What is a "lifestyle" newborn session, anyway?
Oh hey! Glad you asked. Typically you'll find three different types of newborn photography, the first being "Studio" oriented (takes place in a photographer's studio and involves more posing/photography of the newborn by themselves), the second type being at-home, lifestyle oriented, and the last type being a combination of the two (when a photographer brings studio equipment to your home). I take the at-home, lifestyle approach, which involves no intricate baby posing, artificial lights, or studio-type work. Instead these sessions are focused on the connection between you and your baby, and capturing this incredibly special and fleeting time in your life.
What's a typical session like?
Basically, I come to your home, find the most beautiful light to shoot in, and then take pictures of you holding your sweet baby. I tend to stay in the nursery, your bedroom and sometimes the living room, but I'll also look around for unexpected spots with beautiful light to photograph in. I always take a few photos of the baby in it's crib or swaddled on a bed, but in my opinion, the best place for your baby to be photographed is in your arms. Sessions typically last 1-2 hours and are scheduled to take place in the morning hours.
How long after the baby is born does the session take place?
It varies. The lifestyle approach lends itself to more flexibility in terms of timing, mainly because we aren't doing any intricate posing with your baby, and therefore babies needn't be asleep for the entire session. In fact, some of my favorite images I've taken are of newborns staring into the eyes of their parents. So what does all that mean? Basically it means we don't have to rush to schedule the session right after you get home from the hospital if you aren't ready. I tell my clients to "Take 3 days, or take 3 weeks. I'll come whenever you are settled in at home and ready for me."
"But Jamie, my house isn't camera ready!"
I get that! My house isn't either. The good news is you don't have to own a home that looks like it's out of magazine to make beautiful images in it. Do you have windows? Good! Then we can make magic happen together. I promise not to photograph the piles of laundry in the corner of your bedroom or the plates in the sink. You just had a baby. I get it.
What is the cost for a lifestyle newborn session?
A session fee of $100 is due at the time of booking, and not only secures your session date (I only take on a limited number of sessions per month to ensure that I provide an excellent experience to each client) but also includes your pre-consultation (in person or over the phone), a 1-2 hour in-home photography session, and an online gallery of at least 35 images. Once you've viewed your images, you can choose from 4 different packages ranging in cost from $450 - $1100. Each carefully curated package includes a combination of digital images and high-quality products (such as heirloom albums and fine art prints).
In order to maintain a high standard of quality and service to each of my clients, I take a very limited number of sessions per month. Portrait sessions are generally booked at least 3-6 months in advance. Inquire for current availability.