Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Newborn Session

I captured this petite lifestyle newborn session a few months back and have been meaning to share a glimpse of it here.

Last Fall, I met this sweet family when we captured their maternity/family photos during our first mini session event of the season. Click the link below to check it out and scroll down to find (they’re the third family from the top):

https://www.athenascottphotography.com/blog/dubois-park-family-photography-jupiter

Its always great to capture the same family for multiple photo shoot needs (i.e. maternity, newborn, family, birthday parties, etc.) because we have the opportunity to get to know each other better with each session and we become more familiar with one another. It’s easier for families (especially the kids) to be themselves in front of the camera to someone who isn’t a stranger anymore ;-) I personally love being able to document families as they grow and change and it is such a joy to be in their lives, the kids recognize me and look forward to the fun they’ll have during the session and don’t want me to leave.

We captured most of the session indoors, then we headed outside for a few shots and were greeted by a beautiful rainbow (scroll all the way down to see the images). It was the second photo session I captured this year featuring a rainbow. I haven’t had this happen in many years, let alone two back to back within a few weeks time.

Whenever I see a rainbow I am reminded of God’s many promises.

Family of four, lifestyle newborn session in home and outdoors in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Why Newborn Sessions Take So Long

On my previous two blog posts I described how the petite newborn session is a great option for capturing your newborn session completely at home or all outdoors; however, today I am going to explain why the full session happens to be my favorite option!

First of all, the full newborn session includes 3 hours of time (versus 90-minutes) and while this may seem like a tremendous amount of time to be taking photographs … I guarantee you, it isn’t! Many potential new clients might scratch their heads and wonder why soooo much time is needed for a newborn session.

*Here are a few reasons why a newborn session takes time & why a full three hour session is a great option:

  • Babies are unpredictable, you don’t know if they will be content or fussy

  • They will require several feeding breaks, which also includes time for burping

  • They will require one or more diaper changes, most likely even a diaper blowout

  • There will be clothing changes (whether by choice or if he or she happens to spit up on their clothing or even on you or your husband resulting in your clothing change)

  • Even if you opt for no clothing or just a diaper … time is needed for swaddling and re-swaddling

  • Now that you’ve fed and changed the baby multiple times guess what … we still need more time to settle them and get them to sleep for those adorable sleepy shots everyone loves … this is usually the easy part but some babies out there decide that they do not want to sleep for the first 2 hours of the session

  • Factor in extra time if you are wanting to use props and get them to sleep in cute accessories

  • If you have other children (especially toddlers), add-on more time because the odds are they might not cooperate like you thought, especially if they somehow missed a nap that day

  • If you’d like more than one look, as in …. not just in the nursery or not just at the park, but maybe you want to capture images indoors and outdoors as well, it will take a bit of time to pack up and maybe even drive to a different location

Check out this newborn session below. It was an amazing three hour lifestyle newborn session. We captured a variety of images in the nursery and Mom & Dad’s room, then jumped into our cars and headed to the beach which was only 10-minutes away. We were able to capture the family, the baby alone, the siblings, Mom with the baby, Dad with the baby and then do many of those same shots at the beach.

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Indoor Newborn Photography and a Little Bit of Grain

Many clients who inquire about newborn photography sessions often wonder and ask ...

Which session option will work best for me? (the full three hour session or a shorter 90-minute option)?!

I will explain the shorter time frame option here today. I created the shorter time frame for people who want a more simplistic approach to the lifestyle only option.  What does this mean? This means that you are getting 90-minutes of time, one general location & no newborn props! So the style is very natural, enduring and not "posed" or artificial. Photographing in the home & especially in the nursery only is perfect for this shorter session.  Some clients opt to do their entire time frame outdoors as well but the same rules apply (I will post about that next). 

Below you will see a lifestyle newborn session who opted for the 90-minute option. They decided to capture the entire session in their baby girl's nursery which was beautiful. It worked out wonderfully! We were able to capture a nice variety or family shots, mama & baby, dada & baby, and lastly baby alone. All of the items in their room become natural props (i.e. the crib, rocking chair, changing table & guest bed). It is perfect for documenting those first few days as a new family but also for documenting all of the details inside the nursery.

One thing about photographing completely indoors, using only window light ... is the fact that there may be some "grain" in the images. Since I am a natural light shooter the window light is sometimes not enough so I have to increase my camera's ISO to achieve that bright & colorful look that I so very much love. This added grain does not in anyway reduce the quality of these images, but rather it increases their character. 

Indoor Lifestyle Newborn Session

Lifestyle newborn photography is a unique niche that is up there among my favorites to capture. They typically take place inside (and or around) the home and aim to capture the organic dynamic and excitement that a brand new baby brings to a family. It is also a form of documentation because never again will this precious babe be so tiny and womblike.  The nursery is a good spot to capture some of the love and all of those sweet little details. Window light is a wonderful source of light when indoors because it's soft, even and bright when there's sunshine outside. On rainy days its harder to use window light, but still possible to achieve great photos with a little bit of grain & added character. Other preferred spots are the ones you frequent most.

So why do I love this form of photography? Because it's natural, it conveys emotion & evokes feelings of pure love and joy. It is just beautiful. Babies have a way of making us happy, so being on the other end of the lens is sort of a magical place to be because you can almost feel what they are feeling and rejoice with them in their new blessing from God, all while aiming to capture the most flattering angles, maximizing the use of light, capturing the atmosphere but also getting in close to vicariously bask in their delight. 

I had the privilege of documenting this new family for the first time. I spent a good amount of time with them, I'd say about three hours. We were able to capture a variety of shots in the nursery, living area and their neighborhood.  While the baby was a little fussy (I boiled it down to a growth spurt) and mama was a little anxious that she wouldn't settle; however, I reassured her that this was the norm at newborn sessions and you would NEVER know that by looking at these images. We had an amazing time <3 Check out some of my favorites below.

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