone looking at the camera. Sometimes getting everyone to focus their attention on the camera and smiling can be frustrating and exhausting so I instead focus on the moments of you cradling or rocking your newborn in your arms while your husband tosses your toddler in the air. I want to keep everyone happy and make sure the session very laid back.
Can parents and siblings be in the photos?
Yes of course and in fact I often encourage it! I usually focus on the family as a whole and have your family focus your attention on the baby. I encourage my clients to just take it all in and just love on your newborn baby. Cuddle them, kiss them and hug them. This stage of your life is full of joy and excitement welcoming a new baby and I want to document all of the different emotions for you to remember.
Where Are We Going To Take The Photos?
A majority of the session will take place in the baby’s room or master bedroom or living room
I often love to pose the family and new baby in the parent’s bed, on the couch, anywhere comfy and snuggly.
How Long Is The Session?
-Anywhere between 1 hour to 2 hours max all depending on how baby’s mood is. Typically during newborn sessions we take a lot of feeding and diaper changing breaks.
What Do We Wear?
I recommend my clients dress comfortably (The session is a laid back and fun shoot so it is important you feel comfortable whatever you are wearing).
I recommend to moms to wear a light and flowy shirt or dress. I want you to be comfortable during your session and feel your best. Layers and textured fabrics look great in photos.
Try to stick to the Neutral/Pastel color palette. I find that the colors cream, white, tan, taupe and gray tend to photograph best. I recommend avoiding busy patterns, bright colors (they can create a color cast on your skin) and clothing with characters/wording on them as they can be distracting.
When my clients book they receive a style guide and a what to expect guide, both will guide you through how to prepare for your session including what colors to wear for your session.
What if the baby starts to cry during our session?
No worries! I am always prepared for breaks- The baby runs the show and will take some occasional breaks for feedings, diaper changes etc. Babies can be very unpredictable and it is totally normal for the baby to be fussy.
What Should The Baby Wear?
The baby will be swaddled a majority of the session, but I suggest setting aside 1 or 2 simple outfits for them to wear during the session. I suggest picking out a solid or lightly patterned swaddle for the baby to wear during the session.
When should we book our newborn session?
I recommend my clients book at least 6-8 weeks before newborn sessions to guarantee a spot on the calendar. My newborn sessions take place within the clients home and typically take place two weeks after the baby is born.
Did I miss anything feel free to reach out to Kendra at Kendra@kendraconroy.com to set up a phone call to discuss your newborn session further.