new parents admire their newborn baby while standing in the backyard of their home

Why you should take newborn photos at home

new parents hold their newborn boy in the backyard during summer

1.) You don’t have to go anywhere or prep anything

I have one rule: no cleaning before I come! If we need to move things we will, no problem. But don’t worry about nursing pillows, bottles, swings or other new things because its all part of the context of welcoming a new baby.

2.) Your home is perfect, even if you’re not an interior designer

This isn’t a shoot for Better Homes & Gardens so nothing has to be fancy or put together at all. In fact, many of my clients (including the couple featured here) just moved in or underwent a major renovation in order to make room for someone new – would you know it?Plenty of my clients live in small apartments or condos and that’s not a problem at all: I avoid the word “house” on purpose. Interacting with your new and beautiful baby is the focus and your home is simply your most comfortable and authentic environment for that purpose.

3.) We don’t work early and weekdays are perfect (if you even know which day of the week it is)

I know that you are sleep deprived and I’m not a morning person myself so 10am is great! If you prefer afternoons to include other children we can do that too. I always check in to make sure you feel up to it and if you would like an extra reminder text I’m happy to… I know you are in a time warp!

4.) You can play your music to relax.

Or drink your coffee or your protein shake or your nursing tea! Whatever you need is readily available to you at any time.

5.) You’re in your comfy space.

Newborns run the show when we shoot at home: if they need to feed, that’s what you do and you’re in the best place possible to do it in these early days. Everything you need to care for them is right there and caring for them is part of the shoot, not a disruption! Your parenting is more beautiful than you think!

5.) Fur babies are in!

Dogs, cats or whatever non-human babies you have loved since before this one arrived are welcome to take part!

6.) Its the only photo session in life you get to sleep through

… if you’re the baby anyway. Whether they are aware or asleep, whatever happens happens and it will be beautiful – we don’t need to coax, overfeed or pose them. Photos in your arms where they feel most safe are perfect.

We’ll move around your space if movement helps the baby (and often, it does) and if you feel well enough (you’re recovering too). But if all you do is sit on a couch or bed by a window and stare and this beautiful new human in your arms, that’s all that is really needed! Don’t have a window? No problem, just let me know so I can bring an artificial version 🙂

8.) Your home is a place they will be curious about someday

Babies can’t make memories for themselves and homes often change as families grow. To capture your home at their arrival as well as the season of their birth will be something they really appreciate knowing someday.

9.) They will want to see you loving them

Being home makes the session feel less like a photo shoot and more like a morning with visit from a good friend. Every time I review the capture – every single time – my heart melts because your adoration is palpable – so I know it will melt your child’s heart someday too. There’s just something about capturing the love soaked haze of being home together as a newly formed family.

10.) Everyday life is worth capturing and celebrating

There’s no fancy dress or bouquet or three tiered cake today. But these everyday-days with your new baby are every bit as momentous and worth the investment.

Read more here: How to prepare for documentary

Even if you feel hesitant, even if you feel like newborn photography is cheesy or a luxury, it can be different and you deserve this. And if you don’t do this for you – knowing as I do that parents do very little for themselves – do it for them. So that they always know how their story began.

Read more here: Why we the parents

L & N, congratulations and thank you for inviting me into your beautiful new home and for trusting me to capture this time with Baby F! I already can’t wait to see him again!

XO, Mel

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