Today, families have many options when it comes to a newborn photo session. But with all the options, it can be confusing choosing the right photographer for YOUR family. Photographers use terms like studio portraits, lifestyle, documentary, on-location and more, to describe the type of sessions they offer, but have you ever wondered what those words even mean?
I am a Lifestyle Newborn and Family Photographer, which means that during a Newborn Photo Session, I focus on capturing life-inspired images that portray the essence of your baby and family as a whole.
At home newborn sessions allow for a more personal and intimate session that truly reflects your family’s essence and what you mean to each other.
Unlike traditional posed newborn photography, which often involves props, backdrops and placing your baby in unnatural poses, Lifestyle Newborn Photography focuses more on capturing meaningful moments that portray a family’s relationships and true spirit in a natural, but guided way. Rather than simply capturing a beautiful image of how you and your baby look, I aim to capture what it FEELS LIKE like to cradle your newborn in your arms and breathe him in, or the tender way your toddler gently touches his baby brother’s toes.
In my sessions, I provide parents and siblings with a lot of guidance to help them relax and give them something to do, such as hold their baby, kiss, snuggle, touch, whisper, etc. Any posing that takes place is “baby led”, meaning that your baby will only be placed in natural and safe positions.
Having your newborn baby’s photos taken at your home in your own backyard also make your images more meaningful than images taken in a studio setting because it incorporates your real-life surroundings.
Newborn Lifestyle Sessions take place in the comfort of your home and may be scheduled any time of year. Unlike with more traditional newborn portraiture, where photographers often recommend scheduling sessions within the first 10-14 days of birth, At Home Newborn Sessions can be scheduled anytime within the first month of birth and even up to three months or more.
No! While many traditional newborn photographers aim to capture beautiful sleeping shots of the baby, with A Lifestyle Newborn Session, your baby can be awake or asleep. Since most of my Newborn Sessions are 2-2.5 hours, allowing for feeding breaks, it’s not uncommon for me to capture both awake and sleeping shots. This gives your gallery a nice variety from which to choose. And, as much as I love how sweet and beautiful sleeping baby shots are, there is nothing quite like the connection you feel when looking at an image with your baby gazing up at you.
Comfort is key when choosing clothing for any Family Photo Session, and Newborn Sessions in particular. I recommend moms choose an outfit that they feel beautiful in and that isn’t too formal or fitted. A pretty flowing tunic over jeans works well after having a baby, or a long maternity dress if you prefer a more romantic look. Dads should be comfortable too. I recommend dressing in neutral colors and considering a palette that will compliment or blend with your home decor. Avoid very dark colors like black or dark navy, which easily show lint. Dress baby in a well-fitting onesie and keep a few extra outfits on hand, as well as swaddling and baby blankets or wraps.
Get more Tips to Prepare for Your In-home Session here and Sign Up for my Free Wardrobe Inspire Guide.
Still unsure what to wear? Don’t worry! When you BOOK your Newborn Session, I provide complimentary wardrobe suggestions during your Pre-Session Consultation. You can also check out some inspiration on my Pinterest board here!
Winner of the 2020 and 2019 Most Loved Family Photographer award by Hulafrog, Debbie Camba Photography is a New Jersey Family Photographer based in Scotch Plains. She specializes in natural light, authentic and timeless child and family photography.
She photographs outdoors and in homes throughout Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield, Mountainside, Cranford, Summit, Springfield, Madison and the surrounding area, including Union County, Morris County, Middlesex County, and is available in other locations upon request.