Top 5 tips for a successful newborn lifestyle shoot

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I have had the pleasure of shooting several newborn lifestyle photography sessions over the last few weeks. I thought I would share a few of my favourite images.

I love lifestyle photography especially for newborns. It works so well to visit families at their home where baby is in their own environment and it allows me to capture baby all cosy and snug PLUS include those beautiful details – the nursery, congratulation cards and baby gifts. It also means that in that hazy first couple of weeks as parents to a newborn you haven’t got to worry about leaving the house in an orderly state (I have been there and it’s not easy!) Allow me to come to you in order to capture these fleetingly precious memories of your new arrival.

Top tips for a great newborn photography session:

  1. Get the house nice and warm – it helps baby sleep and if we do decide to do some of baby nude or in his/her nappy they are still nice and cosy.
  2. Aim for a good feed prior to the session (this applies for all the family!) We can stop for feeds during the shoot, as we all know, a full tummy equals a happy newborn.
  3. Don’t worry, new babies don’t have a routine yet so we will need to stop for changes, cuddles and milk (& more milk!) As a Mum myself I understand this and we will always follow babies lead.
  4. Housework – Don’t worry about a bit of clutter. Newborns are so small we don’t need vast areas in which to shoot. If your congratulations cards and flowers/balloons & gifts are still around feel free to leave them and they can be photographed too – it all helps to tell the story of this new chapter in your lives.
  5. What to wear? As strong as the temptation might be (particularly as a new Mum!) I advise to avoid wearing really dark clothing. I usually recommend selecting softer, lighter tones and more muted shades. By avoiding ultra-bright, bold colours, it will help bring all the attention to your faces and baby of course. The camera loves shades of soft pink and muted blues, mixed with light neutrals like light grey, cream, soft browns and white.


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