I’ve been so excited to share this precious boy’s photos. His perfectly round and fuzzy head, pink lips and precious little toes are so amazing I caught myself holding back a squeal while shooting.
I am often asked what the difference is between an in-home lifestyle newborn session and a regular portrait session at a location. The first difference is obviously having the session take place within your home.
While even I occasionally desire more posed portraits of my family and children, I tend to lean in a direction of photography that focuses on photographing life at home, especially when it comes to newborns.
I look at in-home lifestyle sessions as a stage and period in your lives. The babies will grow and the interests and activities will change. I want my families to look at their images and say, ” remember when they used to play that game?”….
It’s important to know that even in-home sessions will have times where I pose and direct and not all in-home sessions STAY at home. Sometimes we venture out to the family’s favorite market, doughnut store, ice cream shop or playground.
It is a fine balance on my end in creating a natural moment. I certainly don’t want to make a child do something out of the ordinary in these sessions. I often direct to a few areas that have great lighting or a minimalistic background where I know an activity will be photographed well. Then I suggest a few situations to get a natural reaction from parents and children. Tickling is the perfect suggestion-it never steers me wrong.
A few examples from below would be Tom and Leslie sitting with the kids against their stairwell wall while talking and holding the baby, Leslie sitting in the middle of the bed and standing at the window admiring the peach fuzz of hair on Teddy’s sweet face. I know I’ve done it with my own babies so I know it’s a natural moment that I’m suggesting we create. I throw out the suggestions and I always give my families the option to veto it and move on to the next.
The other side of in-home lifestyle sessions is very “documentary” style. I have no hand in what happens and do not give an ounce of direction. These are usually my favorite images. Examples of this from below would be the kids playing in Trent’s room. They needed a break and I walked in on a castle/fort with soldiers standing guard while Lila climbed up and down from the bed. A few minutes later they ended up downstairs, flopped on the couch and started reading. Lila climbed to the upper cushion and Leslie was nursing the baby. We were chatting away when I looked up and realized what developed in front me. The very last image is close to my heart and I think any mom will understand nursing a baby while standing in the kitchen. These moments are the ones that develop when the camera gets put down so I have learned to keep it close by my side with my finger still on the button.