Natural Family Photography
The words “newborn photography” usually conjure up images of heavily posed sleeping babies – heads propped on hands, peeking out of a basket or flower pot. If that’s your style there are any number of newborn photographers out there who are masters at posing, wrapping and propping up tiny babies – and their work is beautiful. If, however, this isn’t quite your vibe and you’d like some more candid and natural images of your newborn know that there is another way… lifestyle photography is for babies too! This Los Angeles newborn session featuring one month old baby H. (and his best friend) showcases the charms of unposed newborn photography.
At a month old this little guy was already 2 weeks too old for a posed newborn session. But for a lifestyle newborn session he was just perfect. We got lots of smiles (call it gas if you want, but we won’t listen) and a lot of interest in the camera… and the dog.
If you’re expecting a baby and thinking about newborn photography, here are a few benefits of choosing an unposed, lifestyle session:
- You can be more flexible with the timing. Posed newborn sessions usually need to be done in the first 14 days of your baby’s life. Let’s face it, some of us are barely functioning 2 weeks into life with a new baby, let alone scheduling trips to a photographer’s studio.
- You don’t have to cart your baby across town. The option of an in-home session can be a relief for many new parents. Did I mention the barely functioning thing?
- We’ll capture your baby in a meaningful environment. In 30 years you’ll love to see images of your newborn in his room, on the family bed or wrapped in her favorite blanket. This extra layer of memories just isn’t there in a posed studio session where the wraps, blankets and props often belong to the studio.
- We’ll capture relationships! Just because your baby can’t sit up yet, doesn’t mean we can’t capture some meaningful connections. With an in-home lifestyle session it’s easy to get wonderful images of your baby with her parents, siblings and pets. The newborn phase goes by in a blur, so capturing these earliest connections is all the more special.
- You can include your pets. However, I can’t guarantee they’ll all be as photogenic as this little lady.
And if you’ve recently had a baby and think you blew it by not scheduling a session for day 8 of baby’s life… you still have time! You are totally winning at this parenting thing.
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