In-home newborn photoshoots are one of my most favorite things. And coupled with golden color of fall leaves? What’s not to love? I loved being able to document this new family of three at their home, in their own environment. Don’t get me wrong, I also love doing posed newborn sessions, but there is also something so endearing about being able to capture a family in their own element without perfect posing and props. An added perk of doing in-home newborn photoshoots, is when the weather works in our favor, even in late fall! I’m all about outdoor newborn photoshoots, and find that newborn babies find it soooo soothing.
This girl is surrounded by so much love. One of my favorite things to do is document a newborn baby in her moms (and dads arms), focusing on her sweet face, and capturing her size. It’s amazing how fast they grow.
Let’s talk about options. I’m all about variety, yet simplicity. I love that just the switch of a lens, will change the look of the image. Since this sweet baby girl was in a deep sleep, I had time to change my lens. The first four images in this collage are with a 50mm 1.4 lens. And the last three images are with a 135mm 1.8 lens. Can you see the difference in the bokeh (background blur) in the first and last image? Same position in daddy’s arms, Just a different lens.
Natural light is so important for in-home lifestyle newborn photography. And I’m always pleased when baby’s nursery has the best light in the house! Yes, please! One thing that I love doing for my clients is having an in-home consultation BEFORE the new baby comes. This helps me understand the vision the excited new parents have, and it helps us to plan the session that is best for their style and personalities. An added benefit is that I get to check out the lighting in the home before the session, so we can envision the spaces (and determine the best time) for the photoshoot.
I’m all about walking families through the whole newborn session, including helping families feel prepared for the newborn session. One way I do this is send a digital prep guide that gives some tips and tricks for getting your baby to sleep through most of the newborn photoshoot. This allows us to get those sleepy, timeless images without grimacing and eye-crossing (which is especially important for posed newborn images). I know it sounds silly to send out a prep guide for how to get your newborn to sleep…since they sleep ALL. THE. TIME (except for at night). But I will say, babies like to show out for their newborn photoshoot and be alert for their new company (I.e., their photographer). So I find that the prep guide helps us to get both (sleepy images in the beginning of the session) and alert images towards the end of the three hour photoshoot. I love how this series of L turned out. There were many cross-eyed images in between, but there was some sweet full on eye contact as well ????
What’s another perk of in-home newborn sessions, besides not having to get your newborn and all their accessories ready to leave the house?? Capturing your other family member: your dog. Dogs are so funny, and are like toddlers…in the sense that it’s hard to negotiate with them, and you just hope they participate and get in the frame. And this sweet dog, though a bit camera shy, did not disappoint. Who doesn’t like a good dog + baby picture?
We are now booking well into Fall 2020. If you would like to capture your new addition or growing family, please contact me and we can begin working together to plan the perfect photoshoot experience for your family.
Looking for a Newborn or Family Photographer in the Atlanta area? Choosing a photographer can be quite overwhelming especially with so much talent in one big city. I’ve created some helpful guides for those of you looking to find the best fit for your crew. Feel free to read or skim over these guides: Finding the Right Newborn Photographer and Finding the Right Family Photographer and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.