What is a Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session?

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In home sessions are also called Lifestyle sessions by other photographers.  These types of sessions are typically very unposed and focus on the relationship between the newborn and his or her new family.

When I photograph a newborn in your home, I focus on the relationships between the newborn, parents, siblings and pets. I typically take photos all over your home, including your living room, nursery and master bedroom. Because I am using natural light, a lot of the locations in the home are dependent upon that.

Lifestyle sessions are usually very relaxed. We don’t have to worry about baby being super sleepy because mom or dad is usually holding baby. The best part? You don’t have to worry about packing a bag for the baby and taking them out of the home! Everything you need will be just a few steps away!

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What is included in your Newborn Lifestyle Package?

Included in your lifestyle newborn in home photography session is 2-4 hours, 10 high resolution images on a disc with a print release, and shots including siblings, family, parents, and with pets. I travel to your home within the first 5-10 days of birth. Cost is $359.

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Frequently Asked Questions for the Newborn Photographer!



Photographing newborns is probably one of my most favorite things to photograph. I really enjoy being able to cuddle with these precious babies when they are so new! I get quite a few questions, so I thought I would post just a few!

Why do you prefer to photograph newborns within their first 10 days of birth?

Newborns are just so squishy at this age, and they pose best at this fresh stage of life! After this, they tend to become more “stubborn” and sleep quite a bit less.

Do you prefer that the newborn is sleeping?

I do, referring back to the first question they pose best when they are sleeping. As you know, newborns tend to “flail” quite a bit, and they don’t typically sit still. When they are sleeping, they make great models! 🙂 You may ask next, how do you get them to sleep during a photo shoot? We do LOTS of things at Ashley Photography! First and foremost, I increase the heat to around 80-85 degrees. Babies always sleep best when they are warm. We also schedule your session in the morning, as they also sleep best in the AM. I leave around 2-3 hours for your session, leaving plenty of time for feeding, cuddling, and rocking babes to sleep! And lastly, PATIENCE. I have a ton of patience. At your session with Ashley Photography, we want you to be as relaxed as possible! Don’t worry about the rest!


What should my newborn wear?

Because newborns typically look silly in outfits, I normally pose them naked, in wraps, and covered with blankets. Although if there is a special outfit you would like to bring we will totally incorporate it!

Can I bring props?

Absolutely! If there are heirlooms such as watches, booties, etc that are special to your family I would LOVE to incorporate these into your session. If I am unable to pose your baby in a safe way that is pleasing to the eye with the prop you bring, I love photographing those items separate to use in collages and baby albums!


What kinds of props do you have?

My style of photography is very natural, elegant and simple. I  have quite a few headbands, blankets, hats, wraps and more for your little guy or gal! I find quite a few of my props on etsy, and I always encourage my clients to find some that are special to their family to bring!

Why do newborn sessions cost so much?

A newborn session is an investment. Like a wedding, there is only a limited amount of time you can get those perfect squishy poses. But most importantly, safety. I have photographed newborns for 5 years. In that time, I have not only taken numerous child safety classes, but I have attended newborn seminars, photographed hundreds of newborns, and have read articles, books and online blogs on how to photograph a newborn and handle them safely. And, on top of that, I have had 4 Children myself, and there is nothing like personal experience! You aren’t just hiring someone to photograph your baby, you are hiring someone who is a professional at photographing and handling your precious infant.


Thanks for stopping by!





Mr. E: Newborn

I just LOVE having newborns in the studio! Mostly because I love to snuggle with them, but there is something so simple about their purity and innocence! I was so excited when Mr. E came to visit!




Session Spotlight: Baby N!

eatonThere is nothing sweeter than a little bundle of joy at Ashley Photography! When A brought baby N into our studios, it couldn’t of been more sweeter. This doll face slept, the entire time. He was such a model!

One of my favorite things about being a newborn photographer is watching the joy and love in mom & dads eyes as they hold their new baby. It is like a huge reminder of all things good in the world. I can’t wait to see baby N for the next year!