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What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography | Seattle Newborn Photographer

There are a lot of terms thrown around in the photography world. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when looking for the right photographer to capture your newborn baby. 

When you are trying to decide on a photographer, the first thing to note is what style of photography are you looking for? Do you want your baby posed in a basket with various props and outfits or do you want something more natural? There is no “correct” answer, just what is right for your family. 

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I am a lifestyle newborn photographer.

Being a lifestyle newborn photographer means that I do not use props or unnatural poses for your baby. I believe that a baby is beautiful just as they are.  So while I will capture portraits of your baby, I let him lead the way, unfolding in ways most comfortable for him. Often parents will comment on how baby sleeps is just like they did in womb (and they even have ultrasounds to prove it)!

During a lifestyle newborn photo session, I capture photos of the entire family, siblings, each parent individually with baby, and baby by herself. The goal is to capture those tiny newborn details, along with the immense love and joy your family has surrounding this newest family member. 

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Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home.

When you just had a baby, the last thing you want to do is pack up and go somewhere.  Being in your own home means everyone is more comfortable, at ease, and relaxed. It also means we can capture where life with a newborn happens, usually focusing on rooms like mom and dad’s room, the nursery, and/or the living room. Learn more about in-home newborn sessions with Why I Only Shoot Newborn Sessions In Your Home.

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I guide you into poses with mom and baby’s comfort and safety in mind.

I know that you just had a baby, which means that not all positions are comfortable. I also know the feeling and insecurities around our bodies after giving birth. With that, I let mom and baby be the leads for what we do. If mom isn’t comfortable standing, you can stay snuggled on the bed or couch. If baby only wants to be held, then mom and dad will hold that baby close. I use flattering angles, light and positions that put the focus on your baby and your love for your family

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In the end, a lifestyle newborn photo session captures your family as you are in your home with gentle posing and guidance.

When you see your gallery of images I want them to feel real. I want them to be a true reminder of this time right after welcoming a baby into your lives. Your photographs will represent those things that you will want to remember like the way your baby snuggled up in your arms, fit on your husband’s chest, and unfolded when laid down on your bed. I want you to be able to show off the way your kids loved on their baby sister when you first brought her home.  I want you to see your gallery of images and be taken back to those first weeks with a newborn baby in your home. Because we all know, our babies grow much too quickly.

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Celebrating a 1st Birthday in Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

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Celebrating a 1st Birthday in Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

Document the first birthday as an important milestone with a lifestyle family photo session.

Celebrating a child’s first birthday is such a big milestone. It isn’t just that your baby is turning one, but it means that you survived the first year! So first, a big congratulations and happy day to your family if you'r little one is turning one. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the first year. There is so much growth with your child changing daily. In so many ways, that first year flies by. However, the first year is also about little sleep, worrying about every little thing, trying to keep your older kids from giving your baby the plague they caught from school, and learning how to parent this little human being as they discover the world around them. That is no easy task.

Just as you took the time to have newborn photos, I think photos around a child’s first birthday are so important. Right now your baby feels so “big” but as you look back in a year, or even just six months, you will see how much of a baby they still were. I say this often, but you will never regret having photos taken of your family.

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Your home is the perfect location for first birthday photos.

By having family photos done in your home, you are able to have your family captured in the spaces you made memories over the past year. Your child will be most comfortable in his own space. In addition, if the weather is poor (which, let’s face it, is a reality often in Seattle) you don’t have to worry about layering your child up. If you’re child is a new walker or still crawling, all those extra layers can make it difficult for them to move. And we can always jump just outside your home for a few family photos, giving you the best of both worlds.

Also, if you’re worried your space does not resemble something designed by the lovely, Joanna Gaines, don’t fret. I’m not photographing your home, I’m just capturing your family. All I need is one window and your family, and together we will create beautiful portraits.

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Let them eat cake.

Who doesn’t love cake? Okay many one year olds don’t. However, the first birthday cake smash is a fun tradition. At the end of your session we can let him eat cake and I will photograph it. (Extra perk, when he’s all messy, you’re already home and can throw him in the bath straight afterwards!)

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Is your child turning one this year? Let’s chat about celebrating the first birthday in photos.

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When a Toddler Only Wants to Play During Family Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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When a Toddler Only Wants to Play During Family Photos | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

What happens when a toddler only wants to play during family photos?

The wonderful thing about toddlers is their curiosity. Everything is new and exciting and they allow us to see the world through their eyes. Of course, this can mean they don't want to sit still during family photos, which is perfectly okay with me. In fact, I expect the low attention span of toddlers and thrive off of their joys of discovery. 

Plenty of games and new directions allow for beautiful family photos.

During this family session, their sweet 2 year old wanted nothing to do with mom and dad. That was okay, because I was ready. I explained to mom and dad that no matter what look excited and happy as we were going to play some fun games and explore some new areas of the park.

We threw rocks, we played in the leaves, and we stomped monsters. When he was ready for a new adventure,  I asked him to go tickle mom and dad, At the end mom picked him up and spun in circles, for the best smiles the whole day. 

My motto is,

Let them explore, they are only little once.

This mom wanted family photos of her family right now, and that's what we did. I captured their connections, their games, their love and no one had to sit still and smile and pose. When their toddler needed a little extra room, we let him explore and focused on baby brother. 

I'm pretty sure dad left the session unsure if I got a single frame of them as a family. For him, their session was much more chasing toddlers around the park and playing games then what family photos normally feel like. In my book, that's a successful session - one where it doesn't feel like "family photos" and instead a fun experience at the park.

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Not Too Late for Newborn Photos | Snoqualmie Newborn Photographer

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Not Too Late for Newborn Photos | Snoqualmie Newborn Photographer

Not too Late for Newborn Photos

I admit, when families contact me, I usually suggest newborn photos within the first two weeks after birth. Baby is super sleepy and still has all of those tiny newborn details. However, I get it. Life right after having a baby is crazy (which is okay) and maybe you're not ready for newborn photos right away. Time gets away quickly, as days and nights are mixed up from lack of sleep. But it is not too late for newborn photos. 

This mama reached out for me to capture her newborn baby boy who was just 2 months old. I was thrilled. This means baby is awake and just might even smile for us. Even more special, this family reminded me what a small world it is. Not only were they referred by two different families I photograph, but it turns out, my daughter went to the same school as their son! 

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Upon arrival at their home, I was immediately greeted by their sweet dog and even sweeter big kids. They showed me around and we picked out the perfect spot (with best light) for their session. Because we were in their home, everyone was comfortable and the kids were able to come and go as they wanted. I managed to catch them wrestling together on the big bed while I was focusing on their parents with baby brother. I couldn't help but capture those moments of fun play.

Because baby boy was 2 months old, he was awake for much of the session. The connection between everyone in this family was so beautiful. And this sweet baby even took a little cat nap while I continued to photograph him and his tiny details. 

I may have overshared a little bit from this session, but I can't help it! There are too many favorites to pick from. 

If you're expecting or have had your baby recently, let's talk about your newborn photography session.

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