Kauai Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Lifestyle Newborn Photography on Kauai
At-home lifestyle newborn sessions are about the connection and love that family members already have for this new life. I’ll capture special moments with each family member and the baby as well as the family all together. If siblings are involved, we usually take care of those photos first so that they can go and play during the rest of the session. It can be helpful to have a friend or family member at the house who can watch siblings during the rest of the session so that Mom and Dad can be in photos with the baby. There will also be time for photos of the baby alone; these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest and while I’ll pose the baby a little, I keep it very natural. I take photos of babies swaddled or undressed and they are posed in a way you’d find them naturally
Where will we shoot?
The session takes place in the client’s home, preferably in the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. We can also take some photos outdoors if the weather permits (ideal for spring and summer due dates!). Do not worry about your house being a mess—you just had a baby! All you need to do to prepare is open the blinds/curtains to let in as much light as possible. Also, crank up the heat! Even though it may be warm outside, babies tend to be most comfortable at the shoot if they’re nice and toasty warm. If you’re sweating, it’s probably perfect! I’ll quickly push things out of the area I’m shooting so that your home will appear to be spotless in the photos. Don’t be surprised if I move some furniture around, I’m just working to get the best light in your home. I’ll put it all back where it was! 🙂 The only thing I will ask you to do is have your bed made with a neutral quilt/comforter on top. Your bed makes for a great place for cuddly family photos!
How can I make sure my baby is comfortable and cooperative during the shoot?
Newborns are unpredictable and this shoot is all about them. Please do not worry about your baby crying or needing to eat during the shoot—newborn sessions are purposely longer to allow for plenty of breaks, feedings and even diaper/outfit changes. It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session so they’re sleepy and content.
What should my husband and I wear?
I recommend keeping it simple and comfortable. Neutral, light (creams, whites, grays or pastel tones) work best as they don’t take away from the natural beauty of your baby. You can add pops of color to your outfit, if you wish, by using jewelry or accessories. Skip the busy patterns for this type of session; you want the viewers eye to be drawn right to the baby. For your husband, the same rules apply. Solid tops (and textures like big knits and lace) work best. Stay away from prominent logos or writing on clothing.
Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?
The style of newborn photography that I specialize in is lifestyle sessions. Rather than posed newborn shots, I love to capture the relationship between the new baby and his/her parents and siblings. This doesn’t mean that I won’t take individual photographs of the baby and capture some great detail shots of his/her little toes and fingers. I am happy to incorporate any ideas you might have! I have a few neutral blankets I will bring. Feel free to incorporate any special family quilts, heirlooms or baby blankets that you would like to use in the photos.
What can I do to prepare for the session?
This is such a special time in your family’s life. There will be so many emotions during the shoot—love, excitement, wonder, amazement. It will be tough, but try to relax! Moms tend to stress out because this is a new experience and because they want things to be “perfect.” I will take your baby’s lead and allow him/her to be the focus of the shoot. If your baby cries, or poops, it’s okay. I promise! Just focus on relaxing and cuddling with your sweet new addition and I will create images that you will cherish forever!
Kauai, HI Family Photography | Kauai Newborn Photographer | Kauai Lifestyle Newborn Photography
Kauai Family Photographer
If you are either considering booking or have booked a future session with me, you may be wondering what will come next and what a typical session might look like. I thought I would go over how my sessions usually flow so that you would know what to expect and how to plan for your photo shoot. [*This is mainly written for family, child, engagement or maternity sessions – hospital and lifestyle newborn experiences will be the most dramatically different]
1. With few exceptions, our session will take place outside and in a mutually agreed upon public location.
This is most often a park, but I do have some other locations in mind if that’s not your style (including some urban locations and landmarks). We will usually try to choose a place that will give us multiple options for backgrounds during your session and that will provide us with some beautiful backdrops. If you have suggestions about locations, don’t be shy! Speak up! If the location wont work very well then I will warn you of that…. but many of my favorite locations were originally client inspired! Some clients want photos done at their home, and that is perfectly fine. However, what I specialize in is natural light photography.
2. My style is a mixture of lifestyle and posed photography.
I will try to capture a lot of photos of my subject(s) interacting, having fun, walking around, etc. I will also spend some time trying to use some posing ideas to get an interesting, yet more traditional family photo. If you want something else, feel free to ask! Input from you on what you want your resulting set of images to look like is very helpful to me when planning/conducting your session.
3. The best time of day to do outdoor sessions is typically in the few hours before sunset or in the couple of hours following sunrise.
This does not mean that I never do sessions at time other than these, but I am aware that these time lend themselves to finding some beautiful light and I usually strive for that.
4. I like to personalize my sessions by asking clients to bring something that would make sense to have in your photo with the person/people being photographed.
If this is a child/family, I suggest bringing their favorite lovey or stuffed animal or their favorite book. I often take a “break” in posing to incorporate these during a moment of play or reading and these are often some of our favorite shots. For couples, I find that its fun to incorporate something that they have in common or that they might do together. Reading books, playing scrabble, having a picnic, taking a walk, are just some examples. Seniors are more used to this and will often come with something that they feel represents their interests at that time. If you play music, bring your guitar. If you draw, bring a sketch book with some of your work and a pencil. If you participate in anything in school that you wear a uniform for, you may want to wear it for a small portion of your senior session.
Maternity sessions can be fun because parents will often bring a small pair of shoes or some blocks or something that they are saving for the sweet baby whose arrival they are awaiting. Regardless of what kind of session we are doing, we will discuss some of these details beforehand and come up with some fun ideas for things to do during your shoot.
5. Get ready to laugh, snuggle up, and have fun!
I am known for making my clients snuggle and gaze into each others’ eyes. This may sound silly, but I find that this kind of connection loosens clients up and makes them laugh…. and if I can make my clients feel like their photo session was a fun experience and their images capture them, then I am reaching my goal.
6. After your session…
You may expect to see a sneak peek on Facebook or Instagram within 24-48 hours. This will give you an idea of what you will see in your full set. Approximately 4-6 weeks after your session, you’ll receive an email from me with a link to your online gallery.