What you need to know for your little one’s lifestyle session
Have a room or two in mind you would like to use for the session, and declutter as much as you can...even if that means tossing stuff into another room and closing the door. Baby’s nursery, your bedroom and/ or a living space with large windows for beautiful natural light are all great options.
In Home Lifestyle Sessions are typically done in the morning or early afternoon. If there is a room that has great sunlight in the morning hours, consider using that room for part of the session!
I do not bring props, but I will bring along one or two wraps for baby. If you have a special blanket or outfit you would like to use for some photos, let me know!
This session takes a more documentary approach, so I will be capturing the connection between you, your family and your new babe. I will give you prompts and direction, but this won’t be extremely posed.
Stimulate & keep baby awake for an hour or so before the session. This helps make babe extra sleepy for the session & when baby can get in a deeper sleep, it makes sessions run more smoothly. A warm bath is a great way to do this as well as talking & interacting with baby while keeping he or she in just their diaper. Or if baby loves bathes, we could do photos of them getting a bath!
Feed baby right before the session. A full belly makes for a happy baby. Also, feeding baby as much as possible in the 12 hours leading up to the session will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.
Have the space we will be shooting in tidied up. Shoving anything that doesn’t have a place into a corner or another room is perfectly fine. The less mess and/or clutter in the room or area we will be doing the session in will make the photos look less cluttered and photograph better.
When baby needs a break, we’ll take a break. Don’t stress if baby gets fussy. If baby needs to stop to eat or have their diaper changed, we most definitely will. I try to keep these sessions to 45 minutes in length, but it’s hard work looking that cute & sometimes they just need a break.
Let me know if there is a certain item at your home you would love me to incorporate. A hand me down toy, heirloom outfit, hand made quilt. Whatever it may be, give me a heads up before our session so I can plan accordingly.
If you have other children participating in the photo shoot (especially younger ones), consider any activity that might spark their interest to help them enjoy the session that much more. Reading a favorite book, helping give baby a bottle, showing the baby their favorite toy(s) etc… are all simple ways to help siblings feel more connected during the session and that everything isn’t all about this new little one who joined the family. I am more than happy to help brainstorm ideas or offer suggestions if you would like!
Go simple for family’s wardrobe. When planning your outfits for the family & sibling shots, stick with soft, neutral colors like, grey or cream, for the majority of the wardrobe color. This keeps the focus on the connection and joy your new family unit.
Keep in mind the wall color and decor in the room(s) of your home we will be shooting in as you plan wardrobe colors. You’ll want to be sure the room compliments what you are wearing.
Neon colors should be avoid due to color casting onto skin.
For siblings, I recommend something classic (and no writing or logos), too. It keeps it timeless & the focus on the siblings and their relationship.
Swaddles & knotted gowns are ideal for your newborn. A lot of newborn clothes are still be too big on babies and it hangs off of the little one. The clothes end up swallow baby and then the eye immediately gets drawn to the clothes poor fit instead of the sweet babe. If you want an outfit for baby, knotted gowns are a perfect, sweet option — the baby pictured above has one on (it is from Candy Kirby Designs) and the baby to the bottom right also has one (it is from Lulu and Roo and sister’s outfit is also from there). Another option is to stick with a simple white or patterned onesie that is more fitted.
Keep bows and headbands simple for little girls so they don’t overpower baby in her photos. Another option aside from a bow or a knotted hat for boys or girls are bonnets. I am totally biased, but they are my favorite baby accessory!
I love talking wardrobe and helping clients plan outfits for sessions. If you would like more help, please get in touch with me.