Updated: Jun 22
When you first think about lifestyle newborn photography your mind probably wanders to blissful pictures snuggling your newest family member while relaxing on your couch or cozying up on your bed. While the post COVID world definitely changes a few of the parameters about how to go about capturing your family's unique story, it really doesn't change the most important thing at all -- it's all about the CONNECTION and not location of the shoot that makes your gallery so beautiful. The good news is that family connections can happen anywhere and with a few adjustments, an open mind, and some simple tricks your newborn photo shoot can be everything you dreamed of.
Here are a few tips I used to capture memorable family moments in gorgeous, personal galleries.
SHOOT FROM THE OUTDOORS TO THE INSIDE
One of the basic tricks I used to create an indoor feeling was to direct my clients inside their homes while I remained outside using a long range lens, and shooting through a window or open doors. This allowed their home setting to be captured and included in the photos without me having to be inside the home or close to them..
SET UP A MINI OUTDOOR STUDIO IN THE SHADE
With a little more preparation and planning, it was easy to set up a mini outdoor studio in the shaded area of the backyard. Letting go of tightly wrapped baby posing, in preference for more natural, baby led posing produced beautiful results. Cropping in post production delivered a "studio feel" in an outdoor setting.
EMBRACE THE BEAUTIFUL OUTDOORS!
Outdoor photography is beautiful and Chicago's North Shore neighborhoods have some of the most breathtaking parks and beaches around. They are my "go to" places for family photography and senior photo shoots, so why not newborn photography? By taking the same principals of using great light and gorgeous backdrops, coupled with "fun for the family" locations --everyone can relax, have fun and create beautiful memories.
So my parting thoughts are to be flexible with your expectations and embrace what is around you. The beauty comes from the connections and bonds within your family and the love that you share.