Newborn Mini Session| Baby Wes
This week I photographed my first newborn mini session since deciding to narrow my photography focus to all things motherhood! I couldn’t be happier! Motherhood is so beautiful, and I love celebrating each milestone with my clients. Photographing newborns is such a special part of my job. I get to help them make their big debut into the world! I also get to help parents savor every detail of their first few days earth-side; every tiny curl of their hand around mom or dad’s, every cry, every smile, and every crinkle of their little nose.
A newborn mini session is different than a full lifestyle newborn session in that it only focuses on baby and his or her newborn details, whereas the full session focuses on the whole picture of life with a newborn. These sessions are more condensed, but are perfect for the parents who do not want any family photos at this time. Newborn mini sessions still reflect my “lifestyle” style of shooting. I lean towards a very relaxed and natural vibe. While I do try to pose baby for some of the shots, most of the session is baby-led. Wes, for instance, did not want to be put down almost the entire time I was at the house. So, I went to plan B. I had mom hold him a few different ways so that I could capture some of his sweet details, and it worked out perfectly! At the very end of our session time, in true newborn fashion, Wes finally succumbed to his exhaustion and we were able to get some adorable images of him in the basket!
While I provide a variety of simple wraps, outfits, accessories, and props, I also like to utilize pieces of your own. I love incorporating sentimental blankets or a special stuffy. Some comfy and cozy staples to consider for your session and everyday comfort for baby are knotted gowns and clothing from Lou Lou and Company Their material is super soft and stretchy, and the colors and patterns of their products photograph beautifully. I do really love the naked baby look, though. So much cuteness!
In addition to styling your session, a few tips I have for a stress-free experience are: Make sure baby is well-fed. A full belly makes for a happy baby! But don’t worry if baby needs snack breaks. Adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. If it’s hot outside, make sure the temperature inside of your house is a little cooler than normal, and visa versa if it’s cold outside, to keep baby comfortable during the session. Lastly, trust in process and try to stay patient. Babies can be fussy, and that’s okay! Beautiful moments are still going to present themselves; you just have to know where to look. I can’t wait to help you document yours!
So in love with my first newborn mini session with baby Wes!