Lifestyle vs. Posed Newborn Photography
Your expecting a little one on the way, congratulations! Perhaps you have heard the term 'lifestyle newborn photography' or maybe you haven't. Let me quickly explain what 'lifestyle newborn photography' means to me.
Unlike posed newborn photography, lifestyle does not use props to place baby in/on. Lifestyle uses the babies natural surroundings found in their nursery or throughout the home. Lifestyle photography captures the real candid emotion between baby and parents and/or siblings, with the help of suggested arrangements left to the parents to perform naturally. When you think of lifestyle think of the word natural. Natural surroundings and natural "poses." I put poses in quotations because when I shoot my lifestyle newborns I don't do much posing with them. I want the parents to cuddle their baby how they naturally do, and I want the baby to lay with their hands above their head or in their mouth as they normally would. When I look back on my newborn photos, I want to remember what cute unique things my baby did that made them different from my other children. By capturing newborns in their natural positions, it helps you remember what silly things they did as newborn that you otherwise would have forgotten.
The reason behind lifestyle newborn photography is to freeze those candid moments with your newborn in time. If you have children already, you know how quickly they grow out of their newborn stage. Do you remember that first week home with your new one? Probably not as well as you would like to remember. With lifestyle newborn photography, you get to capture those sweet cuddle sessions, those feeding times, or how your older children held and kissed their new baby sister/brother. Looking back on these photos when they are off to kindergarten will bring back those feelings and emotions. You will remember how it felt to hold them in your arms, or the sound of their cry. Lifestyle photography is meant to make you 'feel' when looking back on those photos. I don't think anyone can deny the emotion that fills them when you look at a photo of a new mom holding her precious newborn.
Lifestyle is usually done in your home. I have a lot of people say "my house is nothing special," or "I have no decorations, I don't like the way my house looks right now." That is not what your newborn photos are about. You are not going to be looking at how bare your wall was when you look at those photos of your newborn and you. All you will see is your tiny little one and how it felt to hold them in your arms. When your children get older and look back on their newborn photos, they will love to see what their nursery looked like, or what the house they were brought home to looked like. It will be special to them. (Read my past blog post "10 ways to make your lifestyle newborn photo shoot a success")
Now don't get me wrong, I am not here to disagree with 'posed' newborn photos. I defiantly think they are adorable. I have chose to capture candid, natural newborn photos because of the feeling I get when I look at them. I don't get the same feeling or reaction to posed newborn photos. Maybe you do, and that is ok!
Below I have made a list of pros and cons of lifestyle vs. posed newborn photos. I hope this helps you understand the difference, and helps you choose the right type of photography for you and your family.
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