Having a lifestyle baby session in your home, is pretty painless no rushing out the door to get to a studio here are a few tips to help get you ready
In-home newborn sessions are relaxed and family focussed.
You don't need a show home or a perfectly tidy house for a lifestyle session. Just chose a room with great light ( if you not sure I am happy to talk you through finding the best space) I do not care if dishes are piled up in the sink and clothes baskets runneth over! We can creatively hide things.
Swaddle your little one in just a nappy and a warm blanket until I arrive if baby’s skin is a bit dry or flaky, don't worry that is what newborn skin is like embrace the newness of your baby.
Rooms we might use for your session, the family room, or lounge the master bedroom and baby room.
Before our session, try and keep the baby awake and stimulated as much as possible A full belly makes for a sleepy baby!
Warm up the house heat the rooms we will use warm rooms mean sleepy babies.
About an hour before I arrive feed baby don't rush this if your feeding when I arrive that is ok too, make sure they burped. Upset tummies can take a sleepy, happy baby to an uncomfortable and irritable one in seconds.
And MOST importantly, the only job you have while we are together is to RELAX. I want this to be a time all about you, your family, and your baby.
What to have on hand:
a few great swaddles, they can be neutral or have a subtle pattern.
a few towels to help prop baby to give the best angles
their dummies if they use on.
any personal items you would like to include
Please avoid visitors for your session day.
Please avoid making appointments for your session day.
Please be relaxed and comfy, wear your pajamas if you want.
Enjoy your session, and put on music the tv let your kids eat and play
Chill we have got this we will work at baby's pace, and there is no real-time limit so if we have to feed change nappies or negotiate with siblings.
What you can expect from me
the session will be around an hour and a half or 2 hours
I find the best light and make a suggestion and encourage you to interact with each other
lots of family and mum and dad shots and baby alone. In-home sessions are about family and baby-led. I do not bring props to these sessions; instead, I utilise your home environment.
Such a lovely lady with a gentle touch, baby was so relaxed throughout the whole shoot! It was a beautiful experience and we can't wait to see the amazing results of our afternoon. Thank you so much - Kody Hamahona-Stark
Do you want a few studio images well add on a just baby session to your lifestyle session for just $200 ( this is for babies under 3 weeks of age)
Whats important for you to know
NEWBORN SAFETY: Your babies safety is my highest priority! For this reason, I have completed many in-person and online workshops/courses to learn how to safely pose newborns. I am what is referred to as a baby-led poser which means I prefer poses that a baby naturally conforms too.
WHEN TO BOOK: We recommend that you pre-book during pregnancy as we have limited sessions available each month. Once you are pencilled into my calendar and I will ensure that your session will be within that golden 14-day window. When you pre-book, your due date will be placed on my calendar and then I will wait to hear from you. Once bub has arrived please contact me(an email is best or phone call) and we will organise a suitable time and date for your session. Didn't pre-book? Email to check our availability
RESCHEDULING: Sessions may be rescheduled due to illness or injury. Please contact me as soon as possible before your session on 027 5223 778 if you suspect one of your family members is unwell and we can make another time.
While I am fully immunized, working with babies who haven't been means it is incredibly important that I don't pass on any illnesses to yours or anyone else's newborn, your cooperation is much appreciated.
Can I add a maternity session to my package?
Yes, sure can there are amazing outdoor location both here in Wanganui and in the Manawatu or in your own home Maternity sessions can include the whole family so partner, fur babies and children are welcome.
Lots of photographers say under 10 days for a newborn shoot why dont you?
If your wanting naked heavily posed images then under 10 days is best but because I am a practitioner of gentle baby led sessions I can shoot babies much older than 10 days. I work at babies pace and often in the comfort of your home.
What about me and my partner and other children can they be included in the session?
Yes, Yes Yes My sessions are all about love, connection and family,being that we are in their home they often feel more secure and happy to take part in the session. We can even include a family pet.
What if house isnt,light enough or Stylish enough or tidy enough to have a photo session there ?
I am not going to judge you on how tidy your house is, seriously I have to be the worst housewife in the world, but I am creative how to create a great looking space, we just hide the mess. But if you are worried just choose the room with the best natural light and we can do most of the session in there, if your not sure ask me to come over and we can choose together or you can take me on a video tour of the house.