What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

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I am a lifestyle newborn and family photographer – but what does that mean exactly?

What can you expect during your Lifestyle Newborn Photography session? You’re not a professional model, so what does that mean exactly? Will you get any help from me or it is up to you to figure what looks good on camera?

Don’t worry! I will definitely give you some guidance. Lifestyle photography lies somewhere in between documentary photography, and classic, traditional portraiture.

A documentary photographer will have a “fly on the wall” approach, catching life as it is without interfering with what is going on at all.

A photographer specializing in classic portraiture will want to have full control over everything that’s in the frame (light, backgrounds, clothes, poses, props). The photographer would most likely adjust every aspect of your poses to make sure it looked perfect.

My own take on lifestyle photography is a mix of authentic and staged. What I am shooting could actually happen in real life (this is the core definition of “lifestyle” in my opinion), however I would never have captured such a variety of images, in such a short amount of time, if I had not set them up.

During your newborn session, I will suggest a couple well lit locations, usually within your own home. I will tell you where to stand or sit and may give you loose posing suggestions. I will then give you ideas on how to interact with your baby and spouse. I might suggest that you snuggle, or kiss your infant and to use that as a starting point. You will then do what feels natural in that moment.

At your shoot, for example, I might have you lay on your bed with your baby by your side close to your face. I might suggest that you look at your sweet babe and tickle her toes. You might feel compelled to lean down and touch your nose to your baby’s nose. This light touch might cause your baby to give you the tiniest, sweetest smile which causes you to laugh. This would be an authentic moment but you just had a little help getting started.

I will give you enough direction to help you feel comfortable, but not so many instructions that you look stiff. This is why you’ll pay me the big bucks…to help you look good. 🙂

candid moments daddy holing baby intimate moment with your new infant

You may be wondering if I will shoot any classic shots. Yes, I will be sure to get a few shots where you are looking at the camera and smiling.

breastfeeding your baby

If you’d like to schedule your own Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session, just contact me at 828.230.1462 or email at CONTACT.



Let me capture you family. You’ll end up with connected, love-filled photos and we’ll have a blast at the same time!

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