I used to think I needed a grand studio with a ton of props to be a good newborn photographer. And while I tried a few props and poses, it never felt right for me. Now I can't imagine using a studio because there is so much I love about going to each family's home to photograph their new baby. Here are a few reasons why I only shoot newborn sessions in your home.
Everyone is comfortable during an in-home newborn session
When you don't even have to put on your shoes and can relax on your own couch, you are immediately more at ease. It is easier and more comfortable for mom to nurse when she's in her own space, with her own support. There is also that ease in not having to pack up everything to head to a studio. And if mom isn't all the way ready when I arrive, that is okay.
Details Make Your Newborn Session Yours
A newborn session isn't just about that sweet baby, but about your family. When we are in your home we can capture the nursery and its details you poured your heart into putting together for your baby. We can also capture you as a family on the couch or on the big bed, two places you actually spend your time. When you look at your photos, you will be brought right back to those first weeks at home with your baby.
Spit Up Happens
Babies spit up and blow out diapers. It's just part of the territory with babies. When you are in your home there is no stress about now having spit up all over your clothes, you can easily change. Or should she blow out a diaper and need a new onesie/blanket/outfit no problem because you're in your own home.
Siblings Can Come and Go
Let's be honest, there is only so much snuggling the baby that a sibling can handle. When we are in your home, they can take breaks, grab a snack, play with their toys and them come back ready for more photos. When the older kids are shy in the beginning, being in their own home helps them to feel comfortable, and often by the end of the session are showing me their rooms and favorite toys. When they have this freedom to come and go, they also come back sweeter than ever. There is something about not having to "perform" that allows them to love and snuggle the baby when they are ready.
Babies are beautiful just as they are.
After photographing newborns for over 8 years (and having had 4 newborns of my own), I have seen how babies are so beautiful just as they are. They don't need to be specially posed or in a particular wrap to be beautiful. Each baby unfolds herself in a special way. Often parents will see images of their baby and say, "She always did that in utero! We have an ultrasound picture like that!" They are also best snuggled into mom and dad's arms, right at home, where they belong.
Grandparents can be present for newborn photos too.
Oftentimes, families will have the grandparents around to help with older siblings while I'm working with mom, dad, and the baby. Whether they are in town for a week or visiting for the day, having their help is priceless. It also gives us the opportunity to capture a few quick shots of the grandparents with their grandchildren.
In the end, I only shoot newborn sessions in your home because it feels right for me and my style of photography. Each click of the shutter makes my heart flutter, the kind of excitement that is most conducive to creating beautiful art for each family.
If you are expecting, contact me, let's chat about your newborn session. If a friend is expecting, contact me about gift certificates towards a session. They make the best and longest lasting shower gift.