Woman stood next to a window, dark shadows behind her, she is cradling and looking down at a newborn baby

As a photographer it is a huge honor to be asked to take photos of some of the most important and sentimental milestones in a persons life. It is even more of a privalege, as a lifestyle photographer, to be invited into peoples homes during one of the most special times in their lives!

Newborn lifestyle photoshoots are different from traditional, posed newborn photography. Lifestyle shoots aim to capture a more natural, un-staged appearance to images. At-home newborn sessions are about the connection and love that family members have for their new addition. Lifestyle newborn photography is a candid and very natural photo session from the comfort of your own home.

close up black and white image of a newborn hand wrapped around an adult's pointer finger
black & white image, shot from outside nursery looking in, mom stood in front of window, baby sleeping on her chest

According to Wikipedia, lifestyle photography is a genre of photography that mainly aims to capture portraits of people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday”. I will come to your home and capture images such as you cradling your baby, feeding your baby or singing to your little one.

Image of a woman and a man sat in a bed, holding a baby, both looking down and smiling


Lifestyle images appear to document naturally occurring events and many of your images will be completely natural. However, I will move you into locations with flattering lighting and backgrounds. I may also give some prompts, such as "now look down at your sweet baby", "let your sweet girl wrap her fingers around your thumb" etc. You will not feel awkward or unsure of what to do next.

shot from outside looking into master bedroom, mom sat on bed feeding newborn, guitar on right side wall
Black & yellow labrador lay on a bed, in the background you can see a woman sat behind them holding a newborn in her arm


No, lifestyle photographers use the natural light in your home. You will be posed near windows for soft, flattering light. Your baby will also be dressed in the clothes that you already have at home, such as a neutral onesie. You may swaddle your baby or wrap them in a special blanket. Whereas, at a posed newborn session, babies are often dressed in outfits provided by the photographer. They may be swaddled/wrapped and placed into posed positions.

close up of newborn laying down, blue eyes looking at camera, lilac headband, white shirt, lay on white fur blanket
Close up image of a newborn feet, soles can be seen, they are wrapped in a floral blanket with blue, purple, red, white

If you'd like to know more about preparing for an at home lifestyle shoot, check out my blog, "Tips for your indoor newborn photoshoot".

Newborn baby, swaddled in a pastel green blanket, on a fur blanket, she is yawning, she is wearing a white now headband
Close up black and white image of the top of a babies head being held in mothers hands