Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session. 

I have got some emails from parents with questions regarding lifestyle newborn photo session. I thought it would be a great idea to write the answers in one post. I’ve tried to collect the most frequent questions and added some useful tips from myself.

What to expect?

When is the best time to book lifestyle photo session for our newborn?

Usually I book photo sessions 1-2 months in advance, so it is best to book your newborn photo session while you are still pregnant. Don’t worry if you miss the time. Contact me to discuss the dates as I always can adjust my schedule as needed when your baby arrives.

What is the best age for lifestyle newborn photo session?

My own experience of lifestyle newborn photographer shows that newborn photo session is great for up to 14 days old baby. So we could capture all tiny wrinkles, newborn flaky skin and fluffy hair (if any ))), belly button and super tiny fingers and toes. Usually babies are in a good mood in the morning, so it is best time for newborn photo session.

Where our lifestyle newborn photo session will take place?

We will meet in your sweet home.  Usually I recommend to prepare 2-3 different locations with natural light. It could be nursing, living room and kitchen for example. They have to be cleaned up. Remove clutter from nightstands, coffee tables, end tables and dressers. Hide wires from alarm clocks (just stick them to the back side), TVs, Sound systems, baby monitors, etc. Fold blankets or put away extra pillows and blankets. Remove toys from older siblings and large baby items like the baby swing. I will give you some recommendations on how to move furniture if needed in a place. Also I ask to prepare any additional staff if you would like to use it during our photo session.

If the weather is fine I always suggest to relocate outside (backyard or porch) and capture some more lovely moments there.

What to wear for lifestyle newborn photo session?

For the newborn a simple onesie or swaddle are preferred. Newborn outfits tend to swallow the baby and take-away from their features. Moms look beautiful in whites and pastel colors. Simple flowing dresses and tops are very flattering over those maternity pants that your thought you were done with! Dads look great in simple button downs or crew neck shirts and jeans. Make sure older siblings are well-groomed and clothes coordinate with parents. Get your hair and make-up professionally done (if time and budget allow). If you have to pick, I recommend you get your hair done! Make-up is much easier to enhance in post processing than hair.

What types of props do you have available?

I don’t use any special newborn props during my lifestyle newborn photo session. But if you have any and would like to make some pictures with them, please share any ideas you might have, they always make me happy!

Are all family members included and can participate?

Yes, yes and one more yes to all family members! During these sessions, I will capture all your family in a way that you can look back on and remember how you really were. These images will be filled to the brim with details of your life. What could be cuter then older sisters or brothers kiss, gentle touch and try to feed a new family member. Granny and grandpa with a little baby are always melting my heart.  How could it be different? Siblings and grandparents do great in this situation, allowing us to capture real life moments.

What would a lifestyle newborn photo session with you look like? What should we expect?

No posing! You will be given just gentle and relaxed directions. I want you and your little one to feel calm and comfortable. Let’s capture a lot of lovely moments with all your daily routine. I love to plan every single photo session with my clients, but my favorite moments during a session are the unexpected ones. For example, I will come to your place in the morning. It will be a great opportunity to capture the moments of your breakfast time, morning relaxing or bath time with you little one or walking with your puppy. We will make a plan together!
I will ask you to fill in my questionnaire where you can write down all you wishes and must-have pictures.

What is your price for a newborn lifestyle photo session and what does it include?

I suggest multiple options to customize final product. Please contact me  for more details.

What kind of final products could we order?

You could order prints of all sizes, canvases, albums, wall art products, magnets, custom printed DVD, fine art wood prints, greeting cards etc. All final products will be made in professional photo laboratory.


I do serve Apex, North Carolina and surrounding area (Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Greensboro, Garner, Fuquay-Varina). I offer maternity photo sessionkids photo sessionfamily photo session and lifestyle newborn photo session.


17 thoughts on “Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session. What to expect?

  1. Lots of great tips for those who are planning their lifestyle newborn session, the information is so helpful while planning or considering a newborn lifestyle session

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