All newborn shoots are very much baby led. A relaxed environment is very important to me, which is why I will only take one newborn booking per day, to give new parents plenty of time. It’s not just about getting the best portraits, of course, it’s also about making sure all my clients enjoy their session with me and have some lovely memories to cherish, as well as stunning images.
However, how do you decide which is best for you in terms of studio or a home session? I just wanted to explain the main differences between the two.
Studio sessions take place in my child-friendly studio in Essex. At the studio I have everything to hand, lights, props, toys and the studio can be kept warm and cozy. Everything is set up and I’m ready for when you arrive with your little one. A studio shoot often gives parents a chance to relax while I work my magic with your baby. There’s no need to worry about tidying your home, most people that choose a studio shoot just love the clean look of the images that can be achieved in the studio with seamless backdrops and no clutter. The best age for these type of shoots is before your little one is under two weeks old. After this time they sleep less and the curled up poses are less likely to be achieved.
Lifestyle or home shoots are entirely different, for these shoots, I travel to you with my equipment and they take place in your own home. While there are more variables with this type of shoot, there are much more opportunities for unscripted tender moments and intimate poses. Images can feel more personal when you are in your own surroundings. The best age for these unposed more organic type of images is when your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old, this way we'll get some lovely awake images too.
There is no right or wrong decision, it’s simply a matter of personal choice. Each type has its benefits, and it’s up to you to determine what scenario will be best for your family’s needs and Preferences. Ultimately if you can’t decide you can always book both!