I just love when a newborn client comes back to have me photograph the baby for their first birthday! They change so much in one year! I just love first birthday sessions at Hey Sugar Candy Store in Roanoke. It is bright and colorful. It is perfect backdrop to celebrate a little one's first year! I always refer clients to Mugs Bakery, which is very close to Hey Sugar, for their cake smash cakes. They make the most adorable little cakes that are yummy and very reasonably priced! I love to support small business whenever I can! Miss Ella was a vision in pink for her session! I loved her fluffy bow and dress!
I often get tagged in posts on Facebook for someone looking for a photographer for their newborn baby. I gotta tell you that newborn lifestyle sessions are among my very favorite types of sessions. Honestly, if I had to pick a type of session and could only do that for the rest of my days it would probably be these. I love to go into a new family's home and capture those first memories. Mom snuggling the newest addition. The baby all wrapped up snuggly and sleeping in the crib. All the sweet, brand new features of the baby. The siblings snuggling the baby. The family cuddling and laughing on mom and dad's bed. These moments are what encompass the best parts of bringing a baby home and I LOVE to capture them!
Here's the thing though..lifestyle newborn sessions are relatively new on the scene and some times I have to pass on potential clients because what I do isn't what they have in mind. Sometimes a new mom really wants those posed newborn shots where baby is placed in a cute prop or on a lovely blanket. Their hands are delicately placed under their chin and tiny toes are tucked under their cute little rump. I gotta admit that these photos are totally adorbs aaaaand totally out of my wheelhouse. I don't have the equipment or the want to try to do these types of photos in someone's home. Posed newborns shots are meant to be done in a studio with consistent lighting, with posing equipment, and lots of props, wraps, tiebacks, and hats on hand for mom to pick from. I hate losing a potential client, but at the end of the day, I just want that new mom to get exactly the type of photos that she has in mind so I send her on to one of my many amazing photog friends who specialize in posing babies.
So, if you are still a little confused about what the difference is between posed and lifestyle sessions are, here is a little breakdown:
- in home
- focuses on family connection
- does not include props or posing equipment
- does include shots of just baby (usually in the crib, on the end of mommy and daddy's bed, etc.)
- may include family pets
- in a studio
- focuses on posed images of the baby
- may include a few family shots (usually at an extra cost)
- includes props, wraps, tiebacks, hats, etc. on hand
At this point, you may know that you want either lifestyle or posed. There will be the few that think that both types of sessions sound amazing and I am so excited for the opportunity to collaborate this year with the amazing Dawn Lopez to offer moms a little bit of both. We will be working together to offer the Baby Bundle. This session bundle is $700 and includes a one hour in home lifestyle session with me (with 15 digital images) and a one hour in studio session to get posed shots of baby with Dawn Lopez (with 10 digital images).
This is such an incredible offer in that you will book with two different photographers who are both talented and passionate about the type of work they do for a discounted price. Please reach out if you'd like to book or go and reserve your spot now! Dawn and I look forward to meeting your newest addition in 2018!
1st birthday milestone sessions at Hey Sugar Candy Store in Roanoke are becoming some of my favorite sessions! Miss Amelia was so beautiful in her white dress and turquoise romper, but wasn't interested in her cake. Thank goodness the spatula added some interest for this sweet baby and she finally went for it! Happy 1st birthday, Amelia!