Lifestyle photography is a genre of photography that mainly aims to capture portraits of people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s lives or to inspire people in different times.
LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY IS…
Lifestyle newborn portraits are exactly the same as the quote above + your newborn baby. There are two main styles of newborn photography: studio and lifestyle.
What is lifestyle newborn photography? Well, lifestyle portraits are meant to create portraits that are more realistic to your real life and meant to document real moments that you will want to look back on. On the other hand, studio newborn photos are more posed and formal. Both options are great, but they give very different outcomes. If you are looking for newborn photos that have a relaxed feel and incorporates your real life into them, then lifestyle newborn photography might be for you.
FIVE REASONS TO CONSIDER LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY:
IT’S GREAT FOR ANYONE NERVOUS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA
Lifestyle portraits are great for anyone who feels nervous in front of the camera … so pretty much everybody. It’s perfectly normal not to know what to do once a camera comes out, almost all of my clients feel this way beforehand. Rest assured that even the most camera shy people find that they can settle into their photo session to create really natural portraits. The majority of a lifestyle newborn session is spent staring lovingly at your cute baby, if you can do that you will be just fine.
LIFESTYLE NEWBORN PORTRAITS ARE REALLY RELAXED
Now that you have a baby, your life just got way harder in some ways. My goal is to keep the photo side of things as easy as possible for you.
A typical lifestyle photo session with me has a calm and laid-back feel. Normally, I give you gentle direction about what to do, we move around, we share stories, and play little games… all with the intention of creating beautiful portraits with no extra effort on your part.
LIFESTYLE PHOTOS ARE EASY ON YOUNGER SIBLINGS TOO
If this isn’t your first child, lifestyle photos might be a great option for you so the other kids can have more freedom than standing and posing. With lifestyle newborn photography, the goal is to capture moments as they unfold naturally. With toddlers and siblings around, there is no shortage of stories told and toys showed… which alway leads to wonderful real moments to photograph.
YOU DON’T NEED TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE
Indoor lifestyle newborn photography is incredible. It’s beautiful because it’s so personal and specific to this part of your life. Along with our babies, our homes change along with us. Your home might not be perfectly styled or finished, but that is ok! I encourage you to embrace this part of your life so you can look back on it and see how far you have come.
*Indoor photos are also amazing for the cold + wet months!
However, the most popular choice for lifestyle newborn photos is to go to a favourite outdoor location, especially during the nice weather months. When planning a photo session, I get families to think about their daily routines and some meaningful places we can use for their portraits. Often times this is a park, a favourite walking trail, the back porch, or grandma and grandpa’s house because they have a great view.
Working in your home or staying close by is a great way to keep your lifestyle newborn portraits simple and easy.
REAL LIFE MOMENTS DOCUMENTED + SUPER PERSONALIZED PORTRAITS
It happens to me too, what often feels mundane at the time is what we miss the most. I do my best to make a point to mentally document my favourite little moments as they happen. It’s often things like coffee with my husband, visiting the beach, cooking dinner together, the way our cat and dog sleep in my office… any of these small things would make beautiful lifestyle portraits that are super personalized to you.
For lifestyle newborn portrait inspiration, start thinking about the little things you will miss after they grow up: the weight of them sleeping on your chest, their nightly bath time routine, your feeding routine you worked so hard at, the way they fit in their carrier or on your lap. What do you want to remember about this part of your life?