Last week I introduced you to what Lifestyle Newborn Photography is and now I’m going to talk about my Why! I remember it like it was yesterday, I was a new newborn photographer in Fredericksburg Va. I pulled up to my clients home, opened the tailgate of my SUV and it was filled to the brim. I had plastic bins filled with blankets and wraps, I had a giant posing bean bag, baskets, towels, wipes and of course all my camera gear. It took me 3 trips to bring everything inside and the Dad joked if I was moving in. That was the final straw I decided that from then on I needed to simplify!
I wanted to show up with just my camera and I wanted to use things around the house that meant something to my families. Things like the baby blanket made by a great-grandmother or a stuffed animal picked out especially by a new big sister. I wanted to capture the nursery they will spend hours rocking the baby to sleep in and all the details lovingly picked out for it. I wanted the backdrop to be the couch everyone will pile on Friday nights for family movie night. Mom and Dad’s bed that will be the scene for Saturday morning cartoons for years to come. The places in our home that serve as the setting for future family moments. Those are the things I wanted to capture!
Don’t get me wrong, posed newborn sessions are adorable! As a newborn photographer in Fredericksburg Va, I have many colleagues that are amazing at safely posing babies in baskets. I just decided it wasn’t the style I loved most though. I love simple and relaxed images of parents cuddling their new bundle of joy. I still love an adorable baby by themselves in a simple wrap but I want the backdrop to be their crib or mom and dad’s bed.
Here are some of my favorite lifestyle newborn photographs from past sessions!
Why Lifestyle Newborn Photography?
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