What is a lifestyle session?

My approach to lifestyle photography is mix between documentary and classic portraiture. I like to take a peek into what real life with a newborn looks like. While I like to take the “fly on the wall approach” I do find it necessary to step in and give a little direction at times. Some of my most treasured images are those of my everyday, un-posed, authentic, in-the-moment reality. These are the moments that I love to photograph. My goal with our session is to document all the love and joy you’re your new little one has brought into your home, sharing the beginning of your story.  This is really a fun session and provides some really wonderful and memorable moments.


I find that lifestyle portraits are an ideal way to portray the raw emotion of the moment.  Candid images, unposed, artistically capture things just as they are; real moments frozen in time for you and your family to enjoy over and over.  They may additionally include shots of mom and dad, siblings and even the family pet interacting with baby! Lifestyle sessions do not require as much time as a posed session and are ideal for fussy babies who have difficulty falling asleep.  A typical lifestyle session lasts anywhere from one to two hours, depending on baby. 


What is a Posed Session?

Timing is everything when it comes to newborn studio photography.  I like to try and get the babies into my studio within the first two weeks of age in order to get those sleepy, posed shots.  When babies are that tiny they are more likely to provide me with a deep sleep and still curl up into very sweet poses similar to the positions they were in the womb. I provide a variety of hats, props, hair pretties, wraps and blankets to choose from.  


Posed sessions may take a bit more time and elbow grease than lifestyle, but it is well worth the work!  With a few props and cooperation from baby, posed sessions result in images that will make the whole family and friends go Ga-Ga. Cute hats, baskets, hair pretties, wraps and blankets surround your little one while I capture baby sleeping on comfy pillows.  A typical posed session may last anywhere from three to four hours.