Today I wanna talk a bit about Newborn Sessions...
Bringing a bundle of baby into this world comes with a LOT to consider- and if you're anything like me and really value photos and capturing these memories before they're gone, then picking out a newborn photographer will be on that long to-do list.
When it comes to Newborn Photography, there are several factors that will differentiate one from another. One of the biggest of which is the type of Newborn Session they offer. Are they strictly an in-studio Newborn photographer- if so do they offer only bean-bag posing or do they do full sets? Are they strictly in-home Lifestyle Newborn and will come to you? Do they do the "fresh 48" style session in the hospital.
Or, like me, is there a mix of all of the above?
Which of these styles/settings calls to you and feels like the images you want to hold on to of this precious time?
Let me share a few examples to help you know the difference.
Fresh 48's are so called because they usually happen at the hospital within those first 48 hours (2 days) since baby's birth. They offer a lifestyle/slice of life feel to the sweet experience of bringing a new baby into the world.
An in-home Lifestyle Newborn session often features parts of your home that you spend time in with baby; Nursery, your bedroom, living room or even kitchen. The home you are bringing baby home to has the chance to be featured in the photos as well.
This style is what many people first think of when they think of Newborn Photos. This style can feature mainly the baby with a plain backdrop and wraps, or more detailed set ups with baskets or buckets or tiny little beds and other accessories...
Different variations exist, some offer Lifestyle sessions at a studio set up, some (like me,) offer a "studio posed" style session in your home. And through it all each photographer has their own style and feel to their work. It is always a good idea to search though portfolios and chat a bit with a photographer to see if they'd be a good match for you and the images you're hoping to capture.
A direct comparison...
Recently, I got the chance to do both a Lifestyle session, and a Studio Posed style session for the same baby, and it has given me the unique opportunity to directly compare the two styles in the same home.
Lifestyle sessions don't have to mean there are no images featuring just your cuddled up sweet baby. The difference is, there may not be a completely smooth and clean backdrop, or deliberately wrapped swaddle.
For my personal style, this usually involves seamless backdrop fabrics and matching wraps, with minimal other accessories. I like to focus on baby's sweet tiny features to capture this newness before it's gone.
All in all...
Newborn photography comes in many styles, and everyone will have personal preferences. This is true for every type of session as well. Lighting choices, locations, posing styles, editing techniques and education/experience all play a roll in any photographers work. Make sure to look through portfolios and chat with a photographer to see if you've found a good fit for your vision!