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What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography? - Melissa Arlena Photography Why are these sessions becoming more and more popular with celebrities and your even your friends? Learn all about it here as I break down exactly what it is and why it's taking the photography world by storm. Maybe you'll even discover that you love it too! E

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

You’ve probably seen lifestyle newborn photography before but you just didn’t know that it had a name. It’s very popular with celebrities showing off their gorgeous nurseries as they ooh and aah over their brand new babies. The images are always very casual and relaxed, the couple usually wearing jeans and dressy tops with bare feet. Sometimes the whole family is piled on the bed together or it might just be an intimate photo of mom and baby.


Natural, casual, at home but still elegant. Those are a few things my clients use to describe the type of newborn session they are looking for. I know that what they want is a session that captures their family as they really are. Photos that highlight the nursery they’ve spent weeks decorating! The rocking chair that their parents rocked them to sleep in and now they will rock their babies to sleep in. They want their photos to look like the ones they’ve seen in magazines because let’s be honest we all want gorgeous photos to look back on and remember these precious moments!

Focus on Family

So what is a lifestyle newborn photography session? It is a simple and relaxed session that focuses on the love parents have for their new baby in their own home. It captures what day to day life looks like as they cuddle their bundle of joy. I like to focus on the family as a whole along with each parent with the baby and siblings too. Of course, we will definitely get photos of just the baby in things like a simple wrap or a handed down family blanket. Those are the things that really bring life to your session.


 If you are looking for a session that has a casual, natural feel without crazy props or poses then lifestyle is for you. If your idea of the perfect photo is the whole family, pets included piled onto the bed laughing and smiling then lifestyle is for you. If you have designed the most amazing nursery and you want photos showing off all the little details you picked out then lifestyle is definitely for you!

At Home

My lifestyle newborn sessions take place in your home 7-14 days after the baby is born typically. But the great thing about lifestyle is that we can do them later if need be. If you were so overwhelmed being a new mom and now your baby is a month old, don’t worry we can still do a lifestyle session! Sleeping babies are adorable but babies that can stare soulfully into your eyes will capture your heart forever. I have found that being able to come to my clients home lets me tell their story in a way that I can’t in a studio. We can use elements in your home that have meaning to you as the backdrop to your photos!

So if Lifestyle Newborn Photography sounds like exactly the style you want for your newborn photos then let’s chat! Contact me today to set up a free consultation to talk about what you want in your newborn photos and how you plan to display them as your baby grows!

What is Lifestyle Newborn Photography?

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

This is a perfect example of natural images that come out of lifestyle sessions. This pup has not been so happy about his new brother and while I was packing my bag dad laid the baby next to him so he could smell him while mom petted him to let him know it was ok. I turned around and saw this and immediately scooped my camera back up to capture it! It’s one of my favorite images now!

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

This was a fun play with a double exposure of his nursery decor and the sleeping baby! See more: Logan Cole

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Favorite newborn image ever right here! This session had a mix of lifestyle and posed moments which give my clients the best of both worlds.

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Snuggled on the couch together as a new family unit! These are perfect lifestyle moments!

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

It’s all about connection and love! Working with siblings can be hard but it’s worth it to have photos like this!

*I get it, planning what to wear for your maternity or newborn session can be overwhelming! What is going to look good on camera, how do I dress my baby bump, how do I dress my post-baby body? The worst is how do I coordinate my hubby, kids and me so we look stylish and not like a family from!?!? Don’t worry I’ve got you covered with tips, tricks and done for you outfit planning! Just click the link below to get your FREE ebook and get inspired!

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    I'm Melissa! Luxury maternity and lifestyle newborn photographer in Miami, sailboater, lover of Lilly Pulitzer, and obsessed with true crime and interior design. I'm so glad you found me!


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    Melissa Arlena Photography is based in Northern Va until Summer 2021 but will be serving all of Miami and South Florida including Pinecrest, Parkland, Palmetto Bay, Palm Beach, Southwest Ranches, Miami Shores, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Surfside, Adventura, Marathon, North Bay Village, West Miami, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, North Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton starting in August 2021. She offers maternity, lifestyle newborn, and family photography in her relaxed, natural, and joyful style.


    Melissa Arlena Photography captures newborns, maternity, and families.

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