There are two types of baby photography: posed and lifestyle, both types differ quite a lot from one another but the final outcome can be awesome!
A posed baby session can quite often take more than a couple of hours to complete. The main reason for this is that the baby should be in a deep sleep whilst being photographed in this way. While some babies can sleep for two-three hours straight, others tend to be more unsettled. It takes time to feed them, change their nappy then wait until they fall asleep again. Typically must be done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. Editing this type of session also takes quite a bit of time as each image needs to go through Photoshop individually to get a polished end result.
This type of photo session must be done very quietly and slowly, so that the baby doesn’t wake up, at least not too often. Some poses include cute bows, hats or headbands, sometimes placing baby in a basket, dough bowl or similar and can be very challenging to accomplish without waking up the baby. This type of newborn session takes a great deal of patience.
The second type of baby photography is known as lifestyle baby photography. A bit more of a casual approach to newborn photography. This type of session is usually easier to finish successfully, it requires much less time than the posed sessions. The main reason why lifestyle photography is easier is that the baby doesn’t have to be asleep. These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max. Memories of this time-frame often become fuzzy for new parents and that is precisely why I feel these types of shoots are so important.
A lifestyle baby photography session doesn’t require a photography studio; it can be done within the clients home-in the living room, kitchen or bedroom – not to mention that there are some really adorable natural candid moments to be captured by a camera while feeding the baby or changing its nappy. Parents more often than not ask for the nursery to be photographed too since they spent so much time preparing it for when baby is welcomed home. These images present beautifully as a story board within a photo album.
Parents can often get anxious over their newborn not sleeping throughout a lifestyle session but with this type of session it is important to let baby move naturally yawn and stretch out. Babies have the most wonderful, perfect, sweet movements, there is no need to stress over not having the perfect pose in every frame.
The best shots often come from open minds and surprising moments…