A newborn photography session is the perfect way to preserve this sweet and fleeting phase of life. So much changes during these first few days, weeks and months. While it may feel like time has slowed down in the moment, it ends up feeling like it passed by in a flash. You’ve probably heard all this before but trust me, it’s true!
As a Bay Area newborn photographer, I love capturing families in their element with their new babes. I also understand that a newborn photography session can be a bit overwhelming for new parents, especially if they don’t know what to expect. Here’s how to prepare!
When it comes to booking your newborn photography session, you may be presented with a few different options. These are the Bay Area newborn sessions that I offer:
Fresh 48 Sessions take place at the hospital or place of birth, and occur within 48 hours of the birth. The goal is to really capture all the new squishiness and these sessions are perfect for parents who want to remember every little detail of those first chaotic couple days.
These sessions tend to be emotional and produce beautifully raw photos. Most parents will pair this session with a newborn lifestyle session. Even though they occur within weeks of each other, it’s amazing to see how much babies change in such a short time!
Fresh 48 Sessions aren’t currently being offered by Bay Area Newborn Photographers due to COVID-19 — I will be sure to update this when they become available again!
Newborn Lifestyle Sessions are a little different from the typical posed newborn photography session. They’re more relaxed, capturing your family and newborn in a candid setting. The goal is to really capture life at this time, including feedings, changes (if needed), snuggles, and details of their nursery. I won’t put your baby in a basket, but I will have your baby being loved and held and generally pampered as a baby should be.
Another great thing about Newborn Lifestyle Sessions is that there isn’t a hard timeline to follow as far as scheduling your photoshoot goes. More posed, traditional newborn photography sessions typically need to be booked within 10 days of the birth for optimal posing. However, since lifestyle sessions are much more casual, they can be booked anywhere from a week to 2.5 months from the birth.
There’s also less concern about fussing, since that’s all part of it! Newborn Lifestyle Sessions are really for parents who want to look back and remember the details of early parenthood and what it was like caring for their little one. Nothing is off the table, and crying photos do happen but I promise you’ll love them as much as the sweet ones!
Newborn Lifestyle Sessions are currently available at home (in some Bay Area counties), as well as outdoors in all counties.
Newborn photography session lengths can vary, but mine are typically about an hour long. Since they’re lifestyle sessions and you’re able to tend to your baby throughout the shoot, there is usually minimal fussing and when there is, that’s just part of the experience! Even crying babies are flippin’ cute. We capture it all!
For me, newborn sessions are very chill and I go with the flow of the family. Plus, I usually come to you for the session, so you don’t have to worry about leaving the comfort of your home or getting to a studio on time.
You’re just as much the star of these photos as the baby is!
Feel free to act as you normally would. Practice your swaddling skills, rock and play with your baby, feed if you need to, and so on. I will direct you when needed, but since the emphasis of this session is on what life is like in this moment, I probably won’t interrupt too much.
There are plenty of cute newborn outfits out there, but I typically suggest putting your baby in a plain white or solid-colored onesie for your newborn photography session. Outfits that are too busy or fussy can take attention away from the baby, which of course is what this session is all about!
That being said, it’s totally okay to be more adventurous when it comes to swaddles, blankets, other accessories and the parents’ clothing.
If your Bay Area newborn session is outdoors, keep in mind that it can get chilly and to bring a few more layers than you think you need to make sure sure that everyone is cozy and comfortable.
If you’re interested in booking a newborn photography session with a Bay Area or San Francisco newborn photographer, let’s chat!