Today we’re talking all about newborn sessions! More specifically, the different types of sessions out there, and what type of session might be right for you!
When it comes to newborn photography, there are a lot of options out there. So many talented photographers, each with their own unique style and take on the beautiful of a brand new baby and family life. It can be overwhelming to sort through the different types of sessions and decide which one, or which combination of sessions might be right for you!
As the name implies, this type of session takes place in the hospital, during that first 48 hour window while you are still in the hospital getting to know your new baby! Personally, this is my very favorite type of session. I love how real and tender the images are, and as a mom myself, these are the images I treasure the most from when my own daughter was born. This type of session is more documentary in nature, leaving you with a set of images that truly tell the story of your new family in an artful way.
Oh the lifestyle session. With a couple of weeks under your belt into the new parent gig, this session is a bit more styled and curated, taking place in your home anywhere from one to four weeks after baby arrives. Your family is photographed in the place you brought your baby home to, with the sweet details of the room you lovingly prepared as the most perfect backdrop. Baby is photographed in the natural elements of the home, including the crib, and the most perfect place for them to rest – your arms!
The most curated and styled of the three! Studio sessions are a great way to capture your family in a truly artistic way. If you want more traditional “posed” shots of your newborn, and carefully curated and styled shots of you with your baby, this session might be for you. At CMP, we still keep simplicity in mind for studio sessions, taking a baby-led approach to newborn posing without the use of props, baskets, etc. Timeless imagery is always at the forefront of my mind, and this translates to studio sessions as well.
So now you know the different types of newborn sessions, how do you go about choosing the right photographer to help you get the photographs you are after? Here are a few things to consider as you are making your decision!
It’s important to know that photography is an artistic expression, and when you hire a photographer, you are hiring them for their artistic vision! Just like you wouldn’t hire a watercolor artist to sculpt you a custom statue, you shouldn’t expect to hire a photographer with a light and airy approach to give you dark and moody images or vice versa. Make sure you look past the colors and lightness of the images as well into the emotions, posing and general feeling portrayed in the photos. Is it joyful? Is it emotional? Make sure that whatever it is, it’s in line with what you’re after!
Have more questions about session types and choosing the right one for you? Drop in them in the comments below, and I’ll be glad to answer!