Today, I want to touch a bit on why so many parents nowadays seem to prefer lifestyle newborn sessions over a studio setting.
Two words: Less Stress.
Imagine you just gave birth to your baby several days or even a week ago. You’re exhausted, you’re sleep deprived, you may still have some lingering aches and pains, your baby may be fussy and possibly hate car rides with a passion. You booked a photo shoot at a studio that’s 40 minutes away.
On the scheduled date, you get up in the morning and aside from getting yourself ready, you have to get everyone else ready as well, and we all know how stressful that can be, especially if you have more than one child. You have to all be ready on time, wrangle everyone into the car, all the while trying to make sure you’ve packed everything that baby will need for the next several hours away from home. Diapers, bottles, burp cloths, blanket, pacifier, a change of clothes, snacks, etc.
If it’s in the summer, you’re dealing with the heat on top of your hormones, and you can feel yourself starting to sweat. Then you worry about your make-up melting while trying to keep baby as calm as possible during the car ride to the studio. Your toddler is asking 101 questions and you’re doing everything you can to try and stay calm. By the time you get there 40 minutes later and start to unload everyone and everything, you feel frazzled and completely the opposite of relaxed…and the session hasn’t even started yet.
You get the picture. It can be stressful.
With an in-home session, your photographer (hello, me!) comes to you. I pack everything on my end and bring it to you. You just need to worry about getting everyone dressed by the time I arrive. If baby spits up before or during our session? No problem, you can simply pick out a new outfit from the closet and change him/her out. Easy peasy, right? Well, as easy as it can get with a newborn, and possibly more kids, in tow. :)
I should also add that some clients actually don’t care for the super posed newborn photos. More and more clients are wanting photos of baby in their new nursery that they spent time planning and decorating, or on the master bed, or in the family room that means so much to them. In-home sessions make this possible, easy, and best of all, stress-free.
I was blessed to have been able to photograph K and D’s maternity session with Baby Kyler (I will share that session soon too!), so it was amazing to also be invited into their home to document these newborn moments for them. That’s one of the best parts of my job as a Vancouver lifestyle photographer—being able to follow clients from pregnancy to post delivery. I get to see the sweet little face that mama was carrying during our maternity session together. How amazing is that? Being able to watch a family change and grow is a special gift.
If you’re expecting and wanting to capture the first days together as a new family, I’d love to chat with you about your story to parenthood! I have some availability left for August, and booking into end of September/early October now. Simply send me an e-mail and let’s get planning!