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Studio Newborn Photographer in Baltimore – Why I love Lifestyle

April 30, 2022

It’s way past the time I sit down to write this post because I keep mentioning my back story throughout other blog posts. For over 10 years, I was a studio newborn photographer in Baltimore. I had multiple studios throughout Baltimore, Howard and Carroll County, but started slowly moving into lifestyle photography in 2016, and then exclusively in 2019. I’m so glad I did.

Why I am no longer a studio newborn photographer in Baltimore

I had always craved lifestyle photography. I remember so clearly styling sets for babies and passing the baby back to the parents while I set up yet another color backdrop or prop. I’d look over to the mom or dad holding their perfect newborn baby and see the most beautiful moment. It was never in the right lighting obviously because I was using studio light and often had to have the windows blocked out, but I’d think to myself.. now THAT is the shot.  That is what I wanted to capture. Still, they came to me for posed newborn photography, and I was good at it. I did enjoy it. Just not as much as what I do now. 😉

I’ll admit, some of my favorite shots ever were posed newborn and I get all emotional when I look back through old Facebook posts and memories, BUT they still don’t give me all the mama feels like lifestyle newborn photography does. And that is what my heart pulls to offer families. Because it’s what I know will matter years down the road when all the trends fade.

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What is a studio newborn photographer?

A studio newborn photographer is typically thought as someone who poses newborns, but that’s not always the case. There are many photographers who consider themselves lifestyle photographers as well but they photograph families in a studio. In that case, the studio is typically set up like a home, with a bed and natural elements to make it feel cozy.  While some of my studios had this feel to them, most of my work was still photographed with backdrops and studio lighting.

For instance, this was a studio that I shared with the lovely Jane Maccubbin of Jane Mack Photography back in 2018. We both loved it but it didn’t work out there due to reasons beyond our control, so we moved on and eventually parted ways. I still follow her work and typically will send most senior photography inquiries her way, unless it was a past client of mine.

You’ll notice though, tons of beautiful wraps, a studio soft box with a Paul Buff Einstein, and a dedicated poser for the baby. It was great, and probably one of my favorite studios, BUT, I still craved in-home newborn sessions.

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Why I love In-Home Newborn Photography

Let me count the ways.

  • It’s unique to your family
  • It’s more meaningful
  • I love natural light
  • I love documenting families in their elements
  • Babies are more comfortable
  • Mama’s are more comfortable
  • I love the challenge and it helps my creativity

I could go on and on, but

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Truth be told, I still do a little of both at every newborn session. I pose baby alone, but naturally. I don’t go crazy with wraps and props as I want to keep the focus on your baby. They are beautiful just the way they are. Then, we move onto the true moments that matter. My goal as your family and newborn photographer is to document the moments that matter. Not just what looks cute on Instagram today. I want these to mean the world to you for a lifetime.

While I can’t say I’ll ever go back to being a studio newborn photographer in Baltimore, I will most definitely be spending my mornings photographing beautiful babies like sweet Sofia and her family.

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I live in Catonsville, just outside of Baltimore Maryland with my husband and 5 kids. I love to travel all around Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia to photograph families in their homes and outdoors.  

Some of my favorite outdoor locations are parks around Catonsville, Elkridge, Baltimore and Silver Spring, but I truly do love in home sessions. There’s just something about family photography in the place where they create memories every day. My service areas are anywhere within 40 miles of Catonsville 21228, but I do travel outside of that for a small fee. 
My style is natural and organic as I work hard to keep color and posing as true to life as possible. No baby origami, distracting props or desaturated editing here! Keeping things natural will ensure that your images look great not only now, but 30+ years down the road as well. 
If you're into authentic connections with less posing and capturing all of those tiny adorable details, let's chat! I'd love to work with your family.


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Kim Whipps Photography

Baltimore Maryland Newborn Photography