With so many photography styles out there, I wanted to talk about the difference between a lifestyle and posed newborn session. I specialize in lifestyle sessions, but I also understand that not everyone chooses them, primarily because they’re not sure what they are. Keep reading to learn the differences between the two and suggestions for picking the best session type for your newborn.
What is the difference between a lifestyle and a posed newborn session?
These two sessions may sound the same, but they are very much different. Below are distinct differences to note about posed versus lifestyle sessions as well as a few pointers to help you choose the best one for you and your baby.
Posed Newborn Sessions
Posed newborn sessions are the most traditional type of photography. These are almost always done in a studio with pre-selected backdrops, props, and poses. The newborns are usually asleep for these pictures as well. This makes it easier to manipulate their poses and get some of those Pinterest-worthy shots.
You can expect posed newborn sessions to take place within the baby’s first 5-14 days of their life and the photographer will have the most control over the shoot itself.
Lifestyle Newborn Sessions
Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your home and the photographer aims to catch natural actions of your baby (and possibly those around him/her). This type of photoshoot gives you a variety of pictures that can include your baby sleeping, awake, or smiling at a sibling.
Lifestyle sessions can be done at just about any time, but most photographers agree that you can get some pretty candid shots once they are past the sleep-all-day stage. And instead of using planned props and backdrops, lifestyle newborn sessions incorporate your natural home environment.
Which newborn session should I choose?
There are several things you’ll want to take into consideration when choosing the best newborn session for you and your baby. One of the biggest to consider is what you plan to do with the photos. Some parents lean toward posed sessions because they want pictures that can be used for cute baby announcements or infant pictures to start a gallery wall to show their child’s growth over the months (or years).
You may also want to take into consideration your home decor and which style of picture(s) would work best with it. Perhaps you want baby pictures of your child in their crib, being held by an older sibling, or captured with your entire family. These are all things to consider to help you choose which session is best. In the end, you could always choose both!
How to Prepare for Any Newborn Session
First and foremost, you’ll want to look for a photographer who specializes in newborn photography. Typically, photographers who do newborn shoots can do both posed and lifestyle, although they may prefer one over the other. You’ll also want to choose which session you’d like to book and ensure the photographer is available and professional.
Be sure to write down any questions you may have and don’t feel like you’re asking too much. It is our job to capture some of the most precious moments in your baby’s early moments in life and your satisfaction in the finished product is key.
Be prepared to let your photographer do their work, but also be ready to give a helping hand if needed. Some sessions last several hours and may include needing to feed the baby, diaper changes, clothing changes, and breaks for the baby.
I personally love lifestyle newborn sessions and recommend them because they tend to be more relaxed, candid, and the baby doesn’t need to be days old and sleeping. The moments that are captured during lifestyle newborn sessions will make memories that last a lifetime. If you are interested in learning more about booking a consultation with me, click here.
I’d love to discuss what these sessions involve and how I just may be the photographer you need to capture some of life’s most precious moments.
If you’ve had a lifestyle newborn session before, feel free to share your experiences in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!