I just love in home newborn photography. My approach to newborns is documentary meaning I capture family moments using natural posing. I love baby in parents arms, getting siblings kisses and lots of love. It’s an overwhelming, emotional, and completely incredible time for you! A brand new life just entered your life and turned your world upside down in the most wonderful way! Getting your baby, family and home ready for a shoot can feel overwhelming especially when you have a new tiny human that needs you every moment. I have created a list of tips to help your shoot go smoother:
My portrait sessions are low key, I want to capture life as it happens with a newborn, which means when baby is hungry, baby eats, when baby is awake we photograph awake, if baby sleeps baby sleeps. I try to move along with the newborns’ flow and capture real life. A lot of times the sweetest moments are the ones unplanned, where parents are caring and comforting baby.
What to wear: Especially with newborn photography I believe that simple and neutral is the way to go, whites, creams, and neutral tones flatter baby skin and mom, and have a certain sweet sophistication. I recommend a comfortable dress or other clothing that mom feels comfortable it. It is fun to coordinated colors but not completely match. Mix patterns and solids.
As for baby, I love sweet swaddles, diapers and simple clothing so the focus is on the baby and its natural beauty and not on an elaborate prop or costume.
Don’t stress about the state of your house. Let the dishes and the dirty clothes be, I usually photograph in the baby’s nursery, mom and dad’s bed and the living room.
White noise is your friend. It can calm a baby, when nothing else can. Also feel comfortable breastfeeding during a session, newborns are often quite hungry during the first few weeks of their life and do need a break during the session.
Open up your shades to get in all the natural light. I like to get as much natural light in your house to minimize the use of speedlights. Living in the Bay Area, I understand that small spaces may be dark and will always work to make your photos look as naturally lit as possible even if we have to add a little bit of light in.