What Exactly is a "Lifestyle" Newborn Photo Shoot?
"Lifestyle" photo shoot is a term that gets used a lot within the photography community, but I'm not sure how many people who are looking for a photographer know what it means. A lifestyle photo session is not styled or posed and showcases a family in their home doing activities they would normally do.
What is (and isn't) a Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session
A newborn lifestyle photo session is the same as a regular ol' family lifestyle photo session--with a bonus newborn baby! It takes place in your home with your newborn baby within the first two weeks of giving birth. The purpose is to capture photographs that reflect your new life with your baby and how your family is living right now.
It is not a newborn portrait session with baskets, hats, fuzzy blankets, artsy backdrops and a sleeping, posed, baby. That type of photo shoot is considered a "fine art" or "newborn portrait" photo session.
Real Life is Beautiful
A newborn lifestyle photo shoot is meant to show your family and the love you have for each other with this new creature who has come into the world. It's a time for genuine connections and normal interactions. Sometimes that means your toddler is having a meltdown on the floor while you change your newborn's diaper and sometimes it means you are all just hanging in your pajamas on the couch.
Your lifestyle photographer is like a family friend who has come to spend some time with you while stopping to capture moments while you carry on about your business.
Unposed Newborn and Family Portraits
Just because it is not a "fine art portrait session" doesn't mean that no portraits will be taken. In fact, a portrait of the newest member of the family is top of the list. It's usually a casual, unstyled portrait of the newborn baby somewhere they would normally be in the home. (A favorite spot of mine is on the master bedroom bed!)
Authentic Images of Life with a Newborn
The lifestyle family portrait with your newborn is casual and authentic. These are some of the first images of you all together and you will cherish them forever!
Unlike a "Fresh 48" newborn photo session, a lifestyle newborn photo session takes place in the comfort of your own home. Some families like having time to catch their breath and getting into a rhythm before having a professional photo session. So the lifestyle shoot makes more sense. There's no wrong answer!
Lifestyle pictures are meant to show you and your family in a casual and unposed way. This also goes for lifestyle newborn pictures. Real is beautiful :)