I adore fine art photography as you know, and seeing little babies wrapped expertly in bowls is just utterly gorgeous, and if that is what you want for your newborn I highly recommend it, but make sure you work with approved photographers that have real training in this area.
But when it came to my own children, I wanted to document their infancy in a more realistic way. I wanted the pictures to resonate with me in years to come. I wanted to recognise my child’s familiar face and have the ability to see all those little things I thought I’d always remember but undoubtedly forgot over time.
Jagged fingernails. Tiny toes. The pin pricks on my daughters feet to test her sugar levels after I suffered with gestational diabetes throughout her pregnancy. Things that weren’t necessarily picture perfect at the time, but now give me that sense of longing to hold that same newborn in my arms again.
That is what lifestyle photography with newborns means to me and why so many clients are seeking out alternative ways of photographing their babies or additional ways to photograph their babies.
I love newborn lifestyle pictures. I think after having a baby everything is such a whirlwind that trying to bundle your family into a car, while navigating newborn life can be quite a traumatising event in itself! Which is why I come to you. It means you have everything you need at home to help sooth your baby and you don’t have to worry about other children you may have and keeping the entire family calm and happy.
It also means the pictures have more meaning. It’s your home. The place you’re raising your baby. Whether you move one day or you don’t, the pictures will be in a place that meant something to you, not just any studio.
Newborn lifestyle photography can also happen at the hospital. I’m more than happy to come in and pay you a visit to capture pictures in a Fresh 48 session. These pictures are typically taken within the first 48 hours of birth. A lot of mothers often worry about how they look post birth, but your face tells a story and actually your face will be glowing and full of joy- after all you’ve just delivered your baby! These are your memories to hold on to. Make sure you’re part of them.