I love capturing my clients just as they are and this rings even truer when it comes to my littlest clients. I am strong believer that newborns should be captured in all their newborn goodness. You know what I mean–that flaky, womb-skin and wrinkly feet; bald heads with the slightest bit of peach fuzz; tiny little fingers and toes…all that sweet baby perfection! I also want to show them in the arms of those who love them most–their moms, dads, siblings and grandparents. My lifestyle newborn sessions capture those sweet, sleepy snuggles that are over sooner than you can even imagine, especially when you’re in the thick of sleepless nights, non-stop feedings and so.many.dirty.diapers!
Booking Your Session
When you book a newborn lifestyle session with me, you can breathe a little sigh of relief, because I come to you and do everything that I can to make the experience as stress-free as possible. These sessions take place in the comfort of your own home where everyone can snuggle up on a bed or in the nursery where mom or dad can sit down for a feeding. Newborn sessions are also a little bit longer than my normal family sessions, so you’ll never feel rushed. We can take breaks for re-swaddling, diaper changes…and even the occasional outfit change (blowouts happen and that’s ok!).
Preparing For Your Session
So how do you prepare for your upcoming newborn session? I suggest the three following things: give baby a good feeding before I’m scheduled to arrive; tidy up the nursery and master bedroom (no need for a top to bottom cleaning, just hide the clutter like water bottles, tissues and the how-to-get-baby-to-sleep books :)); dress baby in a white onsie–nothing beats this classic look. And that’s it, I truly like to keep it simple; which means no difficult posing or trying to shush baby to sleep. Sometimes the babies I photograph are wide awake, even crying, and sometimes they’re super sleepy. And you know what? Either one is ok and equally perfect for a newborn session.
I know I look back on my own children’s newborn photos and think “oh my goodness, where the hell has time gone?!” or find myself longing to snuggle their little chubby body close to mine and take in the sweet baby smell. I promise, once you look back on your session gallery years from now, you’ll have those same feelings!
If this type of newborn session is appealing to you, let’s talk about what your plans are for documenting this huge milestone in your life. Fill out my contact form and we’ll start planning your lifestyle newborn session today–I can’t wait to me you and your little one!
If you or someone you know is looking for a Northern Virginia newborn photographer, send me a note through my contact form. I am happy to travel to all parts of the Northern Virginia area and. I specialize in on-location lifestyle family and newborn sessions. I can’t wait to meet you!