There are two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle. I love both for different reasons. However, it is important to make sure your client knows what type you intend to do so there are no surprises during or after the session.
Posed sessions – Typically must be done within the first week to 10 days of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. The session can last up to 4 hours with feeding, potty breaks, and posing. 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.
Lifestyle newborn sessions – Are a bit more casual approach to newborn photography. There may be some posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby and their home. These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max. My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement between the family members. Newborns are incredible but so is the love in the air. 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.
Mom’s love that baby so much that they will spend their days and nights, taking photos of the baby asleep, awake, yawning, having a bath, eating, cuddling with siblings, & cuddling with dad. There will be so many images by the time the baby turns one and the sad reality is that mommy will hardly be in any of them.
Get her in that image. She will treasure it and so will the baby years from now. The important thing is to keep mommy/baby poses easy and without much effort needed on behalf of the mother. Chances are, she’s still uncomfortable and in pain and possibly even recovering from a surgery so being gentle is crucial.