5 Reasons to Have an In Home Lifestyle Session With Your Newborn
We are in a state of BABY FEVER over here in the Gossett Home... with a newborn of our own and SO in love... so I thought I'd extend that to the blog today. I was asked often during my pregnancy and right after her arrival, what type of newborn images I was wanting and my answer was and still is IN HOME LIFESTYLE. This also happens to be my favorite style to shoot, since my love of photography stems from documenting the fleeting beauty of real life moments. So today I wanted to share 5 reasons why I think you should consider an in home lifestyle session for your newest addition.
1. These moments are not forever and you will miss them. Yes, your house may be a little messier than usual. Yes, you may not feel like getting out of those sweatpants. Yes, you may not have washed your hair in 3 days. I say, embrace it. This is the season of life you are in right now and it will not last forever. One day you'll be dropping that precious baby off at college and you will long for the days when you went grocery shopping with spit up down your backside. Okay, maybe you won't long for THAT moment, but chances are you'll miss "when (s)he was little". But it will be gone. At least have a few quality images of what real life looked like in those first two weeks to remember it by. I promise when you see the images, you'll recognize the beauty in the mundane and the perfection in imperfection. Give yourself that gift as a new mother, because it is probably something you really need right about now.
2. Getting out of the house is hard. Even if you do manage to put some make up on, fix your hair and get the whole fam dressed casually, getting them from point A to point B might just be the breaking point. Especially if you have more than one kiddo!
3. Quality Images for your baby's baby book documenting meaningful reality, not a creative vision, will be more meaningful for him/her as an adult. When I gift my baby's baby book to her after she's had her own baby, the image of her stuffed in a jar full of valentine sweet heart candies may not hold so much meaning to her. But I can guarantee the one of her laying on her daddies chest will mean the world.
4. Your other children will cooperate better in a familiar environment. If you're longing for some sibling images, you'll be wrangling two or more children (one of them being newborn) and crossing every finger and all your toes that it all goes well. It might. And it might not. And with a new addition to the family, your other children might be behaving in some unexpected ways. Should they get too overwhelmed in a lifestyle shoot, they can simply go to their own space to have some alone time. Or they'll likely want to show off their own room and toys and welcome the attention, which will produce some lovely images of them doing what they love most at this time in their life. Eventually they will warm up to the camera and be eager to show me "how they hold the baby". With in home lifestyle, we just go with the flow and photograph whomever is most cooperative at the time. Happy children are the most photogenic children.
5. Documenting the nursery. You probably spend 9 months or more dreaming up that nursery. You thoughtfully placed furniture and a relative lovingly created a handknit blanket; dad worked hard to paint the walls and every little detail was hemed and hawed over for hours or more. Rocking in the antique family rocker, laying on "just the right sheets" you went to 8 different stores to find... there are lots of ways we can photograph your baby while incorporating their perfect little nursery. If it's anything like our nursery, we're betting there is a closet you can stuff that basket of unfolded baby clothes in ;)
An in home lifestyle session isn't just for new additions to the family; this documentary style is perfect for other family milestones you'll want to remember. I hope you'll reach out a lifestyle photographer near you and book something to capture YOUR beautiful chaos; You won't regret it!