Kirsten and I met briefly via a volunteer activity last fall and then looked me up for a tree farm mini session/maternity session in November. It was so lovely getting to know her and Joe a bit and we figured out that Kirsten and I had taken some of the same photography education! It didn’t hurt that they are Harry Potter fans too!
It’s been a joy to watch these two become parents and I had the honor of photographing Evelyn’s newborn session a few weeks ago! Photographing another photographer is pretty cool, and it’s kind of cheating since she already knew when the bedrooms got the most natural light!
There are two main types of newborn session – traditional and lifestyle. Traditional sessions are usually done in a studio (or studio equipment is brought to your home). They use clean and minimal backdrops and sometimes lots of props. They also usually involve poses that babies can’t naturally do, so for safety, mom or dad helps them hold the pose and the photographer photoshops composite images later. This session is an example of a lifestyle session, which is done in home and focuses on the baby in her own environment and interactions between her and her new parents! Posing is a mix of requested poses and candid moments. Obviously this was a super biased rundown of the two – it’s pretty clear that lifestyle sessions are my absolute favorite to photograph! They don’t just have to be newborn sessions either! A growing number of couples are choosing casual in home sessions for family, anniversary, or engagement photos. Ah those eyes..love how the light catches them and they just glow!
Newborn sessions can be exhausting (many take upwards of 3 hours) but they are SO worth it! My best tip to new moms? Find a photographer, choose your outfits, and schedule your newborn session (tentatively) BEFORE you have your baby! Once your baby is born, it’s a lot harder to organize those details. Or so I’ve heard. 😉 If possible, have your newborn photographer take your maternity photos (usually early in your third trimester) so that you can get to know each other better before your newborn session!