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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