A Joyful Approach to  Family Photography


What is a Lifestyle Newborn Session?

April 29, 2022

What is a Lifestyle Newborn Session

and what exactly can you expect?

Coming from someone who was a posed and stylized newborn photographer for many many years, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love being a lifestyle newborn photographer. I could write for days on why, but for now, I’m sure you’re here because you’re wondering what exactly is a lifestyle newborn session? And more importantly, what can you expect when you hire a Baltimore photographer for a lifestyle newborn session?

  • These sessions take place in your home or outdoors. I prefer in home but we can also do a mix of both indoors and outdoors.

  • No props – unless it’s something special. I no longer use baskets and props as my “prop” is you. You are where your baby wants to be. They are most comfortable in your arms and give me the best little grins when they’re snuggled up and happy! With that said, I do pose baby alone on white to capture their little details but the majority of the session takes place with family as that is what matters.

  • Natural Light- the smallest amount is all I need. We will hang out near windows and I will probably come through and open all your blinds. Trust me- it’s worth it!

  • We use natural light in almost all cases. Sometimes if there is very little light in the home, I will use a little supplemental light, but the goal is to keep the lighting as natural and soft as possible. When needed, I do have a softbox that mimics natural light. I was a studio photographer for so long, I am very experienced with Paul Buff Einsteins and make sure the lighting is as soft and diffused as possible. We rarely need it but it’s there if we do.

  • Naturally directed – I pose minimally. My goal is to make sure your images do not look forced or posed. I gently guide you into flattering and connected angles with soft light. Then I let your true connections and expressions come through. We use fun prompts and ways to evoke natural expressions from even the most difficult toddlers and camera shy dads. 😉


Posed vs a Lifestyle Newborn Session

When you’re looking for a Maryland newborn photographer, this is something you’ll need to think about before hiring the perfect photographer for your family. Do you want a posed newborn session, or lifestyle?  Do you like fancy props, headbands and fabrics?

Posed sessions are a completely different ballgame and lifestyle photography is not for everyone, just like posed newborn sessions aren’t either. Are you drawn more towards natural posing and connections? Or do you like newborns with props and posed very artistically? Ask yourself these questions as you’re searching for a Maryland newborn photographer. Don’t go with what you think the trends are. Go with what pulls at your heart strings.

I tend to a do a natural mix of both, starting each session off with natural poses of baby. I don’t use baskets anymore and prefer little to no props unless it’s something meaningful to you. Then we move onto poses with the family, which are quite honestly my favorite.

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Are you a Baltimore or Maryland expecting mom thinking about an in-home lifestyle newborn session? If so, I’d love to talk more about capturing YOUR story. Send me a message and ask me anything. I’ll get back to you the same day.

xo Kim

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